Eberhard Bethge, 90, a Protestant theologian and...


Eberhard Bethge, 90, a Protestant theologian and biographer arrested after the failed 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, died of pneumonia March 18 in Frankfurt, Germany.

He was best known for his biography of Protestant theologian and anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the uncle of Mr. Bethge's wife who died in Flossenbuerg concentration camp. As a friend of Mr.Bonhoeffer, he was arrested along with dozens of others after the failed attempt to kill Hitler July 20, 1944.

After the war, he worked as an assistant to Berlin Bishop Otto Dibelius, and later as a pastor in London and as the head of the pastoral college of the Rhineland churches in Germany.

Arthur Whitlock,108, a retired civil servant believed to be Britain's oldest man, has died, his daughter said on Tuesday.

Mr. Whitlock Mr. Whitlock -- who was born during the reign of Queen Victoria, lived through two world wars and the advent of the Internet -- passed away in his sleep at his south London home.

Mr. Whitlock, who left the civil service in 1956, outlived two wives and leaves two daughters, both in their 70s.

Joe Williamson, 75, longtime editor of Sunset Magazine, died April 10 in Corte Madera, Calif.

He began working for Sunset, a Western states publication covering gardening, travel, outdoor living and home decor, while studying at Stanford University. He worked as garden editor and managing editor before his retirement in 1990.

Sasha Von Scherler, 65, an actress and comedian who appeared in more than 100 productions in New York City, died Saturday of lung disease at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.

Among her roles were Brown in Eugene O'Neill's "Great God Brown" in 1959, Olivia in Joseph Papp's 1969 production of "Twelfth Night" in Central Park, and Avonia Bunn in three separate productions of "Trelawney of the Wells."

Edward Gorey, 75, whose eerie black-and-white cross-hatched drawings of hapless children and Victorian ministers charmed and haunted readers, died Saturday in Hyannis, Mass. An artist and writer who lived in Yarmouth Port, Mass., he suffered a heart attack on Wednesday and died in Cape Cod Hospital.

He was known for writing at least 90 books, illustrating 60 others, and designing sets for stage productions, including "Dracula," for which he won a Tony in 1978 for costume design.

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