Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 08, 2004

George Reycraft, 79, a leading Wall Street lawyer and former Justice Department trustbuster, died March 1 in Miami.

He rose to national prominence in 1959 as the federal government's chief litigator in a long antitrust fight with DuPont and General Motors. He successfully argued that DuPont's 43 percent stake in the automaker constituted a "tendency toward monopoly" in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and DuPont was forced to give up its stock.

After joining the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taftin in 1963, he won an investors' suit against Arthur Andersen over millions of dollars lost in the Bernard Cornfeld mutual fund scandal. He also handled an investors' complaint in 1987 against financier Ivan F. Boesky and his main underwriter, Drexel Burnham Lambert. Boesky later pleaded guilty in an insider trading case.

Ralph Winters, 94, an Oscar-winning film editor whose career spanned almost the entire era of talking motion pictures, died Feb. 26 in Los Angeles.

He was nominated for the Academy Award for film editing six times and won twice - for King Solomon's Mines in 1950 and for Ben-Hur in 1959, famous for its stunning chariot-race scene. He teamed with acclaimed writer-director Blake Edwards nearly a dozen times, editing such Edwards classics as The Pink Panther, 10, Victor/Victoria and S.O.B.

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