Maj. Gen. Meir Zorea, 72, who fought Nazi Germany during World War II as a British Army officer, hunted Nazis after the war, then rose through Israeli army ranks and served briefly in Israel's Parliament, died of throat cancer Saturday on a communal farm in Israel. After World War II, he joined a group of former British officers known as "The Avengers" who assassinated Nazi officers and officials in Europe. Known simply as "Zaro," he was best known for a 1984 investigation into the deaths of two Palestinian hijackers that caused an upheaval in Israel's internal security service.
George Barley, 61, who founded the Save Our Everglades Foundation, was killed Friday in Orlando when the twin-engine Beechraft he chartered lost power and crashed shortly after takeoff. In the early 1990s, he was the main architect of a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution for a penny-per-pound tax on sugar growers to clean the Everglades. The state Supreme Court struck it down on a technicality. Soon afterward he founded the Save Our Everglades Foundation. Also killed in the crash was Mark Swade, 32, the pilot.
Roger Grimsby, 66, the acerbic half of the "Eyewitness News" anchor team that made "happy talk" a successful news format, died Friday in New York of lung cancer. In addition to 20 years in New York, his 40-year career included on-air stints in San Francisco and San Diego. Despite the "happy talk" label on his show, his on-air feuds with fellow "Eyewitness News" team members, including Howard Cosell, Geraldo Rivera and gossip reporter Rona Barrett, whom he openly called "Rona Rooter," were legendary. He was a six-time Emmy winner who covered the Vietnam War and was critical of TV reporters who put on Hollywood airs.
Egidio Vigano, 74, head of the Roman Catholic Salesian order, died Friday in Rome of cancer. As rector-major, he oversaw the work of the more than 17,000 Salesians in 113 countries who primarily were involved in educational and missionary activities. The seventh successor to St. John Bosco, who founded the order in 1859, he also was chancellor of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.
Brett Averill, 37, editor of the New York Native, a gay newspaper, during the early years of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome epidemic and more recently a free-lance writer and editor of the Bay Area Reporter, a weekly gay paper in San Francisco, died of AIDS June 20 at his home in San Francisco.
Esther Rome, 49, an authority on women's health issues and co-author of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," a groundbreaking women's health guide, died Saturday of breast cancer in Somerville, Mass. She wrote that cosmetic surgery, nutrition and sexually transmitted diseases were issues of culture and economic policy as well as medicine.