Other notable deaths


December 27, 2005

Henry James Hyde Jr., 55, the eldest son

Henry James Hyde Jr., 55, the eldest son of retiring Rep. Henry J. Hyde and a former minor league baseball player, died Saturday after a battle with liver cancer.

Mr. Hyde died at an Elk Grove Village, Ill., hospice center, said Representative Hyde's spokesman, Sam Stratman.

After his first year at Loyola University in New Orleans, Mr. Hyde was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and played for the Niagara Falls Pirates. In 1973, he was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a free agent and pitched for the Greenwood Braves in South Carolina.

Hyde spent parts of two seasons with the Greenwood Braves before suffering a career-ending arm injury.

"He pitched against major leaguers in spring training games and struck out Lou Piniella and Hank Aaron," said Mr. Hyde's brother Tony. "He loved those stories."

Mr. Hyde returned to Chicago and, along with his three siblings, volunteered on his father's political campaigns. At the time of his death, Mr. Hyde was a revenue agent with the Illinois secretary of state's office.

His father, an Illinois Republican, announced in April that he would not seek re-election when his term expires next year.

Albert L. Weimorts Jr.

Albert L. Weimorts Jr., 67, a civilian engineer for the Air Force who designed powerful bombs for targets in Iraq, died of brain cancer Wednesday at home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

The Air Force Research Laboratory honored Mr. Weimorts after he retired in 2003 for his role in developing two powerful bombs as chief engineer for the lab's Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base.

One was the 5,000-pound GBU-28 "Bunker Buster," created and deployed in a record-setting 28 days to target fortified bunkers during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

The other was the 21,500-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast, the largest satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history and nicknamed the "mother of all bombs." It was developed for the second Iraq war, but never used.

Mr. Weimorts received the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service and a career achievement award for his work.

During the 1990s, Mr. Weimorts served two tours as a weapons inspector in Iraq for the United Nations.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams, 80, a climber and adventurer who helped establish the modern-day mountain rescue, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday in Hansville, Wash.

Mr. Williams reached the summit of Mount Rainier at least nine times, searched for Noah's Ark in Turkey and trekked the Arctic in search of the remains of 19th-century British explorer John Franklin.

Mr. Williams was best remembered for setting up Seattle Mountain Rescue. A guide he wrote for dealing with mountain accidents still is used today. Family members said he eagerly responded to every emergency.

He stopped scaling peaks at age 60. Mr. Williams also was an attorney and writer.

Selma Jeanne Cohen

Selma Jeanne Cohen, 85, a historian, editor and teacher who devoted her career to proclaiming dance an art worthy of the scholarly respect traditionally awarded to painting, music and literature, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer's disease, said Leslie Steinau, her lawyer and a longtime friend.

Ms. Cohen waged a tireless campaign against scholars who maintained that dance was inherently frivolous. Instead, she believed it had a rich history that could be fruitfully analyzed from many philosophical viewpoints. Her efforts led her to become America's leading figure in dance scholarship.

Her most ambitious achievement was her editing of The International Encyclopedia of Dance for Oxford University Press. Published in 1998 after two decades of planning, and encompassing all forms of dance, the six-volume work, modeled on The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, remains the most comprehensive guide of its kind.

Eclectic scholarly interests had prompted Ms. Cohen, A.J. Pischl and Sheppard Black to found Dance Perspectives in 1959. The journal was dedicated to monographs on various aspects of world dance. Ms. Cohen became its sole editor in 1966. After it ceased publication in 1976, the Dance Perspectives Foundation, which she had established, continued to award an annual prize for the best dance book of the year.

Ms. Cohen was born in Chicago, attended elementary and high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory School and earned her doctorate in English from the University of Chicago in 1946.

When a childhood friend started taking ballet lessons from Edna McRae, a respected Chicago teacher, Ms. Cohen went along. She soon realized that she had no dancing talent, but she had great curiosity, and Ms. McRae had a dance library, to which the young scholar devoted herself.

Ms. Cohen, a tiny soft-spoken woman, could be a rigorous teacher, but she delighted in presiding graciously over social events. Friends, colleagues and students often met informally at her apartment, gatherings usually graced by Giselle, her long-lived and much-pampered cat. Ms. Cohen often jokingly said she hoped to write a treatise on feline aesthetics someday.

No immediate family members survive.

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