Kay SwiftWrote songs for musicalsSOUTHINGTON, Conn. -- Kay...


January 30, 1993


Wrote songs for musicals

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. -- Kay Swift, 95, one of the first successful female songwriters in America, died Thursday of Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Swift's entertainment career included a songwriting partnership with her first husband, James Paul Warburg.

They collaborated in 1929 on "The First Little Show," a musical whose score included the song "Can't We Be Friends."

The couple's biggest musical success came the following year with the show "Fine and Dandy," which produced two standards, the title song and the ballad "Can This Be Love?"

Her other songs included "Calliope," "Up Among the Chimney Pots" and "Forever and a Day."

* Baron Axel von dem Bussche, 73, the last member of a group of German Army officers who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in World War II, died Tuesday of natural causes. Born into an old Saxon family, he was 23 and an officer in the 9th Infantry Regiment when he witnessed the systematic killing of Jews by the SS near the village of Dudno in Ukraine in 1942.

* John Corbin Eddison, 73, an expert on economic development who was a former director of Near East affairs for the U.S. Agency for International Development, died of lung disease last Friday at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass.

* William Plummer Drake, 80, chief executive of Pennwalt Corp. for 23 years, died last Friday in Philadelphia.

* Frank Freidel, 76, a Harvard University historian known for his Franklin D. Roosevelt biographies, died of pneumonia Monday in Cambridge, Mass.

* "Sad Sam" Ichinose, 85, a boxing trainer, manager and promoter, died Sunday in Honolulu. The former boxer also served as a territorial legislator and a county supervisor.

* Jason H. Korell, 68, former editor of the Parkway Transcript and West Roxbury Transcript, died Sunday of heart disease in Wareham, Mass.

* Herbert H. Hyde, 63, a Lincoln (Neb.) Journal copy editor for more than 25 years, died Monday after suffering from pneumonia.

* Jeanne Sauve, 70, one of the first women to hold high political office in Canada, died Tuesday in Montreal. Ms. Sauve was the first woman to represent the queen in Canada, serving in the ceremonial post from 1984 to 1990.

* Dr. Robert S. Harrington, 50, an astronomer with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, died of cancer Saturday at George Washington University Hospital.

* Dr. Samuel S. Cohen, 79, an orthopedic surgeon for more than 50 years, died of leukemia last Friday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, N.Y. His patients included Louis Armstrong, George Balanchine and other celebrities from the arts and sports.

* L. Hudson Leathers, 86, whose career in the commodities business spanned more than six decades, died of Lou Gehrig's disease Jan. 19 at Centrastate Medical Center in Freehold, N.J.

* John A. Lafore Jr., 87, a former president of the American Kennel Club and a former congressman from Pennsylvania, died of a stroke Sunday at Lankeanau Hospital in Montgomery County, Pa.

* Henry G. Plitt, 74, who founded a 600-screen theater chain that was bought by Cineplex Odeon Corp. in 1985, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer in Beverly Hills. A decorated World War II paratrooper, he started his Plitt Theatres chain after the war. He was also chairman of Plitt Amusement Co., which owns nine theaters in Washington state, and head of Showscan Corp., which is developing a film process to enhance picture quality.

* Edward P. Morgan, 82, a broadcast journalist and writer who reported for ABC, CBS and public television, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in suburban McLean, Va. From 1955 to 1967, Mr. Morgan broadcast an evening radio program of news and commentary, "Edward P. Morgan and the News," that won him the George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's top honor, in 1956. Also in 1956, he broadcast a memorable account of the collision of the ocean liners Andrea Doria and Stockholm off the Massachusetts coast, not telling listeners that his 14-year-old daughter had been aboard the Andrea Doria and was believed to have been killed. The girl was discovered alive the next day, having been catapulted to a deck of the Stockholm when its bow knifed into her cabin. He retired as an ABC commentator in 1975.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.