Ri Jon Ok

Korean Communist

Ri Jong Ok, 83, a senior member of North Korea's ruling Communist Party who once served as the country's premier, died Sept. 23. His death was reported by the North Korean Central News Agency, which died not disclose the location or cause.

He was one of the few remaining old revolutionaries who helped the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung build a communist state in the northern part of the divided Korean Peninsula in 1945.

Ri served in various government and party posts under Kim, including premier for six years. He was also vice president from 1984 until 1998.

At the time of his death, he was a member of the powerful Central Committee of the Workers' Party.

In 1998, he was elected as vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, a largely ceremonial post.

Doris Allen

California Republican

Doris Allen, 63, a maverick Orange County, Calif., Republican who became the California Assembly's first female speaker, died of cancer Sept. 22 at a hospice in Colorado Springs. She lived in Sacramento.

She spent 12 years in the Assembly. She sparked a ferocious GOP fight by using the Democratic backing of former speaker Willie Brown, who was being pushed out by term limits, to gain enough votes to become speaker.

Mrs. Allen was removed from office in 1995 by a recall campaign. She believed she never received credit for what she had accomplished during her four-month tenure as speaker.

Tahiya Karioka

Actress and Dancer

Tahiya Karioka, 78, an actress and one of the Arab world's most famous belly dancers who performed in about 300 films, plays and television soap operas including the film "Youth of a Woman," shown at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, died Sept. 20 in a hospital in Cairo after a heart attack.

Ms. Karioka openly criticized the military rule of Egypt after the 1952 army coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser and temporarily stopped performing when the new regime accused her of conspiracy.

She married 14 times. Among her former husbands were the late actor Rushdi Abaza and playwright Fayez Halawa.

Neil McGaughey

Mystery Writer

Neil McGaughey, 47, a mystery writer, died Sept. 21 at his childhood home in Prentiss, Miss. An autopsy was being conducted to determine the cause of death.

Mr. McGaughey, a longtime Jackson, Miss., resident, published four books and was working on his fifth. Among his books were "Otherwise Known as Murder" and "A Corpse by Any Other Name."