Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 05, 2004

Emily Morison Beck, 88, who edited three editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, died March 28 of kidney failure in Canton, Mass.

She helped edit the 13th edition of Bartlett's, which was published in 1955 and marked the pithy resource's centennial. She traced lyrics, quotes and poem verses to their original sources, which included Charles Dickens, the Bible, James Brown and Bob Dylan. She edited the 14th edition, published in 1968, and the 15th edition, published in 1980.

The book was started by John Bartlett, a bookstore employee in Cambridge who decided to publish his notebook full of quotations.

Before joining Bartlett's, Mrs. Beck edited books for Harper & Brothers, Alfred A. Knopf and Atlantic Monthly Press.

Mrs. Beck, the daughter of Samuel Eliot Morison, a naval historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, also edited a selection of her father's writings, Sailor Historian, which was his last book before he died in 1976.

Joan Richman, 64, a CBS News producer who won two Emmy awards for her coverage of the space program in the early 1970s and went on to direct coverage of breaking news in the 1980s, died of cancer Friday in Lumberville, Pa.

After graduating from Wellesley College in 1961, she began her career clipping newspapers in the CBS News research library. She spent the next 28 years in television news, rising to associate producer and then full producer in 1968.

As a producer, she worked with Walter Cronkite to cover the manned space launches of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the first trip to the moon in 1969, and won Emmy Awards in 1971 and 1972. She was named executive producer of the weekend editions of CBS Evening News in 1976. She also handled election-night coverage in 1976, 1978 and 1980. She left the network in 1989 to teach media and politics at Harvard University.

Alan Levy, 72, an American journalist and author, died of cancer Friday in Prague, according to The Prague Post, the English-language newspaper he founded in the Czech capital.

After working for the Louisville Courier-Journal in Kentucky and then free-lancing in New York City, he and his family moved to Prague in 1967 and reported on the Russian-led invasion the next year. He described the events of 1968 in the book Rowboat to Prague, published in 1972. It was re-released in 1980 as So Many Heroes. His 1974 book Good Men Still Live! also deals with the Prague Spring and its aftermath.

Czech authorities expelled him from the country in 1971 and he settled in Vienna, Austria. After the peaceful revolution led by Vaclav Havel that toppled Communist rule, Mr. Levy returned to what was then Czechoslovakia in 1990 and helped establish The Prague Post as its editor in chief one year later.

Murray Gart, 79, the last editor of the Washington Star and longtime correspondent and editor at Time Inc., died Wednesday in Mitchellville after undergoing heart-bypass surgery.

He was a correspondent and editor at Time until he was named by the company to become editor of the Star after the media company purchased it in 1978. The newspaper suspended publication in August 1981, and he became a senior editor with Time, based in Washington. Later, he was a consultant to Time.

As chief of correspondents, based in New York from 1969 to 1978, Mr. Gart directed a staff of more than 100 correspondents overseas and in the United States.

Art James, 74, who was an announcer or host for a dozen TV game shows over three decades, including Concentration and Family Feud Challenge, died March 28 in Palm Springs, Calif.

He worked as an announcer on Concentration, which ran from 1958 to 1973 and was NBC's longest-running game show. Concentration contestants tried to match prizes on a board by uncovering two tiles at a time. As the players matched the tiles, a word game was revealed on the board, which contestants would have to solve to win the game.

He also worked on shows including Say When, Face the Music and Blank Check before he started his own company, Art James Productions, in the 1990s. The company teaches public speaking and stages game shows that are designed to teach job skills.

Born Arthur Efimchick in Dearborn, Mich., he was an announcer for the Armed Forces Network while he served in Germany with the Army after World War II.

Erick Friedman, 64, a renowned violinist and a professor at the Yale School of Music, died of cancer Tuesday in New Haven, Conn.

A child prodigy, he studied with Ivan Galamian at Juilliard and made his New York debut at age 14. At 17, he began studying with Jascha Heifetz, with whom he recorded Bach's Concerto for Two Violins. He began teaching violin at Yale in 1989, and continued teaching until last month.

He won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album for his participation in The Heifetz Collection. He recorded for RCA with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and London Symphony.

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