Chris Komar, 47, a dancer and assistant artistic director...


July 20, 1996

Chris Komar, 47, a dancer and assistant artistic director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, died Wednesday of AIDS in New York.

Komar joined the Cunningham troupe in 1972, creating roles in more than 45 dances. He retired from performing in 1993 but continued to work with the troupe until his death.

In 1973, Komar began teaching at the Cunningham studio in 1973 and helped with repertory workshops throughout the United States and Europe. He staged dances around the world, among them the Theatre du Silence in France, the Ohio Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet and Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project.

Charles E. Bartley, 74, who invented the rubber-based solid propellants on which solid rocket fuels are based, died of cancer Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bartley, who did his initial work on solid fuels at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in the 1940s, founded Grand Central Rocket Co. in Redlands, Calif., in 1952.

Marco Rivetti, 52, an entrepreneur who helped introduce top Italian fashion names to the United States, died July 13 of lung cancer in Turin, Italy. Rivetti, who was chairman of Gruppo GFT, Gruppo Finanziario Tessile, helped bring designs by Emanuel Ungaro, Giorgio Armani and Valentino to U.S. stores.

Lucinda Todd, 93, one of the original 13 plaintiffs in the landmark 1954 desegregation case Brown vs. Board of Education, died Wednesday in Topeka, Kan. Mrs. Todd, as secretary of the Topeka chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, joined the suit over concern about unequal treatment of her only daughter in the city's segregated school system.

Collin Wilcox, 71, a mystery writer who set most of his 30 books in San Francisco, died July 12 of cancer in San Francisco. Wilcox most recently wrote "Full Circle" and "Find Her a Grave," which featured Alan Bernhardt, an eccentric theater director and sleuth.

Roosevelt Thomas Williams, 92, a blues musician better known as piano master Grey Ghost, died Wednesday in Austin, Texas. Williams achieved national prominence with his World War II patriotic tune "Hitler Blues." He was a patriarch of the Austin music scene, uniting blues veterans and young rockers.

Pub Date: 7/20/96

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