Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

June 16, 2005

David Diamond, 89, a distinguished American composer who wrote 11 symphonies and 10 string quartets, as well as ballets and film scores, died Monday of congestive heart failure in Rochester, N.Y.

Considered a traditionalist, Mr. Diamond was part of what some call a forgotten generation of great American symphonists who had a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1995, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.

Percy Arrowsmith,105, who with his wife set the record two weeks ago for the world's longest marriage, died yesterday at his home in Hereford, northwest of London, his bishop said. His 100-year-old wife was at his side.

Percy and Florence Arrowsmith celebrated their 80th anniversary June 1. They were recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest marriage for a living couple and the oldest aggregate age of a married couple.

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