Earle Gister, who, as associate dean, chair of the Acting Department, and the first Lloyd Richards Professor of Acting during his two-decade tenure at the Yale School of Drama, was a highly influential figure in the acting world, died Jan. 22 in his sleep at his home in New Haven, his son Carey said. He was 77.
Bingham Ray, who championed indie films throughout his career as co-founder of October Films and prexy of United Artists and was recently named exec director of the San Francisco Film Society, died Monday in Provo, Utah, after suffering two strokes last week. He was 57.
Jacqueline Grennan Wexler was a pioneer throughout her career, sitting on corporate boards, leading the National Conference of Christians and Jews and serving as president of two colleges, Webster in St. Louis and Hunter in New York City.
Omus Hirshbein, a colorful, headstrong arts administrator who directed important concert series at Hunter College and the 92nd Street Y, founded the New York Chamber Symphony and held posts at the National Endowment for the Arts, died on Dec. 31 in Manhattan. He was 77.
Bernard Bellush. a labor historian and activist, has died of natural causes at age 94.
When medical pioneer Dr. Josephine English, the first African-American woman to have an OB/GYN practice in the state of New York, was in financial difficulties with her Adelphi Medical Clinic in 1995, she told her creditors that her life’s work for the mothers of Fort Greene ought to count for something in the equation.
Evelyn Handler, a cell biologist who, as the first woman to serve as president of Brandeis University, set off an acrimonious debate over the university’s Jewish identity when she secularized some campus traditions in hopes of attracting more non-Jewish students, died Dec. 23 in a pedestrian accident in Bedford, N.H. She was 78.