The Rev. Henri Nouwen,64, a Roman Catholic priest and...


September 24, 1996

The Rev. Henri Nouwen,64, a Roman Catholic priest and prolific author on Christianity, died of a heart attack Saturday in Hilversum, Netherlands.

He died before he was to have left for St. Petersburg, Russia, for production of a film based on one of his best-known books, "The Return of the Prodigal Son."

Better known in the United States than in his native Netherlands, Father Nouwen taught at Notre Dame University before becoming a professor at Yale's divinity school from 1971 to 1981. From 1982 until 1985, he taught theology at Harvard. At the time of his death, he was the pastor at L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, a nondenominational organization that runs homes for the mentally handicapped.

Robert Massie,69, who twice built successful restaurant chains from the ground up, died of lung cancer Friday in Fort Myers, Fla. He opened the first Country Kitchen restaurant in 1958 and expanded the Minnesota restaurant into a chain of 275 restaurants before selling to the Carlson Co. In 1988, he founded Juicy Lucy's in Florida with his wife, Suzanne. They built that business into a chain of 30 restaurants.

Paul Weston,84, a conductor and arranger for Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby and a founder of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, died Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. His career spanned nearly 50 years, working with many artists, including Bob Hope, Judy Garland and Dean Martin. In addition to being a founder of the recording academy, he served as its first national president and was a recipient of one of its Grammy Awards, for a comedy album he did with wife Jo Stafford.

Lamar Dodd,86, a prolific artist whose renderings of mountains and farm fields and abstract paintings hang in galleries throughout the country, died Saturday in Athens, Ga. His painting "Winter Valley" is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington and "Monhegan Theme" and "Sand, Sea and Sky" are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Vera Brodsky Lawrence,87, a pianist and historian of American music who helped bring attention to the works of Scott Joplin, died Wednesday in New York. She was best known for her 1971 book "The Collected Works of Scott Joplin," which made his music available to performers for the first time in years.

Pub Date: 9/24/96

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