Abstract Painter

Rodrigo Moynihan, 80, a pioneer abstract painter who was hailed by art critics as one of the century's leading portraitists, died Nov. 6 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

His subjects included Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, who sat for him in 1946, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1983. His 11-foot painting, "The Teaching Staff of the Painting School, Royal College of Art," now in London's Tate Gallery, was acclaimed as one of his greatest works.

Although most noted for portraits, his work also took in abstract expressionism and naturalism during a career that spanned nearly 60 years. He was an editor of the magazine "Art and Literature" from 1963 to 1968, and the author of the biography "Goya," about the Spanish painter, which was published in 1951.


MidEast Report Publisher

David Toufic Mizrahi, 64, editor and publisher of the MidEast Report, a fortnightly newsletter that he started in 1967 and which specializes in economic and political news, died Nov. 9 at a hospital in New York City. He had cancer and pneumonia.

An authority on Middle East politics and the economics of oil, he had appeared on most leading American television networks, discussing those topics, and had been quoted in the country's leading newspapers and news magazines.

Mr. Mizrahi received a degree in Arabic philosophy from the University of Beirut and a law degree from the Sorbonne. He was managing editor of Le Commerce du Levant, a Beirut business publication started by his father, before coming to this country in 1960. He was an American correspondent for several Middle East publications before starting his newsletter.


Stock Exchange Chairman

Maurice Mann, 61, chairman of the Pacific Stock Exchange from 1987 until January of this year, died Nov. 7 in San Diego after a heart attack. He was stricken while returning to San Diego from Florida.

Before joining the exchange, he was vice chairman of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and president and chief executive officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank in San Francisco. In 1969 and 1970, he had been an assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget. Before that, he was vice president and economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Dr. Mann, who was a native of Peabody, Mass., was a 1951 graduate of Northeastern University. He received a master's degree from Boston University and a doctorate from Syracuse University.


Film Historian

Vito Russo, 44, a film historian and a gay rights advocate whose book, "The Celluloid Closet," studied how homosexuals were portrayed in films, died Nov. 7 at a hospital in New York City. He had AIDS.

Mr. Russo wrote, produced, and was the co-host of "Our Time," a 1983 WNYC television program dealing with gay issues. He had written material for several performers, including Lily Tomlin, and was national publicity director for the 1985 Oscar-winning documentary, "The Times of Harvey Milk."

His involvement in gay politics began in 1970 when he joined the Gay Activists Alliance. He later became a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.