Rafael Kubelik,82, the Czech-born conductor who led the...

Death Elsewhere

August 13, 1996

Rafael Kubelik,82, the Czech-born conductor who led the Chicago Symphony and orchestras across Europe, died Sunday in Lucerne, Switzerland, a family member said.

After graduating from the Prague Conservatory, he conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the first time at age 22, and was its chief conductor from 1941 until driven into exile by the Communist takeover in 1948.

After 42 years in exile, he returned to Prague in 1990 and conducted the Czech Philharmonic in a memorable concert on the city's Old Town Square.

Vangelia Gushterova,84, known as "Aunt Vanga," a blind peasant whose reputed clairvoyant powers gave her saint-like status across Bulgaria, died Sunday at 84, provoking an outpouring of national grief.

She meant so much to generations of Bulgarians that the state news agency BTA flashed the news of her death from cancer in a Sofia hospital in a manner once reserved for high government officials.

Born in neighboring Macedonia in 1911, she lost her sight at age 12 in a windstorm.

From the time she was a teen-ager, she was a legend for what many believed was her ability to see into the future, to make correct diagnoses or predictions and even locate missing persons.

Sir Nevill Mott,90, who shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1977 for his pioneering work on semiconductors, died Thursday at a hospital near his home in Apsley Guise, 50 miles northwest of London. The cause of death was not announced.

Sir Nevill, who headed the famed Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University from 1954 to 1971, shared the physics prize with two Americans, Philip Anderson and John van Vleck.

Their research was on the behavior of electricity in noncrystalline or so-called "disordered" materials.

"He was a founder of the science of solid state physics and did a lot of the pioneering work in the 1930s and '40s, which led to transistors, and therefore to the information technology we have today," said Michael Pepper, a physics professor at Cambridge.

Emmanuel Tetteh Mensah,78, the highlife music legend known as E. T. to his fans, died in his sleep July 19 in Accra, Ghana.

The death announcement was delayed according to local tradition, family members said Friday.

In a dazzling career spanning more than four decades, Mr. Mensah, a pharmacist and trumpet player who doubled on saxophone, helped stamp Ghana on the world cultural map with highlife -- a blend of African-American jazz instrumentation with local rhythms, spiced by influences from the Caribbean and Latin America.

The name highlife came from the smart turnout of the prosperous urban audiences the music attracted -- black tie and ball gowns were common.

Benjamin Halevy,86, one of the judges who sentenced Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to death in 1961, died Wednesday in Jerusalem. Born in Germany, he immigrated to Israel when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933.

Pub Date: 8/13/96

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