Lyman Spitzer Jr.,82, a pioneer in astrophysics...


Lyman Spitzer Jr.,82, a pioneer in astrophysics and plasma physics credited with conceiving the Hubble Space Telescope and launching fusion research aimed at developing a cheap, inexhaustible fuel supply, died Monday in Trenton, N.J.

Mr. Spitzer headed Princeton University's Department of Astrophysical Sciences for more than three decades. He analyzed results from the space-based telescope until the day of his death, the university said.

Under Mr. Spitzer's direction, Princeton scientists developed the 32-inch Copernicus ultraviolet satellite, which made several important discoveries after its 1972 launch. He later steered the Hubble telescope through difficult stages of development and refurbishment.

Moe Septee,71, one of Philadelphia's most successful impresarios who presented performances from break-dancers to the Bolshoi Ballet, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer.

A theatrical producer who showcased eight Broadway shows, he staged a number of operas and musicals.

Eugenie Anderson,87, the nation's first female ambassador and an organizer of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, died Monday in Red Wing, Minn. She was ambassador to Denmark from 1949 to 1953, though she had no diplomatic experience before President Harry S. Truman named her an ambassador. In Denmark, she became the first woman to sign a treaty on behalf of the United States when she completed a trade and navigation agreement with Copenhagen.

Jolie Gabor,97, mother of Hungarian-born actresses Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor, died Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Eddie Hanley,91, a vaudeville actor who appeared in plays, films and television shows, died Saturday in Los Angeles after a long illness. He appeared on the big screen with such stars as Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable and Bob Hope. Among his television credits were "The Honeymooners" and "The Milton Berle Show."

Marvin Liebman,73, a gay rights activist who for many years hid his homosexuality while he worked for conservative political action groups, died Monday of heart disease in Washington.

Ruth Sager,79, chief of cancer genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School, died of cancer Saturday in Brookline, Mass.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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