Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

August 24, 2004

Daniel Petrie, 83, who won several Emmy awards during his half-century career as a movie and television director, died of cancer Sunday at his Los Angeles home.

His films included A Raisin in the Sun, which dealt with racism, and The Dollmaker, starring Jane Fonda, which dealt with women coming into their own as people and breadwinners.

Mr. Petrie won directing Emmys for Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and for Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977).

Most recently, he worked on the 2001 TV productions Wild Iris and Walter and Henry.

His movie work included Resurrection (1980), starring Ellen Burstyn, Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981) with Paul Newman and The Betsy (1978).

Robert P. Linn, 95, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the nation's longest-serving mayor, died Friday at his home in Beaver, Pa.

Mr. Linn, who was serving his 15th term, took office Jan. 2, 1946, although he didn't even want the job, then known as burgess. He went along with a group of Republicans who wanted to unseat the incumbent -- but he took out a newspaper ad urging people to vote for his opponent.

Beaver is 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Al Dvorin, 81, the concert announcer who made famous the phrase "Elvis has left the building," died Sunday in an auto accident on a desert road near Ivanpah, Calif. The night before, he had performed his signature closing line at an Elvis impersonator concert in California.

A former bandleader and talent agent in Chicago, Mr. Dvorin was with Mr. Presley from his early days as a performer and was on his last tour in 1977, the year Mr. Presley died.

The phrase that Mr. Dvorin made his signature was first uttered by other announcers early in Mr. Presley's career.

Mr. Dvorin's version was captured on many recordings of Mr. Presley's performances and has become a pop-culture catch-phrase and punch line.

Timothy G. Elbourne, 65, a former Nixon White House aide who traveled widely to prepare media coverage for presidential trips, including the historic 1972 journey to China, died Aug. 7 at his home in Idyllwild, Calif.

He was an advance assistant in President Richard M. Nixon's first administration after working on the 1968 presidential campaign with Ronald Ziegler, his former college roommate. Mr. Ziegler served as Mr. Nixon's press secretary.

Robert David Lion Gardiner, 93, the 16th lord of the manor of the private Gardiners Island off the tip of Long Island, died yesterday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y., a family spokeswoman said.

Mr. Gardiner's title came from a hereditary royal land grant dating back more than 360 years to King Charles I of England, who gave the island to Lion Gardiner, Mr. Gardiner's ancestor, in 1639 as a reward for defeating the Pequot Indians.

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