Alexandru Paleologu, 86, a leading Romanian intellectual, senator and diplomat, died Thursday in Bucharest after a long illness. He had been awarded a top prize for diplomatic excellence by President Traian Basescu the previous day.
Mr. Paleologu served briefly as Romania's ambassador to France after the fall of communism in 1989 but resigned in a falling-out with President Ion Iliescu over his belief that Mr. Iliescu had not distanced himself sufficiently from the Communist system. He served as a senator representing the Liberal Party from 1992 to 2004.
Judge Ruth Levine Sussman, 46, an acting New York state Supreme Court justice who organized and headed the state system's first Integrated Domestic Violence Court, died of breast cancer Aug. 26 at her home in New York City.
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani appointed her as a Civil Court judge in 1995, after which she was assigned to Family Court and Criminal Court. She was named an acting justice of the state Supreme Court in 1999.
The Integrated Domestic Violence Court was created to bring before a single judge all court proceedings involving domestic violence cases.
Robert Denning, 78, an interior decorator whose lush interpretations of French Victorian decor became an emblem of corporate-raider tastes in the 1980s, died after a heart attack Aug. 26 at his home in New York City.
A fixture of society in Paris and New York, he was the partner of Vincent Fourcade in Denning & Fourcade, one of the most famous and successful decorating firms of its time. Mr. Fourcade died in 1992.
Nell I. Mondy, 83, a Cornell University biochemist who extolled the nutritional benefits of the potato to consumers worldwide and pushed hard to dispel its reputation as a weighty clump of empty calories, died Aug. 25 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y., of complications after surgery.
After conducting early research in vitamins, Dr. Mondy became passionate about potatoes in the 1950s, drawn by their nutritional richness, low cost and long life in storage.
Sumner M. Rosen, 82, a prominent political economist and a longtime advocate of social policies to benefit working people, died of cancer Aug. 17 at his home in New York City.
He was emeritus professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where he had taught social policy for nearly two decades. Among the issues with which he was most closely associated were joblessness, workers' rights, health care policy, the global economy and the economics of disarmament.
Jack Herzig, 83, a lawyer who with his wife played an instrumental role in gaining redress from the United States for the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, died Aug. 21 of colon cancer at his home in Gardena, Calif.
In 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the decision to imprison Japanese-Americans during the war in a review of the conviction of Fred Y. Korematsu, who refused to report to an internment camp. In the 1980s, Mr. Herzig, a World War II veteran, and his wife, Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzig, uncovered documents that showed government prosecutors suppressed, altered and destroyed evidence during its prosecution of Mr. Korematsu.
In 2003, a federal judge exonerated Mr. Korematsu and sharply criticized the government for basing its decisions on "unsubstantiated facts, distortions and the [opinions] of one military commander whose views were seriously tainted by racism."
The ruling helped secure a presidential apology and financial reparations for former internees. Mr. Korematsu, who died in March, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998.