Paul Kovi, 74, a former owner and...


Paul Kovi, 74, a former owner and director of the Four Seasons restaurant, died Monday of a blood infection in New York. Mr. Kovi began working at the famed Manhattan restaurant in 1966, 16 years after he emigrated from Hungary.

Wright Morris, 88, the American Gothic novelist and essayist who wrote about his native Nebraska, died April 25 in Mill Valley, Calif.

Gregor von Rezzori, 83, an Austrian whose novels centered on life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, died April 23 in Florence, Italy.

Florence Skelly Altman, 73, who helped develop many techniques now standard in opinion research, died Tuesday of heart disease in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Frederic Downs, 81, an actor who spent 10 years on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" and appeared in motion pictures with Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, died yesterday in Los Angeles.

Louis Peterson, 76, whose play "Take a Giant Step" paved the way for other black playwrights on Broadway when it premiered in 1953, died Monday in New York of lung cancer.

Nizar Qabbani, 75, the Syrian-born poet admired by generations of Arabs, died Thursday in London of a heart attack.

Douglas Springsteen, the father of Bruce Springsteen and the inspiration for some of his son's ballads, died Sunday in Belmont, Calif. His age was not known.

Helen Ward, 82, whose voice and sense of swing contributed to the early success of the Benny Goodman band, died April 21 in Arlington, Va.

Pub Date: 5/02/98

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