Nathan Friedman, 97, a dentist whose comforting rapport with patients drew celebrities such as Danny Kaye and Lucille Ball to his Beverly Hills practice, died May 27 in Los Angeles of complications related to old age.

Dr. Friedman, who practiced dentistry until he was 88, eased his patients' anxieties by talking them through their fears.

He also founded a department of behavioral dentistry at the University of Southern California, where he was a professor. Its faculty taught students how to quell patients' fears of dental work. - AP