Lawrence R. Klein, 93, who correctly forecast, unlike many economists in the mid 1940s, America's economic boom after World War II and who was awarded the 1980 Nobel in economic science for developing statistical models that are used to analyze and predict global economic trends, died Oct. 20 in Gladwyne, Pa. "Few, if any, research workers in the empirical field of economic science have had so many successors and such a large impact as Lawrence Klein," the Nobel committee wrote in awarding him the prize.
Mark Brandon Read, 58, a notorious Australian criminal and self-described "murdering maggot" who spun tales from his violent history into a successful comedy routine and 10 top-selling books, including one illustrated for children, died of liver cancer Oct. 9 in Melbourne.
Oscar Hijuelos, 62, a Cuban-American who won the Pulitzer Prize with his best-selling 1989 novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, about the sensuous world of Cuban musicians in mid century New York, died of a heart attack Oct. 12 in Manhattan. His work often captured the loss and triumphs of the Cuban immigrant experience.
Anthony Caro, 89, a pre-eminent artist of the postwar era who created a new language for abstract sculpture in the 1960s with brightly colored, horizontal assemblages of welded steel that seemed choreographed as much as constructed, died of a heart attack Wednesday in London. "In all of modern art there have only been a handful of truly great sculptors, and Anthony Caro is one of them," said Michael Fried, a professor of art history at Johns Hopkins University.
Lou Scheimer, 84, who founded the Filmation animation studio that became a Saturday-morning cartoon powerhouse with characters such as Fat Albert, He-Man and the Archies, died of Parkinson's disease Oct. 17 in Los Angeles. Filmation was among the first studios to make minority characters mainstays of the cartoon landscape.