STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Prince Bertil, the uncle of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and widely popular for his promotion of athletics, died Sunday. He was 84.
A onetime Swedish junior champion in speedskating, the prince was chairman of the national sports federation for 45 years and a longtime member of the Swedish Olympic committee. He lighted the Olympic torch when Stockholm hosted the equestrian events in the 1956 games.
During the 1930s and 1940s ``the motoring prince″ raced cars in Europe under the alias of ``Monsieur Adrian,″ so as to avoid his father’s disapproval.
Prince Bertil was part of the sixth generation of the French Bernadotte family that ascended to the Swedish throne in 1818. He was a great-grandson of Britain’s Queen Victoria.
The third-born son of King Gustaf VI Adolf, the prince was briefly next in line to the throne after his eldest brother died in a plane crash and his next-oldest brother waived his right to the throne.
In 1976, the prince married Wales-born Lillian Craig, after living in a common-law marriage for decades.
Peter Zack Geer
COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) _ Former Lt. Gov. Peter Zack Geer, who prosecuted one of Georgia’s most notorious murder cases, the Alday family murders, died of cancer Sunday. He was 68.
Geer was appointed special prosecutor to try four men accused in the execution-style slaying of six family members. Then-Gov. Jimmy Carter called the 1973 murders ``the most heinous in Georgia history.″
The death sentences Geer won were overturned on appeal 11 years later because of enormous pre-trial publicity. The cases were retried and the defendants were convicted.
Geer, who had worked as an attorney in Albany until recently, was lieutenant governor under Democratic Gov. Carl Sanders from 1963-1967.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Harry Helmsley, who built a real estate empire that included the Empire State Building, but whose success was overshadowed in recent years by his wife Leona’s highly publicized conviction for tax evasion, died of pneumonia Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 87.
While working as a rent collector, Helmsley made a small fortune buying up old buildings in the city’s Garment District. He took his methods nationwide, his Helmsley-Spear Inc. winding up with 27 hotels, 50,000 apartments and several architectural landmarks such as New York City’s Flatiron Building
But his final years were stained by Mrs. Helmsley’s conviction on federal charges of tax evasion. She spent 18 months in federal prison. Similar charges against him in 1988 were dropped when he was declared incompetent to stand trial.
Forbes magazine, in its annual rating of America’s richest, put Helmsley’s net worth at $1.7 billion in October 1996, ranking him as the 67th richest American.
His crowning achievement was the purchase of the Empire State Building in 1961 through syndication for a then-record price of $65 million.
Harry P. Jeffrey
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Former U.S. Rep. Harry P. Jeffrey, a co-author of the GI Bill of Rights, died Saturday. He was 95.
He was elected as a Republican from the 3rd District in 1943, holding the post until 1945.
Jeffrey was co-author of the GI Bill of Rights, and had argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He held the title of Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was a founding member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church.
During the 1950s, Jeffrey served as president of the Dayton Bar Association and president of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Daniel J. Mahoney Jr.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Daniel J. Mahoney Jr., former publisher of The Palm Beach Post and chairman of the board for Palm Beach Newspapers Inc., died of cancer Saturday. He was 69.
Mahoney came to Palm Beach County in 1975 after serving as president of Dayton Newspapers Inc. for seven years. The Dayton and Palm Beach newspaper companies are owned by Cox Enterprises, Inc., an Atlanta-based media company.
He was the publisher of The Post and The Evening Times for 10 years and of The Palm Beach Daily News and the Miami News for a shorter period. He was named chairman of the board for Palm Beach Newspapers in 1985 and retired a year later.
His father had been publisher of the Cox-owned Miami News and had worked for the News for 40 years.
Mahoney is survived by two daughters, one son and seven grandchildren.
Lelan F. Sillin Jr.
LYME, Conn. (AP) _ Lelan F. Sillin Jr., the former chairman and chief executive of Northeast Utilities, was killed Friday in a car crash. He was 78.
Sillin was appointed president of NU in 1968 and became chief executive a year later. He remained CEO and chairman of the state’s largest utility until 1983.
Sillin also was a president and chief executive of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. He was a director of Arthur D. Little Inc., Irving Bank Corp. and the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. He was also a former trustee of Wesleyan University.