Clifford Williams

Theatrical Director

Clifford Williams, 78, an associate director of London's Royal Shakespeare Company who directed several Broadway productions, including "Sleuth" and "Breaking the Code," died Aug. 20 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Williams attracted attention in 1963 with a production of William Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" that critics described as a joyous extravaganza. It opened at Stratford-on-Avon and toured in Europe and the United States as well as in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

Two of his most successful works, "Sleuth" (1970) and "Breaking the Code" (1987), opened in London and later moved to New York City. Both earned him Tony award nominations.

Mr. Williams also directed the titillating "Oh! Calcutta!" -- notorious for its nude scenes -- which opened in London in 1970.

He traveled the world to direct Shakespeare, staging productions in Mexico, Spain, Scandinavia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and elsewhere. He also staged a number of modern classics that traveled to several cities, including August Strindberg's "The Father."

Paul Rhodes Mattix III

Baltimore Sun News Editor

Paul Rhodes Mattix III, 53, night news editor of the Baltimore Sun, died Aug. 22 of complications from lymphoma at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mr. Mattix got his start in newspapers in 1977 in layout and copy editing at the Charleston (S.C.) Evening Post. He later worked at the Annapolis Capital and the Baltimore News American before joining the Sun in 1981 as a news-page designer.

He held various editing positions at the Sun before he was promoted to chief of the features copy desk in 1992, deputy chief of the news copy desk in 1996 and night news editor two years later.

Mr. Mattix was a Bethesda native. At the University of Maryland, he received a bachelor's degree in English in 1973 and a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1976.