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Patric Walker, an English astrologer who brought...


Patric Walker, an English astrologer who brought a sense of style and sophistication to the daily horoscope, died Sunday from salmonella poisoning. He was 64.

Mr. Walker, whose horoscopes appeared for many years under the pen name Celeste, divided his time between London and the Greek island of Rhodes. He wrote a monthly column for Harpers and Queen magazine and a daily column for the Evening Standard and the Mail on Sunday that is syndicated in newspapers around the world.

In the United States he reached more than 20 million readers. His daily column is carried by more than 100 newspapers in the United States and Canada. A weekly column appears in TV Guide.

Mr. Walker's predictions showed a literary sense and an urbane outlook on life rare for the genre. Vicki Woods, the editor of Harpers and Queen, once said in an interview, "He's like a wise, slightly cynical friend, the kind you go to for real advice, not upbeat, positive blah."

Mr. Walker, a Libra, was born in Hackensack, N.J., where his parents had moved from Yorkshire. In 1960, he met an American astrologer named Helene Hoskins, whose powers of prediction impressed him. He enlisted as her apprentice and soon began writing for a women's magazine called Nova.

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Kukrit Pramoj, 84, a former prime minister of Thailand who steered the country through a difficult and politically dangerous period after the end of the Vietnam War, died Monday in Bangkok. He had been hospitalized for heart disease and diabetes.

Rachel Mellinger Schlesinger, 65, the wife of former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger, died Tuesday of cancer in Arlington, Va. 77, a former ABC News correspondent who acted as a go-between in defusing the Cuban missile crisis -- and then was scooped on the story -- died Monday in Washington after a lengthy illness.

Kenneth F. Weimer, 72, former chief architect for the state of Virginia, died of cancer Saturday in Richmond.

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