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KONRAD KUJAU, 62, who admitted forging the bogus "Hitler diaries" published in 1983 by Stern magazine, died Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany, a family member said. A gallery owner and painter, he gained notoriety after it was revealed he had counterfeited 60 volumes purported to be the personal diaries of Adolf Hitler. Stern paid $4.8-million for the volumes, believing them to be authentic. Mr. Kujau was sentenced to 4{ years in prison on a fraud conviction in 1985.

WILLIAM A. NIERENBERG, 81, who worked on the Manhattan Project that helped produce the atomic bomb and later directed the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, died Sunday in San Diego. From the 1950s until shortly before his death, he served on dozens of National Academy of Sciences committees, presidential commissions and panels examining issues such as acid rain and ballistic missiles.

DR. HERBERT FRIEDMAN, 84, a pioneer in X-ray astronomy, died Saturday. He lived in Arlington, Va. He conducted his earliest research after World War II, putting experiments aboard V-2 rockets sent into the upper atmosphere, where instruments could record X-rays and other radiation emanating from the sun. Later measurements were done on satellites. His work resulted in the discovery of the X-ray sources outside the solar system and was used to study aspects of the theory of black holes and neutron stars.

CARLOS CASTILLO PERAZA, 53, a former president of Mexico's National Action party, which came to power this year, died Saturday in Germany, the Mexican Embassy in Berlin announced. Mr. Castillo, who led the party from 1993 to 1996, served twice as a deputy in Mexico's lower house of Congress and ran for mayor of Mexico City in 1997.

WILLIAM WALLACE DANIEL, 41, a grandson of President Harry S. Truman, died Sept. 4 in New York City from head injuries sustained Sept. 2 when he was struck by a taxi. He was the son of Truman's only child, novelist Margaret Truman, and former New York Times managing editor Clifton Daniel, who died in February.

MIKE HUGHES, 66, a former sports reporter who became editor-in-chief of United Press International, died Monday in Washington, D.C. He had stomach cancer and a brain tumor.

DONALD GALLUP, 87, a bibliographer of the poets Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, and a benefactor of the Yale Center for British Art, died Sept. 6 in New Haven, Conn. The Yale Collection of American Literature, where Mr. Gallup had been curator, is preparing to open an exhibit of his collection on Sept. 20.

DAVID R. ALTMAN, 85, a fashion advertising executive who helped build several brands, including Wrangler jeans and Inside Sports magazine, died Aug. 30 in New York City.

DR. CHARLES PHILIP WILSON, 79, an expert in the treatment of eating disorders and other severe psychosomatic problems, died Aug. 17 in New York City. A resident in psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, he was an editor or co-editor of five books on eating disorders. The best-known, The Fear of Being Fat, is widely used in treating anorexia today.

DESMOND WILCOX, 69, a British filmmaker who won five international awards for The Boy David, a documentary about a disfigured Peruvian boy whose face was rebuilt by a Scottish surgeon, died Sept. 6 in London. The series of six documentaries first broadcast in 1983 told the story of David Jackson, a baby rescued in the Amazonian jungle by a charity worker and taken to Britain for medical treatment. Scottish surgeon Ian Jackson restored David's facial features and adopted the child.

GEN. ABDUL HARIS NASUTION, 81, an independence hero who narrowly escaped assassination before hundreds of thousands were massacred in Indonesia's anti-communist purge in the 1960s, died Sept. 6 in Jakarta. Arguably the greatest legacy of the retired five-star general, former army chief and Cabinet minister is the adoption of a 1958 policy that allowed the military a direct role in national politics. It set the tone of years of authoritarianism and remains a major hurdle for Indonesia's attempts at democracy.

BRUCE GYNGELL, 71, the first man to appear on Australian television, died Friday in Sydney. Mr. Gyngell launched Australian television, introducing viewers to the new medium on Sept. 16, 1956, with the words: "Ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome to television."

TATIANA RIABOUCHINSKA, 84, an internationally celebrated ballet star in the 1930s and 1940s, died Aug. 24 in Los Angeles. In recent decades she became most identified with a part she didn't actually dance: the hippopotamus-ballerina in Walt Disney's animated feature Fantasia (1940). Sketching her at rehearsals, Disney animators changed her proportions as drastically as her species.

CARDINAL AUGUSTO VARGAS ALZAMORA, 77, who served as the archbishop of Lima, Peru, for 10 years, died Sept. 4 in Lima.

_ Area obituaries and the Suncoast Deaths list appear in local sections.