Other Notable Deaths


December 31, 2006

HARALD BREDESEN, 88 Lutheran minister

Harald Bredesen, a Lutheran minister who helped shape the ministry of evangelist Pat Robertson and spread a form of evangelical praise known as "speaking in tongues," died Friday at a hospital in Escondido, Calif., after falling at his home Tuesday.

Mr. Bredesen befriended Mr. Robertson while they both lived in New York in the late 1950s. Mr. Robertson credited Mr. Bredesen with leading him into a charismatic Christian experience known as "Baptism in the Holy Spirit," after which Mr. Robertson began to speak in an exuberant prayer language.

ROBERT BOEHM, 92 Legal rights advocate

Robert Boehm, the chairman of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a Manhattan-based nonprofit group most recently in the forefront of an effort to secure legal rights for military prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo and elsewhere, died Tuesday at his home in New York City.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, prompted by the civil rights struggle, gained support after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Mr. Boehm, a lawyer, helped rally financial backing for the organization as the center built its legal support network for the civil rights movement. He also helped the center branch out to challenge American policies in Central America and assist victims of Gen. Augusto Pinochet in Chile and Ferdinand E. Marcos in the Philippines.

JARED NATHAN, 21 Former actor on `Zoom'

Jared Nathan, a former actor on the children's television show Zoom, died in an automobile accident Thursday in Hollis, N.H.

Mr. Nathan, who lived in Nashua, N.H., was a third-year acting student at the Juilliard School in New York, friends said. He was home on Christmas break. He was a passenger in a car that crashed into a tree and overturned early Thursday morning in Hollis, authorities said. He died at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

He was 13 years old when he was selected for the 1999 revival of Zoom, a public television show produced by WGBH-TV in Boston that aired in the 1970s. He was on the show for one season and would have been invited back had he not reached adolescence, said executive producer Kate Taylor.

FERNAND NAULT, 85 Dancer, choreographer

Fernand Nault, one of Canada's foremost dance figures, who followed a 21-year career at American Ballet Theater with the artistic leadership of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and with prolific choreography that ranged from The Nutcracker to Tommy, his 1970 hit rock ballet, died in Montreal on Tuesday. He was one day short of his 86th birthday. He suffered from Parkinson's disease.

He was credited by critics with raising the Grands Ballets to international status and was honored by the Canadian and Quebec governments for his contributions to Canadian dance. He was also for many years a dancer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director in the United States.

He was artistic director of the Colorado Ballet (1981-82) and the Louisville Civic Ballet (1959-64). His first version of Carmina Burana was created in the United States. But when he restaged it for the Grands Ballets, its dynamic power made it a sensation at the world's fair in Montreal.

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