Waldo Semon, 100, who won a patent for bubble gum...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 28, 1999

Waldo Semon, 100, who won a patent for bubble gum, developed vinyl and helped create synthetic rubber during World War II, died May 26 in Hudson, Ohio. Mr. Semon, who worked for the B. F. Goodrich Co., earned 116 U.S. patents by the time he retired in 1963.

Holly Caudill, 36, believed to be the first female quadriplegic attorney in the United States, died May 21 in San Diego after surgery for a life-threatening infection. Ms. Caudill, who lobbied for legislation to help the working disabled, served since 1997 in the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego, assigned to the border-crime unit as a special assistant U.S. attorney. She was paralyzed from the neck down after a car accident at age 14.

Edith Lewin, 88, an arts patron who with her husband donated $25 million worth of 20th century Mexican art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, died May 23 of cancer in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Lewin gift to the museum in 1997 was the largest privately owned collection of modern Mexican art ever assembled, with about 1,800 paintings and works on paper.

The Rev. Kenneth B. Murphy, 78, who gained national attention for his efforts to prevent suicides, died May 22 in Hyannis, Mass., after a long illness. He founded the Rescue Inc. suicide hot line when he was assistant pastor at St. Francis de Sales Church in Boston's Charlestown section.

George N. Perazich, 94, an industrial economist and engineer who published research on the viability of nuclear power, urban renewal and developing ocean resources, died May 26 in Washington from a brain tumor.

Paul Sacher, 93, Swiss billionaire industrialist and symphony conductor, died May 26 after a long illness in Basel, Switzerland, the pharmaceutical giant Roche announced. Mr. Sacher, reportedly one of the world's richest men, and other family members controlled Roche Holding AG, and had a joint fortune estimated at $17 billion to $20 billion. He used his wealth to become one of the world's most influential arts patrons and inspiration to contemporary composers. Benjamin Britten, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky and Bela Bartok were all proteges of his.

He conducted concerts throughout Europe, although he rarely visited the United States.

James Watrous, 90, whose murals of scenes featuring legendary logger Paul Bunyan adorn the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union, died May 25 in Madison. Mr. Watrous, associated with the school for nearly seven decades, was paid $18.75 a week when he started painting murals as a graduate student in 1933. He completed them in 1936.

Norman Rossington, 70, a veteran comic actor of dozens of movies and British television shows, died May 21 in Manchester, England, his agent said.

Augustos Pablo, 46, a Jamaican musician popular in Europe and known for his plastic melodica (a modified harmonica), died May 19 after being in a coma. Mr. Pablo had a muscle disease.

Sheldon Judson, 80, a Princeton University geosciences professor who co-wrote textbooks and researched Stone Age archaeological sites, died May 20 in Princeton, N.J., of pancreatic cancer.

Pub Date: 5/28/99

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