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LOS ANGELES — Aben Kandel

Wrote screenplays


LOS ANGELES -- Aben Kandel, 96, who wrote the screenplay for such horror films as "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and "Horrors of the Black Museum," died of heart failure Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, said his son, Stephen.

Mr. Kandel also wrote Joan Crawford's last film, "Trog," and one of Leonard Nimoy's first, "Kid Monk Baroni."


His other films included "The Iron Major," "The Knute Rockne Story" and "Dinner at Eight."

Kandel also wrote the novels "Vaudeville" in 1927, "Black Sun" in 1929 and "City for Conquest" in 1936, which was made into a film starring James Cagney.

His plays included "Hot Money," which was produced on Broadway and sold to MGM.

* Francois Reichenbach,Francois Reichenbach, 71, a master of documentary films that painted celluloid portraits of musicians and convicts and revealed behind-the-scenes America, Mexico and France, died Tuesday at the American Hospital in the Paris suburb of Neuilly, where he had had an operation. "We are losing a remarkable man and a great director who provided the documentary genre with its letters of nobility," said Culture Minister Jack Lang.

* Karl Laufkotter,Karl Laufkotter, 93, a tenor who sang at the Metropolitan Opera in the late 1930s and early 40s, died on Dec. 14 at his home in Ojai, Calif. Edyth Wagner, a friend, notified the New York Times about his death in a letter that arrived Friday. The native of Dusseldorf, Germany, sang with companies in Berlin and Stuttgart and then internationally from 1923 to 1950, specializing in German opera. He was engaged by the Metropolitan in 1936 and was a leading lyric tenor there for a decade, touring nationally and internationally with the company. His most celebrated role was Mime in Wagner's "Siegfried."

* Harry Thomashevsky,Harry Thomashevsky, 97, a producer and director in Yiddish theater, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. The eldest son of Boris and Bessie Thomashevsky, founding members of the Yiddish theater in the United States, he made his theatrical debut in New York City at 13 in "The Pintele Yid." Later he was a director of the Federal Theater's Yiddish Theater Project. He also staged productions of the classics, including "Macbeth" and "She Stoops to Conquer," for young audiences.

* Vern Kennedy,Vern Kennedy, 85, a baseball star who pitched a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox in 1935, died Thursday in Mendon, Mo. The White Sox called him up at the end of the 1934 season, and the following year he threw his no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in an 8-0 victory. He also had a triple and drove in three runs in that game. He remained in the majors through 1944, playing with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.

* Thomas A. Priestley,Thomas A. Priestley, 75, a photographer and documentary filmmaker who filmed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, died Thursday of a heart attack in New York.


* Ann Osterhout Edison,Ann Osterhout Edison, 91, a pharmacist and daughter-in-law of Thomas Alva Edison, died of heart failure Jan. 25 at the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center at Duncaster in Bloomfield, Conn.

* Michel Renault,Michel Renault, 65, the dancer who for decades was the Paris Opera's brightest male star, died after a battle with hepatitis, opera officials announced Monday. He was 65.

* Paul Hogan,Paul Hogan, 48, a reporter for WMAQ-TV in Chicago for the past 13 years, died Sunday of a heart attack.

* Joseph P. McHugh,Joseph P. McHugh, 88, a former professional boxing announcer, died Sunday following a month-long hospital stay in Allentown, Pa. He introduced more than 10,000 matches throughout his career, including ones fought by Jack Dempsey and Muhammad Ali. Later, McHugh became the official announcer for the World Wrestling Federation.

* Diana Brewster Clark,Diana Brewster Clark, 56, an educator and an authority on dyslexia, died of endometrial cancer at her home in New York on Sunday. She was recognized for her research on remedial education for dyslexia. Her book, "Dyslexia; Theory and Practice of Remedial Instruction", is a standard text on the subject.

* Harold Henry Beverage,Harold Henry Beverage, 99, a radio engineer and RCA scientist whose research advanced communications technology, died Jan. 27 at the John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, N.Y.


* Julia Davis Adams,Julia Davis Adams, 92, a writer, died Saturday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va. She was the author of two dozen books, mostly novels. Writing as Julia Davis, she often dealt with the history of her native state and the role her family had played in it.

* Grace Hayward Mack,Grace Hayward Mack, 81, a horticulturalist known for her work in hybridizing chrysanthemums, died of heart failure Friday at her home in New Canaan, Conn.

* J. Thompson Ruger,J. Thompson Ruger, 48m an executive of Sturm, Ruger & Co., a manufacturer of firearms, died of leukemia Sunday at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.

* Neal Steinman,Neal Steinman, 50, a lawyer and expert in public finance, died of cancer Thursday in Philadelphia.

* Charles L. Bennett,Charles L. Bennett, a longtime Oklahoma newspaper editor, died of a massive stroke in Rapid City, S.D., on Saturday at age 72.

* Lucilla Ray Donnelly,Lucilla Ray Donnelly, 67, president of Indiana Printing and Publishing Co. and co-publisher of The Indiana Gazette, died Monday at Indiana Hospital.


* Clarence LeRoy Holte,Clarence LeRoy Holte, 85, owner of a formidable collection of books on black history and culture, died of heart failure Friday in Oakland, Calif.

* Cynthia Gillespie,Cynthia Gillespie, 51, co-founder of a women's law center and author of "Justifiable Homicide: Battered Women, Self-Defense and the Law," an acclaimed book on battered women, died Friday after a long battle with breast cancer in Seattle.