Roosevelt Brown

Football Player

Roosevelt Brown, 71, a perennial all-pro tackle for the New York Giants who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died June 9 at his home in Mansfield Township, N.J., of a heart attack.

Mr. Brown, a native of Charlottesville, was selected by the Giants as a 27th-round draft pick out of Morgan State in 1953. He started for 13 straight seasons at offensive left tackle for teams that included such future Hall of Fame players as Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Andy Robustelli, Y.A. Tittle and Emlen Tunnell. He helped the Giants win the NFL title in 1956 and reach the championship game five other times.

Mr. Brown was small by modern standards, weighing 255 pounds, but was known for his speed and athleticism. He was voted to the all-NFL team for eight consecutive seasons and selected to nine Pro Bowls. In 1956, he was named the league's lineman of the year. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1975 and was named to the NFL's 75th anniversary team in 2000. After retiring, he served as the team's assistant offensive line coach and later joined the scouting department.

Egon von Furstenberg

Fashion Designer

Egon von Furstenberg, 57, an aristocrat and eccentric designer known as the "prince of high fashion," died June 11 in a hospital in Rome. The cause of death was not released.

Mr. von Furstenberg, who was born in Switzerland, was descended from a noble German family, and his mother was an Agnelli, the Italian family that controls Fiat. He married the Belgian-born fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in 1969, but they divorced soon after a son and daughter were born.

He seemed destined to a career in banking, but he decided to follow his passion in fashion, with some of his friends from high society eventually becoming his clients. His start in the clothing business was much more prosaic, beginning as a buyer for Macy's department store in the early 1970s. Early in his career, he designed clothes for large-size women. In Rome, he lived in a Renaissance palace near the Pantheon.