WASHINGTON (AP) _ Cyril F. Brickfield, who led the American Association of Retired Persons for 20 years as it grew into a major advocacy group, died Saturday after battling cancer. He was 78.

He died at Suburban Hospital near his home in suburban Bethesda, Md.

Brickfield took the helm of the AARP in 1967, when the organization of Americans 50 and older had just 1 million members. By his retirement in 1987, it had reached 28 million members.

As executive director, Brickfield also instituted many of the federal and state lobbying programs that have made the AARP an influential public policy advocate on matters affecting older Americans _ Social Security, Medicare, age discrimination, consumer protection.

Before joining AARP, he was deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration. He established the first VA nursing-care system. He served in the 1950s as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee.

Morey Bunin

NEW YORK (AP) _ Morey Bunin, whose fumbling magician character helped bring the art of puppetry to television, is dead at age 86.

He died Feb. 26 at his home in Woodstock, N.Y.

Bunin's show, ``The Adventures of Lucky Pup,'' featured the magician Foodini and his incompetent assistant, Pinhead. Bunin manipulated the puppet. His first wife, Hope Shippee, provided Pinhead's voice.

From 1948, the show ran on CBS opposite the more famous ``Howdy Doody'' on NBC. The live 15-minute show was later renamed ``Foodini the Great,'' in recognition of the character that Bunin considered his alter ego.

The program moved to ABC in 1951, and Bunin appeared with his puppets on ``The Ed Sullivan Show'' and other programs even after the show was canceled.

Bunin, born in Chicago, started out operating marionettes in a Macy's window and later entertained U.S. troops in the South Pacific during World War II.

Gail Davis

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Actress Gail Davis, best known for her role as a gun-toting rancher in the popular 1950s television series ``Annie Oakley,'' has died of cancer. She was 71.

Davis died Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank. Her daughter, Terrie Manning, was with her at the time.

A skilled rider and a crack shot, Davis appeared in a number of Gene Autry westerns and did most of her own stunt work. She co-starred with Roy Rogers in a western before signing a contract with Autry's Flying A production company, where she joined him in all his personal appearance performances.

Autry created the syndicated ``Annie Oakley'' series for her in 1953 on a children's western set. The show, the first western to star a woman, ran for four years and continued on into the 60s in reruns.

Martin Furnival Jones

LONDON (AP) _ Sir Martin Furnival Jones, who headed Britain's MI5 counterintelligence agency during the search for suspected Soviet moles in the 1960s, has died at age 84.

Furnival Jones, who died March 1, led MI5 during the Cold War, when intelligence chiefs lived largely in the shadows, unknown to the public.

During his tenure as director general from 1965 to 1972, the service investigated possible Soviet infiltration of the agency, as well as allegations by Soviet and Czechoslovak defectors that the Soviets had penetrated Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Labor government. No evidence of the latter was found.

Born in London, Furnival Jones joined the army at the beginning of World War II and in 1940 was commissioned to the Intelligence Corps.

He worked in the counterintelligence branch of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, or SHAEF, where he helped draw up plans to mislead the Germans about the D-Day Normandy landings. For that work he received a Bronze Star from the United States.

Joseph H. McConnell

ATLANTA (AP) _ Joseph H. McConnell, a former president of NBC and retired president of Reynolds Metals Co., has died at age 90.

McConnell, who died Thursday of natural causes at his Atlanta home, retired in 1971 from Reynolds, where he had served as president and chief administrator since 1963.

McConnell joined RCA in 1941, and served as general counsel before his tenure as president of NBC from 1949 to 1952.

He was president of Colgate-Palmolive Peet from 1953 to 1955, when he joined Reynolds.

In 1963, McConnell was chairman of the U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Administrative Radio Conference in Geneva, convened for international treaty allocation of satellite broadcasting frequencies.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bernard McConnell; daughters Mary Lowance, Catherine Russell, Elizabeth Eells; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Richard Miller

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Richard Miller, former part-owner of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers, died Saturday of cancer at Cleveland Clinic Hospital. He was 65.

Miller was part owner of the Indians from 1972 to 1985. He was the largest shareholder of the Cavaliers from 1970 to 1985 and the largest shareholder of the minor league Cleveland Crusaders hockey team during the 1970s.

He was president of Cleveland Broadcasting Inc. and president of Miller Broadcasting Inc. He owned and operated 11 radio stations from 1966 to 1987.

Miller graduated from Notre Dame in 1953 and from its law school in 1955. He and his father, Ray Miller, mayor of Cleveland from 1930 to 1932, founded the Cleveland law firm of Miller and Miller.

Richard Miller was the Ohio coordinator for Edmund Muskie's presidential bid during the 1972 convention.

Victor Vasarely

PARIS (AP) _ Victor Vasarely, whose strong geometric designs and use of optical illusions made him a master of Op Art, has died at age 90. His final years were soured by the financial misdoings of a foundation carrying on his work.

The Hungarian-born painter had suffered from prostate cancer for the past two years and died Saturday night at a private Paris clinic, said his daughter-in-law, Michele Vasarely.

She said her father-in-law's decline in health coincided with the financial and legal woes of his Vasarely Foundation, which was scheduled to be dissolved at the end of the month.

Vasarely designed everything from champagne bottles to university buildings. But it was his abstract works, with their combination of bright colors and geometrical forms, that brought him fame.

Among his best-recognized works is a three-dimensional portrait of President Georges Pompidou, hanging at the Beaubourg Center in Paris.

``Vasarely was the pope of Op Art and kinetic art,'' said Jozsef Sarkany, art historian at the Vasarely Museum in Pecs, Hungary, where the artist was born. ``He wanted art to be available to the masses .... He thought that everybody is an artist.''