New York Judge

Harold A. Stevens, 83, the first black judge on New York's highest court and a former state Assembly member, died Nov. 9 at a hospital in New York City after a heart attack. He was stricken at his home in Harlem.

He represented an Albany district in the Statehouse from 1947 to 1950, resigning after his election to the Court of General Sessions. He was appointed to the Supreme Court, the state's trial-level court, in 1955 by Gov. W. Averell Harriman.

In 1974, he received an interim appointment to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals. In 1975, he was redesignated presiding justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. He was the first blacks to occupy each of those positions. He retired in 1977.


Costume Designer

Bill Travilla, 69, a costume designer whose sartorial efforts on behalf of Errol Flynn and others in the 1949 movie "The Adventures of Don Juan" won him an Academy Award, died of cancer Nov. 2 in Los Angeles.

Mr. Travilla, a longtime friend of Marilyn Monroe's, also designed many of her movie clothes, including the famous dress that swirled up, exposing her legs, in a memorable scene from "The Seven Year Itch." He later designed clothes for actress Faye Dunaway and for the television show "Dallas."


Crash Helmet Developer

Charles F. Lombard, 83, who developed a revolutionary crash helmet used by test pilots and police motorcycle officers, died Nov. 3 at a hospital in Orange, Calif. He died of complications from a broken hip.

Creation of the helmet by Mr. Lombard and Herman P. Roth was announced May 7, 1947, by the University of Southern California, where the men worked as aviation medicine scientists.

Replacing head coverings using foam rubber, the helmet weighed less than 45 ounces and contained fiberglass stronger than steel of the same weight. It was lined with cellulose acetate -- a type of plastic foam -- molded to the wearer's head.


Radio Pioneer

Everett G. Mitchell, 92, a pioneer radio broadcaster who was host of the National Farm and Home Hour on the NBC network from Chicago in the 1930s through the 1950s, died Nov. 9 at a nursing home in Wheaton, Ill. The cause of death was not reported.

He was known for his opening line: "It's a beautiful day in Chicago."