Toshikazu Kase, 101, the veteran diplomat who took part in the signing of Japan's surrender to the United States in World War II and other major events in his country's modern history, died of a heart ailment May 21, it was reported in Tokyo.
He was Japan's first ambassador to the United Nations and witnessed the forging of Japan's emergence as a modern power. He was educated at Amherst College and Harvard University, entered Japan's foreign ministry and was director of the North America division when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
He was later aboard the battleship USS Missouri as Gen. Douglas MacArthur presided at the signing of Japan's unconditional surrender to the United States. After retiring from the foreign ministry, Mr. Kase became a newspaper columnist and lecturer.
Ira McKissick Koger Jr.
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Ira McKissick Koger Jr., 91, a real estate developer who helped pioneer the office park concept and became a leading contributor to the arts community, died May 29 of complications from a staph infection, it was reported in Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Mr. Koger began building suburban office parks in 1957, serving as chairman and chief executive of Koger Properties. The company produced more than 325 buildings in 36 office parks in 23 cities throughout the Southeast and Southwest, yielding about $150 million in annual rent.
A federal grand jury indicted Mr. Koger in June 1995 on seven counts of tax evasion, claiming he owed $2.5 million. But a federal judge ruled that Mr. Koger's affliction with sleep apnea made him unable to stand trial and suspended the case. Mr. Koger maintained his innocence, blaming his accountant for his tax return problems.
Edward Wagenknecht, 104, a literary biographer, critic and editor, died May 24 in St. Albans, Vt. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Wagenknecht produced about 70 books, including studies of Charles Dickens, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry James and William Shakespeare; a history of silent films; and anthologies of English and American novels, Christmas stories and tales of the supernatural. His first major work, "The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait," appeared in 1929; his last published book, a study of Willa Cather, appeared in 1994.
He taught English at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Boston University and wrote book reviews for many newspapers. He was born in Chicago and attended high school in Oak Park, Ill., where Ernest Hemingway was a classmate.
Christopher L. Moseley
Christopher L. Moseley, 63, convicted in the 1998 Las Vegas murder-for-hire slaying of his stepson's girlfriend, died in prison May 25. Authorities at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., where Mr. Moseley was serving a 16-year sentence, did not report a cause of death.
He was the third husband of Lisa Dean Moseley, an heiress to the du Pont family chemical fortune. He was convicted in 2000 of paying two hit men and a former porn actress $15,000 to kill Patricia Margello, the girlfriend of his wife's son, Simpson Dean MacGuigan. Mr. Moseley testified that he and his wife blamed Margello, a former prostitute, for MacGuigan's drug problems. Margello's body was found in August 1998, stuffed inside an air conditioning duct at a Las Vegas motel. FBI agents and Las Vegas police arrested Mr. Moseley the next month.
He attended boarding schools while growing up on Long Island, N.Y., and served in the Army from 1958 to 1985. During his sentencing, he told the court, "To this day, I don't know why I did what I did. But I do know Patricia Margello is dead, and I'm responsible."