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February 3, 1998

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Ameen Akhalwaya, a leading anti-apartheid journalist during South Africa’s era of white minority rule, died Monday of cancer. He was 52.

Akhalwaya started as a freelance reporter for the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg in 1971 and rose to become political reporter in 1979.

Akhalwaya was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in the United States in 1981 and spent a year studying there. He returned to South Africa to become chief copy editor of the Rand Daily Mail in 1983.

When the newspaper folded in 1985, Akhalwaya and his family started an independent newspaper called The Indicator.

Most recently, Akhalwaya was media director of Cape Town’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2004 Olympics.

Akhalwaya was survived by his wife, Farida, and three children.

Hector Cabanillas

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, (AP) _ Hector Cabanillas, the Argentine colonel who concealed Eva Peron’s remains for 16 years, died Saturday of heart disease. He was 84.

As chief of the army’s intelligence service, Cabanillas was put in charge of moving the embalmed body of the wife of former President Juan D. Peron from a union headquarters after the dictator’s ouster by the military in September 1955.

Cabanillas moved Mrs. Peron’s remains from place to place in Buenos Aires until former military President Gen. Pedro E. Aramburu decided in 1957 to send them abroad.

Cabanillas sent the remains to Italy, where they were buried in a small Milan cemetery under the name of Maria de Magistris. Only Cabanillas knew the exact location of the tomb.

In 1971, another Argentine military regime decided to turn over Mrs. Peron’s remains to her husband, who was living in exile in Madrid.

They remained there until 1975, when they were flown to Buenos Aires for burial in a local cemetery.

Samuel Eilenberg

NEW YORK (AP) _ Samuel Eilenberg, a mathematician and Asian art collector, died Friday. He was 84.

Eilenberg became well-known in the mathematics community for his work in algebraic topology, the use of algebraic techniques to study problems involving shape, and for helping develop the related field of homological algebra. In 1986, he was the co-winner of the $100,000 Wolf Foundation prize in mathematics.

He also amassed a collection of Asian art valued at more than $5 million. In 1987, Eilenberg donated more than 400 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Poland native received his doctorate from the University of Warsaw and taught at the universities of Michigan and Indiana before moving to Columbia, where he was twice the chairman of the mathematics department.

R. Leonard Holman

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ Dr. R. Leonard Holman, a professor and radiologist who X-rayed mummies, died of cancer. He was 56.

Holman retired last year as chairman of the radiology department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also was a professor at Harvard Medical School.

In 1987, he helped X-ray and CAT-scan several mummies, including one that was 3,000 years old, for the hospital and the Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1991, he produced an educational film, ``Cocaine and the Brain,″ using three-dimensional imagery to show the effects of drugs on the brain.

Margaret Baltzell Kreig

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Margaret Baltzell Kreig, a writer specializing in health and medicine who drew early attention to the issue of drug abuse among youths, died Jan. 12 of lung cancer. She was age 76.

Ms. Kreig authored numerous magazine articles and wrote two non-fiction books during her career. She investigated the spread of drug abuse among middle-class youths in the late 1940s and 1950s, working for some time at a treatment center in Lexington, Ky.

She was a staff writer and editor at Parents’ Magazine. And under the name Peggy Craig, penned murder mysteries and television scripts.

Born in Chicago, Ms. Kreig worked as a fashion model before serving in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in World War II. She studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Ho Ming-teh

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Ho Ming-teh, an engineer who founded a Buddhist-inspired volunteer movement that built more than 200 bridges in remote areas of Taiwan, died Sunday. He was 77.

Ho trained as an engineer and built irrigation sluices for Chiayi’s government until a son’s death and his Buddhist faith spurred him toward community service.

Ho organized volunteers to plug potholes in Chiayi’s rutted roads. After two young brothers drowned fording a stream on their way to school in 1971, Ho formed the Chiayi Philanthropic Works Corps to build bridges. The group now has 220,000 members and has built 229 bridges.

Gary Nardino

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Gary Nardino, head of Paramount Television when it dominated the airwaves with sitcoms from ``Happy Days″ to ``Cheers,″ died Saturday from complications of a stroke. He was 62.

He became president of production at Paramount Television in May 1977, inheriting the hits ``Happy Days″ and ``Laverne and Shirley.″ He went on to oversee the launches of ``Taxi,″ ``Family Ties,″ ``Webster″ and ``Cheers.″

Nardino also supervised a number of successful miniseries and TV movies at Paramount, including ``Shogun,″ ``Golda″ and ``The Winds of War,″ and two ``Star Trek″ theatrical releases in the early ’80s.

He left his Paramount post in 1983 to produce films and TV programs through his Gary Nardino Productions. Stints at Orion Television Entertainment and Warner Bros. followed.

Most recently, he became co-president of North Hall Productions, which produces the USA Network cable TV police drama ``Pacific Blue.″

Andy Reese

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Andy Reese, who headed three United Press International bureaus in a three-decade journalism career, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 65.

Reese joined UPI in Atlanta in 1957 and worked as a writer in Miami and Cape Canaveral, Fla. He was bureau manager for UPI in Jacksonville, Fla., and Memphis, Tenn., before being named to head the Mississippi office in 1963.

Reese covered every legislative session from 1964-1984.

Reese was the son of major baseball player Andy Reese, who is in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He is also survived by two sons, a daughter, and a sister.

Bob Russell

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Bob Russell, star of several 1940s and ’50s television shows, co-creator of the popular game show ``Name That Tune″ and one of the creators of the Miss America TV extravaganza, died Jan 24. He was 90.

In the 1940s and ’50s, Russell had a major presence in early television. He was the host or a star of several programs, including ``Yours for a Song,″ ``Stand Up and Be Counted,″ ``Bonnie Maid’s Versatile Vanities,″ ``Live Like a Millionaire,″ and ``Your Pet Parade.″

He helped create ``Name That Tune,″ serving as host of a few pilot broadcasts.

Russell was host of Miss America from 1940 through the first televised pageant in 1954, when it was watched by 27 million people. He recommended his friend Bert Parks to take over as host the next year.

Russell originally rejected the tune ``Here She Comes, Miss America″ as the show’s theme, in favor of two of his own songs. The song later became the musical signature for Parks and the pageant.

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