Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

March 18, 2004

Thomas V. DeRouchey, 45, an immigration official who helped transition U.S. immigration programs to the Department of Homeland Security, was found dead in his car Tuesday on a highway north of Tucson, Ariz., authorities said.

Mr. DeRouchey, interim special-agent-in-charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix, was driving alone to Tucson to attend a news conference concerning a new border control initiative, customs officials said.

Witnesses reported seeing Mr. DeRouchey's sedan go off Interstate 10 and crash into a median. Paramedics said Mr. DeRouchey died of an apparent gunshot wound.

Russell Ahr, a spokesman for the immigration office in Phoenix, would not say if the wound was self-inflicted, citing an investigation.

Before being named interim special agent in Phoenix in June, Mr. DeRouchey was interim director of the Immigration Investigations Program in Washington. He helped transition the investigations program under the old Immigration and Naturalization Service into the new Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Department of Homeland Security.

Sydney Carter, 88, whose song "Lord of the Dance" has entered many of the world's hymnals, died Saturday in London, said his publisher, Stainer & Bell. The cause of death was not given, but Carter had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years.

In a survey in the 1990s, "Lord of the Dance" was rated the fifth-most-popular song at school religious assemblies in Britain. Mr. Carter's "One More Step" ranked No. 1, and "When I Needed a Neighbor" was sixth.

"They are songs which can be sung in a Christian context, but they all had to mean something to me because I was often on the edge of not believing," Mr. Carter said in an interview with The Times of London in 1996.

"Lord of the Dance" used an American Shaker tune, "Simple Gifts," and Mr. Carter said the words were partly inspired by a statue of the Hindu deity Shiva that he owned.

Roy F. Farmer, 87, who for half a century headed Farmer Bros. Co. and turned his family's coffee roasting business into a West Coast giant that supplies hospitals, hotels and restaurants, died Tuesday in Los Angeles, the company said.

Mr. Farmer was in high school when he began working in the business his father founded in 1912. He held a variety of positions from truck driver to coffee roaster. Except for an Army stint in World War II, he spent his entire career with the company.

He was appointed chief executive officer in 1951 after his father's death and held the position until last year, when he was succeeded by his son.

Bates Lowry, 80, a leading art historian who was the founding director of the National Building Museum in Washington, died Friday in New York of complications from pneumonia, the museum said.

The longtime Boston resident had recently moved to New York.

Mr. Lowry taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California at Riverside, New York University and other universities, and wrote books on subjects ranging from Renaissance art to the daguerreotype.

He was recruited as director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1968 but lasted less than a year in the job because of differences with museum officials over expansion plans.

In 1980, Congress chartered the National Building Museum and Mr. Lowry went to Washington to run it. The museum, which celebrates American architecture, opened in 1985.

Mr. Lowry left the museum in 1987 and returned to research and writing. His books include Visual Experience: an Introduction to Art, published in 1961, and Silver Canvas: Daguerreotype Masterpieces from the J. Paul Getty Museum, in 1998.

Mr. Lowry's wife and frequent collaborator, art researcher and mathematician Isabel Barrett Lowry, died in December.

Genevieve, 83, the gamin-like French singer and comedian whose fractured English enchanted American TV viewers on Jack Paar's Tonight Show in the late 1950s and early 1960s, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at her home in Venice, Calif., said her stepson, Tony Mills.

The Paris-born chanteuse, who lived for many years in East Hampton, N.Y., was discovered by an American agent at Chez Genevieve, her Montmartre cafe where she not only did the cooking but entertained customers with her singing.

Genevieve (pronounced john-vee-EV) arrived in New York City in 1954 and six months later was headlining at the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room.

Her change in fortune primarily came as the result of one appearance on the Blue Angel summer TV showcase of her future son-in-law, Orson Bean. Her singing prompted critics to hail her as a female Maurice Chevalier and possible heiress to Edith Piaf's crown.

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