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Samm Sinclair Baker

March 23, 1997

Samm Sinclair Baker

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Samm Sinclair Baker, who wrote more than 30 books on self-improvement, including ``The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet″ with Dr. Herman Tarnower, died March 5 after suffering a stroke. He was 87.

A native of Paterson, N.J., Baker spent more than three decades as an advertising copywriter and executive before becoming a full-time writer in 1963.

A number of his books were on diet and fitness, including four he wrote with Dr. Irwin M. Stillman _ ``The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Diet″ (1967), ``The Doctor’s Quick Inches-Off Diet″ (1969), ``The Doctor’s Quick Teen-Age Diet″ (1971) and ``Dr. Stillman’s 14-Day Shape-Up Program″ (1973).

In 1979, he and Tarnower published ``The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet.″ The next year, Tarnower was shot to death by his longtime lover, Jean Harris, who spent 12 years in prison for the crime.

Baker also wrote books on gardening, mystery novels and 1984′s ``Erotic Focus: The New Way to Enhance Your Sexual Pleasure.″

Michael Parseghian

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Michael Parseghian, grandson of retired Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, died Saturday of an inherited disease that inspired a research fund drive headed by his grandfather. He would have been 10 on Thursday.

Michael suffered from Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare, untreatable genetic disorder that leaves children without an enzyme they need to metabolize cholesterol. Over time, cholesterol builds up in the cells of the liver, spleen and brain.

Michael’s condition baffled specialists for months before a pediatric neurologist at Columbia University diagnosed his illness in August 1994.

The next month, his younger sisters, Marcia, 8, and Christa, 5, were also diagnosed with the disease. Michael and Cindy Parseghian’s oldest child, Ara, 12, does not have the disease.

In 1994, the couple established the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation to raise money to search for a treatment or cure. With Ara Parseghian as its national spokesman, the foundation has raised nearly $5 million in 2 1/2 years.

The money has enabled researchers at several institutions, including the National Institutes of Health and Columbia University, to step up efforts to identify the gene responsible for Niemann-Pick Type C. An announcement about the gene is expected in the coming months, scientists say.

Michael is also survived by his grandmother Vickey Buescher of Grand Junction, Colo., and grandparents Ara and Katie Parseghian of Granger, Ind.

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