Actor and activist
CONCORD, N.H. -- Timothy Gordon, the founder of the SRO Hotel Touring Players and an actor who took theater to shelters for the homeless in Manhattan, died of pneumonia Sept. 27 at Concord Hospital.
The 71-year-old Pembroke, N.H., resident worked for many years as an actor in TV soap operas and on theatrical tours. He created the SRO group in 1979, he said, to take to "people who have no magic, and actors have magic at their fingertips."
He and his acting group took their plays into dimly lighted shelters and the lobbies and cellars of single-room-occupancy hotels. In seven years, he produced 33 productions, including works by Chekhov, Noel Coward and Tennessee Williams.
The Lawrence, Mass., native studied acting in Boston under Stella Adler. He retired in February.
Kay Nolte Smith
Penned mystery novels
LONG BRANCH, N.J.
LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Kay Nolte Smith, author of "The Watcher" and other mystery novels, died Sept. 25 of lung cancer at Monmouth Medical Center here.
The 61-year-old Tinton Falls, N.J., resident was born in Eveleth, Minn. She moved to New York City in 1955 and became an advertising copywriter and actress in summer stock and off-Broadway theater under the name Kay Gillian. She taught speech and writing at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J.
In 1980, she published "The Watcher," which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best first novel by a mystery writer. Other novels included "Country of the Heart," "Elegy for a Soprano," "Mindspell," "A Tale of the Wind" and "Venetian Song," to be published in 1994.
* Actress Reizel Bozyk, 79, who played the matchmaking grandmother in the movie "Crossing Delancey," has died in New York. The Polish native began acting in her native Poland at age 5. She initially performed with her parents and was later teamed with another young actor, Max Bozyk. They married and spent 37 years together until he died in her arms following a 1970 performance in New York. She was best known for playing Amy Irving's grandmother in "Crossing Delancey." The 1988 film was her first English-language role. She didn't do an English-language play until 1989, when she appeared in "Social Security" at a New Jersey theater. She also performed her "Crossing Delancey" role on stage.
* Herschel J. Brown, 88, a founder of the Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., died Wednesday in Sunnyvale, Calif. He joined the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. in 1940 and eventually became chief accountant. In 1953, he and several other executives started the Lockheed Missile Systems Division. He became general manager in 1959 and retired in 1967.
* Dr. Harold Zarowitz, 70, a pioneer in the treatment of diabetes in the New York area, died Tuesday at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan of complications from diabetes. Insulin-dependent from age 18, he was one of the earliest advocates of the rigid-control concept of treating diabetes. That approach involves constant monitoring of insulin levels, and allowing insulin to be supplied in smaller doses to simulate the body's own insulin production rather than giving a single dose to last the day.
* Howard J. Cerny, 68, an unindicted co-conspirator and government witness in the 1974 trial of two former members of President Nixon's Cabinet, died Sept. 18 of a heart attack in New York. He was a lawyer for fugitive financier Robert L. Vesco, accused of looting $224 million from an international investor's fund.
* Florence Small Gaynor, 72, the first black woman to head a major teaching hospital in the United States, died unexpectedly Sept. 16 after a sudden brain hemorrhage at Christiana Medical Center in Newark, Del. A registered nurse by training, she rose through the ranks of administration at several large New York City hospitals at a time when there were few women or blacks in such positions. In February 1971, she was chosen from a field of 20 candidates, the rest of them male, to be executive director of Sydenham Hospital in Harlem, making her the first black woman ever to head one of the city's municipal hospitals.