Eric Hebborn, 61, a world-renowned, English-born art...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 13, 1996

Eric Hebborn, 61, a world-renowned, English-born art forger who boasted that many of his paintings were in major museums as old masters, died Thursday in Rome after being found in a street the day before with serious head injuries of undetermined origin. Mr. Hebborn, exposed as a forger in the late 1970s, published an autobiography, "Drawn to Trouble: Confessions of a Master Forger," in which he said that several of the world's top museums had paintings by him.

He said he had sold more than 1,000 fake old master and modern drawings, including 80 works by Augustus John, and others that became accepted as the work of Walter Sickert, Pablo Picasso and Breughel after scrutiny by experts.

The British Museum in London was alleged to have three or four of his works. He also said his paintings were in the National Gallery in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Canada.

Roger D. Foley, 78, a former judge of the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas who occasionally castigated prosecutors from the bench, died Jan. 7 at his Las Vegas home. Mr. Foley took senior status in 1982 after 20 years on the court but continued to handle some cases until his health forced him to stop about three years ago.

He was a scion of an old Las Vegas family of lawyers and judges. When President John F. Kennedy named him to the federal bench in 1962, he was sworn in by his father, Roger T. Foley, whom he succeeded as a judge in the lone federal district in Nevada.

Among the notable litigation passing before him were cases involving a radiation leak from an underground nuclear test in 1970, injury claims stemming from exposure to low-level radiation and a civil rights case charging overcrowding at a county jail.

He was chief judge in 1980 when he startled organized-crime prosecutors by accusing them of arrogance, misconduct and trying to mislead a grand jury in an investigation of the gambling industry.

Sylvester Garrett, 84, an arbitrator and mediator credited with helping shape labor-management relations in the steel industry, died of an undisclosed cause Thursday in Pittsburgh. He was chairman of the United States Steel-United Steelworkers of America Board of Arbitration from 1951 to 1979.

John A. Stang II, 72, a retired policeman whom Mickey Spillane credited with being the model for his hard-bitten detective Mike Hammer, died Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla.

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