Artist and Publisher

Desmond Harmsworth, the second Baron Harmsworth, 86, who was born into one of Britain's great newspaper dynasties but quit his publishing job to become an artist, died June 2 at his home in Egham, near London. The cause of death was not disclosed.

He was a member of the Harmsworth and Northcliffe families, which control Associated Newspapers. He worked as a journalist and publisher for the families' newspapers before moving to Paris and becoming a painter in the 1930s. His work has been exhibited in Washington, London, New York and Paris.

As a publisher, he had been among the first to print James Joyce's poetry and the works of poet Ezra Pound. He also wrote poetry and translated the French poet Paul Valery.


Topps Founder

Abram Shorin, 91, co-founder with three brothers of the Topps baseball card company, which was founded in 1938, died May 28 in Miami. The cause of death was not reported.

After Mr. Shorin put bubble gum together with baseball cards in 1951, Topps became the world's largest manufacturer of the two products. Two years later, Topps gave consumers the comic character Bazooka Joe to accompany the bubble gum.