Gilbert Lindsay, 90, Los Angeles' first black city councilman who played an instrumental role in shaping the modern skyline of Los Angeles, died Friday of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized for four months by a stroke. Lindsay had served on the council since January 1963.
The Rev. Roswell P. Barnes, 89, a pioneer ecumenist and former chief of the U.S. conference of the World Council of Churches, died Dec. 21 of a heart attack in Doylestown, Pa., where he lived. Mr. Barnes, a Presbyterian, was a foremost church statesman and member of a dedicated generation of Christian ecumenical architects that brought the world organization of Protestant and Eastern Orthodox churches to life. He aided the ecumenical movement from his student years, rising to be associate general secretary of the Federal Council of Churches from 1940 to 1950 )) and its successor, the National Council of Churches, from 1954 to 1958, when he was appointed executive secretary of the World Council's U.S. conference. A heart ailment forced him to retire in 1964.
Gene Callahan, 67, an Academy Award-winning art director and set designer who worked on more than 50 movies and 1,000 television programs, died Wednesday at his Baton Rouge, La., home. No cause of death was given. Mr. Callahan won Oscars for his set-designing work in "The Hustler," starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, and for art direction in "America, America." He received a third Academy Award nomination for "The Cardinal." As set decorator, his many film credits included "Butterfield 8," "Splendor in the Grass" and "Long Day's Journey into Night." He was art director on "Funny Girl," "The Stepford Wives," "Julia," "The Eyes of Laura Mars," "Seems Like Old Times," "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" "Grease II," "Places in the Heart" and "Children of a Lesser God."
Herman Levin, 83, the producer of some of Broadway's greatest hits, including "My Fair Lady" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" ,, and "The Great White Hope," died Thursday of a stroke in New York. Before he became a producer, Mr. Levin was a bureaucrat. With a law degree, he entered the administration of Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in the mid-1930s and rose through the ranks to become director of the Bureau of Licenses in the Welfare Department.
When he was 39, he gave up his career with the city to team up with the actor Melvyn Douglas to produce "Call Me Mister." After producing revivals of Shakespeare's "Richard III" and Jean Paul Sartre's "No Exit," Mr. Levin produced the hit that was to establish his reputation and fortune.
Abner I. Weisman, 81, an internationally known fertility specialist and clinical professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at tTC New York Medical College, died Dec. 20 in Manhattan. He had colon cancer and heart problems. He wrote several books, including "You Too Can Have a Baby" and the academic work "Spermatozoa and Sterility." He founded the International Fertility Association and helped introduce in the United States a test for pregnancy using frog hormones.
Irvin Stewart, 91, president of West Virginia University from 1946 1958 and top government research executive in World War II, died Monday at his Washington home. He had suffered a series of strokes. A lawyer, Mr. Stewart first worked in Washington in 1926 as an assistant solicitor at the State Department. His various Washington positions included service on the staff of Representative Sam Rayburn, D-Texas, where he helped draft the 1934 Communications Act. That legislation established the Federal Communications Commission and still guides federal telecommunications policy. In World War II, he was executive secretary of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, the agency that guided development of the atomic bomb.
Joseph M. Long, chairman and co-founder of Longs Drug Stores and a philanthropist who gave millions of dollars to educational and environmental causes, died Thursday at age 78.