Howard Scammon, 88, a former College of William and Mary...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 23, 1999

Howard Scammon, 88, a former College of William and Mary professor whose theater instruction helped launch the careers of Glenn Close and others, died Wednesday after a long illness in Williamsburg, Va.

Hanoch Levin, 56, whose plays made him one of Israel's most respected writers, died in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. His 1968 play, "You, Me and the Next War," bitterly criticized what he saw as delusions of grandeur that swept Israeli society after its victory in the 1967 Middle East war.

Alfons Bach, 95, industrial designer, architect and artist who helped create one the nation's first shopping malls, died Thursday in Pensacola, Fla.

Born in Magdeburg, Germany, he studied architecture in Berlin and opened a design firm in New York City in 1928. During a career that spanned seven decades, he worked on Ridgeway Center, a pioneering shopping mall in Stanford, Conn., and designed the interior of Trans World Airlines' Constellation airliner for billionaire Howard Hughes, who owned TWA at the time.

Dr. Robert Byck, 66, a Yale Medical School brain researcher who in 1979 gave Congress an early warning about smokable cocaine, died in Boston on Aug. 9 of complications from a stroke suffered three days earlier.

Gus Girves, 82, founder of the Brown Derby restaurant chain, died in Akron, Ohio, Thursday after a long illness. In 1942, he opened his first Brown Derby.

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