Dr. Friedrich S. Brodnitz, 96, who treated the rich and famous as well as ordinary people with voice and throat problems, died Thursday in New York. Until three years ago he had maintained a practice across the street from Carnegie Hall.
As an otolaryngologist, or ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Brodnitz was primarily a larynx man. He devoted his life to problems of the vocal cords, especially if they interfered with the livelihood of opera singers, actors or others in similar fields.
The celebrity patients he treated included soprano Leontyne Price, radio star Arthur Godfrey, actresses Kate Nelligan and Kaye Ballard and the late Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller.
Recognized as an authority by his colleagues, he also established credentials with the public. His 1953 book for laymen, "Keep Your Voice Healthy: A Guide to the Intelligent Use and Care of the Speaking and Singing Voice," is regarded as a standard.
Abel Salazar, 78, Mexican actor and one of the last survivors of Mexico's "Golden Age of Cinema" in the 1940s and 1950s, died of respiratory problems Saturday at his home in Cuernavaca, Mexico.