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Steve Landesberg, known for role in 'Barney Miller,' dies

Steve Landesberg, 65, an actor and comedian with a friendly and often deadpan manner who appeared on television and in movies, including Barney Miller, The Golden Girls, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Head Case, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He is probably best known for the role of Detective Sgt. Arthur P. Dietrich in the '70s sitcom Barney Miller.

Maynard W. Glitman, 77, a diplomat who led the American side in negotiating the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, died of complications of dementia on Dec. 21 in Shelburne, Vt. The INF treaty, as it is known, was the first nuclear arms agreement to require the reduction of weapons by both sides, rather than simply capping the number each was allowed to possess.

Eugene Goldwasser, 88, a largely unsung biochemist whose 20-year pursuit of an elusive protein led to the development of a widely used anemia drug that became one of the biggest products of the biotechnology industry, died of kidney failure on Dec. 17 in Chicago. He isolated and purified erythropoietin, or Epo, a protein that spurs the body to produce red blood cells. Most people undergoing kidney dialysis now receive Epo, helping to relieve them of severe anemia.

Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, 70, an economist and former Italian finance minister who was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the European Union's single currency, the euro, died of a heart attack on Dec. 18 in Rome.

James R. Mann, 90, a former South Carolina congressman remembered for his work on the articles of impeachment against former President Richard Nixon, died of Alzheimer's disease on Monday in Greenville. A Democrat, he served in the House from 1969 to 1979.

Rene Le Berre, 78, a French entomologist who helped inspire an international campaign that saved millions of West Africans from the parasitic disease river blindness, died of cardiovascular disease on Dec. 6 in l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, France.

George Pickow, 88, a photographer best known for the thousands of album covers in which he captured the titans of folk, jazz and pop music in their midcentury prime — including Theodore Bikel, Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne — died of respiratory failure on Dec. 10 in Roslyn, N.Y.

Walter Haeussermann, 96, a leading member of the team of German rocket scientists headed by Wernher von Braun who were brought to the United States after World War II to help develop ballistic missiles, died Dec. 8 in Huntsville, Ala., after a fall. He played a large role in the U.S. space program.

Jacqueline de Romilly, 97, a French scholar who specialized in ancient Greece, was a prolific writer and was one of the first women to join the prestigious Academie Francaise, died on Dec. 18 in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt. She wrote several books on ancient historian Thucydides.

Eric J. Schmertz, 84, who as one of the nation's most relied-upon labor peacemakers helped resolve thousands of labor disputes, died on Dec. 18 in Mount Kisco, N.Y. A former dean of the Hofstra University School of Law, he helped end strikes by firefighters in New York City and Chicago, mediated a contract for Connecticut state employees in 1986 and helped settle the 1991 strike by New York sanitation workers.

Steve Landesberg, known for role in 'Barney Miller,' dies 12/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:44pm]
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