Geraldine 'Gerry' Dreyfuss


Geraldine "Gerry" Dreyfuss, 79, a veteran peace and civil rights activist who also had small parts in two movies starring her Oscar-winning son, Richard Dreyfuss, died Oct. 19 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.

She was a Los Angeles organizer for the Women's Strike for Peace group, which has held protests across the nation in favor of worldwide disarmament and against nuclear weapons testing and stockpiling. She also was active in civil rights groups.

Her movie credits include the films "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "Let It Ride."

William T. Hurtz


William T. Hurtz, 81, an animator whose work ranged from assisting on the 1940 Disney movie classic "Fantasia" to supervising Jay Ward's "Rocky and Friends" television series and directing more than 300 Cap'n Crunch cereal commercials, died Oct. 14 in Los Angeles after a heart attack.

In 1938, he joined the Walt Disney studios, working as Art Babbitt's assistant on the dance of the Chinese mushrooms in "Fantasia." After World War II, Mr. Hurtz joined the fledgling UPA studio, where he designed the Academy Award-winning short, "Gerald McBoing-Boing" (1951). After being promoted to director, he earned Oscar nominations for "Man Alive!" (1952), made for the American Cancer Society, and an adaptation of James Thurber's "The Unicorn in the Garden" (1953).

Mr. Hurtz next moved to Shamus Culhane Productions and directed the animation =for three films in Frank Capra's "Bell Science Series." He joined Jay Ward Productions in 1959 to supervise the early episodes of "Rocky and Friends."

Dirk J. Struik


Dirk J. Struik, 106, a respected mathematician and math historian who was criticized for his views on Marxism during the McCarthy era, died Oct. 21 in Belmont, Mass. The cause of death was not reported.

Dr. Struik, who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was a member of the mathematics faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1928 and 1960. He studied differential geometry and was well known for his 1948 two-volume work, "A Concise History of Mathematics."

He was indicted in 1951 on charges he advocated overthrowing the United States and Massachusetts governments. MIT suspended him with full pay and benefits while the case continued. After five years, the charges were dropped without going to trial because of a lack of evidence and a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that states lack of jurisdiction in such cases. MIT reinstated him in 1956.

Fred Pratt Green

Hymn Composer

Fred Pratt Green, 97, a British Methodist minister who wrote more than 300 hymns, died Oct. 22 in Britain. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Pratt Green was one of the most popular 20th-century hymn writers, and his work was published widely. The "Lutheran Book of Worship," published in the United States in 1978, included five of his works; "The Hymnal 1982," published by the Episcopal Church in the United States, had eight.

His secular poetry was published in 1976 as "The Old Couple: Poems New and Selected." The title poem was selected for inclusion in "The Oxford Book of 20th-Century English Verse." His last poetry collection, "The Last Lap: A Sequence of Verse on the Theme of Old Age," was published in 1991.

Edith Ginsberg

Poet's Stepmother

Edith Ginsberg, 94, stepmother of poet Allen Ginsberg who was featured in several of his poems, including one of his last, "Death and Fame," died Oct. 23 in Elmwood Park, N.J. The cause of death was not reported.

Edith Ginsberg, who was born and raised in Paterson, N.J., married Ginsberg's father, poet and English teacher Louis Ginsberg, in the 1950s. Her husband died in 1976.

Over the years, Mrs. Ginsberg attended many of her stepson's poetry readings, often as a chauffeur for her stepson and friends, including Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

Hans Ertl

Hitler's Photographer

Hans Ertl, 93, who became known as "Hitler's photographer" for taking pictures of the Nazi leader and of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, died Oct. 23 at his farm in Chiquitania, Bolivia. The cause of death was not reported.

In interviews late in his life, Bolivian media reported that Mr. Ertl admitted having been close to Adolf Hitler and photographing him, but insisted he never was a member of the Nazi party. Mr. Ertl said that he considered his most important work to have been for Nazi-era propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl.

Mr. Ertl arrived in Bolivia from his native Germany in 1950. In Bolivia, he was known for his photographs of the Jesuit missions--temples and villages built by Jesuit priests in the late 19th century.

Luigi Marinelli

Monsignor and Writer

Luigi Marinelli, 73, a Catholic priest for 45 years before retiring as a monsignor at the Holy See in 1997 and the author of a bestseller alleging intrigue and corruption at the Vatican, died of liver and bone cancer Oct. 23 in Rome.

His book, "Via col Vento in Vaticano" ("Gone With the Wind in the Vatican"), became a bestseller in 1999 after a decree issued by the Holy See ordered it removed from bookstores.

It featured loosely veiled portraits of clergymen as greedy for power and lacking in virtue, with vignettes ranging from a prelate being stopped at the Swiss border carrying a suitcase stuffed with cash to a bishop denounced in court by a youth for alleged sexual abuse.

John Ultmann

Cancer Researcher

John Ultmann, 75, a University of Chicago professor who pioneered efforts to distinguish among the many types of lymphoma, died of lymphoma Oct. 23 in Chicago.

He was influential in the growth and evolution of the field of medical oncology, serving on the boards of numerous national cancer organizations. He was especially known for his work in the area of Hodgkin's disease, working to determine the staging of the disease and the uses of staging in treatment.

Dr. Ultmann joined the University of Chicago in 1968 and helped create its cancer research center in 1973, serving as its director until 1991.

Mitchell Sviridoff

Urban Policy Thinker

Mitchell Sviridoff, 81, a social thinker who generated dozens of strategies and millions of dollars to help the poor and revitalize their neighborhoods, died of kidney failure Oct. 21 in New York.

The Ford Foundation official and New School urban policy professor devoted his life to persuading foundations, government agencies and corporations to donate millions of dollars to reinvigorate New York City's blighted areas.

He was the first president of Local Initiatives Support Corp., which helps community development corporations create jobs and build homes for poor people.

Ramzi S. Cotran


Ramzi S. Cotran, 67, a leading academic pathologist, died of cancer Oct. 23 in Boston.

Dr. Cotran, chairman of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital pathology departments and a Harvard University medical school professor, was the primary author of "Pathologic Basics of Disease," a widely read medical textbook. He also wrote more than 180 research papers and served on national and international professional organizations in pathology and nephrology.

Bob MacKenzie

Music Producer

Bob MacKenzie, 62, a gospel music producer who mentored many singers and writers, including the Imperials and the Oak Ridge Boys, died Oct. 20 in Nashville after a heart attack.

Mr. MacKenzie, who was scheduled to be inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, moved to Nashville in 1964 to manage the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In the 1960s and 1970s, he produced multiple Grammy-winning albums for such artists as the Imperials, the Cathedrals, the Oak Ridge Boys and Buddy Greene.

Sidney Salkow


Sidney Salkow, 89, who directed numerous television shows and more than 50 films, died Oct. 18 in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not reported.

Among his film credits were "Faithful in My Fashion" (1946), "Sitting Bull" (1954), "Twice-Told Tales" (1963) and "Last Man on Earth" (1964). He also directed episodes of the TV shows "The Addams Family" and "Lassie."