* Alfred Harvey, 80, who brought such cartoon characters as Casper the Friendly Ghost and Richie Rich the Poor Little Rich Boy to newsstands and TV and movie screens, died Monday in Larchmont, N.Y. His company, Harvey World Famous Comics, produced comic books and cartoons featuring such characters as Wendy the Good Little Witch; Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost; Baby Huey; Little Audrey; and Little Dot. It also published "Sad Sack," the military comic strip. Its library of 248 movie cartoons from the 1950s and '60s included follow-the-bouncing-ball musical shorts. He was 26 when he started the company in 1940.
* William Renchard, 86, who guided Chemical Bank from a largely regional institution into what was to become a global financial power, died Monday of a stroke at Glen Cove (N.Y.) Hospital. He was with Chemical Bank for 48 years, serving as president from 1960 to 1973 and chairman of the executive committee of the board of directors from 1973 until 1978, when he retired. During his leadership the bank doubled its assets to more than $15 billion. It was during this period that the bank, then a regional financial institution with only one foreign office, expanded its international presence.
* Isadore From, 75, one of the formulators of the innovative approach to psychotherapy called Gestalt therapy, died June 27 of a stroke during treatment for cancer, said Hunt Cole, his companion for 34 years. Of the original circle of founders of Gestalt therapy, he was a main theorizer. The Gestalt approach to psychotherapy was a radical revision of psychoanalysis, focusing on the therapist's and the clients' attention to the present rather than on the search for underlying causes of