AIDS Activist

Richard Dunne, 46, a former executive director of the Gay Men's Health Crisis organization, which provides services, education and advocacy for AIDS patients, died Dec. 29 in a hospital in Providence, R.I. He had AIDS.

Under Mr. Dunne's direction, the organization's staff grew from 17 employees to 120, and its budget increased from $800,000 to $11 million. The number of patients it serves also increased from 2,500 to 8,000. He resigned as its director in September 1989.


New Deal Lawyer

David Saperstein, 89, a corporate lawyer who helped create the federal Securities and Exchange Commission during the height of the Depression and then helped run it, died Dec. 28 at a hospital in North Bergen, N.J. The cause of death was not reported.

As an assistant counsel to the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, Mr. Saperstein helped write the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that created the SEC. He joined the commission later that year as its trading and exchange division director.

In 1937, he returned to the private practice of law. In 1982, he retired from the Manhattan law firm of Silver, Saperstein, Barnett & Solomon.


Dude Ranch Owner

Harry Drackert, 87, whose "dude ranches" were briefly home to playwright Arthur Miller, Mary Rockefeller and other luminaries establishing Nevada residency in order to get divorces, died Dec. 26 at a hospital in Reno, Nev., after a heart attack.

He was among the last survivors of the dozen or so guest-ranch operators who hosted out-of-state residents drawn to Nevada by the state's liberal divorce laws. The laws, for many years the most liberal in the nation, allowed a person to get a divorce after just a six-week residency in the state.