Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 06, 2003

M. Anthony "Tony" Fisher,

52, a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, one of the most prominent real estate firms in New York City, died Friday in a plane crash in Massachusetts that killed six of the seven people on board.

His wife, Anne Fisher, 41, and the pilot and the co-pilot were also killed in the crash, which injured one of the Fishers' five young children, Tora, 13.

Mr. Fisher was in charge of leasing and acquisitions at Fisher Brothers, a real estate dynasty that helped reshape the city's skyline. He was a general partner of FdG Associates, a $200 million buyout fund he established. The Fishers were on their way to visit Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., where Mr. Fisher was a trustee for 30 years and the president of the board for 16 years. Tora was hoping to attend the school, said Mr. Fisher's brother, Richard.

Mr. Fisher was the chairman and chief executive officer of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, which operates the docked aircraft carrier Intrepid. He was also a leader in a number of other nonprofit organizations.

Philip Yordan,

88, an Oscar-winning writer, died March 24 in San Diego, his family said.

Although he was most active in movies, Mr. Yordan's breakthrough came on Broadway in the 1940s with his play Anna Lucasta. The story of a prostitute fighting her way back to respectability, it was the first Broadway production to feature an all-black cast in a drama unrelated to racial issues.

He won an Academy Award for the 1954 film Broken Lance. Mr. Yordan, who was known as an expert adaptor and "script doctor," also became known as the name of record for blacklisted writers during the "red scare" of the 1950s. His own films include El Cid, Dillinger and The Man From Laramie.

Julius Levine,

81, whose performances on the double bass provided a solid underpinning to several classic recordings of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, and who was renowned as a teacher and chamber music coach, died Friday at Amsterdam House, a health care residence in Manhattan.

For several decades, starting in the late 1940s, Mr. Levine was an important presence in the chamber music life of New York City and was frequently heard as a guest of string quartets when they played works, like the "Trout," that require a bassist. Among the groups he performed with were the Amadeus, Budapest, Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets.

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