* John J. Cascella, 45, a keyboardist for rock singer John...


November 18, 1992

* John J. Cascella, 45, a keyboardist for rock singer John Mellencamp, died of a heart attack Saturday. He was found dead in his car about 1 a.m. in Hamilton County, Ind. Authorities believe he suffered a heart attack while driving. Mr. Cascella, known for his work on accordion, joined the Mellencamp band 10 years ago and was an integral element of the group's folk-rock sound. He also owned Cascella Productions, which created music for commercials and movies in Indianapolis.

* Teddy Riley, 68, a veteran jazz trumpet player who blew taps for Louis Armstrong, died Saturday of a respiratory illness. He was a fixture in the city's jazz scene for nearly half a century, and traveled extensively. He played on stages from Mexico City to Monte Carlo. He played in big brass bands and smaller groups, backing up performers ranging from Fats Domino to Wynton Marsalis and played stages from Mexico City to Monte Carlo. He played almost to the end. Mr. Riley approached every gig the same way, in a formal suit and spit-shined shoes. The son of a barber, Mr. Riley began playing trumpet at age 13. In 1971, he was the last person to play Armstrong's boyhood coronet. The instrument was taken out of its display case at a New Orleans museum so he could play taps in a tribute to Mr. Armstrong.

* Regina Carrol, 49, an actress who appeared in such films as "The Beat Generation," "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Glass Bottom Boat," died at her St. George, Utah, home Nov. 4 of cancer. Ms. Carrol, whose real name was Regina Gelfan, also appeared in such television programs as "The Dinah Shore Show," "Route 66" and "Ozzie and Harriet." But she may have been best known, especially to horror movie fans, for a string of "B" pictures directed by her husband, Al Adamson. Among them were "Satan's Sadists," "Man With the Synthetic Brain," "The Female Bunch," "Angels' Wild Women," "Brain of Blood" and "Dracula vs. Frankenstein." She began her career at age 5, performing in such stage productions as "The Children's Hour," "Wish You Were Here" and "Daddy Long Legs." Other movie credits included "Two Rode Together," "The Slender Thread" and "From The Terrace."

* Jane Wasey, 80, a sculptor known for her carvings of animals, died of cancer Thursday at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Glen Cove, Maine. Ms. Wasey's work in stone, wood and bronze has been exhibited in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History, and at other museums in Maine and around the nation. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and of the William A. Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.

* John Lakin Bainbridge, 78, an author and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1938, died of heart failure Thursday at the Albany Memorial Hospital. For the last two decades, Mr. Bainbridge lived in England, writing articles for The New Yorker and writing the London Journal for Gourmet magazine. He and his wife moved back to the United States in September. Mr. Bainbridge was perhaps best known for his book "The Super-Americans," a clinical study of the Texan way of life. Most of his observations appeared as a series in The New Yorker and were published by Doubleday as a book in 1961. He wrote many Profiles, some of which became popular books, including "The Wonderful World of Toots Shor" (1951).

* Joe W. Davis, Huntsville, Ala.'s mayor from 1968 to 1988, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack. He was 74. During his administration, Huntsville recruited high-tech industries to give the city some protection from changes in funding to the space program. Huntsville is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

* William Davis Funderburk, 79, a former assistant managing editor of The Daily Oklahoman, died Sunday after a long illness. He retired in 1978 after 46 years with the Oklahoma Publishing Co. Before that, he worked for newspapers in Mangum, Clinton and Shreveport, La.

* Thomas Hennessy, 50, general manager of radio stations WHMP and WHMP-FM in Northampton, Mass., died at home Thursday after a 15-month battle with cancer. Mr. Hennessy, who worked at the stations for 25 years, was general manager the past four years.

* Earle Meadows, 79, the gold medal winner in the pole vault at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and a former world record holder in the event, died Nov. 11 at his home in Forth Worth, Texas. He won his Olympic gold medal with a vault of 14 feet, 3 1/4 inches on a bamboo pole. He set two world records in 1937.

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