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Ron Hays

Ron Hays, 45, Emmy Award-winning multimedia artist, died April 16 from AIDS.

Hays founded Ron Hays Prods. in the 1970s to create visual effects for film and tv. He won an Emmy for graphic design in 1979 for the “Krofft Superstar Hour With The Bay City Rollers,” and was nominated again in 1982 for “Omni: The New Frontier.”

He also was awarded the Golden Reel of Merit from the Intl. Television Assn. for his work on “Odyssey: A Video Music Album.”

His computer animation work included a collaboration with Leonard Bernstein on “Prelude And Love” from “Tristan And Isolde,” which aired on PBS.

He also worked as a special consultant to David Wolper on the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics.

Hays previously was a tv producer at WCAU Philadelphia and at WGBH Boston.

His longtime companion was Gerald Betzen.

Survived by his mother and a sister.

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