George Houston Bass, 52, a professor of theater arts and African-American studies at Brown University and the literary executor and trustee of the estate of the late poet Langston Hughes, died Tuesday after a heart attack in Providence, R.I. He produced, directed and wrote plays. Some were produced in the New York area, and others were staged by the Rites and Reason Theater at Brown, which he founded in 1970. From 1959 to 1964, Mr. Bass had been secretary and literary assistant to Langston Hughes, who died in 1967.
Cass Sheffield Hough, 85, former president of the company that made Daisy air rifles, died Monday at his home in Naples, Fla. He succeeded his father, Lewis Cass Hough, as president of the company in 1959. The company was founded by his grandfather, Lewis Cass Hough, in 1886.
David Lester, 74, a medical researcher who did extensive studies of alcoholism, died Sept. 15 of a heart attack at the Medical Center in Princeton, N.J. Mr. Lester was a professor emeritus of biochemistry at Rutgers University.
Dao Tung, 65, editor in chief of the official Vietnam News %J Agency, died Sept. 15 at a Hanoi hospital. The cause of death was not disclosed. He was a member of the National Assembly and vice president and secretary-general of the Vietnam Journalists Association. The Vietnam News Agency and the state radio are prime sources of official news on Vietnam for foreign news organizations.
Archbishop James Carney, 75, of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, died at his home Sept. 16 of cancer. He was appointed head of the 300,000-member Vancouver archdiocese in 1969. Following church policy, he submitted his resignation to Pope John Paul II on his 75th birthday in June, but it had not been accepted when he died.
George W. Schoenhut, 83, a retired professor of drama at Dartmouth College, died Sept. 13 in Hanover, N.H. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1942 and taught scenic design. He designed the scenery for many productions of the Dartmouth Players and was instrumental in having art galleries and studios, music centers and workshops included in the Hopkins Art Center at Dartmouth.
Franklin L. Baumer, 77, a historian at Yale University, died Sept. 14 in Derby, Conn. Educated at Yale, he joined the faculty in 1942 after teaching at New York University. He was named a full professor in 1954 and the "Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History" in 1963. He contributed extensively to scholarly journals and was the author of four books on the history of intellectual thought: "Main Currents of Western Thought," "Religion and the Rise of Skepticism," "Modern European Thought" and "The Early Tudor Theory of Kingship."
Dora P. Chaplin, 84, an author and a retired professor of Christian education at the General Theological Seminary in New York, died Sept. 15 at her home in Yonkers. Dr. Chaplin, who was educated in England, taught at General Seminary from 1953 until retiring in 1971. In 1964 she was named a full professor, the first woman to become a full professor at the Episcopal seminary. Before that she was affiliated with the National Council of the Episcopal Church.
Roberto Celli, 52, director of the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy, died Sept. 8 at a hospital in Milan, Italy, after being hospitalized with respiratory distress. The naturalized U.S. citizen had directed the center since 1979. It serves as a meeting place for scholars, artists and officials from around the world. From 1964 to 1970, he was an editor and research analyst for the Library of Congress.