Douglas Gageby

Irish Times Editor

Douglas Gageby, 85, who transformed the Irish Times from the voice of Ireland's dwindling Protestant minority into one of the most respected newspapers on the island, died June 24 in Dublin. No cause of death was reported.

Mr. Gageby, a Protestant from Belfast, edited the newspaper from 1963 to 1974 and again from 1977 to 1986. He rose initially through the ranks of the Irish Press Group controlled by then-Prime Minister Eamon de Valera, an anti-British republican who sought to make the independent Irish Republic an overtly Catholic state.

Mr. Gageby took the reins of the Irish Times when the newspaper, like the Protestant minority, was struggling for survival. He built it into a liberal voice featuring detailed reporting, particularly on Northern Ireland and social affairs, that appealed to Ireland's burgeoning Catholic middle class.

Karol Kennedy Kucher

Olympic Skater

Karol Kennedy Kucher, 72, who with her brother, Peter, won the silver medal in skating pairs at the 1952 Winter Olympics and was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, died June 25 at a hospital in Seattle. She had pneumonia.

Known as the "Kennedy kids," they won six national pairs titles and the world pairs championship in 1950 and finished sixth in the 1948 Olympics and second four years later.

Peter switched sports after 1952 but failed to make the 1956 Olympic team as a skier. Karol married, raised a family and in 1994 opened a children's clothing store that is now operated by a daughter and granddaughter.

Stipe Suvar

Yugoslavian Communist Leader

Stipe Suvar, 68, a former president of Yugoslavia's Communist Party, died June 29, it was reported in Zagreb, Croatia. No cause of death was reported.

He moved up in bureaucratic circles to become a member of the Communist Party Central Committee and then its president. In 1990, he was Croatia's representative in Yugoslavia's eight-member rotating presidency, in which each member held the top chair for one year.

Democratic structural changes led to his being forced from office, and he founded the Socialist Workers Party in 1997. The party failed to win a following of more than 1 percent nationwide, but Mr. Suvar remained a committed socialist who was skeptical of globalization and the European Union.

He said he believed that socialism would prevail in the end, telling one interviewer, "In 30 to 40 years, today's antiglobalists will gather steam and bring about the collapse of classical capitalism and the current economic system."