Allan Jones, 84, a Hollywood singing star in the 1930s and...

Deaths elsewhere

July 03, 1992

Allan Jones, 84, a Hollywood singing star in the 1930s and 1940s whose romantic tenor voice rang out in 35 films, including the role of the gambler Gaylord Ravenal in "Show Boat" in 1936, died June 27 in New York City.

Mikhail Tal, 55, a former world chess champion and one of the most exciting players in the game's history, died June 28 in Moscow after a long illness. Known for his flamboyant attacking style, he held the championship from 1960 to 1961.

Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Strickler, 95, who served in three wars and was Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor from 1946 to 1951, died June 29 in Lancaster, Pa. of an undisclosed ailment. His military career began in 1916 when his Pennsylvania National Guard unit was sent to the Mexican border to hunt for Pancho Villa. He served in World Wars I and II, as well as in Korea, and retired from the Army in 1957.

Helen M. Serfling, 54, an art director for national magazines, advertising agencies and department stores, died of breast cancer June 30 in New York City. Her clients in recent years included People, Sports Illustrated and McCall's magazines and the Chiat-Day advertising agency.

Hyman Ruchlis, 79, a retired physics teacher who wrote about science and mathematics for young readers, died of kidney failure and a cardiac problem June 30 in West Palm Beach, Fla. He first became known as an author of "Atomics for the Millions," written in 1947 with Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. Graphics by Maurice Sendak --then one of Mr. Ruchlis' promising high school students -- added a lighter touch.

Nick B. Williams, 85, editor of the Los Angeles Times from 1958 to 1971, died July 1 in suburban Los Angeles of complications from lung disease. Before his editorship, the paper had been judged in some polls as one of the 10 worst big-city newspapers in the United States. When he retired, it had begun to show up on lists of the 10 best big-city papers.

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