Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney,89, the widow of...


Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney,89, the widow of John Hay "Jock" Whitney and the first wife of James Roosevelt, died Wednesday in Manhasset, N.Y. She was the second-born of the three Cushing sisters of Boston, who were renowned in the 1930s and '40s for their marriages into some of the most prominent families in the country.

She inherited the bulk of one of the great American fortunes when Jock Whitney -- sportsman, financier, publisher of the New York Herald Tribune, philanthropist and ambassador to Britain -- died in 1982. In 1990, Forbes magazine estimated her wealth at $700 million.

She married James Roosevelt, the eldest son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, on June 5, 1930. They were divorced in 1940.

VTC Donald Gilson Allen,84, former president of the company that ran one of the nation's first commercially operated nuclear power plants, died March 20 in Concord, Mass. He was president of Yankee Atomic Electric Co., a subsidiary of the New England

Electric System, from 1967 to 1983.

Karsten Prager,61, a veteran Time magazine reporter and editor who headed Time International from 1991 to 1995, died Monday of cancer in Richmond, Va.

Rep. Steve Schiff,51, a straight-arrow Republican crime fighter whose battle with skin cancer forced him out of Washington after five terms in Congress, died Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M. He served two terms as district attorney in Albuquerque, earning a reputation for being tough on crime and finlng pride in his death-penalty convictions.

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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