Louise Soelberg, 90, a prima ballerina who established...


January 17, 1994

Louise Soelberg, 90, a prima ballerina who established modern dance schools in the United States and England, died Jan. 5 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she started and helped run a therapeutic riding program for disabled youngsters. The Seattle native was prima ballerina of the Ballet Jooss world touring troupe and founded the dance department at the Cornish School of the Allied Arts. She left Seattle in 1930 to found a dance department at Dartington Hall in England and later established London's Dance Center to train modern dance teachers and professionals. She also taught dance in Washington.

* James Ellison, 83, who played sidekick Johnny Nelson to

Hollywood's Hopalong Cassidy, died Dec. 23 after breaking his neck in a fall at his Montecito, Calif., home. Mr. Ellison retired from acting in the 1950s after dozens of roles that included Buffalo Bill in Gary Cooper's 1937 Western, "The Plainsman." Born James Ellison Smith in Iowa, he studied at Hollywood theaters before making his film debut in the 1932 movie "Play Girl" with Loretta Young. He switched to real estate development after his last movie in 1952, "The Man from Black Hills."

* Dr. Lucas N. Turk, who pitched briefly for the old Washington Senators, died Tuesday in Homer, Ga., at age 95. The retired physician, whose baseball nickname was "Chief," appeared in five games with the Senators in 1922, compiling a 0-0 record and a 6.94 earned run average in 11 2/3 innings.

* Seymour S. Raven, 75, a former general manager of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Chicago. He became manager of the Chicago Symphony in 1959. He had previously been a drama and music critic for the Chicago Tribune. He held the orchestral post until 1964, when he resigned. From the 1960s on, he served in various executive positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he retired in 1992, he was senior adviser to the chancellor.

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