Mario Savio, 53, the Berkeley radical who became a symbol...


November 08, 1996

Mario Savio, 53, the Berkeley radical who became a symbol of the 1960s free speech movement from atop a police car, died Wednesday in Sebastopol, Calif., after suffering heart problems. He rose to fame as the voice of the free speech movement at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964.

After many years out of the limelight, Mr. Savio had recently re-entered public life. He led a drive against higher fees at Sonoma State University, where he taught mathematics, logic and philosophy to remedial students, and opposed Proposition 209, the California ballot initiative approved Tuesday that aims to end state affirmative action programs.

Like many students of his era, he went to Mississippi in the early '60s to help register black voters and organize for civil rights causes.

Eddie Harris, 62, a tenor saxophone virtuoso who wrote much of the music for "The Bill Cosby Show," died of cancer Tuesday in Chicago. He recorded his first big hit, "The Theme From Exodus," in 1961. Although over a million copies were sold, he didn't perform the song for years because jazz purists criticized him for going "pop."

Paul E. Harris, 86, who acted in early radio broadcasts of "The Lone Ranger" series in the 1920s and 1930s, usually as the villain, died Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. An actor in various radio and stage shows, he retired as corporate secretary of the Berlitz Schools of Language.

Lou Singer, 71, a guide who helped put Brooklyn on tourist maps and gained international attention for his love and knowledge of the city's most populous borough, died Tuesday in New York of complications from cancer surgery. Mr. Singer, who grew up in Brooklyn's Brownsville section, became a self-made expert on the borough while driving a delivery truck for the New York Times as a young man.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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