Nancy Kelly, 73, whose 1950s role as the...


January 16, 1995

Nancy Kelly, 73, whose 1950s role as the murderous-suicidal mother in "The Bad Seed" won her a Tony Award for the Broadway play and an Academy Award nomination for the movie version, died of natural causes at her home in Bel Air, Calif., publicist Jeffrey Godsick said Friday. He didn't specify when the actress died. Ms. Kelly acted in plays and movies as a child in the 1920s, then worked in radio and later returned to the screen in adult roles.

Walter Sheridan, 69, a federal investigator who played a key role in the investigation of former Teamsters President James R. Hoffa, died of lung cancer Thursday in Washington. Mr. Sheridan was an investigator for the Senate rackets subcommittee in the 1950s, when Robert F. Kennedy was its chief counsel and then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was a member. The subcommittee's disclosure of ties between Hoffa and organized crime figures resulted in the Teamsters being expelled from the AFL-CIO.

Edwin A. Rothschild, 84, who led the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union through its controversial defense of Nazi supporters seeking the right to march in Skokie, Ill., in 1977, died Tuesday in Chicago. Mr. Rothschild spent more than 30 years with the ACLU, as a board member, president and general counsel. He received the organization's Roger Baldwin Award and Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service.

George Price, 93, whose geometric cartoons featuring abstract lines and husband-wife arguments appeared in The New Yorker magazine for more than 50 years, died Thursday in Tenafly, N.J. Mr. Price did advertising art and cartoons for Life, Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post magazines in the 1920s before becoming a regular contributor to The New Yorker.

Helen Kedrick Knopf, 92, an author and the widow of New York publisher Alfred A. Knopf, died Saturday in Medford, Ore. Her poems and stories appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Liberty, Collier's, and The Saturday Evening Post. Her only book, "The Blood Remembers," was published by Knopf in 1941.

Ralph Merrifield, a British archaeologist and authority on London when it belonged to the Roman Empire, died Jan. 9, at King's College Hospital, London. He was 81 and lived in London. The cause was cardiac arrest, said his wife, Lysbeth.

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