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Deaths Elsewhere

Published Oct. 13, 2005

CHARLES LOLOMA, 70, an artist who changed the look of American Indian jewelry, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Although a painter, potter and sculptor, Mr. Loloma was best known for his jewelry, which has been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. He went beyond the traditional turquoise and silver, using bold mosaics and exotic materials such as coral, the ivory of fossilized mastodons and lapis lazuli, a deep blue stone. One of his trademarks was to line the inside of a bracelet or ring with stones more valuable than those on the outside. HERB KELLY, 65, longtime Miami publicist, died Monday in Miami after a heart attack three weeks ago. He founded Herb Kelly Associates, a public relations firm, in 1961 after working as news editor for WPLG-Ch.-10, sportswriter for the Miami News and copy editor for the Miami Herald.

J. RAYMOND JONES, 91, the first black person to run New York City's Tammany Hall, died Sunday. Mr. Jones, a political kingmaker known as the "Harlem Fox," headed Tammany Hall, Manhattan's powerful Democratic organization, from 1964 to 1967. He is believed to be the first black person in the nation to serve as a Democratic county chairman. He helped guide the careers of such black people as David Dinkins, the city's first black mayor.

HELEN SHABLIS, 78, who won three gold medals as captain of the U.S. team in the 1963 Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) championships in Mexico City, died Sunday in Livonia, Mich., of heart failure. The former Helen Stanulis, named to the WIBC Hall of Fame in 1977, won 13 individual titles, 12 doubles titles and 15 team titles during a career that began in 1936.

RICHARD C. VAN DUSEN, 65, an undersecretary of housing and urban development in the Nixon administration, died Saturday in London while undergoing surgery for a heart transplant. In the mid-1950s he served in the Michigan House of Representatives and later played a central role in Gov. George W. Romney's unsuccessful quest for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1968.

ROBERT L. WILSON, 66, an internationally acclaimed Methodist church sociologist and commentator, died Sunday in Durham, N.C., of bone cancer. A professor of church and society at Duke University Divinity School, he was the author of what has been called a pioneer study of urban flight from downtown churches, What's Ahead for Old First Church?

JEAN VERCORS, 89, author of the first clandestine novel published during the Nazi occupation of France, died Monday in Paris. The writer, whose real name was Jean-Marcel de Bruller, was best known for his novel Le Silence de la Mer (Silence of the Sea), set in wartime France.

ALFRED HASSLER, 81, executive secretary of the United States Fellowship, an organization of religious pacifists, from 1960 until his retirement in 1974, died June 5 in Suffern, N.Y., of cancer.

BERTICE READING, 54, an American jazz singer and actress who became a London stage and cabaret star, died Saturday after a stroke.

FRED H. FULLER, 64, developer of a voice analyzer used as a lie detector and for personality assessment, died May 30 in Wood-Ridge, N.J., of a heart attack.