Diane Betty Abramson
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Diane Betty Abramson, who designed dresses in the 1950s that were worn by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and other Hollywood stars, died Dec. 19. She was 86.
Mrs. Abramson also was known for her elaborate Beverly Hills home parties, with guests such as actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, said her sister-in-law, Blanche Greer Sarnoff.
She founded the ``Hand-Knit Elegance″ label and ran several stores in California until her fourth marriage in 1962.
Edward C. Carfagno
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Edward C. Carfagno, who won three Academy Awards for art direction in the 1950s, including for ``Ben Hur″ in 1959, died Saturday. He was 89.
Nominated 13 times, he won his other two Oscars for ``The Bad and the Beautiful″ in 1952 and ``Julius Caesar″ in 1953. The art director is responsible for the visual ``look″ and period accuracy of a film.
Carfagno’s career spanned more than 50 years and 76 films. His last film was Clint Eastwood’s adventure comedy, ``Pink Cadillac,″ in 1989.
Carfagno was a member of the 1940 U.S. Olympic fencing team.
Gabriel Lewis Galindo
DENVER (AP) _ Gabriel Lewis Galindo, a Panamanian diplomat who helped negotiate the Panama Canal Treaties, died Dec. 19. He was 68.
Lewis suffered from fibrosis of the lungs.
Lewis was appointed Panama’s ambassador to the United States in 1977. He helped negotiate the agreement under which Washington would transfer control of the Panama Canal to Panama in 2000.
Lewis’ relationship with the military dictatorship deteriorated in the 1980s, but when the Democratic Revolutionary Party returned to power in 1994, he was called upon again to repair relations with Washington as his country’s foreign minister.
Mohammed Hafez Ismail
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Mohammed Hafez Ismail, a career diplomat who served as the late President Anwar Sadat’s national security adviser, died Wednesday in Cairo. He was 77.
Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reported the death. No cause was given.
Ismail, a graduate of military schools in Egypt and Britain, was undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry from 1961 to 1964. He then served between 1964 and 1970 as Egypt’s ambassador to London, Rome and Paris.
He worked as Sadat’s security adviser and as head of intelligence from 1971 to 1974, when he was appointed ambassador to Moscow.
Ismail is survived by a son, Amro, and a daughter, Leila.
Norman H. MacKay
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Norman H. MacKay, an atomic scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, died Dec. 22. He was 79.
McKay helped pioneer nuclear weapons research at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos, N.M.
After the war he became director of nuclear materials and management for the Atomic Energy Commission, forerunner of the U.S. Department of Energy. He also had served as a liaison between the U.S. and British governments on nuclear matters.
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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Claudia Sanders, the widow of fried chicken legend Col. Harland Sanders and a restaurateur in her own right, died at her home Tuesday. She was 94.
Even before they married in 1949, Mrs. Sanders had begun helping the man known simply as ``the Colonel″ to build a business that became a fast-food empire. She met Sanders in the 1930s while working as a waitress in his first restaurant in Corbin, the Sanders Cafe.
By 1963, the Sanders’ had 600 chicken outlets and was taking in about $1,000 a day. Her husband sold Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1964 to John Y. Brown, who later became Kentucky governor. The company subsequently was sold to Pepsico Inc. Today there are more than 9,800 KFC restaurants in 73 countries.
Before and after they sold the chain, the couple traveled all over the world promoting the famous fried chicken.
``I went into restaurants all over the country and played the part of the hostess with this antebellum dress on,″ Mrs. Sanders said.
The Colonel died of leukemia at age 90 in 1980.
Chan K’in Viejo
NAJA, Mexico (AP) _ Chan K’in Viejo, the spiritual leader of the Lacandon Indians in southeastern Mexico, died Dec. 23. He was 104.
Chan K’in Viejo was made famous by German photographer Gertrude Blum, whose images of the Lacandons in the 1930s, 40s and 50s brought the plight of their endangered culture to international attention.
Fewer than 1,000 Lacandons live in three villages deep in the forest of southern Chiapas state. Only recently have paved roads and electricity reached the area.
Chan K’in Viejo is remembered for teaching many anthropologists about the culture and beliefs of the Lacandons, whose thatch-roofed huts, simple tunics and long hair have largely been replaced by parabolic antennas, buzz haircuts and evangelical Protestantism.
Winston P. Wilson
FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) _ Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Winston P. Wilson, who started the practice of having National Guard and Reserve forces work side-by-side with active-duty units, died Tuesday. He was 85.
He died in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital after suffering a stroke.
He retired in 1971 from the Air Force, where as chief of the National Guard Bureau he supervised Army and Air National Guard units in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
When he assumed the job in 1963, Guard units were holding two-hour drills in local armories every Tuesday. Wilson inaugurated weekend drills once a month with in-the-field training.
Now trained to combat-ready levels, Guard and Reserve units are routinely used for humanitarian, rescue and some combat missions as well as airlift and air refueling operations.
ROME (AP) _ Franco Volpi, an Italian stage and screen actor whose career spanned more than a half-century, died Wednesday at a Rome clinic. He was 75.
Volpi had been suffering from cancer, Italian media reported.
The Milan-born Volpi began in the theater in the late 1930s. He later specialized in character roles and comedies for television and the cinema. His last major role was in Roberto Benigni’s Mafia farce ``Johnny Stecchino″ in 1991.