Giorgio Bassani, 84, best known for his...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 15, 2000

Giorgio Bassani, 84, best known for his semi-autobiographical novel "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and its elegiac depiction of Italian Jews during the rise of Fascism, died Thursday in Rome of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

The novel was made into a film by director Vittorio De Sica that won the Academy Award for best foreign film in 1971.

Ken Peterson, 91, Ken Peterson, who worked as a artist on Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," died March 29 of cancer in Santa Fe, N.M.

Roger D. Kinkle, 84, a professional musician and record dealer who wrote an encyclopedic jazz reference book, died Saturday in Evansville, Ind., of a degenerative brain disease. He wrote "The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950," first published as a four-volume set in 1974, and revised the reference into three volumes in 1996. The books contain the biographies of jazz composers and performers whose careers started before 1950, and includes lists of their significant works and recordings.

James W. Malone, 80, the bishop who led the Youngstown Roman Catholic Diocese for 27 years and was president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, died Sunday in Youngstown, Ohio.

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