Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

May 31, 2004

Josie Carey, 73, a children's television pioneer who was an early collaborator with Fred Rogers, died Friday in Pittsburgh of complications from injuries sustained in a fall.

She was the host of The Children's Corner, which aired in Pittsburgh from 1954 to 1961 and appeared on NBC for 39 weeks. In 1955, the show received a Sylvania Television Award honoring it as the nation's best local children's program. She later had children's shows in Pittsburgh and South Carolina.

She wrote lyrics for 68 songs during the seven-year run of The Children's Corner, while Mr. Rogers, who went on to become a television icon on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, wrote the music and stayed behind the scenes doing puppetry.

Edward Wagenknecht, 104, a literary biographer, critic and editor, died on May 24 in St. Albans, Vt.

He produced about 70 books, including studies of Charles Dickens, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry James and William Shakespeare; a history of silent films; and anthologies of English and American novels, Christmas stories and tales of the supernatural. His first major work, The Man Charles Dickens: A Victorian Portrait, appeared in 1929; his last published book, a study of Willa Cather, appeared in 1994.

He taught English at the University of Washington at Seattle, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Boston University, and wrote many book reviews and other articles for The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Herald and other newspapers.

He was born in Chicago, and attended high school in Oak Park, Ill., where Ernest Hemingway was a classmate.

Richard Prokopy, 68, an entomologist who studied insects that destroy apple crops and helped develop a plastic decoy designed to kill apple maggot flies without spraying pesticide, died of cardiopulmonary arrest May 14 in Greenfield, Mass.

Dr. Prokopy, a professor of entomology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, specialized in tree fruit insects - specifically those that attack apple trees - and ecological approaches to pest management. The decoy he helped develop consists of an apple-size paint-and-pesticide covered plastic sphere that is coated with a sugary substance when it rains, luring apple maggot flies to their deaths.

He also studied the plum curculio, tarnished plant bug and European apple sawfly, among other insects.

Rosalio F. Munoz, 91, a Mexican-American educator who was one of the highest ranking Hispanic administrators in the Los Angeles Unified School District when he retired in 1976, died of natural causes May 20 at his Highland Park, Calif., home.

During a 26-year career with the district, he used modern social work principles to change the way educators dealt with truancy and other problems. "As a social worker he took us away from the attitude of the `hooky cop' or truant officer. We tried to be helpful rather than just punitive," said Naomi Howard, a former attendance counselor who knew him in the 1970s, when he was Los Angeles Unified's director of pupil services.

He left his native Mexico in 1918 and moved with his family to Texas. He was schooled at home until he was 10 because Mexican immigrants were barred from public schools.

In 1958, he received a doctorate in educational psychology from University of Southern California, becoming one of the first Mexican-Americans to earn a doctoral degree, and worked his way up to a supervisory position overseeing child welfare and attendance in the district's San Fernando Valley schools.

Prentice H. Marshall Sr., 77, a retired federal judge who colleagues say fought for the rights of minorities and the indigent during his 45-year career in Chicago, died May 24 at his home in Ponce Inlet, Fla.

He served on the bench of the U.S. District Court in Chicago from 1973 until his retirement in 1996. During the 1970s, he ordered the Chicago Police Department to hire female beat officers for the first time and to end discrimination against Hispanic and black officers, said Robert Stephenson, who served as his first law clerk.

Robert Forrestal, 72, who served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 1983 to 1995, died of cancer Wednesday in Atlanta.

He led the regional Fed bank "through a very challenging period, when both the banking industry and the economy were going through profound changes," President Jack Guynn said. After leaving the central bank, he was a partner at the Atlanta law offices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell.

Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, 80, an Indian-born novelist whose works under the pseudonym Kamala Markandaya explored the tensions between Western and Indian values, and rural and urban living, died May 16. The cause of death was not announced.

She made her name in 1954 with her first novel, Nectar in a Sieve, which described the problems of an Indian peasant woman. The book became a best seller, particularly in the United States. It was named a Notable Book of 1955 by the American Library Association.

She was born in Mysore and studied history at Madras University. From 1940 to 1947, she was a journalist and published a number of short stories in Indian newspapers. She moved to Britain in 1948 - after Indian independence - but wrote later that "the eyes I see with are still Indian eyes."

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