George S. Odiorne, 71, developer of a management concept that became popular with businesses around the world, died Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla. He had drawn on his experience as a production-line foreman and on his postgraduate business studies to develop his management-by-objectives approach, which holds that enterprises operate best when managers and employees have clearly understood goals and the plans to achieve them. He was a business school professor and dean, a consultant, a corporate manager and the author of 300 articles and 26 books.
Abdel-Khalek Hassouna, 93, a former secretary-general of the Arab League and former Egyptian foreign minister, died Tuesday in Cairo. He was the league's secretary-general for four consecutive terms, from 1952 to 1972.
Ignacio Bernal, one of Latin America's most famed anthropologists, died Friday in Mexico City at age 81. Mr. Bernal, an expert on the Totonac culture of the Gulf of Mexico, served as director of the internationally praised museum for most of the 1960s and 1970s. He also served from 1968-1970 as director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The official Notimex news agency said Mr. Bernal had written more than 270 books and articles.
Dr. David V. Habif, a medical professor and an expert on cancer surgery, died on Jan. 17 at his home in Tenafly, N.J. He was 77. Dr. Habif died of a heart attack, his family said. He graduated from Columbia College in 1936 and the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1938. He completed his internship and residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center after serving two years in the Army during World War II. For the rest of his career, starting in 1947, he taught at the medical school. He had served as a vice chairman of the American Surgical Association and was president of the Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society.
Esther Annenberg Simon, a painter and supporter of the arts, died Jan. 19 at her home in Manhattan. She was 90. Mrs. Simon died of heart failure, her family said. A painter in the modern style for 25 years, she was a founding board member of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Mrs. Simon, whose nickname was Aye, was born in Milwaukee and attended the University of Wisconsin. Her father was the publisher Moses Annenberg, founder of the precursor of Triangle Publications, which publishes TV Guide. Her husband, Leo Simon, a clothing retailing executive, died in 1966.
Joe Richards, a writer and a painter, died on Jan. 19 at the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 83. He died of pneumonia. Mr. Richards wrote two books. "Tug of War," published in 1979, was about his experiences as a merchant marine captain in World War II. "Princess," published in 1956 and revised in 1973, told of his experiences in rebuilding and sailing a sloop.