85, a silent screen star whose flamboyant life style, short skirts, and bobbed hair made her the quintessential flapper of film in the Roaring Twenties and who later starred in several "talkies," including "The Power and the Glory" with Spencer Tracy, died Jan. 25 at her home in Templeton, Calif. She had cancer.

A top box office attraction in the late 1920s, she was best known for the silent film "Flaming Youth." Her style prompted Hollywood columnists to dub her the "flamingest flapper." One of the highest-paid silent film stars, she starred with John Barrymore in "The Lotus Eater" and with Wallace Beery in "So Big."


48, producer of the Broadway musical hit "The Wiz," died of cancer Jan. 20 at his home in New York City.

"The Wiz," which opened in 1975, became one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, running for more than 1,600 performances and winning seven Tony awards, including best musical. It was Mr. Harper's idea to do the contemporary black musical based on "The Wizard of Oz."


88, the author of a widely used history textbook who had served on three presidential commissions addressing housing, youth and human rights issues under presidents Hoover, Eisenhower and Johnson, died Jan. 24 at a hospital in Jefferson City, Mo. The cause of death was not reported.

He was a Howard University graduate and had taught at Lincoln University for 39 years. Among his several history books was "The Negro in Colonial New England: 1620-1776," which is about the status of blacks in the American colonies and is used nationally as a textbook.


91, the nutritionist who isolated vitamin C from the juice of lemons in 1932 when he was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught from 1921 to 1941, died Jan. 24 at a hospital in West Chester, Pa. He had a heart ailment.

His work with vitamin C helped pave the way for research that proved its ability to prevent scurvy and malnutrition. From 1941 to 1974, he taught chemistry at Columbia University and researched nutrition as associate director of the Institute of Human Nutrition. He also was a nutrition adviser in the Eisenhower administration and a consultant to UNICEF.


86, retired chairman of Bassett Furniture Industries, died Jan. 21 in Bassett, Va. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Bassett headed the furniture company that bears his family's name. His father, Charles C. Bassett, was one of the founders of Bassett Furniture Co., now the largest manufacturer of wood furniture in the world.


86, a biblical scholar whose 1965 book, "The Passover Plot," provoked widespread controversy, sold 2 million copies in the United States and Britain and was reprinted more than 20 times, died Jan. 24 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

"The Passover Plot" portrayed Jesus as a messiah who planned his own martyrdom by arranging to be drugged and taken down speedily from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea. The plot supposedly misfired when Jesus was pierced in the side by a Roman soldier standing guard and died, the scholar said. His other books included "Those Incredible Christians" and "The Pentecost Revolution."


46, founder of the only black-owned member firm of the New York Stock Exchange, died Jan. 25 at his home in New York City after an apparent heart attack.

He started the Wall Street securities firm of Daniels & Bell in 1971 with $175,000. The company has grown to a net worth of $15 million, specializing in underwriting securities of minority-owned businesses.