Dorothy Buffum Chandler, 96, matriarch of music and a Los Angeles cultural stalwart, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was a patron of culture, chairwoman of the Amazing Blue Ribbon of Music Center and honorary life chairwoman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown's Music Center is named for her.
Mrs. Chandler was the wife of Norman Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles Times from 1944 to 1960, and mother of Otis Chandler, Times publisher from 1960 to 1980.
Roberta Gorsuch Burke, 98, an enduring "first lady of the Navy" as the widow of Adm. Arleigh Burke, died of cardiac arrest Friday in Fairfax, Va. Mrs. Burke asked in advance that the epitaph "a sailor's wife" be placed on the tombstone adjoining her husband's at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis.
Admiral Burke died last year. The couple, who had been married for 72 years, had no children.
Jess Meeker, 85, a pianist and music school dropout who went from playing at silent movie houses to Broadway and dancing shrine Jacob's Pillow, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Becket, Mass.
Sanjukta Panigrahi, 65, a classical dancer from India who toured the United States as a foremost exponent of the Orissi style, died of cancer on June 24 at her home in Bhubaneshwar in the Indian state of Orissa.
Leslie "Bubba" Gaines, 85, a noted tap dancer and leading member of the Copasetics tap group, died June 30 at the Veterans Hospital in New York City after a short illness. He lived in Harlem.
Mumeo Oku, 101, Mumeo Oku, a prominent women's rights activist and one of the first women to serve in Japan's parliament, died of a stroke yesterday in Tokyo.
Pub Date: 7/08/97