Other notable deaths


Candy Barr, 70, a well-known exotic dancer from the 1950s who settled into a quiet, small-town life in Texas, died of pneumonia Friday at an Abilene hospital, the Abilene Reporter-News reported.Ms. Barr rose to prominence as an exotic dancer in Dallas in the late 1950s and was associated with nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who killed Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Ms. Barr also performed in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, at one point earning $2,000 a week.

At 16, Ms. Barr starred in the stag movie Smart Alec. She was known for her choreography and trained actress Joan Collins for the 1960 movie Seven Thieves.

Her career was derailed in 1959 when she was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Dallas judge for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. She served about three years and later moved to Brownwood, Texas.

Charles Socarides, 83, the psychiatrist famous for insisting that homosexuality was a treatable illness and who claimed to have cured hundreds of homosexuals, died of heart failure Dec. 25 at a hospital near his Manhattan home.

Dr. Socarides waged an unsuccessful battle to reverse the American Psychiatric Association's 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, and brushed off frequent condemnations by colleagues who considered his theories harmful.

He persisted in his views despite having a gay son, Richard, who became an adviser to President Clinton on gay and lesbian affairs. In the 1990s, Dr. Socarides was among the founders of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, a nonprofit group based in Encino, Calif., "dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality."

Patrick Cranshaw, 86, a veteran character actor who achieved cult-like status as fraternity brother "Blue" in the 2003 comedy Old School, died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in Fort Worth, Texas.

Throughout a career spanning nearly 50 years, he had dozens of roles, including a bank teller in Bonnie and Clyde and a demolition derby owner in Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005). Other credits included Bandolero (1968), Best in Show (2000) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), as well as television's Mork & Mindy and The Dukes of Hazzard.

He probably was best known for his role as elderly frat boy Joseph "Blue" Palasky in Old School, starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn.

Norine Rouse, 80, one of the country's first female diving instructors and a champion of sea turtle and reef protection, died Dec. 27 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Although she did not start diving until her 40s, Mrs. Rouse, known as the Turtle Lady, became one of Palm Beach County's underwater pioneers and a sought-after expert on sea life. She was one of a handful of people licensed by the state of Florida to swim with sea turtles and would steadfastly record and photograph their behavior for scientists' use.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, she tracked the annual return of two loggerhead turtles, which she named Raja and Robert, to the same local reefs. When Robert returned each Christmas, Mrs. Rouse would don her trademark yellow wet suit and take kitchen scrubbies out to clean him.

John Peter Moore, 86, a close aide to Salvador Dali who was convicted of tampering with one of the surrealist master's paintings, died Dec. 26 in Port Lligat, Spain, a Mediterranean town where he ran an art gallery near Mr. Dali's main studio. No cause of death was reported.

Mr. Moore accompanied Mr. Dali on many of his world tours during his 20 years as the artist's personal assistant. In October 2004, Mr. Moore and his wife, Catherine Perrot, were convicted of tampering with Mr. Dali's 1969 painting "The Double Image of Gala." The painting was stolen in 1974 and found in the Perrot-Moore Art Center in 1999.

A subsequent search of Mr. Moore's home and workshops revealed 10,000 allegedly faked Dali lithographs. Mr. Moore, who was accused of reducing the size of the 1969 canvass, denied tampering with or forging any of Mr. Dali's work. Mr. Moore and Ms. Perrot were ordered to pay an estimated $1.2 million in compensation to the Dali-Gala Foundation.

John H. Herz, 97, a scholar of international relations and law and a professor emeritus of government at City College of New York, died Dec. 26 at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y.

He was born in Duesseldorf, Germany, and received a doctorate from the University of Cologne in 1931. He received a diploma from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva in 1938, just before coming to the United States.

He worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., from 1939 until 1941. Unable to find a faculty position at a large university, he joined other young refugee scholars who found havens at traditionally black colleges. Ralph Bunche, then chairman of political science at Howard University, helped him get his first teaching job there as an instructor in government in 1941. He joined City College in 1952, and attained emeritus status in 1977.

Argentina Brunetti, 98, a character actress who played the worried wife of Mr. Martini in the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, died in her sleep Dec. 20 in Rome.

She starred in dozens of films and television shows over a career spanning more than 50 years. She portrayed Dean Martin's mother in the 1953 comedy The Caddy, in which Martin sings "That's Amore" to her, and performed with Desi Arnaz in the 1949 film Holiday in Havana. Her television credits include Hopalong Cassidy, The Untouchables, Kojak and Everybody Loves Raymond.

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