Anthony Imperiale

Political Activist

Anthony Imperiale, 68, a New Jersey political firebrand who served as state senator, state assemblyman and Newark city councilman, died Dec. 19 in Livingston, N.J. He had kidney failure.

Mr. Imperiale entered the national spotlight as a spokesman for law and order in the late 1960s, appearing on "60 Minutes" and inspiring a movie, "Fighting Back."

During the 1967 Newark riots, he organized citizen patrols to keep black protesters out of Italian neighborhoods, and he was criticized as a divisive figure and a reactionary who glorified vigilantism. In the remaining years of his life, he worked to mend divisions in Newark.

Stanley Meyer

TV Producer

Stanley Meyer, 85, executive producer and a co-owner of the "Dragnet" television series, died Dec. 18 in Santa Monica, Calif., after a heart attack.

In addition to his "Dragnet" TV production company, Mark VII, he was board chairman of Filmaster Ltd., which helped produce such popular early series as "Pete Kelly's Blues," "Gunsmoke" and "Have Gun Will Travel."

Tito Guizar

Mexican Entertainer

Tito Guizar, 91, a singer and actor who was one of the first Mexicans to star in Hollywood, working alongside Bob Hope and Roy Rogers, died Dec. 24 in San Antonio. The cause of death was not reported.

He had a seven-decade entertainment career in Mexico and starred in 40 films, and his presence was still highly prized on TV soap operas in his native land. His early work in radio and film north of the border helped open the door for his countrymen in the lucrative U.S. entertainment market.

He became Mexico's first singing cowboy on the big screen, achieving fame in the 1936 Mexican film, "Alla en el Rancho Grande." He played himself in "The Big Broadcast of 1938," starring Hope and W.C. Fields. In 1947, he appeared with Rogers in films and on the TV Western "On the Old Spanish Trail."

John W.R. Taylor

Publications Editor

John W.R. Taylor, 77, former editor in chief of Jane's "All the World's Aircraft," which gives the specifications of military and civilian aircraft produced and used around the world, died Dec. 12 in Kingston, Surrey, England. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Taylor, an aeronautical engineer, joined Jane's in 1955, became its editor in 1959 and was editor in chief from 1985 to 1989. During his tenure at Jane's, he was credited with creating a tradition of accuracy and comprehensiveness that made the reference book required reading for air forces, aircraft makers, intelligence services and defense experts worldwide.

He judged the capacities of new Soviet aircraft from photographs. When the first Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles were paraded, he was able to give accurate figures for their dimensions and likely performance by estimating their length against markings painted at regular intervals on the Red Square military parade area.

Gertie Louise Hemphill

Gospel Singer

Gertie Louise Hemphill, 65, a member of the gospel music trio the Hemphill Singers, died Dec. 19 in Nashville after a heart attack.

Mrs. Hemphill formed the trio in 1956 with her husband, James Hemphill, and lead singer Margaret Spence. The group appeared on television gospel shows and worked as backup singers for rock-and-roll star Little Richard.

Edward J. Herrmann

Catholic Bishop

Bishop Edward J. Herrmann, 86, the former spiritual leader of the Columbus (Ohio) Roman Catholic Diocese, died Dec. 22 in Columbus after a stroke.

He went to Columbus in 1973 from Washington, where he had been an auxiliary bishop. He retired in 1982 and moved to Hyattsville, then returned to Columbus in 1991 and became bishop emeritus.

He worked for American Oil Co. before studying for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1947.

Ruth Welting

Opera Singer

Ruth Welting, 51, a coloratura soprano who sang in more than 50 performances with the Metropolitan Opera, died Dec. 16 in Asheville, N.C. She had cervical cancer.

She made her Met debut in 1976 as Zerbinetta in Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos." Her last performance at the Met was in 1993 as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

Miss Welting, a native of Memphis, studied voice in New York, Rome and Paris. Her debut at the New York City Opera was in 1971 as Blonde in Mozart's "The Abduction From the Seraglio." She also appeared in operas in Dallas, Houston and San Francisco.

Zully Moreno

Argentine Actress

Zully Moreno, 79, an Argentine screen star of the 1940s and 1950s who was the widow of film director Luis Cesar Amadori, died Dec. 25 in Buenos Aires. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Ms. Moreno, who was born Zulema Esther Gonzalez, won international critical acclaim for her role as Nancy in "Que Dios Se lo Pague" (May God Bless You).

Lyle Leverich

Biographer

Lyle Leverich, 79, author of what leading critics called the definitive biography of Tennessee Williams and who was working on a second and final volume about the playwright at the time of his death, died Dec. 17 at a hospital in San Rafael, Calif. He had diabetes.

Williams authorized Mr. Leverich to write his biography and gave him access to unpublished diaries, letters and manuscripts after the two men struck up a friendship in 1976. Mr. Leverich did not begin working in earnest on the biography until 1983, after Williams died. "Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams" was published in 1995 by Crown and met with praise from both critics and renowned playwrights.

Richard Cattani

Newspaper Editor

Richard Cattani, 63, a former editor of the Christian Science Monitor newspaper, died Dec. 24 in Wellesley, Mass. The cause of death was not disclosed.

In his 30-year career at the Monitor, he held such posts as editorial writer, Boston City Hall reporter, Midwest bureau chief and White House correspondent. He became editor in 1988 and held that position until 1994, when he became editor-at-large. He retired from the Monitor in 1997.

Before joining the paper in 1967, Mr. Cattani had been an English teacher in Medford, Mass., and a mathematics teacher in Florence. He also worked as the executive vice president of a Detroit public relations firm.

Milton Glickman

Agriculture Secretary's Father

Milton Glickman, 83, a retired Kansas businessman who was the father of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, died of cancer in Wichita on Dec. 26. He died 2 1/2 weeks after the death of his wife, Gladys.

The elder Mr. Glickman was active in Democratic politics in Kansas and assisted in his son's campaigns for the House of Representatives. He was a metals merchant and oil and gas operator.

Peter Jeffrey

British Actor

Peter Jeffrey, 70, a British film, television and radio character actor, died of cancer Dec. 25 in London.

His television roles had included those of Bulstrode in the 1994 BBC television mini-series "Middlemarch," Mr. Peabody in the 1984 mini-series "Jewel in the Crown," Col. Bernwood in the 1993 Dennis Potter TV series "Lipstick on Your Collar," and Mr. Bruff in the 1996 TV drama "The Moonstone."

Mr. Jeffrey's film credits included the roles of Gen. Wadafi in "Return of the Pink Panther" in 1974, and Ahmet in 1978's "Midnight Express."

Ida Terkel

Social Activist

Ida Terkel, 87, a Chicago political activist and retired social worker who was the wife of author Studs Terkel, died Dec. 23 in Chicago after surgery for a heart ailment.

Mrs. Terkel, who was born in Ashland, Wis., moved to Chicago during the Depression. She was a social work graduate of the University of Chicago.