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September 23, 2000

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Yehuda Amichai, who invented an Israeli poetic language that blended the longings of the ancient Jewish poets and the spare introspection of modern stylists, died Friday of cancer. He was 76.

He wrote in Hebrew and was probably Israel’s most translated poet.

Amichai was perpetually nominated for the Nobel literature prize. His poetry celebrated the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland _ he was born in Wuerzburg, Germany, in 1924, and came to Israel as a refugee from Nazi persecution in 1936.

His first collection of poetry, ``Now and in Other Days,″ was published in 1955, and precipitated a radical, slangy departure from the formal style of other modern Hebrew poets.

Anne E. Dyson

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dr. Anne E. Dyson, a pediatrician, philanthropist and well-known children’s advocate, died Thursday after battling breast cancer. She was 52.

Dyson, wife of Michael Kramer, managing editor of the New York Daily News, headed the Dyson Foundation, which has financed many programs aimed at improving the lives of children in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley.

The foundation _ among the nation’s largest, with assets of more than $330 million _ was founded in 1957 by her late parents, Charles and Margaret Dyson.

Besides heading the foundation, Dyson was co-chairwoman of the Partnership for Children of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also was vice chairwoman of the board of overseers of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University.

Warren Rutledge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Warren Rutledge, one of the winningest high school basketball coaches in the country, died Thursday after a stroke. He was 69.

Rutledge had 949 victories in 43 years at Benedictine High School.

Rutledge retired last season after leading Benedictine to the state Catholic championship for the 26th time. He finished with a 949-334 record _ the highest victory total in state prep history and seventh in the nation, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.

John Sutherland Egerton

LONDON (AP) _ John Sutherland Egerton, the sixth Duke of Sutherland and owner of one of the great private collections of Old Master paintings, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 85.

The duke inherited some 500 paintings and drawings, most purchased from the French royal collection of Louis Philippe, Duke of Orleans, after the French Revolution.

Some of the most important works in the National Gallery of Scotland are on loan from the duke, including three Raphaels, five Titians, a Tintoretto and a group of Poussin’s works.

Egerton succeeded his father in 1944 as fifth Earl of Ellesmere, then inherited the dukedom of Sutherland in 1963 when his cousin the fifth Duke of Sutherland died without a male heir.

He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France during World War II, was captured in 1940 and spent five years in a German prison camp.

There were no children from either of the Duke’s two marriages, and the duke’s heir is a cousin, Francis Ronald Egerton.

Irwin W. Sizer

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) _ Irwin W. Sizer, a former dean and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died Sept. 11. He was 90.

Sizer began his 60-year career with MIT when he became head of the university’s biology department in 1957. He shepherded the department into focusing on molecular biology, and became dean of the university’s graduate school in 1967.

During Sizer’s tenure as dean, MIT developed a joint doctorate program between MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In 1974, he co-founded MIT’s Whitaker College, which offers joint doctorate programs with Harvard, Tufts and Boston University medical schools.

In 1996, he and his late wife Helen, who died in 1997, endowed the Helen and Irwin Sizer Career Development Professorship at MIT.

Richard L. Watson Jr.

DURHAM, N.C. - Richard L. Watson, Jr., a retired Duke University history professor who served in World War II and then helped write a comprehensive history of the Air Force in the war, died Friday of pneumonia. He was 85.

Watson arrived at Duke in 1939 and never left except for five years of military service.

He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and was assigned to the Air Historical Office Headquarters from 1943 to 1946.

After his return to campus, he and fellow Duke history professor Arthur Ferguson worked on a seven-volume history of the Air Force during the war. The first volume in the series was published in 1948.

Watson was chairman of the university’s history department from 1960 to 1967.

He was author of five books and dozens of scholarly articles.

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