Anthony J. Accardo, 86, reputed boss of the Chicago crime syndicate and once Al Capone's bodyguard known as "Big Tuna," "The Enforcer" and "Joe Batters," died of heart disease May 27 in a Chicago hospital. He was once described at a U.S. Senate Rackets Committee hearing as the "godfather of Chicago organized crime." Despite a long arrest record on charges of murder, kidnapping, extortion, tax fraud, union racketeering and gambling, Mr. Accardo was never convicted of a felony, and he boasted that he had never spent a night in jail.
Constantine Shapiro, 95, a cellist, composer, writer and teacher, died May 25 at his home in Hollywood. Born in Saratov, Russia, he fled with his family after the 1917 revolution. He lived in Germany and Palestine and, from 1928 to 1952, had a career as soloist, conductor and teacher in Japan. He settled in Los Angeles in 1952.
Daniel Cowin, 70, an investment banker and real-estate executive who served on boards of 26 corporations, died of cancer May 26 at his home in New York City. He was a founding director of Continental Telephone, which merged into GTE. At his death, he was the managing director of Dome Capital Corp., a trustee of New Plan Realty Trust and a director of Christiana Cos. and Cantel Industries. Mr. Cowin was a noted collector of Art Deco, American folk art and 1930s photography and was a trustee of the Museum of American Folk Art and the International Center of Photography.
Theodore H. Silbert, 87, chairman of the Sterling National Bank and Trust Co. and an officer and fund-raiser of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the United Jewish Appeal-Federation, the Hebrew Free Loan Society, Bonds for Israel and the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries at the Fashion Institute of Technology, died of a heart attack May 26 at his home in New York City.