James Haller Ottaway Sr.

Newspaper Publisher

James Haller Ottaway Sr., 88, who created the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record and a nationwide newspaper chain that bears his name, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure Jan. 4 at a hospital in Goshen, N.Y.

The newspaper, born when Mr. Ottaway merged the Times Herald and the Middletown Record in 1959-60, became the flagship of the Ottaway Newspapers group. Mr. Ottaway retired as president and chief executive officer in 1976.

By 1970, the Ottaway chain had grown to nine dailies, and Mr. Ottaway sold the company to Dow Jones & Co. The agreement gave him a seat on the Dow Jones Board of Directors from 1970 to 1984. He also served on the board of directors of the Associated Press in the 1970s. The Ottaway group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Jones, now includes 19 dailies and 16 weeklies, plus various other shoppers and publications in 11 states. Annual revenue is about $330 million.

Bernhard Wicki


Bernhard Wicki, 80, the Swiss film director and actor who was co-director of the Hollywood war epic "The Longest Day" and one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the German language, died Jan. 5 in Munich. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Wicki started out as an actor but is best remembered for his career as a director, which began in 1959 with the highly regarded anti-war film "Die Bruecke" (The Bridge). The success of that film brought him to Hollywood, where his credits included "The Longest Day" in 1962.

He also directed "The Visit," with Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn in 1964, and "Morituri," with Marlon Brando in 1965. As an actor his achievements included the role of a dying writer in Michelangelo Antonioni's "La Notte" in 1960.

Andre J. Heiniger

Rolex Chief

Andre J. Heiniger, 78, who headed the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Rolex for 34 years, died Jan. 3, the Associated Press reported in Geneva. The cause and place of death were not given.

Mr. Heiniger worked for Rolex, based in the northern Swiss town of Biel, for nearly 50 years. He joined the firm in 1948 and rose through the company to become its chief executive in 1963.

Under Mr. Heiniger, Rolex moved into foreign markets, establishing itself as a world-famous brand name. The firm was founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf, of Germany, who invented the first waterproof watch--the "Oyster"--in 1926. In June 1997, Mr. Heiniger resigned as chairman of the Rolex board and passed the reins to his son, Patrick. He remained honorary chairman.

Sakae Ito

A-bomb Survivor

Sakae Ito, 88, a leading anti-nuclear activist and a victim of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, died Jan. 5 of bladder cancer in a hospital in Hiroshima.

The southwestern Japanese city was leveled in the final days of World War II by an atomic bomb dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. The bombing killed about 140,000 people. Ms. Ito, who was less than a mile from the center of the blast, suffered severe burns.

She joined Japan's anti-nuclear movement in 1951. A few years later, she co-founded the Japanese Confederation of A-bomb and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations, a group that campaigns for the abolition of nuclear weapons and support for bombing survivors. She visited the United States, the former Soviet Union and Europe to talk about her experience and advocate a nuclear-free society.