Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 16, 2003

John Dow,

97, an early opponent of the Vietnam War in Congress, died Tuesday in Suffern, N.Y.

Mr. Dow, who was part of a wave of Democrats elected in 1964, represented New York's Hudson Valley for two terms, lost to a Republican challenger and then won the seat back in 1970. He was defeated by Benjamin Gilman in 1972, who held onto the seat for 30 years.

In 1990 Mr. Dow, then 85, launched an unsuccessful campaign to win back his old seat from Mr. Gilman.

Sylvester Robert "Bob" Curran,

80, a World War II veteran and longtime Buffalo News columnist who urged Congress to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor by declaring Dec. 7 a national holiday, died Thursday at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Mr. Curran retired from the newspaper in March 1999, after 32 years of writing "Curran's Corner."

An Army Rangers platoon sergeant during World War II, Mr. Curran received two Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Purple Heart. He also was one of 14 men to receive the Combat Infantryman's Badge from Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

Sidney Lippman,

89, a songwriter who helped compose hits for Nat King Cole and other artists, died Tuesday in North Bergen, N.J.

Mr. Lippman, who studied musical composition at the Juilliard School in New York, wrote or co-wrote several well-known songs, including "Too Young," a song Mr. Cole took to the top of the charts in 1951.

That hit, co-written by longtime collaborator Sylvia Dee, came two years after he teamed up with Buddy Kaye and Fred Wise on "'A' You're Adorable (The Alphabet Song)," a No. 1 hit performed by Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters.

Edward Kesoon Choe,

94, a metallurgical engineer, watercolor painter and Korean-American community activist, died Monday in Seattle after being hospitalized for an infection.

Mr. Choe was a former Boeing engineer who was fluent in Korean, Japanese, German and English. After becoming chairman of the Department of Mining at Seoul National University, he immigrated to New York in 1948 to work as a visiting scholar at the invitation of Princeton and Columbia universities.

Shortly after arriving, he helped open South Korea's first embassy in the United States but quit after two years. He said he would return to his homeland only after Korea was reunified, a dream unrealized at his death. Mr. Choe worked for several engineering companies in New York, then moved to Seattle to work for Boeing in 1967. He became active in the area's Korean-American community, including serving a term as president of the Korean Association.

Cyl Farney,

78, the star of dozens of films from Brazil's golden age of cinema, died Friday in Rio de Janeiro of heart failure.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, Mr. Farney was a star at Rio's Atlantida studios. He usually played the romantic lead in comedies such as A Stolen Kiss, Here Comes the Baron and The Sputnik Man.

Niels Bjoern Larsen,

89, former artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet and considered Denmark's top mime artist, died Thursday in Copenhagen.

Mr. Larsen was known for his natural-looking mimic interpreters of the company's repertoire, based largely on the choreography of August Bournonville.

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