79,a retired president of the Hertz Corp., died July 19 in Punta Gorda, Fla. The cause of death was not reported.

The New York City native founded Rentways Inc., a truck leasing firm, in 1947. When Rentways was bought by Hertz in 1954, Mr. Wanamaker stayed with the company. He was president and chief operating officer of Hertz from 1963 until his retirement in 1967.


90, brother of writer James Thurber, died July 17 in Columbus, Ohio. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Thurber was a Columbus book dealer and collected books, newspaper clippings and magazine articles about his brother, who died in 1961. His collection is at Ohio State University and the Thurber House in Columbus.


73, a bass singer and founder of the jazz and pop vocal group The Delta Rhythm Boys, died July 15 in Helsinki, Finland, where he had lived for about a year. He had cancer.

Mr. Gaines wrote lyrics for many songs, including Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train" and "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'." The Delta Rhythm Boys were best known in the 1940s and '50s, having recorded with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Jimmy Lunsford, Charlie Barnet, Fred Astaire, Ruth Brown and Les Paul.


94, president emeritus of the International Planned Parenthood Federation and wife of the late Sir Benegal Rama Rau, the Indian ambassador to the United States in the late 1940s, died of kidney failure July 19 at a hospital in Bombay.

Lady Rama Rau founded the Family Planning Association of India in 1951. She was president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation from 1963 to 1971, and had been president emeritus since then. In 1959, she received the Padma Bhusan, India's highest decoration for public service.