Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 19, 2003

Charles Sternberg,

91, who fled Nazi persecution and went on to head the largest private American refugee assistance organization, died Thursday in New York. He was executive director of the International Rescue Committee from 1965 to 1985. Under his stewardship, the organization's budget rose from $1.2 million to $22.1 million.

The group has helped feed, shelter and resettle millions of refugees around the world, from Cuba and Latin American to Southeast Asia, the former Soviet bloc, and Africa.

Mel Bourne,

79, a three-time Oscar-nominated production designer who worked on several Woody Allen films, including Annie Hall, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. Mr. Bourne was nominated for an Academy Award for art direction for Mr. Allen's 1978 Interiors, and for his work on the 1984 film The Natural and 1991's The Fisher King.

Evelyn Copelman Spivak,

83, who illustrated hundreds of children's books including The Wizard of Oz, died of heart failure Jan. 10 in Narberth, Pa.

At age 24, she was working at the Harrison advertising firm in Philadelphia, which had a contract with the publisher of The Wizard of Oz. She illustrated the book because she was the firm's only artist. She also illustrated Florence Nightingale in the Crimea and the reading primer The New Our New Friends featuring Dick, Jane and Spot, among other books.

Sir Anthony Havelock-Allan,

98, a prolific movie producer during the 1940s heyday of British filmmaking, died Jan. 11 in London. In the age of so-called "quota films" - cheap, hastily made pictures designed to help movie theaters meet government requirements to show a certain percentage of British-made movies - he produced more than 20 films in two years in the mid-1930s.

He established the production company Cineguild in 1943 and produced movies including Blithe Spirit in 1945 and Brief Encounter and Great Expectations in 1946.

John M. Fox,

90, a founder and president of the Minute Maid Corp., which developed frozen orange juice concentrate in the late 1940s and made it popular within a decade, died Jan. 9 in Winter Park, Fla.

At the end of World War II, Mr. Fox and four other businessmen set up a small company called Florida Foods Inc., which made the first commercial batch of frozen orange concentrate using a vacuum technique he had seen employed in Boston during the war to dehydrate penicillin and food for the military.

The original plan was to turn orange juice into a soluble powder, but this turned out to have an unpleasant taste. So instead, they reduced fresh juice to a thick concentrate, which proved far more drinkable when water was added. In 1947, the company changed its name to the Minute Maid Corp.

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