George J. FeldmanU.S. ambassadorGeorge J. Feldman, a...


George J. Feldman

U.S. ambassador

George J. Feldman, a former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and Malta and a leading figure in the U.S. space-exploration effort, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Bryn Mawr, Pa, the New York Times News Service reported. He was 91.

In 1959, as chief counsel of the newly formed House Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration, Mr. Feldman was a main author of a study that recommended the establishment of a civilian space agency, later named the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to overtake the Soviet space program.

From 1965 to 1967, after being appointed by President Lyndon )) B. Johnson, he served as the nation's first ambassador to Malta. Then Johnson named him ambassador to Luxembourg.

He was also an author of numerous articles and books on business law, including "Business Under the New Price Laws" (Prentice-Hall, 1937), a study of the economic problems arising from the passage of New Deal fair-trade legislation.

Tommy Boyce, 55, part of the singing-songwriting duo that wrote the Monkees theme song and their hit "Last Train to Clarksville," shot himself to death Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. Although best known for their songwriting, Mr. Boyce and partner Bobby Hart also recorded some of their songs, achieving a Top 10 hit with "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" in 1967. They first gained fame in the early 1960s, writing "Pretty Little Angel Eyes," a 1961 hit for Curtis Lee, and "Come a Little Bit Closer," a hit for Jay and the Americans in 1964.

Arthur J. Komar, 60, former chairman of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, died Nov. 18 of cancer at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack, 62, a refugee from Lithuania who became executive director of the Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, died Wednesday in an auto accident in Houston.

Viola Spolin, 88, whose improvisational games trained generations of actors, died Tuesday. Her family did not disclose the cause and place of death. In 1946, she left Chicago for Hollywood and created the Young Actors Company, but returned to Chicago to found the Compass Theater with her son, Paul Sills. Compass students included Elaine May, Mike Nichols and Valerie Harper. Ms. Spolin's repertoire of more than 200 games, designed to help actors work with each other instantly, have become standard acting-lesson tools. She wrote several books, including "Improvisation for the Theater."

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