LENNIE PETERS, 59, singer in the British duo Peters and Lee in the 1970s, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Enfield, east of London, his family said Sunday. At their peak, Mr. Peters and Dianne Lee were one of Britain's highest paid acts, reaching No. 1 on the British charts with Welcome Home, their first hit, in 1973. They won a television talent show and went on to appear at a Royal Variety Performance attended by Queen Elizabeth II. Their single Don't Stay Away Too Long reached No. 3 on the British charts in 1974. Later hits included Rainbow in 1974 and Hey Mr. Music Man in 1976.
FRANK B. MERCURIO, 80, a longtime enforcer of labor laws, died Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach. Mr. Mercurio was a foe of the sweatshops in New York and New Jersey. During World War II, he worked in the National Mobilization Strike Force of the FBI. After the war, he was for 10 years an assistant industrial commissioner in the New York Department of Labor. In 1955 he began a nearly 30-year career with the U.S. Department of Labor, first as deputy director of its Region II in Manhattan and three years later as director of the region's Wage and Hour and Public Contracts divisions. His jurisdiction included more than 5-million workers in more than 200,000 companies.
DR. DANIEL HORN, 76, whose research on the negative effects of cigarette smoking helped to influence government policy and public attitudes, died of a heart attack Oct. 7 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J., said a daughter, Marguerite Horn Palmer of Rio Rancho, N.M. For three decades, Dr. Horn, a vigorous anti-smoking advocate, played a leading role in marshaling evidence against smoking. As assistant director of statistical research at the American Cancer Society, Dr. Horn and Dr. E. Cuyler Hammond, the division's director, produced several studies in the 1950s showing a substantial relationship between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
JOSEPH TOY CURTISS, 91, a member of the Yale University English faculty for nearly four decades, died Sunday at his home in Simsbury, Conn. Professor Curtiss, who suffered a stroke recently, died of heart failure, said David Calleo of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a former student and longtime friend. During World War II, Mr. Curtiss was one of several Yale professors who played a significant role in the Office of Strategic Services operations, rising to become head of American counterintelligence in Turkey.
PETER ORNSTEIN, a vice president at Merrill Lynch in Manhattan who was active in civic affairs in Greenwich, Conn., died Sunday at Greenwich Hospital. He was 64 and lived in Greenwich.