Diana Chin Hsu
NEW YORK (AP) _ Diana Chin Hsu, a journalist, bestselling author and the widow of Chiang Kai-shek’s secret police chief, died Wednesday of stomach cancer at her home here. She was 77.
Ms. Hsu covered Japan’s war against China during World War II, then escaped to Taiwan with the youngest three of her eight children shortly after Mao Tse-tung’s communist takeover.
Her husband, Mo Tze Shin, was executed by the communists in 1951, and Ms. Hsu’s book, ``Mao Tse-tung Killed My Husband,″ was a best seller in Asia.
Ms. Hsu later covered international politics for the Taiwanese government newspaper, China Daily News, and was a correspondent for the newspaper in New York in the 1950s and 1960s.
She drew attention in 1985 when she visited mainland China despite the objections of her anti-communist fellow Taiwanese and her lifelong practice of deriding communism, through newspaper articles and seven popular novels.
She is survived by four daughters, three sons and 10 grandchildren.
Robert W. Meserve
BOSTON (AP) _ Robert W. Meserve, a former American Bar Association president who pushed for tough ethical standards for lawyers and testified against Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court, died Thursday at 86.
As ABA president in 1972 and 1973, Meserve was outraged by government lawyers’ conduct during the Watergate hearings, and later headed a commission that tried to strengthen ethical standards.
Meserve graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School, and received seven battle stars from for his Navy service on board the escort carrier USS Langley during World War II.
He served for a short time as an assistant U.S. attorney but spent most of his career in private practice.
He also lectured at Harvard and was president of Tufts’ board of directors from 1965-1970. In 1968-69, he also was president of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Robert S. Post
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Dr. Robert S. Post, a researcher in the treatment of kidney disease, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 72.
Post founded the Community Dialysis Center, the nation’s first such free-standing nonprofit center, to provide patients with low-cost state-of-the-art medical care.
He was instrumental in creating the Organ Recovery Program, now called Lifebanc, which coordinates organ transplants in northeastern Ohio.
Post attended Dartmouth College and Western Reserve University, where he later taught medicine. While he was an Army doctor in Korea, Post helped establish the first artificial kidney center to treat kidney failure caused by traumatic battle shock.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Lester Sacks, who managed Frank Sinatra’s music company and represented Eddie Fisher, died Thursday. He was 90.
Sinatra used Sacks’ home to hide from reporters and marry actress Ava Gardner, said Adrienne Ellis, Sacks’ daughter.
``I wasn’t allowed to tell any of my friends,″ said Ellis, a teen-ager at the time. ``Sinatra changed in my room, and Ava was in my mother’s room.″
Sacks managed Sinatra’s music publishing company, said Ellis.
He also negotiated Fisher’s first recording contract, but, after realizing the job would force him to spend too much time away from home, urged him to find another manager, Ellis said.
Sacks later became vice president of sales of a dress company.
Joseph W. Tkach
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Joseph W. Tkach, pastor-general of the Worldwide Church of God, died of bone cancer Friday. He was 68.
In 1986 Tkach became head of the church, which claims 92,000 members in more than 110 countries.
His son, Joseph W. Tkach Jr., was designated his successor on Sept. 5, said church spokesman Tom Lapacka.
Under his leadership, the Pasadena-based sect moved closer to mainstream churches in doctrine. But some of the changes caused dissent, and some members formed their own churches.
Because of financial problems, the Worldwide Church of God this year closed its world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium concert venue in Pasadena. Its Ambassador College closed in 1990, but a campus in Big Sandy, Tex., remains open.
James M. Tucker
PAOLI, Ind. (AP) _ Former Indiana Secretary of State James M. Tucker, an uncle to Marilyn Tucker Quayle, died Friday. He was 87.
In 1938, he was elected secretary of state and was re-elected in 1940. Tucker, a Republican, resigned two years later to enter Navy service in World War II. He won the Purple Heart.
Tucker, whose niece is married to former Vice President Dan Quayle, graduated from Indiana University and Indiana University Law School and worked in private practice until retiring last year.