Deaths Elsewhere

April 02, 2005


Robert Morrisey,

78, whose love of wine was initiated by his doctor's advice and grew into a passion that inspired him to create The Wine Spectator publication, died March 26 of congestive heart failure in San Diego.

He was also a former Marine Corps major and one-time wine columnist for the San Diego Evening Tribune.

He was a casual drinker of martinis in the late 1960s when his doctor suggested he switch to wine for health reasons. The popular response to his newspaper columns of the early 1970s led him to create a 12-page tabloid newsletter in 1976, The Wine Spectator, which went on to become America's top-selling wine publication.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Marines and served with the 3rd Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II. Called to active duty during the Korean War, he served as a combat correspondent and public information officer.

He retired from active duty in December 1967 and joined Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego as chief of its news bureau. He left Teledyne in 1977.

Grand Rabbi Naftali Halberstam,

74, who took over as head of the Bobov Hasidic sect after the death of his father five years ago, died March 23 at a hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He became head of the sect, which has its roots in the town of Bobova, in what is now southern Poland, after his father, Grand Rabbi Solomon Halberstam, died in 2000, at 92. The elder Rabbi Halberstam was credited with reviving the sect in New York after it was decimated by the Nazis during World War II.

Father and son, descendants of one of the first Hasidic leaders in Europe, escaped death at the hands of the Nazis, but family members and many of the sect's followers perished in the Holocaust.

Cushing N. Dolbeare,

78, a leading expert on federal housing policy and a longtime campaigner for affordable housing for low-income people, died of cancer on March 17 at her home in Mitchellville, Md.

A respected policy analyst and consultant, she was an adviser to several secretaries of housing and urban development and was a former member of the President's Commission on Housing. In 1996, The New York Times Magazine called her "the dean of housing advocates."

She founded the National Low Income Housing Coalition in 1974 in response to President Nixon's 1973 moratorium on federal housing subsidies. In the organization's early days, she ran it out of her Capitol Hill home. She was its executive director from 1977 to 1984 and from 1993 to 1994; at her death, she was its chairman emeritus.

Czeslaw Slania,

83, a master engraver who applied his art most extensively to the tiniest works, postage stamps, died in Stockholm on March 17.

Mr. Slania emigrated from Poland to Sweden more than four decades ago and became the country's royal court engraver. In a career that stretched from forging documents for the Underground in German-occupied Poland in World War II to engraving portraits of monarchs and movie stars, he produced more than 1,000 stamps for 32 countries or postal jurisdictions, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and China.

His American commissions included two 1993 stamps that commemorated Grace Kelly and Dean Acheson. He also produced banknotes for 10 countries.

Stanley Sadie,

74, a Mozart scholar and editor of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, died March 21 in his home in Cossington, England, of motor neuron disease.

He taught at Trinity College of Music before becoming a music critic for The Times newspaper in 1964, continuing until 1981. He edited The Musical Times from 1967 to 1987.

In 1970, he was appointed to edit a new edition of the venerable Grove Dictionary, which appeared in 21 volumes 10 years later. He played a key role in the 29-volume second edition, published in 2001, serving as editor and then emeritus editor.

He also edited The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (co-edited with H. Wiley Hitchcock) in 1986 and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992).

Ted Brown,

a disc jockey and radio talk-show host who broadcast for more than 40 years on the New York City radio stations WMGM, WNEW and WNBC, died March 21 of complications from a stroke at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in the Bronx. He was in his 80s.

He broadcast in the 1950s and 1960s, during what was considered the golden age of local AM radio, when melody and lyrics still mattered in popular music.

Justice Robert Gernon,

61, a member of the Kansas Supreme Court majority that struck down the state's death penalty law in December, died Wednesday in Topeka of complications from cancer, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said. He was 61.

Justice Gernon had been ill for some time, and had surgery Nov. 24 to remove a kidney.

In December, Justice Gernon was part of the 4-3 majority striking down the state's death penalty law.

Willard Miller,

64, a political activist and retired philosophy professor at the University of Vermont, died Thursday of cancer at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, according to faculty.

Mr. Miller had just retired after a 36-year career teaching courses that ranged from Marxism and the history of American philosophy to radical ecology and animal rights.

He taught thousands of students in his years at UVM, many of them in his popular course on Marxism.

In addition to his years at the university, Mr. Miller worked as an activist in such organizations as the Vermont Veterans for Peace and the Burlington Area Draft and Military Counseling.

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