* Leonard Safir, 71, a veteran radio and television...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

December 15, 1992

* Leonard Safir, 71, a veteran radio and television producer who was a public relations executive, died of lung cancer Sunday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, N.Y.

* Rita Corday, a Tahiti-born actress who appeared in several "B" movies in the 1940s and 1950s, died at a Los Angeles hospital Nov. 23 of complications from diabetes. She was believed to be in her 70s. Miss Corday, the child of Swiss diplomats, appeared in movies under her own name and as Paula Corday and Paule Croset. Her first film was "Hitler's Children" in 1943, and she had featured roles in several of "The Falcon" detective series and in the cult classic "The Body Snatcher" with Boris Karloff.

* Thelma Orloff, 76, an actress who became a Beverly Hills real estate agent to the stars, died of kidney failure Nov. 23. The former Thelma Joel joined Metro Goldwyn Mayer as a contract player soon after finishing high school. She appeared in a number of Samuel Goldwyn musicals and comedies in the 1930s and 1940s before marrying screenwriter Arthur Orloff in 1944. As bTC a real estate agent, she handled home sales for Eva Gabor, George Segal, Rona Barrett, Joan Collins, Bobby Vinton and other celebrities.

* Dan Maskell, 84, the former British Broadcasting Corp. tennis commentator known as the "Voice of Wimbledon," died Thursday in London.

* Selden D. Bacon, 83, a sociologist who pioneered research on the effects of alcohol on social behavior, died Dec. 6 in New Haven, Conn.

* William Sonenshine, 63, a New York criminal defense lawyer until his retirement in 1985, died after a long illness Friday at North Ridge Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

* Luis Rivera, 54, a Spanish dancer and company director, died of AIDS Wednesday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, N.Y. Mr. Rivera, whose original name was Robert Luzell, was born in Los Angeles. As a dancer, he was known for the intensity, warmth and understated virtuosity of his dancing. Inspired to study Spanish dance after seeing a performance by Jose Greco, Mr. Rivera trained in Los Angeles with Michael Brigante, Martin Vargas and Luisa Triana, and studied flamenco in Spain. Mr. Rivera performed with the Ballet Espanol Ximenez-Vargas, the Ballet Lorquiana of Spain and was a principal dancer with the Greco company for three years.

* Lon Evans, 80, a hard-nosed, soft-hearted ex-sheriff who played football for Texas Christian University and the Green Bay Packers, died Friday after a long illness in Fort Worth, Texas.

* Jacques Perret, 91, a writer who twisted the tongues of generations of French students, died Thursday at a hospital in the Paris region. The author fought in the French army against Moroccan tribesmen in the 1920s and during World War II was a prisoner of war, an experience that inspired his best-known work, "The Nabbed Corporal."

* Bill Filante, 63, a California assemblyman for 14 years who often parted ways with his Republican colleagues, died of brain cancer at his home in Terra Linda, Calif., Dec. 8.

* Stanley C. Myers, 87, founder of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and a prominent civic figure in South Florida for more than 60 years, died of cancer Dec. 4 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach.

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