Los Angeles Lawyer
Stanley Fleishman, 79, a lawyer who argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and won First Amendment and civil rights suits for clients ranging from the disabled to alleged pornographers, died Sept. 23 at a Los Angeles hospital after surgery for a benign tumor.
Mr. Fleishman, physically disabled by polio from age 1, did extensive work on behalf of the disabled. But he also was a pioneering member of the "porn bar" who defended the public's right to create, buy and sell products related to sex. He championed such wide-ranging fare as the adult film "Deep Throat," Henry Miller's once-banned book "Tropic of Cancer" and the chain of Pussycat Theaters.
This background led him into advocacy for the disabled. Not long after Congress had passed the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, he was preparing for trial on the film "Deep Throat" when he realized people in wheelchairs were being excluded from juries for not being "in possession of their faculties." He eventually got courts to admit people in wheelchairs, the blind and the deaf.
William Eckert, 73, a forensic pathologist who had been a consultant on such cases as the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the Jonestown massacre, the Charles Manson murders, the John Wayne Gacy serial killings and the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, died of unreported causes Sept. 17 in New Orleans.
He was a founder of the International Organization of Forensic Medicine and the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology and past president of the International Association of Forensic Sciences and the National Association of Medical Examiners.
In the late 1980s, Dr. Eckert put together an investigative team that reexamined the 100-year-old Jack the Ripper prostitute murders. He also was a consultant for the television series "Quincy."
Ivan Goff, 89, co-creator of the television series "Charlie's Angels," co-writer of the films "White Heat," "Captain Horatio Hornblower" and "Man of a Thousand Faces" and past president of what became the Writers Guild of America, died Sept. 23 in Santa Monica, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.
With his writing partner for 39 years, the late Ben Roberts, Mr. Goff wrote 25 feature films that starred James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Clark Gable, Doris Day, Joan Crawford and others. Among their credits: "Midnight Lace," "Shake Hands With the Devil," "Band of Angels," "Green Fire," "King of the Khyber Rifles," "Come Fill the Cup" and "Goodbye, My Fancy." The two writers were nominated for Oscars for their screenplay of "Man of a Thousand Faces," which starred Cagney as Lon Chaney.
In the 1960s, the pair turned to television, writing "The Rogues" for Dick Powell, David Niven and Charles Boyer. They also produced "Mannix" (1967-75) and created "Charlie's Angels" (1976-81).
Mignon Garland, 91, a dancer who carried on the legacy of Isadora Duncan in the United States, becoming founder and director of the Isadora Duncan Heritage Society, died Sept. 15 in San Pablo, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Ms. Garland toured with the Minneapolis Symphony, danced in Moscow and New York, founded several dance companies and was dance editor of New Theater magazine. Later, she lived for many years in the San Francisco home where Duncan was born.
Ms. Garland helped drive a Duncan revival that began with the 1977 centenary of her birth. She also trained many Duncan dancers performing today, including her granddaughter, Amy Baird Garlin, and Lori Belilove.
Herbert Leupin, 82, a Swiss graphic artist who gained international recognition for his colorful product posters, died Sept. 21 at his home in Basel, Switzerland. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Leupin created the purple cow that advertised Suchard's Milka chocolate and designed posters for Coca-Cola. He exhibited in New York and in 1960 received the Art Directors Club's Medal Award.