* Edwin Emery, 79, an author and editor who taught journalism at the University of Minnesota for 39 years, died Wednesday of leukemia in Minneapolis. He was best known for his book, "The Press and America." He was co-author of "Introduction to Mass Communications."
* Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 72, an Aboriginal poet and writer formerly known as Kath Walker, died of cancer Thursday in Brisbane, Australia. She was the first aborigine to have a book of poems published. She used her writings, beginning in 1964, to campaign for better treatment of Australia's indigenous people. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in 1970 in recognition of her work. However, she returned the honor to Queen Elizabeth II in protest in 1988, when Australia marked two centuries of European settlement.
* Barbara Biber Bodansky, 89, an expert in child psychology and early education research, died in New York Tuesday. She was chairman of the child development faculty of the Bank Street College of Education from 1931 to 1960, and directed its research division from 1950 to 1963. In the 1960s, she devised the basic principles for the federally financed day care and Head Start programs. Her books include "Early Education and Psychological Development," "Child Life in School" and "The Psychological Impact of School Experience."
* Emanuel Zacchini, 84, a circus performer who set a world record for the longest human cannonball jump, died Monday in Sarasota, Fla. Born in Italy, he was brought to the United States in 1934 by John Ringling. He started the cannonball act four years later with his four brothers. In 1940, his jump of 175 feet at 54 mph set a world record. He ended his jumping career after suffering a broken neck in an accident in 1951.
* Iva Sergei Voidato Patcevitch, 92, former president of Conde Nast Publications, died Tuesday in New York. A Russian immigrant, he became Nast's personal assistant in 1928. In the 1930s, he worked as a trouble shooter at various Conde Nast publications, including Paris Vogue. He became company president after Nast died in 1942, and retired in 1971.
* Dr. Louis Zetzel, 84, an expert on diseases of the digestive tract, died of Parkinson's disease Monday in Cambridge, Mass. He was a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1939 to 1975. He became clinical professor of medicine at the school in 1967 and was a member of the admissions committee for many years. After leaving teaching, he continued in private practice as an internist until 1986.