Albanian Leader Queen Geraldine of the Albanians, 87, wife of Albania's King Zog, who ruled his Balkan kingdom for two decades before World War II, died Oct. 22 in a hospital in Tirana, Albania. She had heart and pulmonary ailments.
The couple married in 1938, and 388 days later, they fled Albania after the Italian invasion and occupation. They spent World War II in exile in Britain. After the war, when the communists took over Albania, the royal couple lived in exile in Egypt and France, where King Zog died in 1961. Queen Geraldine lived in Spain and South Africa before returning to Albania in 2001.
Queen Geraldine was born Geraldine Apponyi in Budapest. Her father was a Hungarian count, and her mother was an heiress who was the daughter of a U.S. diplomat. The future queen grew up in Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. One of Europe's aristocratic beauties, she was referred to as "The White Rose of Hungary."
Xu Zhongtian, 62, president of the Chinese Communist Party newspaper People's Daily, died Oct. 24 in Beijing after a heart attack.
He joined the People's Daily in 1995 and was the newspaper's editor-in-chief and vice president before being appointed president in 2001.
Xu, who was also president of the China Newspaper Association, began his career as an administrator and educator in his native province of Jilin in China's northeast. He later rose to head the Communist Party's provincial propaganda department.
Jesse L. Greenstein
Jesse L. Greenstein, 93, an astrophysicist known for his pioneering work on quasars and the evolution and composition of stars, died in Pasadena, Calif., Oct. 21, three days after falling and breaking a hip. Dr. Greenstein had identified more than 500 white dwarf stars before he stopped observing the heavens in 1983.
In the 1950s, with partner Maarten Schmidt, he demonstrated that quasars, starlike objects that generate large amounts of light and radio waves, are relatively compact bodies.
Dr. Greenstein joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology to organize a graduate astronomy program, which he headed from 1948 until 1972.
Derek Bell, 66, a harpist with the popular Irish traditional band the Chieftains, which has helped lead a revival in Celtic music, died Oct. 15 in a hotel in Phoenix. He had a heart ailment.
In addition to being a highly-acclaimed Celtic harp player, Mr. Bell, a native of Belfast, played the piano, oboe, electric keyboard, English horn and hammered dulcimer. Over the years, he had appeared with symphonies in Europe and the United States and had been principal oboist and horn player with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Bell, a former manager of the Belfast Symphony Orchestra, joined the Chieftains in 1972. He continued to record as a solo artist in addition to touring with the band.
Fred Troller, 71, a design director who was part of a movement that embraced the stark photographic imagery of the Bauhaus school of the 1920s rather than the decorative graphic-design styles of the 1960s, died of cancer Oct. 11 in Rye, N.Y.
He championed a minimalist typographic style known as Swiss New Typography. He used geometric forms and juxtaposed large and small type in his designs of trademarks, advertisements, annual reports and book jackets for corporations including Exxon, General Electric, IBM, Westinghouse and Doubleday.
Mr. Troller, a native of Switzerland, became design director at Geigy Chemical Corp. in New York. In 1968, he set up his own design studio, Troller Associates.
Warren Featherstone Reid
Warren Featherstone Reid, 73, who advised Sen. Warren G. Magnuson (Wash.), Washington Gov. Booth Gardner and other Democratic officeholders for 40 years, died Oct. 20 in a hospital in Kirkland, Wash., after a heart attack.
Mr. Reid, one of Magnuson's closest advisers for decades, served as staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee when Magnuson chaired it in the late 1970s.
Beulah Quo, 79, a film and TV character actress who had roles in more than 20 feature films, including "Pork Chop Hill," "Flower Drum Song," "Gypsy," "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Chinatown," "Into the Night," "Bad Girls" and "MacArthur," died Oct. 23 in a hospital in La Mesa, Calif., after a heart attack.
She also appeared in 16 movies for television and more than 100 TV shows. Most notably, she played Kublai Khan's empress in the NBC miniseries "Marco Polo," co-starred as a Vietnamese orphanage director in the CBS TV movie "The Children of An Lac" and played a stern Chinese university dean in the CBS TV movie "Forbidden Nights."
In 1985, she began a six-year run in the recurring role of Olin, the hip-talking, wise housekeeper and confidant on ABC-TV's "General Hospital," for which fans of the show organized a Beulah Quo fan club.