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LEON CLORE, 73, a film producer whose credits include The French Lieutenant's Woman, died Sunday in London of cancer.

DR. JOHN ASHMEAD, 74, a professor emeritus of English at Haverford College who was a pioneer in the use of computers in humanities research and a scholar of Japanese, died Friday in Bryn Mawr, Pa., of lymphoma. Fluent in Japanese, he was attached to the Joint Intelligence Center in the Pacific during World War II and served both the Army and Navy as a translator and interpreter. For this work, he received a commendation from Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. His former wife, Ann Harnwell Ashmead of Haverford, said the commendation was for his secret work in connection with the shooting down of a Japanese aircraft carrying Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack.

DR. RAY E. HELFER, 62, a pioneer in the prevention of child abuse, died Jan. 27 in East Lansing, Mich., of complications from a stroke. Dr. Helfer, a pediatrician and educator, helped research the origins of abuse and neglect and also developed methods of detection, treatment and prevention. A crucial finding was that most abusers are themselves victims of childhood mistreatment, in a cycle passed from one generation to the next.

HARDING FOSTER BANCROFT, 81, a retired vice chairman of the New York Times, former diplomat and lawyer whose counsel helped shape The Times' decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971, died Thursday in Sarasota.

LAURA LIDDELL, 83, whose adventures with her acting family inspired the acclaimed 1965 film Shakespeare Wallah, died Feb. 5, a spokeswoman for the agent of her daughter, actress Felicity Kendal, announced in London. With her husband, Geoffrey Kendal, Ms. Liddell toured Britain acting in a wide repertory of plays, but it was in India beginning in the 1940s that the family achieved renown bringing Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw among other greats to the British colony.

THOMAS E. WILLIAMS, 76, a Marine Corps colonel whose study recommending the creation of a central intelligence organization led to the birth of the CIA, died Thursday in Denver. During World War II he served with the intelligence unit of the 6th Marine Division. After the war, he completed a study proposing a central intelligence agency. The study was the basis of the National Security Act of 1947. He later became a psychology professor at Pensacola Junior College.

DR. ISHAK RAMZY, 80, a leader in the development of child psychoanalysis, died Thursday in Topeka, Kan., of natural causes after a brief illness. He was a student and colleague of Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud, when child psychoanalysis was emerging as a specialty. He was a founding member and a past president of the International Association of Child Psychoanalysis. In 1954 he was hired by Dr. Karl Menninger at the Menninger Foundation.

CLARENCE A. BARNES JR., 85, an author and advertising agency art director, died Feb. 2 in New York City of emphysema. In the 1950s he wrote White Collar Zoo and successive "Zoo" books, a series that featured animal photographs with humorous captions. He also wrote and illustrated The Secret of Cooking for Dogs and The Secret of Cooking for Cats. During his 40-year career, he worked for several advertising agencies in New York.

JOHN F. O'KEEFE, 87, a former publisher of the Chicago Daily News who later became a chief labor negotiator for Chicago's daily newspapers, died Saturday in Evanston, Ill.

BILL STRANGE, 62, an actor who starred in the television series Colt .45 in the late 1950s, died in Reno, Nev., of cancer. Mr. Strange, who acted under the name of Wade Preston, played the part of Christopher Colt in 1957 and 1958, but was replaced in the role in 1959 after a series of disputes with Warner Bros. Studios. The show went off the air in 1960.

FRANCES ADLERSTEIN KOESTLER, 78, an author and an expert on blindness, died Thursday in New York City of respiratory illness.

ROBERT N. GINSBURGH, 68, a retired Air Force major general who was a former staff member of the National Security Council and military aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Feb. 3 in Bethesda, Md., of pneumonia.

EUGENE A. SALET, 80, a retired Army major general who was president of Georgia Military College from 1973 to 1985, died Thursday in Augusta, Ga.