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Deaths Elsewhere

August 15, 2004

Michael Eagan,

55, a classical musician and composer who co-founded Musica Angelica, a highly regarded early music group based in Los Angeles, died of an apparent heart attack last week at his home in Los Angeles. His body was found Wednesday but the coroner's office had not yet determined the day he died.

Widely considered one of the foremost lute players in the country, he performed and recorded with a variety of chamber orchestras, including San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Boston Baroque Orchestra.

As a soloist, he appeared with several leading early music conductors, among them Christopher Hogwood of the Academy of Ancient Music and Ton Koopman of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He founded Musica Angelica in 1993 with Mark Chatfield, a baroque cello player.

Tony Mottola,

86, a guitarist who played with Frank Sinatra and on NBC's The Tonight Show over the course of a 50-year career, died Monday of complications from double pneumonia and stroke in a hospital in Denville, N.J. His career began in 1936 when he toured with George Hall's orchestra. He made his recording debut in 1941 in duets with Carl Kress. He recorded with Sinatra a few years later.

In 1951, he became music director for the CBS-TV drama series Danger. He was a regular member of Skitch Henderson's orchestra on The Tonight Show from 1958 to 1972. He received an Emmy for his score to Two Childhoods, a television documentary about the early lives of Hubert Humphrey and James Baldwin.

From 1980 until his retirement in 1988, he toured with Mr. Sinatra and was spotlighted in duets with the singer.

Maxwell Dane,

98, the last living founder of Doyle Dane Bernbach, a New York agency that helped change the face of advertising, died on Aug. 8 at his home in New York City, the agency, now known as DDB Worldwide, said.

Mr. Dane, known as Mac, opened Doyle Dane Bernbach at 350 Madison Ave. on June 1, 1949, along with James E. Doyle and William Bernbach. Doyle Dane Bernbach became famous for its innovations, both in the way it created advertising and in the content of its campaigns. It was considered the first agency to assign copywriters and art directors to work together.

The low-key, sophisticated tone of its ads, often infused with wit and humor - for marketers including Alka-Seltzer, Avis, El Al, Levy's rye bread, Mobil and Volkswagen - is widely credited with helping to spark Madison Avenue's so-called creative revolution in the 1960s. The tenor and style of its ads rebelled against the hyperbolic, overheated approach to selling products in previous decades.

Mr. Dane was among the original 20 politicians, journalists and business executives on the "enemies list" compiled in 1971 for President Richard M. Nixon by Charles W. Colson.

Hunter Hancock,

88, widely regarded as one of the first radio disc jockeys in the western United States to broadcast rhythm and blues records and later rock 'n' roll, died of natural causes Aug. 4 in a retirement home in Claremont, Calif.

He was known on the air as "Ol' H.H." and was heard from 1943 to 1968 on a number of stations. For several years, his shows were No. 1 in the ratings among black listeners in Southern California. In 1950, the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper rated Hancock the most popular DJ in Los Angeles among blacks. As a result, black and white people alike who attended concerts where he was the master of ceremonies were often surprised to discover he was white.

His career had its lows as well as highs. He was convicted in 1962 and sentenced to probation for failing to report $18,000 income on tax forms for 1956-58. Prosecutors said the money was payola from record companies bribing him to plug and play their records. He testified that he considered the occasional cash to be gifts.

Leon Golub,

82, an American painter of expressionistic, heroic-scale figures that reflect dire modern political conditions, died Aug. 8 in Manhattan from complications after surgery.

Mr. Golub received a graduate degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1950. At the time, Abstract Expressionism was considered by many to be the advanced style of the day. But from the start, he was an artist in the figurative tradition, which was also thriving in the work of American artists as diverse as Ben Shahn and David Park.

His interest in art of the past was broad and eclectic, running from African and pre-Columbian work to Greek and Roman sculpture and the work of Jacques-Louis David. His own painting was firmly rooted in a critically engaged version of Western humanism and in the tradition of history painting.

Robert S. Browne,

79, founder and chairman of the Twenty-First Century Foundation and founder of two other black philanthropic groups, died Aug. 5 of heart failure at a hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y.

He founded the Black Economic Research Center in 1969. Two years later, he founded the Emergency Land Fund, a loan source for black farmers in the South, and the Twenty-First Century Foundation.

His careers included government service, university professor and social activist. He was with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Cambodia from 1955 to 1958, and in Vietnam from 1958 to 1961. He was executive director of the African Development Bank in Ivory Coast from 1980-82. From 1982-85, he was senior research fellow of African studies at Howard University in Washington.

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