Ian Bannen


Ian Bannen, 71, the actor who charmed movie audiences playing an Irish con artist in "Waking Ned Devine," died Nov. 3 in a car crash in Scotland. His body was found in an overturned car near Loch Ness, a police spokesman said. The female driver of the car survived and was flown by air ambulance to a nearby hospital. She has not been identified.

Mr. Bannen, a longstanding veteran of the English and Irish theater, enjoyed a sudden bout of late-career movie success with last year's "Waking Ned Devine." The sleeper hit cast Mr. Bannen and David Kelly as aging Irishmen who try to deceive a village into claiming a lottery jackpot for themselves after the winner, Ned Devine, dies of shock. Prior film roles included a leper in the Oscar-winning "Braveheart" as well as appearances in "Hope and Glory," "Gorky Park," "Eye of the Needle" and "Bite the Bullet."

Mr. Bannen received an Oscar nomination in 1965 for his supporting performance in Robert Aldrich's all-star "The Flight of the Phoenix." He starred as one of a group of men marooned in the Arabian desert after a plane crash. On television, he appeared in "The Politician's Wife" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

Charles G. Sweet

Pennsylvania Judge

Charles Greenleaf Sweet, 81, who presided over the trial of two of the murderers of United Mine Workers union reformer Joseph "Jock" Yablonski and his family, died of a heart ailment Oct. 30 in Tampa.

Judge Sweet, who served two 10-year terms as president judge in Washington County, Pa., was first elected in 1963. He rose to national prominence when he presided over the trials of Aubran "Buddy" Martin and Paul Gilly, who were convicted of gunning down Yablonski, his wife and daughter in 1969.

Martin and a third man, Claude Vealey, shot the family on orders from United Mine Workers President Tony Boyle at the Yablonskis' house in Clarksville, Pa. Vealey confessed, and Boyle was convicted of ordering the killings.

Nise da Silveira

Brazilian Psychiatrist

Nise da Silveira, 94, a Brazilian psychiatrist who was a pioneer in the use of art therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia, died of pneumonia Oct. 30 in Rio de Janeiro.

She moved to Rio in 1933 and joined a psychiatric hospital where she became concerned about the shock therapy given to patients. As an alternative, she encouraged patients to draw. She sent several of the drawings to Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, who encouraged her work, and in 1946 founded the Museum of Unconscious Images, which now houses more than 300,000 of the drawings.

Dr. Da Silveira allowed many psychiatric patients to walk freely in her Casa das Palmeiras clinic in Rio. She kept cats and dogs at the clinic in the belief that the animals could help the patients.

Immanuel Jakobovits

British Chief Rabbi

Immanuel Jakobovits, 78, a refugee from Nazi Germany who became Britain's chief rabbi and the first Jewish religious leader to be appointed to a seat in the House of Lords, died Oct. 31 in London after an apparent stroke.

Lord Jakobovits was chief rabbi of Britain and the 54-nation British Commonwealth from 1967 to 1991. Before that, he served as chief rabbi of Ireland and first rabbi at New York's Fifth Avenue Synagogue before returning to Britain at age 46.

He was an outspoken opponent of homosexuality, a believer in duties as well as rights and a staunch defender of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Tory prime minister from 1979 to 1990. He was knighted in 1981 and was named a life peer in 1988.

Minoru ChiakiJapanese Actor

Minoru Chiaki, 82, the last survivor of the actors who played the title characters in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, "Seven Samurai," died Nov. 1 at a hospital in Tokyo. He had heart and lung ailments.

Mr. Chiaki joined a theater group in 1936 and started acting in movies in 1949 at Kurosawa's suggestion. He made his screen debut in Kurosawa's "Norainu" ("Stray Dog"). He eventually appeared in 11 movies directed by Kurosawa, including "Hidden Fortress" and "Rashomon."

Demetrio Basilio Lakas

President of Panama

Demetrio Basilio Lakas, 74, the former Panamanian president who negotiated the 1977 treaty ensuring the return of the canal to Panama, died Nov. 2 of a heart ailment at a Panama City hospital.

President Mireya Moscoso, whose late husband, Arnulfo Arias, was ousted in a 1968 military coup that eventually ushered in Mr. Lakas, issued a terse statement expressing "profound regret" at his death. The Interior Ministry declared next Monday a day of national mourning.

Mr. Lakas spent his 1972-78 term under the military regime of Omar Torrijos. Torrijos ruled under a constitution that gave him extraordinary power over the army and government. An engineer by profession, Mr. Lakas presided over an era of populist public works and spending programs, but also a period in which the government exercised strict control over the media and discouraged dissent.

Keizo Saji

Whiskey Distiller

Keizo Saji, 80, who became one of the richest men in Japan by making whiskey popular in his country, died of pneumonia Nov. 3 at a hospital in Osaka.

Mr. Saji was chairman of Japan's oldest and largest whiskey distiller, Suntory Ltd., and served as the firm's president from 1961 to 1990, before becoming company chairman. He was the son of company founder Shinjiro Torii, who was largely responsible for the first mass marketing of whiskey in Japan. It was Mr. Saji who popularized the drink as the nation went through its post-World War II industrialization. Suntory is also a major producer of wines, beers and soft drinks and one of Japan's largest privately held companies.

Mr. Saji's whiskey dreams and wealth were fueled through the success of brands such as Suntory Old. The U.S. magazine Fortune in 1992 estimated that Mr. Saji and his family were worth about $5 billion.

John A. `Jack' Puelicher


John A. "Jack" Puelicher, 78, who headed Marshall & Ilsley Corp. for three decades as its assets grew by nearly 20 times to more than $7 billion, died Oct. 30 of liver cancer, the Associated Press reported in Milwaukee.

Mr. Puelicher followed in the footsteps of his father, Albert S. Puelicher, and grandfather, John H. Puelicher, as M&I chairman, and he headed the firm at a time of rapid technological innovation and growth.

When he took over in 1963, the bank had $420 million in assets; when he stepped down in 1992, its asset base of $7.15 billion included M&I Data Services, a provider of computer services for banks across the nation. As chairman, he oversaw the acquisition of 44 financial institutions.