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August 13, 2000

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Eliahu Ben-Elisar, a veteran right-wing politician who helped negotiate Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt, and later served as ambassador to Egypt, the United States and France, died Saturday in Paris. He was 68.

Ben-Elisar’s death of cardiac arrest came just after he and some other right-wing diplomats had been recalled by Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Ben-Elisar died as he was preparing to return home, the Foreign Ministry said.

Although Ben-Elisar was a political opponent of Barak, the prime minister praised the man who was Israel’s first ambassador to Egypt, saying Ben-Elisar ``poured content into the new peace between the two states.″

As a major figure in the office of then-Prime Minister Menahem Begin, Ben-Elisar was closely involved in the negotiations with the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the first Arab leader to make peace with Israel, in 1979.

Walter Chappell

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ Walter Chappell, whose sexually charged, black-and-white photographs of the human body and landscapes are shown in art galleries nationwide, died Tuesday in Santa Fe. He was 75.

Chappell, who lived in El Rito in northern New Mexico, died of complications from lung cancer and a lung infection, said his companion, Linda Elvira Piedra.

Chappell worked in a tradition founded by Alfred Stieglitz that viewed photography as the means to a deeper reality, the equal of painting, poetry and music.

In March, an exhibition of vintage photographs from 1954 to 1978 at the Roth Horowitz Gallery in Manhattan, his first show in New York in nearly 20 years, included images of desert rocks cast in dark shadow and a large fern curling across the torso of a pregnant woman and a close-up of a woman’s vulva just after childbirth.

Ten years ago, a federal prosecutor in Maine dropped a court fight to destroy a 1962 self-portrait of a nude Chappell with his son. The picture was seized from a traveler crossing the Canadian border. The work had appeared in a picture book of American nude photography published by Harper & Row.

A free spirit, Chappell supported himself as an oyster fisherman, carpenter and house builder, as well as a photographer of celebrities.

Chappell formed friendships with photographer Minor White, who became his mentor, as well as Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham and Ansel Adams.

He is survived by five sons, a daughter and a stepdaughter.

Charles Brooke Flint Gibbs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Dr. Charles Brooke Flint Gibbs, one of 32 founders of the American Diabetes Association, has died.

He was 105. Gibbs died in his sleep Aug. 2. He had been the last surviving founding member of the 60-year-old American Diabetes Association.

Gibbs practiced medicine in Rochester from 1921 to 1980, in later years becoming the oldest living physician in Monroe County and the oldest living alumnus of the Syracuse University College of Medicine, having graduated in 1919.

Gibbs made daily house calls over 59 years. When he retired on Jan. 1, 1980, he wrote each of his patients a personal letter and met with each to recommend another doctor.

Walter Maggiolo

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Walter Maggiolo, who helped resolve several major labor disputes as a federal mediator in the 1950s and ’60s, died in Arlington Hospital Monday at age 92.

Maggiolo helped settle a nationwide telephone strike in 1957 and a shutdown of the steel industry in 1959. In 1964, he mediated a national master agreement for the trucking industry and the Teamsters.

In 1949, he helped lead 60 continuous hours of negotiations that prevented a strike by New York milk delivery drivers.

Born in the Bronx, Maggiolo graduated from Holy Cross College in 1930 with a degree in philosophy. He received his law degree at Harvard University in 1933 and went into private practice in New York.

Paul Pearson

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) _ Former Miami University President Paul Pearson died of cancer Saturday morning at his home in Oxford. He was 73.

Pearson came to Miami in 1981 after 26 years at Rutgers, where he served as a faculty member in the zoology department, department chair, associate provost, executive vice president and acting president.

He retired from Miami in 1992.

During his tenure, graduation rates increased 15 percent, applications for the freshman class rose 18 percent and the university started a $100 million fund-raising campaign.

He also emphasized increasing the number of minority faculty, staff and students at Miami.

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