Philip Rapp, 88, the writer, director and producer who...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 25, 1996

Philip Rapp, 88, the writer, director and producer who created the legendary 1940s radio comedy couple known as the "battling Bickersons" portrayed by Don Ameche and Frances Langford, died Tuesday in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home.

Mr. Rapp also created the Baby Snooks character for Fanny Brice of the Ziegfeld Follies and wrote six hit movies for Danny Kaye as well as the popular "Topper" television series. But he established an American idiom when he created the ever-bickering Blanche and John Bickerson, first for radio, then later television, records and the stage.

The Bickersons became a prototype for battling couples, married or not, fictional or real.

John Paul Walsh, 78, an engineer who was the scientist at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in charge of the launching the second U.S. satellite to go into orbit, died of cancer Jan. 19 Friday in Vero Beach, Fla.

Carter Burden, 54, founder of a broadcasting empire and a former New York city councilman, died Tuesday of a heart ailment in New York. Mr. Burden founded and expanded Commodore Media, which owns and operates 20 radio stations in New York, Connecticut, West Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania. He also was a major benefactor of the New York Public Library, the Morgan Library and the New York City Ballet.

Yisrael Eldad, 86, a right-wing writer who advocated extending the Jewish state into parts of what is now Jordan, died Monday in Jerusalem.

Alfred S. Evans, 78, the doctor who coined the term "kissing disease" for mononucleosis, died of cancer Sunday in North Branford, Conn. He was a professor of epidemiology at Yale from 1966 to 1994.

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