Other Notable Deaths


February 19, 2007

ALFRED DESIO, 74 Dancer, choreographer

Dancer and choreographer Alfred Desio, a Broadway veteran who invented a form of electronically enhanced tap dancing called Tap-Tronics, died Wednesday.

Mr. Desio died of complications of bladder cancer at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, his wife and dance collaborator, Louise Reichlin, said Friday.

Mr. Desio created Tap-Tronics in the 1980s, a concept that allows tap dancers to make their own music by means of microphones in their shoes. The tap sounds picked up by the microphones are relayed to transmitters, receivers, synthesizers and other electronic equipment.

In recent years, he directed a tap dancing program for children and helped his wife run the Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers dance company.

SHELDON K. FRIEDLANDER, 79 Studied aerosol science

Sheldon K. Friedlander, whose work in identifying the sources of particles in Southern California smog led to new ways of studying and regulating air pollution, died Feb. 9.

Dr. Friedlander died at his home in Pacific Palisades of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his family said.

While a professor at the California Institute of Technology in the 1970s, he was among the founders of aerosol science - the study of gases and particles in the air.

Dr. Friedlander discovered a way to analyze the chemical makeup of smog particles and trace what was creating air pollution at any given time.

He linked lead particles to gasoline use and airborne zinc to tire rubber.

Versions of Mr. Friedlander's methods are used to regulate air quality around the world.

MAURICE PAPON, 96 Implicated in Nazi crimes

Maurice Papon, a former French Cabinet minister who was convicted of complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in deporting Jews during World War II and who became a symbol of France's collaboration with the Nazis, died Saturday.

Mr. Papon, who underwent surgery at a clinic east of Paris last week, died in his sleep, said his lawyer, Francis Vuillemin.

Mr. Papon was the highest-ranking Frenchman to be convicted of a role in the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. The April 2, 1998, guilty verdict was the culmination of a trial that offered a painful look at one of the darkest periods in modern French history.

Mr. Papon served three years of a 10-year sentence for ordering the arrest and deportation of 1,690 Jews, including 223 children, from the Bordeaux area to Nazi death camps.

MARION G. SNYDER, 79 Republican congressman

Former Rep. Marion G. "Gene" Snyder, an 11-term Florida congressman, died Friday.

The conservative Republican died in Naples, Fla., where he had retired, according to family friend Joe Whittle, a former U.S. attorney who was with Mr. Snyder's family in Florida.

Mr. Snyder was first elected in 1962 from Kentucky's 3rd District, covering Louisville, but lost a re-election bid. He ran again in 1966 for the 4th District seat and held it for the next two decades. He was succeeded by Jim Bunning, who is now a U.S. senator.

Mr. Snyder, known for blunt rhetoric, served as a mentor to most of Kentucky's current congressional lawmakers, including Mr. Bunning and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

ALAN D. EAMES, 59 Beer historian, author

Alan D. Eames, a beer historian and author whose globetrotting research into exotic brews and their origins earned him the nickname "The Beer King," died Saturday.

Mr. Eames, author of Secret Life of Beer and A Beer Drinker's Companion, died in his sleep of respiratory failure, according to his wife, Sheila.

His beer forays began in the 1970s after he bought a Templeton, Mass., country store and began stocking exotic beers, turning it into a kind of mecca for aficionados. He later founded Three Dollar Dewey's Ale House in Portland, Maine.

But he made his mark in publishing and travel, writing about the role of beer in ancient and traditional societies and traveling to Europe, Africa and South America for his research.

RAY EVANS, 92 Oscar-winning songwriter

Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans, whose long collaboration with partner Jay Livingston produced such enduring standards as "Mona Lisa," "Buttons and Bows," "Silver Bells" and "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," died Thursday.

Mr. Evans died of heart failure at UCLA Medical Center, Frederick Nicholas, Mr. Evans' lawyer, said Friday.

Mr. Evans' musical partnership with Mr. Livingston spanned more than six decades, with Mr. Livingston providing the melodies and Mr. Evans writing the lyrics.

Often called the last of the great songwriters, the duo earned seven Academy Award nominations and won three - in 1948 for "Buttons and Bows" in the film Paleface, in 1950 for "Mona Lisa" in the movie Captain Carey, USA and in 1956 for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from The Man Who Knew Too Much.

They also produced the classic Christmas carol "Silver Bells," and the theme songs for the television series Bonanza and Mr. Ed.

MORDKHE SCHAECHTER, 79 Student of Yiddish

Mordkhe Schaechter, who turned a boyhood fascination with Yiddish into a lifetime of promoting the language, eventually earning a top prize in the field, died Thursday.

Mr. Schaechter died at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, the hospital confirmed Friday. His daughter Rukhl Schaechter said that her father, a Bronx resident, died after a long illness.

Throughout his life, Mr. Schaechter not only studied Yiddish, but also founded organizations devoted to the language and even wrote dictionaries designed to standardize it.

Mr. Schaechter taught Yiddish studies at Columbia University from 1981 to 1993 and in the Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture from its start in 1968 until 2004. In addition, he taught at various Jewish seminaries and other institutions.

In 1994, Mr. Schaechter received the most distinguished Yiddish literary award, the Itzik Manger Prize.

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