Deaths Elsewhere

April 21, 2003

Jan Scott,

88, an art director and production designer whose 11 Emmy awards were the most won by a woman, died Thursday at her Hollywood Hills home.

Ms. Scott was born in Carbondale, Ill., and grew up in Mississippi. She earned architecture and fine arts degrees at the University of Chicago. She also studied at the Art Institute there and later at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She got her start in production design as a carpenter and painter at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

She began working in television in the 1950s. Her first Emmy award was in 1968 for work as an art director for Kismet, which aired on ABC. Her last Emmy was awarded in 1989 for I'll Be Home for Christmas, on NBC. She was last nominated in 1996.

She won Emmys for Eleanor and Franklin and for Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.

Maurice Harry Rapf,

88, an actor whose credits -- before being blacklisted for ties to American communism in the McCarthy era -- included Disney's Song of the South, and the Spencer Tracy movie They Gave Him a Gun, died Tuesday in Hanover, N.H.

Born in New York City, he was the son of Harry Rapf, a vaudeville agent who became a prominent producer and worked side by side with Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer when MGM was launched in the 1920s. After moving with the family to Hollywood when he was 7, the younger Rapf and his friend, Budd Schulberg, also the son of a producer, used movie studio back lots as playgrounds, including the sets for the 1926 version of Ben-Hur and the 1925 World War I film The Big Parade.

After a brief stint at Stanford University, Mr. Rapf joined Mr. Schulberg at Dartmouth. In 1934, before their senior year, the two spent the summer in the Soviet Union with other students interested in promoting peace. It was this experience that led them to support the Communist Party.

He had earned credits on a number of films, including Winter Carnival (written with Mr. Schulberg, who later won an Academy Award for On the Waterfront) and Dancing on a Dime.

Mr. Rapf left Disney in 1947 over a salary dispute. After being named by several people before the House Un-American Activities Committee as a Communist Party member, he continued to get some TV and uncredited movie work in New York. Then he began writing and producing commercial and industrial films.

In the mid-1960s, he began lecturing on film at Dartmouth and eventually founded the college's film studies program. He also reviewed films for Life and Family Circle magazines and wrote Back Lot: Growing Up With the Movies, published in 1999.

Graham P. Jarvis,

72, a familiar character actor with a comedic image who worked steadily in films, television and theater for five decades, died Wednesday of multiple myeloma at his Los Angeles home.

Perhaps best-remembered for his role as Charlie Haggers in the 1970s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Mr. Jarvis more recently turned up in such diverse series as 7th Heaven and Six Feet Under.

A Toronto native, he began acting at age 19 in a small theater company in Virginia. He attended Williams College before moving on to New York City in the early 1950s to pursue a career in theater. He was an original member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater.

Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani,

90, a former vicar general of Vatican City, died Saturday, Vatican Radio reported.

The cardinal was born in Casal Fiumanese in northern Italy, and became a priest in 1935. He worked his way up the church hierarchy and was elevated to cardinal in 1983 by Pope John Paul II. As vicar general, he handled day-to-day administration in the city-state.

Quigg Newton,

91, a former mayor of Denver and president of the University of Colorado who became president of the New York-based Commonwealth Fund philanthropic foundation, died April 4 in Denver.

Mr. Newton was president of Commonwealth Fund from 1964 to 1975, a period in which it greatly expanded work on medical education, encouraging medical schools to become more involved in community health issues and helping to establish medical schools to address shortages of doctors and medical centers, a foundation spokeswoman said.

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