Deaths Elsewhere


Stephen Edward Weil, 77, a legal expert in the arts and a museum administrator long associated with the Smithsonian Institution, died of liver failure Tuesday in Washington.

A lawyer by training and a former official of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Mr. Weil became the deputy director of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 1974. He retired from that post in 1995 and became senior scholar emeritus at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.

He wrote often for art and museum periodicals, and he was a co-author of Art Law: Rights and Liabilities of Creators and Collectors (1986).

J. Roberts Dailey, 86, a former speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives who used his power to block state-supported gambling, died Saturday at a Muncie retirement home.

A real estate agent and chairman of the Christian Coalition of Indiana, the Republican became speaker in 1981 at the start of his third term in the House. He was an outspoken opponent of state-supported gambling and used the powerful speaker's position to stave off the creation of a state lottery.

He later said his opposition to the lottery triggered the end of his political career. Two years after he lost his 1989 re-election bid, the Hoosier Lottery was started.

William Jennings Bryan Dorn, 89, who represented western South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly three decades, died Saturday in his home in Greenwood.

Named for orator and one-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, Mr. Dorn started his political career in 1938 when he was elected to the South Carolina House at the age of 22.

A Democrat, Mr. Dorn fought for civil rights and advocated busing to integrate public schools long before the idea took hold. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1974 and 1978.

Lyle "Spud" Murphy, 96, a prolific Hollywood composer and arranger best known for developing a composing system widely used by professional musicians, died Aug. 5 at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital.

He contributed music to more than 50 films, arranged two of bandleader Benny Goodman's biggest hits, "Get Happy" and "Jingle Bells," and also transformed the children's song "Three Blind Mice" into the theme for the Three Stooges show.

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