Charles P. Roman, 92, the New York City advertising...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 18, 1999

Charles P. Roman, 92, the New York City advertising pioneer who turned bodybuilder Charles Atlas into an icon of American manhood, died Friday. Mr. Roman came up with the Atlas "Dynamic-Tension" trademark, as well as the "I was a 97-pound weakling" slogan. He also devised the long-running comic strip ad in which a brawny bully kicks sand in the face of a skinny man, who then takes the Atlas course and knocks out the bully. The slogan and the ad were based on the life of Mr. Atlas, who was sickly as a child.

Joan Wight, the widow of the Yorkshire veterinarian who wrote under the name James Herriot and the model for a character in his books, died Wednesday. She was in her 80s. Her husband, whose real name was James Alfred Wight, vividly depicted his wife as the endearing and supportive Helen Herriot in his memoirs, beginning with "All Creatures Great and Small."

Chester Herwitz, 72, who with his wife, Davida, amassed one of the world's largest collections of modern art from India, died June 17 in a three-car collision in Petersham, Mass. Mr. Herwitz lived in Worcester, Mass.

Rummana Hussain, 47, a painter and conceptual artist who was also active in Indian politics, died July 5 at her home in Bombay. She was 47. The cause was cancer, said photographer Ram Rahman, a friend.

Stanley Soble, 59, casting director for the Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theater and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, died July 6 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The cause was complications after surgery, said a spokeswoman for the Mark Taper Forum.

The Venerable Dharmawara Mahathera,110, a high-ranking Buddhist monk who advised kings and prime ministers and established a new life after the age of 90 as a Buddhist leader in the United States, died on June 26 in Stockton, Calif. His body was cremated as part of a 14-day ceremony that ended on July 10.

Pub Date: 7/18/99

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