Sir Humphrey Gibbs, the former governor of Rhodesia who vigorously opposed the white minority government's declaration of independence, died Monday from influenza at age 87 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Appointed governor of what is now Zimbabwe by Queen Elizabeth II in 1959, he served for 10 years, the last four as a recluse in Government House after he tried unsuccessfully to fire the Cabinet of Prime Minister Ian D. Smith over the independence rebellion against the British Crown. He steadfastly supported Britain's contention that the 1965 declaration to entrench white rule was illegal. He later resigned his post.
Bobby Scott, jazz pianist and composer best known for writing "A Taste of Honey" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," died in New York Monday of lung cancer at age 53. He was a jazz prodigy who made his first album, toured with Gene Krupa and had a hit single, "Chain Gang," before turning 20. He also produced records for such stars as Aretha Franklin and Johnny Mathis. In recent years he toured the world with Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
Carol Sobieski, an author and playwright, died Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 51. She wrote "Honeysuckle Rose," starring Willie Nelson, the script for the movie version of "Annie" and the screenplay for the film "Winter People." One of Mrs. Sobieski's successes was the Emmy award-winning play "Neon Ceiling." It was judged best story of 1971 in the category of anthology by the Writers' Guild of America. She also won the Writers' Guild award for "Sunshine."
Frank Joseph Dunnigan, retired chief executive of the Prentice-Hall publishing company, died Sunday in a New York hospital at the age of 75. He lived in Fort Lee, N.J. Under his leadership, the company became one of the largest book-publishing houses in the the nation. He joined Prentice-Hall in 1937 and, with the exception of five years in the Army during World War II, spent his entire career with the company. He was named president and chief executive officer in 1971. He retired as chairman in 1985.
John W. Wingate, professor emeritus and former chairman of the retailing department at the City College of New York, died Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. He taught retailing, first at New York University and later at the City College School of Business, now Baruch College, for 45 years before retiring in 1969. He wrote several books on retailing and marketing, and he was the founder and longtime editor of the New York University Journal of Retailing. He prodded retailers toward night shopping hours, self-service and cooperation with consumer watchdog agencies.
Herbert Berghof, an actor and director who was one of the nation's most respected acting teachers and coaches, died Monday in New York at age 81. He focused his professional, often noncommercial, efforts on the stage, and fostered experimentation by showcasing many works by new playwrights at his school, the Herbert Berghof Studio in Greenwich Village. Over half a century, he nurtured and trained more than 100 actors, including Geraldine Page, Fritz Weaver, Anne Bancroft, Al Pacino, Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro and Matthew Broderick. He was a Viennese who fled Europe in 1938 when the Nazis overran Austria.
Henry H. Hoyt, retired chairman of Carter-Wallace, the pharmaceutical and toiletry company that marketed Carter's Little Liver Pills, died Monday at his home in Short Hills, N.J. He was 95. He became managing director of Carter Medicine Co. in 1929. He changed the name of the pills to Carter's Little Pills in 1959 after the Federal Trade Commission objected to advertising claims that the pills increase the flow of bile from the liver and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene. The company also marketed Miltown and other tranquilizers.