Other notable deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

June 05, 2006

James Conway Sr., 78, a founder of the Mister Softee ice cream company, died of cancer May 28 at his home in Ocean City, N.J.

With his brother William, Mr. Conway began the business in Philadelphia in 1956, developing it into a multimillion-dollar concern. Mister Softee, based in Runnemede, N.J., is currently among the largest franchisers of ice cream trucks in the country, with more than 600 trucks in 15 states.

Mister Softee is famous for the distinctive jingle that plays over and over from the trucks as they cruise through neighborhoods. In 2004, New York City noise officials wanted to silence the trucks' music, but the city backed down after a public outcry. Now all ice cream vendors can play music, but only when the vehicles are moving.

Dr. Ronald E. Cranford, 65, a neurologist, bioethicist and brain-injury expert who helped establish clearer standards to determine when a patient is in a vegetative state, died of complications from kidney cancer Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Dr. Cranford examined Terri Schiavo in 2002, before her case became the center of a national debate over the extent of her brain injuries and her husband's request to withdraw life support. A professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Cranford reviewed Mrs. Schiavo's brain scan and concluded that she was in a permanent vegetative state and was not likely to recover.

In the 1980s, he lobbied for the formation of ethics committees within hospitals to consider questions raised by ever more effective life-support systems. Once unusual, ethics committees have since become common in hospitals nationwide.

Raymond Davis Jr., 91, who shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics for detecting particles produced by nuclear reactions in the sun, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Wednesday, the Brookhaven National Laboratory said.

His experiments, conducted underground to eliminate interference from cosmic rays, helped confirm that the sun is powered by nuclear fusion and prompted further scientific inquiry that suggested that solar neutrinos, unlike light particles, have a small amount of mass.

Dr. Davis shared the 2002 physics prize with Masatoshi Koshiba, of Japan, and Riccardo Giacconi of the United States. After his retirement from Brookhaven, he worked as a research professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rocio Jurado, 61, a singer and actress who was a beloved figure in Spain and Latin America over a career spanning more than four decades, died Thursday in Madrid after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

She was known fondly as la mas grande de Espana - Spain's greatest. She recorded more than 30 records, performed on both sides of the Atlantic and appeared in nearly a dozen films - her first as a teenager. In 1985, she performed at the White House for President Ronald Reagan.

Miss Jurado - her full name was Maria del Rocio Trinidad Mohedano Jurado - was known for a powerful voice that blended traditional Spanish styles of flamenco, folk and romantic ballads.

Maya Miller, 90, a philanthropist who championed women's rights along with many environmental, liberal and progressive causes for decades, died Wednesday at her ranch home in Washoe Valley, Nev. She had been in failing health for several months, and her condition had worsened as a result of a fall in early May.

She lived simply at her ranch, donating millions of dollars of her inherited wealth to state and national groups. Her activism won her a spot on President Richard M. Nixon's "enemies list" during the Vietnam War era. A board member of the national League of Women Voters, she resigned when the league voted down an anti-war resolution in 1969.

She also was a founder of the Washington-based Women's Campaign Fund and an early backer of Emily's List, which supports women candidates in national races. She ran for U.S. Senate in 1974, losing in the primary to Harry Reid, who is now Senate minority leader.

George William Dunne, 93, a political powerbroker who was at Mayor Richard J. Daley's side during the chaotic 1968 Democratic convention, died May 28 at his farm in Hebron, Ill. He had had heart trouble.

Mr. Dunne, the son of Irish immigrants and nicknamed "Gentleman George," was among a handful of men who reigned over the Chicago Democratic machine for much of the past century. He first took public office in 1955 when he became a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. In 1962, he joined the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He served as board president from 1969 to 1990.

He was present the night the Illinois delegation nominated Harry S. Truman for the presidency at the 1948 Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Two decades later, Mr. Dunne was at Mr. Daley's side as delegates nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president while police and anti-war demonstrators clashed on Chicago streets.

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