JOHN BREMNER,

66, a retired University of Kansas journalism professor who spread his love of language in books and awe-inspiring classroom lectures, died of cancer July 30 at his home in Ponce Inlet, Fla., where he had lived since retiring in 1985.

Dr. Bremner worked as a magazine editor, newspaper columnist and radio writer and announcer in Australia before coming to the United States in 1950. He earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He taught at the University of San Diego and at the University of Iowa, where he received a doctorate in mass communications in 1965. He was the author of "Words on Words: A Dictionary for Writers and Others Who Care About Words."

CARMELITA MARACCI,

76, a dancer who was admired by professionals for her innovative techniques but withdrew to teaching because she was unable to cope with criticism, died in Los Angeles July 26 of heart ailments.

Miss Maracci was a dance instructor for such well-known figures as Leslie Caron, Janice Rule, Jerome Robbins and Geraldine and Charlie Chaplin. She was so crippled by arthritis in her later years that she coached or lectured while seated.

KEVIN MICHAEL KIMSEY,

31, a Navy senior chief petty officer who was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal for his efforts in recovering bodies from the Potomac River after the Jan. 13, 1982, crash of an Air Florida plane near the 14th Street Bridge, died July 28 in a helicopter crash near Ojai, Calif.

The Navy said Mr. Kimsey was one of four crew members killed in the crash of the helicopter, which was on a routine training mission.

He was assigned at the Washington Navy Yard the day of the Air Florida crash, and was the first equipped diver to arrive at the crash site. He spent more than three hours in the icy water helping recover bodies of crash victims.