Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 08, 2002

Saul Herbert Barnett, 72, a Baltimore-born entertainment lawyer and film and theater producer, died of cancer Thursday in Aspen, Colo.

Mr. Barnett was a 1947 graduate of City College, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees at New York's Columbia University in the 1950s. He practiced entertainment law in New York City and Beverly Hills, Calif., and dabbled in movies and plays, producing Give 'Em Hell Harry, a theater production starring James Whitmore, and the 1979 Richard Pryor in Concert film.

In 1988, Mr. Barnett retired from law and moved to Aspen with his wife, Sally Barnett. There he was an active participant in Aspen life, serving as a "ski ambassador" mountain tour guide in the winter and as a volunteer at the Aspen Music Festival and School in the summer.

Survivors also include his mother, Mary Barnett of Baltimore; his sister, Ruth Lee of Rockville; a daughter, Nancie Barnett of Palisades, Calif.; three stepchildren; and three grandchildren.

Frederick Machetanz, 94, Alaska's most famous and honored artist, died Sunday in Anchorage.

In a career spanning nearly seven decades, Mr. Machetanz built a reputation first as an illustrator, then as the last of Alaska's "old masters."

He developed an international clientele that paid six figures for his paintings and a larger fan base that could not afford the originals but eagerly acquired reproductions.

Mr. Machetanz took his subjects from his surroundings - wildlife, dog teams, old-timers, native peoples and vast landscapes - robust in mood and filled with authentic details.

His distinctive technique involved painting his canvas blue and letting it dry before beginning to paint the subject; the overlaying captured the clean coldness of the high Arctic.

In 1939, he wrote a children's book, Panuck, Eskimo Sled Dog. It was a staple in Alaska schools before statehood.

In 1966, he was elected to the Alaska Hall of Fame. He was named Alaskan of the Year in 1977, Artist of the Year by American Artist magazine in 1981, and awarded an honorary doctorate by his alma mater, Ohio State, in 1984.

Prince Claus, 76, the German-born husband of the Netherlands' Queen Beatrix who employed wit, charm and patience to overcome Dutch hostility and win the affection of his adopted nation, died Sunday in Amsterdam of Parkinson's disease and pneumonia.

His entry into Dutch society was a struggle, since the nation bore scars inflicted by the German army in which he had served. It helped when he and the queen produced the first male heir to the Dutch throne in nearly a century.

He was born in northern Germany. Like many German secondary school children from aristocratic families, he joined the Nazi youth organizations Jungvolk and Hitlerjugend. After finishing school in 1944, he served with the German army in Denmark and with the 90th Panzer Division in Italy, but didn't see combat.

He was captured by U.S. forces near Merano, Italy, in 1945 and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp at Ghedi, near Brescia. Later he was transferred to Britain, where he worked as a driver and interpreter.

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