William Hickey,69, a longtime acting teacher whose...


William Hickey,69, a longtime acting teacher whose portrayal of a dying Mafia don in "Prizzi's Honor" brought him an Oscar nomination, died Sunday in New York of complications from emphysema and bronchitis.

William Leonhart,78, a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania and Yugoslavia, died Thursday in Washington. President John F. Kennedy named Mr. Leonhart the first U.S. ambassador to Tanzania when the country became independent in 1962. He was ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1969 to 1972.

Erie J. Sauder,92, who founded one of the nation's largest ready-to-assemble furniture companies, died Sunday in Archbold, Ohio. Mr. Sauder started Sauder Woodworking Co. in 1934 and later became chairman of the board. Subsidiaries include Archbold Container and Sauder Manufacturing. Sauder has more than 3,200 employees.

Bishop Zong Hauide,80, leader of China's state-run Roman Catholic organizations, died Friday in Beijing. Bishop Zong was chairman of the China Patriotic Catholic Association and the Chinese Catholic Bishops' College since 1982.

Annie Fratellini,64, France's most beloved female clown, who founded the nation's first circus school in 1974, died yesterday in Paris of cancer.

Sir Joshua Hassan,81, a former Gibraltar chief minister who led resistance to Spain's claim of sovereignty over the tiny British colony, died yesterday in Gibraltar.

Kenneth Dale McCormick,91, who joined Doubleday in 1930 as a clerk and became its editor in chief and a major figure in American book publishing, died from complications of a stroke Friday at a nursing home in New York.

Gerhart Niemeyer,90, a conservative political philosopher and professor emeritus of government at the University of Notre Dame, died of cancer last Wednesday at his apartment in Greenwich, Conn.

Pub Date: 7/02/97

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