Richard D. Mudd, 101, who spent much of his life trying...

Deaths Elsewhere

May 23, 2002

Richard D. Mudd, 101, who spent much of his life trying to overturn his grandfather's conviction on charges of aiding Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, died Tuesday at his home in Saginaw, Mich.

Mr. Mudd, who retired in 1965 after 37 years as a physician for General Motors Corp., traveled the nation on speaking engagements, many of them before Civil War historical organizations. He spent decades trying to clear the name of his grandfather, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who treated Mr. Booth after the 1865 assassination of President Lincoln at Washington's Ford's Theater.

Samuel Mudd, who set Mr. Booth's broken leg, was convicted by a military commission of aiding and abetting conspirators in the assassination. He was eventually pardoned, but his grandson was determined to exonerate him totally. He died still trying, having received notes from Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan that the law precluded changing convictions from the military court.

John de Lancie, 80, an oboist whose talent as a player and teacher helped create a new repertoire for his instrument, died of leukemia Friday in Walnut Creek, Calif.

His style became a signature of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he joined in 1946 and served as principal from 1954 to 1977. He was then appointed director of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia conservatory whose graduates include Leonard Bernstein.

"You could immediately recognize it was the Philadelphia Orchestra from his oboe playing." said Richard Woodhams, now the orchestra's principal oboist and protege of Mr. de Lancie. "It was sort of bright and dark at the same time, and had a kind of supple ness to it."

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