Lisa Derman, 75, a Holocaust survivor who committed her...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 31, 2002

Lisa Derman, 75, a Holocaust survivor who committed her life to making sure the world never forgot that catastrophe, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack while giving a testimony of her life at a storytelling festival in Spring Grove, Ill.

"Her last public words were, `Please remember this story and tell it to others because I don't know how long I will be here,'" said her son, Daniel Derman of Evanston, Ill.

Mrs. Derman, who was born in Poland, was 14 when the Nazis invaded her town. Her family fled to Russian-occupied territory before the Nazis seized that area, forcing them and thousands of other Jews into a ghetto.

Mrs. Derman's mother and sister were killed by the Nazis, but she, her father and her brother survived.

She married Aron Derman in 1947. The couple moved to Chicago shortly thereafter.

She was president of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by another son, her brother and eight grandchildren.

Buddy Baker, 84, musical director for nearly 200 Disney movies and TV shows including a miniseries about Daniel Boone and The Mickey Mouse Club, died Friday in Los Angeles.

Mr. Baker composed incidental music for The Mickey Mouse Club and songs performed by its child stars. He also wrote music for the 1981 animated feature The Fox and the Hound. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the score to the 1972 children's drama Napoleon and Samantha.

He also composed incidental music for the Disney theme park attractions "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln," "It's a Small World," and "The Haunted Mansion."

Mr. Baker was hired in 1954 by Disney Studios, where he worked on arrangements for the TV series Davy Crockett and three Winnie the Pooh cartoons. He composed original music for movies including Toby Tyler (1960), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and The Shaggy D.A. (1976).

Westley Wallace Law, 79, a civil rights activist who spent 26 years as president of the Savannah, Ga., branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was found dead Monday at his Savannah home.

In 1960, congressional candidate G. Elliott Hagan made Mr. Law's job as a mail carrier a campaign issue. At the time, Mr. Law was leading an 18-month boycott of Broughton Street merchants in Savannah, and was accused by Mr. Hagan of violating the Hatch Act by talking about money and votes while working as a government employee.

Mr. Hagan won the election, and on Sept. 15, 1961, Mr. Law was fired from the U.S. Postal Service. Postmaster General J. Edward Day restored Mr. Law to his $5,300-a-year job after national NAACP leaders came to his defense.

Mr. Law said that efforts to oust him from his job continued for years. He stayed with the Postal Service until the 1990s.

Philip Simmons, 45, an author who wrote about his sufferings from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, died Saturday in Sandwich, N.H.

Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life was published by Bantam Books. In it, he wrote about living despite "a degenerative illness bent on emptying me out one teaspoon at a time."

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