Mary Leakey, 83, an archaeologist and anthropologist...


Mary Leakey, 83, an archaeologist and anthropologist whose curiosity about prehistoric humans led her and her husband to momentous discoveries about man's origins, died yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya.

Louis and Mary Leakey found fossils in Tanzania and Kenya that indicated man's evolution began in East Africa 2 million years ago, far earlier than was believed at the time of the discovery.

Three months before her death, Mrs. Leakey agreed it was impossible for scientists to pinpoint exactly when prehistoric man became fully human. But the precise relationship between man and his ancestors was not her passion; she was fascinated by early man's behavior.

Mrs. Leakey had three sons with Louis Leakey, her partner in the search for the origins of man that took them through much of East Africa.

John Langeloth Loeb Sr., 94, an investor who for many years led the Wall Street firm Loeb, Rhoades & Co. -- which later became Shearson Lehman/American Express -- died Sunday in New York. At his death, he controlled Loeb Partners Corp., an investment banking firm, and served on the boards of numerous educational and charitable organizations.

Pub Date: 12/10/96

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