Other notable deaths


December 21, 2005

William R. Hutchison, 75, a leading scholar of American religious history, died Friday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The cause of death was stomach cancer, according to his daughter, Elizabeth.

At the time of his death, Dr. Hutchison was Charles Warren research professor of American religious history at Harvard Divinity School.

Dr. Hutchison was `'the dean of American religious historians," David Hollinger, chairman of the history department at the University of California, Berkeley, said yesterday.

He was the author of several books, including The Transcendentalist Ministers: Church Reform in the New England Renaissance, The Modernist Impulse in American Protestantism , and Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal.

Enzo Stuarti, 86, an Italian tenor who performed in Broadway musicals and at Carnegie Hall, and did popular TV commercials plugging a spaghetti sauce, died Friday of heart failure in Midland, Texas, family members said.

Larry Stuart said his father appeared in more than a dozen Broadway productions, including Around the World in 80 Days, South Pacific and Kiss Me Kate. Mr. Stuarti was a frequent guest on television talk shows, including the Ed Sullivan Show, Mike Douglas the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Besides his singing career, Mr. Stuarti appeared in commercials for Ragu spaghetti sauce, delivering the "That's a-nice" line about the sauce.

Judge Darrell Hester, 80, a tough-minded jurist who presided over trials that helped topple the dynasty of Texas political boss George Parr, died Sunday in Harlingen, Texas.

Mr. Parr might have been best known for the so-called "Box 13" vote fraud in south Texas in 1948 that many believe stole a U.S. Senate election for Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. Parr committed suicide before county corruption trials got under way in 1975.

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