Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 01, 2003

The Rev. Joseph T. Cahill, 84, who led St. John's University for more than 24 years as it became the largest Roman Catholic university in the country, died Saturday in New York.

When Father Cahill became president in 1965, St. John's had 13,000 students at its Queens and Brooklyn campuses. When he left in 1989, the university had 20,000 students and a shortage of classroom space.

He was ordained in 1946 and was affiliated with the Congregation of the Mission in the Vincentian Community, the founding order of St. John's. He became a college instructor and eventually became president of St. Joseph's College in 1962. He also spent a year as head of Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y., before taking over the presidency at St. John's.

Rabbi Eugene Markovitz, 82, who became the subject of a television movie for his decision to teach, rather than jail, a group of vandals, died Friday in Clifton, N.J.

Rabbi Markovitz gained national attention with his response after four boys spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on his house and the Clifton Jewish Center, which he led, in 1989. He urged a judge to let him teach the boys about Judaism instead of sending them to jail.

The episode inspired a television movie, The Writing on the Wall, which depicted his reconciliation with the vandals, one of whom became a police officer.

Speaking of the graffiti incident, Rabbi Markovitz told Time magazine: "One must never give up on young people." He added, "In Judaism, it's literally a crime to do so."

Clarence Baker, 93, longtime owner of one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious jazz clubs, died Sunday in Royal Oak, Mich.

Many jazz greats performed in Detroit at Baker's Keyboard Lounge.

Mr. Baker's father, Chris, opened it as a restaurant in 1934. The younger Baker persuaded his father to add live piano music in the evenings, then took over running the club in 1939.

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