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August Belmont IV, grandson of the founder of Belmont Park, died Monday at

July 13, 1995

EASTON, Md. (AP) _ August Belmont IV, grandson of the founder of Belmont Park, died Monday at 86.

His grandfather, August Belmont II, formed the Westchester (N.Y.) Racing Association in 1895 and oversaw construction of Belmont Park, which opened in 1905.

He retired as president of the investment firm of Dillon, Read in 1971.

Edwin L. Bierman

SEATTLE (AP) _ Dr. Edwin L. Bierman, who advocated a then-unconventional diet for diabetics that cut fat and cholesterol in favor of complex carbohydrates, died July 5 of nerve sheath sarcoma. He was 64.

In 1971, as chairman of the Committee of Food and Nutrition of the American Diabetes Association, he developed the diet now widely considered to prevent heart and vascular disease in diabetics.

Bierman’s research also played a part in a 1972 finding that linked premature heart attacks to genes that abnormally increase levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood.

He became assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1962 and a full professor in 1968. He was named head of the division of metabolism, endocrinology and gerontology in 1975 and held the position until last summer.

Allen J. Finkelson

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Allen J. Finkelson, longtime harness racing publicist, died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 71.

Finkelson became publicist for Monticello (N.Y.) Raceway in 1959, and joined Pompano Harness track in 1976.

Simon Geller

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) _ Simon Geller, former operator of a one-man classical music radio station, died Tuesday in Rockville, Md., where he lived. He was 75.

Geller played scratchy recordings of classical music on WVCA, which he operated out of his Gloucester apartment from 1964 to 1988. It now operates as WBOQ in Beverly.

Geller stayed on the air by soliciting donations from thousands of listeners within a 35-mile radius.

Tane Ikai

TOKYO (AP) _ Tane Ikai, believed to be Japan’s oldest person, died of kidney failure Wednesday. She was 116.

Ikai outlived her three sons and a daughter. She entered a nursing home in Nagoya at 93 after her daughter died in 1972. She enjoyed making pottery and sewing until she suffered a stroke when she was 99.

The oldest living person whose date of birth can be reliably authenticated is Jeanne Calment of Arles, France, who celebrated her 120th birthday on Feb. 21.

Morton L. Levin

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Dr. Morton L. Levin, one of the first researchers to link smoking to lung cancer, died Friday. He was 91.

Levin tracked patients in Buffalo from 1938 to 1950 and found that lung cancer occurred more than twice as often among smokers as nonsmokers and in 1950 wrote one of the first two studies showing that people who smoked were more likely to get lung cancer than nonsmokers.

He campaigned against smoking throughout his career. In 1954, as an assistant commissioner of the state Department of Health, Levin was on a panel that advised the public to stop smoking, and in 1960, he urged the American Cancer Society to campaign against cigarette advertising.

From 1959 to 1967, he was chief of epidemiology at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo. He went to Johns Hopkins University in 1967, where he was a visiting professor of epidemiology.

Onnie Lee Logan

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Onnie Lee Logan, the midwife of the book ``Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife’s Story,″ died Tuesday. She was 82.

She received widespread publicity when a series of 1984 interviews with a University of South Alabama professor was published as ``Motherwit,″ a word Logan coined to describe her midwifery skills.

Max Urbahn

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Max O. Urbahn, former president of the American Institute of Architects, died of complications from diabetes Sunday. He was 83.

Urbahn headed the design and construction of the vast Vehicle Assembly Building and Launch Control Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and was a leading designer of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Complex at Batavia, Ill.

Urbahn was president of the American Institute of Architects from 1971 to 1972. He was awarded a gold medal in 1994 from the Society of Military Engineers.

Born in Germany, Urbahn began his architectural career in the United States in 1938 with Eggers and Higgins as the firm completed the design and construction of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington.

He later became an assistant professor of architectural design at Yale University.

Leonard Zanke

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) _ Leonard Zanke, a minor league player who went on to scout for the New York Mets for more than two decades, died Monday. He was 76.

Zanke began scouting for the Mets in 1962. When he retired in 1986, he received the Gil Hodges Award for dedication, devotion and meritorious service. Zanke also scouted for the Cincinnati Reds.

He played six years of minor league ball starting in the late 1930s and ending when he was hit with a pitch.

Alfonso Zirpoli

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Alfonso Zirpoli, a retired federal judge known for his defense of individual rights and his ruling in the ``Zebra Killer″ racial slayings, died Monday at 90.

As a U.S. district judge, he blocked prosecution of a man who objected to the draft on religious grounds, barred the government from firing a gay worker and ordered California to increase payments to welfare recipients.

And in the 1974 ``Zebra Killer″ case, when San Francisco police stopped almost 600 black men indiscriminately in a search for the killers of 14 whites, he ruled the stops unconstitutional.

Zirpoli was named to the federal bench by President Kennedy in 1961 and retired in 1990.

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