Deaths Elsewhere


H. Bentley Glass, 98, a former Johns Hopkins University biologist who in the 1950s and 1960s led a provocative life as a writer, scientific policy-maker and theorist, died of pneumonia Jan. 16 at a hospital in Boulder, Colo. His death the day before his 99th birthday followed his prediction in 1967 that people in the 21st century would live to nearly 100, said his daughter, Lois Edgar of Boulder.

His most influential scientific accomplishment was his work, begun at Hopkins, on what he called genetic drift. "The races are in fact disappearing, although the process will require thousands of years at present rates," he said in a 1967 interview with The New York Times.

He taught at Goucher College from 1938 to 1948, when he joined the faculty at Hopkins. He left Hopkins in 1965 to become vice president of academic affairs and distinguished professor of biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He retired in 1976.

He wrote hundreds of articles, advising the government and traveling the world. He also wrote a science column for The Evening Sun. His books included Genes and the Man (1943) and Science and Liberal Education (1960).

He predicted in 1968 that sexual activity and reproduction would eventually become severed and two years later suggested it would one day become mandatory to prevent genetic defects.

Walter B. Wriston, 85, an iconoclastic banker who used technology and global expansion to help build what is now called Citigroup into one of the world's largest banking companies, died Wednesday in New York City of pancreatic cancer.

He spent nearly his entire career at the New York-based company and ran the bank as chief executive from 1967 until he retired in 1984. The bank, Citibank, was part of a holding company then called Citicorp, which later became Citigroup.

During his tenure, he more than doubled the bank's size by expanding overseas and pushing for the end of interest-rate limits on deposits and other banking regulations, and by ushering in such technologies as the automated teller machine.

Wriston also shook the industry by shaping his bank into a financial supermarket that offered consumers and businesses an array of services beyond just accepting deposits and issuing loans. Most other financial institutions followed suit.

Elizabeth Janeway, 91, a writer, critic and early supporter of the women's movement, died Jan. 15 in Rye, N.Y.

Mrs. Janeway, widow of presidential adviser Eliot Janeway, wrote seven novels between the 1940s and the 1960s, including The Walsh Girls and Daisy Kenyon, which was made into a movie starring Joan Crawford.

In the 1970s, she became a noted supporter of feminism, befriending Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Kate Millett and writing Man's World, Woman's Place, Between Myth and Morning: Women Awakening and Improper Behavior.

Peter Zeisler, 81, who helped found the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and was for many years executive director of the Theater Communications Group, the national advocacy and service organization for nonprofit theaters, died of heart failure Jan. 16 at his home in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Born in New York City, he became a stage manager on Broadway at 26. But in the late 1950s he tired of the commercial and political constraints of Broadway and became convinced that there was an appetite for classical and contemporary theater elsewhere.

After some discussion with Sir Tyrone Guthrie and visits to seven cities, they set their sights on Minneapolis and all but pioneered the regional theater movement at the Guthrie Theater.

Arthur Walworth, 101, a writer on American diplomatic history and an author of a Pulitzer-Prize winning life of Woodrow Wilson, died Jan. 10 in Needham, Mass.

He began his study of President Wilson at the advice of Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. of Harvard. Searching for new sources, he spent 10 years scouring private papers, the official interpreter's diary, the confidential stenographer's personal notes and the like. He also gained access to previously unavailable materials at Yale and elsewhere, including the papers and unopened diary of Col. E.M. House, Wilson's confidant.

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