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Ahlam al-Tikriti, 44, the wife of Iraqi...


Ahlam al-Tikriti, 44, the wife of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's half-brother, has died in Geneva. The cause of death was not clear, but she reportedly had been receiving treatment for breast cancer. A hospital spokeswoman confirmed the death but declined to give the cause or say when it occurred.

Douglas W. Alden, 86, a scholar of French literature and a lTC descendant of Pilgrim leader John Alden, died Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. He was a specialist on novelist Marcel Proust. He also was a former president of the American Association of Teachers of French.

Laurence Gandar, 82, a crusading editor of the 1960s who was one of the first prominent journalists to challenge apartheid, died Saturday of Parkinson's disease in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He took over as editor of the Rand Daily Mail in 1957. The paper is defunct, but at the time it was one of South Africa's major dailies. He campaigned against apartheid, earning the wrath of the government and white business establishment.

J.D. Sumner, 73, who sang with Elvis Presley in concert and on records during a 55-year career in gospel music, died in Nashville on Monday of a heart attack.

Pub Date: 11/18/98

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