Other notable deaths


December 15, 2005

Loomis Dean, 88, a Life magazine photographer who captured famous images of Ernest Hemingway, British playwright Noel Coward and Pope Paul VI, died Dec. 7 of complications from a stroke in Sonoma, Calif., said his son-in-law, Timothy Gaughan.

He had retired to the California wine country. During a six-decade career, Mr. Dean shot 52 covers for Life. He also worked as a still photographer on film sets, including James Bond films starring Sean Connery.

Mr. Dean, the son of a grocer and a schoolteacher, was born in Monticello, Fla., and studied engineering at the University of Florida. He briefly worked as a junior press agent for the Ringling Circus, where he began taking photographs of performers.

After working in aerial reconnaissance in World War II, he took his first assignment for Life in 1946. Mr. Dean spent three weeks with Mr. Hemingway in Spain in 1960 for an assignment on bullfighting, and published "Hemingway's Spain," in 1989.

Gyorgy Sandor, 93, a pianist who was a protege of the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok and toured the world into his 90s while teaching at the Juilliard School, died Friday of heart failure at his Manhattan home, according to his son, Michael.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Mr. Sandor studied piano with Mr. Bartok and composition with Zoltan Kodaly at the Liszt Academy of Music there. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1939.

Thomas Gossett, 89, a retired English professor at Wake Forest University who was working on a book about evolution, died Sunday, the university said.

His first book, Race: the History of an Idea in America, was published in 1963, during the height of the civil-rights movement.

Mr. Gossett came to Wake Forest in 1967 and taught classes in American literature. But he became interested in sociology and cultural studies, so after he retired in 1987, he set up shop in the sociology department's offices.

The book for which he's known is an analysis and timeline of the concept of race, from ancient history to the mid-20th century. In 1964, it was awarded the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize by Phi Beta Kappa, an annual writing award that goes to scholarly work that contributes to the "intellectual and cultural condition of humanity." Race went out of print at some point, then was republished in 1997. It is still frequently cited in other works, said Earl Smith, a sociology professor at the university.

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