Other notable deaths


April 13, 2006

Patrick Cavanaugh, 60, a former manager of the Coasters who was convicted of killing one of the 1950s rock group's singers in Las Vegas, has died in a Nevada prison.

Cavanaugh, who had long-term health problems aggravated by smoking, died of natural causes Monday in Ely State Prison, said Fritz Schlottman, a spokesman for the prison system.

He was sentenced to death in 1984 for murdering Nathaniel "Buster" Wilson. He lost repeated appeals to the state Supreme Court, including one a year ago in which he claimed he had ineffective legal counsel.

Mr. Wilson was shot in the head in 1980 and his arms, legs and head were cut off and his fingerprints removed with acid. His body was found more than a month later, dumped in a canyon near Modesto, Calif.

Prosecutors said Cavanaugh feared Mr. Wilson was going to tell police he was involved in a phony check scheme. Cavanaugh's wife, a former stripper, was the state's star witness and linked her husband to the murder.

The Coasters were known for such hits as "Searchin,'" "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak."

Elizabeth Maguire, 47, a publisher who worked with historians, theologians and other nonfiction authors, died Saturday of ovarian cancer, the Perseus Books Group said Monday.

Since 2002, Ms. Maguire had been publisher of Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus.

Ms. Maguire's many writers included historian Richard Brookhiser, theologian George Weigel, Harvard University's Henry Louis Gates and cultural critic Michael Eric Dyson, who in a statement praised her as a "world-class thinker and my mind's most faithful companion."

Born in New York City, Ms. Maguire majored in English at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1980. For six years, she was executive editor of Oxford University Press, where she edited Joan D. Hedrick's Pulitzer Prize-winning Harriet Beecher Stowe. Ms. Maguire also worked at Cambridge University Press, Addison Wesley Longman and the Free Press before joining Basic Books in 2000.

Ms. Maguire wrote the novel Thinner, Blonder, Whiter, published by Carroll & Graf in 2002, and had recently been working on a novel about the 19th-century author Constance Fenimore Woolson.

Dr. Leonard Neff, 80, a psychiatrist who worked with Vietnam veterans and helped improve diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, died March 26 at his Los Angeles home after battling cancer, daughter Jane Neff Rollins said.

Dr. Neff was working at what is now the Veterans Affairs psychiatric hospital in West Los Angeles in 1974 when he helped persuade a 22-year-old Vietnam veteran to surrender after the man took three men hostage, said Floyd Meshad, a psychiatric social worker.

In 1976, Dr. Neff and others presented a definition of the phenomenon to a psychiatric association convention. Dr. Neff was "instrumental in making sure [post-traumatic stress disorder] became an actual diagnosis in 1980," said psychologist Charles Figley of the Traumatology Institute at Florida State University.

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