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CHARLES L. CRITCHFIELD, 83, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb during World War II, died Feb. 12 in Los Alamos, N.M. As a group leader at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, he made significant contributions to the development of "Little Boy" _ the uranium-fueled atomic bomb that was dropped Aug. 6, 1945, on Hiroshima, Japan. At the time of his death, he worked as a consultant for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory _ now called Los Alamos National Laboratory. He formerly was a director of the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency.

ALEXEI HAIEFF, 80, whose long life in music reached from Siberia to the United States and finally to Italy, died Tuesday in Rome of lung congestion and heart failure. A prominent composer in New York in the postwar era, the Siberian native came to public attention again last year. Divertimento, a George Balanchine ballet for which he created the music, was revived by the New York City Ballet in its Balanchine Celebration. It observed the 10th anniversary of the choreographer's death.

RAYMOND O. WHITE JR., 56, principal chief of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, died Wednesday in Muncie, Ind., of an undisclosed illness. He was at the forefront of the Indiana Miamis' struggle for federal recognition as a tribe. A U.S. District Court last August rejected his lawsuit seeking to restore the tribal status _ and the accompanying benefits _ taken away from members in 1897.

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