Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 01, 2002

Charles Henri Ford, 94, a prolific artist also regarded as America's first Surrealist poet, died Friday in New York.

He published 16 books of poetry and also created paintings, drawings, collages and photographs during a career that spanned more than six decades. In 1933, he co-wrote The Young and Evil, considered by many to be the first gay novel.

David Granger, 99, an Olympic medalist who occupied a seat on the New York Stock Exchange for 76 years, died in Manhattan on Friday.

Mr. Granger, who began his Wall Street career in 1926 after working at his father's law firm, was active on the exchange for more years than anyone else in the board's history.

He won a silver medal at the 1928 Olympics as a member of the American four-man bobsled team.

He was seriously injured in 1975 when a terrorist group set off a bomb in Manhattan's financial district.

Mickey Newbury, 62, who wrote childhood friend Kenny Rogers' first hit and arranged "American Trilogy" as performed by Elvis Presley, died of emphysema Sunday in Springfield, Ore.

Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Don Gibson and B.B. King all recorded Newbury songs. His most recognizable was "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," a psychedelic pop song that was a No. 5 hit for Kenny Rogers & The First Edition in 1968.

He recorded for several record labels during his career, most successfully for Elektra, which released "An American Trilogy" in 1971 and scored a Top 40 hit. The innovative arrangement of "Dixie," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "All My Trials" became a staple of Mr. Presley's show.

Hans Peter Tschudi, 88, twice Swiss president and interior minister for 14 years, died Sunday in Basel. The cause of death was not divulged.

He was credited with reforming the Swiss social security system, leading to a doubling of the level of pensions. He held the annual rotating presidency - a largely ceremonial position - in 1965 and 1970.

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