Jim Karayn, 64, a former television executive...


Jim Karayn, 64, a former television executive and pioneer of public broadcasting, died Thursday in Washington. He was the force behind the gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings and live coverage of the president's annual State of the Union address.

Mr. Karayn started as news director of KTLA-TV in Los Angeles and came to Washington in the 1960s as a producer with NBC News.

He moved to PBS and helped persuade others to join, including Sander Vanocur and Robert McNeil.

In 1976, he helped bring presidential election debates back to television. He was executive director of the 1976 debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the first broadcast since 1960.

Giuseppe Dossetti, 83, a postwar politician who helped shape Italy's constitution and later founded a monastic order, died Sunday in Bologna, Italy. He became an official of the Christian Democrat Party after fighting the fascists during World War II. He served in Parliament for seven years, helping to draft his country's postwar democratic constitution. In 1954, he founded a small monastic order called the Small Family of the Annunciation and was ordained a priest in 1959.

Nancy Macdonald, 86, a wealthy anarchist who founded a group to aid exiled Spanish Civil War refugees, died Dec. 9 in New York. She founded the Spanish Refugee Aid group, which aided non-Communist exiles who fought dictator Francisco Franco during that country's civil war in the 1930s . Born to a prominent New York family, she attracted money and support from intellectuals such as Hannah Arendt, James T. Farrell, Alfred Kazin and Barbara Tuchman. The money was distributed to exiles in France by Pablo Casals and Francine Faure, wife of the French writer Albert Camus.

Pub Date: 12/17/96

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