B. Gerald Cantor,79, a financier who amassed the world's...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 09, 1996

B. Gerald Cantor,79, a financier who amassed the world's most comprehensive private collection of Rodin sculpture and then gave much of it away, died Wednesday in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was the guiding force of what is now Cantor Fitzgerald L. P., a New York City partnership that is among the largest institutional brokers of government securities in the United States.

In the 1980s, it became the first Wall Street firm to offer global, 24-hour electronic access to the U.S. Treasury Securities markets, helping to create the world's most liquid over-the-counter market. After marrying Iris Bazel in 1977, the couple founded the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation as a vehicle for their philanthropy. By 1981, Mr. Cantor had given away about 300 Rodins and said he still owned 250 to 300.

Fred Cassibry,78, a retired federal judge who shook up Louisiana's gambling industry as a member of the casino commission, died Saturday of a heart attack in New Orleans. Mr. Cassibry, who served for more than two decades as a federal judge, was appointed to the commission last year and had a reputation as a tough regulator.

John W. Paton,74, one of the founders of the Chronicle of Higher Education, died Friday of a cerebral hemorrhage in Middletown, Conn. He was the first public relations officer at Wesleyan University and led the office for 14 years.

Charles DeForest,72, a singer, pianist and songwriter who performed in Manhattan nightclubs for more than four decades, died of cancer Saturday in Penn Yan, N.Y., at the home of his nephew.

A quintessential New York saloon performer, he was widely praised for a performing style that was at once urbane and quietly intimate. Evoking his music, New York Times jazz critic John S. Wilson described "a soft intimate voice that manages to brush gently over the words in a manner that is clear and precise without being exaggerated." Mr. Wilson added, "The songs he writes are blithe, witty, Porter-like lyrics riding on a catchy rhythmic pulse."

A prolific songwriter whose work was recorded by George Shearing, Blossom Dearie, Chris Connor and Sylvia Syms, among many others, Mr. DeForest found his most important champion in Tony Bennett, who included three of his songs on his 1990 album, "Astoria: Portrait of the Artist" (Columbia). One of those, "When Do the Bells Ring for Me?" became Mr. DeForest's signature tune.

William Kolberg,70, retired president of the National Alliance of Business, a nonprofit group based in Washington, and a former government official, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington.

Mr. Kolberg, who lived in Washington, retired in January after 16 years as chief executive as well as president of the alliance. He advocated and worked for improvements in the U.S. labor force through training and education for young people and adults. He also championed improvements in the nation's schools. At a Washington conference in 1993, Kolberg declared that business should do more to ease the transition from school to the work force for young people. He said traditional school-to-work systems were not working. "What has been missing is the careful long-term involvement of employers," he said.

Clyde E. Wiegand,81, a physicist who helped to detonate the first atomic bomb but suffered a crushing disappointment a decade later when he missed out on a Nobel Prize for helping discover a new atomic particle, died Friday at his home in Oakland, Calif. He had suffered from prostate cancer, said Lynn Yarris, a spokesman at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, Calif., where Mr. Wiegand worked for 38 years.

Pub Date: 7/09/96

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.