Allen C. Holmes, 70, a retired managing partner of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, one of the world's largest law firms with more than 1,200 lawyers in 19 cities around the world, including Washington, died Nov. 1 at his home in Bratenahl, Ohio. He had Guillaume-Barre syndrome, a disease of the nervous system.

When Mr. Allen became managing partner in 1975, the firm, which is based in Cleveland, had 170 lawyers. He is credited with directing a program under which it grew to 420 lawyers with offices in six cities by the time he retired in 1985. He began working for the firm and its predecessors in 1944.


Virginia Game Director

Richard Hunter Cross Jr., 71, a former executive director of the Virginia game commission, died Oct. 29 in a Richmond hospital. The cause of death was not reported.

He was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and Virginia Tech and a veteran of World War II. A wildlife biologist, he worked for 45 years with the Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries, now the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. He was executive director of the commission for six years before retiring in 1987.



Craig Russell, 42, the star of the 1977 film "Outrageous," which was hailed by critics as an insightful tale of the gay underworld in which a schizophrenic girl moves in with a struggling female impersonator, died Oct. 30 at a hospital in Toronto. He had AIDS.

An internationally known female impersonator and actor, Mr. Russell became a box office success with "Outrageous," a low-budget, semi-autobiographical film in which he performed many of his impersonations, especially of his idol, Mae West, for whom he once worked as a secretary. In 1986, he did "Too Outrageous," a sequel to his film hit.


TV Producer

Herbert Brodkin, 77, a television producer who worked on such noted series as "Playhouse 90" and "The Defenders" and who also produced many specials on topics from Nazism to the death penalty, died of an aneurysm Oct. 29 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

With John Houseman and Fred Coe, Mr. Brodkin was one of the producers who crafted the final years of "Playhouse 90." With Reginald Rose, he created and produced the highly acclaimed series, "The Defenders," which appeared from 1961 to 1965. The series won more than two dozen Emmy awards.


Gay Rights Activist

Jim Foster, 57, a pioneer gay activist who founded the politically potent Alice B. Toklas Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club, died Oct. 31 in San Francisco. He had AIDS.

He helped found the Society for Individual Rights, which in 1963 conducted the country's first public voter registration drive for gay people. In 1982, he was chosen the first national field director for the Gay Human Rights Campaign Fund.