Bernard Klatzko,73, a researcher, author and record...

Deaths Elsewhere

November 26, 1999

Bernard Klatzko,73, a researcher, author and record producer specializing in acoustic blues and early jazz, died Nov. 15 at North Shore Hospital in Glen Cove, N.Y., of complications from lymphoma.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Klatzko and the author Gayle Wardlow traveled to the Mississippi Delta looking for people who knew blues singers like Charley Patton, Son House and Skip James. His interviews and his 78-rpm recordings of early jazz and country blues became source material for archival reissues from the Origin Jazz Library and Yazoo records. His research was an important part of the rediscovery of blues legends during the folk revival of the 1960s.

Mary Kay Bergman, 38, whose many voices were heard on "South Park" and in other animated television shows and films, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Nov. 11 in the bedroom of her home in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles. Ms. Bergman was a sought-after voice-over actress for the last two decades. She provided the voices of most of the female characters on "South Park," the irreverent hit television series on Comedy Central. Because the characters are so sketchily drawn, her voices were perhaps more important than usual in an animation.

"She did leave a note, a reason, but it didn't make any sense," her lawyer, Robert Harrison, said. "She was a victim of mental illness, and no one knew."

Other credits included the movies "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Iron Giant," "Mulan," "The Little Mermaid" and "Hercules."

Lee C. Shaw, 86, who helped draw much of the road map for modern labor law and then used it to help corporations negotiate with unions, died of a heart attack Nov. 15 at his home in San Diego. Mr. Shaw helped draft the nation's guide to employer-employee negotiations, the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, also known as the Taft-Hartley Act.

He became an advocate in the new field of labor law, an area previously handled almost entirely by lawyers within corporations. As such, he represented Las Vegas casinos in negotiations with workers in the 1960s. He also represented California fruit and vegetable growers in dealings with the United Farmworkers Union led by Cesar Chavez. Several labor unions offered to hire Mr. Shaw after facing him in negotiations.

Daisy Tan, 83, the mother of author Amy Tan and inspiration for her second book, "The Kitchen God's Wife," died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at her San Francisco home.

Amy Tan, encouraged by her mother to switch from free-lance writing to novels, gained fame with her first, "The Joy Luck Club," in 1989. It told the story of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their American daughters and became a popular motion picture in 1993. The second book came about, Amy Tan said in a 1991 interview, because her mother wanted a "true story" after reading "Joy Luck Club" and deciding that it was purely the work of her daughter's imagination.

Mrs. Tan had fled Shanghai to escape her abusive first husband, leaving three daughters behind as well. When she arrived in San Francisco, she married Baptist minister John Tan, the father of the author and two sons.

When her husband and a son died of brain cancer in 1968, Mrs. Tan took her surviving son and Amy to Switzerland to escape what she called the "diseased" house in San Francisco. But a year later she brought her children home to California.

She was later reunited with her Chinese daughters and remained close to Amy Tan.

Besides the author, Mrs. Tan is survived by a son and three other daughters, two brothers and seven grandchildren.

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