In the Aug. 4 edition of The Post, the obituary for Alexander Hammid provided an incorrect age. He was 96. (Published 8/10/04)
North Carolina Democrat
Lamar Gudger, 85, a Democrat who served western North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981, died Aug. 2 at his home in Asheville, N.C. He had prostate cancer.
Born Vonno Lamar Gudger Jr., he practiced law in his native Asheville before winning election to the state House in 1949. He later became district attorney for Buncombe and Madison counties and then a state senator. In the U.S. House, he served on the Judiciary Committee and the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee.
After an unsuccessful bid for reelection in 1980, he worked as a special Superior Court judge in Buncombe County from 1984 to 1989.
Don Tosti, 81, a musician and composer who blended elements of jazz, boogie and blues to create the Latin pachuco sound of the 1940s-era zoot suit culture, died Aug. 2 at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. He had prostate cancer.
"Pachuco Boogie," which Mr. Tosti recorded in 1948, was one of the first million-selling Latin songs.
As a child, he played violin for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. He moved to Los Angeles a few years later, switched to the upright bass and began studying jazz. At 19, jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden offered him a job with his orchestra. He went on to play with some of the major swing band leaders of the post-World War II era, including Jimmy Dorsey, Charlie Barnett and Les Brown.
Los Angeles Rabbi
Alfred Wolf, 88, a Los Angeles rabbi who fought religious and racial prejudice while serving the city's oldest Reform synagogue and starting a series of Jewish youth camps, died Aug. 1 after several strokes, it was reported in Los Angeles.
The rabbi was a mainstay at Wilshire Boulevard Temple between 1949 and 1985. He tried to encourage Jewish youth to embrace their religion, history and culture with two summer camps he opened in Malibu. Camp Hess-Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp drew nearly 1,200 youngsters every summer for sports, art, cookouts and discussions about faith, and they became prototypes for Jewish camps across the country.
He was equally committed to religious exchange. He met with Pope John Paul II during the pope's 1987 visit to Los Angeles, and in 1969 he helped create the Inter-Religious Council of Southern California. The group organized interreligious services for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and lobbied city planners for the placement of a mosque at the venue, among other projects.
Alexander Hammid, 78, a Czech-born experimental filmmaker best known for his collaboration with wife Maya Deren on "Meshes of the Afternoon" (1943) and who shared an Academy Award for a documentary short shown at the 1964 World's Fair, died July 26 at his home in New York after a stroke.
Mr. Hammid started his career as a photographer and curator in his homeland. He turned to film in the 1930s, working as a cinematographer with the directors Hans Burger and Herbert Kline on "Crisis" (1939), about the rise of Nazi fascism in Europe, and with Kline again on "Lights Out in Europe" (1940) and "The Forgotten Village" (1941), the latter a John Steinbeck-scripted documentary set in Mexico.
"Meshes of the Afternoon," a short co-directed with Deren, became an acclaimed film in the avant-garde movement. It used trick photography and Freudian imagery to paint a disturbing and surreal portrait of a woman's fate. The filmmakers later divorced.
In 1965, he and Francis Thompson won Oscars for best short documentary for "To Be Alive!" a three-screen documentary about children in Africa, Italy and the United States.