U.S. Rep. Norman Sisisky, 74, a Virginia Democrat, died...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 30, 2001

U.S. Rep. Norman Sisisky, 74, a Virginia Democrat, died at home yesterday in Richmond while recovering from cancer surgery, his office said.

A Navy veteran of World War II, he was first elected to the House in 1982 and was a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee as well as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Herbie Jones, 74, a jazz musician who worked with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, died March 19 of complications from diabetes in New York. A jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator, he toured five continents with the Ellington band. His recorded arrangements for the band were "El Busto," "Cootie's Caravan," "The Prowling Cat" and "The Opener," and he contributed to Mr. Ellington's first and second Sacred Concerts.

Toby Wing Merrill, 85, who made 38 films under the name Toby Wing, died March 23 of natural causes in Mathews, Va. She was an original "Goldwyn Girl" in the 1931 film "Palmy Days." "Goldwyn Girls" were dancers who appeared in numerous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. She also appeared as an actress in "The Kid from Spain," "42nd Street" and "True Confession."

Auke Bert Pattist, 80, a Nazi collaborator who escaped from prison while serving a life sentence for persecuting and torturing Jews in the Netherlands during World War II, died March 21 in Oviedo, Spain. A special court in Assen convicted him of treason for assisting the Nazis during their occupation of the Netherlands, helping track down Jews in hiding, and torture.

Francis Yohannan, 79, a World War II aviator who inspired the protagonist of Joseph Heller's novel "Catch-22," died March 17 of complications from a stroke in Spokane, Wash. He became friends with Mr. Heller when both were bombardiers stationed on Corsica in 1944. In an interview for USA Today in 1998, Mr. Heller said it was from Mr. Yohannan that he "derived the unconventional name for the heretical Yossarian."

Floyd Buford "Bill" Yates, 79, a cartoonist for King Features Syndicate, died Monday of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease in Norwalk, Conn. Mr. Yates was comics editor at King Features in New York from 1978 to 1988. He created his comic strip "Professor Phumble," which was about an absent-minded professor, in 1960. King Features distributed the comic until 1978.

Larry Lansburgh, 89, a two-time Oscar winner who directed and produced animal-themed films, died Sunday in Burbank, Calif.

Maude Rutherford, a singer and dancer in the glory days of black theater during the 1920s, died March 8 in Atlantic City, N.J. She was believed to have been 104. Ms. Rutherford was billed as the Slim Princess when she worked with entertainers such as Fats Waller, Josephine Baker and Pearl Bailey. She was a featured performer and favorite at Harlem's Cotton Club.

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