Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

June 28, 2005

John Fiedler, 89, a stage and screen actor who won fame as the voice of Piglet in Walt Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh films, died Saturday, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Mr. Fiedler's stage credits included the part of Medvedenko in The Sea Gull, starring Montgomery Clift, and the Broadway productions of A Raisin in the Sun, with Sidney Poitier, and The Odd Couple, starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney.

Mr. Fiedler had character parts in movies, including True Grit, with John Wayne, and A Touch of Mink, with Cary Grant. He also played parts on TV programs, including Star Trek and The Bob Newhart Show.

But he became famous for the squeaky voice of the ever-worrying Piglet.

Mr. Fiedler continued voicing Piglet, most recently this year in Pooh's Heffalump Movie. Last year, he did Winnie-the-Pooh: Springtime with Roo, and in 2003, Piglet's Big Movie.

Marcia Lieberman, 90, who traveled widely on behalf of her son, Sen. Joe Lieberman, during his political campaigns, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Stamford, Conn.

Despite having to use a wheelchair for years, she traveled the country to stump for her son when he ran for vice president and president. She wrapped care packages for campaign reporters (lip balm, an apple, bagel chips and postcards to send to their mothers) and comforted her son when the polls were closed.

As Senator Lieberman's profile rose, so did his mother's. She became a regular subject of his speeches on Medicare, Social Security and health care.

She was the widow of Henry Lieberman, a bakery truck driver who went on to run a liquor store. They raised three children: Joseph and his sisters, Rietta and Ellen.

Isidore Cohen, 82, a violinist who, as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet and the Beaux-Arts Trio, was an important chamber music performer and teacher, died Thursday in New York City.

His death was announced by Frank Salomon, co-administrator of the Marlboro Music School and Festival, the summer program in Marlboro, Vt., where Mr. Cohen taught for nearly 40 years.

A genial, energetic musician whose musical interests ranged from Haydn to Elliott Carter, Mr. Cohen's playing can be heard on dozens of classic recordings by the Beaux-Arts Trio.

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