Cora Mae Daniels Basnight,88, who starred for 25 years in...


October 30, 1998

Cora Mae Daniels Basnight,88, who starred for 25 years in the outdoor drama "The Lost Colony," died Monday in Manteo, N.C. Mrs. Basnight played the love-struck Indian maid Agona in Paul Green's symphonic play from 1957 to 1982, one of the longest runs in U.S. stage history.

Walter Kendrick,51, an authority on Victorian literature, an author and a literary critic, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer in New York.

Albert Washington,59, a blues guitarist who was prominent in the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday in Cincinnati of diabetes. Mr. Washington, who recorded albums and performed at clubs and concerts, was influenced by gospel music and bluesman B. B. King.

John Didcott,67, a judge who tried to soften the impact of harsh apartheid-era laws and rose to sit on South Africa's highest court, died Oct. 20 of leukemia in Durban, South Africa. He originally was reluctant to join the bench during apartheid but changed his mind after concluding that he could try to alleviate the impact of unjust laws.

Richard Dior,51, an Academy Award-winning sound man who worked on "Apollo 13," "Dead Man Walking" and more than 200 other movies and TV shows, died Monday of a heart attack in Freehold Township, N.J.

Gene Taylor,70, a Republican who represented a southwestern Missouri district in the House of Representatives for eight terms beginning in 1973, died of cancer Tuesday in Springfield, Mo.

James Goldman,71, who wrote the Broadway play "The Lion in Winter" and won an Academy Award for the screenplay, died in New York after a heart attack Wednesday.

Retired Adm. John J. Hyland,86, who commanded the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor and the 7th Fleet in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, died Sunday in Honolulu.

Wilhelm Karmann,83, an auto engineer and manufacturer whose curvy, bug-like 1950s Karmann-Ghia sports car brought him international recognition, died Sunday in Osnabrueck, Germany.

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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