Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

May 10, 2004

Clifford Holliday, 105, the last surviving Canadian combat veteran of World War I, died Tuesday at his home in Gardena, Calif. Eight of the 650,000 Canadians who served in the war remain, and he was the last who fought in combat, according to the Canadian minister of veterans affairs.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army at age 16 and was sent to the front lines for two years, serving as a private with the 43rd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. He fought in some of the fiercest battles of the war, including Ypres, Vimy Ridge and Belgium's Hill 60, where his battalion was nearly wiped out. Eighty years later, he was honored for his World War I service with the French Legion of Honor and the Canadian McCrae Medallion.

After the war, he returned to Manitoba as an electrician's apprentice. In 1922, he moved to California in search of a better job and later became a U.S. citizen. He installed the first sound system in Columbia Studios and wired silent movie theaters for sound when "talkies" arrived.

Gilbert Lani Kauhi, 66, a member of the original cast of the Hawaii Five-0 television series, died May 3 in Honolulu of complications from diabetes.

Mr. Kauhi, nicknamed Zulu, was a popular Waikiki beach boy when he joined the CBS police drama for its first season. He was cast as Detective Kono Kalakaua, the burly Hawaiian sidekick to the show's star, Jack Lord.

He stayed with the show for four seasons but was fired after an altercation with the show's publicist. The show ran from 1968 to 1980. The show helped launch a successful entertainment career for Mr. Kauhi, who sang and joked to packed houses in and around Waikiki.

Nelson Gidding, 84, who co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplay for the 1958 movie I Want to Live!, died May 2 in Santa Monica, Calif.

I Want to Live! earned Mr. Gidding and Don Mankiewicz Oscar nominations for best adapted screenplay. Mr. Gidding went on to work on four other screenplays for Robert Wise: Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), The Haunting (1963), The Andromeda Strain (1971) and The Hindenburg (1975).

During World War II, he was a navigator on a bomber that was shot down. During 18 months as a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany, he began writing a novel based on his POW experiences, using smuggled pencils and paper that he hid from guards.

Tage Frid, 88, a native of Denmark who helped revive the art of handmade furniture in the United States, beginning in the late 1940s, died Tuesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Newport, R.I.

Mr. Frid, who was long associated with the Rhode Island School of Design, was a highly influential teacher and an innovator whose approach was at odds with that of many furniture designers.

He once wrote that he believed that it was important to "design around the construction, and not construct around the design." He took a dim view, he said, of designers who were "so worried about the looks and the sculptural qualities of the piece that they first think about the beauty of the piece and later worry about how it is put together."

Mr. Frid, whose first name is pronounced TAY, arrived in the United States in 1948, having been recruited by the American Crafts Council to set up a woodworking program at the School for American Craftsmen, then at Alfred University. He stayed there for 14 years before moving to Rhode Island, where he taught until 1985.

Elizabeth Ann Swift Cronin, 63, one of two women held hostage for 444 days after the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, in 1979, died Friday in Rectortown, Va., in a horseback riding accident.

Mrs. Cronin was the ranking political officer at the embassy when Iranian students angered by American policies seized the compound. She and Kathryn Koob, then director of the Iran-American Society, were kept largely separated from the 50 men also taken captive.

After her release in January 1981, she continued her State Department career with postings in Greece, Jamaica and London and served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for overseas citizens services. She retired in 1995.

William J. "Pete" Knight, 74, a former Air Force test pilot who as a Republican state senator led the charge against gay marriage in California with a statewide initiative in 2000 that won by a landslide, died of leukemia Friday at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif..

At the time of his death, he was completing his final months as the GOP state senator from the Palmdale area. He was unable to run for another term because of term limits.

He was best known as the author of Proposition 22, the California ballot initiative defining marriage as strictly between a man and a woman. The initiative was approved by more than 60 percent of voters and presaged the state's current fight over the legality of gay marriage.

It also created a painful rift between Mr. Knight and his son, David Knight, who publicly announced that he is gay.

Alexandre Minkowski, 88, a leading French specialist on newborn babies who also served with the Resistance during World War II, died Friday in a Paris hospital.

French President Jacques Chirac called him "a great doctor and founding scientist of neonatology, but also a man who was committed and always upright, from the Resistance to his humanitarian work for children in the Third World."

Dr. Minkowski directed the center for neonatal research at the Cochin-Port-Royal maternity ward in Paris from 1958 to 1987. Some of his research focused on the development of babies' nervous systems and how children's brains heal after they have been traumatized during wars.

As a young Jewish doctor in Paris during the German Occupation, he joined the French Resistance in 1941. He went on to serve as an adviser to the government. He was awarded many medals

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