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Virgil Gheorghiu, 75, writer of 60 novels...


Virgil Gheorghiu, 75, writer of 60 novels whose 1949 international best seller, "The 25th Hour," described the horrors of peasant life in Communist Romania, died June 22 in Paris after a long illness.

Yoshiko Uchida, 70, a writer of children's books about the Japanese-American experience, died June 21 in Berkeley, Calif., following a stroke. Among 29 books she wrote from 1949 to 1991 were 27 for children, including the autobiographical "Desert Exile: the Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family," and "The Invisible Thread."

Rick Sklar, 62, whose early rock 'n' roll programming made WABC in New York City the most popular radio station in North America, died June 22 in New York. He was a leading force in the early days of Top-40 radio, nurturing a number of radio personalities, including Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow.

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