Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 04, 2005

Cecily Brownstone, 96, who wrote cookbooks and twice-a-week feature articles on food for the Associated Press for 39 years, died of pneumonia Tuesday in a New York City hospital.

She devoted most of her life to writing about food, becoming a leading figure in New York's circle of cookbook authors and restaurant critics, and one of the nation's most widely published food writers.

From 1947 until she retired in 1986, she churned out two columns on cuisine and five recipes a week for AP, an estimated 14,200 articles.

She also was food editor of Parents magazine and child care editor of Family Circle magazine. Her own cookbooks included Cecily Brownstone's Associated Press Cookbook and Classic Cakes and Other Great Cuisinart Desserts, co-written with Carl Sontheimer, founder of the Cuisinart company.

R.L. Burnside, 78, one of the last original Mississippi bluesmen, whose raw hill country blues style gained cult popularity much later in his playing career, died Thursday in Memphis, Tenn.

A sharecropper early in life, he wasn't recorded until he was in his 40s, and didn't become a professional musician until 1991, when he was signed by the Fat Possum record label.

Popular with younger acts like the Beastie Boys and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mr. Burnside released more than a dozen albums and toured worldwide, though he performed less after heart surgery in 1999.

Archbishop Antonie Plamadeala, 78, a Romanian orthodox cleric and former political prisoner who invited the Rev. Billy Graham to preach in Romania during the darkest years of communism, died Monday in the central city of Sibiu, Romania, several years after suffering a debilitating stroke.

Archbishop Plamadeala, who headed the Orthodox Church in the northwest Transylvania region, was considered one of Romania's top theologians, In 1985, when he led the church's foreign relations department, he invited Mr. Graham to preach in Romania on behalf of a group of 14 religious denominations. Mr. Graham accepted and went on an 11-day preaching tour in Communist Romania.

Archbishop Plamadeala became an Orthodox monk in 1949. That year, he was tried in absentia for anti-communist activity and sentenced to seven years in prison. He was arrested in 1954 and incarcerated near Bucharest as a political prisoner until 1956. After his release, he worked in factories for years until he was allowed to rejoin the church

Rabbi Balfour Brickner, 78, a voice of Reform Judaism on issues such as race and abortion and the rabbi emeritus of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan, died Monday of lung cancer at a New York City hospital.

He took part in the civil rights struggle and the Vietnam antiwar movement and was a founder of Religious Leaders for a Free Choice, a New York group supporting a woman's right to choose abortion.

He was jailed while demonstrating for voting rights in the South in the 1960s. He became a Zionist as a teenager, but recognizing the plight of Palestinians, he warned against Israeli expansionism in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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