Harvey Matusow, 75, once referred to as "the most hated man in America" and later in life founder of a peace center in Glenwood, Sevier County, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, in Lebanon, N.H.

The eclectic Mr. Matusow, who also went by the name of Job, was a former Communist who testified against alleged Communists during the McCarthy era, then later recanted his testimony and was sent to prison. In 1983, he founded the Gandhi Peace Center. He converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later moved to Utah.

In Sevier County, Mr. Matusow cared for the homeless, rescued stray dogs and worked with Special Olympics. He also ran Utah's only public-access television station (slogan: "It's not Hollywood, it's Glenwood"), which provided nonviolent programming for children. He paid for the program's operating costs with his disability check.

Born in New York, he did his first television show in 1947 and appeared briefly on "Howdy Doody" in the 1950s.

According to the Associated Press, Mr. Matusow moved to New Hampshire last year and was working on converting a commune in Massachusetts into a homeless shelter and community center.

He is survived by his 11th wife and a daughter.