Philip W. Bonsal, 92, a career diplomat with Maryland roots and the last U.S. ambassador to Cuba before diplomatic ties with Fidel Castro's government were severed in 1961, died of pneumonia Wednesday in Washington. He was the son of the late Stephen Bonsal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent, diplomat and Baltimore native. The son served as ambassador to Colombia, Bolivia and Morocco during a 27-year career that ended with his retirement in 1965.
Ted Allen, 79, author of screenplays, stage plays, novels and children's books, died Thursday in Toronto. He received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay in 1976 for the script of Jan Kadar's "Lies My Father Told Me." His best-known book was a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune, a fellow Canadian with whom he served in a volunteer medical unit in the Spanish Civil War.