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January 16, 1998

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Georg Eisler, an Austrian expressionist artist whose paintings and sketches portrayed people in their everyday surroundings, died Wednesday. He was 69.

He studied art with German expressionist Oskar Kokoschka.

Eisler was born in Vienna to composer Hanns Eisler and his wife Charlotte. Georg Eisler immigrated to England with his mother when he was 11, after Nazi Germany annexed Austria.

He returned to Vienna after World War II.

Helen Haje

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Helen Haje, a founder of the National Association of Arab-Americans, died Monday of congestive heart failure. She was 74.

Ms. Haje helped found the Washington-based Arab-American political action group in 1972 and subsequently served as its executive secretary.

Since 1980, Haje operated a Washington public relations firm that worked mainly on political campaigns of Arab-American candidates.

Jaysin Fermin

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Jaysin Fermin, the Dominican merengue star whose innovative group Illegales helped create a new style of Latin music, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a car accident. He was 20.

Fermin was seriously injured in a car crash a month ago, doctors said he died of an infection caused by the spinal injury.

Fermin was the lead singer of the group, whose name means The Illegals in Spanish. The group pioneered the ``merenhouse″ style, named for its meld of hip-swaying merengue and urban hip hop and rap music.

Richard T. Kennedy

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Richard T. Kennedy, the ambassador-at-large who coordinated U.S. nuclear nonproliferation efforts during the Reagan and Bush administrations, died Monday. He was 78.

After his 1982 appointment as ambassador-at-large for nuclear affairs, Kennedy quickly negotiated nuclear cooperation agreements with both China and Japan and opened nonproliferation consultations with the Soviet Union. In 1986, he led the U.S. response to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident in the Ukraine.

Kennedy was a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1975 to 1980 and was as an undersecretary of state in 1981 and 1982. He served from 1969 to 1974 on the National Security Council staff, first as director for staff planning and coordination and later as deputy assistant to the president for national security planning.

Kennedy retired shortly before President Clinton’s inauguration in January 1993.

E. Harvey Hough

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) _ E. Harvey Hough, retired editor and publisher of the Tonawanda News, died Tuesday. He was 79.

He joined the Tonawanda News as a reporter in 1946, after serving in the Army during World War II as a cryptographer in India and China. He became city editor in 1948 and was promoted to managing editor in 1949.

Named editor in 1967, he was appointed publisher in 1975 when Ralph Ingersoll II purchased the paper from local owners. He retired in 1980.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Vic Prinzi

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Vic Prinzi, a Florida State University quarterback who scored the first 2-point conversion in college football history and a longtime member of the Seminoles radio broadcast team, died Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 61.

Prinzi, who joined Gene Deckerhoff on FSU football broadcasts in 1981, was an account executive at Sales Mark Brokerage in Tampa. He also worked with Deckerhoff on mid-1980s broadcasts of the U.S. Football League’s Tampa Bay Bandits.

Playing against Ohio University in 1956, the year the rule was implemented, Prinzi scored the first 2-point conversion.

After college, Prinzi became a graduate assistant coach at FSU, then became a full-time assistant at the University of Tampa and settled in Tampa.

T. Wayne Robertson

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ T. Wayne Robertson, an executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and an influential leader in motorsports, died Wednesday during a hunting trip in Louisiana. He was 47.

Robertson was one of six duck hunters killed in a boating collision in a Louisiana bayou.

Robertson joined R.J. Reynolds as an administrative trainee and show car driver in 1971. Twenty years later, he was named one of the 50 most powerful people in sports by The Sporting News and he helped transform NASCAR from a racing circuit of regional interest into an international success.

As president of Sports Marketing Enterprises and senior vice president of Reynolds, Robertson oversaw the sponsorship of NASCAR Winston Cup racing, NHRA Winston Drag Racing, the Vantage Championship Senior PGA tournament and other events.

Winston Cup races are seen every week on television, and events are now being staged at Indianapolis, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Texas, southern California, and, in 1998, in Las Vegas.

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