- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rene Monory

PARIS (AP) _ Rene Monory, a French auto mechanic-turned-statesman who championed mutual funds and made it easier for employees to own shares in their companies, died Saturday. He was 85.

Monory died in his family home in Loudun in western France, said Patrick Flot, a senior official of the Vienne region. The cause of death was not given.

Monory served from 1992 to 1998 as president of the French Senate, the country’s second-most powerful political position. If a French president dies or is incapacitated, power goes to the Senate president.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised the “social humanism” of the Monory Law, the nation’s first legislation to encourage employee share-ownership plans.

Monory is considered the man behind the SICAV, a kind of mutual fund popular among many French investors.

Born June 6, 1923, Monory worked as an auto mechanic before becoming mayor of his native Loudun in 1959. He devoted himself to politics and was elected to the Senate in 1968.

He joined the government in 1977 under center-right President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, overseeing industry and commerce. The next year Monory became economics minister, though he claimed that he had never read an economics book in his life.

Monory was known for championing science and technology, and founded Futuroscope, a high-tech theme park in the western French city of Poitiers.

He also helped solidify France’s commitment to nuclear power.

Monory served in the Senate until 2004.


Frank Morris

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Frank Morris, a Canadian Football Hall of Famer, who was part of 13 Grey Cup titles during a career that spanned more than four decades, died Saturday. He was 85.

CFL officials announced the former offensive guard and defensive tackle’s death. Morris joined the CFL in 1945 with the Toronto Argonauts and won three consecutive Grey Cups.

In 1950, the Edmonton native joined the Eskimos. He helped the club win three straight Grey Cups from 1954-56 during his eight years there.

Morris continued his career as the Eskimos’ director of player development from 1973-88, winning seven more Grey Cup championships.

Morris was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983.


Corin Tellado

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Corin Tellado, a well-known Spanish author of more than 4,000 romance novels, died Saturday. She was 81.

Tellado, whose real name was Maria del Socorro Tellado Lopez, collapsed at her home in the northern seaside city of Gijon and died of heart failure, a Cabuenes hospital spokeswoman said.

Born on April 25, 1927, in the northern coastal village of Viavelez, Tellados became a popular novelist throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

In 2007, the regional government of her native Asturias honored the author for a lifetime dedicated to literature with an exhibition called “Corin Tellado, 60 years of love novels.”

Despite ill health that forced her to have blood dialysis three times a week since 1995, Tellado continued writing to the end, delivering her final novel to Variedades magazine on Wednesday.


Richard D. Stanley

SINGAPORE (AP) _ Richard D. Stanley, chief executive of Singapore’s DBS Group Holdings Ltd., died Saturday. He was 48.

Stanley died from complications of leukemia. Stanley joined DBS, Southeast Asia’s biggest bank, last May and was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in January, the bank said in a statement. DBS announced his death.

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