Other Notable Deaths


August 05, 2006

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 90, a famed soprano who won international acclaim for her renditions of Mozart and Strauss, died Thursday in the town of Schruns, Austria.

Ms. Schwarzkopf, ranked alongside Maria Callas as a giant of the opera and concert stage, retired in 1975 after captivating audiences and critics alike during a career that spanned four decades.

Her leading roles, ranging from Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni to the Marschallin in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, were immortalized on records and CDs. So were her recitals of lieder - German songs of a lyrical, often popular character.

After her retirement she admitted having applied to join the Nazi Party in 1939, but she said it was "akin to joining a union" so that she could further her singing career. She was an aunt of U.S. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who in 1991 led American forces in the first Gulf War against Iraqi forces occupying Kuwait.

Patricia Goedicke Robinson, 75, an acclaimed poet and former University of Montana professor, died of pneumonia associated with cancer July 14 at a hospital in Missoula, Mont.

She wrote 12 books of poetry under the name Patricia Goedicke. The most recent, As Earth Begins to End, was recognized by the American Library Association as one of the top 10 poetry books of 2000. She recently completed her 13th collection, The Baseball Field at Night, which is under consideration at several presses.

She taught in the University of Montana's creative-writing program for 25 years. Her first poetry collection, Between Oceans, was published in 1968, the same year she met her future husband, Leonard Wallace Robinson, a writer for the New Yorker and former fiction editor at Esquire. He died in 1999.

Harold R. Scott Jr., 70, an actor, producer and director and the first black artistic director of a major American regional theater, died of natural causes July 16 at his home in Newark, N.J.

He had already been an actor in noteworthy plays both on and off Broadway before making history as artistic director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park from 1972 to 1974. He had been head of the directing program for nearly two decades at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.

He won an Obie Award in 1959 for his performance in Jean Genet's Deathwatch. His Broadway credits include The Mighty Gents, starring Morgan Freeman; Suddenly Last Summer, with Elizabeth Ashley; Paul Robeson, starring Avery Brooks; and A Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry, with Sidney Poitier and Phylicia Rashad.

Frederick G. Kilgour, 92, a distinguished librarian who nearly 40 years ago transformed a consortium of Ohio libraries into what is now the largest library cooperative in the world, making the catalogs of thousands of libraries around the globe instantly accessible to far-flung patrons, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Monday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

At his death, he was a distinguished research professor emeritus at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he taught from 1990 until his retirement in 2004.

The cooperative he founded in 1967 is known to librarians everywhere simply as OCLC (The initials originally stood for Ohio College Library Center; the name was changed in 1981.) Based in Dublin, Ohio, the cooperative oversees a vast computerized database that comprises the catalogs of about 10,000 libraries around the world - more than a billion items - available to anyone who walks into a participating library and logs on to a computer terminal.

Starting later this month, the database will be available to anyone with an Internet connection. Known as WorldCat (www.world cat.org), it includes the catalogs of many of the finest libraries in the world. By entering a ZIP code, people will be able to identify nearby libraries that own copies of the books, videotapes, CDs and other materials they seek.

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