Herbert Brodkin, 77, a television producer celebrated for his dramas on social issues on such series as "Playhouse 90" and "The Defenders," died Monday in New York. He had homes in Manhattan; Old Lyme, Conn.; and Saltaire, on Fire Island, N.Y.
Maurice B. Hexter, 99, a leader in social work for more than a half-century before he retired in 1967 as executive vice president of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, died in his sleep Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He raised funds for Jewish causes in the United States. For several years in the 1930s, he was an official of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. He gained note as a sculptor relatively late in life, taking up the art as a pastime when he was 59 years old. He produced many
pieces in marble that were exhibited and two that won national awards.
Shin Hasegawa, 71, former Japanese justice minister, died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital Sunday. He had been hospitalized since Sept. 3, when he collapsed before an Imperial Palace ceremony for a new Supreme Court judge. He won his first national election in 1977 and was re-elected twice to the upper house of Japan's parliament, the Diet. He had been a vice minister of communications and deputy secretary-general of the
governing Liberal Democratic Party.
Brother Gregory Paul Sprissler, president of La Salle University in Philadelphia from 1945 to 1952, died there Saturday at the age of 83. He resigned from the presidency in 1952 and taught in Baltimore for one year before returning to La Salle as dean of the evening division. He retired in 1961 but continued teaching chemistry until 1972. He retained the title of president emeritus.
Raymond D. Hodge, 68, of Potomac, a retired civil engineer who supervised projects in many parts of the world, died Saturday at Sibley Hospital in Washington. He was was a senior partner in the engineering firm of Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton and was involved in the planning and design of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue and the rehabilitation of Union Station in Washington. He retired in 1987 after more than 30 years with the firm, during which he directed projects in Australia and the development of airports in Bangkok, Thailand; Seoul, South Korea; Tehran, Iran; Amman, Jordan; and Lisbon, Portugal. A graduate of Manhattan College and Cornell University, he served with the Navy in World War II and the Korean War.
Vankutre Shantaram, 88, a pioneer of the Indian film industry who championed harmony between Hindus and Moslems, died Sunday in Bombay. The former film actor, director and producer had been in failing health for several years.