Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 25, 2005

Mary Dann, who with her sister helped represent the Shoshone Nation in its effort to reclaim millions of acres of ancestral land, died in an accident on her rural central Nevada ranch Friday. She was in her 80s but had never disclosed her exact age.

She apparently had an accident on an all-terrain vehicle while she was repairing fence on the Crescent Valley ranch, according to Julie Fishel of the Western Shoshone Defense Project.

For more than a quarter-century, Ms. Dann and her sister Carrie were at the forefront of efforts to reclaim a vast tract spreading across four states. They claimed it was their aboriginal land, which was seized by the United States under the Treaty of Ruby Valley, enacted two years before the end of the Civil War.

Joe Nash, 85, a leading archivist of black dance in the United States, died April 13 from complications of cardiovascular problems at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

He built one of the country's largest collections of materials on the development of dance by black artists. With books, dissertations, photographs, video and memorabilia, his collection was a major source of information for Richard A. Long's Black Tradition in American Dance. The work's photographs were selected and annotated by Mr. Nash.

He coordinated black dance history courses at the Ailey School and was a longtime guest scholar in the American Dance Festival's humanities and dance programs. He was a guest scholar at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires.

Martin Blumenson, 86, a military historian who wrote extensively about American commanders and campaigns in World War II, died April 15 at his home in Washington. He wrote biographies of Gens. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mark W. Clark and most notably of George S. Patton, whose papers he mined exhaustively. He wrote of battles on which the fortunes of war turned. From 1959 to 2001, he published 19 books, 10 of which remain in print.

He served as an officer attached to the Army's historical branch and taught at war colleges and military schools, including the Citadel, where he was the Mark Clark professor in the 1970s. More recently, he lectured at the National War College and at George Washington University.

He furnished an official account of the Normandy landing in Breakout and Pursuit, his segment in a narrative of Army operations in World War II, issued under the aegis of the Army's chief of military history.

Peter F. Flaherty, 80, a former mayor of Pittsburgh who was briefly deputy U.S. attorney general under President Jimmy Carter, died of cancer April 18 at his home in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

A Democrat, he was elected mayor in 1969. He ran as a reform candidate, calling himself Nobody's Boy to signal his distance from the Democratic Party machine that had long dominated Pittsburgh politics. Elected to a second term, he left office in 1977 to take the deputy attorney general's post.

Confirmed as deputy attorney general in April 1977, he resigned the job in November of that year, uncomfortable with Washington politics and at odds with many members of the Carter administration. In 1978, he ran for governor and was defeated by Dick Thornburgh. He ran twice for the U.S. Senate, losing to Richard S. Schweiker in 1974 and to Arlen Specter in 1980.

Philip Pavia, 94, a pioneer in modern abstract sculpture and an outspoken avant-garde thinker, died April 13 in Manhattan of complications from a stroke.

He sculpted in a range of styles, though he was perhaps best known for abstract, large-scale works such as The Ides of March, a four-piece sculpture in bronze that was displayed outside the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue for two decades.

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