Bobby Troup, 80, a musician and actor who wrote the popular song "Route 66" and played a neurosurgeon on the 1970s television drama "Emergency," died Sunday in Los Angeles. Mr. Troup penned a little ditty in 1946 as he drove across the country to California, where he had dreams of making it big in music. He chose Route 66, and wrote: "If you ever plan to motor West: Travel my way, the highway that's the best. Get your kicks on Route 66!"
Marius Schoon, 61, a prominent apartheid opponent who spent 12 years in prison and lost his wife and daughter in a police letter bomb explosion, died Sunday of lung cancer in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Richard Boone, 68, an American-born trombonist and scat singer who played with Count Basie, Dexter Gordon and other jazz giants, has died, the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported yesterday.
John Cordwell, 78, an architect whose Carl Sandburg Village urban-renewal project helped revitalize Chicago's near North Side during the 1960s, died Thursday in Chicago.
Don Dunstan, 72, a colorful Australian politician and social reformer, died Saturday of cancer in Adelaide.
Gwen Guthrie, 42, a singer and songwriter who recorded several dance and rhythm-and-blues hits during the 1980s, died Feb. 3 of uterine cancer in Orange, N.J.
Muneyuki Matsushita, 65, president of one of Japan's oldest and largest daily newspapers, the Asahi Shimbun, died yesterday.
Elario Questas, thought to be the oldest man in Hawaii, died Friday in Wailuku. He was 112.
Armand Schwerner, 71, a poet whose work inspired numerous dances and theatrical presentations, died Feb. 4 of cancer in New York.
Giuseppe Tatarella, 63, a leader of Italy's far-right National Alliance, died of a heart attack Monday in Rome.
Pub Date: 2/10/99