Harold A. "Herk" Harvey,71, a movie director best known...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 06, 1996

Harold A. "Herk" Harvey,71, a movie director best known for his horror film "Carnival of Souls," died Wednesday in Lawrence, Kan.

"Carnival of Souls," made on a $30,000 budget, was his only feature film. It was released in 1961 and became a cult favorite.

Mr. Harvey worked 35 years as a producer and director at Centron Films, a Lawrence-based independent film production company. He made an estimated 400 industrial and educational films, many of which were shorter than 10 minutes.

Vozcan Lawrence Parsegian,87, a retired nuclear engineer, the first dean of engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a chronnicler of Armenian architecture, died Tuesday at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, N.Y. A former research director for the Atomic Energy Commission in New York, Dr. Parsegian was enlisted by Rensselaer in 1954 as chairman of its engineering group and professor of nuclear engineering.

Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes,59, a master of Mississippi juke-joint blues, died of lung cancer Wednesday in Chicago. He spent most of his career playing delta blues in the clubs and juke joints around Greenville, Miss. He was a showman who wore iridescent suits, duckwalked across the stage and picked his guitar with his teeth. But his knowing voice and spiky, syncopated electric guitar maintained a tradition of the blues as dance music -- unflinching but resilient.

Hans Blumenberg,75, one of Germany's most important postwar philosophers, died March 28 in Frankfurt. He taught at several German universities before settling at the University of Muenster in 1970, where he was a professor of philosophy until 1985. He published numerous books dealing with the condition of spirituality after World War II, including "The Legitimacy of Modern Times" and "Work on the Myth."

Pub Date: 4/06/96

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