Alvin Cash, 60, who had a hit in 1963 with the dance tune...

Deaths Elsewhere

November 29, 1999

Alvin Cash, 60, who had a hit in 1963 with the dance tune "It's Twine Time," died in his sleep Nov. 21 at his Chicago home. The cause of death was not determined. A native of St. Louis, he started his career as a tap dancer and performed with his brother in a group, the Step Brothers. He started singing later, hitting the Chicago scene with his group, Alvin Cash and the Registers. "It's Twine Time" earned them appearances on Dick Clark's and Ed Sullivan's shows. Follow-up dance tunes included "The Funky Washing Machine," "The Ali Shuffle" and "The Philly Freeze."

A. Bruce Clarke, 72, a former Western Michigan University provost, died Friday of complications from cancer in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He was a Fulbright lecturer in Finland and a University of Michigan professor of mathematics. He was Western Michigan's chairman of the mathematics department, dean of its college of arts and sciences, president of academic affairs and provost. He retired as provost in 1991.

Fred Ford, 69, a saxophonist and versatile jazz and rhythm and blues musician who recorded with B. B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis, died Friday in Memphis, Tenn., of cancer.

A mainstay of the Memphis music scene, he was known for his baritone sax skills. He played on hundreds of sessions, including recordings with Rufus Thomas, Lightnin' Hopkins, Charlie Rich and Junior Parker. His most famous recording -- the 1952 classic "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton -- had him barking instead of playing sax.

"It's basically drums and guitar and a little bass," said producer Jim Dickinson. "And the horn players were all sitting around because they had been called for the session. And they barked at the end like dogs."

Robert Little, 61, the youngest brother of Malcolm X, died Tuesday of complications from lymphoma at a Lansing, Mich., hospital, said his son-in-law Democratic state Sen. Virgil Smith of Detroit. Mr. Little, a former deputy director of the Office of Youth Services in the Michigan Department of Social Services, had been working for Michigan State University on a study about kinship care, the care of children by grandparents or other relatives.

Mr. Little was 13 years younger than his brother Malcolm, who was assassinated in 1965.

Calvin Dodd MacCracken, 79, an inventor who developed products from electric hot dog cookers to space suits for astronauts, died of pneumonia Nov. 10 at the Kendall at Hanover (N. H.) retirement community, said his wife, Mary Burnham MacCracken.

He earned his first patent during World War II, when he worked for General Electric to reduce the size of a British design for a jet engine. After the war, he founded Englewood, N. J.-based Jet Heat Inc., now called Calmac Inc., and was its president for 50 years.

Alain Peyrefitte, 74, a former Cabinet minister and close confidant of Gen. Charles de Gaulle, died Saturday of cancer, said staff at Le Figaro newspaper in Paris, where he worked.

A senior figure in President Jacques Chirac's Rally for the Republic Party, the right-wing Mr. Peyrefitte represented the Provins area, southeast of Paris, as deputy and mayor since 1958.

Mr. Chirac said in a statement Saturday that he was "saddened by the loss of a very great Frenchman."

Sufia Kamal, 88, a Bangladeshi poet, political activist and feminist, died Nov. 20 and was buried four days later with full state honors, the first woman to receive that recognition from Bangladesh.

Born into wealth, she had devoted her life to fighting for the rights of women and the poor, and against the forces of religious fundamentalism.

Hugh Haynie, 72, a former syndicated political cartoonist known for his liberal views and criticism of former President Richard M. Nixon, died Thursday of lung cancer in Louisville, Ky.

He worked for the Courier-Journal since 1958, and was regularly published in more than 80 newspapers through the Los Angeles Times News Service between the 1960s and 1980s. He gained national prominence for cartoons appearing in Newsweek and Time magazines criticizing Nixon.

John Langley Howard, 97, a painter best known for his Coit Tower murals, died Nov. 15 in San Francisco. He became known as a Cezanne-influenced landscape artist and portraitist in the 1920s.

He was appalled by the social horrors of the 1930s, which was reflected in his work and politics. The masterpiece of this period was his Industry mural at Coit Tower, which his architect brother Henry Howard helped design. The work aroused the wrath of conservatives but critics never succeeded in removing what remains one of the finest examples of social idealism in San Francisco art.

Thomas Pitfield, 96, a composer with a long career whose music was noted for its humor and who also wrote books and poetry, died Nov. 11, his family said in London. The cause of death was not announced.

His compositions included a choral suite, "Night Music"; "The Sands of Dee" for voice and piano; and "Adam and the Creatures," a musical morality play.

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