Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

May 17, 2004

Robert Morgan, 85, commander of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 bomber that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II, died Saturday in Asheville, N.C., of complications from injuries he suffered in a fall.

A native of Asheville, Mr. Morgan became famous as the pilot of the Memphis Belle, which flew 25 combat missions over Germany and France during World War II. Mr. Morgan co-authored a book about his experiences, The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle, with Ron Powers.

The crew completed its 25th bombing mission on May 17, 1943. The Belle was the first heavy bomber in the European theater to last 25 missions, the magic number that meant the crew would be sent home. "Twenty-five doesn't sound like much until you start flying them," Mr. Morgan later said.

The exploits of the Belle were brought to later generations by a 1990 film, Memphis Belle, that told a heavily fictionalized version of the bomber's 25th and final mission.

David Reimer, 38, a Canadian who was born a boy but raised as a girl after a botched circumcision, committed suicide May 4 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

He gained fame in 2000 when details of his ordeal were published in the book As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl, by John Colapinto. The boy's experiences prompted medical experts in recent years to rethink once-accepted wisdom about treating sexual identity cases.

When he was 8 months old, a routine circumcision at a Winnipeg hospital went wrong when a general practitioner filled in for the regular surgeon and seared the boy's penis with an electric cauterizing machine. Dr. John Money, a sex researcher at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, advocated removing the rest of the male genitalia and prescribing female hormones.

At 15, Mr. Reimer rejected further treatment as a girl and underwent surgery. He eventually married and led a quiet life in Winnipeg.

John Whitehead, 55, a prominent R&B artist best known for the 1979 hit song "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," was fatally shot Tuesday outside his home in Philadelphia while working with another man on a vehicle. Police said the other man might have been the target of the shooting.

Mr. Whitehead and Gene McFadden formed a group called the Epsilons in their youth and were discovered by Otis Redding, touring with the legendary performer in the 1960s, according to the group's Web site.

The duo wrote several hit songs performed by others in the 1970s, including "Back Stabbers," "For the Love of Money," "I'll Always Love My Mamma," "Bad Luck," "Wake Up Everybody," "Where Are All My Friends," "The More I Want" and "Cold, Cold World."

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