Margaret Romagnoli, 73, of Watertown, Mass., who with her husband, Franco, proved there was more to Italian cooking than spaghetti and meatballs with a cookbook, television show and restaurant, died Monday in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. The Romagnolis produced and were hosts of two 13-part nationally televised Italian cooking series for WGBH-TV in Boston in 1973 and 1974. The following year, they published their first cookbook, "The Romagnolis' Table." From 1979 to 1989, they owned and operated Romagnoli's Table restaurant at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. The couple also wrote several other cookbooks, including "The Romagnolis' Italian Fish Cookbook" and "The Romagnolis' Meatless Cookbook." Born Margaret O'Neill in Madison, Wis., she was an information officer for the Marshall Plan following World War II. She was stationed in Italy, where she oversaw the production of informational films in a studio in Rome, where Franco Romagnoli, an Italian native, was a director and cameraman. She was her future husband's supervisor. At the time, the U.S. government had a rule against female employees marrying foreigners, and Mrs. Romagnoli was fired when the couple married in 1952. Although the couple wished to remain in Rome, they moved to the United States, and Mr. Romagnoli was hired by WGBH-TV. He later became a free-lance filmmaker.
Beverly Harrell, 66, a Nevada brothel owner who attracted national attention when word leaked out that she leased the land from the government, died Monday at 66. The cause of death was not disclosed. Harrell's Cottontail Ranch opened for business in 1967 on land leased for $100 a year from the Bureau of Land Management. When word leaked of the government's role, the Bureau of Land Management quickly evicted Ms. Harrell. She moved 2,000 feet down the road to private land. After her bordello burned down in 1985, she rebuilt the brothel at a remote site 165 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
David Dodds Henry, 89, former president of the University of Illinois and architect of the school's expansion into Chicago, died of a stroke Monday in Naples, Fla. While president of the university from 1955 to 1971, Mr. Henry took the lead in establishing the school's Chicago campus and opened medical campuses in Rockford and Peoria.