Raymond Vernon

Business Expert

Raymond Vernon, 85, an internationally renowned business expert who had been a member of the Marshall Plan team and helped develop the International Monetary Fund and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, died Aug. 26 in Cambridge, Mass. He had cancer.

He joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1959. At the time of his death, he was a professor emeritus of international affairs at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Vernon also was a former head of Hawley and Hoops Inc., a company that made the M&Ms chocolate candies. During his tenure, the company successfully developed M&Ms chocolate-covered peanuts, and Mr. Vernon was dubbed "the man who put the crunch in M&Ms."

Mary Jane Croft Lewis

TV Comic

Mary Jane Croft Lewis, 83, an actress who played a comedy sidekick in Lucille Ball's television series, died Aug. 24 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.

She built a career on playing TV's friendly neighbor, starting with a role on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." She and Lyle Talbot played Clara and Joe Randolph on the sitcom from 1956 to 1966. Mrs. Lewis joined "I Love Lucy" for the 1957 season, playing neighbor Betty Ramsey.

Mrs. Lewis was at Ball's side in "The Lucy Show," which ran from 1962 to 1968, and again for her final CBS series, "Here's Lucy," which ran from 1968 to 1974, playing the heroine's best friend, appearing under her own name, Mary Jane Lewis.

Chester Brooks Kerr

Book Editor

Chester Brooks Kerr, 86, a leading figure in book publishing whose prize acquisitions as a commercial publisher were Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and Calvin Trillin's "Third Helpings," died Aug. 22 in New London, N.H. The cause of death was not reported.

During a career spanning 30 years, he worked as the top editor or editorial director at Harcourt, Brace & Co., Yale University Press, Atlantic Monthly Press, Reynal & Hitchcock and Ticknor & Fields, a division of Houghton Mifflin Co.

He was best known in the industry for his report on the status of scholarly publishing, which became known as the "Kerr Report." He concluded that scholarly presses were becoming more like their commercial counterparts but never would become self-supporting if they concentrated on scholarly quality.

Tove `Musse' Hansen

Humanitarian

Tove "Musse" Hansen, 88, a Los Angeles restaurant founder who had been recognized by the Israeli government for her efforts in helping thousands of Jews escape the Nazis during World War II, died Aug. 21 at her home in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Mrs. Hansen, a native of Denmark, helped about 8,000 Danish Jews escape to Sweden during the war. She later moved to California and with her husband, Kenneth Hansen, built Hollywood's Scandia restaurant on Sunset Boulevard.

Alexandre Lagoya

French Guitarist

Alexandre Lagoya, 70, a self-taught French guitar player known for his mastery of classical and popular music, died Aug. 24 in Paris. The cause of death was not reported.

He and his wife, Ida Presti, were an acclaimed duo. After her death in 1967, he continued his career as a soloist and guitar teacher in Paris. In addition to his concert and teaching career, Lagoya performed for film scores.

Kate Coscarelli

Novelist

Kate Coscarelli, 72, whose best-selling fiction was known for its adroit portrayals of strong, mature women coping with life changes in glamorous worlds, died Aug. 25 at her home in Los Angeles. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

She did not begin writing novels until she was 56, after her two children were grown. Her six novels, which included "Fame and Fortune" in 1984, "Perfect Order" in 1985 and "Heir Apparent" in 1993, drew heavily from her own experiences and social settings, featuring female protagonists who were divorcees, executives, widows of executives, military wives, celebrities and socialites.

Charles Hollister

Woods Hole Official

Charles Hollister, 63, a vice president and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod who was well-known for his research on burying radioactive waste under the ocean, died Aug. 23 after falling 60 feet while rock climbing in the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming.

He had been an oceanographer for the U.S. Geological Survey and a research fellow at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory before joining the staff at Woods Hole in 1967.