Kurt Josten, 82, a German-born scholar and a former curator of the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford, England, died July 10 near Dusseldorf, Germany, in the town of Neuss, where he lived. He was a naturalized British citizen who was born Conrad Hermann Josten and was also known as C.H. Josten. He held the curator's post from 1950 until he retired in 1964. He was an expert on the early history of chemistry and astronomy and on early astronomical instruments. He expanded the museum's holdings through purchases and the gift of a private collection of old astronomical and mathematical instruments. It had been amassed by a shipowner with his assistance. He was an authority on Elias Ashmole, the 17th-century British antiquary, scholar and collector who founded the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and wrote his diary and other papers in a code. In 1949, he found the key to the code, and the writings were published in 1966. An opponent of Nazism, he spent part of the Hitler era in hiding in France and in Germany. After the war, he moved to England. In retirement, he returned to Neuss.
Hanns Kornell, 83, a third-generation heir of the German wine-making family who established Kornell Champagne Cellars, died Sunday in St. Helena, Calif. He survived the Dachau concentration camp after speaking out against the Nazis, and went on to establish Kornell Champagne Cellars in Sonoma in 1952. In Germany, his family was the second-largest producer of sparkling wine and produced Schoenberger Cabinet, once considered one of Germany's finest wines.
Former Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier, 76, who headed the city from 1960 to 1988, died Sunday of pneumonia. His greatest accomplishments as mayor include construction of public housing for the elderly and setting up the Department of City Development.