Edith Lutyens Bel Geddes, 95, a costume designer and...

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August 24, 2002

Edith Lutyens Bel Geddes, 95, a costume designer and theatrical producer, died Aug. 16 in Hudson, N.Y.

Known professionally as Edith Lutyens, she created costumes for theater, ballet and film and was a costume consultant to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Ms. Lutyens designed costumes for theater productions of The Crucible and A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as for several Ballet Theater productions, including Dim Luster and Fancy Free.

She was responsible for the costumes of Orson Welles in his 1946 production of Around the World in 80 Days, and of Katharine Cornell in Antony and Cleopatra in 1947.

She also was a producer of Gian Carlo Menotti's Medium on Broadway in 1947.

Hugh Lytle, 100, whose teletype message provided the Associated Press and the world with the first account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died in Novato, Calif., on Aug. 16.

Mr. Lytle, AP's Honolulu correspondent and a reserve Army officer, was awakened by the Army on Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese planes bombed the U.S. fleet, according to his son, David Lytle.

He quickly left for his AP office at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, where he filed a brief account of the attack in progress, then reported for military duty with the Army.

Military censors clamped down shortly after Mr. Lytle's dispatch, and virtually no official accounts of the Japanese attack were sent from Hawaii until much later that Sunday.

Allen Myerson, 47, a business editor at The New York Times, fell to his death from the 15th floor of the newspaper's Times Square office building Thursday in what police called a possible suicide.

Mr. Myerson had worked at the Times since 1989. He wrote frequently on energy-related issues. In January, he edited The New Rules of Personal Investing.

Ruth E. Claplanhoo, 100, the oldest member of the Makah Indian tribe, died Monday in Neah Bay, Wash. She had suffered a heart attack in June.

Ms. Claplanhoo was the last member of her tribe who was fully fluent in the Makah language and was a skilled basket-weaver.

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