Leon Garfield,74, who brought alive ancient Greece and...


June 05, 1996

Leon Garfield,74, who brought alive ancient Greece and 18th-century London for a generation of young readers, died Sunday in a London hospital from complications after surgery, his agents said yesterday.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal for children's literature, Mr. Garfield wrote 33 vivid, exciting tales for older children, without condescending or conceding much to their age. Their parents enjoyed the books almost as much.

"One does not write for children," Mr. Garfield once said. "One writes so that children can understand. Which means writing as clearly, vividly and truthfully as possible. Adults might put up with occasional lapses; children are far less tolerant."

His most famous book, "Smith," published in 1967, is about a 12-year-old pickpocket, a "sooty spirit of the violent and ramshackle town," who finds his life in danger after he steals a document. Full of colorful detail about social inequities in 18th-century England, "Smith" is used as a textbook in many British schools.

His retelling of Greek myths in "The God Beneath the Sea" won the Carnegie Medal in 1970. "John Diamond" won a Whitbread Award in 1980.

Vice Adm. Thomas F. Connolly,86, who helped develop the F-14 fighter jet and was the inspiration for its Tomcat nickname, died of an aortic aneurysm May 24 in Holland, Mich.

During his 38-year career, Admiral Connolly rose from Naval Academy honor graduate to commander of the Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet in 1965. In World War II, he commanded 40 pilots and 1,200 Navy personnel, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals.

After the war, he was a test pilot and directed a training school that taught astronauts, including John Glenn and Alan Shepard.

Jean-Pierre Hutin,64, a French television host whose intense love for animals earned him a reputation for being dog's best friend, died Saturday in Paris. The cause of death was not known. Mr. Hutin became a household name in France for the TV program "30 Million Friends," a reference to the vast numbers of dogs and cats in France.

Don Grolnick,48, a pianist, songwriter and producer known for his work with artists Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and James Taylor, died Saturday of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in New York.

Henry Schwarzschild,70, a refugee from Hitler's Germany who became a prominent American spokesman for civil rights and against the death penalty, died Saturday of cancer in New York.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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