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February 14, 1998

NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Robert Charm, who wrote of trying to recover from a stroke, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 44.

He wrote several articles about his recovery and said his rule for surviving in a hospital was, ``Nice patients die first,″ and wrote that ``it was essential for me to be challenging, hostile, aggressive, questioning, and more arrogant than the glorified mechanics who worked on me.″

He had driven a taxi in Boston and worked as a private detective but was a writer and editor during most of his professional life.

He worked for Detroit Monthly, New England Business and Worcester Business Journal and wrote for AutoWeek, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and Redbook.

He is survived by his wife, his mother and a brother.

Joseph Cohen

NABLUS, West Bank (AP) _ Joseph Cohen, the high priest of the Samaritan sect that broke away from mainstream Judaism three millennia ago, died Friday. He was 79.

The Samaritans have two communities, one in the Israeli town of Holon and one on Mount Gerizim overlooking the Palestinian-run West Bank town of Nablus.

The Samaritans _ known to Christians mainly through the parable of the Samaritan who helped an injured stranger _ believe God chose Mount Gerizim as the site for the Jews to build their temple.

Cohen was born in 1919 and worked as a religion teacher before being chosen as high priest in 1987. In that role, he served as the community’s spiritual leader and highest moral authority.

Gordon L. Davenport

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Gordon L. Davenport, former president of the Krystal fast-food chain, died Friday. He was 64.

His father, R.B. Davenport, was a founder of the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Krystal Co. in 1932. Gordon Davenport served as president of the company, known for its 1-ounce steamed square hamburgers, from 1973 until 1981. In 1997, the Davenport family sold the Krystal Co. to Port Royal Holdings Co.

Krystal emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year. The company had struggled financially after 6,000 current and former employees sued for overtime pay they claimed they never received.

He also served as mayor of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., from 1982 to 1984 and participated in the formation of the United States Football League.

Lily Harmon

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lily Harmon, a portraitist who also illustrated books by Thomas Mann and Edith Wharton, died Wednesday. She was 85.

Harmon had her work represented in public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum and the Jewish Museum, all in New York.

In 1944, she had her first solo exhibition at the Associated Americans Artists Gallery in New York. A year later and until 1976, Harmon illustrated books by famous authors, including Franz Kafka and Jean-Paul Sarte.

Harmon was married four times: to millionaire art collector Joseph Hirshhorn, with whom she adopted two daughters; to Sidney Harmon, a film and theatrical producer; to Henry Rothman, a framemaker; and to Milton Schachter, a real-estate developer who died in 1996.

Her autobiography, ``Freehand,″ was published in 1981.

Marshall Woodside Joyce

DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) _ Marshall Woodside Joyce, an artist who specialized in marine paintings, died Monday. He was 86.

He has works in the Peabody Museum of Salem, and the image of the Mayflower he was commissioned to paint is used on souvenirs at Plimoth Plantation. His work also has appeared on calendars and in magazines.

His painting of the ship Sintram, which his grandfather, Marshall Woodside, captained, won a gold medal in the 1974 Franklin Mint Competition.

Robert Mackintosh

NEW YORK (AP) _ Robert Mackintosh, who designed costumes for Broadway and off-Broadway shows and dresses for Marilyn Monroe and Lena Horne, died Friday. He was 72.

Mackintosh had been suffering from emphysema, said his cousin, Gladys Bourdain.

The first big showcase for the designer’s talents came in the 1952 Broadway musical, ``Wish You Were Here″ when he was just 27. Fourteen years later, Angela Lansbury wore his designs in the Broadway show, ``Mame,″ and Mackintosh won first place in the Variety New York Drama Critics Poll for best costumes.

Mackintosh was the author of two novels, ``Silk″ and ``A Heritage of Lies.″ He co-wrote the Bobby Short memoir ``The Life and Times of a Saloon Singer.″

Zina Gladys Pitsor

MARION, Ind. (AP) _ Zina Gladys Pitsor, who was James Dean’s dance instructor when he was a boy, died Friday after a long illness. She was 93.

Pitsor started Glad’s Marion College of Dance and Theater Arts in downtown Marion in 1929 and taught there until 1972.

Pitsor was in business for seven years when Mildred Dean brought her 5-year-old son, James, in for dance lessons. The young Dean participated in the annual dance recital in 1936.

Pitsor kept photos of her and Dean in front of her boyfriend’s sports car and went to visit the Deans after they moved to California.

Louise Sherman

DENVER (AP) _ Louise Sherman, a vocal coach for many of the world’s leading opera singers, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 61.

An assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera for 20 years, she served as a vocal coach for Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne and others.

She later worked as co-director of the Joseph & Loretta Law Artist Center, which she also founded with her husband, Nathaniel Merrill.

Ms. Sherman was the first female assistant conductor with the Met, and also worked with opera companies in Italy, France, Austria and Argentina.

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