Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 23, 2002

William J. Clothier II, 86, a former tennis star, international spy and grandson of the co-founder of the Strawbridge & Clothier department stores, died of leukemia Saturday at his home in Valley Forge, Pa.

While Mr. Clothier won national tennis titles, he also was secretly working as a special agent for the FBI and later worked for the CIA.

Mr. Clothier, whose father, William J. Clothier, was a national singles champion, toured on the grass-court circuit from 1934 to 1938. Together, the two won a national father-son title twice, once beating Dwight F. Davis, the founder of the Davis Cup, and his son.

In his government work, Mr. Clothier served as an FBI agent in Peru, Cuba and Chile during World War II. He used his 1938 bachelor's degree in anthropology from Harvard as a cover. From 1952 to 1979, he was a CIA agent, gathering intelligence and providing new identities and employment to defectors.

Rabbi Stanley F. Chyet, 71, a prominent scholar and professor of American Jewish history and translator of Hebrew literature, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Along with Rabbi Uri D. Herscher, he helped create the Skirball Cultural Center, which has attracted more than 3 million visitors since opening in Los Angeles in 1996. Rabbi Chyet's expertise on American Jewish history was key to developing the center's core exhibit, "Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America."

He served as associate director of the American Jewish Archives and editor of the Journal of the American Jewish Archives.

Dr. Elmo Hardy, 88, a University of Hawaii entomologist whose extensive research on flies made him so renowned that 50 species are named after him, died Thursday in Honolulu.

An emeritus professor of entomology at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, he wrote 235 papers and books on flies around the world and described nearly 3,000 new fly species. His status in the world of fly research is reflected in the number of species named after him.

A Utah native who earned degrees at Brigham Young and Utah State, and a doctorate from the University of Kansas, he served in the Army during World War II and received a Bronze Star and Presidential Citation for his work in controlling insect-borne diseases in India, Burma and China.

Bryce Lilly, 82, a soldier who survived the Bataan Death March after being forced to surrender to the Japanese during World War II, died Thursday in Tacoma, Wash.

Mr. Lilly weighed 70 pounds when he was rescued from a Japanese slave labor prison after the war ended. He had lost more than 100 pounds and had been a POW for three years.

He was trained as an airplane mechanic, but after the last U.S. plane in the Philippines was shot down, he became an infantryman, without any training. He was shot in the head, then bandaged up and sent back out to fight.

Before World War II, Mr. Lilly had a professional baseball career as a pitcher for the Tacoma Tigers during the 1940 season. After returning from the war, he graduated from the University of Washington and made a career in real estate.

Mehli Mehta, 94, founder of the Bombay Symphony and father of conductor Zubin Mehta, died Saturday of heart failure in Santa Monica, Calif.

For more than six decades, Mr. Mehta made his career as a violinist, conductor and teacher. He led the American Youth Symphony until his retirement in 1998. With his wife of 67 years, Tehmina, he raised two sons, Zubin and Zarin, who have also become leaders in the classical music arena. Zubin Mehta is music director of the Israel Philharmonic.

Bernard Fresson, 71, a French actor known internationally for his roles in Hiroshima Mon Amour and The French Connection II, died Sunday in a hospital south of Paris.

Mr. Fresson played more than 100 characters and acted in more than 50 films during his 40-year career, winning praise for his unique blend of educated refinement and salt-of-the-earth looks.

"He had a duality that made him completely interesting among actors: a cultured person with the face of a worker, in the noble sense of the word," said fellow actor Jean Rochefort.

Mr. Fresson once said cinema should "lift up the spirit of man and turn it toward the beautiful."

Roman Tam, 52, known as the "godfather" of Hong Kong's music industry, died Friday after fighting liver cancer for more than a year.

Once an amusement park security guard, Mr. Tam made his musical debut in 1967 with the group "Roman and the Four Steps," embarking on a career that spanned three decades and 56 albums.

He sang canto-pop, which refers to songs in the Cantonese dialect, the dominant form of Chinese in Hong Kong.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 100, a photographer whose 80-year portfolio ranged from mystical portraits of a bygone Mexico to the striking realism of murdered laborers, died Saturday in Mexico City.

Born in Mexico City, the son of a teacher, he became one of the leading photographers of surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s and distinguished himself with dramatic portrayals of Mexican life. Many of his photos featured peasants staring into darkened doorways or bent under the weight of their wares.

His images reflected "a sympathy for the working class, an air of mystery, a sense of the surreal, a preoccupation with death," wrote curator Susan Kismaric in a recent show catalog at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

In February, dignitaries and fellow artists honored Mr. Bravo on his 100th birthday at the city's Fine Arts Palace, and the Mexican Postal Service unveiled a stamp. A book featuring his work also was released this year.

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