PARIS (AP) _ Marcel Carne, the renowned French film director who produced the classic ``The Children of Paradise,″ died today, state radio France Info reported. He was 90.
Carne, whose style became known as ``poetic realism,″ teamed up with Jacques Prevert to shoot two of his greatest films during the Nazi occupation of World War II.
With a second classic, ``Les Visiteurs du Soir″ (Night Visitors), Carne used a medieval story indirectly to denounce the occupation.
Among other Carne masterpieces was ``Hotel du Nord,″ shot in 1939.
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Howard Chernoff, a reporter and media executive who helped popularize the San Diego Zoo, died Tuesday. He was 88.
General manager of KFMB radio and television in the 1950s, Chernoff helped start ``Zoorama.″ Focusing on the zoo, it was syndicated on 200 independent stations during the 1950s and 1960s.
Chernoff also served as director of the zoo, and became president of the city’s zoological society in 1959.
In 1969, he was named U.S. ambassador to Japan’s Expo ’70 in Osaka. Later, the State Department assigned him to open diplomatic relations with Outer Mongolia.
In worked at various Ohio newspapers in the 1920s. He also was part-owner of several West Virginia radio stations and worked as their European correspondent during World War II. He later earned a George Foster Peabody award, honoring broadcast and cable excellence.
In 1948 he became general manager of the San Diego Daily Journal.
Chernoff is survived by his foster son, Ted Glattke of Tucson; and two nieces.
James Edward Day
WASHINGTON (AP) _ James Edward Day, the postmaster general under President Kennedy, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest. He was 82.
Taking the reins of the post office in 1961, Day reduced its deficit from $800 million to $450 million, improved service and raised morale among more than 500,000 employees. He modernized operations and reduced inefficiency.
He was the first to sign a labor agreement with workers trying to organize into unions, instituted a merit promotion plan, worked to eliminate racial discrimination and raised postal wages.
In 1963, he helped establish the ZIP code system, which he predicted would cut delivery times by up to 24 hours.
Stamp collectors remember Day for ordering a misprinted stamp of U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold to be reproduced, upsetting a collector who had caught the error and hoped to cash in on its discovery.
Day was senior vice president at Prudential Insurance Co. when Kennedy asked him to join his cabinet.
DERWOOD, Md. (AP) _ Jack Doniger, a sportscaster before becoming a reporter at The Associated Press for 17 years, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 73.
Doniger’s career spanned 32 years. After joining the AP in 1979, his assignments included the Kentucky Derby, baseball’s All-Star Game, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship and three Olympics.
He was at Lake Placid, N.Y., when the gold-medal winning U.S. hockey team upset the heavily favored Russians in 1980.
Previously, Doniger was a sportscaster and reporter for the NBC radio network, where he used the on-air name Jake Doniger. He also spent several seasons on the radio and TV broadcasting team of the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.
Doniger served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion on D-Day.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter, Joan, a newscaster in Washington, D.C.; and a son, Joe, the chief sports scores clerk for the AP’s broadcast division.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ George Grover, a Los Alamos National Laboratory nuclear physicist who invented a heat transfer device called a heat pipe, died Oct. 24. He was 81.
Grover came to Los Alamos in 1950 to work on weapons development, including the first hydrogen bomb.
But he won international recognition for development of the heat pipe _ a device with no moving parts and capable of transferring heat from one end of a pipe to the other.
The device transfers heat at a rate 100,000 times higher than copper. Heat pipe technology is used in laptop computers and satellites.
Charles P. McHugh
EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) _ Charles P. McHugh, a chemical engineer who devised a method of coating steel with vulcanized rubber to protect it from corrosion, died Friday. He was 93.
Early in the Depression, McHugh got a job with Raybestos Manhattan Rubber Co. of Passaic, N.J., where he developed his vulcanization process.
It was first used on the propeller shaft of a Navy cruiser in the 1930s. He helped the Navy refit most of its vessels with rubber-coated propeller shafts as well as battery compartments for its submarines.
Later, McHugh became director of research and development at Raybestos, coming up with a way to replace chain drives with rubber belts on paper manufacturing machinery. That reduced noise levels in paper mills.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Leon Lewis, a Peabody Award-winning radio talk show host, died Sunday. He was 81.
Lewis was a popular voice on WMCA in New York from 1970 to 1980. He offered everything from advice to debates on public issues in the program, called ``The Leon Lewis Talk Show.″
Previously, he moderated a call-in show on WLIB in Harlem known as ``Community Opinion.″ The station won a George Foster Peabody Award in 1967 for a Lewis show that was credited with helping to defuse racial tensions.
Angela Romano Perez
NEW YORK (AP) _ Angela Romano Perez, an advocate for the disabled, died Friday of breast cancer. She was 49.
Perez, who was born with cerebral palsy, was program director of the YWCA of New York City, where she directed the Networking Project for People with Disabilities.
Perez also designed and conducted a study of the accessibility of health services for disabled women.
From 1983 to 1987, Perez was the educational counseling coordinator for the Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities under Mayor Ed Koch. She later served on Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on domestic violence.
Arthur F. Quern
WHEELING, Ill. (AP) _ Arthur F. Quern, chairman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and a former assistant to President Ford, died in a corporate plane crash Wednesday. He was 54.
The jet crashed just after takeoff from Palwaukee Municipal Airport, about 25 miles north of Chicago, narrowly missing an apartment complex.
In addition to his education post, which he held since 1991, Quern was also chairman and chief executive officer of Aon Risk Services, an insurance brokerage in Chicago.
In the early 1970s, he served as an aide to New York Gov. Nelson D. Rockefeller. He later served as President Ford’s deputy assistant for domestic affairs.
In 1977, Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson appointed him state director of public aid, and he was Thompson’s chief of staff from 1980 until 1983.
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) _ Mike Windsor, a former Marine helicopter pilot who ferried former Presidents Reagan and Bush, was killed in a plane crash Tuesday. He was 49.
A student pilot was believed to have been at the controls when the plane clipped the tops of several trees before going down near the Culpeper County airport, police said.
Windsor transported the presidents while he was assigned to the White House as a Marine helicopter pilot.
He was the chief pilot for AirCare, Fairfax Hospital’s medical flights unit.