Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 07, 2003

Dr. John E. Fryer, 65, a psychiatrist considered a trailblazer in the gay-rights movement for appearing before his colleagues at a 1972 convention in a mask to announce his homosexuality, died Feb. 28 of aspiration pneumonia.

Dr. Fryer appeared as Dr. H. Anonymous, clad in a full mask and wig and using a voice-distorting microphone, before the American Psychiatric Association meeting in Dallas at a time when homosexuality was designated a mental illness.

He told the group that he had suffered discrimination and had to remain anonymous because being gay would cost him his job. At the time, he was an untenured professor at Temple University.

The following year, the American Psychiatric Association's board of trustees removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the profession's bible.

Fedora Barbieri, 82, a mezzo-soprano whose passionate singing sometimes stole the scene from opera diva Maria Callas, died Tuesday. Born in Trieste in 1920, Ms. Barbieri performed on stages ranging from Milan's La Scala to New York's Metropolitan Opera House to London's Covent Garden. For her 80th birthday, she sang the role of Mamma Lucia in Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana in Florence. Her repertoire included roles in operas by Giuseppe Verdi.

Johnny Carpenter, 88, who starred in several B-westerns, died Feb. 27 of cancer. As a stuntman, he rode a horse in the Grand National race in National Velvet, the 1944 film starring Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor. Mr. Carpenter wrote and produced four of the low-budget movies he starred in during the 1950s: I Killed Wild Bill Hickok, Outlaw Treasure, The Lawless Rider and Son of the Renegade.

Raymond Sonnenberg, 72, an NFL official for 12 seasons, died Wednesday after a stroke. Mr. Sonnenberg was an NFL head linesman from 1967 to 1978.

Colin de Land, 47, the owner of the American Fine Arts gallery in New York, died Saturday of cancer. Mr. De Land was known for his relaxed work habits and the equally relaxed atmosphere in the galleries he oversaw in different neighborhoods for nearly 20 years.

Emilio Estefan Sr., 83, father of the Latin music mogul, died Tuesday. Mr. Estefan played the plump and comical ambassador in a music video for the Miami Sound Machine's hit song "Conga," which featured singer Gloria Estefan, wife of the younger Estefan.

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