Other notable deaths

August 17, 2007

CHESTER F. COLLIER, 80

Shaped dog show

Chester F. Collier, an Emmy-winning producer best known for shaping the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, died from diabetes complications Wednesday, the organization said.

Mr. Collier was a longtime network television producer and executive with media outlets including CNBC and Fox News. As president of Group W and Westinghouse Broadcasting, he also oversaw the development and production of The Regis Philbin Show and The Merv Griffin Show.

Always a dog lover, Mr. Collier took his passion to the competitive level, showing Bouviers des Flandres in the 1960s and winning more than 50 Bests In Show. He later turned the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show into a sold-out Madison Square Garden event with millions of viewers on live television.

JIRAIR S. HOVNANIAN, 80

Founded building firms

Jirair S. Hovnanian, an immigrant who founded two building companies, died Tuesday at his home in Mount Laurel, N.J., said his grandson, Garo Hovnanian, a member of the third generation involved with J.S. Hovnanian & Sons, of Mount Laurel.

Jirair Hovnanian started the company in 1964 after splitting from a company he started with his three brothers. One of those brothers, Kevork Hovnanian, started a company that eventually became Hovnanian Enterprises Inc., a publicly traded company based in Red Bank, N.J.

Mr. Hovnanian had been in and out of the hospital recently for small ailments.

Over the past four decades, J.S. Hovnanian & Sons built more than 6,000 homes, mainly in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey, the company said.

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