George Sugarman, 87, a sculptor whose colorful geometric...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 03, 1999

George Sugarman, 87, a sculptor whose colorful geometric aluminum designs were seen in museums around the world, died Aug. 25 in New York. He made his work friendly, incorporating benches and canopies into the architecturally scaled works.

In 1975, one such piece, commissioned by the General Services Administration for the Garmatz Federal Courthouse in Baltimore, was opposed by several judges with offices in the building, first on aesthetic grounds. Later, they said it could be dangerous for children. The GSA held hearings and decided to go ahead with the installation. It was removed for refurbishing two years ago.

Alex Haynes, 89, an pioneering auto industry executive who helped adapt seat belts for use by Ford Motor Co., died Monday in Stuart, Fla. Mr. Haynes worked as a member of the automaker's design engineering department in the 1950s. He was asked by Henry Ford II to look into seat belts after they heard of studies showing better crash survival rates if passengers stayed in the car in an accident.

He became known as "Mr. Safety" for his emphasis on making automobiles and trucks safer.

Edward Charles Bassett,77, an architect whose designs include San Francisco's symphony hall and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, died Saturday in Mill Valley, Calif., of a stroke.

Morris Camhi,71, whose photographs of prisoners, farm workers and Greek Jews were exhibited all over the world, died in Aug. 27 in Petaluma, Calif., of cancer.

Edgar Williams, 82, a reporter and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 50 years who never lost his enthusiasm for writing, died Sunday in Lansdale, Pa.

Waldo E. Cohn, 89, a biochemist who helped build the world's first nuclear bomb during the Manhattan Project and who developed radioactive radioisotopes used as medical tracers, died Aug. 27 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

William A. Niering,75, professor of botany at Connecticut College and an internationally recognized wetlands expert, collapsed and died Monday shortly after giving a lecture at the school in New London.

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