Dr. George Margolis, a Johns Hopkins University...


Dr. George Margolis, a Johns Hopkins University graduate and neuropathologist who did some of the early research into Alzheimer's disease, died Thursday at his home in Ridgefield, Conn., after several strokes. He was 81.

A 1936 biology graduate of Hopkins, who received his medical degree from Duke University, he was on Dartmouth Medical School's faculty from 1963 to 1982 and helped build the curriculum and research in its department of pathology. He was the author of hundreds of scientific papers.

His interest in Alzheimer's disease grew from his work in other areas of investigation. They were primarily the relationship between viruses and brain damage, the effects of changes in atmospheric pressure on the brain and the loss of muscular control because of neurological disorders.

Mary Electa Bidwell, 114, who in November 1995 was said to be the oldest living American woman, died Thursday in Hamden, Conn. She was born May 9, 1881, when James A. Garfield was president and Queen Victoria ruled half the world.

In 1995, when the "Guinness Book of Records" recognized her, she said she did not know the secret of her longevity but had never smoked or used alcohol.

Mrs. Bidwell said the vote was women's greatest achievement. She cast her first ballot at 39, voting for Warren Harding in the 1920 presidential election.

Stirling Silliphant, 78, the American screenwriter who won an Oscar for the 1967 movie "In the Heat of the Night" and its depiction of racism in the American South, died of prostate cancer yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand. His screenplays included the thrillers "The Towering Inferno" and "The Poseidon Adventure." He moved to Thailand several years ago.

Max Wohlberg, 89, a liturgical scholar and composer who set Judaism to music for millions of worshipers and taught a generation of cantors how to lead their congregations in song, died April 19 at his son's home in Washington. He had been a professor at the cantorial school of the Jewish Theological Seminary since he helped found the New York school in 1952.

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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