Joseph Cicippio Jr.
Son of an American held hostage in Lebanon, died Sunday in Lansdale, Pa., of a heart attack, hospital officials said yesterday. He was 35. Joseph Cicippio Sr., then acting comptroller at the American University of Beirut, was abducted by the pro-Iranian Revolutionary Justice Organization Sept. 12, 1986. His son, the oldest of seven children from the father's first marriage, is the third member of the hostage's family to die since he was taken into captivity.
A "true adventurer" who climbed the world's tallest mountains and skied down others at 100 mph, died Saturday -- sleeping in the back seat of a Volkswagen Rabbit parked on the shoulder of Interstate 5 a few miles south of Sacramento, Calif. Authorities said Mr. McKinney, who was sleeping on the back seat, was crushed when the car was struck from behind. He was 37. Mr. McKinney had often risked his life in far more poetic situations -- such as hang gliding from 19,000 feet up Mount Everest. He was the first person to be recorded moving more than 120 mph on skis. He was a member of the U.S. ski team and five times broke the world speed ski record.
A Hollywood clothing designer whose dress Marilyn Monroe wore in a memorable film moment over a blustery subway grating, died of lung cancer Nov. 2 at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 69 and lived in Los Angeles. Mr. Travilla won an Academy Award in 1949 for the costumes he designed for Errol Flynn, among others, in the film "The Adventures of Don Juan." But he once said that his favorite creation was the white dress that wafted above Miss Monroe's knees as she stood over a grate in "The Seven Year Itch." Mr. Travilla served as Miss Monroe's exclusive designer for several years.
Harold Anthony Caccia
A respected British diplomat who served as ambassador to Washington from 1956 to 1961, died at age 84 Oct. 31 in his hometown of Builth Wells, Wales. He was sent to Washington to repair relations badly damaged by the Suez crisis of 1956. The breakdown in mutual confidence arose when Britain and France joined an Israeli invasion of Egypt and sent military forces to capture the Suez Canal, which had been nationalized by President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. In the years that followed, he was instrumental in restoring and nurturing the "special relationship" between London and Washington.
The brassy Broadway performer who sang "The Gentleman Is a Dope" in "Allegro" and "Why Can't You Behave?" in "Kiss Me, Kate," died of lung cancer Sunday in New York. She was 64. The singer, born in Brownsville, Pa., made her Broadway debut in 1945 in "Good Night, Ladies."