Poll Director

I.A. "Bud" Lewis, 68, director of the Los Angeles Times Poll since its inception in 1979 who also worked for CBS and NBC and was credited with conducting the first "exit polls," a canvass of voters as they left their polling places, died of cancer Aug. 18 at a hospital in Glendale, Calif.

In the mid-1950s, he was a writer for Dave Garroway on NBC's "Today" show. He told colleagues he wrote many of the show's popular segments featuring the chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs. Before joining "Today," he worked for United Press International and for the Armed Forces Radio Network.

After the "Today" show, he joined the NBC election unit and became its director of polling in 1966 and director of elections in 1969. He first used exit polls in 1966 to predict the outcome of key U.S. Senate races. In 1976, he joined CBS News as director of polling for the CBS News-New York Times Poll, leaving for the Roper polling organization the next year.


Advocate for the Homeless

Bob Willmott, 50, a Seattle advocate for the homeless who was shot last month while trying to evict a tenant from the shelter he founded, died Aug. 19 in Seattle.

He ran for mayor in 1989 to call attention to the plight of those on the street and fed thousands through his Strand Helpers program.



Dr. Robert A. Robinson, 76, a retired chief of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and retired head of the orthopedic surgery department at Johns Hopkins University medical school, died Aug. 16 at his home in Baltimore after a heart attack.

He was an authority on hip-replacement and spinal fusion surgery. He had developed new pain-relieving surgical techniques for cervical discs. He also had conducted noted research, using the electron microscope, on the basic structure of bones.

Dr. Robinson was a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University medical school. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1953 and was named a distinguished university professor in 1977. He retired from his hospital post in 1979.


French Cellist

Maurice Gendron, 69, considered by some critics to be one of the greatest French cellists of this century, died Aug. 20 at his home in Paris. The cause of death was not reported.

He played for the Paris Symphony Orchestra for more than 30 years and performed chamber music with such stars as Pablo Casals and Yehudi Menuhin. He also was featured as a soloist under the direction of Errest Ansermet. The Paris Conservatory made him a professor in 1970.

Mr. Gendron began studying the cello at age 12 at the Nice Conservatory, then came to Paris as a teenager. He captured the prestigious first prize in cello at the Paris Conservatory in 1938. He made a name for himself playing in salons before artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau and Francois Mauriac.


Pizza Pioneer

Ike Sewell, 87, the Chicago restaurateur credited with inventing "Chicago-style" deep-dish pizza, died of leukemia Aug. 20 at a hospital in Chicago.

Mr. Sewell and a partner opened Pizzeria Uno in 1943, and their deep-dish pizza, made in an oversized pie tin, became one of Chicago's culinary trademarks.

He eventually agreed to allow others to franchise his pizza concept, and there are now more than 50 "Original Chicago Pizzeria Uno" restaurants across the nation.


Ransom Victim

Harry C. "Bob" Piper Jr., 72,a retired board chairman of Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood Inc., a Midwest investment firm, who in 1972 paid $1 million to ransom his kidnapped wife, died of cancer Aug. 19 in Orono, Minn.

His wife, Virginia, was kidnapped from her home by two masked gunmen. Mr. Piper paid the kidnappers $1 million in $20 bills, at the time the largest ransom ever paid in the United States. Two days later, Mrs. Piper was found chained to a tree.

Though two men were convicted in the case, they won a new trial upon appeal. The defendants were acquitted in a 1979 retrial. Mrs. Piper died of cancer in 1988.


Inventor and Businessman

Kenneth J. Germeshausen, 83, an inventor and a co-founder of EG&G, a maker of nuclear weapons, died Aug. 16 at his home in Weston, Mass. The cause of death was not reported.

EG&G is a major contractor for the Energy Department. Mr. Germeshausen was vice president and treasurer from 1947 to 1954, president from 1954 to 1965 and board chairman until 1972.

His work was considered fundamental in the development of radar and atomic weapons. He held more than 50 patents.


Actor and Singer

Roderick Cook, 58, the actor-singer who took a penetrating look at 40 of Noel Coward's most memorable melodies in the durable revue "Oh Coward!" which he created and starred in throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, died Aug. 17 at his home in Los Angeles after a heart attack.

He also appeared in such films as "Amadeus," "9 1/2 Weeks" and "Garbo Talks."

He first staged "Oh Coward!" off-Broadway in 1970. His succinct and unsentimental overview of Coward's work brought him a Tony award nomination in 1987. Mr. Cook retired from the show after it was filmed as a television special in 1980.