Other Notable Deaths


November 04, 2006

FLORENCE KLOTZ, 86 Costume designer

Florence Klotz, a Tony-winning costume designer who worked on more than 50 Broadway productions including the legendary Follies, died in her sleep Wednesday at her Manhattan home.

She collaborated most successfully with Harold Prince, winning Tonys for six musicals he directed.

Besides Follies, which showcased lavish black-and-white showgirl costumes, Ms. Klotz won Tonys for A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Grind, Kiss of the Spider Woman and the 1994 revival of Show Boat.

CLIFFORD GEERTZ, 80 Noted anthropologist

Clifford Geertz, an anthropologist whose work influenced other areas of social sciences and won major book awards, died Monday in Philadelphia from complications after heart surgery, according to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he was on the faculty.

He attended Antioch College and Harvard University and was a professor at the University of Chicago before joining the Institutes for Advanced Study in 1970.

He was considered a founder of interpretive anthropology. His work focused on symbols and he believed that cultures were distinct enough that it was impossible for scholars to define the essence of humanity, a position that frustrated some in his field. Much of his writing came from his fieldwork in Indonesia and Morocco.

BUDDY KILLEN, 73 Songwriter and producer

Buddy Killen, a music publisher, songwriter and record producer who helped launch the careers of Dolly Parton and Bill Anderson and became one of the most influential figures in the Nashville entertainment business, died Wednesday after recently being diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Killen himself wrote hundreds of hits. His most recorded was "Forever," a hit for the Little Dippers in 1960. Conway Twitty had a No. 1 country hit in 1979 with Mr. Killen's "I May Never Get to Heaven" and Buck Owens hit No. 1 with "Open Up Your Heart" in 1966.

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