Newspaper Editor

James Augustus Clendinen, 80, retired editor of the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune and past president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, died Jan. 18 at a hospital in Tampa after a stroke.

He joined the Tribune in 1935 and served as its editor from 1958 until retiring in 1985. During those years, he gained a reputation as an editor of great political clout and as a champion of open government and judicial and election reforms.

Mr. Clendinen was a native of Alabama, attended the University of Florida and served in the Army Air Forces in World War II. He began his journalism career in 1930 with the Clearwater (Fla.) Evening Sun as a reporter and was its managing editor when he left.


Documentary Maker

Leo Hurwitz, 81, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who was blacklisted in the 1950s, died of cancer Jan. 18 at his home in Manhattan.

His films included the 1942 "Native Land," co-directed by Paul Strand, narrated by Paul Robeson and scored by Marc Blitzstein, and "Dialogue With a Woman Departed," a tribute to his late wife and colleague, Peggy Lawson, which won an International Film Critics Prize in 1981.

While blacklisted for his leftist views in the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Hurwitz continued to work as an independent filmmaker, and without credit co-produced, directed and edited segments for the CBS-TV "Omnibus" series. In the mid-1960s, he and six other directors sued the Directors Guild of America, in a case that resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court decision forcing the guild to remove a loyalty oath from its membership application.


Movie Munchkin

Nita Krebs, 85, who was believed to be the oldest surviving Munchkin from the famed 1939 movie, "Wizard of Oz," which starred Judy Garland as the girl from Kansas who visited the Land of Oz, died Jan. 18 at her home in Sarasota, Fla., after a heart attack.

She also starred in the 1938 movie, "Terror of Tiny Town," which had an all-midget cast. She also was a former member of the Singer Midgets.

Miss Krebs, who was a native of Czechoslovakia, was 3 feet 8 inches tall. She performed for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus until retiring in the mid-1950s.