Tete Montoliu, 64, a pianist and one of Spain's most...


August 26, 1997

Tete Montoliu, 64, a pianist and one of Spain's most popular jazz artists, died of lung cancer Sunday in Barcelona. Mr. Montoliu, whose full name was Vicente Montoliu Massana, had been blind since birth. He is said to have begun demonstrating his talent at the piano when he was 4. A devoted fan of Thelonius Monk, he first broke onto the international scene when he was invited on a European tour by Lionel Hampton in 1955.

Samuel L. Chase, 80, a broadcaster who developed radio programs on social issues in the 1960s and was a publisher of Billboard magazine, died Aug. 11 of heart problems in Mexico City. During his career in publishing and broadcasting, he collaborated with major U.S. magazines to produce syndicated radio news shows.

Alfred W. Erickson, 90, who turned a general store into one of the largest private companies in Minnesota, died Thursday in Edina, Minn. He founded Holiday Cos., which has estimated revenues of $1.8 billion, according to Corporate Report magazine.

Jean Poperen, 72, a politician who helped anchor the Socialist Party squarely on the left and twice served as a French government minister, died Saturday in Paris. He had been hospitalized at Paris' Val de Grace military hospital since Jan. 28 after a fall that left him in a coma.

Irving Cooperberg, 65, who founded Greenwich Village's Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center and headed the neighborhood's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, one of the world's largest gay synagogues, died Wednesday of AIDS-related cancer in New York.

Pub Date: 8/26/97

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