John W. Duffy, 89, an Irish immigrant who directed the New...


March 15, 1996

John W. Duffy, 89, an Irish immigrant who directed the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade for nearly two decades, died Sunday in Branford, Conn., six days before his beloved parade.

He was a longtime New York Transit Authority supervisor and a naturalized United States citizen, but to the Ancient Order of Hibernians and other sponsors of the annual parade, he was forever Mr. Ireland.

From 1966 to 1983, he was the man with the sash and the cigar, identifying him as the chairman of the parade formation committee.

The son of an Irish railroad man, he was born in Omagh and grew up in Dundalk in County Louth. He sailed to New York in 1929.

Henry B. Fried, 89, regarded as the dean of American watchmakers, died Sunday at his home in Larchmont, N.Y. The son of a Polish watchmaker who immigrated to the United States, he wrote 14 books and hundreds of articles on the science of timepieces.

Joseph Braunstein, 104, a musicologist, a teacher and the senior program annotator for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, died Sunday in the book-lined Manhattan apartment that he described as his "monk's cell."

Merle Eugene Curti, 98, a scholar of American history and a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, died Saturday in Madison, Wis. Mr. Curti, who spent 26 years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, won the 1944 Pulitzer Prize in history for "The Growth of American Thought," an intellectual history of the United States.

Alfons Noviks, 88, a Stalin-era secret police chief serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity, died Tuesday in a prison in Riga, Latvia. Noviks, nicknamed "The Great Slaughterer," was convicted in December of deporting tens of thousands of Latvians to Siberia in the 1940s.

Razia Bhatti, 52, a crusading Pakistani editor who championed social causes and campaigned against government corruption, died on Tuesday of a brain hemorrhage at her home in Karachi. She was the founding editor of Newsline, Pakistan's most influential political monthly.

Alfred Slaner, 77, a well-connected corporate executive and philanthropist who is remembered as the man who developed Supp-Hose, died yesterday at a nursing home in Mamaroneck, N.Y. A longtime resident of Scarsdale, N.Y., he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, his family said. When his father had to wear ugly rubber leggings after surgery, he set his technical staff to work on what became Supp-Hose, a brand of relatively sheer nylon support hose. A major benefactor of the United Jewish Appeal, he was also a leading contributor to Democratic candidates and liberal causes, enough to win one of the accolades of which he was proudest inclusion on the famous enemies list of Richard M. Nixon.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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