Thomas Tryon, who gave up a career as a Hollywood leading...

Deaths elsewhere

September 08, 1991

Thomas Tryon, who gave up a career as a Hollywood leading man to write such best-selling books as "The Other," "Harvest Home" and "Crowned Heads," died Wednesday of stomach cancer at his Hollywood Hills, Calif., home. He was 65. His biggest role as an actor was as the lead in an Otto Preminger film based on the best-selling "The Cardinal." He appeared in Preminger's "In Harm's Way" with John Wayne and Henry Fonda and "The Glory Guys." After reading Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby," Mr. Tryon was inspired to write his own suspense novel, "The Other." Its huge success prompted him to abandon acting. Last year's "The Wings of the Morning" was meant to be the first of a series of historical novels called "Kingdom Come," about two families in a New England town. The second volume, "By the Rivers of Babylon," as well as a children's book, will be published next year.

Laura Riding Jackson, a poet, critic and co-founder with Robert Graves of literary publishing ventures, died Monday of cardiac arrest in Sebastian, Fla. She was 90 and had lived in Florida since 1938. Miss Riding established herself as an important avant-garde poet in the early 1920s, when she attracted the attention of the Fugitives, a group of American Southern writers including John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate and Robert Penn Warren. In 1923, their magazine, The Fugitive, hailed her work as "the discovery of the year." Later, Miss Riding founded Sezin Press, a small publishing company, with Robert Graves, with whom she lived during the 1920s and 30s. They also edited Epilogue, volumes of criticism that contributed to a school of thought that became known as the New Criticism. In 1938, she married Schuyler B. Jackson, former poetry editor of Time magazine. She renounced poetry at that time, "as imposing irremovable obstacles to the realizing of the full potential afforded by language."

Eldridge Broussard, the controversial founder of the self-help group Ecclesia Athletic Association, was found dead Thursday in Sandy, Ore., in the same house where his daughter was beaten to death three years ago. He was 39. Death appeared to be of natural causes, but the sheriff's office said autopsy results were pending. Mr. Broussard, a former basketball star at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., founded Ecclesia in 1975 in Los Angeles as an organization dedicated to lifting children out of ghetto life through athletic training and strict discipline. But after his daughter, Dayna, was beaten to death several children testified that the discipline included systematic beatings by group members, and four adult members were convicted of manslaughter.

Leigh Wade, a retired Air Force major general who had taken part in the first round-the-world flight, died Saturday of congestive heart failure. He was 94. A test pilot in the Army Air Corps, he was one of a group of pilots picked to travel around the world in 1924 in four military biplanes. Mr. Wade's pontoon-equipped plane was forced down off Greenland by engine trouble. He rejoined the mission with a replacement plane.

Dr. Hiao-Tsiun Ma, a musicologist, conductor and teacher who founded the Children's Orchestra in New York and who was the father of the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, died of a stroke Aug. 28 on Long Island. He was 80.

Charlie Barnet, a jazz saxophonist who in the 1930s became one of the first white big-band leaders to integrate his orchestra, died Wednesday in San Diego. He was 77 and had Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia. He was also credited with discovering singer Lena Horne.

Jane Dewey Ellsworth, 80, founder of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, died of emphysema Aug. 30 at her home in Westlake Village, Calif. Mrs. Ellsworth, who had a brief stage career and wrote some magazine fiction, became concerned with myasthenia gravis when her daughter Patricia, developed the nerve disorder.

Mohamed Noah bin Omar, the first Malaysian speaker of Parliament, died in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday after a heart attack at 94.

Wes Anderson, design director of the Village Voice until this year, died last Friday of colon and lymphatic cancer. He was 39. Mr. Anderson joined the Village Voice in 1985 as deputy art director. He became design director in 1989; the next year he completely redesigned the Voice. He also designed the first

books by comics artist Lynda Barry.

Proc Mellquist, 76, who edited Sunset, a monthly do-it-yourself magazine, for nearly three decades, died Monday in Palo Alto,

Calif. He was in a diabetic coma when he died.

Italo Pietra, a former anti-Nazi leader and a prominent editor and writer, died Wednesday at age 80 in Italy. Mr. Pietra, head of partisan groups fighting the Nazis in northern Italy, became editor of the Milan daily newspaper Il Giorno in 1960. Beginning in 1973, he published several books about prominent Italians, including the Agnelli family, which controls the Fiat car company, and former premiers Aldo Moro and Bettino Craxi.

Hendrick Christian Ahlers, who became president of the New York Mercantile Exchange at age 27 and was a former chief executive of the family-owned Carl Ahlers Inc., died last Thursday in Plainfield, N.J., at age 73. The wholesale dairy and cooking-oil distributing company went out of business in 1975.

Yvonne Luter, the American editor of the German illustrated weekly Der Stern from 1951 to 1987, died on Aug. 28 in Manhattan. She was 63.

Alexandru Stefu, the coach who persuaded former star Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci to settle in Montreal after she suffered negative publicity in the United States last year, died Monday while snorkeling in Lake St. Francis, west of Montreal. Police said foul play was not suspected. An autopsy will be conducted to see if the 47-year-old former Romanian rugby coach drowned or suffered a heart attack.

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