Thomas Giles Kavanagh,79, a former chief justice of the...


February 22, 1997

Thomas Giles Kavanagh,79, a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, died of lung cancer Thursday in Royal Oak, Mich. Kavanagh served on the Supreme Court from 1969 to 1985 and was chief justice from 1975 to 1979.

Although a longtime Democrat, his opinion in a 1972 case involving voter reapportionment was so unpopular with Democrats that the party refused to nominate him to a second term in 1976. He won regardless.

Lois Marshall,73, a soprano who was one of Canada's leading singers in the 1950s, died of cancer Wednesday in Toronto. Marshall won numerous awards in Canada and embarked on an international career after her New York debut in 1952. She performed in choirs and orchestras in Australia, England, New Zealand and the Soviet Union.

David McCann,67, former publisher of Town & Country and Connoisseur magazines, died of a stroke Feb. 14 in Jupiter, Fla.

Don Porter,84, who played Ann Sothern's boss in the television show "Private Secretary" and Sally Field's father in "Gidget," died Feb. 11 in Los Angeles. Porter played stern characters in many television dramas, but he put on his fatherly mien in 1965 to play professor Russ Lawrence, the widowed father of the teen-age surf bunny Gidget. The show ran for a year.

Pub Date: 2/22/97

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