Deaths Elsewhere

October 03, 2004

E.R. Haggar Sr.,

88, a son of a Lebanese immigrant who helped build a family clothing store in Texas into a national brand of slacks and shirts, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday at his Dallas home.

He was president of Haggar Clothing Co. from 1948 until 1971 and chairman of the board from 1971 to 1991. He began working for the company during the summer when he was 14. By the time graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1938, he had been involved in every phase of the business.

After serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he returned to the company and helped begin development of a national brand and national distribution. He launched an advertising campaign that took the Haggar name to television in the 1950s. During the same decade, he introduced finished-bottom pants that eliminated the consumer's wait for alterations.

Marvin H. Davis,

79, a billionaire who amassed his fortune through well-timed deals in the oil and entertainment industries, died Sept. 25 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Friends said that Mr. Davis, who was 6 feet 4 inches and weighed 300 pounds, had long suffered from heart trouble, back pain, diabetes and other effects of morbid obesity.

He had an acute sense of the right moment to buy and sell businesses and properties. He sold most of his oil and natural-gas holdings when energy markets were peaking in 1981, and turned his interests to undervalued entertainment businesses and real estate in California.

He bought 20th Century Fox in 1981 and sold it four years later to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. He also owned the Pebble Beach Co., the Aspen Skiing Co. and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Later, he made highly publicized but unsuccessful bids on companies including Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, CBS and Resorts International. His fortune was valued at $4.9 billion this year by Forbes magazine, where he placed 85th on the annual ranking of billionaires.

Gardner Botsford,

87, a longtime editor at The New Yorker magazine who was considered instrumental in shaping its style, died of bone marrow disease Monday in Manhattan.

Over a 40-year career that spanned the magazine's most influential years, he edited work from writers ranging from A.J. Liebling to Roger Angell and later, his wife, author Janet Malcolm. He was raised in Manhattan's high society as the son of heiress Ruth Gardner and journalist and advertising executive Alfred Miller Botsford. When his parents divorced, his mother married Raoul Fleishmann, whose family financed The New Yorker.

After leaving Yale University, he got a job at The New Yorker as a reporter, but was fired by editor Harold Ross, who told him to get newspaper experience. He went on to the Jacksonville (Fla.) Journal, and in 1942, rejoined The New Yorker. He retired from the magazine in 1982. He served in the Army during World War II and was part of the D-Day landing in Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Walter Scheuer,

82, a New York investor and patron of the arts who produced the Oscar-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China, among other films, died on Sept. 20 at his home in Manhattan.

He was chairman of Sterling Capital Corp., an investment company, which he had headed since 1980.

He was a trustee and mainstay of Carnegie Hall since 1977, and there he worked closely with Mr. Stern, who saved the hall from the wrecking ball. In 1979 he produced Murray Lerner's film record of Mr. Stern's tour of China, which won an Oscar in 1980 for Best Documentary.

John E. Mack,

74, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard Medical School professor whose research on purported extraterrestrial abductions generated widespread publicity and controversy, died Monday in London after being struck by a car while crossing a street

Dr. Mack had been attending a conference in England on T.E. Lawrence. Lawrence is the subject of his psychoanalytic account, A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence, which won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for biography. He founded the psychiatric department at Cambridge Hospital. He was certified as a practitioner of both child and adult psychoanalysis.

In 1990, he began his research on people who claimed to have encountered extraterrestrials. He held that such encounters were real, though likely more spiritual than physical in character. His work drew widespread attention in 1994 with the publication of a best-selling book, Abduction. That year, Harvard Medical School appointed a faculty committee to review his work. After a 15-month process, the committee declined to take any action against him.

Scott Muni,

74, a disc jockey whose deep, leisurely, fogbound voice was a regular companion to New York City rock fans for nearly 50 years, died Tuesday in New York. He had not returned to the air after suffering a stroke in January.

He was a pioneer of FM radio in New York, breaking from the regimentation of Top 40 radio to introduce a free-form approach, first at WOR-FM, and then for more than 20 years at WNEW-FM. Playing album tracks as well as singles, and speaking to the audience conversationally, he helped set the style for FM radio nationwide in the decades to come. His knowledge of music led to his being nicknamed the Professor.

In 1998, he moved to WAXQ-FM, a classic rock station where he opened each show with a Beatles song and continued to earn high ratings until his last broadcast there in January.

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