Sun Ra, the influential pianist and orchestra leader noted...


June 01, 1993

Sun Ra, the influential pianist and orchestra leader noted for his treks into jazz and avant-garde music, died Sunday in a Birmingham, Ala., hospital. He was 79. He had been hospitalized since Jan. 22 and had suffered a series of strokes and chronic circulatory problems. In a career spanning 60 years, he gained wide notice in the jazz world for encompassing everything from bop and gospel to blues and electronic sounds. A recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine called him "the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy." Ten of his recordings made between 1938 and 1960 recently were re-released.

Sidney R. Bernstein, 86, a weekly columnist for Advertising Age magazine and chairman of the executive committee of Crain Communications Inc., died Saturday morning at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. A Chicago native, Mr. Bernstein was in his 72nd year with what is now Crain Communications, having worked his way up from office boy. He was the former editor and publisher of Advertising Age, where he wrote his column, "Con-SID-erations," for 21 years until his death.

Kimon Friar, one of the best-known translators of modern Greek literature into English, has died in Athens. Newspapers reported that Mr. Friar, 81, died in an Athens hospital Tuesday after suffering a head injury at home. He is best known for his translations of the works of Nikos Kazantzakis and Odysseus Elytis, the winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in literature.

Roger MacDougall, a screenwriter and playwright who later promoted the diet he used to control multiple sclerosis, died Thursday at a home for actors in London, officials said yesterday. Mr. MacDougall, who was 82, made his name in the 1950s with "The Man in the White Suit," a script he wrote with John Dighton and Alexander Mackendrick. The satire on

materialism starred Alec Guinness, who was nominated for an Oscar.

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