Franz Allers, 89, who conducted the original production of...


January 30, 1995

Franz Allers, 89, who conducted the original production of "My Fair Lady" and other Broadway musicals, died in a Las Vegas hospital Thursday of pneumonia. He lived in Munich, Germany, and had stopped in Las Vegas on his way to visit relatives in Palm Desert, Calif., when he became ill. He was musical director for the original productions, and later some revivals, of the biggest musicals created by the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Among them were "Brigadoon," "Paint Your Wagon," "My Fair Lady," and "Camelot." The Czechoslovakian-born conductor began playing violin at age 7 and moved to Germany in 1920, where he played with the Berlin Philharmonic. He was known as an opera and symphony conductor by the time he fled Nazi Germany for the United States in 1938.

James Grant, 72, executive director of UNICEF for the past 15 years, died of cancer Saturday in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He resigned from UNICEF because of his health days ago. He was credited for taking advantage of revolutions in the drug and health industry and promoting simple, low-cost methods for child welfare -- immunization, oral rehydration and breast-feeding -- that could be instituted in the poorest countries.

United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said: "Very few men or women ever have the opportunity to do as much good in the world as James Grant, and very few have ever grasped that opportunity with such complete and dedicated commitment."

Dr. Leopoldo M. Falicov, 61, a theoretical physicist and professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, died of cancer Tuesday in Berkeley. His studies of surface magnetism laid a theoretical foundation for efforts to improve magnetic recording devices. He worked in condensed matter physics, which involves the study of solids and solid surfaces. Using the principles of quantum physics in the 1960s, he calculated the definitive electronic structures of metals, including magnesium, zinc, cadmium, arsenic and antimony.

Emanuel Grunberg, 72, a bacteriologist who developed drugs against infectious diseases, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 16 in Delray Beach, Fla. He developed anti-tuberculosis drugs, including Rimifon and Marsilid, during a 40-year career at Hoffman-La Roche pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. He directed chemotherapy and diagnostic research for the company, from which he retired in 1986.

Susan Buff Litchfield, 95, the first woman officer of the Federal Reserve Board, died Thursday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She joined the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington in 1924. From 1935 until her retirement in 1960, she headed the business finance and capital markets section of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board. During the 1930s, she advised the Twentieth Century Fund Committee on Taxation and was a trustee on the Joint Council on Economic Education.

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