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Obituaries

EDDIE BRACKEN, 87, whose portrayals of bewildered and long-suffering comic heroes crowned a stage, screen and television career of more than 70 years, died Thursday in Montclair, N.J. He played Mr. Wally, the proprietor of the Disneyland-like Wally World in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), and E.F. Duncan, the proprietor of a large Manhattan toy store in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). He was also known for his film roles in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero, as well as for his co-starring role on Broadway in Hello, Dolly with Carol Channing.

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JAY D. HAIR, 56, who helped turn the National Wildlife Federation into the nation's largest membership-based environmental organization, died Friday in Seattle after a five-year battle with bone marrow cancer. He was president of the federation from 1981 to 1995, a period when the group's membership reached 6-million. It is now about 4.5-million.

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WILLIAM MARRIE, 33, a lead dancer in Movin' Out, the Billy Joel-Twyla Tharp Broadway show that opened last month, died Saturday after his motorcycle collided with a taxi in midtown Manhattan. A former classical dancer with the National Ballet of Canada, he played the part of Eddie, the Long Island mechanic and Vietnam veteran, in the Wednesday and Saturday matinees of the show.

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