Dr. Josef Warkany, 90, a pediatric researcher who helped focus the attention of modern medicine on the hazards of the first nine months of life in the womb, died of a stroke June 22 in Clifton, Ohio. His discoveries helped create the medical specialty of teratology, which includes the study of the fetus and efforts to cure and prevent prenatal ailments responsible for many infant deaths.
Li Xiannian, 83, president of China from 1982 to 1988 and a leader of the hard-line faction fighting economic reforms there, has died of an unspecified ailment, the Chinese government announced June 21. His was the first death among a group of octogenarians and revolutionary veterans nicknamed "the eight
old men," believed to collectively rule China.
The Rev. Sue Sikking, 93, who founded the Unity by the Sea Church and campaigned to replace "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem, died June 13 in Santa Monica, Calif. Claiming "The Star-Spangled Banner" was too warlike, she led a 1972 effort to replace it with "My Country 'Tis of Thee," "America the Beautiful" or "God Bless America."