Marthe Robert, 82, an award-winning literary critic and...


April 15, 1996

Marthe Robert, 82, an award-winning literary critic and translator best known for rendering Franz Kafka's German works into French, died Thursday in Paris.

Norman Rockett, 84, an Emmy-award winning property man and set decorator who once crawled into a shower with Marilyn Monroe for a film scene, died of heart failure April 5 in Los Angeles. The shower scene with Monroe came about on the order of director Henry Hathaway during the filming of "Niagara" in 1952. He won his Emmy for work on "St. Elsewhere" in 1986.

James Castle "J.C." Turner, 79, a longtime Democratic National Committee member and head of the Washington Central Labor Council, died Saturday in Miami after a series of strokes. He was appointed to Washington, D.C.'s first City Council in 1967 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was president of the International Union of Operating Engineers and AFL-CIO vice president.

Joseph Polakoff, 87, the dean of the American Jewish press corps, died Friday at the Hospice of Washington. He had lung cancer. Mr. Polakoff was a familiar figure for decades at White House and State Department press briefings, doggedly quizzing U.S. press officers about Middle East policy. He was a graduate of St. Thomas College, now the University of Scranton.

Sandy Becker, 74, a former television personality whose 1960s shows charmed a generation of children, died Tuesday of a heart attack. Mr. Becker, who launched his broadcast career with a radio job at WWRL in New York City, gained national attention by introducing the CBS soap opera, "Young Dr. Malone."

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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