Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 27, 2004

Den Fujita, 78, a charismatic businessman who established the McDonald's fast-food chain in Japan as well the country's branch of Toys "R" Us, died of a heart attack Wednesday, a company official said.

Mr. Fujita was long praised for his innovative entrepreneurship and marketing acumen. He gained fame for introducing Western-style businesses when they were rare in Japan during the decades after World War II, resorting to his knowledge of American and Japanese cultures to adapt new businesses to local lifestyles.

A graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo, Mr. Fujita opened Japan's first McDonald's in Tokyo's fashionable Ginza district in 1971, and helped win over a rice-loving nation to burgers and fries.

Over the years, the burger chain grew to more than 3,000 stores nationwide and became one of the most recognized and trusted brands among Japanese consumers.

Orazio Fumagalli, 83, a sculptor known for his works of the human figure, died of pancreatic cancer April 10 at his home in Camarillo, Calif.

Mr. Fumagalli was a third-generation artist who was born in Italy and raised in New York City. He received a Fulbright grant to study sculpture in Italy in 1950, and his works were widely exhibited and received high praise in that country.

In 1964, he was invited to the University of Wisconsin, Stout, to create an art department, a program he eventually lifted to distinction. During his 22 years at the university, Mr. Fumagalli assembled his own teaching staff while working on his art.

Philip Hamburger, 89, who in more than 60 years as a writer for The New Yorker magazine covered 14 presidential inaugurations and other international and domestic events, died of cardiac arrest Friday in Manhattan.

Mr. Hamburger's foreign correspondence included a 1948 dispatch about late Argentine first lady Eva Peron, written while he was checking rumors that Adolf Hitler was hiding in Argentina.

He also wrote movie and music criticism, and occasionally wrote tongue-in-cheek pieces under the name Our Man Stanley for the magazine's Talk of the Town section.

Mr. Hamburger began working at The New Yorker in 1939, shortly after earning his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. His magazine writings were compiled in several books, including The Oblong Blue and Other Odysseys (1949) and Friends Talking in the Night: 60 Years of Writing for The New Yorker (1999).

Eben C. Henson, 81, who founded a summer stock theater and counted John Travolta among the aspiring actors he recruited, died of heart failure Sunday in Danville, Ky.

Mr. Henson was a budding actor on Broadway and in film in the late 1940s when he was called home to his native Danville by his ailing father. He continued to do occasional film and stunt work but mainly built the outdoor theater, relying on used lumber and abandoned materials.

Pioneer Playhouse has staged over 300 productions before more than 500,000 people since its founding, his family said.

Mr. Henson, invariably wearing a Southern string tie, would make a recruiting trip to New York each year to audition and sign aspiring actors. Mr. Travolta, Bo Hopkins, Lee Majors and Jim Varney were among his finds.

The playhouse, which typically does five productions each summer, was the subject of the 2002 documentary Summerstock, made by his son, Robby Henson.

David Clarke, 95, a veteran actor on Broadway and in the movies, died April 18 at a hospice in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Clarke, who had been living in Fairfax, Va., was a familiar face in film noir and action movies from the 1940s through the '60s, and appeared in more than a dozen Broadway shows over a career that spanned six decades, though rarely as the lead.

With rugged good looks and a mischievous smile, he played a variety of toughs, workmen and soldiers in films such as The Narrow Margin, The Asphalt Jungle, The Set-Up, Adam's Rib and Raw Deal. He was often not credited for his parts.

One of his biggest film roles was a starring part in the 1960 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery with Steve McQueen.

Barbara Kenyatta Bey, 59, the widow of jazz percussionist and African folklorist James Hawthorne Bey and priestess of the Yoruba religion, died April 17 after collapsing at her husband's funeral four days earlier at a church in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The day she died would have been James Bey's 91st birthday and the couple's 31st wedding anniversary, a cousin of the musician said.

James Bey, who was known professionally as Chief Bey and recorded with such artists as Art Blakey and Herbie Mann before turning to teaching, died of cancer April 8.

Barbara Kenyatta Bey was born Barbara Ann Coleman in Harlem on June 9, 1944. She graduated from Harlem Hospital School of Nursing in 1972 and worked as a registered nurse until 1989.

She was initiated into Yemaja, the religion of Nigeria's Yoruba people, in 1976.

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