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August 16, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Gary Lisz, a costume designer for ballet, stage and film productions, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 44.

Lisz was renown for his flair for creating classic costumes that complemented a variety of productions. His creations appeared in performances at the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater.

A Washington native, Lisz worked with such choreographers as Robert La Fosse, Kevin O’Day, Peter Martins, Clark Tippet, John Selya and George Balanchine.

Some of the Broadway productions he designed costumes for included ``Piaf″ and ``Sophisticated Ladies.″

Jerry Loftis

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) _ Jerry Loftis, a Modesto, Calif., resident who helped pioneer sky surfing, was killed Friday when his parachute failed to open properly during a skydive. He was 29.

He was completing a sky-surfing maneuver at the World Free Fall Convention when his parachute failed to deploy at 16,000 feet, Adams County coroner Gary Hamilton said.

Loftis was considered an expert sky surfer, a sport that involves jumping out of an airplane two miles up and then doing flips and twists on a 5-pound, 55-inch sky-board.

Loftis, who began skydiving nine years ago in Lodi, Calif., appeared in commercials for Mountain Dew, Sun Tiger sunglasses and the HBO cable television network. He also appeared in the Aerosmith music video ``Amazing.″

James Roland Malley

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ James Roland Malley, a retired FBI official who investigated President Kennedy’s assassination, died Aug. 7 of liver cancer. He was 86.

Malley retired in 1971 after 34 years with the FBI, where he headed its general investigative division with the rank of inspector.

Malley helped direct the FBI investigation when Kennedy was shot to death in November 1963 and was the bureau’s liaison to the Warren Commission.

The panel concluded in September 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone killer. Malley told the Select House Committee in 1978 that the FBI tried to track down possible Cuban or crime syndicate connections, but no credible evidence was found.

Aline Mosby

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Aline Mosby, a journalist who covered everything from Hollywood gossip to world affairs for more than 50 years, died Aug. 7. She was 76.

Although she contributed stories to various publications, Miss Mosby did most of her writing for United Press International. She covered the Kremlin and later Beijing.

A native of Missoula, Mont., Miss Mosby earned a journalism degree at the University of Montana. She joined UP in Seattle in 1943. She retired from UPI in 1984 and continued to freelance for various magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, for several years.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Jane Bader.

Bill Ryan

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bill Ryan, a longtime editor at the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, died Wednesday from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 83.

Ryan began his newspaper career as a copy boy and worked more than 45 years at the Los Angeles Herald-Express and its successor, the Herald Examiner.

Much of his career was spent as a news editor of the evening daily. He retired as assistant managing editor in 1980, nine years before the newspaper folded.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie, two daughters and two nieces.

Don Zavin

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Don Zavin, a Portland filmmaker and winner of Emmy and Peabody awards, died Thursday of causes related to cancer. He was 66.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Zavin began his career in at KATU-TV. He joined KRON-TV’s Assignment Four documentary series in San Francisco, concentrating on civic issues, winning an Emmy in 1966 and a Peabody in 1967 as well as awards from the California Bar Association, the National Crime Council and the U.S. Public Health Service.

His 1971 short, ``11:59 _ Last Minute To Choose,″ was the first independently produced documentary to show an addict injecting himself. In 1977, he made the feature-length documentary on the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team, ``Fast Break.″

Survivors include his wife Ellen and two sons.

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