Casual Corner Co-Founder

Charles E. Carples, 68, a pioneer in women's sportswear who co-founded the Casual Corner clothing store chain, died of cancer Dec. 5 at his home in Boca Raton, Fla.

He opened the first Casual Corner store in West Hartford, Conn., in 1950. The chain, specializing in casual and less-formal women's clothing, now has 750 stores nationwide. The chain merged with U.S. Shoe Corp. in Cincinnati in 1970.

After the merger, he continued as executive vice president of the specialty retailing division. He also served on U.S. Shoe's board of directors until 1986.


Air Force General

Jack J. Catton, 70, a retired Air Force general and retired senior vice president of the Lockheed Corp., died Dec. 4 at his home near March Air Force Base, Calif., after a heart attack.

He spent 34 years in the Air Force before retiring in 1974, then spent a decade at Lockheed.

During his years in the Air Force, he served as head of the Military Airlift Command and its logistics command. He led B-29 (Super Fortress) bombing raids in the Pacific during World War II and flew combat missions during the Korean War.


Polish Director

Tadeusz Kantor, 75, an internationally known avant-garde theater director, author and painter who was known for creating dynamic, inventive theater based on historical and personal themes, died Dec. 8 in Krakow. The cause of death was not reported.

Among his productions were "In the Little Country House" in 1961, "The Madman and the Nun" in 1963 and "Water Hen" in 1967. His "Theater of Death" started with the 1975 premiere of "The Dead Class."

During World War II, Mr. Kantor founded the underground, experimental Independent Theater. He organized the first postwar modern art exhibition in 1948 in Krakow and organized his Cricot 2 Theater there in 1956.


Rock-and-Roll Singer

Dee Clark, 52, a rock-and-roll singer who had a string of hits in the '60s including "Raindrops" and "Hey Little Girl," was found dead Dec. 7 in Smyrna, Ga. Authorities said he died after an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Clark, who was a native of Chicago, began his musical career in the early 1950s with the Hambone Kids, a rhythm-and-blues group. He later formed a singing group called the Kool Jets before launching his solo career in 1957.


Quebec Actor & Nationalist

Jean Duceppe, 67, a Quebec stage, television and movie actor who was best known for his role as the kindly general store owner in the 1971 film "Mon Oncle Antoine," died Dec. 7 in Montreal. He had diabetes.

The Montreal-born actor also was a Quebec nationalist and a union activist. He presided over Quebec's Union des Artistes in the late 1950s. He was awarded Quebec's highest honor, the Order of National Merit. In one of his last appearances, in June, he told a cheering crowd that "as the days pass, it becomes more and more evident that Quebec is our only country."