Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 29, 2004

Jane Gray Muskie, 77, whose husband Edmund Muskie's 1972 presidential campaign collapsed after he defended her honor with what appeared to be tears in his eyes, died Saturday at her home in Bethesda. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Muskie accompanied her husband during his rise in Democratic politics from the Maine Legislature to the governor's house, the U.S. Senate and President Jimmy Carter's Cabinet as secretary of state. Edmund Muskie died of a heart attack in 1996 at age 81.

"When you're married to someone who is in political life, you're as much a politician as your spouse," said Edmund Muskie Jr., one of their five children. "She actively participated in their campaigns and the issues they both cared about."

Her husband gained national prominence in 1968 when Democratic presidential nominee Hubert Humphrey chose him as running mate. They lost to Richard M. Nixon and Spiro T. Agnew.

While running in the 1972 New Hampshire primary, then-Sen. Muskie denounced the conservative Union Leader newspaper of Manchester for reprinting an uncomplimentary Newsweek editorial that said Mrs. Muskie liked to tell dirty jokes and smoke cigarettes.

Mr. Muskie choked up several times during the speech, and several news organizations reported that he cried, but a dispute has persisted for years whether it was tears or melted snowflakes on his face.

The campaign never recovered, and then-Sen. George S. McGovern went on to win the nomination and lose the general election to Nixon.

Family members said Mrs. Muskie will be buried next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.

Hank Garland, 74, a country, rock and jazz guitarist who performed with Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Charlie Parker and many others, died of a staph infection Monday at a hospital in Orange Park, Fla.

In the 1950s and '60s, Walter "Hank" Garland was the talk of Nashville, known for musical riffs that could take a recording from humdrum to dazzling, as he did on Elvis hits like "Little Sister" and "Big Hunk of Love."

He had his first million-selling hit at 19 with "Sugar Foot Rag," a famous country tune.

In addition to performing with Mr. Presley and other stars in Nashville, Mr. Garland was at the forefront of the rock 'n' roll movement, enjoyed a prestigious career as a country virtuoso, pioneered the electric guitar at the Grand Ole Opry and inspired jazz instrumentalists such as George Benson. He jammed in New York City with George Shearing and jazz great Charlie Parker.

Mr. Garland worked with Mr. Presley from 1957 to 1961, and was playing on the soundtrack for his movie Follow That Dream in 1961 when a car crash put him in a coma for months.

The crash injuries and a series of 100 shock treatments administered at a Nashville hospital left him a shadow of his former self. He had to relearn everything from walking and talking to playing the guitar.

Mr. Garland spent the final years of his life fighting ill health, trying to pry royalties out of record companies and talking with Hollywood about a movie based on his life.

Richard Beckman, 47, a leading Florida sculptor who used the circle as the foundation for many of his bold, unique designs, was found dead on Christmas Day in a park in Tampa, an apparent suicide, authorities said.

Mr. Beckman was an associate art professor at the University of South Florida. His works appeared in more than a hundred group exhibits across the country, including in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

He often used the circle as the basis of his designs, from his early minimalist work "Tabula Rasa," created from an old slate chalkboard, to his later "Knowzen," made of stained basswood. He also used steel, glass and terrazzo in his works.

John Deardourff, 71, a pioneering political consultant who specialized in working for moderate Republican candidates, including former President Gerald R. Ford, died of cancer Friday at his home in McLean, Va.

Mr. Deardourff and partner Douglas L. Bailey worked as consultants on more than 70 primary and general election campaigns, including Mr. Ford's 1976 election bid in which he came from 20 percentage points behind Democrat Jimmy Carter to fall short by 50 percent to 48 percent in the balloting.

Samuel Roseberry, 106, who lied about his age in 1917 so he could join the Army and take part in World War I, died Dec. 21 in Anderson, Ind.

Mr. Roseberry was about two years shy of 21 - the legal age for an Army recruit at the time - when he lied to join up. He served as a mechanic during the war.

He went on to operate a grocery store for four decades, retiring in 1962.

By recent estimates, fewer than 500 World War I veterans remain in the United States.

Freddie Perren, 61, a composer, arranger and record producer who won a Grammy Award for producing two songs on the 1977 album Saturday Night Fever, died Dec. 16 in Los Angeles after a long illness. He suffered a massive stroke 11 years ago.

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