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John P. Condon

December 28, 1996

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ John P. Condon, a retired Marine Corps major general who helped plan one of the most important intelligence missions of World War II, died Thursday of lymphoma and an aneurysm. He was 85.

While an aviation planning officer in the Solomon Islands in WWII, Condon coordinated the operation that led to the death of Fleet Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, Japan’s navy minister and the commander in chief of the Combined Fleet.

Yamamoto approved the plans for a quick attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, which brought the United States into the war.

Condon, then a major, was the operations officer of Fighter Command on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands when the United States learned that Yamamoto planned an inspection tour of the southwest Pacific in the spring of 1943. He then developed the April 18, 1943, plan to shoot down Yamamoto’s plane in the northern Solomon Islands.

Bill Hewitt

PORT PERRY, Ontario (AP) _ Broadcaster Bill Hewitt, son of the late hockey play-by-play man Foster Hewitt died Wednesday. He was 68

Like his pioneering father, Bill called play by play for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1951 until 1981. Foster Hewitt died in 1985.

Audrey Moore Hodges

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Audrey Moore Hodges, one of the first women to work on automotive design, died Wednesday. She was 78.

Hodges was given a design job with Studebaker in 1944. She claimed credit for designing the Studebaker hood ornament _ a torpedo within a circle.

In 1948, she began working on interior design for the Tucker Torpedo, the ill-fated auto and brainchild of entrepreneur Preston Tucker. The company made only 51 Torpedos, a revolutionary car with previously unknown safety features, an aerodynamic design and a ``stripped-down″ interior.

In 1984, Hodges organized a three-day meeting of the Tucker Automobile Club of America in Ann Arbor. The group of former Tucker employees and car owners gathered to reminisce and ``keep the legend going.″

Hafez Mahmoud

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Hafez Mahmoud, a former head of Egypt’s journalists union, died Thursday of pneumonia. He was 80.

Mahmoud became secretary-general of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in 1941. He was elected its head in 1964 and served until 1967.

He was editor-in-chief of Al-Siyasah newspaper in the 1940s, then became editor-in-chief of Al-Qahira newspaper in 1953. He had worked as a journalist with the daily Al-Gumhuriyah since 1960.

Cardinal Narcis Jubany Arnau

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Cardinal Narcis Jubany Arnau, who played a key role in Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 83.

Pope John Paul II and Spain’s royal family were among those from around the world who sent condolences.

As archbishop of Barcelona, Jubany Arnau helped Spain move to democracy after Gen. Francisco Franco’s death in 1975. Jubany Arnau promoted a peaceful transition by fostering dialogue among a wide range of political views, supporting democracy, and by showing tolerance and openness, according to a wide range of Spanish politicians.

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