Eugene Fodor, 85, whose guidebooks revolutionized the travel industry and sell millions of copies a year, died of a brain tumor Feb. 18 at a hospital in Torrington, Conn.
His comprehensive Fodor's Travel Guides have been a staple of bookstores for decades. He filled his books with detailed but readable descriptions of places and people of Europe. His first, "1936 . . . On the Continent," revolutionized the industry. The original 1,212-page book featured 25 countries, with segments written by major playwrights and journalists.
Mr. Fodor went on to write more than 100 other books and founded his own printing company, Fodor Travel Guides, with offices in New York and London. He sold the company in 1968.
Esther Fisher, 90, a celebrated classical pianist and former professor at the Royal College of Music in London, died in London Feb. 12. The cause of death was not reported.
The New Zealand native went to London in 1919, then studied with Isidore Philipp in Paris and Artur Schnabel in Berlin. She made her debut in London in 1923.
MILDRED T. KEMP
Boarding House Owner
Mildred Tunis Kemp, 97, operator of a family-owned boarding house in McDaniel, Md., from 1919 to 1984, died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Easton, Md., after a heart attack. She lived in McDaniel.
Wades Point Farm had been in her late husband's family for 165 years before Mrs. Kemp retired and the family sold the boarding house. It had been a vacation hotel for generations of families from the Baltimore-Washington area.
Mrs. Kemp was born in Baltimore and grew up in North Carolina. She returned to Maryland in 1919.
Roy Lanham, 68, a guitarist who accompanied Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on their trademark song "Happy Trails," died of cancer Feb. 14 in Camarillo, Calif.
He joined Rogers's band, "Sons of the Pioneers," in the 1950s, toured with Rogers and appeared in some of the cowboy star's television shows. He also played jazz and pop music, recording "Mr. Blue" and "Come Softly to Me" with the Fleetwoods in the late 1950s.
ROBERT E. O'SHAUGHNESSY
Funeral Board President
Robert E. O'Shaughnessy, 72, a past president of the U.S. Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, died Feb. 16 in Columbus, Ohio. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Mr. O'Shaughnessy, a Democrat, served in the Ohio Senate from 1973 to 1978. He had been a licensed embalmer and funeral director for 50 years.