William N. Lipscomb Jr., 91, a Harvard chemistry professor who won a Nobel Prize in 1976 for his research on the structure of molecules and on chemical bonding, died Thursday in Cambridge, Mass., of pneumonia and other complications of a fall. He was a protege of two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, and two of his graduate students and a third who spent time at his lab went on to win Nobels.
Charles Laufer, 87, who built a publishing career with youth-oriented fan magazines such as Tiger Beat, died of heart failure on April 5 in Northridge, Calif. The magazine's mainstay, copied by so-called teenzines to this day, was to publish articles on "guys in their 20s singing La La songs to 13-year-old girls," he said in an interview with the Seattle Times in 1992.
Mike Campbell, 78, a ferociously independent white Zimbabwean farmer who sued his country's autocratic ruler, Robert Mugabe, to stop the seizure of his land and improbably won, only to lose the farm when the government defied the court ruling, died on April 6 in Harare.
Daniel Catan, 62, a Mexican composer known for bringing Spanish-language operas into the international repertory, including an adaptation of the film Il Postino that starred Placido Domingo in its world premiere last year, died in his sleep on April 8 in Austin, Texas.
Hedda Sterne, 100, an artist whose association with the Abstract Expressionists became fixed forever when she appeared prominently in a now-famous 1951 Life magazine photograph of the movement's leading lights, died on April 8 in New York.