Edward Davis, 88, a one-time mechanic who became the first...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 06, 1999

Edward Davis, 88, a one-time mechanic who became the first black American to own a new car dealership, selling Studebakers and later Chrysler-Plymouth vehicles, died of congestive heart failure Monday in Detroit. In 1993, the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers created the annual Edward Davis Pioneer Award. In January, Mr. Davis became the first black man to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame Museum in Dearborn.

George Butler, 94, an artist and the oldest living member of Britain's prestigious Royal Watercolor Society, died April 19 in Bakewell, England.

Daniel N. Cooke, 72, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman for 22 years and technical adviser to movies and such television programs as "Dragnet" and "Adam 12," died of cancer April 30 in Los Angeles.

Art Aylesworth, 72, "the bluebird man" of Montana, whose devotion to the mountain bluebird led to the placing of more than 35,000 nest boxes in the state, died of cancer Saturday in Ronan, Mont.

J. John Sepkoski Jr., 50, a University of Chicago paleontologist known for his research of fossil records and the history of marine animal life, died Saturday in Chicago of heart failure related to high blood pressure.

William Woodward III, 54, a former publisher and heir to a New York banking fortune whose family's violent deaths were grist for tabloid headlines and best-selling novels, died Sunday after plunging from his New York high-rise. Mr. Woodward's father, William Woodward Jr., was killed in 1955 by his wife, Ann, at their Long Island estate. A grand jury cleared Ann Woodward of wrongdoing. She killed herself shortly before the publication of a book by Truman Capote fictionalizing the incident. The Woodward saga also was recounted in Dominick Dunne's "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles." Mr. Woodward's brother also committed suicide.

Joel Price, 88, the man credited with introducing the electric bass to country music at the Grand Ole Opry, died of a heart attack Monday in Commerce, Ga.

Harry L. Kavetas, 61, the Eastman Kodak Co. chief financial planner who helped engineer 20,000 job cuts at the photography company to counter Japanese gains in the market, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y.

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