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Barbara Barton, who put off potentially life-saving leukemia treatment to a

February 5, 1995

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Barbara Barton, who put off potentially life-saving leukemia treatment to avoid harming the twins she was carrying, died of the disease Jan. 22, six months after her children were born. She was 36.

Mrs. Barton was diagnosed with chronic granulocytic leukemia on the same day in December 1993 that she learned she was pregnant.

In July 1994 she gave birth to a healthy son and daughter. Her condition quickly deteriorated and she underwent a bone marrow transplant in August. She left the hospital in mid-December when it was clear she only had a short time to live.

Patricia Highsmith

GENEVA (AP) _ Patricia Highsmith, the American crime writer who wove dark, psychological tales of murder and intrigue in such novels as ``Strangers On a Train,″ died Saturday in the southern Swiss town of Locarno. She was 74.

Highsmith was best known for creating Tom Ripley, a charming gentleman-murderer who was also her favorite character and starred in five of her novels.

He first appeared in ``The Talented Mr. Ripley,″ a likeable young American without conscience who murdered a friend in Italy and impersonated him. The book received the prestigious Mystery Writers of America scroll in 1957.

Highsmith published 20 novels and seven short-story collections. Her first novel, ``Strangers on a Train,″ appeared in 1950 after being rejected by six publishers. It was made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock the following year.

Highsmith’s stories were published in 20 languages, and were perhaps more popular in Europe than her native United States.

The London Times Literary Supplement once described her as ``the crime writer who comes closest to giving crime writing a good name.″

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, she moved to New York when she was 6, where she sought solace from an unhappy childhood in books. She moved to Europe in 1963.

Highsmith never read other mystery writers, preferring Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

J. Martin Klotshe

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ J. Martin Klotshe, provost and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 17 years, died Saturday at his retirement home in Oostburg. He was 87.

UWM was Milwaukee State Teachers College in 1931 when Klotsche was hired as a history professor. He was appointed dean of instruction in 1943 and college president three years later.

He was president in 1951 when the campus became Wisconsin State College-Milwaukee. The school and other state colleges were eventually merged into the UW system and he became chancellor in 1965. He retired in 1973.

Klotshe was a past president of the Association of Urban Universities and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He was also an examiner for the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

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