Children's Book Author
Paula Danziger, 59, the children's author best known for her classic "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit" and the Amber Brown book series, died July 8 at a hospital in New York after a heart attack.
Ms. Danziger published more than 30 books, becoming one of the most popular U.S. authors for young adults. Her works were translated into dozens of languages. Her debut book, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," released almost 30 years ago, involved a teenage girl overcoming a weight problem and emerging with a heightened self-confidence.
Edward J. Hoffman
PET Scanner Inventor
Edward J. Hoffman, 62, who helped invent the PET scanner, the most commonly used whole-body scanning procedure for detecting disease and cancer, died July 1, it was reported in Los Angeles. No cause of death was reported.
Dr. Hoffman was a professor at UCLA medical school. He taught in the departments of molecular and medical pharmacology as well as radiological sciences.
He worked with UCLA colleague Michael Phelps to develop the first human PET scanner in 1973 at Washington University in St. Louis. Positron emission tomography is a medical imaging technique that allows doctors and scientists to monitor the biological process of a disease. It is used for studying cancer and diagnosing problems in the brain and heart.
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo
Portuguese Prime Minister
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, 74, the only woman to serve as Portugal's prime minister, died of a heart ailment July 10 in Lisbon.
Ms. Pintasilgo served as prime minister in 1979. She also held a series of senior posts, including minister of social affairs, in provisional governments after the 1974 revolution that ended 30 years of dictatorship. She also had served as ambassador to UNESCO.
Trained as a chemical and industrial engineer, Ms. Pintasilgo ran unsuccessfully for president for the Socialist party in 1986 and was elected to the European Parliament in 1987.
Rita 'Syreeta' Wright
Rita "Syreeta" Wright, 58, the Motown recording artist and songwriter who collaborated with ex-husband Stevie Wonder in writing several hits including "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and "If You Really Love Me," died July 6 at her home in Los Angeles. She had cancer.
Ms. Wright was also known for her hit duet with Billy Preston, "With You I'm Born Again," from the 1979 film "Fast Break."
She married Wonder in 1970; they divorced about two years later. They remained friends and collaborators until her death. Wonder produced two of Ms. Wright's albums, including "Syreeta" and "Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta" about their love, divorce and friendship.
Jan K. Cohn
Jan Kadetsky Cohn, 70, a former English Department chairman at George Mason University who held teaching and administrative positions at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., died July 1 at a hospice in Troy, N.Y. She had cancer.
Dr. Cohn worked at GMU from 1976 to 1987, when she joined Trinity as dean of faculty and chief academic officer. She most recently was a professor of American literature and American studies.
Her books included "The Palace or the Poorhouse: The American House as a Cultural Symbol" (1979), "Improbable Fiction: The Life of Mary Roberts Rinehart" (1980), "Romance and the Erotics of Property: Mass-Market Fiction for Women" (1988) and "Creating America: George Horace Lorimer and the Saturday Evening Post" (1989).
William K. McClure
'60 Minutes' Producer
William Kyle McClure, 81, an original producer for CBS's "60 Minutes" and one of the last surviving colleagues of Edward R. Murrow, died July 2 of a heart ailment on the Italian island of Sardinia, where he had a summer home. He lived in London.
A former cameraman with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Mr. McClure joined CBS News in 1952, working with Murrow on the documentary news series "See It Now" and "Small World." He produced "D-Day Plus 20" in 1964 with Walter Cronkite and joined the original "60 Minutes" team in 1968, eventually moving to London as European producer. He won four Emmy Awards, including three for his work on "60 Minutes."
Mr. McClure was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and raised in Washington. He briefly worked as a copy boy for The Washington Post before joining the Army in World War II.