John R. Bartels,99, a federal judge of the Eastern...


February 15, 1997

John R. Bartels,99, a federal judge of the Eastern District of New York for 38 years, died Thursday at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn.

Judge Bartels was the oldest sitting federal judge.

An appointee of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959, Judge Bartels retired in 1973, saying he did so with regret, primarily to permit the appointment of another judge to address the increasingly busy calendar at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. He assumed the status of a senior judge and continued to hear cases.

William Klein,63, a botanist who revitalized the study of plants and botanical gardens in Florida, Hawaii and Pennsylvania, died Wednesday at Coral Gables Hospital in Florida of heart failure.

Mr. Klein was the president of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, which consists of four gardens in Hawaii and one in Coconut Grove, Fla. He had previously spent three years as director of the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami.

When Hurricane Andrew destroyed the Fairchild garden in 1992, he led the restoration efforts, attracting volunteers and scientists from around the world to right trees, clear grounds and collect data. The garden was reopened two months after the storm.

Robert Currie, 62, the production manager for City Center, died on Wednesday at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center, in Manhattan.

The cause was a viral infection, said his companion, Susan Bell.

Mr. Currie was production manager in New York and on tour for such shows as "They're Playing Our Song," "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" and "The Wiz." He was production stage manager for "Cyrano," "Pippin" and "Good News" as well as for touring companies of "Falsettos" and "Fiddler on the Roof." He also was stage manager for the Martha Graham Dance Company and the American Shakespeare Festival Theater.

From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Currie taught writing, drama and literature at American University in Washington.

Pub Date: 2/15/97

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