Other Notable Deaths


July 05, 2006

The Rev. Edwin B. Broderick, 89, who led the Roman Catholic diocese of Albany, N.Y., for seven years, died Sunday. He was appointed the eighth bishop of the diocese by Pope Paul VI in 1969 and served until 1976, when he was named executive director of Catholic Relief Services. He held that post until 1983.

During his time in Albany, the bishop served on the state commission that investigated the Attica prison riots.

Willie Denson, 69, the singer-songwriter perhaps best known for the hit "Mama Said," died of lung cancer Saturday at his Columbus, Ga., home.

Mr. Denson published more than 250 songs, some recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Gene Pitney and the Ronettes. He also appeared on television shows such as American Bandstand and Soul Train.

"Mama Said," co-written by Luther Dixon and sung by the Shirelles, who recorded four of his other pieces, reached No. 4 on the national charts in 1961.

Anna Lee Aldred, 85, a member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the first woman in the United States to receive a jockey's license, died June 12 at Valley Manor Nursing Home in Montrose, Colo.

She received her professional jockey's license in 1939, when she was 18, from California's Agua Caliente Racetrack. The license, a small wooden badge, is now on display at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

Albert A. Pena Jr., 88, a four-term Bexar County, Texas, commissioner and civil rights activist who fought for desegregation in South Texas schools, died Monday of natural causes.

Mr. Pena broke with the Democratic Party when he urged Mexican-Americans to vote for write-in candidates of the La Raza Unida Party. He was the first public official in Texas to denounce the Vietnam War.

Mr. Pena was first elected to the Bexar County Commissioners Court in 1956 and served four consecutive four-year terms.

He lost a re-election bid in 1972 when he defended the right of Angela Davis, a black Communist Party member and assistant professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, to a fair trial.

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