PASSINGS: George Green, David Pressman, Robert Hollister, Laurie Hoyt

George Green

Lyricist and songwriter


George Green, 59, who wrote lyrics for some of

John Mellencamp

's biggest hits, as well as songs for

Barbra Streisand

and others, died Sunday in


of a rapid-forming


cancer, his wife, Kathryn, told the Herald-Times of


, Ind.

Green was a boyhood friend of Mellencamp growing up in Seymour, Ind., and lived in Bloomington for many years before moving to

New Mexico

in 2001.

Green and Mellencamp co-wrote the 1980s hits "


So Good," "Crumblin' Down" and

among others. He also co-wrote the title track for

a song

and others for Hall & Oates and

Ricky Skaggs


David Pressman

Director won three daytime Emmys

David Pressman, 97, a

who won three daytime Emmy awards for directing the


soap opera "One Life to Live," died Monday at his home in

New York

, his family announced. He had been in declining health.

Born Oct. 10, 1913, in Tbilisi in what is now the Republic of Georgia, Pressman came to the United States with his family when he was 9. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York and then became a teacher there while also acting in stage productions.

After serving in

the Army


World War II

, Pressman returned from Europe and began directing live shows for the emerging medium of television, including "Actors Studio" and other programs.

He also directed stage productions, including "The Disenchanted," a

Budd Schulberg

that opened on Broadway in 1958 and starred

Jason Robards

Jr., and a 1968 production of "Summertree" at

Lincoln Center

with David Birney and

Blythe Danner


Besides directing

"The Defenders,"

"The Doctors and the Nurses," "N.Y.P.D" and other prime-time TV series in the 1960s, Pressman also began working in daytime drama. From the early '70s to the late '90s he directed "One Life to Live," winning three daytime Emmys.

Robert Hollister

Former collections director at L.A.'s MOCA

Robert Hollister, 59, a former director of collections and registration at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles who oversaw the installation and storage of the museum's permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions featuring the work of Ed Kienholz,

Lucian Freud

, Cy Twombly and other artists, died Aug. 16 at his home in Culver City, his family said.

In his key behind-the-scenes role, Hollister supervised the identification, cataloging, storage and safekeeping of artworks, many of which are delicate and highly valuable. Among the exhibitions he managed at MOCA from 1990 to 2009 were

(2007) and

Robert Rauschenberg



A New York native, Hollister graduated from UCLA in 1976. He worked as a printmaker and print curator at

in Los Angeles and as an independent fine art printmaker before joining MOCA.

Laurie Hoyt

Bass player with the Runaways, the Orchids

Laurie Hoyt, 53, who called herself Laurie McAllister when she played bass in L.A. bands the Runaways and the Orchids, died Aug. 25 in Eugene, Ore., according to her mother, Lavonne Hoyt. The cause was



Hoyt was the last in a line of bass players to pass through the Runaways, the legendary all-girl band depicted in the 2010 movie "The Runaways." She joined guitarists/vocalists

Joan Jett


Lita Ford

and drummer Sandy West in 1978 and performed with the band live, but the Runaways broke up several months later.

"I am so sorry to hear of Laurie's passing," Jett said in an emailed statement. "She was a good person and a good bass player. It was a great experience being in a band with her, as she was the last Runaways bass player before her own band, the Orchids, formed. I was still in touch with her and saw her last year at a show. It was as if no time had passed.

"My heart goes out to her family and friends, and most of all, to Laurie. Rock on girl."

Hoyt played bass and sang for the Orchids, another all-girl band that recorded one self-titled album for MCA.

After the Orchids disbanded, she moved to Amsterdam before returning to live near her hometown of Eugene.

-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports