Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

June 05, 2008

Alton Kelley, 67

Poster artist

Alton Kelley, the artist who created the psychedelic style of posters and other art associated with the 1960s San Francisco rock scene, died Sunday at his home in Petaluma, Calif., of complications from osteoporosis, said his publicist, Jennifer Gross.

The artwork that Mr. Kelley and his lifelong collaborator, Stanley Mouse, churned out in their studio, a converted firehouse where Janis Joplin first rehearsed with Big Brother and the Holding Company, included dozens of classic rock posters, including the famous Grateful Dead "skull and roses" poster designed for a show at the Avalon Ballroom, and posters and album covers for Journey, Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles.

For inspiration, the pair scrutinized old etchings and photos, took in the youth culture of the time and dug through public libraries, often laughing until they were asked to leave by the librarian, Mr. Mouse recalled.

Mr. Kelley, who was born on June 17, 1940, met Mr. Mouse in 1965 at the epicenter of the hippie movement, San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, and soon recognized their ability to work together, in their words, "riffing off each other's giggle."

In recent years, Mr. Kelley's artwork focused on paintings of hotrods and custom cars, which were sold as fine art and printed on T-shirts.

Charles Moskos, 74

Military sociologist

Sociologist Charles Moskos, an expert on the attitudes of servicemen and servicewomen who helped formulate the "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays in the military, died Saturday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., his family said.

His surveys on military personnel issues, such as morale and recruitment trends, made him widely quoted in the news media. But he was best known for the advice to the Joint Chiefs of Staff that led to "don't ask, don't tell."

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