Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 05, 2003

Luis Marden, 90, the explorer who found the remains of the HMS Bounty and was a pioneer in underwater photography, died Monday in Arlington, Va., of complications from Parkinson's disease.

In 1957, Mr. Marden discovered the remains of William Bligh's ship Bounty off Pitcairn Island in the Pacific Ocean.

During a 64-year career with the National Geographic Society, Mr. Marden traveled with Jacques Cousteau and was a pioneer in 35 mm underwater color photography.

Georges May, 82, a scholar of French literature who led Yale University as provost and dean of undergraduates during tumultuous times on campus, died Friday in New Haven, Conn., of a heart condition.

Mr. May was dean of Yale College from 1963 to 1971, as Yale started admitting female students and as civil rights and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations rocked the campus.

Mr. May was a strong supporter of Yale's decision to admit female undergraduates starting in 1969. He fought a quota that limited female students to 300 per class - a quota that was abandoned in favor of admission regardless of sex.

During anti-war fever on campus, when Yale's ROTC program was under fire, Mr. May helped keep the peace among factions in the faculty.

Mr. May was Yale provost, the second-highest position at the university, from 1979 to 1981.

Elaine Barrie, 87, the fourth wife of Shakespearean actor John Barrymore, died Saturday in New York.

Ms. Barrie led a tumultuous, highly publicized romance with Mr. Barrymore, who was nearly 35 years her senior. Their marriage, which included at least four public separations, lasted less than four years.

The couple's first interaction occurred in 1935 when Ms. Barrie, at age 19, wrote a letter to Mr. Barrymore while the actor was hospitalized in Manhattan. The two became close, referring to each other with Shakespearean names taken from The Tempest, and sharing a voyage on his yacht.

Born Elaine Jacobs in 1915, she changed her name to Barrie because it sounded like Barrymore. She vowed as a teen-ager to marry Mr. Barrymore after seeing him in the 1931 movie, Svengali.

Ms. Barrie is credited with only one full-length film, Midnight in 1939, but also appeared on radio and in plays and movies.

Fidel Sanchez Hernandez, 85, a former president of El Salvador, died Friday at San Salvador's military hospital of heart failure.

He was elected president in 1967 and served until 1972. Many considered him a military hero for directing the so-called 100-hour war, when the Salvadoran army invaded Honduras in 1969 over a territorial dispute.

Mr. Sanchez Hernandez retired from political life after his presidency and lived on a livestock ranch east of San Salvador.

Wang Pi-Cheng, 102, a Chinese general who represented his nation at ceremonies ending World War II, died Thursday in Westminster, Calif., of heart and kidney failure.

Mr. Wang was Chinese military attache to the Soviet Union during the Sino-Japanese War of the 1930s and 1940s, when his nation was occupied by Japan. He witnessed the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in 1945. Mr. Wang and his second wife, Lydia, moved to Orange County in 1978.

Harry J. Gaynor, 82, who quit business to become founder and president of the National Burn Victim Foundation and an expert witness in burn cases, died Feb. 26 in Morristown, N.J.

Mr. Gaynor was developing smoke detectors when he learned through his research that burn victims had no standardized treatment and that few facilities were available.

That led him to leave the electronics field in 1974 and start the foundation to help burn victims and establish treatment facilities, though neither he nor members of his family had suffered a serious burn.

The next year, Mr. Gaynor developed a method to help law officers and child welfare workers determine whether burns were caused by accident, neglect or abuse.

Walter Scharf, 92, a composer who earned 10 Academy Award nominations and worked on more than 200 movies and television programs, including Funny Girl, Mission: Impossible and White Christmas, died Monday in Los Angeles.

Born in New York City, Mr. Scharf moved to Los Angeles in 1934 as a musical arranger for singer Rudy Vallee's orchestra.

Through the 1930s he wrote music for more than a dozen films, although he did not receive screen credit for most of them.

Mr. Scharf was nominated for his first Oscar for the score of Mercy Island, a 1941 melodrama set in the Florida Keys.

Later he was nominated for work in films including Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Funny Girl (1968), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Ben (1972). He never took home an Oscar, however.

He did win an Emmy for his work on a National Geographic television special and a Golden Globe for Ben, whose theme song helped launch singer Michael Jackson's solo career.

Mr. Scharf retired in the mid-1970s but continued to produce music - including a symphony, The Tree Stands Still, commissioned by the Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel-Air.

Paul Stevens, 81, who turned his grief for a murdered daughter into a prison ministry to death row inmates, died Feb. 25 in Madisonville, Ky.

In 1969 in Evansville, Ind., Mr. Stevens found his 19-year-old daughter, Cindy, beaten and stabbed to death by the estranged husband of a woman for whom she was baby-sitting.

Mr. Stevens initially pulled away from his Roman Catholic faith. He said his bitterness boiled for years until he found a new inner peace while attending a religious retreat in Owensboro.

His faith was renewed, and he became an outspoken opponent of the death penalty and later a spiritual adviser at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville.

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