His early foundation was in radio. From 1969 to 1972 he was disc jockey, music director and program director of KRUZ in Santa Cruz, Calif. When he came to Philadelphia to do graduate work, he worked from 1977 to 1983 as a disc jockey for Penn's WXPN and was the originator of the "New Music" program.
After a year as a DJ for WMMR in Philadelphia, he was employed as music director and DJ at WIFI.
"He had great knowledge of New Wave and artist information," recalled Mike Brophey, whose on-air shift at WIFI immediately preceded Paris'. "He would come up with facts that would floor me. He had a unique sense of the New Wave experience and attitudes."
"He was wild, a perpetual-motion machine," said Brophey, a DJ and assistant program director at the station, which now is WXTU and features a country music format.
"I don't think I ever actually saw him sit still off the air. He was intense but a pleasant guy. He had himself well-directed and knew what he wanted to do and did it."
When the format changed to country, Paris left to pursue other projects.
While working for radio stations in Philadelphia, Paris operated his own production company, which promoted, distributed and marketed records.
In 1984, he became creative director and producer of Bete Fete/Opening Night, a television program shown on Comcast Cable, and in various nightclubs throughout the United States that showcased physical art, music and performances.
Also that year, Paris served as consultant to Ripley Theater and directed publicity for their first play, "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking."
He is survived by his mother, the former Helen Mac Cann; a brother, Stephen B.; and an uncle, Dr. Richard Dyer Mac Cann.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ronald R. Piselli Funeral Home, 1344-46-48 Ellsworth St., where friends may call one hour before the service.
Contributions may be made to Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives, c/ o P.O. Box 7259, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101.
CATHERINE J. DONAHUE
Catherine J. "Kathleen" Donahue, retired head secretary of the Portland Cement Association's Philadelphia office, died Thursday. She was 85 and lived in Lansdowne, Delaware County.
A resident of Lansdowne for the past 23 years, she was formerly of South Philadelphia. She worked at Portland for 45 years. She was a member of St. Philomena Church.
She is survived by a sister, Teresa O'Neill; a brother, Father John P. Donahue, O.S.F.S.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 8 tonight at St. Philomena Church, Baltimore and Highland avenues, Lansdowne, where friends may call two hours before the service. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Baily Road and Wycombe Avenue, Yeadon, Delaware County.
Mass Cards are preferred.
ANNA M. PETRELLIS
Anna M. Petrellis, wife of the late Luciano Petrellis, died Friday. She was 82 and lived in Belmont Hills, Montgomery County.
The former Anna Rose, Petrellis was a member of St. Justin Martyr Church and the Hillside Club.
She is survived by two sons, Anthony L. and Francis J.; a daughter, Connie Beppel; a sister, Mildred Blum; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Justin Martyr Church, Tower Lane and Hagysford Road, Narberth, Montgomery County. Burial will be private.
Friends may call between 7 and 9 tonight at the Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Ave.