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Obituaries of note

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 25, 2005


DR. HEINRICH GROSS, 90, a psychiatrist who worked at a clinic where the Nazis killed and conducted cruel experiments on thousands of children, died Dec. 15 in Vienna, his family said. Gross, who was implicated in nine deaths as part of a Nazi plot to eliminate "worthless lives," escaped trial in March after a court ruled he suffered from dementia. Gross proclaimed his innocence for decades, insisting he was not at the hospital at the time.

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JANE BURGIO, 83, the first woman to hold the job of secretary of state in New Jersey, died Tuesday in Newark, N.J. Burgio, a Republican, was appointed by former Gov. Thomas Kean and served as secretary of state from 1982 to 1990.

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O.B. COPELAND, 89, who helped launch Southern Living magazine nearly 40 years ago and was the publication's first editor, died Wednesday. The journalist and World War II veteran joined the Progressive Farmer/Southern Progress Corporation as an assistant editor and was editor of its spinoff, Southern Living, when it first published in 1966.

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DR. HYMAN ENGELBERG, 92, the personal physician to Marilyn Monroe who announced her death and ruled it a suicide, died Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. Engelberg treated nearly 100 Hollywood stars including Burt Lancaster, Danny Kaye, Rita Hayworth and Walter Matthau. He also was known for his prolific writing and research, including a 1965 study documenting why smokers were more likely to suffer heart attacks than nonsmokers.

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LYNDON OLSON SR., 80, a lawyer who successfully argued a case in 1968 before the Supreme Court that extended the principle of "one man, one vote" to local governments, died Tuesday in Waco, Texas. Olson appeared before the Supreme Court in Avery vs. Midland County. The high court decided that the makeup of local governments must reflect the population within them, just as the court had previously required of congressional and state districts.

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JOSEPH L. OWADES, 86, the biochemist credited with inventing light beer and creating the formula for several brands including Samuel Adams Boston Lager, died Friday in Sonoma, Calif. After receiving a doctorate from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Owades took a job in fermentation science and began developing yeast for use in food and beverages, eventually developing a process to remove the starch from beer, making it lower in carbohydrates and calories.

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RODNEY WHITAKER, 74, who wrote popular thrillers under the pen name Trevanian, died Dec. 14 in western England. Whitaker's best-known book was The Eiger Sanction, an Alpine tale of spies and assassins that became a 1975 film starring Clint Eastwood. He wrote in a variety of styles, under his own name and pseudonyms that included Nicholas Seare - author of the Arthurian saga Rude Tales and Glorious - and Benat LeCagot.

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