Donald Fedderson 81, producer of television shows...


Donald Fedderson 81, producer of television shows ranging from "My Three Sons" and "Family Affair" to the musical programs of Liberace and Lawrence Welk, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a long illness stemming from heart problems.

Noel Pointer, 40, a contemporary jazz violinist and composer, died Tuesday in New York of a stroke. He made his solo debut at age 13 as a classical violinist performing with the Symphony of the New World Orchestra in New York. He recorded seven solo albums, including "Phantazia," which went platinum. Two were nominated for Grammy Awards: "All My Reasons" and "Direct Hit."

E. W. Swackhamer, 67, who directed popular television series and movies, died Dec. 5 of a ruptured aortic aneurysm in Berlin, where he was on location for a new film. A resident of Encino, Calif., his credits included "MASH," "L.A. Law," "Murder, She Wrote," "Jake and the Fatman," "Bewitched," "The Partridge Family" and "The Flying Nun."

Lilia Skala, who was in her 90s and was best known for her role as the mother superior in the film "Lillies of The Field," died Sunday in New York. Her performance in the 1963 "Lilies of The Field," which also starred Sidney Poitier, earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. On Broadway, she appeared in "Letters to Lucerne" and "Arms and the Man." Her television appearances included "The Goldbergs," "Kraft Theater" and "Search for Tomorrow."

Donald Treadgold, 72, an author and scholar on Russian history, died Tuesday of leukemia in Seattle. He was a history professor at the University of Washington and an editor of the Slavic Review. His books include, "The History of Christianity," "Twentieth Century Russia," "The West in Russia and China," and "Freedom: A History."

Leaonard Stringfield, 74, who researched unidentified flying objects and wrote two books on the subject, died of cancer Sunday at his Cincinnati home. His "Situation Red: The UFO Siege" was published in 1977 and "UFO Crash Retrievals: Amassing the Evidence" in 1982. He also published a UFO newsletter.

J. Kingston Herbert Jr., 62, a fund-raiser for Harvard Medical School, died Dec. 13 of a heart attack in his office at the school in Boston. At his death he was the medical school's director of development in charge of major gifts. He had held that post since 1986, and had raised millions of dollars for the school.

William D. Fleming, 84, former president of Walston & Co., once one of the largest brokerage firms in the United States, died Dec. 14 of congestive heart failure at the Mesa Verde Convalescent Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Walston merged with duPont Glore Forgan in 1973. He was vice chairman of duPont Walton under Ross Perot, who was chairman, until the firm was liquidated in 1974.

Dr. Walter Houston Clark, 92, a retired professor of the psychology of religion at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts and a former dean at Hartford Seminary, died Thursday at his home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He explored the importance that mystical experience can have in religion, which led to an association with Dr. Timothy Leary and others who advocated the use of hallucinogens to expand their consciousness.

Stuart Levin, 64, who ran elegant Manhattan restaurants, died Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York of pneumonia complicated by advanced multiple sclerosis. He learned the trade from the ground up and was an owner or manager of shrines of haute cuisine like the Four Seasons and Le Pavillon.

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