Glenn Quinn


Glenn Quinn, 32, an actor best known for his recurring role on the sitcom "Roseanne" who also was a former co-star on "Angel," was found dead Dec. 3 in Los Angeles. Authorities attributed his death to a possible drug overdose pending completion of medical tests.

He joined the cast of "Roseanne" in its third season, playing Becky Connor's boyfriend and later husband, Mark Healy. He later co-starred as the half-demon Doyle on "Angel," a spinoff of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" that debuted in 1999.

Mr. Quinn, a native of Ireland, came to this country in 1988. He made his feature film debut with a supporting role as a drummer in the 1991 John Travolta movie "Shout" and went on to appear in "Dr. Giggles," "Live Nude Girls" and "Campfire Tales."

Sanford S. Atwood

University President

Sanford S. Atwood, 89, who as president of Emory University in Atlanta stood firm behind a professor who espoused the "God is dead" theory in 1965, died Dec. 2 in a hospital in Asheville, N.C., after a stroke.

Mr. Atwood, who was Emory president from 1963 to 1977, contended that the religion professor, Thomas J.J. Altizer, "feels he has an idea worth discussing. He has the right to do so."

He continued to support Altizer despite letters from alumni and United Methodist Church bishops threatening to cut off funding for the Methodist university if the professor who theorized "God is dead" was not fired.

Myron Kahn


Myron Kahn, 85, who invented polarized ceiling light panels that reduced glare in schools and office buildings around the world, died Nov. 19 in a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., after a heart attack.

He was inspired by a relative who had created an early version of the polarized lenses used in sunglasses. Mr. Kahn developed light-polarizing plastic ceiling panels to cut glare from fluorescent light tubes. Reducing glare allows the eye to see richer colors and greater depth, which improves overall vision.

His ceiling panels were used widely in commercial buildings constructed in the 1950s and 1960s and showcased prominently when Disneyland opened in 1955. More than 4,000 buildings use the polarizing ceiling panels, including the United Nations Plaza Building in New York and sections of the Library of Congress.

Edgar J. Scherick


Edgar J. Scherick, 78, a producer who created "Wide World of Sports" for ABC and helped produce Woody Allen's first film, and who also brought dozens of TV movies and miniseries to the small screen, died of leukemia Dec. 3 at his home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Scherick, whose last completed work was the Emmy-nominated HBO historical drama "Path to War," had served as programming chief for ABC television from 1963 to 1966. He also conceived and developed ABC's landmark sports spectacular "Wide World of Sports."

After leaving ABC, he formed his own movie company and went on to produce or executive produce such films as Woody Allen's first feature, "Take the Money and Run," as well as the Oscar-nominated mystery "Sleuth." His other films included "The Heartbreak Kid," "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three," "The Stepford Wives" and "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden."

Richard S. Lazarus

California Psychologist

Richard S. Lazarus, 80, a psychology professor emeritus of the University of California at Berkeley who was known for his research dealing with the effects of stress, died Nov. 24 in Walnut Creek, Calif. The cause of death was not reported.

In the 1970s, he used the phrase "daily hassles" to describe life's quotidian stresses, which he came to believe were a better predictor of stress reactions and health problems than major life events.

He said that such worries -- about weight, a loved one's illness, tension with a work colleague, traffic jams or even relentless house chores -- could affect a person's blood pressure or cause other physical symptoms, such as chest pain or asthma attacks.

John D. Weaver


John D. Weaver, 90, who wrote about the history of Los Angeles and was a prominent figure on the Los Angeles literary scene for nearly half a century, died Dec. 4 at a nursing home in Las Vegas. He had Alzheimer's disease.

During his 65-year writing career, the onetime Kansas City Star reporter served stints as West Coast editor of Holiday magazine and Travel and Leisure magazine and wrote hundreds of short stories, articles and book reviews for Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Evening Post, New West and other publications.

He also wrote two novels and eight nonfiction books, including "The Brownsville Raid," a 1970 book that led to the exoneration of 167 black soldiers who had been discharged without honor 64 years earlier.