Mae Boren Axton,82, who co-wrote the Elvis Presley hit...


April 11, 1997

Mae Boren Axton,82, who co-wrote the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" and was the mother of singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton, died Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. Her songs were recorded by such country stars as Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Conway Twitty and Hank Snow.

She also was widely known in Nashville as a guardian angel to struggling songwriters and musicians, helping to find them a record or publishing deal.

Among those she helped early in their careers were Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Mel Tillis.

Dr. Gerald Edward Gaull,66, a pediatrician who discovered an essential amino acid in mother's milk, died April 2 after suffering an aortic aneurysm while on vacation in Ecuador.

In the 1970s, he identified a crucial ingredient missing from formula and cow's milk that infants need to thrive. The amino acid taurine turned out to be a vital building block of protein, which plays a substantial role in brain development.

Joaquin Luttinger,73, a physicist whose theoretical work of the 1960s had practical applications to semiconductor technology in the 1990s, died of bone marrow cancer Sunday in New York. He joined the Columbia University faculty in 1960 and began work on what are now called Luttinger liquids, theoretical models in which electrons can move in only one dimension, rather than three.

Juan Ramon Masoliver,87, an art critic, essayist and a pioneer of Catalonia's surrealist movement, died of a heart attack Monday in Barcelona, Spain.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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