Allan Houser, 80, Apache sculptor and grandson of Apache chief Mangas Coloradas, died of cancer Monday in Santa Fe, N.M. His work in stone, wood and bronze -- portraying mother and child, warriors on horseback, Apache fire dancers and other themes in a variety of styles from dramatic realism to abstract geometric shapes -- has been displayed in museums in this country and abroad. Former President George Bush presented him with the National Medal of Arts in 1992.
James McCurdy, 72, a noted naval architect and sailboat racer, died Aug. 21 in New York. In the late 1950s, he was chief of the sailboat design office at Philip L. Rhodes, the architectural firm that designed the 12-meter yacht Weatherly, the 1962 defender of the America's Cup. He competed in 20 Newport-Bermuda races.