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Phil Hill, champion U.S. Formula One racer

Phil Hill, the only American-born Formula One champion, has died. He was 81.

Hill died Thursday of complications from Parkinson's disease, said friend John Lamm, editor-at-large with Road & Track magazine.

Hill was the 1961 Formula Open champion and a three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner.

He won the 1961 Formula One title by a point over Wolfgang von Trips, the Ferrari teammate who was killed in the team's final race of the year. Hill won three F1 races, taking the Italian Grand Prix in 1960 and 1961 and the Belgian Grand Prix in 1961.

Mario Andretti is the only other American F1 champion. He was born in Italy.

After retiring as a driver in 1967, Hill worked as a racing commentator for ABC and a contributing editor for Road & Track magazine, and devoted time to classic cars and auto restoration. Associated Press

Charles Van Doren, arms-control expert

Charles Norton Van Doren, a retired State Department official who served for nearly two decades as an arms-control specialist, died Aug. 23 of congestive heart failure. He was 84.

Van Doren, a cousin of the Charles Van Doren who was a figure in the TV quiz show scandals of the 1950s, joined the new U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in 1962. He served initially in the Office of General Counsel before becoming the agency's assistant director. He worked on the Limited Test Ban Treaty, the Non-Proliferation Treaty and other international agreements designed to block the spread of nuclear weapons.

After retiring from government service in 1981, he was principal consultant on nonproliferation for suburban Ogden Environmental and Energy Services.

He wrote articles, was involved with the publication of a book on arms control for the Council on Foreign Relations and taught seminars on nuclear energy law at Georgetown University.

In a 1981 report for the Arms Control Association, a private nonprofit group, he wrote that Israel's destruction of an Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad a few months earlier had subverted international efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons and “only invites retaliation.”

He concluded there was no evidence that Iraq was trying to develop or manufacture a nuclear explosive device.

In a 1986 letter to the editor of The New York Times, he said he had dedicated his 19-year government career to heading off the spread of nuclear weapons, and he expressed his opposition to the Reagan administration's decision to continue nuclear weapons testing.. Washington Post

Barbara Warren, twin triathlete

Barbara Warren, one of the world's elite endurance athletes in her age group and half of a well-known pair of triathlete twins, has died after breaking her neck in a bike crash at the Santa Barbara Triathlon. She was 65.

Warren, of San Diego, died Tuesday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital when her family told doctors to take her off a ventilator, said her twin sister, Angelika Drake.

Warren crashed her bike on a downhill road about halfway through the 34-mile cycling section of the race on Aug. 23, race director Joe Coito said.

Warren won her age group in the 2003 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. She competed in the race, the world's top triathlon, 13 times and finished in the top five in her age group eight times.

The two sisters alternated riding bikes in the Race Across America, covering 2,983 miles in less than 10 days. Associated Press