Norris Turney, 79, a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and...

Deaths Elsewhere

January 23, 2001

Norris Turney, 79, a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist who played in the last incarnation of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died of kidney failure Wednesday in Kettering, Ohio.

Elizabeth Sewell, 81, a poet, critic and novelist, died Jan. 12 in Greensboro, N.C. She was the author of five books of criticism, including "The Orphic Voice," about the role of the imagination in literature and science.

C. Malcolm Watkins, 89, a museum curator and collector of everyday objects, died Jan. 12 in Leesburg, Va. He spent 31 years of his career at the Smithsonian Institution, where he developed the first large exhibition hall devoted to everyday life in early America. It opened in 1957 at the National Museum of Natural History and moved to the Museum of History and Technology building in 1964.

Dr. Stanley F. Yolles, 81, who as the nation's top official on mental health in the 1960s denounced what he saw as "stupid, punitive laws" on drug use and was eventually forced out by the Nixon administration, died Jan. 12 of emphysema.

He was director of the National Institute of Mental Health from 1964 to 1970 and as such oversaw, among other things, research on illicit drugs and efforts to treat addicts. He was a prominent voice in the national debate over how to deal with the soaring use of marijuana and other drugs by young people.

Michael Cuccione, 16, youngest of the five-member spoof boy band 2gether, died Jan. 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia, from complications from Hodgkin's disease. The teen played Jason "Q.T." McKnight on the MTV show "2gether," which poked fun at the boy-band craze.

Bill Davidson, 82, a best-selling author, journalist and commentator who co-wrote a book with President John F. Kennedy and worked as a war correspondent, died Jan. 15 in Palm Desert, Calif., after a stroke.

His 13 books included a follow-up to "Profiles in Courage," written with Mr. Kennedy and targeted at young readers, and "Cut Off," a best seller based on his experiences as a World War II correspondent.

Kenneth Haas, 57, the former general manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, died Jan. 13 in Newton, Mass., after a long illness.

James Hill, 84, a film producer and writer who was once married to Rita Hayworth, died Jan. 11 in Santa Monica, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was married to Miss Hayworth from 1958 to 1961. It was his only marriage and her fifth.

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