John C. Crano, 62, a research director at PPG Industries...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 20, 1998

John C. Crano, 62, a research director at PPG Industries Inc. who was instrumental in the creation of plastic lenses for eyeglasses, died Saturday in a traffic accident in Pittsburgh. He held 20 U.S. patents and was instrumental in creating Transitions lenses, a brand owned mostly by PPG and the first successful commercial replacements for glass lenses.

Harriet Van Horne, 77, a pioneer radio and television critic, died Thursday of breast cancer in New York. She was known as one of the most powerful critics of television in the 1940s and '50s. She pushed for educational programming and railed against what she called "women's chatter programs, the vulgar outpouring of the soap opera and the bad taste of commercials."

Marilyn Costello, 72, principal harpist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, died of cancer Jan. 5 in Philadelphia.

Paul M. O'Leary, 96, an economist who ran the U.S. rationing program during World War II, died Jan. 1 in Ithaca, N.Y.

Pub Date: 1/20/98

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