HOLLYWOOD -- David Rose, 80, the Hollywood composer and conductor responsible for such diverse hits as "The Stripper" and "Holiday for Strings" who won five Grammys and four Emmys, died Aug. 23 at a hospital in Burbank, Calif., after a heart attack.
He recorded more than 50 albums, scored 36 films, and composed the themes and background music for 24 television series including "Highway Patrol," "Sea Hunt," "Bonanza" and "Highway to Heaven."
Mr. Rose won Grammys for "Holiday for Strings," "Our Waltz," "The Stripper," and the "Like Young" and "Like Blue" albums with Andre Previn. He won two Emmys for "Little House on the Prairie," and one each for "Bonanza" and "The Fred Astaire Show." He received an Oscar nomination for the 1961 song "So In Love," for the movie "Wonder Man."
He had six gold records -- for "Holiday for Strings," "The Stripper," "Calypso Melody," "Dance of the Spanish Onion," and the "Like Young" and "Like Blue" albums.
Mr. Rose was born in London and studied piano as a child. He began his career at the age of 16, playing for Ted Fiorito's dance band in Chicago. While studying at the Chicago College of Music, he served as standby pianist for NBC radio and began arranging music.
Invited to Hollywood, he soon formed the David Rose Orchestra for Mutual Broadcasting System, arranging all the music for a twice weekly show called "California Melodies."
His own first composition became "Holiday for Strings." After Army service in World War II, he broke into television with Red Skelton's show in 1947, and soon added Hallmark and the Jack Benny and Bob Hope shows. "Holiday for Strings" became Skelton's TV theme song.
"The Stripper" came about in 1962 when Mr. Rose was working on a show called "Burlesque" that needed some music for a strip act happening on stage while stars Dan Dailey and Joan Blondell argued in a dressing room. He dashed off eight bars, titled it, and let the band clown around with it. The impromptu idea quickly topped the charts.
In addition to his work in television and films, he also had worked with classical symphony orchestras in this country and abroad. His classical compositions included "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra."
Survivors include his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.
DOROTHEA P. COLLIER
Dorothea Patricia Collier, 58, a retired clerk with the U.S. Postal Service who also had worked at the Washington Navy Yard and the Veterans Administration, died of emphysema Aug. 24 at Physicians Memorial Hospital in La Plata.
Mrs. Collier, a resident of Waldorf, was born in Washington. She graduated from Chamberlain Vocational High School in Washington.
In 1952, she went to work at the Washington Navy Yard as a secretary. In 1964 she joined the VA, and in 1969 she transferred to the VA office in Miami. In the early 1980s, she became a clerk in the Postal Service in Miami, and she retired in 1987.
Mrs. Collier lived in Hollywood, Fla., until returning to the Washington area in 1989.
Her marriage to Arthur Steven Collier Jr. ended in divorce.
Survivors include five children, Linda Ann Stubock of Hollywood, Fla., Sharon Lee Burns and Karen Michelle Balance, both of Waldorf, Arthur Steven Collier III of Starke, Fla., and Charles Bernard Collier of Fairbury, Neb.; three sisters, Ann Herbert of Fort Washington, Emma Jean Cross of Colonial Beach, Va., and Martha E. Marsh of Stafford, Va.; four brothers, James A. Halcombe of Temple Hills, Charles F. Halcombe of Washington, Richard G. Halcombe of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Don Mack Halcombe of Manassas; and seven grandchildren.
BESS H. GRACE
Area Resident Since 1952
Bess H. Grace, 84, an area resident since 1952 who attended Fort Myer Chapel, died of pneumonia Aug. 22 at Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Arlington.
Mrs. Grace was born in Princess Anne, Md., and grew up in Snow Hill, Md. She was a 1927 graduate of Western Maryland College. She taught school in Snow Hill before her 1928 marriage to W.P. Grace Jr. He retired from the Army as a colonel and died in 1985. Mrs. Grace accompanied him to the Philippines in the mid-1930s and taught school.
Survivors include a son, W.P. Grace III of Vienna; a daughter, Lucy Anne Chapman of Annandale; and four grandchildren.