Henry Crown, 94, the Chicago industrialist and financier who presided over a family fortune estimated at more than $2 billion, died Aug. 14 at his home in Chicago.
The son of Lithuanian immigrant sweatshop workers, he founded the Material Service Co., a sand, gravel, lime and coal concern in Chicago in 1919. He helped build such structures as Chicago's Merchandise Mart (the world's largest office building) and the city's Civic Opera building. He also owned New York's Empire State Building in the 1950s, buying it for $10 million and selling it for more than $30 million.
In 1959, the Crown family merged its Material Service Corp. into what became the General Dynamics Corp. Mr. Crown served on its board of directors and chaired its executive committee. Since retiring from the company in 1986, he had been its honorary chairman.
J. HARVIE WILKINSON JR.
J. Harvie Wilkinson Jr., 84, a banker for 44 years who from 1963 to 1971 was board chairman and president of United Virginia Bankshares Inc., a holding company that became the Crestar Financial Corp., died Aug. 16 at a hospital in Richmond. The cause of death was not reported.
He had served on the board of Media General Inc. and Philip Morris Inc. He also had served at various times on the Richmond School Board, the State Council of Higher Education and the University of Virginia Board of Visitors.
Mr. Wilkinson, a Richmond native, was a 1927 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a 1937 graduate of the Rutgers University graduate banking school.
Nina Bara, 70, who portrayed the reformed villainess Tonga on television's "Space Patrol" series in the 1950s, died of cancer Aug. 15 at a hospital in Glendale, Calif.
As Tonga, Miss Bara served on Commander Buzz Corey's crew that ran on ABC from 1950 to 1955. She also had appeared on TV's "General Electric Theater" and in the films "Visa" and "Carnival in Rio." She left acting in the 1960s and was a librarian until retiring in 1985.