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EZRA STONE, 76, who played the comically trouble-prone teenager Henry Aldrich on radio, died Thursday in an automobile accident near Perth Amboy, N.J. A child star in vaudeville and theater, his most memorable acting job was as the adolescent Henry Aldrich in George Abbott's 1938 play What A Life. The play was the basis for a 13-year radio show, with Mr. Stone creating Aldrich's trademark saying, "Coming, Mother!" He later was a successful theater and TV director, working in TV on such popular early series as I Love Lucy, Lost In Space, Laredo, Lassie and The Munsters. During World War II, he served as a producer, director and actor with the Army's Special Services, staging many productions, most notably the Irving Berlin show This Is the Army.

GUELFO ZAMBONI, 97, a former Italian diplomat who saved 280 Jews from deportation to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz during World War II, died Saturday in Rome. While working as Italian consul in German-occupied Salonika in 1943, he supplied the Jews with documents allowing them to escape the Nazis by traveling to Athens, which the Italians controlled. In 1992, he was honored with a medal from the Yad Vashem holocaust museum in Jerusalem. His actions recall those of Oskar Schindler, the German businessman who shielded 1,200 Jewish factory workers from death at the hands of the Nazis. That story forms the plot for the Steven Spielberg film Schindler's List.

CORNELIUS COFFEY, 91, who trained many of the Tuskegee Airmen after a commercial flying school refused to accept him because he was black, died Wednesday in Chicago. The first black man to hold both a pilot's and a mechanic's license, he established the Coffey School of Aeronautics and trained more than 1,000 pilots from 1938 to 1945, including many of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black pilots who flew combat missions in World War II. After the war, he taught at the Lewis School of Aeronautics and at Dunbar Vocational High School, where he trained some of the first blacks to be hired as mechanics by commercial airlines.

ABDULLAH al-SALLAL, 74, the first president of former North Yemen, died Saturday in San"a, Yemen, of a heart attack, San"a radio reported. In 1962 he led a revolution against the rule of the imams and proclaimed a republic in North Yemen. In 1990 North Yemen united with former Marxist South Yemen in an uneasy merger. Following his death, Yemen's current ruling presidential council ordered a three-day official mourning period. Mr. Sallal held power until 1967 with the backing of Egyptian troops that rushed to Yemen to defend the new republic against royalist forces backed by Saudi Arabia.

MAX SCHUBERT, 79, creator of Grange Hermitage, the most prized Australian red wine, died Saturday in Adelaide after a long illness. Mr. Schubert first produced Grange Hermitage for the Penfolds winery in the early 1950s in an effort to make an Australian wine that would age over many years, like the great vintages of France. Initially derided by critics as undrinkable, the wine now is regarded as a classic.

LARRY EYLER, 41, sentenced to death for the killing of a 15-year-old male prostitute and possibly the killer of more than 20 people, died Sunday in Pontiac, Ill., of AIDS complications. He died in the medical facility at Pontiac Correctional Center, where he had been on death row.

KATHRYN CLARENBACH, 73, who helped found the National Organization for Women, died Friday in Madison, Wis., of complications from emphysema. Mrs. Clarenbach, who was president of NOW's Legal Defense and Education Fund, was credited with getting the Wisconsin Legislature to revise laws on sexual assault, divorce and marital property. "She was a historical link going back to the '50s before this wave of feminism began," said Gloria Steinem, the feminist leader and founder of Ms. magazine. "This movement really didn't gain momentum until the late '60s and early '70s, but Kay was already active."

TENGIZ ABULADZE, 70, a filmmaker whose 1987 movie Repentance became a symbol of the greater freedom Mikhail Gorbachev granted the former Soviet Union, died Sunday in Moscow.