Honey Bruce Friedman

Wife of Lenny Bruce

Honey Bruce Friedman, 78, the former wife of comedian Lenny Bruce who successfully lobbied to clear her husband's 40-year-old obscenity conviction, died Sept. 12 at a hospital near her home in Honolulu. No cause of death was reported.

Born Harriett Jolliff in Manila, Ark., Mrs. Friedman later changed her name to Honey Harlow. She married Bruce -- a pioneering stand-up comedian -- in 1951, and they had a daughter, Kitty, four years later. The couple split in 1957.

During a 1964 performance in New York's Greenwich Village that was attended by undercover police detectives, Bruce used more than 100 obscene words. Bruce was charged with giving an obscene performance and was convicted after a six-month trial. He died of a drug overdose in 1966 at age 37.

In 2003, New York Gov. George E. Pataki granted Bruce a posthumous pardon after Mrs. Friedman, Kitty Bruce and more than two dozen First Amendment lawyers and entertainers petitioned for clemency.

Stanley Burnshaw


Stanley Burnshaw, 99, a publisher and literary critic who edited the works of his friend Robert Frost, died Sept. 16 in Martha's Vineyard. No cause of death was reported.

Mr. Burnshaw, whose literary career spanned more than seven decades, won critical acclaim for his own poems and books.

Five of his poems were published in 1927 in "The American Caravan: A Yearbook of American Literature." His first book, "Andre Spire and His Poetry" was published in 1933, and he published his final book, a poetry anthology, in 2002.

Mr. Burnshaw published and edited work by Frost and wrote a biography of the poet published in 1986.

He famously feuded with the poet Wallace Stevens, whom he described in a review as "a man who, having lost his footing, now scrambles to stand up and keep his balance." Stevens responded with a poem titled "Mr. Burnshaw and the Statue."

Born in Manhattan to Eastern European immigrants, Mr. Burnshaw worked in advertising for a steel mill after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1925. In 1927, he traveled to France to study before returning to the United States to receive a master's degree from Cornell University. Unable to find a teaching job, he became an editor at the New Masses, a communist weekly, though he was never a member of the Communist Party.

He wrote a book of leftist poems and a play that explored the effects of technology distorted by greed.

John J. McMullen

Sports Team Owner

John J. McMullen, 87, a former owner of the New Jersey Devils and the Houston Astros, died Sept. 16, it was reported in Montclair, N.J. No cause of death was disclosed.

Mr. McMullen was credited with bringing the National Hockey League to New Jersey, acquiring the Colorado franchise in 1982 and moving it to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Under his ownership, the Devils won two Stanley Cups. He sold the franchise in 2000 to an affiliate of the YankeeNets sports holding company for $175 million.

Mr. McMullen owned the Astros from 1979 to 1992, when he sold the team to Drayton McLane Jr. for $115 million.

Mr. McMullen purchased a share of the Yankees in 1974, and said, "There is nothing quite so limited as being a limited partner of George Steinbrenner's."

Born in Jersey City, Mr. McMullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1940 and rose to the rank of commander during a 15-year naval career. He received a master's degree in naval architecture and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Sidney Weinrib

Sterling Optical Partner

Sidney Weinrib, 85, a partner of Sterling Optical, one of the largest eyewear chain stores in the country, died Sept. 16 at Sunrise Senior Living in McLean after suffering strokes. Mr. Weinrib, who was based mostly in New York, moved to the Washington area last year.

The son of an eyeglass-frame salesman, Mr. Weinrib was a 1941 optics and optometry graduate of Columbia University. He joined Sterling Optical after World War II when it was a small Lower Manhattan business.

He was a key figure in the company's growth during the next two decades, opening stores in Washington and elsewhere. He sold Sterling to IPCO Corp. in 1971. He remained chairman of the Sterling Optical division and vice president of IPCO until his retirement in 1987.

John J. McMullenHoney Bruce and ex-husband Lenny Bruce with daughter Kitty in 1960.