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DIED. FRED KOREMATSU, 86, Japanese American whose refusal to report to an internment center became a haunting symbol of civil rights repression during World War II; of a respiratory illness; in Larkspur, Calif. In May 1942, the Oakland, Calif., welder resisted pleas from compliant friends and declined to be sent to a camp. Eventually arrested, Korematsu lost a Supreme Court challenge to the policy, but in 1983 newly discovered documents showing the government had lied to the high court led to the overturning of his conviction. He later helped win reparations for internees and was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.
DIED. ANDREW TOTI, 89, whose invention, the Mae West inflatable flotation vest (so dubbed by wearers who likened its shape to the chesty film star), saved many downed Allied pilots in World War II, among them George H.W. Bush, who later thanked Toti publicly; in Modesto, Calif.
DIED. GEORGEANNA JONES, 92, one of the country's first reproductive endocrinologists; in Norfolk, Va. She and her husband Howard Jones started the life of the first U.S.-born "test tube" baby, Elizabeth J. Carr, on Dec. 28, 1981, through in-vitro fertilization.
By Melissa August, Harriet Barovick, Jeninne Lee-St. John, Carolina A. Miranda, Julie Rawe and Patrick Stack