Other Notable Deaths


September 26, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Thomas Ross Bond, 79, who played Butch the bully in the Our Gang and Little Rascals serials of the 1930s, died Saturday of complications from heart disease. He played a member of the gang named Tommy. After his first year he was dropped from the cast but returned later in the role of Butch, the archenemy of Alfalfa. Bond appeared in dozens of Our Gang and Little Rascals features before outgrowing the role. In 1951, he quit acting and went into television directing and production work before retiring in 1991.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Joel Hirschhorn, 67, who shared two Academy Awards for theme songs in The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, died Sept. 18 of a heart attack at a hospital after having broken his shoulder in a fall Friday night. His songs sold more than 90 million records, were featured in 20 movies and were recorded by artists including Elvis Presley. With longtime collaborator Al Kasha, he won his first Oscar in 1973 for "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure. They earned a second Academy Award in 1975 for "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno.

RYE, N.Y. -- Paul Arlt, 91, a painter and political cartoonist whose work was exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum and galleries nationwide, died Tuesday. The New York City native was a skilled watercolorist who often depicted Washington landmarks and political life in the nation's capital, where he lived for several decades. His work was displayed in museums and galleries across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Memorial Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Theodore Barber, 78, a psychologist who became a leading critic of the use of hypnosis after his studies concluded the power of suggestion was just as effective, died of a ruptured aorta Sept. 10. He began a career-long study of hypnosis in the 1960s, while working at the Medfield Foundation, a private psychiatric research center in Massachusetts. During his work, he and other researchers found that they could induce sleepiness by suggestion alone, without the formal protocols used by hypnotists. The Barber Suggestibility Scale, a method of evaluating patients and measuring their responsiveness to a range of suggestions, is still in use.

Great Neck, N.Y. -- Tobias Schneebaum, a New York writer, artist and explorer who in the 1950s lived among cannibals in the remote Amazon jungle and, by his own account, sampled their traditional cuisine, died Tuesday from Parkinson's disease complication. He was in his mid-80s. In 2000, Mr. Schneebaum was the subject of a well-received documentary film, Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, which follows his return to the Amazon, and to Indonesian New Guinea, where he also lived. Mr. Schneebaum came to prominence in 1969 with the publication of his memoir, also titled Keep the River on Your Right (Grove Press). The book, which became a cult classic, described how a mild-mannered gay New York artist wound up living, and ardently loving, for several months among the Arakmbut, an indigenous cannibalistic people in the rainforest of Peru.

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