Harold C. Fox,86, a musician who created the zoot suit...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 01, 1996

Harold C. Fox,86, a musician who created the zoot suit worn by trendsetters and musicians in the 1930s and 1940s, died Sunday of cancer in Siesta Key, Fla.

The wide-shouldered, narrow-cuffed zoot suit, featuring high-waisted trousers and a long, draped jacket, helped define the look of "hep cats," devotees of the sounds of swing and boogie-woogie.

Mr. Fox blew his trumpet with the big bands of the 1930s and 1940s, occasionally working with stars like Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday.

Dr. Edward H. Birkenmeier,48, a geneticist who was a leader in the use of mice as models for studying human diseases, died of brain tumor Saturday at his home in Bar Harbor, Maine.

He was a senior staff scientist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, a center for the study of mammalian genetics and the world's largest mouse-breeding laboratory.

Anne W. Simon,82, an environmentalist who wrote about the threat of development to the ocean, shore and wetlands, died Monday in New York. She was a writer for radio station WNYC, a television critic for the Nation, and wrote for McCall's, Good Housekeeping and other magazines.

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