* Beth Robertson Cosnow, 70, a longtime community leader...


January 20, 1993

* Beth Robertson Cosnow, 70, a longtime community leader in New York City, died of lung cancer Saturday at Lenox Hill Hospital. Mrs. Cosnow, a co-founder of the First Women's Bank in Manhattan, also served in the 1960s as president of Friendly Visitors Inc., a women's volunteer group that provided social and recreational services to inmates of the city's Women's House of Detention in Manhattan. She was appointed an air-and-noise pollution ombudsman in the city's Department of Environmental Protection by Mayors Edward I. Koch and David N. Dinkins.

* James R. McCallum, 48, the publisher of the "Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts," died of a brain tumor Monday at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan, N.Y. The Manhattan resident joined Musical America 1982, as associate publisher and advertising director for both the annual edition -- a comprehensive listing of musicians, managers, orchestras, festivals, opera companies, publications and other musical organizations -- and the Musical America magazine, which was printed every two months until last January when it folded. He became the publisher of both in 1990.

* Stazia J. Czernicki, 70, one of the greatest candlepin bowlers of all time, died Monday of amyloidosis, a rare blood disease, in Webster, Mass. Mrs. Czernicki won eight world and 12 Massachusetts candlepin championships. During the 1970s, she was named Woman Pro Bowler of the Year four times by the World Candlepin Bowling Congress. In 1987, Mrs. Czernicki was inducted into the International Candlepin Bowling Hall of Fame.

* R.H. Edwin Espy, 84, a former general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ and a longtime leader in the ecumenical movement, died Sunday of complications from heart surgery in Philadelphia. He joined the council in 1955 as its associate executive secretary. He was general secretary from 1963 to 1973, a period when the council provoked great controversy with its support for civil rights. From 1965 to 1975, he represented North America in the Joint Working Group, formed by the World Council of Churches and the Vatican to study religious issues.

* Gordon Wesley Fawcett, 81, who built a publishing empire of paperbacks and crime and romance magazines with his three brothers, died Saturday in North Palm Beach, Fla. In the mid-1920s, Mr. Fawcett and his brothers peddled their father's World War I tales around their hometown of Minneapolis. They later started or bought a series of magazines, including Daring Detective, Motion Picture, Women's Day, True magazine and True Confessions, which reached a monthly circulation of almost 2 million. After World War II, Fawcett Publications was one of the first publishers in the emerging paperback market. In 1977, it was sold to CBS for $50 million.

* Harry B. Roberts Jr., who faced trial on bribery charges tied to an FBI investigation into New Castle County (Del.) zoning practices, died yesterday in Odessa, Del. Mr. Roberts, the last president of the old New Castle County Levy Court, died at his home at age 65. He was suffering from lung cancer and had sought a speedy trial to try and clear his name. Mr. Roberts and former New Castle County Executive Melvin A. Slawik Sr., 57, were both indicted last month on federal charges of two counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Both had pleaded innocent and a trial date had not been set. U.S. Attorney William Carpenter Jr. said the case will be dropped against Mr. Roberts, but his death will not affect the rest of the investigation.

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