Raphael B. Malsin, 95, who for more than three decades was...


January 09, 1996

Raphael B. Malsin, 95, who for more than three decades was a top executive of the Lane Bryant retail chain founded by his mother, died Friday at his home in Harrison, N.Y. He was the son of David Bryant, a New York jeweler who died in 1900, and Lena Himmelstein Bryant. It was Mrs. Bryant who, as a widowed seamstress, opened in 1904 the small Manhattan dressmaking business that eventually grew into the Lane Bryant chain. In 1940, he became chief executive of Lane Bryant Inc., and at his mother's death in 1951, the company she founded had become the largest "special-size" chain in the country, catering to women who wear larger sizes. He resigned from his executive post in 1972, but remained on the company board. In 1982, the Lane Bryant chain was bought by Limited Inc., which now operates it as a separate subsidiary.

Robert F. P. Amendola, 86, a sculptor and teacher who used sculpting techniques to help the blind, died Thursday in Hopkinton, Mass. During World War II, he was a member of a team of artists and engineers that designed a Navy plane, the Corsair. Later he worked on the Army's program to help blind servicemen adjust to life after returning home. He went on to work at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, where he developed an experimental course using sculptural techniques to help the blind understand spatial relationships.

Wallace H. Graham, 85, a retired major general in the Air Force who was personal physician for President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess, died Thursday of various medical problems in Kansas City, Mo. He was a military surgeon in Europe during World War II. Truman chose him to be his personal physician when the president visited Germany in August 1945, and General Graham remained the personal physician for the Trumans for the rest of their lives.

Harvey Hancock, 96, former managing editor of the Salt Lake Tribune and Northern California manager for Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1952 presidential campaign, died Sunday in Monterey, Calif.

Karoly Grosz, 65, Hungary's last Communist Party boss before the country's transition to democracy, died Sunday after a long illness, the state news agency MTI reported.

Bienvenido N. Santos, 84, a novelist who grew up in Manila's slums, then moved to the United States and wrote about the pain of Filipino exiles there, died Sunday in the Philippines, his family said. He had recently completed his 15th book. Several days before he died, he was flown to his family home in Daraga, near the Mount Mayon volcano, from a hospital in Manila.

Pat Cool, 48, a longtime New York publishing executive who was in charge of advertising and promotion for the Pocket Books and audio divisions of Simon & Shuster, died Friday of complications of AIDS at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He worked on advertising for several publishers, among them Dell, Crown, and Holt, Rinehart & Winston. He specialized in the promotion of such mass-market authors as Jackie Collins and Mary Higgins Clark.

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