Iben Browning, 73, who gained attention -- and criticism -- last year when he predicted a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault that did not occur, died of a heart attack Thursday in Albuquerque, N.M. A biophysicist who studied climatic cycles, he also worked in such diverse fields as artificial intelligence and bioengineering and held dozens of patents. His projection of a major earthquake around Dec. 3, 1990, was based on tides and " gravity. The idea was assailed by geologists as lacking a scientific basis. Even so, many residents along the fault, which runs from Arkansas to Illinois, left the area that week as a precaution.
Robert B. Nemiroff, 61, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer who championed the works of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, to whom he was married in the 1950s, died Thursday of cancer in New York. He was a book editor, publishing executive, music publisher and songwriter before becoming involved in the theater during the production of "A Raisin in the Sun," Ms. Hansberry's 1959 play about a black Chicago family. Mr. Nemiroff won a Tony in 1974 for the musical "Raisin," which he and Charlotte Zaltzberg adapted from "Raisin in the Sun."
John P. Spiegel, 80, a social psychiatrist who conducted pioneering research into war fatigue and inner-city violence, died Wednesday in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Spiegel, a retired member of the Brandeis University faculty, was for 13 years director of the Lemberg Center for the Study of Violence at Brandeis' Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare. He wrote many papers and books, including "Men Under Stress," with Dr. Roy Grinker, and "Transactions in Families: A Modern Approach for Resolving Cultural and Generational Differences," with John Papjohn.
Joel Eaves, 77, the former athletic director credited with elevating the University of Georgia sports program, died Thursday in Athens, Ga. Mr. Eaves was the Bulldogs' athletic director from 1963 to 1979. During his tenure, Georgia teams won 19 conference championships in football, golf and tennis. Sixteen Bulldog teams earned a top 10 national ranking and the football team was invited to 11 bowl games.
John Dreiske, 84, a former Chicago Sun-Times political editor and columnist, died Wednesday in Chicago. He became the newspaper's political editor in 1948 when the Chicago Times merged with the Chicago Sun. His column, "The Mugwump," which first appeared in the 1940s, was later renamed "John Dreiske's Column." He covered 11 presidential elections, from Franklin D. Roosevelt's first campaign for the presidency to Richard Nixon's re-election bid.
George W. O'Connor, 81, a former state legislative leader and Montana Power Co. chief executive, died Thursday in Butte, Mont. Mr. O'Connor, a Republican, served in the state House of Representatives from Carbon County for nine sessions between 1935 and 1953 and was House speaker in 1943 and 1945. In 1957 he joined the utility company as an executive assistant and within 10 years was president, chief operating officer and a board member. In 1973 he became chief executive officer, keeping his president's title, and retired from all but the board post in 1975.
Malcolm S. Mackay Jr., 82, a former executive with Northwest Airlines, died Wednesday in Red Lodge, Mont., after several strokes. Mr. Mackay became director of Northwest Airlines in 1948 and executive vice president in 1951. He served on the airline's board into the 1970s.