Other notable deaths


July 11, 2006

Catherine Leroy, 60, a photojournalist whose stark images of battle helped tell the story of Vietnam in Life magazine and other publications, died of cancer Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif.

The French-born Ms. Leroy was 21 in 1966 when she took a one-way ticket to Saigon to document American troops in Vietnam. A year later she was the only accredited journalist to take part in a combat parachute jump with the 173rd Airborne during Operation Junction City.

Her 1967 photo Corpsman in Anguish portrays a young Marine, his face wrenched in torment, hunched over the body of his friend while smoke from the battle rises behind them.

In 1968, during the Tet Offensive, she was captured by North Vietnamese soldiers. She talked her way out and emerged with images of the army in action that were published in Life. One ran on the cover under the headline: "A remarkable day in Hue; The enemy lets me take his picture; by Catherine Leroy."

Jack Smith, 92, a singer and recording artist who hosted the popular You Asked for It television show, died of leukemia July 3 at his home in Westlake Village, Calif.

Mr. Smith began a singing career in the early 1930s and worked for many years in radio. He was host of the ABC series in its final season in 1958. The show invited viewers' suggestions for unusual things that they wanted to see on the air, such as people with uncommon talents or the inside of the vault at Fort Knox.

He returned as host of a syndicated version in the 1971-1972 season, and the show was produced sporadically until 1977.

Frank Zeidler, 93 a former Milwaukee mayor who was the last Socialist to run a major American city, died there Friday.

The Milwaukee native 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 from 1948 through 1960.

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 as Milwaukee became the 11th-largest city in the United States by the end of his term, his daughter Jeanne Zeidler said.

Mr. Zeidler said the word socialism was discredited when Stalin and Hitler used it in their rhetoric. Still, he remained an ardent Socialist until his death, serving as chairman of the national Socialist Party as its numbers dwindled.

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