Umberto Eco had best-seller with 'he Name of the Rose'

ROME — Italian author Umberto Eco intrigued, puzzled and delighted readers worldwide with his best-selling historical novel "The Name of the Rose." Author of a wide range of books, Eco was fascinated with the obscure and the mundane, and his books were both engaging narratives and philosophical and intellectual exercises.

"The Name of the Rose" transformed him from academic to international celebrity, especially after the medieval thriller set in a monastery was made into a film starring Sean Connery in 1986. "The Name of the Rose" sold millions of copies, a feat for a narrative filled with partially translated Latin quotes and puzzling musings on the nature of symbols.

Eco started in journalism in the 1950s, working for the Italian state-owned television RAI. From the 1960s onward, he wrote columns for several Italian dailies. He also wrote children's books, including "The Bomb and the General."

Eco died of cancer on Friday at his home in Milan. He was 84. — AP

John Riccardo led Chrysler, recruited Lee Iacocca

DETROIT — Former Chrysler chairman John J. Riccardo joined the automaker in 1959 and rose to president by 1970. He was its chairman five years later, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Riccardo recruited Lee Iacocca to join Chrysler in 1978 as chief executive. He sought a federal government loan bailout for the struggling automaker that was approved by Congress after he stepped down in 1979 as chairman.

Riccardo died Feb. 13 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 91. — AP

Michael Jaharis was pharmaceutical leader

NEW YORK — Pharmaceutical executive and philanthropist Michael Jaharis was, according to Forbes magazine, worth $2.2 billion and was No. 297 on the list of U.S. billionaires. He was CEO of Key Pharmaceuticals from 1972 until its merger with the Schering-Plough Corp. in 1986. In 1988 he founded Kos Pharmaceuticals Inc.

After selling Kos to Abbott Laboratories in 2006, Jaharis co-founded the investment group Vatera Healthcare Partners LLC.

Jaharis and his wife, Mary, supported a wide range of philanthropic endeavors in areas including education, medicine, the arts and the international refugee crisis.

Jaharis' death at his home in New York was announced by Peggy Nicholson, the executive director of the Jaharis Family Foundation. Jaharis was 87. — AP

Margaret Scherf blazed trail as reporter, editor

WASHINGTON — Margaret Scherf was a longtime reporter and editor for the Associated Press whose career spanned four decades and included high-profile stories such as the trial of the Chicago Seven.

Remembered by colleagues as a trailblazer, Scherf joined the AP in 1963, one of the first women covering news in Chicago. She covered the 1968 Democratic Convention and the trial of the Chicago Seven. The defendants were charged in connection with anti-war protests at the convention.

Scherf died of ovarian cancer at a hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She was 75. — AP

Composer Steven Stucky won Pulitzer Prize

Composer Steven Stucky won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in music with his "Second Concerto for Orchestra."

In a career straddling academia and major concert halls, Stucky, an emeritus professor at Cornell University, spent 21 years affiliated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and also wrote for major orchestral ensembles in Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas and Philadelphia.

His Pulitzer-winning concerto was deeply informed by tradition but it also was squarely in keeping with his championing of contemporary classical music.

Stucky died of brain cancer at his home in Ithaca, New York. He was 66. — The Washington Post

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