Richard Gladstone Lilly, 47, telecommunications engineer...

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September 17, 2001

Richard Gladstone Lilly, 47, telecommunications engineer

Richard Gladstone Lilly, a telecommunications engineer, died Sept. 10 of liver and kidney failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 47 and lived in the St. Margaret's section of Annapolis.

Mr. Lilly was a self-employed satellite and telecommunications engineer who did consulting work. His work recently took him to Singapore as a part of a telecommunications team that worked on Y2K preparedness.

Born in Boston, he moved to Annapolis in the 1960s. He was a 1971 graduate of Annapolis Senior High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied physics, astronomy and electrophysics.

As a young man he worked for Safeway grocery stores in College Park and for the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Lilly enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, fishing, hunting and astronomy. He also was a naturalist and wildlife conservationist.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis.

He is survived by a sister, Barbara Lilly of New Windsor; and an aunt, Dorothy Monczynski of Annapolis.

Elsewhere

Barbara Matera, 72, a costumer who for five decades dressed the casts of the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, movies and more than 100 Broadway shows, died Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage at New York University Medical Center in New York.

Long considered an exemplar of her craft, Ms. Matera took the sketches of designers and breathed life into them, creating costumes the legendary showman David Merrick once called the best he had ever seen on Broadway. Barbara Matera Ltd., the shop she founded in 1968 with her husband, produced the costumes seen in the current Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aida, The Lion King, Kiss Me, Kate, 42nd Street and the forthcoming Mamma Mia.

Born Barbara Gray in Kent, England, Ms. Matera began her career in the costume shops of the Adelphi Players, Covent Garden, the Ballet Romberg, Stratford-on-Avon and the Old Vic. She moved to the United States in 1960.

She became the archetypal costumer in the worlds of opera, ballet, theater and film.

Armed with bolts of fabric, she would enter her workroom and begin her magic, draping and fitting her clients in a way that accentuated their assets and diminished their flaws. Her work always bore unusual touches: Beneath a crinoline or a tutu, for instance, she would tuck a tiny silk rosebud.

Among her film credits are The Great Gatsby, Death on the Nile, The Age of Innocence, The Addams Family, Moonstruck and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Ms. Matera's work was not limited to show business. She outfitted performers as disparate as Dame Joan Sutherland and Mick Jagger. She also made the purple crystal-encrusted gown that Hillary Rodham Clinton wore at her husband's first presidential inauguration.

Raymond Edward Johnson, 90, a versatile radio and stage actor who provided a signature moment for radio as the ghoulish host with the creaking door in the long-running Inner Sanctum, died Aug. 15 in Wallingford, Conn.

Mr. Johnson was a familiar presence in the radio serials of the 1940s and won acclaim playing Thomas Jefferson in Sidney Kingsley's 1943 Broadway play The Patriots. But he was best known as Raymond, the original host for the gothic tales of Inner Sanctum, which made its debut in January 1941 and ran for 11 years.

Mr. Johnson also played the lead roles in Don Winslow of the Navy and Mandrake the Magician in his radio career.

James E. Franks, 82, who worked for and founded relief agencies, died Wednesday in Spring Lake, Mich. He left his family's floral business in 1953 to serve as director of the Midwest branch of World Vision Inc., a worldwide relief agency.

Mr. Franks worked to procure surplus drugs from pharmaceutical companies for worldwide distribution through World Vision. In 1980, he founded International Aid, a Spring Lake-based missionary-supply organization. International Aid provided $83 million in missionary assistance, medical support and global relief in fiscal year 2001.

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