Other Deaths Of Note


October 28, 2006

LEONID HAMBRO, 86 Victor Borge's sidekick

Leonid Hambro, a concert pianist who served as Victor Borge's comedic sidekick and was known for his ability to commit to memory a huge repertoire, died Monday at his Manhattan home of complications from a fall, said his wife, Barbara Hambro.

He had a 10-year partnership with Mr. Borge, beginning in 1961, that earned him the most visibility. Mr. Borge's piano comedy act had Mr. Hambro playing the straight guy to his antics.

He also had a 16-year career as pianist for WQXR radio station, where he played live weekly broadcasts and chamber music recitals.

RALPH R. HARDING, 77 Mormon congressman

Ralph R. Harding, a former two-term Mormon congressman who lost re-election in 1964 after publicly berating a church leader for supporting the John Birch Society, died Thursday in Boise, Idaho. The cause of death was not released.

Former Idaho U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings said Mr. Harding would be remembered as much for his rapid rise in Idaho politics as for his abrupt defeat. Mr. Harding, a Democrat who served in the Idaho Legislature from 1955 to 1956, ran against 16-year incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Hamer Budge for Idaho's 2nd Congressional District in 1960 and pulled off an upset.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mr. Harding criticized LDS Church Apostle Ezra Taft Benson as "a spokesman for the radical right" during a September 1963 speech on the House floor.

He criticized Mr. Benson, who had served as Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower's secretary of agriculture from 1953 to 1961, for a speaking appearance that same month on behalf of John Birch Society founder Robert H. Welch. Mr. Welch had just published a book alleging that Eisenhower, commanding general of U.S. forces in Europe during World War II, was a Communist Party sympathizer.

Two months later, Mr. Harding lost to Republican George V. Hansen.

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