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Obituaries in the News

September 5, 1998

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ George H. Buchi, an organic chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died Aug. 28 of heart failure. He was 77.

He was a Firestone Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago for three years before accepting a faculty appointment from MIT in 1951. He retired from MIT in 1991 and was named a professor emeritus.

Buchi’s research made significant contributions in diverse areas of organic chemistry. His work in the 1950s helped lay the groundwork for modern organic photochemistry.

David Craig

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ David Craig, who taught stars such as Lucille Ball and Cicely Tyson how to sing using a widely praised technique he developed, died Aug. 28 at the age of 75.

Craig died of lung cancer, his daughter, Miranda Craig said.

Craig developed a technique for performing in musical theater that gained him accolades from many, including actress Lee Grant, who called him a ``master at creating exercises that released talent.″

Evelyn Oppenheimer

DALLAS (AP) _ Evelyn Oppenheimer, a Texas literary agent and author who reviewed books on radio and television for five decades, died Thursday of cancer. She was 90.

Oppenheimer, a Dallas native, began oral book reviews in 1934 at Sanger Brothers department stores. Her reviews went to radio in 1948, television in the ’50s and later to the Dallas Times Herald and scholarly journals. Her last broadcast review was on WRR-FM in May.

She also wrote 11 books.

Inge Aicher-Scholl

LEUTKIRCH, Germany (AP) _ Inge Aicher-Scholl, a champion of nonviolence whose siblings were murdered by the Nazis in 1943, died Friday of complications from cancer. She was 81.

A tireless teacher and spokeswoman against violence, Aicher-Scholl wrote several books on an anti-Nazi student group in Munich known as the ``White Rose,″ which was led by her siblings, Hans and Sophie Scholl.

After the Nazis murdered her brother and sister, Aicher-Scholl, her parents and her other sister were also jailed by the Nazis for several months.

After the war, Aicher-Scholl and some friends, including her future husband, designer Otl Aicher, founded a school in the city of Ulm for adult education and art. Aicher-Scholl headed the school from 1946 to 1974.

In the 1980s, Aicher-Scholl gained notoriety through her work in the peace movement, resisting the stationing of U.S. nuclear missiles in Germany. In 1985, she was arrested for taking part in a sit-in at the American Pershing II missile base at the southern town of Mutlangen.

Stanley Seiden

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Stanley Seiden, head of a company overseeing several Los Angeles theaters, has died.

He was 76. He died Aug. 27 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Lou Gehrig’s disease, said officials for the James M. Nederlander Companies West.

Since 1975, Seiden was president of the organization and responsible for all operations of the Greek, Pantages, Wilshire and Henry Fonda theaters, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and other company ventures in Southern California.

Eloise Spaeth

NEW YORK (AP) _ Eloise Spaeth, an art collector who helped persuade the Smithsonian Institution to establish a bureau for the Archives of American Art, has died. She was 96.

Mrs. Spaeth died Monday at her home in East Hampton. The cause of death was not released.

The Smithsonian recognized her work for the archives with its highest honor, the Henry Medal.

She and her late husband, Otto Spaeth, a vice president of the Whitney Museum of American Art, assembled an extensive collection of American and European that covered the period between the two world wars. Mrs. Spaeth eventually gained a reputation as a strong supporter of American art.

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