Betty Boop Creator

Myron "Grim" Natwick, 100, the animator who gave life to Betty Boop, the curvaceous flapper with a kewpie-doll face whose favorite refrain was "Boop-Boop-A-Doop," died Oct. 7 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. He had pneumonia and a heart ailment.

In 1930, he was working for Max and Dave Fleischer, who had produced the famous bouncing ball sing-along "Song Cartunes," when he produced the mini-skirted siren for the popular song "Boop-Boop-A-Doop" by Helen Kane. After his work with Betty, he left the Fleischers and worked for Walt Disney's former partner, Ub Iwerks, Disney himself, and Walter Lantz.

At Disney, Mr. Natwick animated Snow White for the perennial "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." His Betty Boop character made a comeback with a cast of other classic cartoon figures in 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"


Ebony Managing Editor

Charles L. Sanders, 58, managing editor of Ebony magazine since 1968, died Oct. 4 at a hospital in Chicago. The cause of death was not reported.

He began his journalism career at the Cleveland Call and Post as a reporter and feature writer and later served as general editor of the paper's state editions. He joined Ebony as an associate editor in 1963 and opened the magazine's first overseas bureau in Paris in 1965, serving as bureau chief until 1968. During that time, he also wrote the column "Paris Scratchpad" for Ebony's sister magazine, Jet.

Mr. Sanders also served with comedian Bill Cosby as co-chairman of the NAACP's Entertainment Committee for Life Members. He served on the board of the Gospel Music Workshop of America.


Indian Chief Justice

Sabyasachi Mukharji, 63, Chief Justice of India's Supreme Court since December 1989 and a member of the court since 1983, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 25 in London.

In 1968, he was appointed permanent judge in Calcutta High Court and in 1982, was appointed a member of the government's Finance Commission. He became a member of the Supreme Court in April 1983 and in the same year was appointed chief justice of the Calcutta High Court.


Biblical Scholar

Dr. Harold L. Ginsberg, 87, a biblical scholar and authority on ancient Ugaritic literature, died Oct. 4 at a hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., after a heart attack.

Ugaritic literature include texts written in an extinct Northern Semitic language closely related to Hebrew.

Dr. Ginsberg, who was born in Montreal, had taught biblical history and literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary since 1941. He was editor for the Bible of the Encyclopedia Judaica and helped make the Hebrew Scriptures available in Braille.