Irving P. Krick,89, a pioneering meteorologist who issued...


June 27, 1996

Irving P. Krick,89, a pioneering meteorologist who issued the crucial weather forecast that scheduled the Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II, died June 20 at his home in Pasadena, Calif.

He established the Meteorology Department at the California Institute of Technology before leaving in the early days of the war to become a colonel in the Army. He headed the Weather Information Section of U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe. His forecasts were necessary to enhance the success of Allied bombing runs.

He and five others were assigned to find Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Allied commander in chief, a three-day window of relatively calm weather for the invasion.

Worried by unseasonable storms lashing the Northern Atlantic, the forecasters finally made the call: "The only three days this month that you can do it will be June 6, 7 and 8." General Eisenhower nodded and June 6 was inscribed in world history as D-Day.

Pasquale de Santis,69, the Italian cinematographer who won an Academy Award for filming Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet," died of a heart attack Sunday while working on location in Ukraine. He was known for being a master of the interior shot and being able to create just the right mood for a film through use of his camera.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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