Sister Parish, the interior designer whose career carried her from a one-room New Jersey business to refurbishing the White House for the Kennedys, died Thursday at 84 in Dark Harbor, Maine, after a long illness. During her six decades in the business, Mrs. Parish became the grande dame of American interior decorating. In addition to the Kennedys, she worked for many of America's best-known families: the Astors, Mellons, Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Whitneys.
James Thomas Aubrey Jr., 75, who led CBS to a No. 1 rating in the 1960s and later ran Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, died Sept. 3 of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was president of CBS from 1959 to 1965, when the network had such hits as "The Beverly 'D Hillbillies," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Green Acres," "Petticoat Junction" and "Gilligan's Island," and was president of MGM from 1969 to 1973.
Hollis Ellis, one of the last of the black cavalrymen called the "Buffalo Soldiers," died Monday of cancer in Los Angeles at age 87. The native Texan enlisted in the 10th Cavalry at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in 1927, retired from the Army in 1948 and spent 25 years working as a facilities manager for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Raymond C. Firestone , former chairman of the tire company founded by his father Harvey S. Firestone in 1900, died Friday in Cleveland at 86. He was chairman of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, from 1966 to 1976 and retired as a company director in 1977.