F. Scott Fitzgerald Biographer
Arthur Mizener, 80, author of "The Far Side of Paradise," the acclaimed biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald that was published in 1951 by Houghton Mifflin, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 11 at a nursing home in Bristol, R.I.
The biography, published a decade after a heart attack ended the career of the chronicler of the Jazz Age, was credited with reviving interest in Fitzgerald. Dr. Mizener taught English at Cornell University from 1951 until his retirement in 1975. A 1930 graduate of Princeton University, he earned a master's degree at Harvard University and returned to Princeton, where he earned a doctorate.
Negro Theater Cofounder
Austin Briggs-Hall, 73, an actor and authority on African history who, along with Frederick O'Neal, Abram Hill and others, helped found the American Negro Theater in Harlem in the 1930s, died Feb. 13 in New York City. The cause of death was not reported.
The theater is now an annex of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In the 1940s, Mr. Briggs-Hall helped organize the African Academy of Arts and Research. In the 1950s, he was a member of Margaret Webster's Shakespeare Company, the first professional interracial Shakespeare touring company in this country.
JOHN J. MENG
Hunter College President
John J. Meng, 81, a former president of Hunter and Marymount colleges in New York and a former executive vice president of Fordham University, died of a heart ailment Feb. 15 at his home in Jackson, Miss.
Dr. Meng, who taught at Catholic University during the 1930s, was a historian and an authority on French-American relations during the period of the French and American revolutions.
Norfolk, Petersburg Police Chief
Harold Anderson, 85, police chief of Norfolk from 1956 to 1967, and then of Petersburg, Va., from 1968 until retiring in 1972, died Feb. 10 in Virginia Beach. The cause of death was not reported.
Before moving to Virginia, he spent 27 years with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, where he served as chief of detectives, head of the police academy, and police chief.