Deaths Elsewhere

November 14, 2004

Ed Kemmer

, 84, who played the heroic, steel-jawed Commander Buzz Corry on the popular 1950s children's science-fiction television program Space Patrol and later was a regular on numerous TV soap operas, died Tuesday in New York City after suffering a stroke.

Television was still a novelty when Space Patrol debuted in March 1950 as a local 15-minute show that aired live five days a week in the Los Angeles area. It was one of a trio of pre-Sputnik era children's "space operas" that included Captain Video and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. By the summer of 1950, a radio version of the program was airing on the ABC radio network, and by the end of the year a weekly half-hour Space Patrol was being broadcast live on the ABC television network, where it ran until 1955.

After Space Patrol, he broke the heroic mold by playing villains in episodes of Perry Mason, Gunsmoke and Maverick. He moved to New York in 1964 and spent the next 19 years as a regular on The Edge of Night, As the World Turns, All My Children, Guiding Light and other soaps.

Wyeth Chandler

, 74, who served three terms in the 1970s and early 1980s as mayor of Memphis, Tenn., died Thursday, three days after suffering a heart attack.

He was mayor during the city's police and fire department strikes in 1978.

Thomas B. Allen

, 76, who helped originate a post-Norman Rockwell style of moodily impressionistic illustration and who was best known for his colorful portraits of country and western, bluegrass and jazz musicians for album covers, died Monday at his home in Sarasota, Fla. The cause of death was complications of heart surgery that he had last year.

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