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Victor Samrock, 88, a theatrical business manager...


Victor Samrock, 88, a theatrical business manager who in a half-century in show business was involved in 150 Broadway productions, died Saturday in New York.

While others busied themselves with the creative side of theater, Mr. Samrock booked theaters, decided out-of-town routes for shows headed for Broadway and established touring companies.

He was associated with many of the theater's eminent names. When the Playwrights' Co. was established in 1938 by five major American dramatists -- Robert E. Sherwood, Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Sidney Howard and Elmer Rice -- Mr. Samrock functioned, in essence, as its producer.

He worked on all 72 plays presented by the company, beginning with Mr. Sherwood's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," which starred Raymond Massey.

Leo J. Damore, 66, an author who wrote several books about the Kennedys, died Monday in Essex, Conn., from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Harold E. Nash, 80, one of the nation's foremost experts on underwater acoustics, died Monday in New London, Conn.

Dr. Theron Grant Randolph, 89, a noted allergist dubbed the father of clinical ecology for his pioneering work linking the environment and disease, died of cancer Friday in Geneva, Ill.

Henry Miller Watts Jr., 91, former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, died Monday of a heart attack in Philadelphia.

Judy Dearing, 55, a costume designer for many musicals, dances and plays, as well as a dancer and choreographer, died of acute pneumonia on Saturday in New York.

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