Thomas Hayward, 77, a leading tenor at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1940s and 1950s, died of kidney and heart problems Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. As a lyric tenor, he sang with the Met for 14 years and had leading roles in "La Traviata," "Rigoletto" and "Faust." He had more than 400 concert performances with major symphony orchestras in North America. He also starred in a long-running NBC radio show, "Serenade to America."
Albert Elsen, 67, a Stanford University art professor and expert on sculptor Auguste Rodin, died Thursday of a heart attack in Stanford, Calif. He helped establish a Rodin sculpture garden on the Stanford campus and is credited with reviving public and scholarly awareness of Rodin's work.