Other Notable Deaths


January 01, 2007

John Bishop, a playwright, screenwriter

John Bishop, a playwright, screenwriter and longtime member of Circle Repertory Company in New York, died of cancer Dec. 20 in Bad Heilbrunn, Germany.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, a backstage comedy-thriller that he wrote and directed and that was produced on Broadway in 1987, might be his most widely produced play. But as resident playwright for the Circle Rep, a hothouse of theatrical talent that closed in 1996, he was known for straight-talking ruminations on masculinity and decline, including Borderlines, The Great Grandson of Jedediah Kohler and Confluence.

In 1989, his screenplay The Package was made into a movie starring Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones.

RUDOLF DE CRIGNIS, 58 Abstract painter

Rudolf de Crignis, a Swiss-born artist whose abstract monochrome paintings had a subtle depth, died Dec. 23 in New York City of a brain tumor diagnosed in November.

Charlotte Jackson, owner of a Santa Fe, N.M., gallery that has showcased the artist's work since the 1990s, said that despite the speed of his illness, he managed to complete two major projects before he died.

His works were featured at galleries in New York, as well as at Yale University, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and the Kunsthaus in Zurich, Switzerland.

LARRY DUPRAZ, 87 Production supervisor

Larry Dupraz, who for decades oversaw production at Princeton University's student newspaper, died Dec. 24 at a rehabilitation center in Beverly, Mass. He had heart disease.

Starting out as a typesetter at The Daily Princetonian in 1946, he took the words of student reporters and forged them in molten lead with an aging linotype machine. Soon after joining the paper, he became a compositor, in charge of getting the paper printed each night, according to an obituary on the newspaper's Web site.

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