Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 03, 2005

Akira Yoshizawa, a master paper folder widely acclaimed as the father of modern origami, died March 14, his 94th birthday, at a hospital near his home in Ogikubo, a suburb of Tokyo. The cause was complications of pneumonia

Internationally recognized since the 1950s, he was credited with elevating a children's pastime into a serious form of figurative art. He was known both for his innovative folding techniques and for devising a notation system that made origami instructions universally accessible.

Usually inspired by the natural world, his work was praised for its simple, elegant lines and striking animateness. In his hands, flat sheets sprang to life as birds, fish, flora and fauna.

Alan Dundes, 70, an internationally renowned folklorist who explored a vast spectrum of human custom and belief, died Wednesday after collapsing of an apparent heart attack while teaching at the University of California, Berkeley.

A member of the university's anthropology department for more than four decades, he was widely credited with helping to shape modern folklore scholarship. He was best known for his Freudian interpretations of everything from jokes and folktales to cockfighting and contact sports.

Among his many books are The Shabbat Elevator and Other Sabbath Subterfuges (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); Why Don't Sheep Shrink When It Rains? A Further Collection of Photocopier Folklore (Syracuse University, 2000, with Carl R. Pagter); and Cracking Jokes: Studies of Sick Humor Cycles & Stereotypes (Ten Speed Press, 1987).

Jack Keller, 68, who wrote the theme song for Bewitched and other TV sitcoms and was a producer on the Monkees' first album, died Friday of leukemia in Nashville.

His big break came when he joined Aldon Music, Don Kirschner's company in New York, and a stable of young pop songwriters including Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Carole Bayer Sager.

Mr. Keller and Mr. Greenfield wrote "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own," both No. 1 hits for Connie Francis in 1960, and "Venus in Blue Jeans" for Jimmy Clanton.

Anne Kincaid, 58, a conservative Christian activist who lobbied tirelessly for Virginia's first substantial abortion restriction, died Thursday of cancer in Richmond, Va.

She became the leading voice of Virginia's anti-abortion movement in the early 1980s and helped harness the political might of the state's religious conservatives in the Republican Party's ascent to power in the 1990s. For nearly 15 years, she pushed for a state law requiring doctors to notify a parent before performing an abortion on an unmarried minor. It passed in 1997.

She described herself as a flower child of the late 1960s whose life was altered by her illegal abortion in 1970. She became a born-again Christian.

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