Other Notable Deaths


August 07, 2006

Johnny Weissmuller Jr., 65, son of Tarzan film star and five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, died of liver cancer July 27 at a San Francisco hospital.

He was an underwater demolition specialist in the Navy who went on to work as a stage actor and longshoreman in San Francisco in the 1970s. He also penned a memoir about life with his father, who died in 1984 of pulmonary edema. Tarzan, My Father was published in 2002.

Arlene Raven, 62, a pioneering historian and advocate of women's art, died of cancer Tuesday at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ms. Raven was a founder in 1973, with artist Judy Chicago and graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, of the Feminist Studio Workshop. It was the educational component of the Woman's Building, a pioneering center devoted to women's art and culture in Los Angeles.

In the workshop, she introduced programs based not just on techniques for making art, but on feminist consciousness-raising as well. She was a creator and editor of Chrysalis, an influential magazine of women's culture, and in 1977 initiated the Lesbian Art Project, in which she took part as a performer. She was also a founder of the Women's Caucus for Art.

She was an art critic for The Village Voice in the 1980s.

Jason Rhoades, 41, the Los Angeles sculptor who garnered international renown for his audacious, wildly diversified, morally provocative installations, died of heart failure Tuesday in Los Angeles after being taken ill at his home.

He emerged professionally in the early 1990s, when artists like Matthew Barney and Cady Noland were also creating symbolically charged environments out of unlikely commercial and industrial products.

A sprawling yet tightly organized installation for the 1995 Whitney biennial called My Brother/Brancusi included a doughnut-making machine and automotive repair equipment, along with photographs of sculptor Constantin Brancusi's studio and of Mr. Rhoades' brother's bedroom.

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