David Schaffer Epstein, 73, a film director and screenwriter, died after a heart attack Tuesday in Connecticut. He had directed educational films and documentaries on many political and public-affairs issues, including atomic energy, the creation of Israel as a state and the post-war reconstruction of Eastern Europe. As the liaison between the Ford Foundation and the "Omnibus" series on CBS television, he directed and produced films on Frank Lloyd Wright, the Quincy Adams family and other subjects. He also directed televised presentations by the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.
Doris Tate, 68, who fought for crime victims' rights after her daughter was slain by the Charles Manson clan, died Friday of a brain tumor in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. She founded the Coalition on Victims Equal Rights in San Luis Obispo and the Doris Tate Victims Research Bureau in San Rafael after the murder of her daughter, actress Sharon Tate in 1969.
Frederic Matys Thursz, 61, an American minimalist painter, died in Cologne, France, on July 4 after a heart operation. He had lived in Paris for the past two years. The Museum of Modern Art of Saint-Etienne held a Thursz retrospective in 1989, and the Gallery Lelong in New York is currently exhibiting his work.
Albert Pierrepoint, Britain's best-known hangman, who opposed the death penalty after retiring, has died at the age of 87 in a nursing home in northern England. Mr. Pierrepoint hanged 433 men and 17 women during his 25-year career.