The obituary of actor William Conrad, which appeared in The Post Feb. 12, incorrectly reported that Ronald Reagan had appeared in the 1946 film, "The Killers," with Mr. Conrad. Reagan appeared in the 1964 version of the picture. (Published 2/16/94)
William Conrad, 73, the heavy-set actor who was one of television's principal lawmen in "Cannon" and "Jake and the Fatman," died yesterday in California.
A family statement attributed death to heart failure, according to Barbara Gardner, director of community relations for the Medical Center of North Hollywood. She said Mr. Conrad died at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 20 minutes after being brought in.
A man of resonant voice as well as bulk, Mr. Conrad used his physical attributes to convey menace as a miscreant in several movies before switching sides in the living room war on crime.
He was also the voice of the no-nonsense U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon in the long running radio version of "Gunsmoke," and narrated the memorable television series "The Fugitive" and the animated "Rocky and Bullwinkle," both of which became cult favorites.
The son of a theater owner, William Conrad was born Sept. 27, 1920, in Louisville, and later moved to California with his family. He attended Fullerton College there. As a young man, he worked at Los Angeles radio station KMPC as an announcer as well as a writer and director.
After service in World War II as a fighter pilot, he went back to radio as Matt Dillon. But when the show moved to television, it did so without Mr. Conrad, who was thought to lack the physique of a frontier marshal.
Instead, he worked for a time in movies, where he had made his debut in 1946 in "The Killers," which included Ronald Reagan. He also played in "Body and Soul"; "Arch of Triumph"; "One Way Street", "Lone Star," "Sorry, Wrong Number"; "East Side, West Side"; "The Naked Jungle," and "The Ride Back."
He produced several movies for Warner Bros. and directed at least two films as well. In television he also received credit as a producer for episodes of "77 Sunset Strip" and other shows, and directed as well.
As a private eye in "Cannon," he pursued lawbreakers through 96 episodes, from 1971 to 1976, his portly presence offering him an idiosyncratic edge that attracted viewers also in the "Jake and the Fatman" series, which premiered in 1987.
In the latter show, it was Mr. Conrad's sidekick, the younger and more agile Jake, who actually put the arm on the crooks while Mr. Conrad, as J.L. "Fatman" McCabe, a worldly-wise prosecutor, figured out whodunit.
Viewers sensed in him an understanding for the criminal that blended with his implacable hostility to crime.
Survivors include his wife, Tippy, and a son, Chris.
Volunteer and Artist
Maurine C. Gilbert, 78, whose volunteer work in Washington included campaign coordination for then Washington Mayor Walter E. Washington, died of a heart ailment Feb. 10 at her home in Tacoma, Wash. She lived in the District from 1941 to 1984.
Mrs. Gilbert worked as a part-time teacher at Georgetown Day School and on the staffs of children's summer camps in New York and New Mexico.
She headed a team of volunteers who assembled a collection of books and staffed an elementary school library in Washington in the 1960s.
During that decade she was also a volunteer assistant and speech writer for Mayor Washington's wife, Dr. Bennetta B. Washington, while Dr. Washington was principal of Cardozo High School and director of the Women's Job Corps.
Mrs. Gilbert was a native of the Grand Rapids, Mich., area and a graduate of the University of Michigan. She was an advertising copywriter in Grand Rapids and worked in public relations in St. Louis before her marriage in 1941 to Ben W. Gilbert, a reporter who was later city editor and day managing editor of The Washington Post.
Mrs. Gilbert was a painter and collage artist whose work won prizes at a Woodlawn Plantation competition. She was a member of the boards of the Janney Elementary School PTA and Georgetown Day School and a life member of the National Council of Negro Women and the National Council of Jewish Women.
In addition to her husband, of Tacoma, survivors include two children, Ian R. Gilbert of Washington and Amy G. Mann of Tacoma; a brother, John C. Coffee of Grand Rapids; and three grandchildren.
WINIFRED M. BERGQUIST
Winifred M. Bergquist, 90, a retired teacher in D.C. and Montgomery County elementary schools, died Feb. 8 at the Carriage Hill Nursing Center in Silver Spring. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Bergquist, who lived in Chevy Chase, was born in Ardoch, N.D. She graduated from the University of North Dakota and received a master's degree in education from George Washington University. She moved to the Washington area in 1945.
She retired in 1976 after having taught 11 years at Murch Elementary School in Washington. Earlier she taught for a year at Blessed Sacrament School and for eight years at Rock Creek Palisades Elementary School in Montgomery County.
She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington and of its sodality.
Her husband of 54 years, Floyd A. Bergquist, died in 1991.
Survivors include five children, Ann Tartaglia of Kensington, Carl W. Bergquist of Manassas, Robin McKeever of Potomac, Brenda L. Kessler of Wilmette, Ill., and William D. Bergquist of Philadelphia; 15 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
ESTHER CAPLAN MORRIS
Esther Caplan Morris, 84, who retired in 1970 after 38 years as a secretary with the General Services Administration, died of emphysema Feb. 5 at Washington Adventist Hospital. She lived in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Morris was a native of Washington and a graduate of Business High School. She worked for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for a year after her retirement.
Mrs. Morris was a past president of the B'nai B'rith women's chapter in Silver Spring and treasurer and recording secretary of the metropolitan council of the organization. She also was a founder of the Second Time Around thrift shop operated by the Silver Spring chapter in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Her husband of 56 years, Harry A. Morris, died in 1985.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosalie Morris Gindes of Silver Spring; a sister, Freda Segal of Bethesda; and three grandsons.