Judith Merril, 74, one of the first women to gain...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

September 21, 1997

Judith Merril, 74, one of the first women to gain prominence as a science fiction writer, died Sept. 12 in Toronto. Her collection of more than 5,000 books and periodicals forms the basis of one of the world's largest science fiction collections,now at the Toronto Public Library.

Jimmy "Spoon" Witherspoon, 74, a Grammy-nominated blues singer whose trademark was his deep, smoky voice, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He recorded dozens of albums and fronted small bands and large orchestras. His hits included "Blues Around the Clock," "Some of My Best Friends are the Blues," "Blue Spoon" and "Ain't Nobody's Business."

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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