Fred Kelly, 83, a three-time Tony Award winner and dance...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 20, 2000

Fred Kelly, 83, a three-time Tony Award winner and dance instructor who taught his elder brother Gene Kelly how to tap dance, died of cancer Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz.

He also taught Queen Elizabeth how to dance and showed John Travolta how to strut. In 1940, he won three Tony awards for his lead performance in "Time of Your Life."

Even after entering the military during World War II, he didn't stray far from the dance floor. He was called to Buckingham Palace in 1944 to teach Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to dance.

"In the 1950s, my brother Gene was at the palace for a command screening of `An American in Paris,' " Mr. Kelly said in a 1996 interview. "Gene's going through the reception line and Queen Elizabeth comes running up to him and says, `Oh, Mr. Kelly, is it true you're the brother of Fred Kelly?' "

Fred and Gene Kelly appeared together on film once: In the 1955 "Deep in My Heart," they performed "I Love to Go Swimmen with Women."

Ladislav Lis, 73, a human rights leader and former dissident who spent several years in communist jails, died Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic, the CTK news agency reported.

Michio Nagai, 77, a former education minister in Japan, died Friday night of respiratory failure at a Tokyo hospital, Kyodo News agency reported. He was education minister under Prime Minister Takeo Miki for two years beginning in 1974 and helped establish the framework for unified college entrance examinations across Japan.

Edward F. Knipling, 91, who helped develop the radiation method of sterilizing insects harmful to plants, animals and humans, died of cancer Friday at home in suburban Arlington, Va. His work was praised as an efficient, pesticide-free way in insect control and has been credited with eliminating the screwworm fly in North America and with it a threat to the livestock industry.

Roy Henderson,100, a baritone famed for his performances of Frederick Delius' works and a teacher of Kathleen Ferrier, died Thursday at the Musicians' Benevolent Fund home in Bromley, south of London, his family said. The cause of death was not announced.

He met Miss Ferrier in 1942 and later became her teacher. She went on to become one of Britain's renowned voices of the century before dying of cancer at age 41 in 1953.

Roger Longrigg, 70, a British novelist, died Feb. 26, his family said. The cause of death was not announced.

He adopted the pseudonyms Rosalind Erskine, Laura Black, Ivor Drummond, Megan Barker, Grania Beckford, Frank Parrish and Domini Taylor for literary enterprises, though he also wrote a dozen books under his name as well.

His work in advertising supplied the setting and inspiration for his first novel, "A High Pitched Buzz," in 1956. Further comic novels from the world of expense-account living included "Switchboard" (1957), "Wrong Number" (1959), "Love Among the Bottles" (1967) and "The Jevington System" (1973).

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