Maria Gorbachev, 84, the mother of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, died Saturday in Moscow. She had been hospitalized since suffering a stroke last month.
William M. Smith, 79, a civil rights activist and retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died Wednesday in Mobile, Ala. For several years, he was listed among Ebony magazine's 100 most influential blacks in the United States. He was a former state president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and delivered the opening invocation at the 1988 Republican convention in New Orleans.
Alan Hare, 76, a distinguished soldier-spy who became chief executive of Britain's Financial Times and turned it into a leading international business newspaper, died April 10. He lived in London. Neither the cause nor place of his death was disclosed. A graduate of Eton and Oxford, he entered the world of special operations during World War II. Dropped into Albania, he spent ++ one winter sharing a cave with Enver Hoxha, who became the country's communist leader, while German troops scoured the area looking for them. Mr. Hare lost several toes and was awarded the Military Cross.
Pauline Ames Plimpton, 93, who had a late-blooming career as a writer that startled her literary offspring, George Plimpton, died Saturday of circulatory illness at her home in New York City. She spent most of her life in the shadow of her father, Oakes Ames, the Harvard botanist; her husband, Francis T. P. Plimpton, the lawyer and diplomat, who died in 1983, and her son George, the editor of the Paris Review. But at 79, as her son put it Saturday, "she suddenly came out from underneath," and started writing books. Among the eight books she turned out over the next dozen years was "Oakes Ames, Jottings of a Harvard Botanist," "The Plimpton Papers, Law and Diplomacy" and "A Collector's Recollections, George Arthur Plimpton."