Other Notable Deaths


September 25, 2006

Sir Malcolm Arnold, 84, the first British composer to win an Academy Award, died of a chest infection Saturday at a hospital in Norfolk County in England.

Mr. Arnold, who won an Oscar for the music to the 1957 film Bridge on the River Kwai, composed more than 130 films scores, including The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, for which he received Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello award in 1958. He also composed nine symphonies, seven ballets, two operas, a musical and more than 20 concertos. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1970.

He died on the day his ballet The Three Musketeers premiered at the Alhambra Theatre in the northern English city of Bradford. The performance went ahead Saturday night as planned and was dedicated to him.

William Schultz, 80, who led a leveraged buyout of struggling CBS-owned Fender Musical Instruments Corp. in 1985 and turned it into a music-industry leader, died Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a 17-year battle with cancer.

He moved the company to Scottsdale in 1991 and oversaw its expansion from a firm with a small office and one manufacturing facility to a company with three manufacturing plants in two countries and 2,500 employees. He had stepped down as chief executive officer last year but remained chairman of the board of directors.

Mr. Schultz and current Fender CEO Bill Mendello took over the company when it was suffering from poor-quality products and foreign competition. Mr. Schultz was president of Yamaha Musical Products Co. before joining Fender as president in 1981. Music Trades magazine once dubbed him "the man who saved Fender" and named him its Man of the Year in 1999.

Sven Nykvist, 83, an Oscar-winning filmmaker who was legendary director Ingmar Bergman's cinematographer of choice, died Wednesday at a nursing home in Sweden where he was being treated for aphasia, a form of dementia.

He won Academy Awards for best cinematography for the Bergman films Cries and Whispers in 1973 and the 1982 film Fanny and Alexander. His sense of lighting and camera work made him a favorite of Mr. Bergman's after their first collaboration on the 1953 movie Sawdust and Tinsel, which began a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.

Mr. Nykvist also worked on fellow Swede Lasse Hallstrom's What's Eating Gilbert Grape and did several movies with Bergman fan Woody Allen. His last film was Curtain Call in 1999.

Dean Everett Wooldridge, 93, a physicist who co-founded aerospace giant TRW Inc. and helped develop the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile program, died of pneumonia Wednesday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

He worked at Bell Laboratories in New York, where he was put in charge of developing the first airborne fire-control systems during World War II.

With former Caltech classmate Simon Ramo, he started Ramo-Wooldridge, a company that merged with its financial backer, Thompson Products, in 1958 and was eventually renamed TRW. He retired in the early 1960s from the company, which was acquired by Northrop Grumman Corp. in 2002.

P. Ole Fanger, 72, a Danish researcher considered the world's leading expert on the effect of indoor air quality on humans, died from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm Sept. 18 at a hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.

He had received 75 scientific awards in 28 countries, including 12 honorary doctorates, 18 medals and honorary memberships in 16 professional societies.

Dr. Fanger and his team at the Technical University of Denmark were the first to document that poor indoor air quality in homes increases children's risks for developing asthma and allergies and that mediocre indoor air quality in offices decreases productivity. His field studies showed that pollution from building materials, electronic devices and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems is often a cause of poor indoor air quality.

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