Maurice Girodias, 71, who battled with censors while publishing "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov, and other erotic best sellers, died July 3 of a heart attack he suffered at the Jewish Community Radio studios in Paris.
Mr. Girodias began his publishing career in the 1930s, when he was a teenage assistant to his father, Jack Kahane, who first published "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller. In the 1950s and 1960s, Girodias was frequently in trouble with the censors and eventually was banned from publishing in France. Although he published such authors as Lawrence Durrell, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, J.P. Donleavy, Nikos Kazantzakis and Jean Genet, Mr. Girodias was best known for being the first to bring out "Lolita."
Ray Berwick, 75, the Hollywood animal trainer who put 25,000 animals through their paces for films such as "The Birds" and "Birdman of Alcatraz," died of a heart attack July 2 at the Westlake Medical Center in suburban Los Angeles.
First an animal trainer for circuses and vaudeville, Mr. Berwick broke into movies in 1962 training birds for "Birdman of Alcatraz," which starred Burt Lancaster as a convict who became a world authority on birds. In 1963, he trained 300 birds for Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, "The Birds," about a California coastal town repeatedly attacked by birds.
Spoleto Festival Official
Karl Allison, 42, director of planning and development for the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and a former Broadway producer, died July 4 in Perugia, Italy, after a cerebral hemorrhage.
In 1988 Mr. Allison joined the board of directors of Spoleto Festival U.S.A., a celebration of the arts in Charleston, S.C., and later took the staff position. His credits as a Broadway producer included "Blithe Spirit," with Richard Chamberlain and Geraldine Page; "Wild Honey," with Ian McKellan; "You Can't Take it with You," with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst; and "Aren't We All," with Rex Harrison. He produced the long-running off-Broadway hit "Greater Tuna."
Jean Dabry, 89, navigator for French pilot Jean Mermoz on several pioneering flights in the 1930s, including the first nonstop flight between Africa and South America, died July 4 at his home north of Paris. The cause of death was not reported.
On May 12, 1930, Mr. Dabry and Mermoz flew from Senegal to Brazil in 21 hours, 14 minutes. Four years later, they completed the first commercial flight between Paris and Buenos Aires.