Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 13, 2004

James Hawthorne Bey, 91, a jazz percussionist and African folklorist who recorded with such artists as Art Blakey and Herbie Mann, died Thursday of stomach cancer in New York.

Born James Hawthorne in Yamassee, S.C., he took the name Bey after joining the Moorish Science Temple, a Muslim sect.

Known to his students and on recordings as "Chief Bey," he performed in an international tour of Porgy and Bess starring Leontyne Price and Cab Calloway in the 1950s. He also began a busy recording career, appearing on Mann's At the Village Gate (1961) and Blakey's The African Beat (1962), as well as on albums by Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Saunders and others.

He made several theatrical and film appearances, performing as an African drummer in the Broadway musical Raisin, which ran from 1973 to 1975, and as a Brooklyn resident in the 1995 films Smoke and Blue in the Face. In his 80s, he taught the shekere, a West African percussion instrument.

Mr. Bey was drumming playing in public as recently as October, when he performed at a drum symposium at New York University.

Philip Jutras, 87, a World War II veteran who devoted three decades to keeping alive the memory of the Normandy invasion, died Sunday at his home in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first town liberated by the Americans.

Mr. Jutras, a Maine native who ran the Airborne Museum for decades, died from a head injury received in a fall down the stairs at his home three days earlier.

On May 27, 2002, during a visit to Normandy by President Bush, Mr. Jutras gave a presentation of a stained-glass window in the local church portraying the town's liberation by U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions. More than 10,000 troops parachuted into Sainte-Mere-Eglise around midnight June 5, 1944, in the first operation of D-Day.

Mr. Jutras landed on Utah Beach after the D-Day landing. His supply unit moved on to Sainte-Mere-Eglise. There, Mr. Jutras' destiny played out years later when he returned to marry a local woman, Antoinette Castel, whom he had met while lodging with her family.

Mr. Jutras had returned to the United States immediately after the war, eventually becoming a Maine state legislator in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He volunteered to run the Airborne Museum and amassed one of the region's best collections.

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