Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 15, 2003

Konstantinos "Dino" Yannopoulos, 83, a vocal director whose 50-year career included prestigious opera companies and schools around the world, died April 6 in Philadelphia.

He was director of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia from 1977 to 1987 and artistic director from 1987 to 1989.

Mr. Yannopoulos was principal director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1945 to 1977. He also was head of the opera department of the Curtis Institute, artistic director of the Vancouver International Festival and director of the Cincinnati Summer Opera.

Born in Athens, he was educated in Vienna and Leipzig and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

He founded the Athens Music Festival in 1955 and the Corfu International Festival in 1980 to attract the world's most accomplished stage and musical artists to Greece for performances of symphonies, dance, drama and opera.

Edward Keating, 77, an activist who founded Ramparts magazine in the 1960s and watched it grow from a tiny Catholic-oriented publication to become the leading magazine of the American left, died April 2 at Stanford University Medical Center near Palo Alto, Calif., after battling pneumonia.

A lawyer-turned-businessman who converted to Roman Catholicism in his late 20s, and later became an agnostic, Mr. Keating launched Ramparts in 1962 in Menlo Park, Calif., as a quarterly literary forum for Catholic intellectuals.

It soon evolved into something more.

He started getting stories by black priests who were talking about civil rights," said Mr. Keating's son, Mike. "It sort of naturally morphed into getting more and more interesting articles about the civil rights movement and taking a strong moral stance on that."

In time, he said, Ramparts "became completely secular and very committed to the civil rights movement and the antiwar movement" -- and Mr. Keating, a Navy veteran, became a West Coast leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Impressed with poetry written by imprisoned Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, Keating gave him a job as a writer at the magazine when he got out of prison; Mr. Cleaver acknowledged Mr. Keating in the dedication of his 1968 book Soul on Ice as "the first professional to pay any attention to my writing."

Mr. Keating wrote The Scandal of Silence, a 1965 book about the Roman Catholic Church and its silence over the Holocaust during World War II.

Ramparts, which at its peak had a circulation of nearly 400,000, continued to operate until 1975.

Chief Tecumseh Deerfoot Cook, 103, the former head of the Pamunkey Indian tribe, died Friday in King William, Va.

Chief Cook led the Pamunkeys from 1942 to 1984, and acted as the group's unofficial ambassador until recently. He represented the tribe at the annual tribute to Virginia's governor -- a tradition dating to 1646 -- until 2000, shortly after his 101st birthday.

As head of the tribe, he oversaw everything from resolutions of tiny squabbles to negotiating restitution from Southern Railway Co. in the 1970s for the railroad's use of 1 1/2 miles of track running through the reservation, one of the nation's oldest.

During his tenure, the Pamunkeys expanded their shad hatchery and secured federal grants to build the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Community Center on their reservation in southeastern Virginia.

The Pamunkey tribe currently numbers about 75 people on the 1,200-acre reservation, which was set aside next to King William County in a 17th century peace treaty.

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