Anita Borg

Computer Scientist

Anita Borg, 54, a computer scientist with the Xerox Corp.'s Palo Alto Research Center in California who was a mentor to women seeking careers in computers and engineering, died of brain cancer April 6 at her mother's home in Sonoma, Calif.

In 1987, she founded Systers, an electronic mailing list dealing with technical topics for women engineers.

She founded the Grace Hopper Celebration conference of women in high-tech industries in 1994. And in 1997, she founded the Institute for Women and Technology that oversees both Systers and the Hopper Celebration.

Dr. Borg, a Chicago native, received a doctorate in computer science from Fordham University. She worked for Digital Equipment Corp. in California before joining Xerox.

David Greene

Television Director

David Greene, 82, who won Emmys for directing the TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" and the first episode of "Roots," died April 7 in Ojai, Calif. He had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Greene received an Emmy for directing the television movie "Friendly Fire" (1979) and received a nomination for directing the miniseries "Fatal Vision" (1984). Among his other TV credits were "The Betty Ford Story" (1987) for ABC and the Liberace segment of "Behind the Music" (1988) for CBS.

His film credits included "Godspell" (1973), which he wrote and directed, as well as "Sebastian" (1968) with Dirk Bogarde and "Gray Lady Down" (1978) with Charlton Heston.

Maki Ishii


Maki Ishii, 66, a composer who fused Japanese and Western sounds, died April 8 at a hospital in Kashiwa, Japan. He had thyroid cancer.

Mr. Ishii was the third son of Baku Ishii, a pioneer of modern Japanese dance, and he wrote "So-gu" for the piano and shakuhachi -- a Japanese bamboo flute -- in the 1970s. He composed "Mono-Prism" for Japanese taiko drums and a Western orchestra in 1976. He produced the opera "Tojirareta Fune" in 1999.

James Finley

Textile Executive

James D. Finley, 86, who was board chairman of textile giant J.P. Stevens and Co. from 1965 to 1979, died April 5 in Gulf Stream, Fla., after a heart attack.

During his years as chairman, Stevens was the second-largest textile maker in the country, topping $1 billion in annual sales and employing 44,000 workers in 85 plants.

Mr. Finley became the first person outside of the Stevens family to become chairman. He held that post during the company's lengthy battle with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, which fought for nearly two decades to represent workers at a Stevens plant in North Carolina. That story inspired the film "Norma Rae."