Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, 88, an authority on the history of books and the father of New York Times book critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, died Wednesday in Columbia, Mo., where he was a professor of library science at the University of Missouri at Columbia from 1969 to 1974. The German-born Mr. Lehmann-Haupt worked for many years as curator of the rare book department at New York's Columbia University.
Marshall Sklare, 70, a leading authority on the sociology of American Jewry, died March 1 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass. He was the Klutznick Family Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Sociology emeritus at Brandeis University and a driving force behind the creation of the university's Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, the first research center on Jewish life in America. One of his survivors is a son, Daniel Sklare of Baltimore.
Jean Poiret, one of France's most prolific actors and writers who starred in and wrote the original play "La Cage Aux Folles," died early yesterday of a heart attack, film industry officials said. He was 65. Among his film credits are Francois Truffaut's "The Last Metro" in 1980; "Chicken in Vinegar" and "Inspecteur Lavardin" in 1986, both directed by Claude Chabrol; and "The Miracle Cure" by Jean-Pierre Mocky in 1986.
Granville M. Brumbaugh, 90, a patent, trademark and copyright lawyer in New York for 64 years, whose clients included Time, Mack Truck, Deering Milliken, the New York Stock Exchange and Singer Corp., died in a fall Monday at his home in Westport,
Conn. One of his survivors is a brother, Heber B. Brumbaugh of Cockeysville.
Heidi Draper, 74, who as Heidi Vosseler was a member of George Balanchine's first American ballet company, died of lung cancer Monday at her home in Woodstock, N.Y. She was featured in two Broadway musicals, "The Boys from Syracuse" and "Louisiana Purchase." In 1941, she married the tap dancer Paul Draper, who survives her.
David Carroll, 41, an actor in Broadway musicals, collapsed and died of a pulmonary embolism Wednesday at a New York studio where he had been recording the cast album of "Grand Hotel." He was best known for his portrayals of Baron Felix Von Gaigern in "Grand Hotel" and Anatoly in the musical "Chess." He received Tony Award nominations for both.
Evelyn Lord Smithson, 68, a professor of classics at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a noted archaeologist, died of cancer Monday at her home in Amherst, N.Y. For more than 40 years, Dr. Smithson traveled each summer to work on the excavations of the ancient agora, or marketplace, in Athens that were supervised by the American School of Classical Studies there.
Asaf Messerer, 88, who was one of the strongest and most individual principal dancers in the Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow, with which he performed from 1921 to 1954, died last Saturday at his home in Moscow. He had been ill for several weeks with bronchitis.