Other Deaths Of Notice


October 29, 2006

ARTHUR HILL, 84 Character actor Arthur Hill, a veteran character actor whose dozens of television and movie appearances included the title role in the series Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, died Oct. 22 at a Pacific Palisades, Calif., care facility after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

His was a well-known face on TV, appearing on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Defenders, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, Mission Impossible, The Fugitive and Marcus Welby, M.D. He was the star of Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law from 1971 to 1974. He also appeared in the films Harper, The Ugly American, The Andromeda Strain and A Bridge Too Far.

NELSON DE LA ROSA, 38 Actor, Red Sox fan Nelson de la Rosa, a 2-foot-4 actor and ubiquitous good-luck charm for the Boston Red Sox during their victorious 2004 World Series run, died Oct. 22 of unknown causes in a Providence, R.I., hospital.

Mr. de la Rosa, believed to be one of the world's smallest men, fell ill shortly after arriving in Miami on Oct. 20 from Chile, where he had been working in a circus. He traveled to Providence, where two of his brothers live.

Mr. de la Rosa, a native of the Dominican Republic, became internationally known when he appeared alongside actor Marlon Brando in the 1996 film, The Island of Dr. Moreau. After Mr. de la Rosa was introduced to then-Boston ace Pedro Martinez by a mutual friend, the two Dominicans became friends and he became a regular presence in the Red Sox clubhouse in the 2004 playoffs.

WILLIAM A MARQUARD, 86 American Standard chief

William A. Marquard, credited with reviving American Standard Cos. in the 1970s and 1980s, died Oct. 22 at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky., the city where he lived.

He had retired as chairman and chief executive in 1985 after 24 years at the top posts of the diversified company known for its kitchen and bath products.

He became chief in 1971 and within eight years cut debt by more than half and increased profits, according to a 1980 report in Fortune noted by the company. He oversaw the acquisition of Trane in 1984, which allowed American Standard to re-enter the air conditioning business, which now accounts for more than $6 billion in sales.

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