Edwin Louis Cole, 79, considered the father of the...

Deaths Elsewhere

August 31, 2002

Edwin Louis Cole, 79, considered the father of the Christian men's movement that spawned Promise Keepers gatherings nationwide, died Tuesday of cancer in Southlake, Texas.

He founded the Southlake-based nondenominational Christian Men's Network in 1979. For the next 20 years, he traveled the world commanding men to "repent of sex sins."

He wrote 14 books, including Maximized Manhood, Strong Men in Tough Times and The Irresistible Husband. He also recorded more than 1,000 audiotapes and produced more than 200 instructional videos, according to the Christian Men's Network.

Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney has credited Mr. Cole with paving the way for Promise Keepers and other men's ministries.

Mr. Cole's ministry has representatives serving in more than 210 countries.

Kay Gardner,a pianist, flutist and conductor whose last musical work with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Maine memorialized the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Bangor. She was in her early 60s.

On hearing of her death, symphony officials scheduled Ms. Gardner's work, Lament for the Thousands, for the orchestra's season-opening concert Oct. 13 at the Maine Center for the Arts in Orono.

Ms. Gardner performed in 46 states and several countries.

More than 20 years ago, she sued the Bangor Symphony, unsuccessfully, for sex discrimination after she had applied for a conducting position and learned that orchestra members had been asked how they felt about working with a female conductor.

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