Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 31, 2004

Princess Alice, 102, aunt of Queen Elizabeth II and the oldest member of the British royal family, died in her sleep Friday.

Born Lady Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas Scott on Christmas Day, 1901, the princess married Henry, Duke of Gloucester -- the third son of King George V and brother of the queen's father, King George VI -- in 1935.

After helping to boost morale on the home front during World War II, Princess Alice moved with her husband to Australia, where the duke was governor-general from 1945 to 1947. Back in Britain, she kept a busy schedule of charitable work and official duties until she was in her 90s.

Edward Oliver Leblanc, 81, the former premier of Dominica described by some as a founding father of the Caribbean island in its transition to independence, died Friday of unknown causes at his home in Vielle Case, Dominica.

He was premier from 1967 to 1974, when the island had internal self-government under British rule. The island obtained full independence from Britain in 1978.

He was responsible for introducing island-wide cultural festivities leading up to Dominica's independence day on Nov. 3. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit described Mr. Leblanc as not only the cultural and social father of modern Dominica but also "my political father."

John Peel, 65, a BBC radio disc jockey who was a champion of innovative and independent music for nearly four decades, died Monday of a heart attack while on vacation in Cuzco, Peru.

A broadcasting legend in Britain and perhaps the only British DJ known by name to American rock fans, he had been on the BBC's Radio 1 since its inception in 1967 and had a reputation for playing cutting-edge music from around the world.

James Eaton Sr., 74, a historian at Florida A&M University who founded a black archives research center, died Tuesday after a brief illness.

He taught at Florida A&M for 44 years, where he was selected "most outstanding teacher of the year" 25 times. The university said he never missed a day of class in more than 50 years of teaching. He served as founder, curator and director of the Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum. He was named Florida A&M's first "distinguished professor" in 1978.

Dorothy Comstock Riley, 79, who served at all levels of the Michigan judiciary and became chief justice of the state Supreme Court, died Oct. 23 in Detroit of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Justice Riley served from 1982-83 and 1985-97 on the Michigan Supreme Court and was chief justice from 1987-91. In 1976, she became the first woman justice on the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Republican Gov. William Milliken appointed her on Dec. 9, 1982 to fill a vacancy, but Democratic Gov.-elect James Blanchard, who was taking office the following month, argued that he, not Governor Milliken, should have chosen the replacement. In February 1983, shortly after Governor Blanchard took office, her colleagues voted 4-2 to oust her from the court. Justice Riley, however, won election to the Supreme Court in 1984, and was re-elected in 1992.

Lilian Kallir, 73, a pianist known for her elegant Mozart performances, both as a soloist and in duet recitals with her husband, the pianist Claude Frank, died Monday at her home in Manhattan of ovarian cancer.

Ms. Kallir was born in Prague and made her performing debut on radio when she was 4. She left Europe in 1940 and settled in New York, where she continued her piano studies with Isabelle Vengerova and Herman de Grab.

Greg Shaw, 55, an independent record producer who helped pioneer the "garage rock" sound by recording such edgy bands as the Stooges, the Germs, Sky Saxon and the Flamin' Groovies, died Oct. 19 in Los Angeles of heart failure.

He founded Bomp! Records in 1974 to release a single by the Flamin' Groovies and later managed the group.

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