Bertice Reading, 54, an American jazz singer and actress who became a star on London stage and cabaret, died Saturday in London after suffering a stroke. She collapsed during rehearsals for "Notre Dame," a new musical based on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" that is due to open later this month in Oxford, England. Born in Chester, Pa., she began her career dancing at age 3 with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. She later won a hometown talent contest to appear for a week with Lionel Hampton's band. She moved to Britain in the mid-1950s and appeared in "Jazz Train"; a 1957 production of "Requiem For A Nun"; and a 1958 musical, "Valmouth."
Richard C. Van Dusen, a former Michigan legislator and federal housing official who was vice chairman of the Automobile Association of America's national board, died Friday during heart surgery in London. He was 65. He was an undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 to 1972 and served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1954 to 1956. The lawyer who lived in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham was elected to the AAA's national board in May.
F. Reed Dickerson, 81, Indiana University professor emeritus of law who as deputy assistant general counsel of the Defense Department helped codify the country's military law in the 1950s, died Friday in Bloomington, Ind. He had received the Civilian Service Award, the Defense Department's highest civilian honor. He joined the Indiana University faculty as a professor in 1958, and retired in 1980.