* Thomas P. Phelan, 87, who led efforts in the 1950s to...

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September 24, 1993

* Thomas P. Phelan, 87, who led efforts in the 1950s to form the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange, died Sept. 16 in San Rafael, Calif. Mr. Phelan was the son of Irish immigrants who settled in Los Angeles County. In 1957, he headed a team of executives that merged the Los Angeles and San Francisco exchanges into the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange.

* Lillian de la Torre Bueno McCue, 91, an author of historical mysteries and former president of the Mystery Writers of America, died Sept. 13 in Colorado Springs. Mrs. McCue, whose pen name was Lillian de la Torre, wrote numerous books, as well short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and reviews for the New York Times.

* Eileen Anderson, 65, a perennial Los Angeles mayoral candidate who billed herself as the "Dancing Landmark" and conducted street-corner political debate wearing a bikini, died Sept. 12, a week after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She ran for mayor 17 times, most recently this year when she was one of 24 candidates. Peace, love and understanding were her campaign themes, and her 1993 platform centered on using lottery money to hire more police officers.

* John Butler, 74, a ballet choreographer best know for his pas de deux "After Eden," died Sept. 11 of cancer in New York. Other prominent ballets were "Carmina Burana," "According to Eve" and "Portrait of Billie." He also danced in Broadway musicals, including "Oklahoma!," "On the Town," and "Inside U.S.A.," as well as in the 1948 movie "Words and Music." In the late 1940s, he worked as a television choreographer for the revues "Omnibus," "Camera Three" and the NBC Opera Theatre. Mr. Butler also created dances for the Metropolitan Opera and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

* Rita Karin, 73, a stage, film and television actress who performed in both Yiddish and English, died Sept. 10 at her home in Manhattan. She had been ill with pneumonia, but no cause of death was given. In 1960, she made her Broadway debut in "The Wall"; the next year, she appeared in "A Call on Kuprin." In 1975, she was in "Yentl." Off Broadway, she appeared in "The Pocket Watch," "Scuba Duba," "The House of Blue Leaves" and "The World of Sholom Aleichem." Her film credits include "The Big Fix," "Enemies, a Love Story," "Sophie's Choice" and, most recently, "The Pickle." On television, she appeared in the 1989 sitcom "Chicken Soup," as the mother of the character played by Jackie Mason, and, this year, in the anthology series "TriBeCa."

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