* Hal Smith, 77, who played Mayberry's lovable town drunk...


February 13, 1994

* Hal Smith, 77, who played Mayberry's lovable town drunk, Otis Campbell, on "The Andy Griffith Show," died Jan. 28 in Santa Monica, Calif., the performer's agent said yesterday. Mr. Smith played the affable inebriate from 1960 to 1968 on the show, which is seen around the world in syndication. He also was a guest on ABC's "Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour" in 1970. He supplied the voices of cartoon characters and hawked products in hundreds of commercials. Mr. Smith came to films and television after singing with big bands in the 1930s. He was a staff announcer on Los Angeles radio station KFI in the 1940s.

* Frank Cormier, 66, a former White House correspondent for the Associated Press, died Wednesday in Fairfax, Va., after a long battle with a disabling nerve disorder. He went to work for the AP in Chicago in 1951, transferring to Washington three years later. He became White House correspondent in 1962. As correspondent, he covered Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter. He also reported from Dallas on the Kennedy assassination. He wrote four books and continued free-lance writing after his retirement in 1980. He was a member of the Gridiron Club and a former president of the White House Correspondents


* David Jacques Way, 75, a fine-arts printer who became a musicologist and the owner of D. Jacques Way & Zuckermann Harpsichords, died of a heart attack Feb. 4 in Stonington, Conn. He bought Zuckermann Harpsichords, a harpsichord and fortepiano maker, and moved the company from New York to Stonington in 1967. His early keyboard instruments, some of which he designed, are built in Stonington and Paris and are used by musicians around the world. Born in Elk Creek, Neb., Mr. Way attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he and Bertram L. Clarke, a graphic artist, helped design a 12-volume catalog for the Frick Collection. Four years later, they founded a printing company, Clarke & Way. Their books for museums and university presses won many awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Mr. Clarke died Feb. 6.

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