Althea T.L. Simmons, 66, who as head of the Washington office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People helped shape a number of civil rights bills and was known for keeping an eye on lawmakers as the group's chief lobbyist, died Thursday at a Washington hospital. She joined the NAACP in the mid-1950s and at one time was associate director of branch and field services in the organization's New York headquarters.
Steve Condos 71, a legendary tap dancer and a figure on the American stage for a half-century, died in his dressing room yesterday after a grueling performance at the Festival of Dance in France. A Philadelphia native, he liked to lay a microphone on the floor to pick up what the called the "power rhythm articulation" of tapping shoes. Organizers of the festival said Mr. Condos died shortly after walking off stage at the Maurice Ravel Auditorium in Lyon. Mr. Before collapsing, he had tried to express his thanks to the crowd through a microphone, but was unable to catch his breath. He then gave up and performed an encore.