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June 24, 2002

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BOLINAS, Calif. (AP) _ Feminist author and professor Anica Vesel Mander, whose research helped to legally classify rape as a war crime, died of breast cancer Wednesday. She was 67.

In the early 1990s, Mander traveled to her native Yugoslavia on a fact-finding mission. Her interviews with Bosnian rape victims led an international tribunal to declare rape a war crime.

In 1976, Mander, known as Ani, founded a division of Random House called Moon Books, considered the first feminist publishing house, in Berkeley.

``Feminism is a political term and it must be recognized as such: it is political in women’s terms,″ she wrote in ``Feminism as Therapy,″ which she co-authored in 1974. She also wrote ``Blood Ties, A Woman’s History″ in 1976.

Born in Yugoslavia, Mander fled the Nazis with her family at age 7 and hid for years on an island in the Adriatic Sea. In 1949, the Mander family arrived on Ellis Island.

Peter Carl Puetz

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) _ Peter Carl Puetz, who with his brother founded one of the nation’s first discount golf stores, died June 22 of pneumonia at age 90.

Puetz, a Seattle native whose name is pronounced ``putts,″ was an eighth grade dropout. He worked as a golf caddy, oyster and clam shucker and fish and meat market employee before he and his younger brother Alvin opened Puetz Driving Range in Seattle’s north end in 1945.

Next they began buying golf equipment in volume and selling at deep discounts from the prices in shops at courses.

Puetz Golf Superstores now includes stores in Seattle, Bellevue and Tukwila plus the driving range with a total of 65 employees.

``They were pioneers and leaders in the golf industry,″ said Billy Derickson, a Professional Golfers’ Association veteran and former golf instructor who worked with Puetz Golf for more than 20 years. ``It’s quite a success story.″

Puetz retired from the business at age 62 and won his last club tournament at 70.

Theodore Souris

DETROIT (AP) _ Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Theodore Souris died of leukemia Friday in Chicago. He was 76.

Souris moved from Grosse Pointe Farms to Chicago several years ago.

Souris became the youngest person to serve on the high court when, at age 34, then-Gov. G. Mennen Williams appointed him in January 1960. Souris was elected to an 8-year term in November 1960.

During his tenure on the Supreme Court, Souris became known for his willingness to ``bring justice into accord with 20th-Century economic and social realities.″

Souris was born in Detroit to Greek immigrant parents and enrolled in the University of Michigan at 16. After enlisting in the Army Air Corps a year later, he discovered his passion for justice after he saw a comrade charged unfairly during a military tribunal.

Souris earned his law degree from Michigan in 1949 and was in private practice for the next nine years. He served nearly a year as a Wayne County Circuit Court judge before Williams appointed him to the high court.

Returning to private practice in 1969, Souris often represented the automotive industry, including in a 1983 case on behalf of General Motors Corp. He successfully argued that the Environmental Protection Agency wrongly enforced an emission control system recall.

Pierre Werner

LUXEMBOURG (AP) _ Former Luxembourg Prime Minister Pierre Werner, whose blueprint for a common European currency inspired the creation of the euro, died Monday, the government said. He was 88.

Werner’s 1970 plan for nations in the European Economic Community to develop a shared currency was not taken up at the time. But it provided the inspiration for a later generation of politicians to create the euro, which entered into circulation in 12 European Union nations Jan. 1.

The conservative, who served as Luxembourg’s prime minister for 20 years, was hailed by European politicians and journalists as ``father of the euro″ when his dream became reality.

Werner was born in 1913 near the northern French city of Lille. After studying law he entered politics with the conservative Christian Social People’s Party.

In 1953 he was appointed finance minister and in 1959 became Prime Minister, a position he held until 1974.

In 1979, Werner was again elected prime minister, and he held the post until his retirement from politics in 1984.

He was widely credited with helping Luxembourg evolve into one of Western Europe’s richest nations by developing its role as a banking and finance center even as its traditional steel industry declined.

Werner was also a strong supporter of greater European integration, but his plan for a currency union stalled during the economic upheavals that followed the oil crisis of the early 1970s.

His plans, however, formed the basis for the European monetary system introduced in 1979 to limit fluctuations among currencies, and the step by step approach to the eventual launch of the euro was also inspired by his ideas.

``I was deeply convinced since 1949 of the essential need for our Western European countries to take on the construction of a Europe united economically and politically,″ Werner said in 1992.

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