* Maj. Gen. John Frost, 80, whose heroic role in the Allied defeat at Arnhem, the Netherlands, during World War II inspired the movie "A Bridge Too Far," died Friday at his home at Milland in Hampshire, 45 miles southwest of London, after a long illness.
* Ronald Haver, 54, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's film department who painstakingly reconstructed the George Cukor classic "A Star Is Born," died of AIDS May 18.
* Lt. Gen. Joseph Smith, 91, a major figure in the Berlin Airlift, died of respiratory heart failure May 19 at the Andrews Air Force Base hospital.
* Chester B. deGavre, 85, a retired brigadier general and woodcarver of miniature birds, died of cardiovascular collapse May 16 at his home, Deep Creek Plantation, in Onancock on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He was one of the first Army officers to take parachute training at the outset of World War II.
* Walter Abbott Wood, 85, an explorer and past president of the American Geographical Society, died May 18 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Wood took part in more than 100 ascents on four continents, including climbing Mount Ararat in Turkey in 1949, looking for evidence of Noah's Ark.
* Howard D. Goldberg, 40, a talent agent and founding partner of a Hollywood agency, died of complications from AIDS Sunday at Sherman Oaks Medical Center in Los Angeles.
* Vladimir Promyslov, mayor of Moscow for 23 years and one of the most influential Communist bureaucrats in the Soviet Union, died Saturday at age 85.
* Orville E. Beal, 84, president of the Prudential Insurance Co. from 1962 to 1969, died Saturday after suffering a fall in Livingston, N.J.
* John Ludlow Gould,John Ludlow Gould, 79, a pioneering television and radio critic who wrote under the byline Jack Gould for the New York Times, died Monday of complications from a gall bladder infection at a convalescent home in Concord, Calif.
* Charles D. Hepler, a former publisher of Reader's Digest who was in his mid-70s, died at his Santa Fe, N.M., home Monday after a long battle with cancer.
* Martin Leroy "Red" Gibson, 59, a columnist, author and journalism professor at the University of Texas for 24 years, died of cancer Saturday in Austin.
* James A. Murphy,James A. Murphy, 54, an architect and editor at Progressive Architecture magazine, died of a heart attack May 16 at his home in Westport, Conn.