Major Lance, 55, whose vocals helped shape Chicago's soul...


September 04, 1994

Major Lance, 55, whose vocals helped shape Chicago's soul sound in the 1960s, died at his home in Decatur, Ga., yesterday of heart disease. Mr. Lance had hit singles in 1963 with "The Monkey Time," which started a dance craze, and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" in 1964. Both songs were written by Curtis Mayfield. Mr. Lance, a Chicago native, started out singing gospel. A former boxer, he got his break in rock after appearing on a local television show, Jim Lounsbury's "Record Hop." His first single, "I Got A Girl-Phyllis," was written and produced by Mr. Mayfield. He continued to tour and perform at clubs and music festivals until his death.

Mildred McAfee Horton, 94, who helped revolutionize the role of women in the military as the first director of the WAVES, died Friday at the St. Vincent DePaul Nursing Home in Berlin, N.H. Under her stewardship of the WAVES (an acronym for Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service), Navy women in World War II worked as flight instructors, weather observers, truck drivers and air traffic controllers. The service paved the way for the expanding role of women in the armed services.

Paul Codman Cabot, 95, founder of the country's first mutual fund and a former treasurer of Harvard University, died of natural causes Thursday at Deaconess-Glover Hospital in Needham, Mass. During stock market growth periods in the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Cabot made his mark with his strategy of putting endowment funds into equity vehicles when other institutional money managers were investing in bonds and other fixed-rate income items. While he was treasurer of Harvard, from 1948 to 1965, the university's endowment grew from $177 million to more than $1 billion.

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