Gilbert B. Mustin
Gilbert Barclay Mustin, 78, the president of Fleer Corp., one of the largest baseball trading card companies in the country and creator of Dubble Bubble chewing gum, died of pneumonia July 28 in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Mr. Mustin joined Fleer in 1949, serving as its president from 1959 to 1989. When he became president, Fleer was in stiff competition with Topps, makers of Bazooka bubble gum that dominated the baseball trading card business.
After the Federal Trade Commission had upheld Topps's exclusive contracts with major league baseball players for the use of their pictures on cards packaged with the gum, Fleer began an antitrust suit. Settled out of court, in 1983, the agreement allowed Fleer to sell baseball cards but not with gum.
Bastiaan J.D. Meeuse
Bastiaan J.D. Meeuse, 83, a University of Washington professor emeritus of botany who researched a particularly malodorous type of lily for more than 50 years, died of pneumonia July 27 in Seattle.
Dr. Meeuse wrote more than 200 articles on the voodoo lily, a relative of the "corpse flower." He once explained that his research on the lily's heat-and-stench generating pollination phase left him with "an odor that would drive skunks away."
He also discovered a moss enzyme that oxidizes oxalic acid. Now the enzyme helps monitor blood in people who produce excess oxalic acid, which can cause deadly crystals in their kidneys.
Richard Olney, 71, an American author of classic books about French cooking and wines, has died at his home in Sollies-Toucas in southern France. He was found dead Aug. 3 but was believed to have died several days earlier. The cause of death was not known, said the mayor's office in the village of 4,000 people.
During his lifetime, Mr. Olney wrote more than 30 books on all aspects of French cooking and wines, as well as the culinary traditions of Provence, the sun-drenched region on the Mediterranean where many of the greatest lovers of French food have perfected their taste.
He is best known for two books: "Simple French Food" that was first published in 1974 and "The French Menu Cookbook." He also wrote about some of France's greatest wines.
Mr. Olney was born in 1927 in Iowa but spent most of his life in France. He was well known in Sollies-Toucas, 18 miles from the Mediterranean where he had lived for more than 20 years before his death.
Crocodile Dundee Model
Rodney Ansell, an Australian bushman who inspired the 1986 hit movie "Crocodile Dundee" has been killed in a shootout with police in the outback. Police said he shot and killed a policeman by a roadblock south of Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, on Aug. 3 before being shot dead by the officer's partner.
Local media said Mr. Ansell, once named Territorian of the Year, was the role model for Paul Hogan's knife-slinging outback hero Crocodile Dundee. Ken Shadie, who wrote "Crocodile Dundee" with Hogan and John Cornell, had seen a television interview with Ansell by British journalist Michael Parkinson. That interview fired Hogan's imagination about a bushman superstar that led to the making of the first Dundee film.
Police could not explain Mr. Ansell's action, but said he might have been involved in a shooting incident on Monday night after which the roadblock was set up on the lonely Stuart Highway. Assistant Commissioner John Daulby told reporters Mr. Ansell could easily have evaded the roadblock but instead shot at a policeman from behind some bushes.
Russell Inslee Clark Jr.
Russell Inslee Clark Jr., 64, former president of the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York and Yale admissions dean, died Aug. 3 of a heart attack, the Associated Press reported in Wallingford, Conn.
Mr. Clark became dean of Yale's Trumbell College in 1963. He was Yale's dean of admissions from 1965 to 1969, successfully pushing for the admission of women.
He became headmaster of Horace Mann in 1970. During a period of rapid change, he eliminated the traditional dress code of jacket and tie, oversaw the prep school's merger with Barnard School in 1973 and pushed for the admission of girls, which began in 1977.
He was promoted to president in 1981, putting him in charge of Horace Mann's four campuses in New York and Connecticut. During his tenure, the school's enrollment increased from 600 to 1,640, its staff more than doubled from 125 to 300 and its annual budget grew from $1 million to $15 million.