TAWFIK al-HAKIM,

88, one of the Arab world's leading novelists and playwrights and a nominee for the 1980 Nobel Prize for literature, died July 26 at a hospital in Cairo. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Hakim often wrote on political themes; the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel-Nasser said that his novel, "Return of the Soul", had influenced his thinking as he prepared for the 1952 revolution which ended the monarchy in Egypt.

In a statement, the Egyptian president's office said Egypt had lost "a unique character who has had his finger on the pulse of the Egyptian people for over 60 years, during which time he has enriched Arab and world literature."

LOUIS F. DaPRON,

74, a choreographer and dancer in film and television from 1935 to the 1970s, died July 22 at hospital in Westlake Village, Calif. The cause of death was not reported. His first film appearance was in 1936 in "Hideaway Girl," which starred Martha Raye. In 1941, he choreographed Donald O'Connor in "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," the beginning of an association that continued through 13 movies. In television, he was nominated for an Emmy for his choreography on Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater."

VELMA CONNOR,

82, a vaudeville performer who appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies and such 1930s films as "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Leather Pushers," died July 19 at a hospital in Hollywood. She had heart and circulatory ailments.

The Connor Twins, Velma and Thelma, began their stage career with Gus Edwards in 1921, then appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies. They were a singing-and-dancing act for 25 years, playing the Globe Theatre in London in 1928 and 1929, then entertaining American troops with USO camp shows during World War II.