Northern Ireland Premier

Terence O'Neill, 75, a former prime minister of Northern Ireland who attempted to reconcile Protestants and Roman Catholics in the 1960s, died June 12 at his home in Lymington, England. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. O'Neill served as the province's prime minister from 1963 to 1969. Britain suspended Northern Ireland's parliament in 1972 in the the face of growing sectarian and political violence and instituted direct rule in 1973. Mr. O'Neill was named a lord in 1970 and spoke frequently in Britain's House of Lords on Northern Ireland.


Interior Decorator

Valerian S. Rybar, 71, known as the world's most expensive interior designer, died of cancer June 9 at his home in New York City.

Mr. Rybar began his career as a trainee at the Lord & Taylor department store in New York and later worked for Elizabeth Arden. He later had his own company with offices in New York and Paris. His clients over the years included Nicholas and Genevieve DuPont, Samuel and Mitzi Newhouse, Pierre and Sao Schlumberger, Christina Onassis and Stavros Niarchos.


Reform Rabbi

Solomon B. Freehof, 97, a rabbi who was considered one of the world's foremost Reform Jewish leaders, died June 12 in Pittsburgh. The cause of death was not reported.

Rabbi Freehof, who led the Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh from 1934 to 1969, was a past president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He was honored in 1979 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.


Advertising Copywriter

John Caples, 90, a retired official of his Batten, Barton Durstine & Osborne advertising agency who as a young copywriter wrote one of advertising's most famous lines, died June 10 at a hospital in New York City. The cause of death was not reported.

His famous headline read: "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Piano . . . But When I Started to Play!" Written in 1926 for the U.S. School of Music, the ad was an instant success and spawned dozens of imitations over the years that used "They Laughed When . . . " as the introduction.


British Photographer

Angus McBean, 86, the best-known British photographer of actors and other entertainers and the official photographer for the Old Vic, Sadler's Wells and the Shakespeare Memorial Theater at Stratford-on-Avon, died on June 9 at a hospital in eastern England. The cause of death was not reported.

For more than 30 years, McBean photographed actress Vivien Leigh. It was his portrait of her that was sent to Hollywood for talent scouts seeking an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind."