Other Notable Deaths

Other Notable Deaths

August 13, 2007

WALTER OPPENHEIMER, 92 Art collector, philanthropist

Walter Oppenheimer, an art collector and philanthropist who co-founded Helga, a line of women's special-occasion clothing, died Aug. 1 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center In Los Angeles of complications from a heart condition.

With his wife as the designer of suits, dresses and evening clothes sold in specialty stores, Mr. Oppenheimer launched Helga Inc. in 1947. He managed the business until the couple sold it in 1986.

The Oppenheimers collected art by Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and other modern European artists during frequent business trips to Europe to buy fabric.

"It all started with one little Braque painting that we both fell in love with in Paris," Mr. Oppenheimer once said of the collection.

The couple recently donated several dozen artworks to the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles. They also funded an exhibition gallery in the museum that is named in their honor.

Mr. Oppenheimer was born in Berlin in 1915. After high school, he moved to London in the 1930s and worked in retail. It was there that he met Helga Kallman, also from Berlin, who was working as a fashion designer.

They immigrated to the United States in 1938 and settled in New York City, where they married and continued working in retail.

JOHN F. REGINATO, 89 California tourism promoter

John F. Reginato, a longtime promoter of California tourism who helped establish the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the Sacramento River Trail, died July 28 in Tacoma, Wash., after suffering a stroke and heart attack, according to his daughter-in-law, Judith Reginato.

He served more than 40 years as general manager of the Shasta-Cascade Wonderland Association, which provides information about tourism and recreation activities in northeastern California.

Mr. Reginato also served on the state Harbors and Watercraft Commission, developed 20 boat ramps in Northern California and promoted the use of houseboats as recreation getaways.

SAUL SCHOTTENSTEIN, 85 Value City stores founder

Saul Schottenstein, the co-founder of Value City Department Stores Inc. whose family had donated millions to medical research and Jewish charities, died Saturday at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, nursing supervisor Lee Ann Williams said.

He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for nearly 15 years, nephew Jay Schottenstein said.

In his work for Value City Department Stores, Saul Schottenstein managed the retailer's women's merchandising for more than 60 years.

He and his family donated $2 million to Ohio State University to help establish the Schottenstein Family Cancer Research Laboratories at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute.

The family also donated $12.5 million to the school for the sports facility known as the Jerome Schottenstein Center and Value City Arena. Jerome Schottenstein, who died in 1992, was Saul Schottenstein's brother and chairman of Schottenstein Stores.

JAMES FAUST, 87 Mormon leader

James Faust, a top official in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday at his Salt Lake City home of age-related causes, the church said in a statement.

Mr. Faust was Second Counselor to church President Gordon B. Hinckley, a position he held since 1995. He had held church leadership positions since 1972.

A graduate of the University of Utah School of Law, Mr. Faust was president of the Utah Bar Association from 1962-1963 and was a member of the Utah Legislature, where he served as chairman of the House liquor investigation committee. Mr. Faust also served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

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