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July 30, 1999

Faidon Gizikis; Former President of Greece

Faidon Gizikis, 82, president of Greece during a military dictatorship in the early 1970s. Gizikis, a native of the port city of Volos, had a less than distinguished military career until George Papadopoulos brought a junta to power in a 1967 coup. Embracing the junta's authoritarian principles, Gizikis rose steadily in the ranks and by 1971 was a lieutenant general with a senior post in the Hellenic Army Command. In 1973, he was given command of the Greek First Army, whose troops made up 70% of the nation's army. He was offered the presidency in November 1973, when promises of elections led to Papadopoulos' ouster in a coup masterminded by military police chief Brig. Gen. Dimitris Ioannides. By the next summer, however, Greece was mired in domestic political woes and problems with nearby Cyprus. Gizikis summoned Constantine Karamanlis, the prime minister defeated in the 1963 elections, back from Paris to head a new government. Gizikis retired from the army and was never prosecuted for his role in the coup, while others were convicted of treason and imprisoned. On Tuesday in Athens of undisclosed causes.

Bernard Kaplan; Correspsondent Covered Korean War

Bernard Kaplan, 71, a longtime foreign correspondent who was one of the youngest reporters to cover the Korean War. Kaplan, who had been based in Paris since 1956, was for decades a roving European correspondent for the Hearst Newspaper chain. Kaplan was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He began his career at full throttle, as one of the youngest American correspondents covering the Korean War for the Hearst-owned International News Service. After the war Kaplan was drafted and served two years in the Army. In 1956 he joined the North American Newspaper Alliance as a correspondent in Paris. In 1975, he joined the Hearst Newspaper Chain and also worked for the Montreal Star, NBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. In 1965, he won the Canadian Newspaper Publishers Award for a series on the European Common Market. On Tuesday at the American Hospital in Neuilly, outside Paris, of complications from a cardiac arrest he suffered last December.

Fred W. Kline; Journalist, Former Fire Commissioner

Fred W. Kline, 81, former journalist, public relations consultant and Los Angeles fire commissioner. Kline, an Oakland native who graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, served in intelligence for the Air Force during World War II. After the war, he became a journalist, working as a reporter and columnist for Hearst newspapers, including the old Los Angeles Examiner. In 1957 he moved into public relations, serving clients in law enforcement, business and the entertainment industry through his company, Kline Communications. In 1970 he founded the Sacramento-based Capitol News Service, a news outlet that covered state politics for newspapers and radio stations statewide. He was the news service's executive editor and columnist until 1992. Kline played an active role in civic affairs, serving on a variety of commissions, including the Los Angeles city and county fire commissions. Once described in a newspaper article as "a burr beneath many saddles," Kline took his duties as an overseer seriously, often irking officials. As chairman of the county Board of Fire Commissioners in 1987, Kline and fellow Commissioner John T. Stevens accused Fire Chief John Englund of mismanagement and called for the replacement of Englund's top staff. The allegations were denied by Englund and riled other county officials who said the commissioners had overstepped their authority. The Board of Supervisors later disbanded the commission. On Wednesday at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento after a long battle with cancer.

Harrison Holt Richardson; Antarctic Explorer

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