Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

June 02, 2005

Josephine Clay Ford, 81, a leading philanthropist and the only granddaughter of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, died yesterday at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

At her death, Mrs. Ford owned more than 13 million shares of Ford Motor stock -- about 18 percent of the stock held exclusively by family members. In 2001, Time magazine estimated her fortune at $416 million.

The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Josephine Ford Cancer Center and the College for Creative Studies, an art and design college in Detroit, were among recipients of millions from "Dody" Ford and the foundation she established with her late husband, Walter Buhl Ford II. The coincidentally named Mr. Ford, a noted interior and industrial designer, began his career with rival General Motors Corp.

She was born in 1923, the third of Edsel and Eleanor Ford's four children. Edsel was Henry Ford's only son.

Her oldest brother, Henry Ford II, was chairman and CEO of Ford Motor from 1945 until 1979; her other brothers, Benson Ford and William Clay Ford, also inherited millions but did not hold key management roles with the automaker.

The couple had two sons and two daughters. Their younger son, Alfred Brush Ford, was active in Ford corporate charities but otherwise shunned the family business and joined the Hare Krishna religious sect, renaming himself Ambarish Das.

George Rochberg, 86, a composer credited with some of the more emotionally visceral pieces of the late 20th century, died Sunday at Bryn Mawr Hospital near Philadelphia of complications after surgery May 2.

Born in Paterson, N.J., Mr. Rochberg was educated at Mannes School of Music in New York. He taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania from 1960 to 1983, and continued composing into the late 1990s after his retirement from Penn.

Mr. Rochberg began composing in the footsteps of modernists but eventually moved to a more expressive mode attacked by avant-garde intellectuals.

He was of the most successful composers of the 1970s and 1980s. Seven string quartets, six symphonies and a full-length opera, The Confidence Man, were among his nearly 100 published works.

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