Other Notable Deaths


July 09, 2006

Frank Zeidler, 93, a former Milwaukee mayor who was the last Socialist to run a major American city, died of congestive heart failure and diverticulitis Friday at a Milwaukee hospital.

He led Milwaukee from 1948 through 1960, and his three terms as mayor were marked by large-scale construction of public housing, creation of the first educational television station in Wisconsin and city beautification programs. He also made strong statements on behalf of civil rights.

He was part of the Socialist Party's city stronghold, which was fueled by German immigrants who flocked there. The party had thousands of members, a congressional seat and control of the mayor's office for nearly a half-century, ending with Mr. Zeidler.

Benjamin Hendrickson, 55, an Emmy Award-winning actor on the soap opera As the World Turns, committed suicide at his home in Huntington, N.Y., Suffolk County police said. His body was found Monday with a gunshot to the head, police said.

He was a member of the first graduating class of the Juilliard School of Drama, along with actors Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. He appeared on Broadway in the early 1980s as a replacement in the title role of The Elephant Man and in the 1984 revival of Awake and Sing!

He played Chief of Detectives Hal Munson for more than 20 years on CBS' As the World Turns, winning a Daytime Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in 2003. His last air date on the show will be Wednesday.

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