Michael J. Deutch, 88, an engineer who helped invent the process for making synthetic rubber, died Monday in Washington of complications from a respiratory illness. He was deputy director of the American War Production Board, which supplied necessities such as tires to the war effort, and was among those who developed the method for making synthetic rubber from petroleum. He is the father of CIA Director John M. Deutch.
Rabbi Marvin Fox, 73, a scholar of Jewish thought and former director of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., died Feb. 8 of lung cancer at his home in Newton, Mass. He wrote "Interpreting Maimonides: Studies in Methodology, Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy," which summed up the work of one of Judaism's great philosophers.