Deaths Elsewhere

July 18, 2004

Dorothy Hart,

, 82, a 1940s magazine cover girl whose brief Hollywood career included playing the female lead in the film noir classic The Naked City and Jane opposite Lex Barker's Tarzan in Tarzan's Savage Fury, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease July 11 in Arden, N.C.

Originally signed to Columbia Pictures and later under contract to Universal and Warner Bros., she made her film debut opposite Randolph Scott in the 1947 western Gunfighters. After moving to New York in 1952, she spent several years playing leading roles in television drama showcases and later was a panelist on I've Got a Secret.

Sam McKim,

79, an artist who drew the first souvenir maps of Disneyland in 1954 and the preliminary sketches for many Disney theme park rides, died of heart failure July 9 at a hospital in Burbank, Calif.

He was one of the first park designers, who became known as Imagineers. He joined Disney in 1954, and his sketches inspired the designers of attractions, shops and restaurants for the original Disneyland.

He produced sketches of all four attractions Disney built for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. His artwork contributed to the story development of several pavilions at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida. He created souvenir maps for Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.

Betty Oliphant,

85, a British-born teacher who as director of the National Ballet School in Toronto became a leading figure in ballet, died Monday in St. Catharines, Ontario.

She was a ballet mistress of the National Ballet of Canada and director of the National Ballet School until her retirement in 1989. She was known for stressing technical mastery, not for the sake of virtuosity alone but as a means of achieving freedom of expression.

Under her guidance, the National Ballet School became an internationally respected institution. In 1967, Erik Bruhn, the great Danish dancer, asked her to reorganize the Royal Swedish Ballet School, and she helped reorganize the Royal Danish Ballet School in 1978.

Carole Fields-Arnold,

59, a former talent agent who with her husband, jazzman Buddy Arnold, co-founded the Musicians Assistance Program to help artists fight drug and alcohol addiction, died June 11 at her home in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not announced.

The talent agent married Mr. Arnold, a jazz saxophonist, in 1986, and the couple founded the assistance program in 1992. Mr. Arnold, who was a recovering heroin addict, died in November of complications from open-heart surgery.

Ms. Fields-Arnold closed her talent agency in 1996 to concentrate full time on expanding the assistance program. In 1999, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy honored her for creating a series of public service television announcements.

Juanita Tate,

66, an activist who sought to improve the quality of life in south Los Angeles neighborhoods by building affordable housing, helping to establish a credit union, fighting environmentally unsound projects and inspiring others to invest in the community, died July 5 at a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a stroke.

She was a Philadelphia communications worker and labor organizer until the early 1980s, when she moved to Los Angeles to care for her father and heard of the city's plans to build a huge trash incineration plant in a poor, working-class area of south Los Angeles.

Fearful of the pollutants it might generate, she mobilized a group of citizens that successfully stopped the project. Her success in thwarting the incineration plant led her to launch Concerned Citizens of South-Central Los Angeles. Since 1985, the group has built more than 300 units of affordable housing.

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