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MARY G. ROEBLING, 89, the first North American woman to serve as president of a major banking institution, died Tuesday in Trenton, N.J., of renal failure. Mrs. Roebling, friend to numerous entertainers and politicians, including President Richard M. Nixon, broke numerous gender barriers in an illustrious career that spanned five decades. She was the first woman governor of the American Stock Exchange. Her second husband was banking and steel cable magnate Siegfried Roebling, whose company, Roebling Steel Corp., built the Brooklyn Bridge.

DR. MYRON S. MALKIN, 70, who directed the space shuttle program in its early stages after serving as a Pentagon official, died Sunday in Bethesda, Md., of cardiac arrest. From 1973 to 1980, Dr. Malkin, a physicist, led the effort to bring together all the components that became the space shuttle, which remains the nation's principal space launching vehicle. He took the concept of a reuseable, piloted space plane from the drawing boards to reality. He served as a deputy assistant defense secretary for intelligence in 1972 and 1973.

MICHAEL KASDAN, 66, a former Broadway producer and theater manager, died Saturday in Mahopac, N.Y., of lymphoma. On Broadway, he managed most of Edward Albee's plays, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tiny Alice, A Delicate Balance, All Over and Seascape. Off Broadway, he served as manager of The Boys in the Band, among other plays.

JOHN LAUTNER, 83, an architect whose contemporary design was epitomized by the flying saucer-like Chemosphere House that was featured in the movie Body Double, died Monday in Los Angeles. Mr. Lautner was a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice for six years before carving out his own contemporary style.

WILLIAM K. FRANKENA, 86, a philosophy professor at the University of Michigan who compiled a widely read book on the theory and history of ethics, died Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich., of a heart attack. His book, Ethics, published by Prentice-Hall in 1963, is in its 24th printing and has been translated into eight languages.

NICOLAS ROUSSAKIS, 60, a composer and a founder of the American Composers Orchestra, died Sunday in New York City of cancer.

JOSEPH SALVATORE, 56, whose religious folk art is featured in museums in New York and Washington, D.C., was found dead Sunday in Youngstown, Ohio, at his home. He had a history of diabetes.

CALVIN W. ROLARK, 67, founder of the United Black Fund of America, one of the nation's largest black charitable fund-raising organizations, died Sunday in Washington, D.C., of a heart attack.