Col. Alfredo Enrique Peralta Azurdia,88, a former...


Col. Alfredo Enrique Peralta Azurdia,88, a former Guatemalan president, died yesterday of natural causes in a Guatemala City military hospital, army spokesman Col. Edgar Noe Palacios said.

The army installed Colonel Peralta, then defense minister, as president in 1963, a year after the first Guatemalan guerrilla groups formed and nine years after civilian rule was overturned by a CIA-backed coup. In 1966, he was replace by elected president Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro.

T. Christopher Pettit,51, a former president of Lehman Bros. Inc. who helped build the company's bond trading business, was killed Saturday in a snowmobile accident in Maine. He was thrown from his snowmobile while riding on Little Sebago Lake with a friend. His helmet flew off and he hit his head on the snowmobile, authorities said.

Ellis B. Bodron,73, a blind former state senator whose influence over Mississippi's finances spanned two decades, died Monday in Jackson, Miss., from brain cancer. He spent 36 years in the Legislature, 32 of which were in the Senate. He lost a re-election bid in 1984. Mr. Bodron, who lost his sight as a child, served on the Council Association of Americans with Disabilities from 1991 to 1996.

Emily Hahn,92, who wrote a handbook on seduction and covered the Chinese revolution for the New Yorker, died Tuesday in New York. Ms. Hahn wrote 54 books on a wide range of subjects, such as animal communication, feminism and diamonds. Her first book, "Seduction ad Absurdum: The Principals and Practices of Seduction -- A Beginner's Handbook," was published in 1930.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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