Helene-Diane Shulman Kravis RugerAP , Associated Press
Apr. 5, 1997 5:48 AM ET
NEW YORK (AP) _ Helene-Diane Shulman Kravis Ruger, an interior designer known professionally as Hedi Kravis, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 49.
With her friend Elissa Cullman, Ms. Kravis was a founding partner of the Manhattan decorating firm of Cullman & Kravis.
She graduated from Finch College in 1969 and studied English at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
She was a member of the board of the Irvington Institute for Medical Research and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. She also worked on behalf of the American Jewish Committee.
Her marriage to Henry Kravis, the leveraged-buyout specialist, ended in divorce. Her second husband, J. Thompson Ruger, an executive of firearms maker Sturm, Ruger & Company, died in 1993.
RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) _ Ted O'Melia, who started the Rawlins Daily Times, died Thursday at a nursing home in Ohio. He was 91.
O'Melia started out the Rawlins Republican in 1927 and moved to the Wyoming State Tribune five years later.
In 1938, O'Melia, along with Tracy McCraken and some associates, bought two newspapers that they converted into The Northern Wyoming Daily News. In 1946, O'Melia and others bought the Republican and the Carbon County News, which became the Rawlins Daily Times.
O'Melia served as president of the Wyoming Press Association in 1948, and also founded the Rawlins Broadcasting Company and radio station KRAL. He retired in 1975.
Survivors include his wife Marial ``Sis'' O'Melia and two daughters.
MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) _ Dan Swartz, a former Bath County sheriff and one-time player for the Boston Celtics, died Thursday after a heart attack. He was 65.
Known as ``Dangerous Dan'' on the basketball court, he was a member of the Celtics world championship teams of the 1960s.
Swartz was sheriff in his native Bath County during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He had been an aide to U.S. Rep. Scotty Baesler for the last several years.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Rebecca Shulman, a leader of the women's Zionist group Hadassah who helped bring medical services to Israel, has died. She was 100.
Mrs. Shulman, who died Sunday at her Manhattan home, was national president of Hadassah from 1953 to 1956.
Created in 1912, the group became one of the largest advocates for a Jewish homeland.
A trained nurse, Mrs. Shulman helped raise funds for the construction in Israel of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. She also helped fund the Hadassah Medical Organization, one of the largest medical and research institutions in the Middle East.
Born Rebecca Beldner in Vienna, she graduated from Hunter College and its nursing school in New York.
Her husband, Herman Shulman, a prominent corporate lawyer and fellow Zionist, died in 1945.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Retired New York Times reporter Joe Sullivan, a beloved and cheerful fixture in New Jersey for four decades, died Friday at University Hospital in Newark. He was 66.
Sullivan, of Wall Township, retired from the Times in 1995 after 24 years with the paper, covering mostly New Jersey politics.
He began his newspaper career at the now-defunct Newark Evening News in 1955, where he was known for his writing about the underbelly of politics.
``He was an old pro,'' said former Gov. Brendan Byrne. ``He didn't have an axe to grind, and you got a feeling he was going to be fair.''
A native of Jersey City, Sullivan graduated from St. Peter's Prep and St. Peter's College there.
Sullivan is survived by four sons, Richard, of Brick Township; Joseph Jr., of Asbury Park; Kevin, of Manasquan; and John, of Boston; and three daughters, Kathleen, of Manasquan; Maureen, of Howell Township; and Patricia, of Wall Township. His wife died in 1988.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Alpaslan Turkes, a conservative leader and anti-communist, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 80.
Turkes, leader of the Nationalist Action Party, died shortly being rushed to the hospital for a stroke, his party said.
Turkes began his political career in 1960s, speaking out against communism and for freedom for Turkic people who lived in the former Soviet Union.
He also took a hardline approach to the demands for autonomy by some Kurds in Turkey, refusing to recognize them as a separate ethnic group.
His young, right-wing followers engaged in street fights with leftist groups during the 1970s, and the violence prompted the military to stage a coup in 1980 to impose order.
Turkes was kept under arrest for almost five years during the military regime, returning to parliament in 1991.
Robert Wentorf Jr.
EASTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Robert Wentorf Jr., an inventor who helped create the manmade diamond, died Thursday of a heart attack in his home. He was 70.
Wentorf had 44 U.S. patents and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Born in West Bend, Wis., he served in the Navy and received a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin.
Joining General Electric in 1951, he was a member of a team working on the conversion of graphite to diamond by subjecting it to high pressures and temperatures.
In 1954, the team perfected a process for making diamond _ a challenge that had baffled scientists for two centuries.
Wentorf then developed Borazon, a cubic form of boron that is second only to diamond in hardness, according to GE. Borazon was found to resist higher temperatures better than diamonds.
Wentorf retired in 1988.