Stephen Z. Meyers,53, a co-founder of Jacoby & Meyers, the...


April 23, 1996

Stephen Z. Meyers,53, a co-founder of Jacoby & Meyers, the first law firm to advertise legal services on television, died Friday when his car and a delivery truck collided on a country road in northwestern Connecticut, said Gail Koff, his partner at the firm.

Mr. Meyers and his law school classmate, Leonard Jacoby, opened a storefront legal clinic in 1972 in Van Nuys, Calif., and began targeting the middle class. In 1977, they became the first lawyers to advertise on television, describing themselves in their first commercial as "two guys named Jacoby and Meyers." Consultations were free; a will cost $75 and personal bankruptcy filings were $500.

Alan Barwiolek,43, an actor and professor who founded the New York Deaf Theater in 1979, died Wednesday in New York. Mr. Barwiolek, who had AIDS, collapsed and died at the door of a hospital outpatient clinic where he had gone for a blood transfusion. Mr. Barwiolek also was an associate professor of sign language studies at Union College in Plainfield, N.J.

Robert L. Shaw,79, an Emmy-winning television writer credited with conceiving the "Dallas" episode that had the world asking "Who shot J. R.?," died of a heart attack March 30 in Los Angeles. He is credited with conceiving the 1979-1980 season cliffhanger of "Dallas," in which oilman J. R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, is shot by an unknown attacker. Mr. Shaw shared seven Emmys and a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Zora Arkus-Duntov,86, the automotive engineer known as the father of the Corvette, died Sunday in Detroit. A Russian-born, German-trained engineer, he began working for Chevrolet in 1953 -- the Corvette's first model year. As the Corvette's first chief engineer, he shaped the sports car into a high-performance legend by 1956.

Bernard Edwards,43, producer of pop stars and co-founder of one of disco's most successful groups, Chic, died Friday in Tokyo. He was found dead in his hotel room by band mate Nile Rodgers. The cause of death was not available.

Robert Hersant,76, a parliamentarian who founded France's largest media empire, died Sunday in Paris. The Hersant Group, founded in 1950, has 20 dailies and magazines, including some of France's largest newspapers -- Le Figaro and France-Soir of Paris.

Molly Keane,91, a novelist who returned to writing in her 70s to produce painfully incisive best sellers about the fading fortunes of the Anglo-Irish gentry, died yesterday of unspecified causes in Ardmore, Ireland.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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