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Herbert de Souza, 61, nominated for the...


Herbert de Souza, 61, nominated for the Nobel Prize for his national crusade against hunger, died Saturday in Brazil.

He died of liver failure caused by AIDS, said Dr. Walber Vieira. A hemophiliac, Mr. Souza was contaminated by a tainted blood transfusion in 1986.

Known universally as Betinho, he inspired Brazilians to contribute food to the poor. In 1994, he led an effort to raise and distribute 600 tons of food to the hungry during the Christmas season.

That year, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

After a sickly childhood, Betinho, inspired by the outreach efforts of the Roman Catholic Church, took an interest in sociology. Driven into exile by a 1964-1985 military dictatorship, he returned when amnesty was declared in 1979.

Mel Leavitt, 70, an award-winning broadcaster and one of New Orleans' most popular television personalities, died of cancer Friday. His broadcast editorials earned a Peabody Award in 1960. A 1969 documentary, "The School That Would Not Die," about an adult education center supported by business owners, won him an Emmy.

Robert E. Pike, 92, an authority on the early history of logging in New England and retired professor of foreign languages, died Thursday in Eatontown, N.J.

Mr. Pike wrote "Tall Trees, Tough Men," published in 1967 by W. W. Norton & Co. He also wrote "Fighting Yankee" and "Drama on the Connecticut" and two books on epitaphs, another interest of his.

In 1956, he established the foreign language department at Monmouth College, now Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, N.J., and served as chairman.

Joanne Winship, 73, a former actress who helped organize numerous New York City benefits, died Aug. 2 in New York.

Pub Date: 8/12/97

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