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Maury Nemoy, one of the nation's best-known calligraphers and...

LOS ANGELES -- Maury Nemoy, one of the nation's best-known calligraphers and an art director who provided title designs for several films, including 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' and 'The Man With the Golden Arm,' has died. He was 72.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Nemoy, a veteran UCLA Extension teacher, died Saturday in his sleep in his North Hollywood home. He apparently suffered a heart attack.

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Nemoy was the founder of the 1,200-member Society for Calligraphy and taught a popular calligraphy class in the UCLA Extension School from 1965 to the late 1970s.

His classes attracted professional artists, teachers seeking improved blackboard skills and housewives wanting to send personalized Christmas cards.

Nemoy's daughter, Carol, said her father's philosophy about penmanship was simply that the writer should be able to read his own writing.

For many years, Nemoy was advertising art director at Columbia Pictures and a lettering artist at Universal Studios. He also was the designer of 200 album covers for Capitol and Warner Bros. records.

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