Mary Cecelia Thedieck Ewald,75, a poet who asked Iraqi...

Deaths Elsewhere

February 10, 1997

Mary Cecelia Thedieck Ewald,75, a poet who asked Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to release her captured son, died Wednesday of cancer in Greenwich, Conn.

Her published works include a book of poems, "Weapons zTC Against Chaos," and the libretto for the opera, "The Birthday of the Infanta."

In 1990, she became known for writing Mr. Hussein, asking for the release of her youngest son, who had been captured to be used as a "human shield" against aerial attacks by a United States-led coalition during the Persian Gulf war. Her son was freed days later.

One of the first women appointed a Radcliffe teaching fellow, she taught at the universities of Maryland and New Hampshire and Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Ruth Brinkmann,62, an actress and director who was a founder of the English Theater in Vienna, died there of ovarian cancer on Jan. 18.

Thomas Daniel Young,77, a professor of English at Vanderbilt University and a leading authority on literature of the American South, died of complications after abdominal surgery on Jan. 29 at the Bay Springs General Nursing Home in Bay Springs, Miss.

His many books and articles on Southern writers were influential in promoting Southern literature around the world. Among them were "The Literature of the South," "Conversations With Malcolm Cowley," "Tennessee Writers" and "Gentleman in a Dustcoat: A Biography of John Crowe Ransom," whose writing Mr. Young especially championed.

Gayle Kirkpatrick,62, a fashion designer known for his youthful, modern approach to American sportswear, died of AIDS Jan. 25 at his home in New York City.

In his 30-year career on Seventh Avenue, Mr. Kirkpatrick designed everything from children's wear to furs to evening dresses. But he achieved his greatest success with moderately priced sportswear, winning a Coty Fashion Critics Award in 1965, the year he opened his first business, Atelier.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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