Murray PhillipsFolk singerEMERSON, N.J. -- Murray...


January 20, 1993

EMERSON, N.J. — Murray Phillips

Folk singer

EMERSON, N.J. -- Murray Phillips, 83, a folk singer and songwriter, died of leukemia Saturday at his home here.

He was best known for his renderings of authentic American ballads from the Revolutionary War era to the early 1900s.

He appeared at the Blue Note and other clubs and halls in the New York metropolitan area, and he performed on television. He recorded four albums of children's songs on the RCA label.

Born in New York City, he received a bachelor's degree from City College and a master's from Columbia University. He taught at Harriman College in Harriman, N.Y., and the Fieldston School in Riverdale, the Bronx.

For 35 years he taught music and physical education at Haaren High School and the High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan. He was also the director of Encampment for Citizenship in New York and Puerto Rico, a college-level program founded by Eleanor Roosevelt and sponsored by the State Department.

Freddie "Red" Cochrane, 77, a former welterweight boxing champion, died Saturday in Lyons, N.J. He won a New Jersey Golden Gloves lightweight title before winning the world welterweight championship in July 1941 with a 15-round decision over Fritzie Zivic. He lost the title in February 1946 when Marty Servo knocked him out in the fourth round. Mr. Cochrane's pro record was 72-35-9 with 26 knockouts.

Anton Crihan, 99, a leader in the movement that reunited his native region of Bessarabia with Romania between the world wars, died of cancer Jan. 9 in a hospital in St. Louis. After World War I, Mr. Crihan and a few colleagues succeeded in annexing most of Bessarabia to Romania. He became politically active in Romania, which was then governed by a constitutional monarchy. Trained as an economist, he was elected to several terms in Parliament.

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