Richard Mason,78, a British author best known for "The...

Deaths Elsewhere

October 20, 1997

Richard Mason,78, a British author best known for "The World of Suzie Wong," died of lung cancer Oct. 13 in Rome, where he had lived for nearly 40 years. His 1957 novel about a Hong Kong prostitute who falls in love with an artist became a Broadway play in 1958, and was turned into a film in 1960 starring William Holden and Nancy Kwan.

Audra Lindley,79, who played Helen Roper on television's "Three's Company," died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from leukemia. She had continued to work until one month ago, when she taped an episode of the CBS series "Cybill" in her recurring role as a mother to Cybill Shepherd's character.

Henry Holt,63, a conductor and music educator, died of pneumonia Oct. 4 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville after a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mr. Holt, of Warrenton, Va., received international attention as the conductor of Wagner's "Ring" cycle for 10 years at the Pacific Northwest Festival in Seattle, which he helped found. While serving as music director of the Seattle Opera from 1966 to 1984, he helped establish the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Dr. Richard Gorlin,71, a cardiologist who developed a nonsurgical method of diagnosing serious blockage of a heart valve, died Thursday in New York of pancreatic cancer. He was senior vice president and a professor in clinical medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Grigory Pushkin,83, the last direct descendant of Alexander Pushkin, Russia's greatest poet, died late Friday at a Moscow veterans' hospital, the Ministry of Culture announced. A highly decorated veteran of World War II, Pushkin became a police officer after the war and later went to work for the Pravda publishing house, where he helped collect his great-grandfather's work.

Pub Date: 10/20/97

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