E. GEORGE THIEM, 90, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for investigative reporting with The Chicago Daily News, died July 8 in Evanston, Ill. The cause of death was not reported.
He and Roy J. Harris won a public service Pulitzer in 1949 for their reports on dozens of journalists who were secretly on the payroll of then-Gov. Dwight Green. Mr. Thiem won a second public service Pulitzer in 1956 for his coverage of the embezzlement case that led to the conviction of Illinois auditor of public accounts Orville Hodge.
He retired from journalism in 1962. Two years later, Mr. Thiem was elected an at-large representative in the Illinois House of Representatives. He was a trustee of the powerful Cook County Sanitary District from 1966 to 1974.
78, composer of the nonsensical tune "Mairzy Doats," more serious love songs such as "The 12th of Never," and themes for such television shows as "77 Sunset Strip" and "Hawaiian Eye," died July 2 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.
Tunes he scored included "It's the Talk of the Town," "Blue and Sentimental" and "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night." His film credits included Walt Disney's "Cinderella," which included the tunes "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes." He also wrote the title songs for such television shows as "Casper the Friendly Ghost," "Bourbon Street Beat" and "The Bugs Bunny Show."
90, a raven-haired actress who starred on Broadway in 1913 as the "Poor Little Rich Girl" and then became a silent-screen ingenue, died July 10 at a hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.
She became one of the best-known and highest-paid ingenues in silent films, at one time earning $1,750 a week tax free. She appeared in more than 50 films, including starring roles in "Rosie O'Grady," "The Parisian Tigress," "Merton of the Movies," "Kosher Kitty Kelly" and "Revelation." With a voice unsuited to "talkies," her career trailed off.
CHRIS R. WARNKEN,
74, who served as Grand Master of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, known as the Rosicrucian Order, from 1968 to 1977, and who promoted Esperanto as a common international language, died July 9 in San Jose, Calif. He had a heart ailment.
The Rosicrucians, a secret worldwide order symbolized by a combination rose and cross, claim to possess esoteric wisdom handed down from ancient times. The order contends that it began in ancient Egypt, but the earliest documentation of Rosicrucianism was in 1614, when the "Fama Fraternitatis," or "Account of the Brotherhood," was published.