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October 12, 1997

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ Former air force chief Orlando Agosti, a member of the military junta that ousted Isabel Peron in a 1976 coup, died of cancer Monday. He was 73.

The air force said Agosti, who had been receiving lengthy treatment for his condition, died at an air force hospital in Buenos Aires.

After the fall of Argentina’s repressive 1976-83 dictatorship, Agosti, a brigadier general, was convicted in eight cases of torture and sentenced to three years and nine months in jail.

Of the three original members of the ruling junta, Agosti got the lightest punishment. Army chief Jorge Videla and navy chief Emilio Massera both were given life sentences.

In 1990, Massera and Videla benefited from President Carlos Menem’s pardon of middle and senior-ranking officers involved in the dictatorship’s so-called ``dirty war″ against leftists and political dissidents.

By that time, Agosti had already completed his sentence.

Bernard Altshuler

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bernard Altshuler, whose research over 20 years helped scientists study how lungs are damaged by pollutants and carcinogens, died Oct. 4 of heart failure at his country home. He was 78.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Altshuler researched how much of airborne pollutants stay in the lungs after being inhaled. He also conducted epidemiological studies of smokers and uranium workers, developing models to predict the incidence of lung cancer among them.

As a professor at the Institute for Environmental Medicine at New York University, Altshuler was one of the first mathematicians to study environmental problems, said Dr. Roy E. Albert, a colleague.

A native of Newark, N.J., Altshuler graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1940. In 1951, he joined the Institute of Environmental Medicine where he worked until his death.

In 1953, Altshuler received his Ph.D. in mathematics from NYU.

Wes Gallagher

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Wes Gallagher, a tough ex-war correspondent who led The Associated Press through America’s turbulent 1960s and into the electronic era of high-speed news, died Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 86.

When he was named general manager of the news cooperative in 1962, he brought to the top administrative job 25 years of experience with AP as a reporter, a war correspondent, a news executive in postwar France and Germany and then as an assistant general manager in the New York headquarters.

Gallagher retired in October 1976 after 39 years, 14 of them as the organization’s ninth chief executive since 1848.

James Wesley Gallagher was born in San Francisco and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1936. In the mid-1930s, he worked for the Watsonville, Calif., Register-Pajaronian; the Baton Rouge, La., State-Times; and the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle.

In 1937, he joined the AP at its Buffalo, N.Y., bureau.

Gallagher presided over the AP during some of the most trying times for the news media, including the resignation of President Nixon. He also supervised the complete computerization of news delivery, established a special desk to plan and supervise production of enterprise stories, organized a task force of investigative reporters and set up a special group to study the problems of the cities.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, daughters Jane Gallagher of Cresskill, N.J., and Christine Gallagher of Los Angeles, and a son, Brian, deputy editorial-page editor at USA Today.

Monty Hoyt

PHOENIX (AP) _ Monty Hoyt, the 1962 U.S. figure skating champion, died of melanoma Thursday. He was 53.

Hoyt won the men’s U.S. title in 1962, the junior men’s title in 1961 and the novice men’s title in 1959. He skated on the 1964 U.S. Olympic team in Innsbruck, Austria.

A member of the Presidential Commission on Olympic Sports and a volunteer judge for the U.S. Figure Skating Association, he was training to become an Olympic judge when he fell ill in January, relatives said.

Hoyt, born in Denver in 1944 to newspaper writer Wallace Taber and Helen May Lininger, was the adopted son of E. Palmer Hoyt, editor and publisher of The Denver Post from 1946-70.

He graduated from the University of Denver and was a 1967 Marshall scholar at Oxford University in England. Later, he was a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

Robin Lee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Robin Lee, an Olympic skater who became the youngest junior national figure skating champion at age 12, died of bone cancer Wednesday at Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center. He was 77.

Before he was 20, Lee won five consecutive men’s titles from 1935-39. He competed in the 1936 Olympics in Germany, placing 12th, and was selected to compete in the 1940 Olympics, which were canceled because of World War II.

Lee’s father, Ayner Lee of St. Paul, also was an accomplished skater and taught his son the art of figure skating.

After the war, Lee performed on the Ice Cycles show circuit and became a skating instructor. He retired as an instructor from the Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis in 1991.

Robert H. O’Brien

SEATTLE (AP) _ Robert H. O’Brien, who ran the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio during six years of big hits and uneven profitability, died Monday. He was 93.

During his reign (1963 to 1969), the studio produced such cinema landmarks as ``Doctor Zhivago″ and ``2001: A Space Odyssey.″

O’Brien survived proxy fights against him in 1966 and 1967, but resigned under pressure in 1969, after the company announced that it expected losses.

A native of Helena, Mont., O’Brien attended Beloit College and received a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1933. After working for the Securities and Exchange Commission, he was appointed a commissioner by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942.

He later worked for Paramount Pictures and Loew’s, which owned MGM before the companies split.

Thomas Whiteside

WEST CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) _ Thomas Whiteside, whose articles for The New Yorker ranged from the whimsical on model Twiggy to the serious on toxic chemical, died on Friday of heart failure. He was 79.

Whiteside worked at The New Yorker was 45 years. His series of articles on Agent Orange in 1970 led to Senate hearings on the dangers of the substance used during the Vietnam War.

Born in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, England, Whiteside came to the United States from Canada in 1940 to study at the University of Chicago. During World War II, he compiled reports on Axis propaganda for the Office of War Propaganda.

In 1945, he joined Newsweek as a foreign affairs writer. He went on to write for The New Republic, before joining The New Yorker in 1950.

Whiteside also wrote 11 books, many compilations of his New Yorker articles. The titles include ``The Blockbuster Complex,″ a 1981 study of changes in the publishing industry.

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