Brian Weil, 41, a photographer who captured society's...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

February 09, 1996

Brian Weil, 41, a photographer who captured society's marginal subjects and a founder of New York City's first needle exchange program, has died.

Mr. Weil's body was found Monday at his Manhattan home, said Bruce Stepherson, a friend. An autopsy was scheduled.

Mr. Weil's photographs documented topics as diverse as the lives of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, a string of homicides in Miami and a home for retarded adults.

His work is housed in collections of the Jewish Museum, the International Center of Photography and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. In 1994, he founded the City Wide Needle Exchange, which offers clean needles and counseling to drug users.

Sharman Douglas, 67, a former New York City official who cultivated a longtime friendship with Britain's royal family, died Saturday of bone cancer in New York.

Gordon "Boody" Rogers, 91, whose cartoons at one time were syndicated in more than 200 newspapers, died Tuesday in Childress, Texas. He created comic personalities such as hillbilly "Babe" and "Sparky Watts," a magazine salesman who could fly and heal with a finger's touch.

Mitchell Rogovin, 65, the lawyer who sued to force Richard Nixon to disclose his campaign finance records, died Wednesday in Washington of complications after a stroke. He was an assistant attorney general during the 1960s and was chief counsel to the Internal Revenue Service.

Joseph Susi, 71, a musician who formed backup bands for several top entertainers, died Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio from a heart aneurysm. He accompanied stars including Sammy Davis Jr., Eddie Cantor and Jack Benny.

Yoshinari Yamashiro, 72, chairman of NKK Corp., Japan's second-largest steelmaker, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Tokyo. A native of Niigata in northwestern Japan, he joined NKK Corp. in 1947. He became president in 1985 and held that post until 1992, when he became chairman.

Larry Eigner, 68, whose spare, dense and impassioned poetry carried on the tradition of William Carlos Williams, died Saturday in Berkeley, Calif. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said a fellow poet.

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