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Willem de Kooning, an abstract expressionist who became one of the 20th cen

March 20, 1997

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Willem de Kooning, an abstract expressionist who became one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, died in his studio Wednesday. He was 92.

De Kooning’s works stressed the depiction of emotion through shapes and colors, incorporating traces of the surrealist movement and prefiguring Pop art.

His meticulously composed 1944 ``Pink Lady,″ sold for $3.63 million in 1987. Two years later his 1955 masterpiece ``Interchange″ sold for a stunning $20.6 million.

De Kooning painted daily until the late 1980s, even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In 1989, after a bitter court fight, he was declared mentally incompetent and control of his estate was given to his attorney and his daughter, Lisa, his only survivor.

His first one-man show came in 1948 at age 44. His ``Excavation″ won the major prize at the Art Institute of Chicago’s 1951 exhibition.

In the 1950s, de Kooning returned to the figure, working for three years on ``Woman I,″ which was bought by the Museum of Modern Art.

De Kooning never considered the work finished, or even a success, but it became the most reproduced work of art in the 1950s, and other ``Woman″ paintings followed.

``Flesh, was the reason why oil painting was invented,″ de Kooning once said.

Eamonn Doran

NEW YORK (AP) _ Eamonn Doran, the popular Irish-born owner of three popular Manhattan pubs, died Sunday of kidney failure in Dublin. He was 58.

His bar, named Eamonn Doran, on Second Avenue in Manhattan has always been known as a center for recent immigrants from Ireland, where a visitor is as likely to meet a member of U2 as they are the lord mayor of Wexford, Dominic Kiernan.

Doran came to the United States from Ireland in 1971.

He overstayed his tourist visa, was falsely accused of being a gun runner for the Irish Republican Army, and got arrested for violating immigration laws.

Doran was told he could better fight deportation if he were a businessman, so backers rallied to his side and he opened the establishment that carries his name.

He got his green card in 1991.

Doran later opened two other bars, including one in the New York Hotel opposite Madison Square Garden.

Jacques Foccart

PARIS (AP) _ Jacques Foccart, French diplomat to Africa who often wielded more power than African heads of state and even orchestrated their rise and fall, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Foccart had suffered several heart attacks.

Known in France as ``Mr. Africa,″ Foccart was named secretary-general for African affairs in 1961, a title he held until 1974. He helped forge post-colonial policy for France’s former territories. In retirement, Foccart continued to advise Chirac.

In a tell-all book, ``Foccart Speaks,″ Foccart says he helped hand-pick President Omar Bongo of Gabon, even dining with him to check him out, and went along with the 1966 Central African Republic coup that put in power Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who was later ousted and accused of cannibalism.

Foccart also said that even at the height of the Cold War, France viewed the United States as a worrisome rival in Africa.

Charles G. Overberger

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Charles G. Overberger, University of Michigan professor emeritus of chemistry and vice president for research emeritus, died Monday after an extended illness resulting from Parkinson’s Syndrome. He was 76.

Overberger, an internationally known expert on organic polymer chemistry, helped establish the field as a major subdiscipline in chemistry. He also was an adviser, consultant, editor, and author of hundreds of technical papers.

In 1967, Overberger joined the University of Michigan faculty as professor and chair of chemistry. He served as the university vice president for research in 1972-83 and as founder and director of the Macromolecular Research Center in 1968-87. He retired in 1989.

Overberger was a past president of the American Chemical Society, the chemistry section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Macromolecular Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Patrick R. Wallace

NEW YORK (AP) _ Patrick R. Wallace, confidential assistant to city editors and metropolitan editors at The New York Times, died of cancer Tuesday. He was 79.

Wallace retired from the Times in 1980, after working his way up from a $15-a-week copy boy in 1935.

He was named confidential assistant to city editor Frank Adams in 1953, and held that title until his retirement.

His wife, Helen, died 15 years ago. He is survived by a sister and brother.

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