Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Sep. 17, 2001
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) _ W. Ralph Gamber, the founder of the honey company that was the first to package the product in the bear-shaped plastic containers now seen on grocery stores worldwide, died Saturday. He was 89.
Gamber founded Dutch Gold Honey Inc. in 1946 with a $27 investment in three hives of bees at a farm sale. It grew into one of the largest honey companies in the world. The bear-shaped plastic container was introduced in 1957.
Gamber also founded Gamber Container Co. Inc., a distributor of glass and plastic containers.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Barbara Matera, a costumer for Broadway shows, the New York City ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, died Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 72.
With her husband, Matera founded Barbara Matera Ltd. in 1968, which produced costumes seen in the current Broadway productions of ``The Lion King,'' ``Beauty and the Beast,'' ``Aida,'' ``Kiss Me, Kate'' and ``42nd Street.''
As the costumer for the American Ballet Theater, Matera outfitted soloists and corps of productions including ``Swan Lake'' and ``Othello.''
Among her film credits are ``The Great Gatsby,'' ``The Addams Family,'' ``Moonstruck,'' ``Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,'' ``The Age of Innocence'' and ``Death on the Nile.''
Matera also created the purple crystal-encrusted gown that Hillary Rodham Clinton wore at her husband's first presidential inauguration.