Joseph Kaplan, 89, who was professor emeritus of physics at the University of California at Los Angeles, a leader in international scientific programs and an expert on auroras and similar lights in the sky at night, died Oct. 3 in Santa Monica, Calif., after a heart attack. A native of Austria-Hungary who was reared in Baltimore, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and his doctorate in physics at the Johns Hopkins University before joining the UCLA faculty in 1928.
Doris Lilly, 60, a newspaper and TV gossip columnist known for her enormous range of celebrity acquaintances and her book "How To Marry A Millionaire," died Wednesday in New York. She had cancer. Friends said she was part of the inspiration for the character Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Her 1951 book became the basis of a Marilyn Monroe movie of the same title. Thirty years later, working on a sequel, "How To Meet A Billionaire," she commented, "A million dollars isn't much money these days. You can't even get a decent house for that."
David Budd, 64, an abstract painter, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 64. Mr. Budd was best known for enormous horizontal canvases covered with thousands of small, thick strokes of paint. His work, in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, was usually monochromatic, with black or dark blue being favorite shades.