Mary A. Benjamin, 93, one of the country's foremost...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

December 04, 1998

Mary A. Benjamin, 93, one of the country's foremost collectors and dealers of autographs, died Monday in Hunter, N.Y. A cause of death was not given.

Nicknamed "The Autograph Lady-USA," she was owner of the country's oldest autograph and manuscript dealership, Walter R. Benjamin Autographs.

Anthony Salvatore, 77, a Grammy Award-winning music recording engineer, died Nov. 18 in Hackensack, N.J. He won Grammys for recordings of "Lohengrin" in 1966, "Sweeney Todd" in 1979 and "The Heifetz Collection" in 1995.

Samuel E. Shapiro, 84, who co-founded the National Record Mart chain with his younger brother, died in Wilkinsburg, Pa., on Sunday of heart failure, four months after his brother and business partner, Howard Shapiro, died at age 82.

National Record Mart is the nation's fifth-largest music retailer, with 200 stores.

George Van Eps, 85, a jazz guitarist who played with Benny Goodman, George Gershwin and Fats Waller, died in Santa Ana, Calif., on Sunday of complications from pneumonia.

Cleopa, 87, the charismatic Romanian monk persecuted by communists and admired by pilgrims, died Wednesday in Bucharest, Romania. He was 87.

Hounded by the Securitate communist secret police, who feared his popular appeal, Cleopa fled to the forest in 1953 and built an underground den, where he lived in hiding for almost a decade.

He was best known for his understanding of ordinary people's problems and his healing words. Tens of thousands sought his advice, both under communism and in the years of hardship that followed the toppling of communist rule in 1989.

Romanian Orthodox monks are buried sitting in a chair, which is lowered directly into the ground.

Arthur Groman, 84, the trial lawyer whose entertainment and business clients included major Hollywood studios, Howard Hughes, Judy Garland and Armand Hammer, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84. His most recent well-known client was the Fred Goldman family, in its civil lawsuit against O.J. Simpson over the slaying of Mr. Goldman's son Ron along with Nicole Brown Simpson.

Pub Date: 12/04/98

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