Edward Charles Bassett

California Architect

Edward Charles Bassett, 77, a California architect who designed buildings around the world, including San Francisco's symphony hall and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, died Aug. 28 in Mill Valley, Calif., after a stroke.

He was the design partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco for 21 years until his retirement in 1981. His San Francisco work includes the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, the Bank of America headquarters building, the Crocker Galleria and the Industrial Indemnity building.

His other designs included the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Australian Mutual Provident Society complex in Melbourne, and the Royal Dutch Shell headquarters in The Hague.

Willie Mays Sr.


Willie Mays Sr., 89, a retired steelworker and railroad porter who was the father of National League Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays, died Aug. 27 in Redwood City, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

The senior Mays was a versatile athlete who passed his love of baseball on to his son, who played for the Giants in New York and San Francisco before closing out his career with the New York Mets.

Mr. Mays Sr. was born in the industrial town of Westfield, Ala., and played for black baseball teams in the South. He worked on passenger trains as a porter and later in a Westfield steel mill. At one point, he and his son, then in high school, played together on the mill's semi-professional baseball team.

Jeanne Miles

Abstract Artist

Jeanne Miles, 90, a contemporary abstract artist whose half-century career produced a series of one-woman shows at New York galleries as well as paintings for permanent collections in such institutions as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, died Aug. 27 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.

She mixed old media and new, working in oils and gold and platinum leaf on a ground of plastic. She based much of her work on geometric abstractions of mandalas in a continuing artistic quest for spiritualism.

Ms. Miles, Baltimore-born and a New Yorker for much of her life, was a fine arts graduate of George Washington University. She went on to study painting in Tahiti and Paris.

Charles Lowe

Career Counselor

Charles Lowe, 87, who guided the career of actress Carol Channing during their four-decade marriage, died Sept. 2 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not repoted.

He and Miss Channing, 78, married in 1956 and Mr. Lowe focused his attention on her stage career. He produced five of her network TV specials before they separated last year following accusations by the performer of mismanagement. The couple were estranged at the time of his death.

Mr. Lowe, a native of Steel City, Neb., served in the Army during World War II. After the war, he went from advertising executive to producer of the 1950 to 1958 "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" on CBS.

Charles Perry

University President

Charles Perry, 62, the founding president of Florida International University, died Aug. 30 at his home in Rockwall, Tex. The cause of death was not reported.

The Florida Board of Regents hired him in 1969 to turn an abandoned airfield into a public university. FIU started classes in September 1972 with a student body of 5,600.

He stepped down from the presidency in 1975, after telling reporters he was having trouble making the transition from the excitement of building FIU to the routine of administering it. After heading Golden Bear International and Family Weekly magazine, he became dean of the graduate management school at the University of Dallas in 1993.

Milton Jack Mirman

Stamp Dealer

Milton Jack Mirman, 84, an authority on U.S. stamps and a major stamp dealer for years, died of cancer Aug. 27 in Drexel Hill, Pa.

Mr. Mirman began attending stamp auctions as an amateur dealer when he was 14. In 1950, he decided to make his hobby his business and bought the dealership Stanley Gibbons Inc., one of the leading traders for stamp collectors in the United States. For years, the Gibbons catalogue served as a pricing guide for American stamps.

Mr. Mirman headed the company until he sold it to the Intergovernmental Philatelic Corp. in 1979. He stayed in its management until he retired in 1997.

Mark Zebrowski

Art Historian

Mark Zebrowski, 54, an art historian who was a leading expert on the Islamic art of India whose 1983 thesis, "Deccani Painting," became the standard work on the subject, died of cancer Aug. 22 in London.

Mr. Zebrowski, a U.S. native, lived many years in Britain. He went to India when he joined the Peace Corps in 1967 and taught English at a school in Karimnagar in south-central India. He became interested in the intricate silver-work of the area and the artwork of the Deccani sultanate.

James L. `Jim' Holton

NBC News Radio Executive

James L. "Jim" Holton, 78, a retired NBC Radio News vice president who produced a number of programs in the 1960s and '70s, including the show "Biography in Sound," died of prostate cancer Sept. 2 at a hospital in Reading, Pa.

"Biography in Sound" profiled major figures of the time. Mr. Holton, a native of Pennsylvania, also produced the "Life and the World" series as well as coverage of political campaigns and conventions, the civil rights struggles and the space exploration programs.

A newsprint journalist in his earlier days, he spent most of his career in New York after joining NBC News in 1953. He later served as news director of the "Monitor" and "Nightline" radio news programs. After retiring in 1980, he worked for five years as a media consultant for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington.