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July 25, 1999

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Shoukry Ayyad, one of the Arab world’s most respected poetry critics, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 78.

Ayyad wrote 20 books on Arabic poetry, language and theater, including ``The Hero in Literature and Fables,″ ``Music of Poetry″ and ``Language and Creativity.″ He published a regular literary column for a newspaper, Al-Ahram.

Ayyad also wrote a volume of poetry and the novel, ``Heavenly Bird.″

The Egyptian government gave him the state Literary Award, but denied him a license to publish a monthly literary magazine. He appealed in vain to President Hosni Mubarak, and then published collections of articles in book form.

Henry Walter Brosin

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Henry Walter Brosin, a former president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychiatrists, died July 3. He was 94.

Brosin had been a resident of Tucson since 1969, when he was named a professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona Medical School. He helped organize its department of psychiatry, retiring from the school in 1994.

He was a native of Blackwood, Va., and a 1927 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he received his M.D. in 1933.

Brosin studied psychiatry at the Chicago Institute and was associated with the University of Chicago. From 1950 to 1969 he was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, and was chairman of the department of psychiatry and director of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics.

Barbara Raskin

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Barbara Raskin, author of feminist novels about women in middle age, most notably ``Hot Flashes,″ died Friday of complications following surgery for vascular disease. She was 63.

Published two decades after the women’s movement kicked into gear, ``Hot Flashes″ of 1987 was considered an important work for its celebration of female friendship. The book chronicles three women who gather to mourn the death of a writer friend, who had left behind a journal describing her despair when her husband left for a younger woman. The friends salvage the writer’s unfinished autobiographical novel, written for revenge.

The book was on The New York Times bestsellers list for four months and was praised for capturing the feelings of a generation of well-educated women who raised families while their husbands pursued careers.

Raskin’s other books include ``The National Anthem,″ a look at Washington during the Watergate investigation, ``Loose Ends″ and ``Out of Order.″ She received a fiction award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982.

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