Irving Millman, a microbiologist who played an instrumental role in developing the hepatitis B vaccine, an innovation recognized as one of the most important medical advances of the latter 20th century and one that has saved millions of lives, died April 17 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District. He was 88.
Elan Steinberg, who brought what he called a new, “American style” assertiveness to the World Jewish Congress as its top executive, winning more than $1 billion from Swiss banks for Holocaust victims and challenging Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations secretary general, over his Nazi past, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 59.
He loved the way Harlem talks, as when Chuck Berry rushed back onstage in his lounge slippers after a break at the Apollo Theater in the ’60s and heard a rock ‘n’ roll fan yell upstage: “You need you some shoes, Chuck!”
Edmund L. Epstein, a literary scholar who, as a book editor in the late 1950s, was so taken by a well-reviewed but not especially popular first novel by a largely unknown British writer that he decided to reprint it in paperback, thus enabling the extravagant American success of “Lord of the Flies” and its author, the future Nobel Prize winner William Golding, died on April 1 in Melville, on Long Island. He was 80.