Margret E. Rey, 90, half of the...


Margret E. Rey, 90, half of the husband-and-wife team that created the "Curious George" children's books about the irrepressible monkey, died Saturday at her home in Cambridge, Mass., after suffering a heart attack about three weeks ago, her publisher said.

She and her husband, H. A. Rey, created the fictional monkey Curious George while living in Paris in the 1930s. The couple escaped on bicycles with the unsold manuscript in 1940 before the German occupation.

After Houghton Mifflin published "Curious George" in 1941, the Reys wrote six more books over 25 years, all about the trouble-prone monkey who wreaks havoc and has to be rescued or forgiven -- or saves the day.

Though both were artists, H. A. Rey illustrated the Curious George books while Margret Rey created the stories.

A German native, Mrs. Rey studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf and at an art school in Berlin. She married Hans Augusto Rey in 1935. He died in 1977.

Jack Mognaz, 70, the senior vice president of Marlborough Gallery in Manhattan, died Dec. 15. He suffered a heart attack while playing tennis in Long Island City, N.Y.At Marlborough, he organized exhibitions of the works of Francis Bacon, Magdalena Abakanowicz, John Alexander and Arnaldo Pomodoro. He was in charge of a 1990s traveling exhibition of the works of Fernando Botero that opened in Manhattan.

Charles Utter Deaton, 75, the architect who designed Kauffman and Arrowhead stadiums in Kansas City, died Wednesday in Morrison, Colo. He also designed projects in nearly three dozen states, Canada and Saudi Arabia. He maintained that houses should be built for people, not contractors, and believed curved forms were more appealing than boxes.

Barry S. Gray, 80, radio talk-show host pioneer who was a fixture on WMCA in New York for 39 years, died Saturday. He had worked at WOR for the past seven years. The smooth-talking announcer is credited with creating the talk-show format for radio. In June, he was voted 1996 Talk Show Host of the Year by the National Association of Talk Show Hosts.

Dr. Saul Mouchly Small, 83, president emeritus of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Friday in Buffalo, N.Y. He was president of the MDA from 1980 to 1989 and executive committee chairman from 1989 until his death. He had been a director of the association since 1974. He was professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School for 35 years.

Earl Wendell Count, 97, an anthropologist who celebrated the winter solstice by recounting how the traditions of Christmas evolved over thousands of years, died Nov. 22 at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Walnut Creek, Calif.

An Episcopal minister, he piqued the public's imagination at Christmas in 1948 with "4,000 Years of Christmas," which collected strands of myth and folklore of antiquity and wove them into a narrative linking the modern celebration to the ancient festival.

Pub Date: 12/23/96


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