Deaths of note: Lotfi Mansouri, William Campbell

August 31, 2013
Lotfi Mansouri
opera official

Lotfi Mansouri, who was general director of the San Francisco Opera for 13 years, died Aug. 30. He was 84.

The San Francisco Opera said he had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Mansouri left his native Iran to study medicine in California, but music won out. He served as stage director of the Zurich Opera from 1960 to 1966. He also directed productions at leading opera houses in Europe and the United States.

He took over the San Francisco Opera in 1988 and was responsible for ambitious productions, including Jake Heggie’s maiden opera, “Dead Man Walking.” He also oversaw the first San Francisco productions of many Russian opera masterpieces.

William Campbell
golfer, USGA official

William Campbell, a U.S. Amateur champion who played on eight Walker Cup teams and later served as president of the U.S. Golf Association, died Aug. 30 at his home in Lewisburg, W.Va. He was 90.

The USGA confirmed his death. The cause was not disclosed.

Mr. Campbell was USGA president in 1982-83 and served on its executive committee for 10 years. In 1987, he became only the third American to be elected captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland, and the only man to have led both of golf’s governing bodies.

Mr. Campbell graduated from Princeton University in 1947 and remained an amateur golfer his entire career. He competed in the U.S. Amateur Championship for 33 straight years, winning in 1964. He also won several senior amateur titles.

He played on eight Walker Cup teams from 1951 to 1975, never losing a singles match and never playing on a losing team.

As an amateur, Mr. Campbell had 14 appearances in the U.S. Open and 17 appearances in the Masters. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.

— From news services