Ralph L. Wickiser, 88, a painter and teacher who founded...


November 22, 1998

Ralph L. Wickiser, 88, a painter and teacher who founded the fine arts graduate program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., died Oct. 27 in a nursing home in Riverhead, N.Y. A modernist abstract painter, Wickiser drew much of his imagery from nature, particularly, in the last two decades, from the landscape near Woodstock, N.Y., where he had lived since 1975.

Gerard Grisey, 52, one of the most important French composers of the generation after Pierre Boulez, died Wednesday in a Paris hospital. The cause was a stroke, the French consulate said.

William French Githens, 92, a newsreel pioneer and tennis-playing society figure, died Nov. 10 at a hospice near his retirement home in Arlington, Va. He is credited with opening the world's first all-newsreel movie theater in 1929.

Norma Connolly, 71, an actress who played Aunt Ruby on the soap opera "General Hospital" for 20 years, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. Ms. Connolly also performed in theater and movies.

Tetsuya Fujita, 78, a University of Chicago meteorologist who devised the standard for measuring the strength of tornadoes and discovered microbursts and their link to plane crashes, died Thursday in Chicago.

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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