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July 26, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Nija Battle, whose custom-made furs were worn by entertainers like Whitney Houston, Lil’ Kim, Kid Rock and Puff Daddy, died last Thursday in Montreal from a brain aneurysm. She was 37.

Battle began making furs about 10 years ago, and started her own business which gradually gained a following among rap and hip-hop stars who saw her wearing her own designs.

Battle did not have a store and often met her future clients at clubs or outside restaurants. She was a relative unknown in the fashion world until she was written about in ``Vogue″ last year.

Her designs, often dyed in colors like champagne, burgundy and green, projected a high urban style that not only appealed to Battle’s celebrated clientele but also evoked the 1970′s in fashion.

One of her clients, rapper Puff Daddy, had her make trousers for him in black sheared mink. She also created coats for a number of sports stars, and, on occasion, made identical styles for their wives and children.

Elise Goulandris

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Elise Goulandris, a Greek philanthropist and supporter of the arts, died Tuesday of a gallbladder abscess. She was 82.

Mrs. Goulandris and her husband, shipping magnate husband Basil Goulandris, established the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation to provide support for the arts in Greece. They earned an honor from Greece’s king in 1963.

The couple also supported Greek communities in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Paris, France, where they moved in 1965.

Mrs. Goulandris was particularly interested in Parisian museums and art. With her husband, she was recognized by the French government with the Commandeur de l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

She inaugurated the Museum of Modern Art on the Aegean island of Andros in 1979, and in 1981 she inaugurated the island’s archaeological museum. She also promoted the building of a modern art museum in Athens.

Marchmont Kovas

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Marchmont Kovas, whose career as a reporter for the South Bend Tribune spanned 43 years, died Sunday. He was 87.

Kovas retired from the newspaper in 1983.

He took time off from his career as a reporter to fight in World War II. He earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star for crawling under heavy fire and throwing grenades that brought surrender of 10 German soldiers.

Kovas covered city hall during his final 20 years at the newspaper.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, and two daughters.

Emily Maxwell

NEW YORK (AP) _ Emily Maxwell, the wife of The New Yorker magazine editor William Maxwell, died Sunday of ovarian cancer. She was 78.

Mrs. Maxwell published short articles in her husband’s magazine. She also wrote reviews of children’s books for the magazine’s annual Christmas list.

William Maxwell dedicated many of his books to his wife. ``The Old Man at the Railroad Crossing and Other Tales″ (1957) is a collection of fables and bedtime stories he wrote for her.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Maxwell is survived by two daughters, a grandson and two brothers.

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