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Jose Donoso, 72, a leading figure in...


Jose Donoso, 72, a leading figure in Latin American literature whose novels often were marked by obsessive fantasy, died Saturday of cancer in Santiago, Chile, his family reported.

An internationally renowned novelist and short-story writer, he was working on soap opera scripts for Televisa, the giant Mexican television network, when he died. He also was writing a novel.

His first great success -- and for many, his masterpiece -- was his 1978 novel, "The Obscene Bird of Night," a complex, nightmarish account of a failed writer. In 1990, he was awarded the Chilean National Literature Prize, the nation's highest literary award.

Myron A. Roeder, 61, former president of Tropicana, died Friday in Sarasota, Fla., after a two-year fight with cancer. He became president of Tropicana in March 1993 after being president of global marketing and interim president of Tropicana International. Under Mr. Roeder, Tropicana added such markets as Argentina, Germany and Britain.

He also introduced a variety of products, including Grovestand -- a 100 percent orange juice product that contains extra pulp -- Season's Best and Pure Premium Plus. The 14-year Tropicana executive announced his departure from the company in May 1995 because of his cancer.

Stephen Schneck, 63, a screenwriter and novelist who wrote "The Night Clerk," died of cancer Nov. 26 in Palm Springs, Calif. "The Night Clerk," published last year, won him the international Formentor Prize. He also wrote episodes for "All in the Family," "Cheers" and other television shows.

Pub Date: 12/09/96

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