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Dr. R. Tucker Abbott, 77, author of...


Dr. R. Tucker Abbott, 77, author of more than 30 books on malacology, the study of mollusks, died Friday in Sanibel Island, Fla., after a long illness.

Dr. Abbott, director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum since 1992, had previously spent eight years as curator of mollusks at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

He also worked at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

He had his own publishing company, American Malacologists Inc.

Neil Blaney, 73, Ireland's longest-serving lawmaker and a prominent critic of British rule in Northern Ireland, died Wednesday in a Dublin hospital, his family said.

Sister Evelyn M. Schneider, 84, a former chief executive of St. Vincent's Hospital and superior general of the Sisters of Charity, the order that founded it 146 years ago, died Sunday at her home in New York.

Edward Wormley, 87, a style setter in modern residential furniture in the United States for four decades, died Friday in Connecticut.

Jose Yglesias, 75, a writer best known for his tales of Latin Americans affected by revolution, died of cancer Tuesday in New York. Among his novels are "A Wake in Ybor City," "An Orderly Life" and "Double Double."

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