Deaths Elsewhere


Brother Timothy Diener, 94, who helped shape the California wine industry as longtime cellarmaster for Christian Brothers wines and brandies, died Tuesday at the Christian Brothers Mont La Salle novitiate in Napa, Calif.

Born Anthony George Diener in Elizabeth, N.J., in 1910, he worked for more than 50 years at the Mont La Salle Vineyards in the Napa Valley, retiring in 1989 when the Brothers of the Christian Schools sold the wine and brandy operation to the Heublein Fine Wine Group.

The Brothers of the Christian Schools, commonly known as the De La Salle Christian Brothers, had run a small business making sacramental and medicinal wines since the late 19th century and bought the larger Napa Valley vineyards in 1930.

Brother Timothy, then a high school chemistry teacher, was assigned as wine chemist in 1935. Members of the order are not ordained as priests.

Production was then no more than 10,000 gallons a year, but with the help of German immigrant Alfred Fromm, the sales and reputation of Christian Brothers wines grew. Profits went to support the order's schools and programs.

David Bailey, 71, a soap opera veteran who recently began playing Alistair Crane on NBC's Passions, drowned in his Los Angeles apartment swimming pool Thanksgiving Day, authorities said.

Mr. Bailey had been on Passions since September, giving a face to Alistair Crane, a mysterious character who had been an unseen voice since the program made its debut in 1999.

The role will be recast, a show spokeswoman said.

Bailey also was on Another World, playing Russ Matthews from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. His other daytime roles included Alan Spaulding on Guiding Light, Ben Forrest on As The World Turns and Teddy Malcolm on Ryan's Hope. He also was on Where the Heart Is.

This year he was in the cast of the Emmy-winning HBO movie Something the Lord Made.

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