Rem Krassilnikov

KGB General

Rem Krassilnikov, 76, a retired KGB major general who, before his retirement in 1992, spent the 1980s as an immensely successful head of the Soviet intelligence service's counterintelligence operations against the United States, died earlier this month. The date, location and cause of his death were not reported.

He became head of the First Department of the KGB's Second Chief Directorate in 1979. During the 1980s, he directed investigations and arrests of intelligence assets betrayed by American traitors Robert P. Hanssen of the FBI and Edward Lee Howard and Aldrich Ames, both of the CIA.

Gen. Krassilnikov, a silver-haired figure who became known as the "professor of counterintelligence," served in Canada in the late 1950s and early 1960s and in Lebanon from 1965 to 1970. He served as head of the Second Chief Directorate's Second Department, which targeted Britain's MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) before taking on the CIA.

Paul Zindel


Paul Zindel, 66, the playwright who wrote "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1971, died of cancer March 27 in New York.

The play about a young girl who lives with her abusive mother and epileptic sister opened off-Broadway in April 1970 and ran for nearly two years. In 1972, it was made into a movie starring Joanne Woodward and directed by Paul Newman.

Mr. Zindel's other Broadway plays included "And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little" (1971), "The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild" (1972) and "Ladies of the Alamo" (1977). He also wrote the screenplays for several movies, including "Up the Sandbox" (1972), which starred Barbra Streisand, and "Mame" (1974), which had Lucille Ball in the title role.

Peggy Conklin


Peggy Conklin, 96, a pert "girl next door" actress from the 1930s through the 1950s who fared far better on Broadway than in Hollywood, died March 18 at her home in Naples, Fla. The cause of death was not reported.

During her three-decade career, she appeared in two dozen major plays, most of them on Broadway, including in the leading female role of Gabby Maple in Robert Sherwood's "Petrified Forest" opposite Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart. The 1935 production helped make Bogart a major star.

Miss Conklin did not find great success in Hollywood. She made five movies, all in the 1930s: "The President Vanishes," "The Devil Is a Sissy," "One-Way Ticket," "Her Master's Voice" and "Having a Wonderful Time."

Tauese Sunia

Samoa Governor

American Samoa Gov. Tauese Sunia, 61, died March 26 on his way to Honolulu for medical treatment. The cause of death was not reported.

He was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. He had served as lieutenant governor under former Gov. A. P. Lutali from 1993 to 1996.

He served a two-year term in the American Samoa House of Representatives and was a former director of the territory's Department of Education.