Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 04, 2005

Greg Garrison, 81, who directed such stars as Dean Martin, Jack Benny, George Burns and Lucille Ball during a 40-year television career, died of pneumonia March 25 at his home near Los Angeles.

Mr. Garrison directed nearly 4,000 shows in his career, but was probably best known for his work on The Dean Martin Show and Martin's popular Celebrity Roasts. He also directed Your Show of Shows, the comedy-variety program that starred Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris.

When he directed such stars as Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald on Celebrity Roasts, Mr. Garrison always had their respect, recalled Dom DeLuise, who appeared frequently on The Dean Martin Show. If he wanted their attention, he would whistle into a microphone and say, "One voice - mine."

Mr. Garrison also directed one of television's landmark 1960 presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

John O'Leary, 58, John O'Leary, a lawyer from Portland, Maine, who went on to become U.S. ambassador to Chile, died Saturday of Lou Gehrig's disease at his home in Washington.

In 1998, Mr. O'Leary was named ambassador by President Clinton, whom he met while attending Yale University. He held the position until 2001.

Mr. O'Leary began his career in Portland in 1974 after receiving his law degree from Yale. While at the university, he met his wife, Patricia Cepeda, a native of Colombia who served as interpreter for Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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