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Robert J. Donovan,

90, a veteran Washington newsman and best-selling author of PT-109: John F. Kennedy in World War II, died yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Mr. Donovan had been on life support since suffering a stroke last week. He played a key role in shaping the Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau after then-publisher Otis Chandler pulled him in 1963 from The New York Herald Tribune, the paper that sent him to Washington in 1947.

Among Mr. Donovan's 13 books was PT-109, an account of President Kennedy's war experiences, published in 1961. The book, which was made into a movie, helped Mr. Donovan gain access to the Kennedy White House.

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Dr. Lou Lasagna,

80, a pioneer in clinical pharmacology and author of a modern version of the Hippocratic Oath, died of lymphoma Thursday in Boston.

Dr. Lasagna was dean emeritus at Tufts University's Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He spent more than five decades as a teacher and researcher and was author of two books and numerous journal articles.

Dr. Lasagna gave crucial testimony to Congress in 1962 that resulted in major changes to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry. After that, he was involved in many federal hearings and commissions on drug development.

He also wrote a modern version of the Hippocratic Oath. Dr. Lasagna's version includes issues faced by modern doctors. Many medical schools across the country, including Tufts, have chosen to administer the oath. He joined Tufts' medical faculty in 1976 and became the dean of the Sackler School in 1984.

Julius Baker,

87, who was the principal flutist in several of the country's best orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, died Wednesday in Danbury, Conn. Time magazine once wrote that Baker "produces what is surely the most glorious tone that ever came out of a flute."

Mr. Baker became the principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1941 and performed there for two years before joining the CBS Symphony.

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Mr. Baker taught at Juilliard for 38 years. He joined the New York Philharmonic in 1964 when Leonard Bernstein hired him to be the principal flute player. He remained with the Philharmonic for 18 years.


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