Margaret Rosezarian Harris, 56, the first black woman to...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 23, 2000

Margaret Rosezarian Harris, 56, the first black woman to conduct the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and 13 other U.S. cities, died March 7 of a heart attack in New York. A piano recitalist, Ms. Harris gained the most prominence as a conductor. She also worked on Broadway, notably as music director of the musical "Hair."

Ivan Hirst, a British army engineer who was instrumental in putting the Volkswagen into mass production after World War II and getting the car maker's famed Beetle to roll off the assembly line, died March 10 in Marsden.

Spencer Hayward Blain, 63, who presided over one of the nation's first savings and loan failures of the 1980s, died Sunday in Dallas from complications of cancer.

He had served nearly five years of a 20-year sentence for racketeering and bank fraud for his part in the 1984 failure of Empire Savings and Loan of Mesquite.

Joseph Melville See Jr., 62, the former husband of Linda McCartney thought to have inspired the character Jo-Jo in a 1969 Beatles song, died Sunday in Tucson, Ariz., of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mr. See filmed the indigenous people of Mexico as an anthropologist, but was best known for his marriage to the woman who would later marry Beatle Paul McCartney.

For years, Mr. See was the subject of persistent rumors that he was the real-life "Jo-Jo" in the Beatles' hit song "Get Back," which says "Jo-Jo left his home in Tucson, Arizona, for some California grass."

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