Davis Allen, 82, a prolific designer of modern business...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 31, 1999

Davis Allen, 82, a prolific designer of modern business interiors and furniture, died May 13 at Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

During his career, he was responsible for the interior design of the Istanbul Hilton, the Inland Steel Co. headquarters in Chicago, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas.

Maeve Slavin, a writer on design, said in her book "Davis Allen: 40 Years of Interior Design at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill" (1990) that he was an institution in "the profession he helped to establish -- the total design of the interior corporate environment with furniture, art, and functional and decorative objects integrated into a comprehensively planned space."

Chester "Chet" Migden, 78, a former labor lawyer whose 30 years of work for the Screen Actors Guild remains the cornerstone for entertainment work contracts, died May 23 of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He helped devise the principle of paying actors residuals for television reruns.

Dr. Harry Prystowsky, 74, the former dean of Penn State's College of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs at Hershey Medical Center, died May 20 in State College, Pa.

Alvin John Rockwell, 90, an attorney who helped shape West Germany's democratic government after World War II, died Wednesday of coronary artery disease in San Francisco.

James E. Dowd, 77, president of the Boston Stock Exchange from 1969 to 1982, died of cancer May 23 in Burlington, Mass.

Robert Carr Doyle, 78, an Emmy-winning television producer who helped launch "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" and the National Geographic Society's nature specials on TV, died of pneumonia May 21 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Damon W. Hall, 105, who recently received the French Legion of Honor for his service in World War I, died May 18 in Tilton, N.H. In February, French Consul-General Maurice Portiche presented him with France's highest military honor at a ceremony. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the end of the war, France began honoring foreign soldiers who helped liberate the country from German occupation in 1918.

Retired Gen. James E. Hill Jr., 77, a former commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and a force behind the U.S. military's push into space, died of cancer May 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Daryl LaPointe, 48, chairman of the Winnebago Tribe, died May 20 of complications from a heart attack.

Pub Date: 5/31/99

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