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Edgar Bronfman, who transformed Seagram Co., is dead

Edgar M. Bronfman, 84, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who as chairman of the Seagram Co. expanded his family's liquor-based empire and who as president of the World Jewish Congress championed the rights of Jews everywhere, died Dec. 21 in New York.

Saul Zaentz, 92, an acclaimed independent film producer who adapted literary works for the screen and won best-picture Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday in San Francisco.

John S.D. Eisenhower, 91, the son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower who forged a reputation in his own right as a military historian, died Dec. 21 in Trappe, Md. He wrote about World War II, World War I and the Mexican-American War.

Harold Simmons, 82, a billionaire who helped finance the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack ads against Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and donated substantially to other conservative causes, died Dec. 28 in Dallas.

Janet Rowley, 88, a medical researcher whose innovative study of chromosomes led to a revolutionary understanding that certain forms of cancer are caused by genetic abnormalities, died of ovarian cancer Dec. 17 in Chicago. She was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2009.

George J.W. Goodman, 83, who demystified financial complexities in best-selling books and on a long-running public television program under the name of one of history's most famous economists, Adam Smith, died of leukemia Friday in Miami.

Edgar Bronfman, who transformed Seagram Co., is dead 01/04/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 9:21pm]
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