Sam the Tailor, who made suits for the world's rich and famous, including British royalty, has died in Hong Kong, friends said yesterday. Sam, whose real name was Nariandas Melwani, died yesterday after being hospitalized for complications from a stroke he suffered two years ago. The 72-year-old moved to Hong Kong from India in 1952 and set up a tailor shop in the tourist district of Tsimshatsui in Hong Kong's twin city of Kowloon. Clients included Britain's Prince Philip, Prince Charles and former Prime Minister Edward Heath. Sam also made suits for Hollywood actors and the governors of Hong Kong. He is survived by his wife, Gobi; a daughter; and two sons.
Edith R. Peterson, 78, a medical researcher into cell cultures at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, died of a stroke Aug. 15 at Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown, N.Y. Ms. Peterson, associated with the college since 1966, was known for several innovations in her specialty, organotypic cultures -- cultures typical of an organ -- of nerve and muscle tissues. The college reported that one important contribution led to the recognition that myelin, the insulating sheath around nerve cells, can be grown in test tubes.