Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 04, 2003

Edward K. Boyd, 84, whose crisis of faith produced a best-selling Christian book, died Saturday.

The letters he exchanged with his son, the Rev. Greg Boyd, became Letters from a Skeptic, which has sold thousands of copies and has been translated into 14 languages.

In 1959, Mr. Edward Boyd's wife and Greg's mother, Arlyle Boyd, died. Mr. Edward Boyd turned away from his faith.

Years later, Mr. Greg Boyd, then a professor at Bethel College, decided to engage his father, who had moved to Florida, in a written conversation. The result, in 1994, was the book.

Mary Brian, 96, an actress who bridged the silent and early talkie eras with appearances in 82 motion pictures, including the lead opposite Gary Cooper in The Virginian in 1929, died Monday of heart failure.

Her career spanned a quarter-century, from the classic silent version of Peter Pan in 1924 to the 1947 low-budget movie Dragnet. She starred opposite such Hollywood stars as Mr. Cooper, Lew Ayres, James Cagney, Cary Grant, William Haines, Warner Oland and Dick Powell. She also played W.C. Fields' daughter in several films, including Man on the Flying Trapeze in1935.

In the early talkie Western The Virginian, Ms. Brian portrayed the schoolteacher who is romanced by the hero. The film was directed by Victor Fleming, who went on to direct Gone With the Wind. In 1931, she appeared in George Cukor's The Royal Family of Broadway and Lewis Milestone's The Front Page. Her other credits from the 1930s include Shadows of Sing Sing, College Rhythm, Charlie Chan in Paris and Navy Blues.

Ian MacNaughton, 76, a television director who helped bring the anarchic Monty Python's Flying Circus to the screen, died Dec. 10 from injuries sustained in a 2001 car accident.

Mr. MacNaughton directed all but the first four episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, which ran on BBC television from 1969 to 1974. He also directed the first Python feature film, And Now for Something Completely Different, in 1971, and a German version of the series in 1971 and 1972.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. MacNaughton spent time in medical school and the Royal Marines before becoming an actor. He appeared on television and had minor roles in films.

J. Randolph Ryan, 61, an international activist and former Boston Globe journalist whose work won him a share of a Pulitzer Prize, died Thursday morning of a heart attack.

Mr. Ryan was the lead writer on a Boston Globe team that produced a magazine titled War and Peace in the Nuclear Age that won the Pulitzer for national reporting in 1983. He was also known for his activism in various political causes, including disarmament, and concern for world problems such as the fighting in Central America in the 1980s and the war in Bosnia, where he worked for the United Nations and private organizations after leaving the Globe in 1996.

Mr. Ryan was part of the Globe's editorial page staff, writing editorials and a weekly column. He was best known for his reporting and writing about Central America, in particular the conflict in Nicaragua, where the Sandinista government was fighting U.S.-backed rebels in the 1980s.

Agnes Eisenberger, 79, who managed the Juilliard String Quartet and played a large part in pianist Alfred Brendel's success in the United States, died of cancer Thursday.

Ms. Eisenberger, the president and owner of Colbert Artists Management, also managed Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Vienna, Ms. Eisenberger grew up in a musical family and came to the United States as a child. She began to work for Colbert Artists in the early 1960s and became its owner and president after Ann Colbert, who founded the company with Henry Colbert, retired.

Shortly before her death Ms. Eisenberger completed Brahms' Notebooks, a translation of a collection of poetry that Brahms admired.

Waiel Faleh, 46, who covered U.S. tensions with Iraq for five years as an Associated Press reporter, died Tuesday. He had kidney disease.

The Iraqi-born Mr. Faleh studied and worked for a time in Lenoir, N.C., and after returning to Iraq, worked for the English-language daily Baghdad Observer and later for the government press center which deals with foreign journalists.

Mr. Faleh, who joined AP in 1994, reported on the conflict between the United States and Iraq, including the bombing of Baghdad by U.S. and British aircraft in 1998 and the return of U.N. weapons inspectors to Iraq in October.

Regine Orfinger Karlin, 92, human rights campaigner and heroine of Belgium's resistance to Nazi occupation, died Saturday.

Mrs. Orfinger Karlin restored the Belgian Human Rights League after its suspension during World War II and was a prominent campaigner for the rights of minorities and for equality between the sexes.

Born in 1910 in Antwerp, she studied law and became only the second woman admitted to the bar in her home city. When the Nazis occupied Belgium in 1940 she was struck off the lawyers' registry because she was Jewish.

Mrs. Orfinger Karlin joined the underground resistance to the Nazis. Her husband, Lucien Orfinger, also in the resistance, was captured in 1943 and killed in a concentration camp.

Mrs. Orfinger Karlin intensified her resistance work after her husband's death, becoming one of the few woman partisan commanders. She resumed her work as a lawyer after the war, taking up a number of human rights causes. In 1996, the Human Rights League set up the Regine Orfinger Karlin Prize for rights activists in her honor.

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