"Cheers" Casting Director

Stephen F. Kolzak, 37, who supervised casting for the Emmy-winning television comedy "Cheers" and was active in AIDS-related causes, died Sept. 19 at a hospital in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He had AIDS.

Mr. Kolzak was senior vice president of casting and talent at Columbia Pictures Television until resigning for health reasons in 1987. In 1984, he received an Artios Award from the Casting Society of America for his work on NBC's "Cheers." He also supervised casting for "Starsky and Hutch," "Facts of Life," "Silver Spoons," "One Day at a Time," "The Jeffersons" and "Who's the Boss."

He became an activist in AIDS causes. He worked with major Hollywood studios to develop plans for dealing with AIDS in the workplace. He was arrested at the U.S. Supreme Court building during a 1987 gay-rights march. In 1988, he was arrested at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters during a protest against federal policies on making drugs available to combat AIDS.


Marxist Poet

Thomas McGrath, 73, a former Rhodes scholar who became a Marxist poet before being blacklisted during the 1950s and who won a National Endowment for the Arts senior fellowship in 1987, died Sept. 19 in Minneapolis. The cause of death was not reported.

He was teaching at Los Angeles State University when he was subpoenaed to appear before a government committee looking into domestic communism. He was fired after refusing to testify. In the 1960s, he taught at North Dakota State University in Fargo. From 1969 until his retirement in 1981, he taught at Moorehead State University.

Mr. McGrath was the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry and fiction. His "McGrath's Selected Poems, 1938-1988" won the 1989 Lenore Marshall-Nation prize for an outstanding book of poems.


Writer and Producer

Pat Costello, 87, writer and producer of television's "Abbott & Costello Show" and brother of the late comedian Lou Costello, died of heart ailments Sept. 13 at his home in Encino, Calif.

In the 1940s, he wrote for "The Camel Show," a weekly NBC radio program starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. He wrote and produced the "Abbott & Costello Show" for television in 1951 and 1952, and retired from the entertainment business after his brother's death in 1959.


President of Daisy Co.

Cass Sheffield Hough, 85, former president of Daisy Manufacturing Co. Inc., a maker of air rifles in Rogers, Ark., died Sept. 17 in Naples, Fla. The cause of death was not reported.

He was the third generation of his family to head Daisy. He succeeded his father as president in 1959 and served until 1975, when he became president of Victor Recreation Products Group, of which Daisy was a part. He also was a former chairman of the Arkansas Industrial Development Corp.


Pentecostal Bishop

Ross P. Paddock, 83, former presiding bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, died Sept. 17 in Kalamazoo, Mich., after a heart attack.

He was named presiding bishop to fill an unexpired term in 1967 and was elected to the post for two three-year terms in 1968 and 1971.


Canadian Defense Minister

Allan McKinnon, 73, a former Canadian defense minister under Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark, died of cancer Sept. 18 in Victoria, British Columbia.

He served under Clark in 1979 and 1980 as defense minister and veterans affairs minister. He also was Tory defense critic for 10 years.