Richard H. Arbib, 77, an industrial designer whose array...


March 03, 1995

Richard H. Arbib, 77, an industrial designer whose array of products ranged from watches and vacuum cleaners to yachts and concept cars, died of heart failure Feb. 22 in his Manhattan home. From cuff links to a blimp sculptured in the form of an airplane wing, his designs reflected a sense of change and drama that were important in the consumer boom after World War II. In the late 1950s, he designed the first battery-powered watch for Hamilton Watch Co. Other projects included a narrower whitewall tire for General Tire and budget-minded photography equipment for Argus Cameras.

Ed Flanders, 60, who won Emmy Awards for playing kind-hearted Dr. Donald Westphall on "St. Elsewhere" and President Harry S. Truman in a 1977 TV special, died Feb. 22 in Denny, Calif. He won 1974 Tony and Drama Desk awards for Broadway's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" and an Emmy in 1976 for a TV production of the play.

Donald Rushton, 70, who worked behind the scenes on the popular 1950s television shows "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" and "Passage to Adventure," died Monday in Indianapolis. He started in the mail room at ABC affiliate WLS in Chicago and became a stage manager, associate director, producer and director.

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