KURT HERBERT ADLER

Opera Director

Kurt Herbert Adler, 82, the general director of the San Francisco Opera for 28 years until retiring in 1981, died Feb. 9 at his home in Ross, Calif., after a heart attack.

Under Mr. Adler's leadership, the San Francisco Opera presented the American premieres of several important works, including Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites."

THE 10th EARL DE LA WARR

Kin of Explorer

The 10th Earl De La Warr, 66, the director of two newspapers, the managing director of one television company and the chairman of another, and a descendant of a British explorer who in 1610 gave the family name to the state of Delaware, died Feb. 9 at a hospital in London after falling under a train at a subway station.

Lord De La Warr was born William Herbrand Sackville and succeeded to his title in 1976. He owned England's 6,400-acre Ashdown Forest, which author A.A. Milne made famous as the imaginary playground for Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends.

CHARLES BRINSON CROSS Jr.

Chesapeake City Leader

Charles Brinson Cross Jr., 73, a retired judge who in 1963 was a leader of the faction that engineered the merger of the county and the city of South Norfolk into the city of Chesapeake, Va., died Feb. 8 at a nursing home in Virginia Beach. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Cross, a lawyer by training, served six years in the House of Delegates, resigning in 1961 to become Norfolk County Circuit Court clerk. He was in that job when he helped organize the county-city merger. In 1980, he was appointed to the General District Court bench and served until 1985, when he retired.

CHAYA MOUSSIA SCHNEERSON

Wife of Lubavitcher Reb

Chaya Moussia Schneerson, 86, the wife of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the Lubavitcher Hasidic movement and a daughter of Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe, died Feb. 10 at a hospital in New York City. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Schneerson was born in the town of Lubavitch, Russia. She married in 1929 and came to this country in 1941. Her husband succeeded her father in 1950 as leader of the Lubavitcher organization, which has become a major force in world Judaism. The group dates back to the 18th century and is the largest in the Hasidic movement.

NAT COHEN

British Film Producer

Nat Cohen, 82, the Cockney Jewish butcher's son who became the movie mogul behind such hits as "Darling," "Far from the Madding Crowd," and "Murder on the Orient Express," died Feb. 10 at a hospital in London after a heart attack.

Mr. Cohen entered movies at age 25 and rose to become chairman and chief executive of EMI, Britain's largest film producer in the 1970s. His successes included both light entertainment and such socially significant movies as "Darling," in which actress Julie Christie was discovered, and "Billy Liar," an early Tom Courtenay hit.