Early Wright, 84, a pioneering radio personality whose...

Deaths Elsewhere

December 15, 1999

Early Wright, 84, a pioneering radio personality whose nightly "Soul Man" broadcast spanned more than a half-century and drew national media attention to his hometown's blues and gospel heritage, died Friday in Clarksdale, Miss. He had suffered a heart attack Nov. 8.

In 1947, Mr. Wright became the first black disc jockey in Mississippi when he went to work at Clarksdale's WROX Radio. Until his retirement last year, he played host to one of America's longest continuous-running radio shows and interviewed many celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Ike and Tina Turner and Charley Pride.

Alice Elizabeth Leigh Coldwell,104, an accomplished amateur ice skater and animal rights activist who founded Pets Unlimited, died in San Francisco on Nov. 5.

Dismayed by the common practice of euthanizing unwanted stray animals, she and a friend, Carter Dowling, founded Pets Unlimited in 1947. It has grown to become the largest independent animal shelter and medical center in Northern California.

Stane Dolanc,74, once a senior figure in former Yugoslavia, died Monday in Ljubljana, Slovenia, after suffering a stroke several months ago, the Slovene news agency STA said. Mr. Dolanc, a Slovene, rose through the ranks of the Communist Party during the rule of the late President Josip Broz Tito.

Edward Dorn,70, a poet who attended the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina, died Friday in Boulder, Colo. Mr. Dorn wrote the Western work "Gunslinger," which was described by poet Robert Duncan as "an American Canterbury Tales."

Nunzio J. Palladino,83, former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Pennsylvania State University dean emeritus of engineering, died Sunday in State College, Pa.

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