Other Notable Deaths


December 30, 2005

Bud Blake, 87, who created the award-winning comic strip Tiger after quitting his job as a New York ad man to pursue his love of drawing, died Monday at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to the King Features Syndicate, which distributes the comic.

The strip, with its cast of Tiger and his boyhood pals, was named as the year's best humor strip in 1970, 1978 and 2000 by the National Cartoonists Society. It still appears in more than 100 newspapers in 11 countries, King Features said.

The strip, which captured children's humor and charm, included Tiger, his little brother, Punkinhead, his best friend, Hugo, and his dog, Stripe.

Mr. Blake continued drawing Tiger until he was 85.

Before becoming a cartoonist, Mr. Blake was executive art director for an ad agency whose clients included General Motors and Goodyear. After quitting, he worked as a freelance cartoonist and on a cartoon panel called Ever Happen to You? He created Tiger in 1965, nine years after leaving the advertising firm.

Dr. Bradford Cannon, 98, a plastic surgeon who helped pioneer a new treatment for burns and used it on victims of the deadly Coconut Grove nightclub fire of 1942, died Dec. 20 of pneumonia at his daughter's home in Lincoln, Mass.

Dr. Cannon, who was the first chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, was credited with saving the lives of soldiers maimed during World War II.

As a young doctor, he used a new method he developed with another surgeon to treat survivors of the fire that killed nearly 500 patrons of Boston's Coconut Grove. He wrapped victims' burns with petroleum-coated gauze containing boric acid, which preserved skin. The technique eventually became a standard treatment for burns, replacing a more invasive method that used tannic acid, which destroyed skin.

Dr. Cannon graduated from Harvard College in 1929 and Harvard Medical School in 1933. He served in the Army during World War II.

Gen. Sidney Gritz, 87, a retired Army brigadier general, died Tuesday in suburban Boca Raton, Fla.

General Gritz served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. But one of his most life-changing moments came during World War II, when General Gritz, a devout Jew, helped liberate Jews from Nazi concentration camps.

When General Gritz began to tell a story about those times, the people listening rarely looked away.

"When he looked at you, he stared straight through you," says his wife, Shirley Gritz. "He captivated people."

General Gritz spoke often about the Holocaust, especially to schoolchildren.

"Every time he did it, he was going through it all again," his wife said. "It was not easy for him, but he knew it was something he just had to do. It should not be forgotten. He would tell them he was there and how hard it was to have a handle on all those bodies. His career was definitely not a little thing."

General Gritz began his Army career as a private. He was drafted during World War II and figured he'd be out in a year. Instead, he fought in the Battle of Normandy, worked his way up to captain and earned the rank of brigadier general in 1970 while living in Heidelberg, Germany. He earned as many as 20 medals, including a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Medal for his work in Europe, says his daughter, Sharon Yowell.

Soon after his retirement in 1975, General Gritz accepted a job working with the Iranian Imperial Army. The couple moved to Iran, but returned to the United States when the Iranian Revolution began in 1979.

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