Deaths Elsewhere

March 14, 2004

Ruth Ellington Boatwright,

88, the younger sister of big band musician Duke Ellington, died March 6 in New York after a long illness. In 1941, when Mr. Ellington formed Tempo Music, a company that owns most of his compositions, he made Mrs. Boatwright president.

During the 1950s, Mrs. Boatwright served as host of a radio program on New York station WLIB. She was also founder of the jazz ministry of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Manhattan.

When Mr. Ellington died in 1974, she oversaw his copyrights, contracts and business matters.

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