Nobel Peace Chairman

Egil Aarvik, 77, chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee who used the prize to encourage respect for human rights, died July 19 at a hospital in Oslo. The cause of death was not reported.

A retired journalist and member of parliament from the Christian People's Party, Mr. Aarvik was named to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1974 and became its chairman in 1982.

Under his influence, the committee began to use the peace prize to encourage pro-democracy efforts and human rights. Most recently, China criticized Mr. Aarvik when the Nobel Committee awarded the 1989 peace prize to the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled leader. Other prizes that offended the recipients' governments went to South African Bishop Desmond Tutu in 1984 and Poland's Lech Welesa in 1983.



George C. Waiss, 83, an animator whose cartoon credits included Walt Disney's 1940 classic "Fantasia" and who went on to help design Titan missile silos, died of pneumonia July 17 at a nursing home in Thornton, Colo.

In the 1930s, he worked in Miami for Walter Lantz, creator of Woody Woodpecker. He worked for Max Fleischer Studios, which produced many movie cartoons in the 1930s and 1940s, then joined Walt Disney Studios in California, where he worked on "Fantasia."

In the early 1960s, he was a draftsman for Martin Marietta, where he helped design Titan silos.


Screenwriter & Producer

Stanley Shapiro, 65, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and producer of such glossy romantic comedies as "Pillow Talk" and "Operation Petticoat," died of leukemia July 21 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

His screenplay for "Pillow Talk" in 1959, which starred Doris Day and Rock Hudson, won him his Oscar.

That film was only one in a succession of hits for Shapiro in the late 1950s and 1960s as writer, co-producer and producer. Among them were "South Sea Woman," "The Perfect Furlough," "Operation Petticoat," "Come September," "That Touch of Mink," "Bedtime Story," "A Very Special Favor," "How to Save a Marriage -- And Ruin Your Life" and "For Pete's Sake."