Jim McConn, 68, mayor of Houston in the boom years of 1978...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

March 19, 1997

Jim McConn, 68, mayor of Houston in the boom years of 1978 to 1982, died Friday of cancer in Houston.

Joseph H. McConnell, 90, a former NBC president and retired president of Reynolds Metals Co., died Thursday in Atlanta.

Victor Vasarely, 90, whose strong geometric designs and use of optical illusions made him a master of Op Art, died Saturday in Paris after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. Among his best-recognized works is a three-dimensional portrait of President Georges Pompidou, hanging at the Beaubourg Center in Paris.

John E. Curtis Jr., 49, the top executive of the Luby's Cafeterias chain, was found dead Thursday in a San Antonio motel. The death was ruled a suicide by the Bexar County medical examiner's office. He died from multiple stab wounds to the neck, apparently from a knife, said investigator Jerry Leyva of the medical examiner's office. A suicide note was found.

Frank Pacelli, 72, the Emmy-winning director of "The Young and the Restless," died March 7 of heart failure in Los Angeles. Mr. Pacelli, who directed the CBS soap opera for the past 16 years, received 12 Emmy nominations during that time. He won five Emmys from 1986 to 1996.

Robert Alexander Montgomery, 85, a founding partner of the Philadelphia brokerage firm now known as Janney Montgomery Scott Inc., died Friday in Villanova, Pa. He founded Montgomery Scott & Co. in 1929 with his father, Robert Leaming Montgomery, and his brother-in-law Edgar Scott.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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