Jerry Blake, who arranged music for the dance bands of...

Deaths Elsewhere

November 07, 1999

Jerry Blake, who arranged music for the dance bands of Lawrence Welk and Wayne King, died in Las Vegas Oct. 27 of congestive heart disease, his family said. He was 80. His band performed with vocalists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Fabian.

David Schickele, a San Francisco Bay area filmmaker, violist and composer, died Oct. 31 of cancer. He was 62. He is best known for "Bushman," a feature-length film made in 1971 about an African student at San Francisco State University.

Richard Marius, a novelist and former director of Harvard University's undergraduate writing program, died of cancer Friday at his home. He was 66.

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