Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, 83, the former Vatican...


Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, 83, the former Vatican second-in-command who quietly helped the church survive in the Soviet bloc during the Cold War, died Tuesday of heart problems.

The Italian cardinal served as secretary of state of the Vatican from 1979 until 1990, the most important post under the pope. He was considered an architect of the Vatican's policy of working to gain some freedoms for the Roman Catholic Church in communist nations where it had faced open persecution. Pope Paul VI, who took over in 1963, worked closely with Cardinal Casaroli to implement the Vatican's policy toward Eastern Europe.

Cardinal Casaroli was credited for the tough language on human rights and religious liberty in the 1975 Helsinki accords. He kept the Vatican running smoothly after the pope was wounded by a Turkish gunman in 1981.

Steve Sanders, 45, a baritone who spent a decade with the Oak Ridge Boys after replacing one of country music's most colorful personalities, died yesterday of a gunshot wound to the head at his home in Cape Coral, Fla., said Jeanne Schick of the Lee County medical examiner's office.

"We believe it was a suicide," said Angelo Bitsis, a spokesman for Cape Coral police.

The former child star sang baritone from 1987 to 1996 with the Oak Ridge Boys, the former gospel quartet that crossed over to country stardom in the late 1970s and peaked with the 1981 hit "Elvira."

After five years as rhythm guitarist, Mr. Sanders had replaced William Lee Golden, famous for his long gray hair and beard and "Mountain Man" attire. The other members are Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen and Richard Sterban.

After Mr. Sanders left, citing personal problems that included court battles with his first wife, Mr. Golden rejoined the group.

Mr. Sanders had started his career as a child gospel singer billed as Little Stevie Sanders. He also appeared as a child on Broadway in "The Yearling" and in the 1967 film "Hurry Sundown" with Faye Dunaway and Jane Fonda.

Harold E. Segal, 77, a Marine fighter pilot credited with shooting down a dozen Japanese planes in World War II, died June 3 of lung disease in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Fellow pilots nicknamed him "Murderous Mannie" -- his father's name was Mannie -- for shooting down three Japanese Zeros on July 11, 1943. Mr. Segal was shot down at the end of the fight and spent almost 24 hours in the Pacific Ocean off New Georgia Island before he was rescued.

Mr. Segal, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, worked in real estate in Los Angeles after the war. He retired in 1995.

Josephine Hutchinson, 94, a film actress popular in the 1930s and 1940s, died June 4 in New York. The Seattle native got her acting start in stock work in New York and Washington.

She appeared in "The Story of Louis Pasteur," "Somewhere in the Night," "Love Is Better Than Ever," "North by Northwest" and "Baby, the Rain Must Fall."

Pub Date: 6/11/98

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