Charles F. Wheeler


Charles F. Wheeler, 88, a cinematographer for a half-century who was nominated for Academy and Emmy awards, died Oct. 28 in Orange, Calif. He had Alzheimer's disease.

To make the Oscar-nominated "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970) -- a collaboration between Japanese filmmakers and 20th Century Fox that depicts events leading up to Pearl Harbor -- Mr. Wheeler simultaneously directed five camera crews for each major scene.

Mr. Wheeler was a Navy combat photographer during World War II and helped document the Japanese surrender aboard the battleship Missouri on Aug. 14, 1945. He was a camera operator on "Inherit the Wind" in 1960, "Judgment at Nuremberg" in 1961 and "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" in 1963.

In the 1970s, Mr. Wheeler became one of the first mainstream Hollywood cinematographers to lend credibility to made-for-TV movies, working on such productions as "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "The Day the Earth Moved," "The Red Badge of Courage" and "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case." He received an Emmy nomination for the CBS television movie "Babe," about athlete Mildred Didrikson Zaharias.

Lord James Hanson


Lord James Hanson, 82, a wealthy industrialist whose business prospered by acquiring poorly run low-tech companies and turning them into moneymakers, died of cancer Nov. 1 in London.

As the founder of Hanson PLC, he prominently supported the Conservative Party and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He once was engaged to American actress Audrey Hepburn.

Lord Hanson was one of the first British businessmen to earn more than $1 million annually, and English newspapers once dubbed him "Lord Moneybags" and "Europe's most potent capitalist." His company, established in 1964, became one of the world's largest conglomerates, with holdings in brick makers to battery merchants. In its heyday, it was a billion-dollar company with a workforce of more than 90,000. Institutional investors began suspecting that he had outlived his heyday, and he retired from the company in 1997.

Paul Iams

Dog Food Entrepreneur

Paul Iams, 89, a former dog food salesman who developed the premium Iams line of pet foods, died Oct. 26 of complications from a broken hip in Chappaqua, N.Y.

He started Iams Food Co. at a feed mill in Tipp City, Ohio, in 1946, after working for several years as a dog food salesman for a grain company. He later moved his company to Dayton, Ohio, and sold it to Procter & Gamble Co. in 1982.

Among his products were Iams Plus, one of the first meat-based dog foods, and Iams Chunks for adult dogs.

Basil Thompson

Ballet Master

Basil Thompson, 67, an internationally acclaimed ballet master on sabbatical from the University of Iowa, died Nov. 2 in Lynchburg, Va., of sudden cardiac arrest.

Mr. Thompson, trained by the Sadlers Wells Ballet School (now the Royal Ballet) in London, was a former soloist with the American Ballet Theatre in New York and former artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet.

He also was a former ballet master of the Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet. Recently, he reconstructed "Petrouchka" for the Joffrey's Nureyev Tribute.