* Jay Blackton, 84, a musical director whose Broadway...


January 10, 1994

* Jay Blackton, 84, a musical director whose Broadway successes were followed by an Academy Award for the 1955 film Oklahoma!," died Saturday in Los Angeles. Mr. Blackton was conductor for a string of hit Broadway musicals, starting with "Oklahoma!" in 1943 and followed by "Annie Get Your Gun" in 1946, "Call Me Madam" in 1949 and the stage version of "Snow White" in 1959. He wound up competing against himself for the 1955 Oscar for best motion picture musical score when both "Guys and Dolls" and "Oklahoma!" were nominated. Mr. Blackton, whose given name was Jay Schwartzdorf, was born in New York in 1909 and studied music at Juilliard. His first job was as assistant conductor of the New York Opera Comique in 1927. He conducted the St. Louis Municipal Opera from 1937 to 1942, where he came to the attention of Broadway's Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

* Dr. Gerhard H. Fromm, 62, a professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh and an authority on pain research, died of cancer Thursday in Pittsburgh. Dr. Fromm helped develop treatments for epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia, a painful disorder that does not respond to conventional pain medication.

* Gregory Osborne, 39, former soloist and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Canada, died of cancer Saturday in Newport Beach, Calif. He distinguished himself as one of the world's great dancers in such roles as the prince in Erik Bruhn's production of "Swan Lake," Lensky in John Cranko's "Onegin," and Albrecht in Peter Wright's "Giselle." He worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov to create the role of Harlequin in "The Nutcracker."

* Andrei Sedych, who was editor in chief of Novoye Russkoye Slovo in New York for 15 years, died Saturday in New York. He was 91 and had suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Sedych, who emigrated to the United States from Russia after World War II, became an author and free-lance writer in New York City before joining the staff of Novoye Russkoye Slovo full time in 1967 and becoming editor in chief in 1973. The newspaper, whose name means New Russian World, was founded in 1910 and describes itself as the world's oldest daily Russian newspaper. Mr. Sedych's books included "This Land of Israel," which was published in the United States in 1967.

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