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Egon von Furstenberg,

57, a Swiss-born son of a nobleman who gave up a career in banking to become a popular fashion designer, died Friday in a hospital in Rome, where he had been residing, after he recently developed bronchitis.

His father was the descendant of a noble German family and his mother was a member of the Agnelli family, which controls Fiat. He married the Belgian-born fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in 1969, but they divorced soon after a son and daughter were born.

Mr. von Furstenberg was considered both eccentric and elegant. His creations included gowns or shorter dresses in bright hues like purples, yellows or reds, often with plunging necklines, slits or daring rear views. His signature symbol spoke of his noble blood and love of high society: a curvy crown with a star symbol.

His start in the clothing business was less glamorous - as a buyer for Macy's, the sprawling New York department store.

Eugene Raskin,

94, a musician and songwriter who turned a Russian folk melody into the 1968 hit song "Those Were the Days," died Monday at his home in Manhattan.

Paul McCartney heard Mr. Raskin and his wife, Francesca, perform the song together at a London club in 1964. Welsh singer Mary Hopkin then recorded it on the Beatles' record label, Apple Records, in 1968. Her version of the song hit No. 1 on the British charts and No. 2 on the American charts.

Mr. Raskin, whose interests ranged from music and play writing to architectural scholarship, was an adjunct professor at Columbia University from 1936 to 1976. He was the author of the books Architecturally Speaking, Sequel to Cities and Architecture and People.

Benjamin Krass,

85, who spent 54 years selling polyester suits and flashy menswear and became a Philadelphia-area celebrity for his manic late-night television commercials, died Monday at a nursing home in Rosemont, Pa.

He was the front man for the Krass Bros. store, with a salesmanship and gift of gab that brought in celebrities. Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Joey Bishop and other stars came by during the store's heyday.

In one of his commercials, he dressed as a thief and bellowed, "If you didn't buy your clothes at Krass Brothers, you was robbed!" In another, he popped out of a coffin and declared, "If you've got to go, go in a Krass Brothers suit."

By the early 1990s, changing tastes saw the store hit hard times. In 1999, Krass Bros. declared bankruptcy and it closed in 2002.

Barbara Whiting Smith,

73, an actress who performed in films in the 1940s and 1950s including Carnival in Costa Rica, Beware, My Lovely and Dangerous When Wet, died of cancer Wednesday in Pontiac, Mich.

She was the sister of singer Margaret Whiting and the daughter of composer Richard Whiting, who wrote hundreds of songs, including "Hooray for Hollywood." Born in Los Angeles, she got her break in movies when she was 13. She played the role of Fuffy Adams opposite Peggy Ann Garner in the 1945 film Junior Miss.

She also performed in a Junior Miss radio series, and starred with her sister in Those Whiting Girls, a TV show that ran for two years. She retired from acting after marrying Gail Smith and moving to Michigan in 1959.

Morris Schappes,

97, a Jewish scholar and editor who was jailed for allegedly lying to a state panel investigating communist activity at City College of New York, died June 3 at his home in Manhattan.

He joined the Communist Party in 1934, while he was an English professor at City College. He was fired in 1941 after allegedly concealing names of other Communists at the school. He served 13 1/2 months in state prisons, where he learned Hebrew and studied Jewish history.

In November 1946, Mr. Schappes became a member of the editorial board of Jewish Life, but broke with the magazine 12 years later to found Jewish Currents. He was the author of several books, including A Documentary History of the Jews in the United States: 1654-1875 (1950) and The Jews in the United States: A Pictorial History, 1654 to the Present (1958).

Edmund DiGiulio,

76, a Hollywood technical innovator who oversaw development of a stable filming system known as the Steadicam, died of congestive heart failure June 4 at his home in Malibu, Calif.

He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award two years ago and received three technical awards and a medal of commendation from the academy.

In the 1970s, as head of Cinema Products Corp., he directed the creation of the Steadicam, a mounting system that provides stable images while allowing operators to move freely. The system is a staple on movie sets today. Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Cinema Products' engineering staff received an Oscar for the system in 1978.

Elizabeth Hallanan,

79, West Virginia's first female judge who later was appointed to the federal bench, died Tuesday in Charleston, W.Va.

In 1959, she became the first woman to be appointed to a judgeship in West Virginia when she was named to sit on Juvenile Court in Kanawha County. She left the office in 1961.

Her appointment to the U.S. District Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 "opened another door for women to the judicial branch, and her integrity set a very high standard for all others who pass through it," said Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Her service to the state included a stint with the state Public Service Commission. Former Gov. Arch Moore appointed her to serve as the agency's first chairwoman in 1969. She served until 1975. During the 1950s, she served one term in the West Virginia House of Delegates and two years on the state Board of Education.

Robert Quine,

61, a versatile punk rock guitarist who appeared on albums by Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull and Tom Waits, has died. Police found his body in his Manhattan apartment June 5. A note found with his body indicated suicide, police said.

His playing appeared on the 1977 Richard Hell and the Voidoids' album Blank Generation, as well as 1979's Destiny Street. He also appeared on Mr. Reed's The Blue Mask in 1982 and Mr. Waits' Rain Dogs in 1985.

In the 1990s, he played with artists such as Matthew Sweet and Lloyd Cole. He also worked with Brian Eno, Ikue Mori, John Zorn and They Might Be Giants.

Older than most of his punk-rock peers and nearly bald, he typically wore button-down shirts and sport coats. He graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and received a law degree from Washington University law school in St. Louis.

David Alan Stewart,

50, an internationally known Michigan State University researcher in deaf education, died Monday in Mason, Mich. He died in his sleep of unknown causes, after treatment for prostate cancer.

He was a pioneer in creating interactive devices for learning and communicating in American Sign Language. He also was a trustee of Gallaudet University in Washington.

He worked in the early 1990s on a CD-ROM for a portable device that communicated in both spoken and sign language. It was named computer software of the year by Discover magazine in 1995.

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