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Rhoda Haas Goldman, 71, the great-grandniece of...


Rhoda Haas Goldman, 71, the great-grandniece of denim baron Levi Strauss who served on the board of his jean-making company, died Saturday after a heart attack while vacationing in Honolulu.

The San Francisco native was a philanthropist whose causes ranged from the environment to health care.

Seven years ago, she and her husband, Richard, established the Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of international awards often called "the Nobel Prizes for environmentalists."

Over the past five years, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, a foundation to support environmental and cultural causes, has given out more than $25 million in grants.

Herve Bazin, 84, a highly regarded French novelist and for the past two decades the president of the Goncourt Academy, which awards France's most prestigious literary prize, died Saturday at his home near Angers, the Loire Valley city in which he was born.

Mr. Bazin's first novel, "Viper in the Fist," an angry look at a battle between a monstrous mother and her three sons, was acclaimed when it was published in France in 1948. The book won the Prix Apollinaire and the Prix des Lecteurs, and remained the foundation of his work. In his fiction, he often wrote about emotional deprivation and mental and physical illness.

A literary critic and journalist as well as a novelist, Mr. Bazin came from a distinguished literary family. His great-uncle, Rene, was a member of the French Academy, and his grandmother, grandfather and great-grandfather were all writers. When he was elected to the Goncourt Academy, he was, at 41, the youngest member. During his years as its president, he was credited with bringing greater attention to new writers. Although he won numerous awards, he never received the Goncourt Prize.

Ernest Manning, 87, a premier of Alberta, Canada, for 25 years and the father of right-wing opposition leader Preston Manning, died yesterday at his home in Calgary after a long illness, his son said. Mr. Manning, who began his public career as a radio evangelist, served as premier from 1943 to 1968, representing the populist Social Credit Party. He was re-elected seven consecutive times before resigning.

Eleanor Clark, 82, an author best known for the evocative range of her accounts of oystering in Brittany and of the streets of Rome, died Friday at a retirement home in Boston. The widow of writer Robert Penn Warren had been suffering from emphysema and pneumonia. She was a master stylist whose works won critical acclaim and inspired a devoted private following. Her writings included reviews, essays, children's books and novels.

Evelyn "Boo" Laye, 95, who had her greatest stage success in Noel Coward's "Bittersweet" on Broadway in 1929 and was still working in her 90s, died Saturday in London after a brief illness.

Brownie McGhee, 80, a guitarist and singer who helped popularize the blues style of the Piedmont area of the Carolinas, died Friday of stomach cancer in Oakland, Calif. In the early 1940s, Mr. McGhee and harmonica player Sonny Terry started generating attention for the Piedmont blues, a mesh of guitar and harmonica.

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