Richard E. Jablonski, 67, national president of the Union of Poles in America Inc. since 1962, died Saturday of diabetes in Cleveland. The 100-year-old fraternal insurance organization was formed when Polish immigrants often were denied life insurance because of the dangerous jobs they held in steel mills and factories. It has 10,000 members.
Thomas Mandel, 49, a computer wiz who helped shape the development of online media, died Wednesday of lung cancer in Stanford, Calif. A self-proclaimed cyberholic, he played a key role in moving Time, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated onto the commercial online services.
Ron Richardson, 43, who won a Tony Award in 1985 for his performance in the musical "Big River: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," died Wednesday of AIDS in Bronxville, N.Y. He was praised for his performance of the runaway slave Jim in the Broadway adaptation of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn." He won a Tony as best supporting actor in a musical. He also won a Drama Desk award.
Ruth C. Silva, 74, a specialist in presidential politics, died Saturday in State College, Pa. A professor at Penn State University from 1948 to 1977, her research included the U.S. presidency, laws affecting the nomination and election of presidential electors, laws affecting presidential succession and trends in the selection of presidents. Her books included "Presidential Succession" in 1951 and "Rum, Religion and Votes:1928 Re-examined" in 1962.