Other Notable Deaths


December 24, 2006


Renowned puppeteer

George Latshaw, an internationally renowned puppeteer who for half a century breathed life into a diverse array of inanimate objects, and in so doing helped gain acceptance for puppetry as a legitimate art form in the United States, died Tuesday in Temple Terrace, Fla.

He was widely regarded as a dean of American puppetry. Long before the Muppets, he was one of the small handful of full-time professional puppeteers who traveled the country staging serious theatrical pieces.

Credited with influencing a generation of puppeteers, he was a founder of the O'Neill Puppetry Conference, an intensive week spent developing new puppet-theater works, held each summer since 1991 in Waterford, Conn. His book Puppetry: The Ultimate Disguise (Richards Rosen Press, 1978) is considered among the most important English-language works on the subject.


Entomologist at Harvard

Andrew Spielman, an entomologist at Harvard whose studies of mosquitoes, ticks and other insects shed light on the diseases that parasites carry to humans, most notably malaria, the West Nile virus and Lyme disease, died Wednesday in Boston.

Based on research on Nantucket, Mass., in the 1970s, his observations of deer ticks proved valuable in understanding the transmission of Lyme disease, which was in the early stages of its diagnosis. He suggested that reducing deer populations would lead to a decline in the disease. The strategy is now widely applied to prevent the spread of Lyme, which deer ticks also transmit. FRANK TREMAINE, 93

Reported on Pearl Harbor

Frank Tremaine, a former United Press correspondent and executive who reported on the attack on Pearl Harbor, died in Savannah, Ga., on Dec. 7, the 65th anniversary of the attack, during which he phoned in an eyewitness account of the bombing.

Born in Detroit and raised in Pasadena, Calif., he began his United Press career as a correspondent at Stanford University, where he graduated in 1936.

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