Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

July 05, 2005

Thomas D. Clark, 101, a historian of the American frontier who was long the historian laureate of Kentucky, died June 28 in Lexington.

His death was announced by his family and by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who said the Kentucky History Center would be renamed for Dr. Clark, as planned, on his 102nd birthday, July 14.

Dr. Clark was named historian laureate for life in 1990. He was putting the final touches on his memoir when a hip infection sent him to a hospital a few weeks ago. He was the author, co-author or editor of more than 40 books, and taught at the University of Kentucky from 1931 until 1965, when he retired as chairman of the history department.

Cecil Baugh, 96, a Jamaican ceramist who helped found the country's school of art and is credited with inspiring a new generation of artists in the 1960s and 1970s, died June 28 at his home in Kingston. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

The best-known studio potter in Jamaica, Mr. Baugh learned the art in the 1930s from traditional Jamaican women potters. He enlisted in the British army during World War II and had his first one-man exhibit one year after he returned to Jamaica in 1950.

He is one of the founders of the Jamaica School of Art. In 1975, the Jamaican government awarded him the Order of Distinction, and in 1984 the Gold Musgrave Award for his book Baugh: Jamaica's Master Potter. In 1991, the National Gallery of Jamaica opened the Cecil Baugh Gallery of Ceramics to honor his contribution to Caribbean art.

, Richard "Doc" Brown, 64, an expert in the safety of amusement park rides, died June 23 after suffering a severe head injury in a fall at his home in Huntington Beach, Calif.

He helped design more than 100 rides for Disney, Cedar Fair, Six Flags and Universal Studios. He did extensive research on how the speed and G-force of roller coasters and "pod-based" rides impact the human body. He consulted on the design, construction and operation of such popular rides as "Back to the Future" at Universal Studios, colleagues said. In one of his first ride-related jobs, he helped Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, redesign a roller coaster that was breaking the collar bones of some riders.

Ruslan Abdulgani, 91, a former Indonesian foreign minister who organized the first summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1955, died June 28 from the effects of a stroke.

After fighting in Indonesia's war of independence with the Netherlands from 1945 to 1949, he joined the foreign ministry and was asked by then-President Sukarno to organize a gathering of 29 newly independent nations from Asia and Africa. The goals of the 1955 Bandung Conference were to promote economic and cultural cooperation as well as to oppose colonialism. The meeting grew into the Non-Aligned Movement, which tried to steer a neutral course between the Eastern and Western blocs during the Cold War. It currently has more than 100 members, though its relevance has declined since the end of the Cold War.

He was later named foreign minister and served as a presidential foreign policy adviser.

Edna Kimbro, 57, one of the nation's leading experts on the construction and restoration of historic adobe buildings, died June 26 in Watsonville, Calif. from cancer.

Her fierce campaigns on behalf of historic properties resulted in the creation of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park in the 1980s and the Castro Adobe State Historic Park in 2002. She also consulted on behalf of the state parks system to help preserve dozens of adobe structures in central California and often worked with local officials for free.

She recently completed a book for the Getty Conservation Institute on California's missions. She also led an international study for the institute on seismic retrofitting for adobes.

Dale Norris, 68, an alto saxophonist who played in the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the early 1960s and toured with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Henry Mancini, died of lung cancer June 28 in Tucson, Ariz.

Born in Manhattan, Kan., he graduated from Kansas State University with a master's degree in music. He went on to perform and record with Stan Kenton and the NBC Staff Orchestra in New York City, and also played with the big bands of Ralph Marterie and Buddy Morrow.

He came to Tucson in 1965 and was a band director at Tucson Unified School District middle schools for 32 years. In May, the Tucson Jazz Society honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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