SUNSET, La. (AP) _ Daly Lavergne, a former mayor and diplomat who was honored for his work resettling more than a million Vietnamese refugees in 1954, died Friday of cancer. He was 81.
Lavergne was mayor of Sunset from 1950 to 1953 before joining the U.S. mission in Saigon, Vietnam. In 1954, when the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu led to Vietnam’s division into North and South, Lavergne coordinated the resettlement of more than a million refugees fleeing to the south.
That brought him the U.S. government’s Distinguished Service Award and an equivalent honor from Vietnam’s government.
Lavergne moved on to the Philippines as deputy director of the U.S. operations mission there, and later led missions in Laos, Tunisia and Somalia. He also directed the Office of International Training.
He retired and returned to Sunset in 1972.
GUILDFORD, England (AP) _ Stefan Knapp, an artist who created a 200-by-50-foot mural that made the cover of Time magazine, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 75.
Knapp’s mural, made of sheets of steel covered with porcelain painted with a glass-like enamel, is mounted on the former Alexander’s Department Store in Paramus, N.J. Touted as the world’s largest, it was created in 1962 it sold for $250,000.
When Knapp was 17, Russians invaded his hometown in Bilgoraj, Poland, and killed his father. In 1942, he and other Polish prisoners were released to Britain in exchange for weapons. Knapp became a fighter pilot in the expatriate Polish army, winning decorations for bravery.
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) _ Jeffrey ``Jake″ MacNelly, an Aspen Times cartoonist and son of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jeff MacNelly, died in a mountain climbing accident Saturday. He was 24.
MacNelly fell 75 feet, from the top of Diehard Rock, and died shortly after arriving at Aspen Valley Hospital.
He drew ``The View From Aspen,″ which ran on Thursdays. One of his cartoons was recently reprinted in the New York Times.
In addition to his own cartoons, Jake MacNelly worked with Aspen cartoonist Chris Cassart. The two contributed to Jeff MacNelly’s nationally syndicated cartoons ``Shoe″ and ``Pluggers.″
Survivors include his father, mother, Rita, and two brothers, Danny and Matt.
HANOVER, Germany (AP) _ Henri Nannen, a founder and publisher of the weekly newsmagazine Stern, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.
Nannen helped create Stern in 1948 postwar Germany. During 32 years as editor and three as publisher, Nannen helped make Stern one of the most popular magazines in Europe.
In 1983 Stern published what it believed were Hitler’s diaries recovered from a long-abandoned plane wreck. They turned out to have been written by a neo-Nazi hired by a Stern reporter.
Nannen and several ranking editors resigned. The reporter, Gerd Heidemann, was fired.
The scandal tainted an otherwise distinguished career dedicated to championing social change and causes _ including West German Chancellor Willy Brandt’s policy of Ostpolitik, or reconciliation with the Soviet bloc.
Survivors include his third wife, Eske, a son and a stepson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dr. David Viscott, a radio and television psychologist, was found dead on his bed Monday. He was 58, and had suffered from heart problems.
Viscott was a radio personality on KABC Radio and also had a syndicated television program.