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Irving Stone

August 28, 1989

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Author Irving Stone, a pioneer of the biographical novel who sold as many as 30 million copies of his books, died Saturday of heart failure at age 86.

The subjects of Stone’s best-known works were Sigmund Freud in ″The Passions of the Mind,″ Michelangelo in ″The Agony and the Ecstasy″ and Vincent Van Gogh in ″Lust for Life.″ The latter two books were made into movies.

Born in San Francisco on July 14, 1903, Stone attended the University of California, Berkeley, and taught economics there. He went to Paris in 1926 and was exposed to impressionist art, which led to his writing ‴Lust for Life.″

The 1934 book’s success allowed Stone to marry his fiance, Jean Factor, who became his lifetime editor. He also is survived by their son, Kenneth, and daughter, Paula. Christopher W. French

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - Christopher W. French, who during his 23 years with The Associated Press was a newsman, administrator and editor of the AP Stylebook, has died at age 49.

The cause of death was not immediately determined.

After four years of Navy service, the Boston-born French joined the AP in 1966 as a newsman in the news service’s Chattanooga, Tenn., office.

In 1969, he was assigned to Nashville, and worked as a political reporter and state editor in Tennessee before transferring in 1974 to the central AP news desk in New York.

In 1980, French became editor of the AP Stylebook, a manual for news writing that is used by news media across the nation. Since 1981, French also held the position of General Desk administrative assistant for technology.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sarah Quackenboss; two daughters, Emily and Catherine; a sister, Suzanne French O’Brien of Hopkinton, N.H., and by his mother, Thelma Westerling French of Massachusetts. John M. Booth

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - John M. Booth, a retired stockbroker whose grandfather founded the Booth Newspaper group, died Friday of a stroke. He was 76.

His grandfather, George Booth, was a former publisher of The Detroit News, now owned by Gannett Co. Inc., and was a founder of the Cranbrook educational community in Birmingham. Maurice Dreicer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Maurice C. Dreicer, a radio program developer who celebrated cigars, caviar and cocktails, died Wednesday of cancer at age 78.

Dreicer was a newspaper columnist, author, creator of a best-selling record on mixing cocktails, president of Cigar Smokers United and the Ale League of the World, caviar tester, lecturer and debater.

In the early 1940s, he created and produced dozens of programs on New York City’s network and independent radio stations.

Dreicer launched his quest for the perfect steak in 1945. During the next 40 years, he ate in thousands of restaurants in 60 countries worldwide and spent more than $700,000 traveling.

His book, ″My Search for the Perfect Steak,″ was never completed.

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