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Princess Maria Cristina

December 25, 1996

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Princess Maria Cristina de Borbon y Battemberg, an aunt of King Juan Carlos, died Monday of heart failure. She was 85.

She was the sister of Juan de Borbon, who ceded his rights to the Spanish throne in favor of his son, Juan Carlos.

Juan de Borbon’s father, King Alfonso XIII, abdicated in 1931 upon the declaration of the Second Spanish Republic and the family went into exile during the 36-year dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.

But Juan Carlos returned to Spain to be educated under Franco, and the dictator named him his successor. He became king two days after Franco’s death on Nov. 20, 1975.

Leonard K. Firestone

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) _ Leonard K. Firestone, a former ambassador to Belgium and retired executive of the tire company founded by his father Harvey S. Firestone, died Tuesday from respiratory failure. He was 89.

Firestone was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1907, seven years after his father founded the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. Leonard Kimball Firestone was the last survivor of Harvey and Idabelle Firestone’s six children.

After graduating from college, he joined the sales department at the family-owned tire company and held sales positions in Florida, California and Ohio. He became a company director in 1939 and president of the Firestone Aviation Products Co. in 1941.

He served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II and was placed on inactive duty in 1943 to become president of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. of California.

Firestone, whose principal residence was in Rancho Mirage, retired as president of Firestone’s California operations in 1970 and served as ambassador to Belgium from 1974-76.

Fred Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Fred Green, a left-handed reliever who was a member of the 1960 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 62.

Green spent most of his career with the Pirates, except for a brief stint with the Washington Senators.

Green retired from baseball in 1964. At the time of his death, he was a manager with Leaseway Transportation Co. of Chicago.

Harold Hubbard

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Harold N. Hubbard, a longtime columnist for the (Pasadena) Star-News, died Sunday while on vacation in Hawaii. He was 97.

Hubbard began writing for the Star-News in 1971. His last column was published in October. He had been on medical leave since then because of gall bladder surgery.

Before joining the Star-News, he was editor of the Pasadena Union and the Hollywood Citizen-News.

Newell Jenkins

NEW YORK (AP) _ Newell Jenkins, a conductor and musicologist whose discoveries shed light on the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic repertories, died Saturday at age 81.

Jenkins’ Clarion Concerts, a series he started in 1958, helped listeners discover hundreds of rare works gleaned from his visits to palace and monastery archives in Europe.

His specialty was Italian music, particularly that of Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Gaetano Brunetti and Simone Mayr. He also championed the music of Joseph Martin Kraus, an 18th-century Swedish court composer.

He was on the faculty of New York University from 1964 to 1974 and was a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, from 1971 to 1979.

Dr. Joseph C. Muhler

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ Dr. Joseph C. Muhler, a co-developer of Crest toothpaste credited with discovering that stannous fluoride could reduce tooth decay, died Tuesday. He was 73.

As a student at Indiana University dentistry school, Muhler studied fluoride and tooth decay at the suggestion of his biochemistry professor, Harry G. Day. Procter & Gamble began funding the research in 1949.

Muhler, a Fort Wayne native, and Day tested their new toothpaste with Bloomington public school students starting in 1951. Crest made its debut in 1956.

Royalties from the stannous fluoride patent were split between Muhler, Day and another scientist. They gave 50 percent _ $2.5 million _ to the Indiana University Foundation.

In 1967, the U.S. Navy awarded Muhler its highest civilian honor, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, for allowing the Navy to test and evaluate his discovery for free.

James Chester Raulston

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ James Chester ``J.C.″ Raulston, who built one of the country’s most admired arboretums, was killed Saturday in a car wreck. He was 56.

Raulston, a professor of ornamental horticulture at North Carolina State University, founded the university’s arboretum in 1975. It is home to the nation’s largest collection of redbuds and junipers, a 450-foot perennial border and the world’s only collection of dwarf loblolly pines.

In 1992, the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta named Raulston’s arboretum the best in the United States.

Ronnie Scott

LONDON (AP) _ Ronnie Scott, whose London club was a mecca for the world’s leading jazz musicians, singers and fans, died Monday. He was 69

He began playing professionally at age 16, landing a job with the popular 1940s Ted Heath dance band.

After World War II, a shortage of shellac meant few jazz records were being released or imported in Britain, and the Musicians Union would not allow U.S. jazz musicians to perform in Britain.

Scott wanted to see the changing U.S. jazz scene and found a job playing in a band on the Queen Mary cruise liner, which sailed between Britain and the United States.

Scott opened Ronnie Scott’s Club in a basement in central London’s Soho district in 1959.

Inspired by the music of Charlie Parker and the New York bebop scene, Dizzie Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, Scott and his business partner Pete King turned the club into Britain’s leading venue for modern jazz.

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