Eufrosina Raileanu,39, the New York City Opera Orchestra's...

Deaths Elsewhere

November 24, 1999

Eufrosina Raileanu,39, the New York City Opera Orchestra's principal violist since 1988, died Saturday of complications from breast cancer.

Known as Zina, she was born in Romania and moved to the United States in 1978 after winning a musical competition that allowed her to study abroad. She performed as a chamber music player with the Juilliard Quartet, the Mendelsohn Quartet and the Da Capo Chamber Players, among others.

Gladys Yang,81, who devoted most of her life to translating and promoting Chinese literature for foreign readers, died Thursday of an unspecified illness. She spent her earliest years in Beijing, but was educated in Britain.

She was the first student to earn a degree in Chinese literature from St. Anne's College at Oxford. Among her translations are the classic novel, "A Dream of Red Mansions" and the works of famous satirist Lu Xun.

Herman Darrell "Joe" Hale,74, retired chairman of ADM Milling Co. and a benefactor of many institutions, died Saturday in Overland Park, Kan. His legacies include the Hale Library at Kansas State University and the Hale Music Media Center at the University of Kansas.

Gaby Casadesus,98, a French pianist known for her duets with her husband and for her career as an instructor, died Nov. 11 in Paris. The two were notable for their interpretations of her husband's duos, including "Concerto for Two Pianos" and "Six Pieces."

She held teaching positions at Princeton University in New Jersey; the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France; and the Salzburg Mozarteum.

After her husband's death in 1972, she helped found the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, based in Ohio and now known as the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Howard Ferguson,91, a British musician who produced a series of admired editions after his inspiration as a composer dried up, died Oct. 31 in Cambridge, England, according to his publisher, Boosey and Hawkes. The cause of death was not announced.

His major works included his Octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn and string quintet (1933); a piano concerto in 1951; "Amore Langueo" for tenor, chorus and orchestra (1956); and "The Dream of the Rood" for soprano, chorus and orchestra (1959).

After giving up composition, he poured his energy into producing editions of the works of J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Franz Liszt, and several volumes of early keyboard music from England, Germany, France and Italy.

William Wagoner,72, who led Wilmington College through its transformation into the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, died Friday. He had suffered from heart problems for years, university officials said.

He became Wilmington College's fourth president in 1968 and oversaw its growth from a college of 1,240 students to a university of more than 6,000 students.


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