Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 10, 2003

Azie Taylor Morton, 67, the only African-American to serve as United States treasurer, died Sunday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, after a stroke.

Ms. Morton had a background in education, served on President John F. Kennedy's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, and was an observer for presidential elections in Haiti, Senegal and the Dominican Republic.

She was named the nation's 37th treasurer by President Jimmy Carter, serving from 1977 to 1981 under the secretary of the treasury. Both officials' signatures appear on U.S. currency.

Ruben Gonzalez, 84, the elegant Cuban pianist who charmed the world with his gentle manner and dazzling style during a remarkable late-career comeback with the Buena Vista Social Club, died Monday in Havana. The diminutive musician had been in failing health in recent years.

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