Other notable deaths


July 08, 2006

Dorothy Hayden Truscott, 80, for many years the top-ranked woman in bridge and the winner of four world titles and more than two dozen national championships, died of Parkinson's disease Tuesday in New Russia, N.Y.

She won four world titles as a player: the Venice Cup in 1974, 1976 and 1978, and the Women's Team Olympiad in 1980. She was the nonplaying captain of the winning American Venice Cup team in 1989. She was inducted into the American Contract Bridge League's Hall of Fame in 1998.

With her husband, Alan Truscott, the bridge columnist for The New York Times who died last year, she wrote Teach Yourself Basic Bidding (1976-77) and The New York Times Bridge Book (2002).

Ralph Ginzburg, 76, a magazine publisher who was at the center of two First Amendment battles in the 1960s, tangling with Barry Goldwater and serving eight months in federal prison for obscenity, died of multiple myeloma Thursday at a hospital in the Bronx, N.Y.

His Avant Garde, first published in 1968, was a literary and art magazine that boasted fans such as John Lennon and Pablo Picasso. When that magazine folded, he created Moneysworth, a consumer financial newsletter. But his promotion of two other publications, an erotic art quarterly called Eros and the magazine Fact, which called Senator Goldwater's psychological background into question, placed Mr. Ginzburg in the courts for years.

He was 55 when he started a second career as a photographer.

Theodore Levitt, 81, the former Harvard Business Review editor who coined the term "globalization," died of prostate cancer June 28 at his home in Belmont, Mass.

He first used the term "globalization" in a 1983 Harvard Business Review article about the emergence of standardized, low-priced consumer products. He defined the phenomenon as the changes in social behaviors and technology that let companies sell the same products around the world.

While serving as editor from 1985 to 1989, he transformed the Harvard Business Review from an academic publication to a reader-friendly magazine read by business leaders. He wrote or co-wrote eight books

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, 52, an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano whose repertoire ranged from Baroque to the contemporary, died Monday at her home in Santa Fe, N.M. She fought breast cancer in recent years and canceled performances last year and this year because of back problems.

The trade newspaper Musical America named her vocalist of the year in 2001.

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Ms. Hunt Lieberson began her musical career as a violist and later became a recitalist, concert singer and operatic performer, according to her biography on the Web site of IMG Artists, which represented her.

Lars Korvald, 90, the first Christian Democrat to serve as prime minister of Norway, died Tuesday, his party said.

He formed a three-party minority coalition in 1972, after a Labor Party government led by Trygve Bratteli resigned. Mr. Korvald's government lasted from October 1972 until October 1973, when it resigned because the opposition socialists won a majority in parliamentary elections.

He served in Parliament from 1961 until through 1981, as his party's parliamentary leader for 16 of those years.

Joe Weaver, 71, one of the key figures of the 1950s Detroit R&B scene, died of complications from a stroke Monday in Southfield, Mich.

Mr. Weaver, pianist and bandleader with his Blue Note Orchestra, linked the 1940s big band era with the 1950s R&B era, a musical mix that led to Motown. He performed jump blues and jazz in the very early `50s, then throughout that decade performed as the Fortune Records house band. Later, Weaver and the Blue Notes worked for Berry Gordy Jr., playing on early sessions such as "Shop Around" for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

Philip Rieff, 83, a University of Pennsylvania sociologist who was one of the first scholars to explore Sigmund Freud's impact on Western culture, died of heart failure July 1 at his Philadelphia home.

A cultural theorist once married to Susan Sontag, he argued that the traditional function of culture - to teach morality - has been supplanted in modern times by the notion that culture exists merely for personal gratification.

The first volume of his master work, Sacred Order/Social Order: My Life Among the Deathworks, was published this year.

Dr. Rieff, who taught at Penn from 1961 until his 1992 retirement, started his career at the University of Chicago. His standout reputation led the 17-year-old Sontag to audit his Kafka class. They married 10 days later, an eight-year union that produced one child, the journalist David Rieff. Ms. Sontag died in 2004.

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