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July 16, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Keith Highet, a lawyer who handled more cases before the International Court of Justice at The Hague than any other American lawyer, died Wednesday of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 67.

At the time of his death, Highet was serving as counsel to the governments of Indonesia and Cameroon in cases pending before the international court. Earlier this year, he was a member of a committee of international law experts appointed to advise the prime minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina on fighting corruption in that country.

Born in Oxford, England, Highet earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard in 1954 and then entered the Marine Corps. After his discharge, he was a Fulbright Fellow, studying at Balliol College at Oxford University, and then earned a degree from the Harvard Law School in 1960.

He wrote chapters in 13 books on international law and more than 30 articles.

Tomislav Karadjordjevic

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Prince Tomislav Karadjordjevic, the brother of Yugoslavia’s last monarch who spent much of his life in exile during communist rule but returned home in 1991, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

Prince Tomislav died at the royal family’s ancestral home of Oplenac, 40 miles south of Belgrade, where he has lived since returning to Yugoslavia shortly after the communist-era ban was lifted on members of the exiled dynasty.

The soft-spoken prince, brother of King Peter, fled with his family from Nazi forces at the outset of World War II.

When the communists under President Josiz Broz took over after the war, they abolished the monarchy, and the Karadjordjevic family remained in exile. Tomislav owned and ran a fruit farm in Sussex, England.

Alice Lord-Landon

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Alice Lord-Landon, a pioneer in women’s swimming and a one-time world record holder in the 400-meter freestyle, died Thursday following a brief illness. She was 98.

Lord-Landon was a member of the first women’s Olympic swimming team in 1920.

In 1993, Lord-Landon was recognized as a ``Pioneer Swimmer and Contributor″ and inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

At 13, Lord-Landon became famous for a nine-mile swim across Long Island Sound. At 17, she joined the Women’s Swimming Association of New York. She set a world record in the 400-yard freestyle relay in four minutes, 59 seconds, the first woman to break five minutes.

She didn’t win a medal at the Olympics. But she did strike up an Olympic romance with track and field medalist Dick Landon, who she married two years later. She and her husband lobbied Olympic officials to allow more women to participate.

In 1984 she led U.S. athletes in the opening procession at the Los Angeles Olympics in a reproduction of her 1920 uniform.

John Pastore

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) _ Former Sen. John O. Pastore, a fixture in Rhode Island and national politics for five decades, died Saturday of kidney failure. He was 93.

Pastore, a Democrat, died at a nursing home where he was being treated for Parkinson’s disease.

He was elected to the Senate in 1950 after five years as governor, and served until his retirement in 1976.

Pastore was the child of Italian immigrants. His father died when he was 9 and his mother supported her five children by working as a seamstress.

He worked his way through high school, college and law school, and went on to serve as a state representative, assistant attorney general, lieutenant governor, governor, and finally the nation’s first Italian-American senator.

Helen Peterson

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Helen W. Peterson, an American Indian activist who lobbied Congress for reform in the 1950s and ’60s, has died. She was 84.

Peterson died July 10 in a Vancouver, Wash., nursing home of complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Pine Ridge, S.D., on Aug. 2, 1915, Peterson, an Oglala Sioux, held positions of power at a time when it wasn’t common for women or American Indians to do so.

From 1954 to 1962, Peterson was executive director of the National Congress of the American Indian, a lobbying organization formed by tribal leaders. She later served as one of the highest-ranking officials in the federal Indian Affairs Commission, a forerunner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Her efforts were needed most in the 1950s, when Congress passed a bill aimed at terminating all the nation’s tribes and selling their reservation lands.

Peterson organized tribal leaders to fight the policy, planning voting drives to elect Democrats sympathetic to the tribes’ cause. The termination policy was reversed, and many tribes regained federal recognition in the 1970s and ’80s.

``She is probably one of the most prominent Indian women leaders in this century,″ said the Rev. Ramona Rank, a Klamath Indian and associate minister at Augustan Lutheran Church in Portland. ``She was an advocate for Native American rights long before the civil rights movement.″

Peterson worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Portland until retiring in 1985. She also founded the Church of the Four Winds, an ecumenical Christian ministry for urban Indians.

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