Other notable deaths


May 15, 2006

John Hicks, 64, a pianist who helped define the mainstream jazz aesthetic of his instrument, died of internal bleeding Wednesday in New York City. Mr. Hicks, a prolific mainstay of jazz in New York since the late 1960s, gave his final performance May 7 at a fundraising concert at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Harlem, where his father had been a minister.

With a dense, heavy, physical style influenced by McCoy Tyner, he ranged widely across the genre, from free jazz to programs of music written by Billy Strayhorn, Mary Lou Williams and Sonny Clark.

Among his dozens of jobs with working bands, he had stretches with three of the most important incubators of young jazz musicians: from 1964 to 1966 he was in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, from 1966 to 1968 with the singer Betty Carter, and from 1968 to 1970 with Woody Herman's big band. He later was a band leader and recorded many albums under his own name.

James Keogh, 89, a former executive editor of Time magazine who served President Richard M. Nixon in communication roles through the administration's troubled years, died of respiratory failure Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn.

He joined the Nixon administration in 1969 as a special assistant to the president and became head speechwriter about a year later. He also was director of the U.S. Information Agency, which advocates U.S. interests abroad.

He began his journalism career in 1938 at the Omaha World-Herald. He became a national affairs reporter at Time magazine in 1951 and eventually rose to executive editor. He was credited with design changes to the cover that continue to the present. Before retiring in 1986, he was executive director of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executives, for 10 years. He wrote two books, This is Nixon and President Nixon and the Press.

Terence Sumner Kirk, 89, a former World War II prisoner of war who built a pinhole camera from cardboard scraps and used smuggled-in photo supplies to snap photographs of fellow malnourished Marines, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home in Burleson, Texas.

He built the camera, although he could have been killed if Japanese soldiers found out, because he wanted to document the horrors the POWs endured during his four years in captivity. He took eight photographs and managed to develop six.

Mr. Kirk and other Marines walked out of the Fukuoko No. 3 prison in Japan in 1945 after soldiers announced that the war was over. In 1983, he released his memoirs and prison photographs in his book The Secret Camera and lectured about the Marines in the Japanese prison camps.

Michael O'Leary, 69, a deputy prime minister of Ireland in the early 1980s, drowned Thursday while on vacation in France.

He represented central Dublin in Dail Eireann, the Irish parliament, from 1965 to 1987. He later worked as a lawyer and a judge.

After his election to the Dail, he sought to steer Labor away from Ireland's dominant conservative parties but eventually recognized that Labor would need to cooperate with one of them to form a government. He served as labor minister in a Fine Gael-Labor coalition government from 1973 to 1977, and became Labor leader in 1981.

Soraya, 37, the Colombian-American singer and Latin Grammy winner whose hits included "Solo Por Ti" and "Casi," died Wednesday in a Miami hospital after a battle with breast cancer.

The singer, known by her first name, was born in New Jersey to Colombian parents in 1969. Her breast cancer was diagnosed in 2000. Even before her self-titled debut album was released in 2003, she was known for integrating cumbia and flamenco music with her own style of pop/rock.

In 2005 she was nominated for a Latin Grammy for best female pop vocal album for El Otro Lado de Mi. She won a Latin Grammy for best singer-songwriter album and a Billboard Latin Music Spirit of Hope award in 2004.

Lawrence Lader, 86, a writer who so successfully marshaled his literary and political efforts in support of abortion rights that Betty Friedan, the feminist author, called him the father of the movement, died of colon cancer May 7 at his home in New York City.

He was a major voice in the abortion-rights debate for four decades, becoming a lightning rod for critics as well as a beacon for proponents. He wrote influential books and articles on the subject, organized ministers to refer women wanting abortions to doctors as well as referring 2,000 himself, helped found what was long known as the National Abortion Rights Action League and helped win New York's repeal of abortion restrictions in 1970.

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