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Obituaries in the News

April 7, 2000

LEVERETT, Mass. (AP) _ Solomon Barkin, a labor economist, writer, and professor, died March 29. He was 92.

Barkin was director of research for the Textile Workers Union from 1937 to 1963 and then headed the social affairs division of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

He taught at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 1968 until his retirement in 1978.

His books included ``The Decline of the Labor Movement and What Can Be Done About It″ and ``Worker Militancy and Its Consequences, 1965-75.″

Habib Bourguiba

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) _ Former President Habib Bourguiba, who fought for Tunisian independence and bucked Muslim traditions during three decades as the benign and forward-looking dictator of Tunisia, died Thursday. He was 96.

Bourguiba was deposed in a 1987 palace coup. For more than 30 years, he modernized his nation while still retaining the respect of much of the Arab world.

But since November 1987, after being toppled by then-Prime Minister Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, he had lived in the shadows.

Despite the solitude of his final years, Tunisia has stayed the course Bourguiba set after this small North African nation gained independence from France in 1956. Moderation, modernization and pro-Western paths remain hallmarks of Tunisia, ruled then, as now, with an iron fist.

As a flamboyant provincial lawyer, Bourguiba founded a nationalist movement in the 1930s dedicated to ending colonial rule. He spent more than 11 years in French prisons on sedition charges before finally achieving his objective _ total independence _ in 1956.

In 1971, he was the first Arab leader to publicly advocate mutual recognition with Israel. But he joined the rest of the Arab world in condemning Egypt’s Camp David peace agreements with Israel as one-sided.

Kay Dalton Henneberger

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Kay Dalton Henneberger, a reporter and editor at The Providence Journal for more than 20 years, died Tuesday. She was 82.

Henneberger worked as a news reporter, business and features writer, and copy editor at the Journal.

Before joining the paper, she worked for The Wall Street Journal and several New York-based magazines owned by Chilton Publications, Fairchild Publications and other companies.

Her journalism career spanned nearly 50 years.

She is survived by a son and daughter.

Sorin Moisescu

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Sorin Moisescu, the president of Romania’s Supreme Court and a leader in the 1989 revolt that ended Communist rule, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 61.

During the violent revolution in December 1989, Moisescu spoke from the balcony of the Communist Party headquarters in Bucharest, urging demonstrators to set up a new political and democratic system after years of Soviet influence.

The revolt ended with the Christmas Day execution of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Moisescu held several top judicial positions after 1989 and was appointed president of Romania’s Supreme Court in June 1998.

Willard J. Smith

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Adm. Willard J. Smith, a former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, died April 1. He was 89.

Smith served as commandant from July 1966 until his retirement in June 1970. During his tenure, he oversaw the Coast Guard’s transition from the Treasury Department to the Department of Transportation in April 1967.

Smith was the first aviator to serve as commandant and held previous posts with the Coast Guard in Cleveland and New London, Conn.

Earle Gorton Linsley

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) _ Earle Gorton Linsley, former dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, died March 8 at a nursing home. He was 89.

Linsley was a leading authority on the classification and biology of wild bees and wood-boring beetles. He also made significant contributions to the study of crop pollination and the effect insects have on stored food products.

Born in Oakland, Linsley graduated from UC Berkeley in 1938 and began teaching there a year later. By 1953, he was a professor of entomology, and served as chairman of the entomology and parasitology department from 1951 to 1959. He was dean of the agriculture college from 1960 to 1973.

Linsley published several books and hundreds of scientific articles before retiring from the university in 1974.

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