Ralph Santiago Abascal, 62, general counsel of California...


March 20, 1997

Ralph Santiago Abascal, 62, general counsel of California Rural Legal Assistance and one of the state's foremost lawyers for the poor, died Monday of cancer in Berkeley, Calif. In nearly 30 years as a legal services lawyer, he worked on more than 200 lawsuits, including those that maintained Medi-Cal abortions for

poor women, preserved a workplace safety inspection program and expanded state restrictions on discharge of toxic chemicals.

Bill Bradley, 73, originator of the "Gypsy Robe" tradition that has been a symbol of good luck through decades of Broadway productions, died Monday in New York from complications after a stroke. In the 1950s, Mr. Bradley, a dancer in "Gentlemen

Prefer Blondes," passed the robe to another show, where it was passed on to another, each pinning on a prop from the last production. Past robes have been displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington and the Lincoln Center performing arts library in New York.

Charles H. Dyson, 87, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, died Friday at his home in New York. A lifelong Democrat who served in several posts in the Roosevelt administration, he made President Richard M. Nixon's "enemies list" in 1973 after joining the liberal group Common Cause.

Lucy Kroll, 87, a New York talent agent whose clients included James Earl Jones and Norman Mailer, died Friday at her home in Glendale, Mass. Mrs. Kroll crossed paths with American greats, including Lillian Gish, Martha Graham, Carl Sagan, Ossie Davis and Carl Sandburg.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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