Gretchen Serrie, who for 23 years has kept the Florida West Coast Symphony financially sound, is retiring as executive director. Serrie, 62, announced her decision Thursday at a meeting of the board of directors. The symphony joins the Ringling Museum of Art in a search for a new leader. On Monday, Ringling Director David Ebitz resigned to take a faculty position at Penn State University. The symphony will finish the fiscal year with a balanced budget, as it has since Serrie became executive director in 1977. Serrie said she wants to spend more time with her family, and to "do the things I've never had the time to do when working 60-hour weeks."
Paul Bartel, director of "Eating Raoul,' dies at 61
Paul Bartel, acclaimed director of cult hits including Eating Raoul and Death Race 2000, as well as a character actor in numerous movies, died May 13 in New York of liver cancer. He was 61. Mr. Bartel's most recent role was as Osric in a version of Hamlet released recently. After years of doing documentary work, Mr. Bartel came out with his first feature film, Private Parts, in 1972. That led to a directing assignment and Death Race 2000, a 1975 black comedy about a cross-country race in which drivers were encouraged to mow down pedestrians. His acting roles included parts in Basquiat, Escape from L.A. and The Usual Suspects.
Gil Fates, game show producer, dies at 86
Gil Fates, an executive producer of some of the leading television game and panel shows of the 1950s and '60s, died May 1 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. He was 86 and lived in Greenwich, Conn. In more than 35 years with Goodson-Todman Productions, Mr. Fates helped create programs like Beat the Clock, Winner Take All, To Tell the Truth, I've Got a Secret and What's My Line?, which he produced for its entire 25-year run. Born in Newark, N.J., he graduated from the University of Virginia. He began his career as an actor. After three years Mr. Fates left the theater for the fledgling television department at CBS. During World War II Mr. Fates served in the Coast Guard. He rejoined CBS in 1946. He is survived by his wife, Faye; a son, Dailey Gilbert, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and two daughters, Amy, Santa Monica, Calif., and Decia, Greenport, N.Y.
_ Sarasota Herald-Tribune, wires