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GEORGE CHESNUT JR., 89 Linguist, NSA analyst

George Leoni Chesnut Jr., who translated biblical Greek and Chinese children's poetry when he wasn't using his linguistic skills at the National Security Agency, died April 20 of pneumonia at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County, Va.

Mr. Chesnut was a translator of more than 50 languages and served for 30 years as a civilian director of the NSA's analytic section. He also taught Spanish part time at George Washington University.

In his spare time and in retirement, Mr. Chesnut worked with biblical Greek, conducting seminars on the language for churches in Northern Virginia.He also translated children's poetry from Chinese to Spanish and English; compiled Serbian dictionaries; and translated biblical texts into Dinka, the language of southern Sudan.

Mr. Chesnut was born in Waco, Texas, and grew up in Dallas. He enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin at 15 and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Spanish and German in four years.

ANNE PITONIAK, 85 Tony-nominated actress

Anne Pitoniak, the Tony-nominated actress best known for her work in Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama 'night, Mother, died Sunday of complications from cancer at her Manhattan home.

The actress, born in Westfield, Mass., appeared on television and in regional theater, most prominently at Actors Theatre of Louisville, before making her Broadway debut in 1983 in 'night, Mother. Ms. Norman's play tells the story of a despondent young woman, originally played by Kathy Bates, who is contemplating suicide.

Ms. Pitoniak was also nominated for a Tony for her role in the 1994 revival of Picnic.

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