Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 25, 2003

Henry Peter Tewksbury, 79, an innovative former Hollywood director known in recent years as "Henry the Cheeseman" after taking on a new career, died Thursday in Brattleboro, Vt.

As a director, Mr. Tewksbury guided the series Father Knows Best and created My Three Sons.

But for the past eight years, he had managed the cheese department at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. His book, The Cheeses of Vermont: A Gourmet Guide to Vermont's Artisanal Cheesemakers, was published last year.

"His honesty was untouchable. He never swayed from what he believed to be morally right or ethically responsible. His curiosity and commitment to whatever he touched, films or farming, milling wheat or tasting cheese, was astonishing in the depths of its commitment," said his second wife, Cielle Tewksbury, who formerly acted under the name Schuyler and appeared in his short-lived but highly praised 1962 series It's a Man's World.

After its cancellation, Mr. Tewksbury stayed on for a while in Hollywood, directing television specials, pilots for several series and a number of movies, including a personal favorite, Sunday in New York starring Cliff Robertson and Jane Fonda, and two Elvis Presley vehicles, Stay Away, Joe and The Trouble with Girls.

But the director tired of the business in the 1970s, left Hollywood and never looked back.

For several years, he moved between Vermont and California, returning westward to manage a ranch near Cambria for nearly a decade. In Vermont, he worked as a subsistence farmer, a miller of wheat and founding teacher of an alternative school in an abandoned one-room schoolhouse before becoming a cheese expert.

Shlomo Argov, 73, a former Israeli ambassador to Britain who was paralyzed during an assassination attempt by Palestinian militants that triggered Israel's invasion of Lebanon more than 20 years ago, died Sunday in a Jerusalem hospital.

Mr. Argov had required constant medical care since he was shot in the head in June 1982. He was targeted by gunmen from the Abu Nidal guerrilla faction, which has ties to Libya, Syria and Iraq, after a diplomatic meeting outside London's Dorchester Hotel. Three Abu Nidal members were later convicted in the shooting.

The shooting was Israel's stated pretext for invading Lebanon four days later and laying siege to Beirut for three months until Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his fighters were forced out of the country. The invasion also marked the start of an 18-year Israeli military presence in south Lebanon, which ended with Israel's withdrawal in May 2000.

Daniel Aaron, 77, a cable television pioneer who was one of the founders of Comcast Corp., died Thursday in Philadelphia of Parkinson's disease. He was known for stressing the rights of Comcast employees and opposing top-heavy management.

In 1963, he, Ralph Roberts and Julian Brodsky founded American Cable Systems, which began with a single cable system in Tupelo, Miss. It changed its name to Comcast in 1969 and has become the nation's largest cable TV company.

Rusty Magee, 47, an award-winning theater composer, actor and cabaret artist, died of colon cancer Feb. 16 in New York.

He won a New York Outer Critics Circle Award in 1993 for his music and lyrics in an adaptation of Moliere's Scapin.

He acted in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters, and wrote the score for the play The Irish ... and How They Got That Way by Frank McCourt.

Paul Richard "Pete" Schrum, 68, a character actor who appeared in dozens of TV shows, movies and commercials, died of a heart attack Feb. 17 in Prescott, Ariz.

In a career that spanned three decades, Mr. Schrum played roles ranging from prospectors to salesmen, villains to henchmen. His credits included a recurring role as Uncle Ed Kanisky in the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break, and he portrayed Santa Claus in Coca-Cola ads that ran for more than a decade.

Pavel Hlava, 78, an artist who cut glass into sculptures that gained recognition worldwide, died Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic.

Mr. Hlava's works can be found in more than 20 modern art museums throughout the world. He exhibited mainly in the United States and Japan. He also designed mass-produced glassware.

A prize named after him is regularly awarded at international glass exhibitions in Kanazawa, Japan.

Bernard Loiseau, 52, a celebrated French chef whose Cote D'Or restaurant in a small Burgundy town became a mecca for the world's gourmets, has died - reportedly of a gunshot wound.

France-Info radio reported that Mr. Loiseau was fatally shot, and that investigators said it was likely a suicide at his home in Saulieu, where the famed restaurant is located.

Mr. Loiseau's success at the Cote D'Or spawned a culinary empire, which he launched a few years ago on the Paris stock exchange. He also had three restaurants in Paris and his picture appears on a brand of supermarket frozen dinners.

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