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Gregory R. Anrig, the president of the Educational Testing Service, died last week of cancer. Mr. Anrig, who was 61, had headed the Lawrenceville, N.J.-based testing company since 1981.

Mr. Anrig last winter announced that he would retire at the end of this year, and Nancy S. Cole, the company's executive vice president, was selected to replace him.

When he announced that he was leaving the nation's largest testing firm, Mr. Anrig cited as key accomplishments of his tenure his efforts to shift to performance-based assessment, computerized assessment, and assessment that serves instruction.

Before joining the E.T.S., Mr. Anrig was the state education commissioner in Massachusetts from 1973 to 1981. He also had served as a teacher, principal, school superintendent, and federal official.

Robert F. Wagner Jr., a former president of the New York City school board, died suddenly last week at age 49. The cause of death was not known.

The grandson of a U.S. senator and the son of a mayor of New York City, Mr. Wagner was a major figure in city and state politics.

In 1983, Mayor Edward I. Koch chose Mr. Wagner to be chancellor of the school system, but the state education department refused to issue a waiver that would allow him to serve without the necessary credentials.

As board president from July 1986 to July 1990, Mr. Wagner was credited with unifying a fractious political body. He also worked recently on proposals to overhaul the governance of the city's schools.

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