Deaths Elsewhere


Emilio Cruz, 66, an artist known for his mixture of human figures, animal and natural history imagery, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday.

He was linked with abstract expressionist painters such as Lester Johnson, Bob Thompson and Jan Muller, and his paintings often illustrated the darker side of human existence.

Born in 1938, Mr. Cruz studied at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research; the University of Louisville in Kentucky; and the Seong Moy School of Painting and Graphics in Provincetown, Mass.

He began his career in the early 1960s with local exhibitions, which expanded around the country. During the 1970s, he lived in Chicago and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the time of his death he was an assistant professor at Pratt Institute and New York University.

Doris Poppler, 80, a Montana lawyer who later served as the state's first female U.S. attorney, died Sunday of cancer. The Billings native graduated from the University of Montana's law school and later helped form the state's first all-female law firm. She was appointed U.S. attorney in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush.

Vincent J. Mara, 74, president of Fitchburg State College in Massachussetts for 19 years, died Sunday of cancer. He began his career as an elementary school teacher in Worcester, and eventually became a professor, then academic dean at Framingham State College.

In 1974 he was appointed acting president of Salem State College and two years later became president of Fitchburg State, retiring in 1995.

Oscar Ruebhausen, 92, an adviser to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and a former president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, died Dec. 7, said colleagues at Debevoise & Plimpton, where he was a presiding partner. He was 92.

Mr. Ruebhausen was said to be a quiet but major influence on Mr. Rockefeller, who had offered him positions serving in government and Rockefeller family foundations, which he turned down.

Born in Manhattan in 1912 and raised in Vermont, Mr. Ruebhausen graduated from Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. In 1937, he joined Debevoise, Stevenson, Plimpton & Page.

During World War II, Mr. Ruebhausen worked as an attorney for the Lend-Lease Administration, providing supplies to U.S. allies. In 1944, he was general counsel for the Office of Scientific Research and Development, which directed projects from the atomic bomb to anti-malaria drugs.

Peter Doyle, 72, one of Australia's best-known restaurateurs who turned a humble fish-and-chip shop into a multimillion-dollar tourist landmark, died Sunday after a series of strokes, his family said.

Mr. Doyle left school at the age of 12 and began working in the family restaurant, a tiny seafood cafe overlooking the entrance to Sydney Harbor in the sleepy fishing village of Watson's Bay - now a Sydney suburb.

Over the years, he transformed the cafe into a thriving restaurant popular with international tourists and opened three additional restaurants, including one overlooking the Sydney Opera House at Circular Quay.

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