Naomi Shemer,

74, one of Israel's most beloved and prolific songwriters, died yesterday in Jerusalem after a long illness. Ms. Shemer wrote dozens of songs during a career that spanned more than half a century.


Her most famous work was "Jerusalem of Gold," which she wrote shortly before Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war. "Jerusalem of Gold" quickly became a symbol of the military victory. The song continues to serve as an unofficial national anthem and is frequently heard on the radio and at national ceremonies.

Danny Dark,


65, who was known in the industry as the king of announcers for radio and television commercials, died June 13 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was bleeding in the lungs, said Mr. Dark's brother, the Rev. Robert Croskery.

In the StarKist commercials, he told Charlie Tuna, "Sorry, Charlie"; in Budweiser spots he said, "This Bud's for you," and in commercials for Raid Ant & Roach Killer he said, "Raid kills bugs dead." The trade paper Radio & Records said, "Dark's distinctive voice has been heard in more award-winning commercials than any announcer in broadcast history."

Jacek Kuron,

70, who led the struggle against Poland's communist leaders as a dissident in the 1970s and later became a popular government minister, died after a long illness June 17 at a Warsaw hospital.

He was widely seen as the intellectual force behind the founding of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement in 1980 and went on to play a central role on post-Communist Polish governments.

He had a major role in the 1989 talks between Solidarity and the Communist authorities that led to Poland's first free elections and the ouster of communists. He went on to became labor minister in the first democratic government, between 1989 and 1990 under Solidarity Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, gaining wide popularity in his fight to help the country's poor.

Cloves Campbell Sr.,

73, co-owner of Arizona's oldest black newspaper, died June 18 after suffering a heart attack in the newspaper's Phoenix offices.


He was the first black person to serve in the Arizona Senate, taking office in 1966 after serving four years in the House.

In 1969, he and his brother bought the Arizona Informant, which was founded in 1957 but had not been published for several years. It became one of the largest weeklies in the state.

Seymour Britchky,

73, a restaurant critic who chronicled New York City's eateries in a monthly newsletter and wrote a compilation of reviews that was published annually for 16 years, died June 18 died of pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Britchky, a former marketing executive, turned to restaurant criticism at age 41, launching a newsletter called The Restaurant Reporter in 1971.

He stopped publishing the newsletter in 1976, when he created an annual compilation, The Restaurants of New York, published by Random House from 1976 to 1983 and by Simon & Schuster from 1984 to 1991. Between 1980 and 1991, he published another newsletter, Seymour Britchky's Restaurant Letter, and in 1995, he co-wrote The Lutece Cookbook.