other deaths of note


November 13, 2006

JACK WILLIAMSON, 98 Science fiction author

Jack Williamson, who wrote dozens of novels and short stories in a career that spanned eight decades, died Friday at his home in Portales, N.M.

He published steadily since writing his first story, "The Metal Man," in 1928 at age 20. His last book, The Stonehenge Gate, was published recently.

He returned to Eastern New Mexico University, his alma mater, and joined the faculty in 1960. He had received Hugo and Nebula awards as well as lifetime achievement honors from the World Fantasy Convention and the Horror Writers of America.

ELLEN WILLIS, 64 Journalist, feminist

Ellen Willis, whose work ranged seamlessly through politics and religion, sex, film and rock 'n' roll, died Thursday at her home in Queens, New York. The cause was lung cancer, said her husband, Stanley Aronowitz, a sociologist and progressive activist.

She was a professor of journalism at New York University. She also directed the journalism department's cultural reporting and criticism program, which she founded in 1995.

In the 1980s, she helped found No More Nice Girls, a street theater and protest group that focused on abortion rights.


Marian Marsh Henderson, the doll-faced 1930s actress perhaps best known as the teen milkmaid Trilby mesmerized by John Barrymore in Svengali, died Thursday at her home in Palm Desert, Calif.

She appeared in more than 40 motion pictures in the 1930s and early 1940s. Born Violet Ethelred Krauth on the island of Trinidad, she moved to California during World War I with her mother and three siblings and followed her sister Jeanne Morgan into show business.

PAUL MAURIAT, 81 Conductor

Paul Mauriat, a French conductor whose arrangement of "Love is Blue" topped U.S. charts in the 1960s, died Nov. 3 in southeast France. He grew up in Paris and began leading his own band in World War II. His 1968 arrangement of "Love is Blue," written by Andre Popp and originally recorded by Vicky Leandros, was a No. 1 hit in the United States.

MARKUS WOLF, 83 East German spymaster

Markus Wolf, who outwitted the West as communist East Germany's long-serving spymaster, died Thursday in his apartment in Berlin. The cause of death was not released.

Known as "The Man Without a Face" for his elusiveness, he planted about 4,000 agents in the West - most famously, placing Guenter Guillaume as a top aide to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.

FEREYDOUN HOVEYDA, 82 Iranian ambassador

Fereydoun Hoveyda, a former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations during the reign of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and an expert in Middle Eastern affairs, died of cancer Nov. 3 at his home in Clifton, Va.

He represented Iran at the United Nations from 1971 until 1979. Mr. Hoveyda participated in preparations for the 1945 San Francisco Conference, which adopted the charter of the United Nations, and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

FRANK W. DUNHAM JR., 64 Attorney

Frank W. Dunham Jr., an attorney for Zacarias Moussaoui and in other high-profile terrorism cases after the Sept. 11 attacks, died of brain cancer Nov. 3 at his home in Alexandria, Va. He was the lead attorney for Moussaoui, the only person charged by the U.S. government in the attacks, and who is serving life in prison.

LEONARD SCHRADER, 62 Film writer

Leonard Schrader, 62, who wrote the Academy Award-nominated film Kiss of the Spider Woman and co-wrote the critically praised Mishima, died of heart failure Nov. 2 in Los Angeles. He had suffered from a number of ailments, including cancer, said his brother, Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader.

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