Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 26, 2003

Norman Panama,

88, a screenwriter who collaborated with Melvin Frank on such films as White Christmas, The Road to Utopia and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, has died in Los Angeles.

Mr. Panama died Jan. 13 at UCLA Medical Center of complications from Parkinson's disease.

The team's screenwriting earned them three Oscar nominations for The Road to Utopia, Knock on Wood and The Facts of Life.

Among the other films Mr. Frank and Mr. Panama wrote were The Court Jester and That Certain Feeling.

Mr. Panama directed Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in The Road to Hong Kong and Mr. Hope and Jackie Gleason in How to Commit a Marriage. He also directed The Maltese Bippy and I Will, I Will ... For Now, starring Elliott Gould and Diane Keaton.

Tommy Thompson,

65, a co-founder of the eclectic string band the Red Clay Ramblers, died Friday at his Durham, N.C., home of complications from dementia. The illness had forced him to retire from the Chapel Hill-based band in 1994, his family said.

Mr. Thompson, Bill Hicks and Jim Wann formed the Red Clay Ramblers in 1972, playing a combination of bluegrass, folk, blues and jazz.

The Ramblers' fame spread beyond North Carolina to Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and the theater.

The band appeared on Broadway and enjoyed a long association with writer-director Sam Shepard, who cast the Ramblers as a medicine-show band in his 1993 film Silent Tongue.

Roque Maccarone,

70, a former Central Bank president who was at the bank's helm during Argentina's monumental default and devaluation in December 2001, has died in Buenos Aires.

Funeral services were held Friday, a day after Mr. Maccarone's death. A cause of death was not reported.

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