Shinichi Suzuki,99, who pioneered a method for teaching...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 27, 1998

Shinichi Suzuki,99, who pioneered a method for teaching toddlers to play musical instruments the same way they learn to speak -- through imitation and constant repetition -- died yesterday in Matsumoto, Japan.

Since it was introduced in the 1950s, hundreds of thousands of young musicians have learned to play using the Suzuki method, performing on miniature violins and other instruments with remarkable precision.

Hilla Limann,64, a former Ghana president who was ousted in a 1981 coup after a brief rule and tried to reclaim the post in elections 11 years later, died Friday in Accra, Ghana.

Maj. Gen. Ralph C. Smith,104, who served in both world wars and was the oldest surviving general officer of the Army, died Wednesday in Palo Alto, Calif.

Justin Tubb,62, son of country music legend Ernest Tubb and a hit songwriter in his own right, died in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday of a stomach aneurysm. He wrote a No. 1 hit in 1963 for Hawkshaw Hawkins, "Lonesome 7-7203" and "Be Glad," which Del Reeves took to No. 5 in 1969. Other songs he wrote were recorded by Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Skeeter Davis.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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