Lew Ayres,the original Dr. Kildare who acted...


Lew Ayres,the original Dr. Kildare who acted in films for six decades and weathered the furor raised by his objection to combat duty in World War II, died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 88. Ayres played opposite Greta Garbo, starred in the Oscar-winning "All Quiet on the Western Front" and became identified as Dr. Kildare in the MGM film series. He got an Academy Award nomination for "Johnny Belinda" in 1948.

Cardinal Narcis Jubany Arnau,83, who played a key role in Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the mid-1970s, died Thursday in Barcelona, Spain.

Viggo F. E. Rambusch,97, the "dean of American church architects" who coordinated the interior design of more than 1,000 churches, synagogues and theaters, died Friday in White Plains, N.Y. He spent his career at Rambusch Decorating Co., a Manhattan firm founded by his father. In addition to his work with houses of worship, he decorated the main public rooms at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

Sheldon W. "Bud" Fantle,73, a former chief executive of Peoples Drug Stores Inc. and Dart Drug Stores Inc., died of cancer Saturday in Washington. He took over Peoples in 1974 and within 10 years turned the shaky chain into an industry leader with 800 stores in the East Coast, the Midwest and the South.

Bishop Edward Hettinger,94, senior member of the Roman Catholic Church's American hierarchy, died Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. He was the first auxiliary bishop of the Columbus diocese and its senior priest.

Julian Mateos,57, a Spanish film producer whose films won international acclaim, died Friday of lung cancer in Madrid, Spain. His film "Los Santos Inocentes" (The Holy Innocents) won the international prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985.

Mireille,90, a singer honored by the French government for nurturing music careers among children, died Sunday in Paris. Born Mireille Hartuch, she founded the Little Conservatory of Song in 1955. She coached several young singers who became mainstays of French radio and television shows.

Arthur Moreno,88, publisher of a Spanish-language newspaper, died Friday after a short illness in Tucson, Ariz. He started doing odd jobs as a youth at El Tucsonense, a newspaper founded in 1915 by his father, Francisco Moreno. The younger Moreno continued operating the publication after his father died. The newspaper closed in the 1960s and another family business, Old Pueblo Printers, took its place.

James H. Landes,84, a former president of Hardin-Simmons University and executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, died Saturday in Waco, Texas. He retired after nine years with the 2.6-million member convention, taking a job at Baylor University in 1983.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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