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Obituaries in the News

October 6, 1998

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Jimmy Caesar, an impersonator who opened for Milton Berle, Norm Crosby and Bob Hope, died Friday of lung cancer. He was 63.

Born Caesar Pasquale Tronolone, Caesar worked many clubs and showrooms across the country. He did many impersonations, including Stan Laurel, Boris Karloff, John Wayne and Martin & Louis.

He was 16 years old when he made his first appearance at the Bingo Club in Las Vegas. Caesar, who also was a singer, would later play other Strip hotel-casinos, including the MGM Grand, the Sahara and the Dunes.

Jack N.P. Davies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Jack N.P. Davies, a pathologist and researcher who conducted thousands of autopsies and testified in many high-profile cases, died Saturday about a week after injuring his head when he fell down steps. He was 83.

Davies demonstrated during experiments in the 1940s in East Africa that environmental factors may lead to cancer. The information was considered revolutionary at the time.

He served as Albany County pathologist from 1969 until his retirement earlier this decade. He also taught at Albany Medical College from 1963 to 1980. Later, he ran a consulting firm specializing in forensics.

Davies was a defense witness in the 1981 trial of Jean Harris _ the lover and murderer of ``Scarsdale Diet″ author Dr. Herman Tarnower.

Jean-Pascal Delamuraz

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ Jean-Pascal Delamuraz, former Swiss president and economics minister, died Sunday of cancer. He was 62.

He was elected president, a largely ceremonial post, in 1989 and 1996.

Delamuraz joined the seven-member Federal Council, or cabinet, as defense minister in 1984 and was economics minister from 1987 until his resignation this year.

Delamuraz took Switzerland into the World Trade Organization, but suffered a setback in 1992 when the Swiss electorate voted against joining a loose European free trade grouping. The government then froze an application to join the more closely knit 15-nation European Union, which surrounds the country.

Caroline Drewes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Caroline Drewes, former writer for the San Francisco Examiner and one of the first women reporters in the city to cover news rather than society, died Saturday when she was struck by a car. She was 80.

Ms. Drewes started her career at the San Francisco Call, where she was a news reporter. She joined the staff of the Examiner after a series of newspaper mergers. She retired in 1992.

Survivors include two sons, a daughter, two sisters and four grandchildren.

Philip Grushkin

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) _ Philip Grushkin, a book designer whose career spanned five decades, died Sept. 25. He was 77.

Grushkin designed hundreds of books for publishers including Alfred A. Knopf, Random House and Harry N. Abrams, where he worked as art director during the 1960s when the company became known as a leading art book publisher. He later formed his own company, Philip Grushkin Inc.

Among his book designs are ``History of Art,″ by H.W. Janson; ``A History of Far Eastern Art,″ by Sherman E. Lee; and ``Atlas of Human Anatomy,″ by Frank H. Netter.

Murray L. Korda

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) _ Murray L. Korda, a violinist whose orchestra performed before eight presidents and heads of state in 38 other countries, died Wednesday in a automobile accident. He was 70.

Korda made his debut in New York City at age 15 and then toured the United States with the American Symphony Orchestra.

He appeared on numerous television shows, including ``The Mary Tyler Moore Show,″ ``Rhoda″ and ``Moonlighting.″ He was in movies, including ``True Lies″ and ``Death Becomes Her.″ He also did numerous television commercials.

In 1984, his orchestra, the Monseigneur Strings, performed during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Korda serenaded Barbra Streisand and James Brolin at their wedding earlier this summer.

Frank Pogson

ROME (AP) _ Frank Pogson, a former British naval officer who married into one of Rome’s most important noble families and helped open up the family’s 15th century palace to the public, died Friday. He was 75.

After marrying Princess Orietta in London in 1958 and moving to Rome, Pogson allowed public visiting hours for the family’s private apartments in the Doria Pamphili palace, a complex of buildings near the central Piazza Venezia with a base dating from the early 15th century.

He also worked to restore the palace gallery, one of Rome’s most important private art collections, which reopened two years ago. The move allows the public to see masterpieces from artists such as Titian, Caravaggio and Velazquez.

Haru Matsukata Reischauer

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Haru Matsukata Reischauer, a journalist and author who influenced diplomatic affairs in the 1960s as the wife of the U.S. ambassador to Japan, died Sept. 23 of heart failure. She was 83.

Through her husband, Edwin O. Reischauer, she became a major influence in establishing friendly relations between the United States and Japan in the early ’60s.

As the embassy’s first lady, Mrs. Reischauer helped bring a psychological end to the postwar occupation of Japan. Her deep understanding of both Japanese and American cultures made her highly qualified to ease tensions.

Mrs. Reischauer wrote regularly about Japan for The Saturday Evening Post and The Christian Science Monitor in the 1950′s.

Myron Scott

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) _ Myron Scott, who founded the All-American Soap Box Derby and gave the Chevrolet Corvette sports car its name, died Sunday. He was 91.

For 22 years, Scott was an artist, photographer and art director with the Dayton Daily News.

Scott got the idea for the derby in 1933 when he photographed six boys racing wooden contraptions down a hill. The first year, the event attracted 330 participants and a crowd of 40,000.

Scott left the Daily News in 1939 to join Chevrolet as an assistant advertising manager. In 1953, he was called into a special meeting of executives who were looking for a name for a new sports car. Scott suggested ``Corvette″ and Chevrolet general manager Edward Cole loved it.

Scott is survived by his wife, Clara Jane.

Jim Uebelhart

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ Jim Uebelhart, who worked for nearly 40 years as a broadcaster, died Saturday of complications from a heart attack. He was 88.

Uebelhart began his broadcasting career in 1933 with WAIU-AM in Columbus. From there he went to WHK-AM in Cleveland where his Columbia Concert Hall series was heard nationwide on CBS. He covered the World War II for WSPD-AM in Toledo.

Uebelhart began appearing on WSPD-TV when television went on the air in Toledo in 1948. For years, he would anchor morning newscasts on the radio and then handle the nightly news show on television. He retired in 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Verna, and a son.

Edwin L. Zehnder

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) _ Edwin L. Zehnder, owner of the family-style Zehnder’s Restaurant, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 78.

With his restaurant, Zehnder, a name synonymous with chicken dinners, helped make Frankenmuth one of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions.

The town, ranked No. 1 on Travel Michigan’s tourism survey last year, pulls in 4 million visitors a year. The restaurant, started by Zehnder’s father in 1927, has grown to serve nearly 1 million customers a year.

Federico Zeri

ROME (AP) _ Federico Zeri, Italy’s leading art critic and historian, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 77.

An expert in Italian paintings from the 14th to 16th centuries, Zeri had been the vice president of the National Council for Cultural Patrimony since 1993. In 1995, he became the only Italian to be awarded foreign membership of France’s Academy of Fine Arts.

Zeri was an art history professor in the University of Rome and taught at several American universities. A consultant with several galleries and private collections, he had also been the trustee for the Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif.

Zeri was also a prolific writer, and a frequent guest on Italian national TV shows.

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