John Kuranz, 73, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the atom bomb, died Friday in an airplane collision in Oshkosh, Wis. After working at the University of Chicago on the atom bomb, Mr. Kuranz witnessed the first explosion of a nuclear device at White Sands, N.M. After World War II, he was one of the founders and vice presidents of Nuclear Chicago Corp., a firm that applied nuclear physics to medicine. The company now is a part of Siemens.
Spencer T. Olin, 96, a former executive of munitions maker Olin Corp. and Republican Party support er, died Friday in Hobe Sound, Fla. He was vice president of Olin when its Winchester Repeating Arms subsidiary turned out 15 billion rounds of
ammunition for the Allies during World War II. His father, Franklin, founded Olin Industries in 1892.
Walter Dummer Fisher, 78, an economist who furthered the understanding of econometrics, died Friday in Evanston, Ill. He wrote two books, "Clustering and Aggregation in Economics," and "Statistics Economized," which dealt with the branch of economics concerned with statistics.
Edward Henderson, 77, a scholar of the Arab world and Britain's first ambassador to Qatar from 1971 to 1974, died last week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He taught at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in the late 1970s.
Liala, 98, one of Italy's best known romance authors, died Saturday in Varese, Italy, two days after suffering a stroke. Her real name was Amalia Liana Cambiasi Negretti Odescalchi, but she was widely known by the pen name given to her by poet Gabriele D'Annunzio after the publication of her first book in 1931. She wrote more than 80 books over six decades.
Dr. David Schwimmer, 81, an internist who researched survival rations for military personnel, died Sunday of heart failure in Teaneck, N.J. A report by Dr. Schwimmer disclosed in 1947 that researchers from New York Medical College's Metropolitan Research Unit had determined that subjects could get along on a daily diet of 900 calories in the form of small biscuits.
Allan Scott, 88, a veteran of 50 credited screenplays including six of the 10 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, and contributor to dozens of others, died Thursday in a Santa Monica, Calif., hospital. The Amherst graduate and Rhodes scholar returned from Oxford to begin writing plays in New York. His first was produced in 1932 but he found his light, satiric touch more suitable to the chatty films of early sound. Starting with "Top Hat" in 1935, he wrote for Astaire-Rogers producer Pandro Berman the classics "Roberta," "Follow the Fleet," "Swing Time," "Shall We Dance" and "Carefree."
Clyde Vermon Waynick, 68, who as Nashville's "barber to the stars" clipped the hair of Elvis Presley and numerous country singers, died of cancer Friday. He had cut Presley's hair when Presley was in Nashville recording songs. He also was the barber for performers such as Ray Stevens, Hank Williams Jr., Don Gibson and several Grand Ole Opry stars from 1959 to 1976. He sold his barbershop that year on the advice of doctors who found he had respiratory problems associated with inhalation of hair particles.