Maurice N. Richlin, 70, an Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Pillow Talk" who helped create the clumsy Inspector Clouseau in "The Pink Panther," died of cancer Nov. 13 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

He and his partner, Stanley Shapiro, won an Academy Award for the 1959 romantic comedy "Pillow Talk," which starred Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Also in 1959, they had a second nomination in the same category, best story written for the screen, for "Operation Petticoat," starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. With Blake Edwards, he wrote "The Pink Panther," the 1963 comedy featuring Peter Sellers as a bumbling French detective.

Mr. Richlin, a native of Omaha, attended the University of Missouri and served in the Army during World War II. He was a reporter with the Los Angeles Times and wrote for such popular radio shows as "Burns and Allen," "The Edgar Bergen Show" and "The Amos and Andy Show" before becoming a screenwriter.


Musician and Composer

Sol Kaplan, 71, a conductor, composer and pianist for films and the stage, died of cancer Nov. 14 in New York City.

His movie scores included "Tales of Manhattan," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award; "Niagara"; "Titanic"; "The Victors"; "The Guns of August"; "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold"; and "I Can Get It for You Wholesale." He wrote the score for the film "Salt of the Earth."


TV Actor

William E. Herndon, 54, a television actor and stage director who had appeared on such daytime TV soap operas as "The Guiding Light" and "Love of Life," died Nov. 12 at his home in Manhattan. He had AIDS.

He had directed off-Broadway plays in New York and had acted in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." He had taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Actors Studio in New York.


Houston City Council Member

Judson W. Robinson Jr., 57, a 10-term member of the Houston City Council who was known as a champion of minorities, died of cancer Nov. 15 in a hospital in Houston.

He made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1978.

In 1971, he became the first black elected to the City Council since Reconstruction, said Texas state Sen. Rodney Ellis, a former Houston council member. Mr. Robinson's admirers said he was able to negotiate compromises between the most volatile of factions.


World War II Heroine

Charline Chable Rotondo, 78, whose exploits in the French underground saved 32 American fliers from the Nazis during World War II, died of cancer Nov. 15 at a hospital in Concord, N.H.

She became the first foreign-born woman to receive the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower presented it to her in Paris in 1945.

Mrs. Rotondo had smuggled Americans to safety through her house. Captured near the war's end, she refused to reveal information to the Germans about the French Resistance, even though they tortured her. She escaped when the Allies bombed a train carrying her to a concentration camp. After the war, she was a fashion designer and moved to the United States in 1974.