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JOB M. EVANS, 53, a dog trainer who wrote extensively about the care of pets, died Feb. 19 in Key West of complications of AIDS. Mr. Evans wrote five books about training dogs, beginning with The Evans Guide for Civilized City Canines. His final book, Training and Experience, is to be published this year by Howell Bookhouse in New York. He was the president of the Dog Writers' Association of America and this month was the recipient of the Ken-L-Ration Fido Award as the dog writer of the year.

JEAN SABLON, 87, an elegant troubadour of French songs who in the United States was dubbed the "French Bing Crosby," died Thursday in the French Riviera town of Cannes-La-Bocca. The first French singer to use the microphone, Mr. Sablon made his name in France in music halls and cabarets. In 1937 he came to the United States, where he adopted his trademark pencil-thin mustache. Known as a man of character, the never-married Mr. Sablon refused to accept the prestigious French Legion of Honor, saying his brother and sister earned the award for military contributions "and I'm not going to get it for pushing little songs."

LORES BONNEY, 96, the first woman to fly from Australia to England, died Thursday near Brisbane, Australia. The South African-born woman was made a Member of the British Empire by King George V after flying to England in 1933 at a cruising speed of just over 60 mph with no radio and surviving a crash-landing in what is now Malaysia. She was the first person to fly solo from Australia to South Africa and the first woman to circumnavigate Australia by air.

DAVID D. GRAYSON, 73, the president of the troubled Manhattan-based First Investors Corp., died Wednesday in Mineola, N.Y., of leukemia. In recent years First Investors, which operates a string of mutual funds, ran into legal problems with federal regulators and authorities in several states. They contended that salesmen for two "junk-bond" funds employed improper high-pressure tactics in the 1980s.

ISABEL BASSETT WASSON, 97, one of the country's first female petroleum geologists, died Monday in La Grange Park, Ill. She took part in explorations in remote areas of South America in the 1920s. In 1928, she embarked on a career of more than 50 years of teaching, lecturing and public service.

WLADYSLAW SILA-NOWICKI, 80, a leading Solidarity adviser in Poland and longtime anti-communist lawyer who defended many political prisoners, died Friday in Warsaw of heart disease. Sentenced to death four times by the Communist regime, the lawyer fought for political freedom, defending opposition activists and Roman Catholic priests prosecuted during the 1960s and 1970s. At the outbreak of World War II, he was a cavalry officer. Later, as a member of the Home Army resistance movement, he fought in the 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazis. He was twice wounded.

GEORGE TAMES, 75, who photographed 10 presidents during nearly a half-century in Washington, D.C., for the New York Times, died Wednesday while undergoing heart surgery. Mr. Tames used wit and charm to gain unique access to presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, said colleagues at the Times, which he joined in 1945. "He photographed Roosevelt and Truman .


. sitting on the White House lawn having breakfast and he was still at it 50 years later," said R.

W. Apple Jr., chief of the Times' Washington bureau. "That's an unparalleled run. He had a wonderful eye."

PAUL A. VARG, 81, a leading American foreign policy historian and first dean of Michigan State University's College of Arts and Letters, died Wednesday in Stuart of heart problems. He was the author of nine books on American foreign policy, including Missionaries, Chinese and Diplomats and The Foreign Policies of the Founding Fathers.

JOHN EMERSON, 78, who owned a 15-acre tire dump and is leaving behind a cleanup bill estimated at $2-million, died Sunday in Durham, Maine, of cancer. Over the past 20 years, his dump grew from a modest pile to a stack that authorities now estimate at 2-million to 5-million tires. As he continued to ignore orders to clean up the dump he was fined $2,000 and given a 60-day jail sentence. His $16,000 retirement savings was seized by the state.

DR. RICHARD G. VAN GELDER, 65, former curator of the American Museum of Natural History, died Wednesday in Westwood, N.J., of leukemia. Dr. Van Gelder, an expert on a variety of animal species, joined the museum in 1956. He was named a curator in 1969, and curator emeritus when he retired in 1986.

LORE LORENTZ, 73, the grande dame of post-World War II German cabaret, died Tuesday in Duesseldorf, Germany, of heart trouble. Her death came nearly a year after that of her husband, Kay, with whom she founded in 1947 the Duesseldorf Kommoedchen cabaret troupe, which later became an institution.