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Obituaries in the News

November 29, 1998

Robert Eisner

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) _ Robert Eisner, former president of the American Economic Association and a Northwestern University professor, died Wednesday of complications from a bone marrow disorder. He was 76.

Eisner wrote several books in the 1980s and 1990s defending an active government fiscal policy. At a time when many economists promoted a more hands-off role for the government, Eisner advocated deficit spending, if needed, as a way to achieve full employment.

``Mr. Eisner was fearless,″ said Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ``He never softened his language to ingratiate. Yet no serious person in the profession ever dismissed his views.″

Eisner was chairman of Northwestern University’s economics department for several years and most recently taught as an emeritus professor of economics.

He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. He also received the John R. Commons Award from Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society.

Javier Garcia Paniagua

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Javier Garcia Paniagua, a former top government official who had aspired to Mexico’s presidency in the 1980s, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 61.

Garcia Paniagua was the national director of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in 1981.

He was the son of Gen. Marcelino Garcia Barragan, who was Mexico’s defense minister in 1968 when the military violently suppressed student democracy protesters.

In the 1960s, Garcia Paniagua managed a government agricultural bank. He went on to become a ruling party senator.

During the 1976-82 presidency of Jose Lopez Portillo, Garcia Paniagua led the Federal Security Administration, a powerful police agency that has since disbanded, and then served as deputy interior minister.

When the time approached for Lopez Portillo to pick his successor, as has been the party’s tradition, Garcia Paniagua was widely seen as the likely choice. But economic turmoil led the president to tap his minister of budget and planning, Miguel de la Madrid.

Garcia Paniagua, meanwhile, went on to brief terms as labor minister and as head of the national lottery. He had spent recent years in retirement at his ranch in Jalisco state.

Rebecca Gross

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) _ Rebecca F. Gross, the former secretary-treasurer and managing editor of the Lock Haven Express, died Wednesday. She was 93.

Ms. Gross was one of the founders of the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association and was the first female president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

After graduating from Temple University, she went to work at the Lock Haven Express, becoming its managing editor in 1931. She joined the Navy in World War II as a WAVES officer, reaching the rank of commander.

She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1947.

Ms. Gross won numerous journalism awards, including the Emma C. McKinney Award to outstanding women in journalism from the National Newspaper Association.

She is survived by a sister-in-law and a nephew.

Theodore Newhouse

NEW YORK (AP) _ Theodore Newhouse, an expert in newspaper management and production who helped build one of the world’s largest news organizations, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 95.

Newhouse was associate publisher of the Newhouse newspaper group and with his brothers, Samuel I. and Norman Newhouse, built and operated the family-owned enterprise.

Today, the Newhouse holdings include 26 newspapers in 22 cities; the Conde Nast magazine group; Parade, the Sunday newspaper supplement; American City Business Journals, a group of business newspapers published in more than 30 major cities in America; and interests in cable television programming and cable systems serving 1 million homes.

The Newhouse brothers helped develop and institute such innovative newspaper management policies as local autonomy for publishers and editors of group-owned newspapers. Samuel I. Newhouse died in 1979, and Norman Newhouse died in 1988.

The company is now run by S.I. Newhouse’s sons, Samuel I. Jr., the chairman, and Donald, the president, who is also chairman of the board of directors of The Associated Press.

Ted Newhouse was business manager for 45 years of the Long Island Press, his home base in the New York City borough of Queens, until the paper shut down in 1977.

He also was the family’s representative on the boards of the National Advertising Bureau and the New York City Publishers’ Association.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline, two granddaughters, Julie Lobel and Amy Bermant Adler; and six great-grandchildren.

John Stanford

SEATTLE (AP) _ John Stanford, a former Army major general with no background in education who brought a no-nonsense approach to the job of Seattle’s school superintendent, died of leukemia Saturday. He was 60.

The retired two-star general was brought in as Seattle’s first black school superintendent in June 1995, drawing national attention because he was one of the few non-educators chosen to lead such a large school district.

His initial suggestions for the 47,600-student school system included requiring all pupils to wear uniforms and denying driver’s licenses to anyone associated with a gang.

Stanford revamped the district’s student-assignment plan to emphasize neighborhood schools and instituted a new school-funding formula based on enrollment and student demographics.

Stanford spent 30 years in the military, becoming acting deputy commander-in-chief and executive assistant to former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.

He retired from the Army in 1991 to take the job of county executive for Fulton County, Ga., where Atlanta is located.

In Seattle, he received national attention for his efforts to improve schools and addressed the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Benjamin B. Talley

HOMER, Alaska (AP) _ Retired Gen. Benjamin B. Talley, an engineer who left an enduring mark on Alaska before and after World War II, died Friday. He was 95.

Talley supervised construction of Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, and oversaw the building of a string of then-secret airfields before World War II. He later oversaw reconstruction of Anchorage and central Alaska after the 1964 earthquake.

Talley became a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers and was sent to Nicaragua to study the possibility of building a canal there. In Nicaragua, he aided rescue efforts after a violent earthquake in 1931.

He supervised virtually all the Army and Army Air Corps projects in Alaska as the military prepared for the Japanese invasion of Alaska. In 1943 he worked on planning for the D-Day landings in Normandy. ′ received the Distinguished Service Cross.

Talley went on to help plan the invasion of Okinawa in 1945 and later served in Korea. As a civilian, Talley helped design office buildings for Brazil’s new capitol at Brasilia.

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