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Bonnie Brody; Field Deputy to Alatorre

October 01, 1998

Bonnie Brody, 49, field deputy to City Councilman Richard Alatorre who worked for downtown revitalization. Brody, who used a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis, worked to make public transit more accessible to the handicapped and herself used the city's buses, trains and subway. She also worked to win renovation and reinstatement of Angel's Flight on Bunker Hill, create special assessment districts to fund extra security and cleaning, regulate "bandit taxi cabs," combat gang problems on the Eastside and improve catering trucks. Born in Miami Beach, Fla., Brody earned a bachelor's degree from Tulane University and a law degree from Louisiana State University. After working for a Louisiana state senator for 10 years on appellate and juvenile court reform, she relocated to Los Angeles and went to work for Alatorre. On Saturday in Los Angeles of heart failure.

Fiamma Ferragamo; Shoe Designer

Fiamma Ferragamo, 57, designer who helped develop the family high-end shoe business, Salvatore Ferragamo Italia. Born in Florence, Italy, the eldest of the shoe firm founder's five children, Fiamma began designing shoes for the company when she was 16. When her father died of cancer three years later, she took over. With her family, she built the custom shoemaker for the elite into a global fashion conglomerate producing classic shoes and accessories. One of her most popular designs was the still-popular "Vara," which she created in the 1960s, a low-heeled black pump with grosgrain ribbon bow and a buckle stamped with the Ferragamo insignia. She prided herself on designing comfortable as well as good-looking shoes. On Monday in Florence, Italy, of cancer.

Sister Catherine Therese Knoop; Educator

Sister Catherine Therese Knoop, 74, educator and director of planned giving at Mount St. Mary's College. Born Mary Louise Knoop in Los Angeles, she entered the religious community in 1943 and became a teacher. She taught elementary school for several years and then taught Latin and mathematics at the Los Angeles high school she had attended, Bishop Conaty. She later taught art at Star of the Sea High School in San Francisco. Her three degrees in economics were from Mount St. Mary's, St. Louis University and UC Berkeley. From 1967 to 1983, she created and headed a pioneering office of institutional research at Mount St. Mary's, and since 1992 had headed its office of planned giving. Between those assignments, she taught economics and religion at Daniel Murphy High School. The veteran educator was president of the International Assn. for Social Economics and a trustee of Mount St. Mary's, St. John's Seminary College and St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center in Tucson. A scholarship is to be created in her name at Mount St. Mary's. On Sept. 17 in Inglewood.

Jerome Mack; Las Vegas Casino Pioneer

Jerome "Jerry" Mack, 77, Las Vegas pioneer who helped develop the casino industry. Born in Albion, Mich., Mack grew up in Nevada and was educated at UCLA. He was past president of the Riviera hotel-casino and past director of the Four Queens and Dunes hotel-casinos. In the 1950s he worked to establish Nevada Southern College, which became the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mack and Parry Thomas funded the UNLV basketball arena, which bears their names. Mack also helped establish the university's Board of Trustees and chaired the fund-raiser that built the campus auditorium. He was a member of the national board of the American Jewish Committee and a member of the United Jewish Appeal's National Committee. On Saturday in Los Angeles.

Alfreda Maloof; Advisor to Woodworker Husband

Alfreda "Freda" Maloof, 86, artist, author and support staff for her woodworker husband, Sam Maloof. Born in Pasadena, she grew up in La Verne, earned a degree at UCLA and met her future husband while studying for her master's degree at Scripps College in Claremont. She went on to manage the business end of his artistic handcrafted furniture enterprise. She began her career working with Native American artists at Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico and later served as director of arts and crafts at the Santa Fe Indian School in Albuquerque. During World War II, the art teacher served in the Navy, teaching wounded servicemen weaving and woodworking. She became a noted collector of Native American folk art and helped curate an exhibit for the 1939 New York World's Fair. A straightforward advisor to her husband, she once calmed his fears about addressing a group of learned MacArthur fellows by snapping, "I'll bet not one of these people can make a chair. Just get up and talk about what you do." On Wednesday in Ontario, Calif.

Jeffrey Moss; Created Cookie Monster

Jeffrey Moss, 56, writer who created "Sesame Street's" Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch. Moss, a composer as well as a writer, was best known for creating songs for the Muppets, among them "Rubber Duckie," "I Love Trash" and "Captain Vegetable." He earned 14 Emmys for the show and wrote songs for four Grammy-winning recordings. He also wrote the music and lyrics for the film "The Muppets Take Manhattan," earning an Academy Award nomination. Moss also wrote three children's poetry books, "The Butterfly Jar," "The Other Side of the Door" and "Bone Poems," and two stories in verse, "Bob and Jack: A Boy and His Yak" and "Hieronymus White." Brought up in New York by his actor father and writer mother, Moss graduated from Princeton and began his career as a production assistant for "Captain Kangaroo." He was recruited as a writer for "Sesame Street" when it was created by Children's Television Workshop in 1969. On Thursday in New York of colon cancer.

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