Harold M. Weintraub, 49, a molecular biologist...


Harold M. Weintraub, 49, a molecular biologist whose pioneering work advanced understanding of cell development, died Tuesday in Seattle of complications following treatment for brain cancer. He earned an international reputation in genetics for a series of discoveries that provide the experimental framework for defining how embryonic cells develop into specialized cell types. He was a professor of genetics at the University of Washington.

H. L. Stevenson, 65, a former editor in chief of United Press International who oversaw the news service's coverage of events from Watergate to space exploration, died Thursday in Stamford, Conn. He had been ill since January. He joined United Press in 1953 as a reporter, became managing editor of the news service in 1965 and was appointed editor in chief and vice president in 1972, with overall responsibility for a worldwide staff of 1,000.

Ken Nicholson, 62, a former sports information director and director of of publications at Montana State University, died HTC Thursday of pancreatitis. He joined Montana State in 1957 as sports information director and was the university's director of publications and news services from 1976 until his retirement in 1987.

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