Wilbert Harrison, 65, whose version of the song, "Kansas...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

October 29, 1994

Wilbert Harrison, 65, whose version of the song, "Kansas City," became one of the most famous hits of the early rock 'n' roll era, died of a stroke Wednesday in Spencer, N.C. The song, which topped charts for two weeks in May 1959, was also performed by The Beatles, James Brown and Ann-Margret.

Ray L. Birdwhistell, 76, a retired anthropologist whose pioneering research on body language helped establish it as a field of study, died of cancer on Oct. 19 in Brigantine, N.J. He was an expert in kinesics, the part of nonverbal communication dealing with the meaning of body posture and movement of body parts in communication. Anthropologists in the 1940s proposed that body language was a code that could be deciphered, and research in the field blossomed after the 1952 publication of his book "Introduction to Kinesics."

John Lautner, 83, an architect whose contemporary design was epitomized by the flying saucer-like Chemosphere House featured in the movie "Body Double," died Monday in Los Angeles.

Andrew D. Kopkind, 59, a political writer who covered civil rights, student activism and gay rights, died of bladder cancer Sunday in New York. In 1968, with James Ridgeway, he founded the underground newspaper Mayday, which was later renamed Hard Times and specialized in covering the anti-war, black power and student movements.

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