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Gaston Baquero, a Cuban poet who went into exile in Spain after the 1959 re

May 16, 1997

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Gaston Baquero, a Cuban poet who went into exile in Spain after the 1959 revolution, died Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage, the state news agency EFE said. He was 79.

Baquero, who once described poetry as ``fermented infancy,″ was the author of ``Memorial of a Witness,″ ``Magic and Inventions″ and ``Invisible Poems.″

Born into a poor family in Cuba’s Oriente province, Baquero published his first poems and articles at age 18. After earning a degree in agronomy, he became a popular columnist for the daily Diario de la Marina.

In 1947, Baquero made his first trip to Spain, where he was awarded the Order of Alfonso X the Wise. He later received Cuba’s Justo de Lara prize and the Jose Antonio Rivero national prize, as well as awards in Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Haiti and Portugal.

Baquero became a professor of Hispanic literature and history at Madrid’s Official Journalism School and also wrote essays on criticism.

Jim Bolus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Jim Bolus, a sports journalist who devoted years to covering horse racing, a Kentucky Derby historian and author, died of a heart attack Wednesday. He was 54.

Bolus, secretary-treasurer of the National Turf Writers Association, spent 23 years at The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times before becoming a freelance writer, editor and author of seven books.

In 1973, Bolus and another Courier-Journal reporter, Billy Reed, won national awards from Sigma Delta Chi and the Headliner Club for their series of investigative stories on Thoroughbred racing.

Bolus also was a spokesman at Churchill Downs and for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne; a son, a daughter, two brothers, and his mother, Minnie Karem Bolus.

Ralph Wendell Burhoe

CHICAGO (AP) _ Ralph Wendell Burhoe, an educator and writer known for his efforts to bridge religion and science, died May 8. He was 85.

Burhoe, a Unitarian, believed there was a chasm dividing science from religion. He wanted to find a way for the pious to be secure amid rapid advances in technology and science.

In 1936, he began his career as a researcher and librarian at the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, a Harvard University institution where he spent the next 16 years.

He was executive officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1947 to 1964 and helped found its journal, Daedalus. He later was an editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, which relates theology to scientific discoveries.

He taught theology and sciences at Meadville Theological School in Chicago for 10 years, leaving as professor emeritus in 1974. In 1980, he became the first American recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

In 1988, Burhoe founded the Chicago Center for Religion and Science in collaboration with the Lutheran School of Theology.

Nathan Skolnik

NEW YORK (AP) _ Nathan Skolnik, who fought organized crime as deputy commissioner of the State Commission of Investigation for 18 years, died of kidney failure May 9. He was 86.

The commission was formed in 1957, spotlighting gamblers, thefts and corruption with no arrest or prosecution power.

With Skolnik’s help, the commission exposed waste and mismanagement at the former New York City Department of Hospitals, which led to its dissolution and the creation of the Health and Hospitals Corp.

The Brooklyn Law School graduate frequently put in six-day weeks and returned budget surpluses to Albany.

Margaret Thorstenson

PHOENIX (AP) _ Margaret Thorstenson, widow of the California newspaper publisher Dean Lesher, was discovered drowned in a lake Wednesday. She was 65.

Mrs. Thorstenson was found near the campsite she and her husband of six months, Collin Thorstenson, 38, had set up a day earlier.

Lesher founded and published the Contra Costa Times and owned a string of newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area.

As the wife of one of California’s wealthiest men, she became a generous philanthropist, donating thousands to groups helping battered women, the needy and the homeless. She nurtured the arts in the San Francisco Bay area and played a role in funds collected for Yosemite National Park.

After Lesher died in 1993, Mrs. Thorstenson sold his newspaper group to Knight-Ridder Inc. for $360 million.

Saadallah Wannous

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) _ Saadallah Wannous, whose criticism of the Arab world made him Syria’s most famous playwright, died of cancer Thursday. He was 56.

Wannous created a stir in 1995 when he resigned from the Syrian Writers Union to protest the group’s expulsion of a poet who met with Israeli writers at a UNESCO-sponsored meeting.

Wannous wrote at least 10 plays in his career starting in 1960. ``A Night Party for July 5″ won critical acclaim throughout the Arab world for its honest handling of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Middle East War.

Later he wrote several plays attacking what he saw as hypocrisy and backwardness in the Arab world.

His final play, ``Rituals of Signs and Changes,″ was highly critical of Arab intellectuals who volunteer their service to autocratic regimes.

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