Philamore Bailey, 82, an innovative heart surgeon, died...


August 23, 1993

Philamore Bailey, 82, an innovative heart surgeon, died Wednesday at his home in Marietta, Ga. Dr. Denton A. Cooley, a Houston heart surgeon, called Dr. Bailey "a pioneer heart surgeon whose intrepid surgical procedures, introduced in the 1940s, will live in the history of heart surgery." He said Dr. Bailey "could well be considered as the father of direct heart surgery, having demonstrated that the human heart could withstand manipulations which were previously considered impossible."

Dr. Leon Resnekov, 65, an early researcher in the use of electric shock in heart treatments, died Tuesday in Chicago. He participated in early studies on the use of elecrical shock to restore the heart's normal rhythm after atrial fibrillation. He was involved in early applications of nuclear medicine to the imaging of the heart.

Rene Dreyfus, 88, winner of the 1930 Grand Prix of Monaco and founder of Le Chanteclair restaurant in Manhattan, died Monday of an aneurysm of the aorta at New York Hospital in Manhattan.

Barna Ostertag, 91, a theatrical agent and actress, died in her sleep of natural causes Monday at Beth Israel North Hospital in Manhattan.

Irene Sharaff, 83, an award-winning costume designer for Hollywood and Broadway, died of congestive heart failure Monday. Her work on more than 40 movies and 60 shows included such classics as "The King and I," "West Side Story" and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Her designs won Oscars for "An American in Paris" in 1951, "The King and I" in 1956, "West Side Story" in 1961, "Cleopatra" in 1963, and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" in 1966. She won Broadway's Tony in 1951 for "The King and I."

Herbert Philbrick, 78, who chronicled his years of spying on the Communist Party in the best-seller autobiography "I Led Three Lives," died Monday of cancer at his home in North Hampton, N.H. His spying became known in the late 1940s when he testified as a key witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was credited with giving information that led to arrests of the top 11 Communists in New England.

Gunther van Well, 72, the West German ambassador to the United States from 1984 to 1987, died Saturday in a hospital in Bonn a brief illness.

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