Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 16, 2004

Kenny Buttrey, 59, a drummer who recorded hits with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett, died of cancer Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Buttrey worked much of his career in Nashville recording studios, providing the percussion for albums including Mr. Dylan's Nashville Skyline and Blonde on Blonde, and Mr. Young's Harvest. His drummer credits also include Mr. Buffett's "Margaritaville" and Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love."

James David Barber, 74, a retired Duke University political scientist who won national attention for his observations on the personalities of presidents, died Sunday in Durham, N.C.

In 1972, he published The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House, which proposed that a president's character, world view and personal style determines his approach to duties in office.

In its first edition, he forecast that Richard Nixon's presidency was headed for failure.

He had been co-director of Duke's Center for Communication and Journalism and, in the mid-1980s, chairman of Amnesty International U.S.A. He also spent several years as a consultant to NBC Nightly News.

Patriarch Petros VII, 55, spiritual leader of 300,000 Orthodox Christians in Africa, died Saturday in a helicopter crash off the coast of northern Greece.

Patriarch Petros, who was born in Cyprus, served the church throughout Africa. Though his church - one of more than a dozen self-governing Orthodox churches - had a tiny following on the continent, it was among the oldest Christian congregations, tracing its roots to the apostle St. Mark.

Max Abramovitz, 96, the architect who designed Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City and also had a hand in the building of the United Nations complex and several well-known Midtown skyscrapers, died Sunday at his home in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Though he worked on a huge array of projects in his career, from embassies to college campuses to the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Va., the Philharmonic Hall, later renamed Avery Fisher Hall, has remained the most prominent and emblematic of Mr. Abramovitz's designs.

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