Rex Lardner, 80, a humorist and author, died of a heart...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 02, 1998

Rex Lardner, 80, a humorist and author, died of a heart attack Monday while playing mixed doubles on a tennis court near his home in Great Neck, N.Y. A member of a storied literary family that included his uncle, humorist Ring Lardner, he was the chief radio and television writer for innovative comedian Ernie Kovacs, and the author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles.

Chapters of one of his first books, "Out of the Bunker and Into the Trees," a 1960 parody of golf and golfers, have been widely reprinted in sports magazines.

Dr. LeRoy Edgar Burney, 91, who as surgeon general in the Eisenhower administration made the first federal government statement identifying smoking as a cause of lung cancer, died Friday in Illinois.

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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