Joseph R. Shapiro,91, a prominent art collector and...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 19, 1996

Joseph R. Shapiro,91, a prominent art collector and philanthropist who was the founding president of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and an active trustee at the Art Institute of Chicago, died Sunday in Oak Park, Ill. Mr. Shapiro, who made a fortune as a developer, was considered the dean of RTC a group of idiosyncratic and dedicated Chicago art collectors whose holdings, often unusually strong in Surrealist art, rivaled New York's in quality and focus. But he was also an indefatigable proselytizer of the importance and benefits of art.

Saul David,74, a film producer whose credits included "Fantastic Voyage" and "Our Man Flint," died June 7 of congestive heart failure in Culver City, Calif. He first came to prominence as the editor of Bantam Books in the mid-1950s. He helped modernize the look of the publishing company's books, pioneering the use of abstract cover art, and developed new marketing strategies.

A. Phillip Goldsmith,88, a fixture in the garment industry for decades and a donor to Jewish institutions, died Monday in New York. Born in London, he immigrated to the United States in 1922. After studying architecture and starting a career as a banker, he was induced by a friend to join his family's hosiery business. After several years, Mr. Goldsmith left to establish a textile business.

Curtis D. Swan,76, the principal artist for Superman Comics for the past 50 years, died Sunday in Norwalk, Conn. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Pub Date: 6/19/96

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