Frank Ragano,75, a lawyer who defended gangland figures...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 16, 1998

Frank Ragano,75, a lawyer who defended gangland figures and wrote a book that claimed to link the mob to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died Wednesday in Tampa, Fla.

Gene Fowler Jr.,80, an Oscar- and Emmy-winning director and editor who made the cult film "I Was a Teen-Age Werewolf" and edited the comedy epic "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," died Monday in Los Angeles.

Vannoy Streeter,78, whose bent-wire creations appear in private art collections across the country, died Tuesday in Shelbyville, Tenn.

Wesley A. Pomeroy,78, who was in charge of security at Woodstock and at two Republican conventions, died May 4 in Miami Beach, Fla.

Shepard Coleman,74, who won a Tony for musical direction of the original 1964 production of "Hello, Dolly!" died Tuesday in Warwick, N.Y.

Hermann Lenz,85, a German author who found fame late in life with his semiautobiographical "Swabian Chronicle," died Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany.

Jack McDowell,82, a World War II Pulitzer Prize winner and later a powerful California political consultant, died May 9 in Atherton, Calif. He won the Pulitzer in journalism in 1944 for articles he wrote on accompanying a flight of whole blood -- his own and from other San Francisco donors -- destined for casualties in Mariana Islands hospitals.

Kerris Ann Wolsky,41, who founded Harlem Textile Works in 1984, died May 3 in New York of asthma. Harlem offers design workshops to about 400 black and Hispanic residents ages 14 to 24. The students are trained to pursue careers as art directors, stylists, designers and teachers.

Pub Date: 5/16/98

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