John Alton,94, an Academy Award-winning cinematographer...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 11, 1996

John Alton,94, an Academy Award-winning cinematographer who shot the ballet sequence in Gene Kelly's "An American in Paris," died Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif., after suffering complications from hip replacement surgery.

Mr. Alton shared an Oscar with Alfred Gilks in 1951 for their work on "An American in Paris." His other films included "Father of the Bride," "Designing Woman" and "Elmer Gantry."

Michael Fox,75, who appeared for the past eight years on the CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful," died of pneumonia June 1 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Mr. Fox, who played garment cutter Saul Feinberg on the show, frequently was a guest star in television series, including "Perry Mason," "Cagney & Lacey" and "NYPD Blue."

Lily Auchincloss,74, a philanthropist and major supporter of the Museum of Modern Art, died Friday of cancer at her New York home. She had served as a trustee at the museum since 1971, and in 1994, the museum named the Lily Auchincloss Center for Architecture and Design, a research facility.

Ben Tobin,92, a real estate mogul who was once a co-owner of the Empire State Building and helped finance the Broadway run of "West Side Story," died Friday in Hollywood, Fla.

Elsbeary Hobbs,59, a singer with the rhythm-and-blues vocal group the Drifters, died May 31 at Veterans Hospital in Manhattan of throat and lung cancer. His bass voice opened the group's first big hit, "There Goes My Baby." It powered the Drifters' subsequent hits, such as "This Magic Moment."

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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