94, who as Hollywood's "Serial King" directed the first "Superman" serial and more than 100 other movies involving cowboys, soldiers and superheroes in action-packed adventures for Saturday matinee crowds, died Oct. 8 at a nursing home in Santa Monica, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

With codirector Thomas Carr, he directed the first "Superman" movies in 1948. Other of his enduring film characters include Batman and Robin, Captain Video, and the son of Zorro. Among his other serial credits are the classic 10-chapter "The Green Archer" in 1925, "The House Without a Key" in 1926, "The Secret Code" and "The Masked Marvel" in 1943, "Cody of the Pony Express" in 1950, and "Perils of the Wilderness" in 1956.


74, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who developed Army Community Service, a program to help needy families of soldiers, while assigned to the office of the deputy chief of Army personnel in the mid-1960s, died Oct. 7 in El Paso, Tex. The cause of death was not reported.

The Army Community Service helps soldiers' families by taking care of children, teaching young families how to manage money, advising how to cope when a soldier is overseas or even lending pots and pans until a new family on post can get its own.


55, who produced several plays in London's West End and in the United States, died Oct. 1 in a hospital in Los Angeles. He had acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

His producer's credits as a partner in the firm of EEE Ventures Ltd., included London revivals of "Design for Living" and "The Seagull," both starring Vanessa Redgrave, as well as the London production of "Corpse," starring Keith Baxter and Milo O'Shea.


50, chief of the pro-Soviet Communist Party of Bangladesh and a member of his country's parliament, died Oct. 9 at a hotel in Moscow after a heart attack.

A Bangladesh Communist Party statement said Mr. Farhad had undergone heart bypass surgery at Dhaka's Suhrawardy Hospital and then traveled to Moscow on Aug. 10 for further treatment.