RAYMOND C. HARWOOD, 81, a former president and chief executive officer of Harper & Row publishing company and chairman of Harper's Magazine Inc., died June 20 at a hospital in Asheville, N.C., after a stroke.
During the Johnson administration, Mr. Harwood served on the Government Advisory Committee on International Book Programs.
Mr. Harwood began his career at Harper & Brothers in 1930 and became its president in 1955. He was named president of Harper & Row when Harper & Brothers merged with Row, Peterson & Co. in 1962. He was named board chairman of Harper & Row in 1968 and retired to Asheville in 1975. He was a past president of the American Book Publishers Council.
ABRAM CHASINS, 83, a composer, pianist and former music director of radio station WQXR in New York City, died of cancer June 21 in New York City.
Mr. Chasins composed more than 100 piano works. An orchestral version of his "Three Chinese Pieces" became the first American composition to be conducted by Arturo Toscanini with the New York Philharmonic on April 8, 1931. Mr. Chasins also wrote several books, including "Speaking of Pianists," "The Van Cliburn Legend" and a biography of Leopold Stokowski entitled "Stoki, the Incredible Apollo."
BERTRAM BLOCH, 95, a studio story editor and writer, coauthor of the play "Dark Victory" and a founder of the Screen Writers Guild, died of a heart ailment June 19 at a hospital in New York City.
Mr. Bloch's novels included "Mrs. Hulett," "The Little Laundress" and "The Fearful Knight." He wrote the Broadway plays "Glory Hallelujah" (1926), "Joseph" (1930), "Jewel Robbery" (1932) and "Spring Again" (1941). He headed the eastern story department for MGM from 1928 to 1939 and for 20th Century-Fox from 1941 to 1956. He was responsible for buying the stories that became movie classics such as "Grand Hotel," "All About Eve" and "Bus Stop."
DR. ROBERT M. PRATT JR., 44, a section chief with the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina, died June 13 at the home of his mother in Aurora, Colo. The cause of death was not reported.
Before joining NIEHS in North Carolina in 1980, he had spent about 10 years with NIH's National Institute of Dental Research here. A biochemist, he taught at Georgetown and George Washington universities, wrote more than 100 technical works and received the NIH Outstanding Service Award for research.
RIMMA BRAVVE, 32, a cancer-stricken woman who was permitted to leave the Soviet Union after a seven-year fight so she could be with her relatives, died June 22, six months after arriving in the United States, at the home of a sister in Brighton, N.Y.
She was permitted to come to the United States to live with her sister, Larisa Shapiro, and her mother, Dr. Khanna Anbinder. Both had also emigrated from the Soviet Union. Anbinder had gone to a human rights conference in Vienna late last year to lobby Secretary of State George P. Schultz to work for her daughter's release.
JOSEPH S. BOLAND, 83, an actor who appeared in the original "Tonight Show," "Love of Life" and "Playhouse 90," died June 21 at a hospital in Hartford, Conn. The cause of death was not reported.
He played Father Knickerbocker on Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" and Sen. Ed Deakins on television's "Love of Life." His movies included "Advise and Consent."