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Published Oct. 8, 2005

JEROME BERT WIESNER, 79, former science adviser to President John F. Kennedy who went on to be president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died at his home in Watertown, Mass., Friday night of heart failure. As special adviser to Kennedy for science and technology and chairman of the President's Science Advisory Committee, Mr. Wiesner played a key role in the establishment of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, in achieving a partial nuclear test ban treaty and in efforts to restrict the deployment of antiballistic missile systems. Mr. Wiesner was president of MIT from 1971 to 1980.

PETER O. MURPHY, 46, a former deputy U.S. trade representative who was the chief American negotiator of the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement in 1988, died Thursday at his home in Chevy Chase, Md., of a brain tumor. The U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1989 and began the gradual elimination of tariffs and many other trade barriers in the world's biggest bilateral trading relationship. It laid the groundwork for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect at the beginning of this year and expanded the free-trade zone to include Mexico.

RABBI SHLOMO CARLEBACH, 69, the world-famous "singing rabbi" who performed on 30 albums of Hasidic music, died Thursday in New York of a heart attack. Rabbi Carlebach put the words of Jewish prayer and ceremony to music that is heard at virtually every Jewish wedding and bar mitzvah, from Hasidic to Reform. His most famous song was Am Yisroel Chai (The People of Israel Live), which was an anthem of Jews behind the Iron Curtain before the fall of Communism.

FABIO GROBART, 89, a Polish-born founder of Cuba's first Communist Party, has died Cuban state media reported Saturday. Mr. Grobart, who immigrated to the Caribbean island when he was 19, was a founding member of the party in 1925. In the years after the 1959 revolution that brought President Fidel Castro to power, Mr. Grobart had served on the party's Central Committee and as a member of parliament.

DR. ARTHUR WAGG POLLISTER, 91, a zoologist at Columbia University who helped unravel the secrets of the cells that make up all living matter, died Tuesday in Harleysville, Pa., after a brief illness. Mr. Pollister was among the first scientists to use the electron microscope in biological research. In 1949, he led a team that built an electronic device, the micro-spectro-photometer, employing both visible and invisible light to determine the quantities of the constituents of a cell.

JOHN C. RICHARDS, 37, who received national attention when he was charged with attempted murder for spitting on police officers while infected with the AIDS virus, died Tuesday. Mr. Richards had been in Southern Michigan Prison since 1992 for a robbery conviction.

FRANCIS STEEGMULLER, 88, an American novelist, biographer and translator whose works on Gustav Flaubert illuminated the agonies and thrills of creating fiction, died at a Naples, Fla., hospital on Thursday of heart failure. He had homes in New York City, on Capri and in Naples. Mr. Steegmuller was a prodigious writer, whose output also included highly admired biographies of Jean Cocteau, Isadora Duncan and Guy de Maupassant. His 1957 translation of Madame Bovary, some scholars say, remains unsurpassed. He demonstrated his versatility with three detective mysteries, A Matter of Iodine, A Matter of Accent and Blue Harpsichord, which he wrote under the pen name David Keith.

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