Other Notable Deaths


October 16, 2005

Robert Montgomery Scott, 76, the stylish scion of two prominent families who was once dubbed "The Quintessential Philadelphian," died of liver failure Thursday in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

His mother, socialite Hope Montgomery Scott, was the model for Katharine Hepburn's character in the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story. His father, investment banker Edgar Scott, was an heir to the Pennsylvania Railroad fortune.

He worked as a law partner in the city and as a diplomatic aide in Britain, but is perhaps best known for running the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1982 to 1996, during which time the museum's endowment grew from less than $20 million to $100 million, and its annual attendance grew from 400,000 to 950,000.

Donald R.F. Harleman, 82, a civil engineer who pioneered the study of the flow of contaminants through water and advised agencies that cleaned up Boston Harbor, Chesapeake Bay and bodies of water in several developing countries, died of cancer Sept. 28 on Nantucket, in Massachusetts.

Dr. Harleman, a veteran faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was regarded as a leader in fluid mechanics, and since 1995 he had been an adviser to an Italian agency, the New Venice Consortium, that is planning strategies to protect Venice from flooding.

He developed an expertise in how pollutants introduced into rivers, lakes, bays and other bodies of water spread, and he was an advocate of improving water quality in the developing world.

Devery Freeman, 92, a writer who helped found the group that became the Writers Guild of America and wrote for such TV series as The Thin Man, died Oct. 7 in Los Angeles. He had been ill since having open-heart surgery in March.

He participated in the Screen Writers Guild's first negotiation with the studios, in which the union won the right to determine writing credits. He also was instrumental in the group's 1954 reorganization that created the Writers Guild of America.

The Brooklyn native wrote for television during the medium's Golden Age, creating scripts for such shows as Playhouse 90, Climax and Desilu Playhouse.

Wayne Booth, 84, a prominent literary critic and University of Chicago professor whose books are required reading at many universities, died from complications of dementia Oct. 9 in Chicago.

His book The Rhetoric of Fiction, published in 1961, is "the single most important American contribution to narrative theory - a book that continues to be read, taught and fought about," said Bill Brown, chairman of the University of Chicago English department.

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