Other Notable Deaths


September 25, 2005

New York -- Sandra Feldman, 65, an advocate for disadvantaged children and a former leader of the nation's second-largest teachers union, died of breast cancer Sept. 18, colleagues said Monday. She led the 1.3 million-member American Federation of Teachers for seven years before retiring last year. While serving as national president from 1997 to 2004, she implored the union's members to help poor students. She supported tough entrance requirements for teachers and standardized tests, and opposed social promotion. She was president of the 90,000-member New York local of the United Federation of Teachers from 1986 to 1997.

Los Angeles -- Constance Moore, 84, a versatile actress of Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s, died of heart failure Sept. 16. She appeared in comedies, dramas, musicals, westerns, as well as the 1939 serial Buck Rogers. She also starred with Robert Young in a short-lived TV series Window on Main Street (1961-1962). She appeared in several B pictures, as well as the classic W.C. Fields comedy You Can't Cheat an Honest Man.

Pittsburgh -- Molly Yard, 93, the longtime liberal activist who led the National Organization for Women during the fight over the nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court, died Wednesday at a nursing home. She was elected president of NOW in 1987 after nearly a decade on its national staff. She stepped down in late 1991 after suffering a stroke earlier that year. She made NOW more visible and worked against Mr. Bork, whom the Senate rejected as President Ronald Reagan's high court nominee after a bitter political battle in 1987. She said he might provide a fifth vote to override the high court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Santa Monica, Calif. -- Sid Luft, 89, a producer who is credited with reviving the career of then-wife Judy Garland in the 1950s, died Sept. 15 of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Luft, whose credits include Kilroy Was Here (1947), French Leave (1948) and A Star is Born (1954), married Miss Garland in 1952, and they divorced 13 years later. The marriage was Miss Garland's third and Mr. Luft's third. As Miss Garland's manager and agent, he produced stage shows for her in London and New York and then brought her back to motion pictures. A Star Is Born brought Miss Garland an Academy Award nomination for best actress. She died in 1969.

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