Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 31, 2004

Donald Hollowell, 87, a leading civil rights attorney who once helped free the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from prison and worked to desegregate Atlanta's public schools, died there Monday of heart failure.

Mr. Hollowell also was credited with helping desegregate the University of Georgia. Atlanta named a road after him in 1998.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Hollowell was one of the lead lawyers in the desegregation of Atlanta schools. He represented Dr. King in 1960 after the civil rights leader was jailed on a traffic charge. He was attorney for Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes Jr. as they integrated the University of Georgia in 1961.

Mr. Hollowell's firm worked to desegregate Augusta's buses and Macon's schools, and won a landmark case requiring Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital to admit black doctors and dentists to its staff.

In 1966, he accepted an appointment from President Lyndon B. Johnson as the first regional director of the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Peter Davison, 76, an editor at Atlantic Monthly Press and Houghton Mifflin, poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly, and author of 11 volumes of verse, died Wednesday in Boston.

"Peter was an extraordinary link to The Atlantic's and the country's literary history," Cullen Murphy, the magazine's managing editor, said. "But he was not some antiquarian. He was a robustly modern man with aggressive appetites, always on the lookout for new things worth saying and new people to say them."

Mr. Davison also was the author of three prose works, Half Remembered, an autobiography; One of the Dangerous Trades, a collection of essays on poetry; and The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston from Robert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath, 1955-60. The last book was as much memoir as history. Mr. Frost had been a mentor to Mr. Davison, Mr. Lowell a friend and Ms. Plath briefly a lover.

Mr. Davison belonged to no poetic school. His verse was neither confessional nor formalist. He wrote a poetry of reflection, highly intelligent, deeply informed by nature, indwelling yet constantly alert to the external world. `'The corner of the eye / Is where my visions lie," he wrote in his poem "Peripheral Vision."

Mr. Davison didn't publish his first volume until he was 35. That book, The Breaking of the Day, won the Yale Younger Poets award. A 1949 graduate of Harvard University, he never entered academe, preferring to earn his living as an editor.

Sylvia Herscher, 91, a Broadway literary agent, general manager and producer who received a Tony in 2000, died Wednesday at her home in New York City.

Mrs. Herscher worked in all aspects of the theater. For many years, she was composer Jule Styne's secretary, assisting him on such shows as Make A Wish in 1951 and the 1952 revival of Pal Joey.

She was general manager for such productions as Hazel Flagg (1953), Mr. Wonderful (1955), A Visit to a Small Planet (1957) and Say, Darling (1958). She also helped produce the 1955 comedy Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Tzvi Tzur, 81, who was the Israeli army's sixth chief of staff, has died of a heart attack, the army announced Tuesday in Jerusalem.

Mr. Tzur served in the army's top position, reaching the rank of lieutenant general, from 1961 to 1963. After leaving the military, he served briefly as a member of parliament before taking up the position of assistant defense minister on the eve of the 1967 Mideast war. He held the job for seven years.

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