Ben Bagley,64, who produced several hit off-Broadway...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 28, 1998

Ben Bagley,64, who produced several hit off-Broadway revues and a much-admired series of recordings of obscure Broadway songs, died March 21 in New York of complications of emphysema. In 1965, his "Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter," an anthology of obscure Porter songs, paved the way for Broadway revues, such as "Ain't Misbehavin' " and "Sophisticated Ladies," that surveyed the work of a single composer.

Arthur S. Link,77, a former Princeton University historian and leading scholar on Woodrow Wilson, died Thursday in Princeton, N.J., of lung cancer.

Daniel Massey,64, an award-winning stage actor and member of a distinguished theatrical family, died Wednesday in London. Mr. Massey was the son of Canadian actor Raymond Massey and British stage star Adrianne Allen.

Bernard Meltzer,81, a folksy, foggy-voiced radio personality on WOR-AM in New York, died Wednesday in New York of complications of pneumonia. Listeners tuned in to his program "What's Your Problem?" to hear the engaging, grandfatherly Meltzer, who sometimes mispronounced words or garbled syntax.

Paul Oberkotter,93, a former chief executive of United Parcel Service, died March 16 in New York.

John J. O'Connell,78, who served three terms as Washington's attorney general, died Tuesday in Tacoma, Wash.

John L. Slocum,77, inventor of the man-made opal, died Monday in Rochester, Mich. He introduced his creation, A Step Beyond Opal, in 1967. Also known for his Lucite creations, he never told anyone how he created the man-made opal.

Daisy Bell Strong,one of the oldest women in Ohio, died March 19 in Dayton. Family members said she was 112 or 113 years old.

Helen Westcott,70, who acted in films and on the stage, died March 17 of cancer in Edmonds, Wash. Her films included "The Gunfighter" opposite Gregory Peck, the "Adventures of Don Juan" with Errol Flynn, "The Last Hurrah" and "Studs Lonigan."

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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