John Field, 69, a former director of the Royal Ballet and...

Deaths elsewhere

August 06, 1991

John Field, 69, a former director of the Royal Ballet and Sadler's Wells Theater Ballet companies, died Saturday in London of cancer. He also had been ballet director at La Scala. Born in Doncaster in northern England, he studied dancing in Liverpool and made his first appearances at the age of 17 with the Liverpool Ballet Club. At age 18 he joined the Sadler's Wells Ballet in London and took part in its first wartime tour before joining the Royal Air Force in 1942. After World War II, he rejoined Sadler's Wells and became one of its principal dancers, appearing with Margot Fonteyn and Beryl Grey. In 1956, he was appointed artistic director of the Sadler's Wells Theater Ballet, the second company of Sadler's Wells. Months later Sadler's Wells became the Royal Ballet, based at Covent Garden, with Mr. Field as assistant director. In 1970 when Royal Ballet director Sir Frederick Ashton retired, he was named co-director with Kenneth MacMillan but left the post within a year. From 1971 to 1974 he was ballet director at La Scala in Milan. He then became artistic director of the Royal Academy of Dancing and of the London Festival Ballet. In 1984, he retired and became artistic director of the British Ballet Organization.

Joseph Worth, 98, the engineer who designed the engine that powered the Spirit of St. Louis in Charles Lindbergh's first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic, died Friday in West Palm Beach, Fla. He also invented the first safe pull-chain light socket, an industrial potato-peeling

machine and a potato chip slicer still used today. Born Joseph Wertzheiser in Kamenets-Podolski in the Ukraine, he came to the United States in 1904. The radial, air-cooled engine used in Lindbergh's plane for the 1927 crossing took him 10 years to develop.

The Rev. Alvin A. Illig, 64, a Roman Catholic publishing leader and founding director of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association, died Friday of cancer at St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C., where he had lived since founding the association in 1977. The Los Angeles native was involved in religious publishing for more than two decades and directed a national drive to minister to inactive Catholics. He received the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifica" medal of Pope John Paul II in 1983 for his work in training clergy.

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