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Obituaries

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 15, 2003

CLAUS HELBERG, 84, a Norwegian resistance fighter and member of a commando team that destroyed Germany's atomic weapons program in a daring World War II raid, died March 6 in Oslo. The 1943 raid destroyed a heavy water plant operated by the Nazi army near Rjukan after it occupied Norway. The plant could have provided Nazi scientists with the chemical reaction necessary to build an atomic bomb. The raid was depicted in a 1965 movie, The Heroes of Telemark, starring Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris.

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DR. STAN BRAKHAGE, 70, a retired University of Colorado professor who was a noted experimental filmmaker, died Sunday in British Columbia. He made nearly 380 films, each lasting between 9 seconds and 4 hours. His 1964 masterpiece Dog Star Man is listed alongside Citizen Kane, Star Wars and the Zapruder footage of the John F. Kennedy assassination as among the most important films made, according to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.

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SIDNEY LIPPMAN, 89, the composer and songwriter who wrote the music for Nat King Cole's 1951 hit Too Young, died Tuesday in North Bergen, N.J. Cole's Capitol recording with Les Baxter's Orchestra was the top song on Your Hit Parade 12 times. The song's words were written by Sylvia Dee, a longtime collaborator with Mr. Lippman.

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DANIEL TARADASH, 90, who won a screen-writing Oscar for From Here to Eternity, died Feb. 22 in Los Angeles. His screenplay is widely recognized as one of the greatest adaptations of that period and the film was critically acclaimed.

-- Area obituaries and the Suncoast Deaths list appear in local sections.

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