Elie Abel,

83, a longtime print and broadcast journalist who later led the school of journalism at Columbia University, died Thursday in Rockville of a stroke and Alzheimer's disease.


He was probably best known from his years at NBC, where he worked from 1961 to 1969, appearing regularly on the evening news with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. After serving as State Department correspondent, he was NBC's bureau chief in London from 1965 to 1967 and then returned to Washington as diplomatic correspondent.

He joined The New York Times in 1949, working from Detroit; Washington; Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and New Delhi, India. During that time he covered the Hungarian revolution. He served as dean of the school of journalism at Columbia University from 1970 to 1979 and then taught at Stanford University from 1979 to 1991, serving as chairman of the communications department from 1983 to 1986.


He wrote several well-known books, including The Missile Crisis in 1966 about the Cuban missile crisis, and The Shattered Bloc in 1990 about the collapse of Communism.

Antonio Gades,

67, the soulful, hawk-faced flamenco dancer-choreographer considered by many to be the greatest Spanish dancer of his time, died of cancer Tuesday in Madrid, Spain.

He became the National Ballet of Spain's first artistic director when the Spanish Ministry of Culture started the troupe in 1978.

He also reached a wide audience through his 10 films, especially three made with Spanish director Carlos Saura. Those were Blood Wedding (1981), based on Federico Garcia Lorca's play; Carmen (1983), which parallels the plot of Bizet's opera with a backstage love story; and El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) in 1986, which re-creates Manuel de Falla's ballet about a woman possessed by the spirit of her dead husband. Many regard Blood Wedding as the finest dance film ever made. Carmen was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film.