Yegor Yakovlev, 75, a journalist whose weekly Soviet newspaper became a flagship of openness during the glasnost era of Mikhail Gorbachev, died Sept. 18 in Moscow. No cause of death was reported.
Appointed editor in chief of the weekly Moscow News in 1986, Mr. Yakovlev turned what was a propaganda sheet into an organ of reform, increasing circulation from 35,000 to 3 million copies a week in eight languages. Its Russian edition had a circulation of 250,000 when he left in 1991.
During his tenure, he oversaw reporting on the crimes of Josef Stalin and articles openly criticizing Communist rule and the socialist economy. On Wednesdays, the day the weekly paper was published, long lines of readers formed to buy copies.
A fierce opponent of censorship, Mr. Yakovlev later edited the Obshchaya Gazeta, or Common Newspaper, a publication championing free speech.
Willie Hutch, 60, an award-winning Motown and rhythm-and-blues musician, songwriter and producer who co-wrote the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There," died Sept. 19 in Duncanville, Tex., where he lived. The cause of death was not reported.
Born Willie McKinley Hutchison in Los Angeles, he grew up in Dallas. In 1964, his debut single, "Love Has Put Me Down," was released by Soul City Records. His music soon caught the attention of the 5th Dimension, which recorded several of his songs.
Mr. Hutch was best known for his work at Motown during the 1970s. "I'll Be There," written with Hal Davis, Bob West and Motown record label founder Berry Gordy Jr., hit No. 1 in 1970.
Mr. Hutch also collaborated on the Jackson 5 hits "Got to Be There" and "Never Can Say Goodbye." He released solo albums on the Motown label while producing or writing songs for other major performers, including Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross, and was a two-time Grammy nominee.
Theodore Barber, 78, a psychologist who became a leading critic of the use of hypnosis after his studies concluded that the power of suggestion was just as effective, died Sept. 10 at a hospital in Framingham, Mass., of a ruptured aorta.
Mr. Barber began studying hypnosis in the 1960s and found that he could induce sleepiness by suggestion alone, without the formal methods used by hypnotists. He published his findings in a 1969 book, "Hypnosis: A Scientific Approach."
The Barber Suggestibility Scale, a method of evaluating patients and measuring their responsiveness to a range of suggestions, is still in use.
Donna Hanson, 65, a Catholic lay leader who once counseled Pope John Paul II to reach out to women, the divorced, minorities and homosexuals, died Sept. 23 of cancer in Spokane, Wash.
As director of the Diocese of Spokane's Catholic Charities organization since 1978, Ms. Hanson became a champion of social justice and a voice of the laity in the Catholic Church. In 1987, during a papal visit to San Francisco, she urged Pope John Paul II to reach out to Catholic laywomen as well as divorced people, minorities, gay men and lesbians.
She was given the U.S. Catholic Award for being the woman who had done the most to further the cause of women in the Catholic Church. She later received a medal for lifetime achievement from the pope.