Ret. Adm. Jose Toribio Merino, 80, a key figure in the 1973 military coup in Chile led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, died Friday in Santiago, Chile, of lymphatic cancer. Admiral Merino was one of four commanders who toppled elected Marxist President Salvador Allende in 1973 and installed the military junta that ruled Chile for 16 1/2 years under Pinochet.
Dr. Richard S. Westfall, 72, an authority on the scientific revolution of the 17th century and the author of the standard work on the life of physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton, died Aug. 21 of a heart attack at Bloomington (Ind.) Hospital. Dr. Westfall was an emeritus professor of history and the history and philosophy of science at Indiana University. His book "Never at Rest" was published in 1980.
George A. Heinemann, 78, an NBC television executive who created children's programs including "Ding Dong School" and "Shari Lewis and Lambchop," died Aug. 21 in New York City of a heart attack. His programs won seven Peabody Awards and in 1972 he received a special Peabody for his children's and youth programming.
Pub Date: 9/01/96