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Obituaries of note

By Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 30, 2003

KATHLEEN WINSOR, 83, whose 1944 novel Forever Amber became a model for romantic best sellers to follow, died Monday in New York City. Her 972-page book detailed the sexual adventures of a young woman in Restoration England, Amber St. Clare. Though mild by today's standards, the book's raciness drew readers by the thousands, selling 100,000 copies the first week after it was published. Eventually as many as 3-million copies were sold, published reports said.

SLOAN WILSON, 83, author of the 1950s best sellers The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and A Summer Place, died Sunday in Colonial Beach, Va. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, based on his experience with corporate culture, portrays a young executive's struggles with his conscience as he tries to get ahead. A Summer Place sparked controversy with its unusually frank examination of sexual mores in the conservative 1950s. Both books were made into movies.

GEORGE C. MARTIN, 93, a Boeing Co. executive whose swept-wing design for the B-47 Stratojet bomber was used in civilian as well as military aircraft that followed, died May 21 in Seattle. His design was cited by the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, Wash., in 1987 as "the greatest single advancement in long-range, high-speed aircraft in history ... the basis for every Boeing jetliner and jet bomber that followed."

AL HARTLEY, 81, who spent nearly three decades illustrating the Archie comic strips and also drew for Marvel Comics, died Tuesday in Fort Myers. At Marvel Comics, he drew Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. He left the company to work on the Archie illustration team from 1966 through 1993.

LUCIANO BERIO, 77, considered Italy's foremost composer of the late 20th century, died Tuesday in Rome. Mr. Berio, who was also a conductor, was particularly noted for innovations in electronic music. He taught courses on electronic music at Columbia University in New York. Since September 2000, he had been chairman and superintendent of the National Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome.

LINDA MABALOT, 49, a film maker who founded the Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival and helped the careers of Asian American directors as head of a nonprofit media production and advocacy firm, died May 19 in Los Angeles. She had cancer.

FREDDY GUERRA, 79, the youngest member of Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band, died May 17 in Mesa, Ariz. He was one of four saxophone players, topped by a single clarinetist, who produced the signature sound of Miller, one of the biggest stars of the swing era. As an 18-year-old draftee from Boston, Mr. Guerra passed an audition at Yale University to join the band, playing Moonlight Serenade and In the Mood on a world tour during World War II.

DR. VINCENT FREDA, 75, who helped develop a vaccine against a disease that afflicted and killed thousands of babies each year, died May 7 in New York City. He was instrumental in the development of Rhogam, a vaccine that allows Rh-negative mothers to deliver Rh-positive babies and avoid hemolytic disease. The Rh-factor is a protein found on red blood cells. Rh-positive children born to Rh-negative mothers run the risk of having hemolytic disease, in which the mother's body makes antibodies that attack her fetus' blood.

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