Malcolm Kalp, 63, a former U.S. Embassy worker in Iran...

Deaths Elsewhere

April 09, 2002

Malcolm Kalp, 63, a former U.S. Embassy worker in Iran who survived 444 days of captivity after he was taken hostage in 1979, died in Boston on Sunday in a two-car accident allegedly caused by a drunken driver.

Mr. Kalp was the embassy's commercial officer when he and 51 others were taken hostage Nov. 4, 1979.

He said he tried to escape three times, and was beaten and held in solitary confinement for 374 days as a result. His captors accused him of being a CIA spy.

Raven Chanticleer, 72, the flamboyant founder of the Harlem African-American Wax and History Museum, died of lung cancer March 31 in New York.

In 1989, in his West 115th Street Harlem brownstone, Mr. Chanticleer opened the wax museum, where visitors could see about 25 lifelike figures of such famous black heroes as Malcolm X and Magic Johnson. He made all the figures, including one of himself.

"Just in case something should happen to me, if they didn't carry out my wishes and my dreams of this wax museum I would come back and haunt the hell out of them," Mr. Chanticleer said in a radio interview last year.

An artist, dancer and fashion designer, Mr. Chanticleer also made all the costumes.

Dr. Joseph Russell Elkinton, 91, physician and former editor of one of the world's top medical journals, died Saturday in Boston.

He became editor of Annals of Internal Medicine, the journal of the American College of Physicians, in 1960. He helped make the publication one of the world's leading medical journals, and served until he retired in 1971.

Dr. Elkinton graduated from Haverford College in 1932 and Harvard Medical School in 1937. He interned and completed his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, before working eight years as a research fellow and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

In 1948, he founded the chemical section at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

A Quaker, he was interested in the relationship between science and religion, and wrote about medical ethics and social questions, including The Quaker Heritage in Medicine, which he co-wrote with Robert Clark.

Maria Felix, 88, an icon of classic Mexican films and a tart commentator on national life, died in Mexico City yesterday of a heart attack.

Friends said Ms. Felix died at home on her 88th birthday. Television and radio stations broke into regular programming to announce her death.

President Vicente Fox paid homage to Ms. Felix's frequent criticism of past governments and her defense of women's rights. "I say from my heart that she was one of those who promoted the democratic change in Mexico," he said.

Ms. Felix was one of Mexico's most glamorous stars, appearing in 47 films from 1942 to 1966. Few were shown widely outside Spanish-speaking nations.

A former university beauty queen and queen of the Guadalajara carnival, she was known as "Beautiful Maria," the title of a popular song written by one of her five husbands, composer Agustin Lara.

Ms. Felix entranced Latin Americans, from the impoverished rural filmgoers of the 1940s to the cultural elite. Muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco painted her portrait. Nobel laureate Octavio Paz wrote of her: "Maria was born twice: her parents created her and later she invented herself."

Shiro H. Kunimatsu, 84, who directed construction crews on the Sears Tower, John Hancock Building and Water Tower Place shopping mall in Chicago, died Thursday in Bellevue, Wash.

Mr. Kunimatsu, who grew up in Bellingham, moved to Chicago after being held in a Japanese internment camp in California for a year during World War II and became a leading construction manager.

His biggest job was construction superintendent for the Sears Tower, the tallest in the world when it was completed in 1973 and still the highest building in the United States.

He moved back to the Pacific Northwest to work on renovation of the Olympic Hotel, now the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, in downtown Seattle.

Annalee Davis Thorndike, 87, who made the hand-painted collectible dolls that bear her first name, died in Meredith, N.H., on Sunday.

Mrs. Thorndike began making one-of-a-kind, posable felt dolls in 1930. At first she sold them for store displays and business advertising, including the state's first tourism campaign.

She and her husband, Charles, began turning her hobby into a full-time business after their egg hatching farm began showing declining profits. He designed flexible wire frames to display the dolls, and the business -- Annalee Mobilitee Dolls Inc. -- was officially founded in 1955.

Mrs. Thorndike, whose dolls have been displayed at the White House, was awarded the Collectibles and Gift Industry Pioneer Award in 1997.

The Annalee factory grew to become one of the Lakes Region's largest employers, with 250 to 300 workers. However, a downturn in the collectibles market recently led the company to move most of its manufacturing to China.

The hand-painting and dressing of the dolls continued to be done in Meredith, where there is also an Annalee Doll museum. The town holds a festival for collectors each summer.

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