Other Notable Deaths


March 05, 2007

CHARLES F. EHRET, 83 Expert on jet lag

Charles F. Ehret, whose research into circadian rhythms in animals and humans led to a diet to combat the effects of jet lag, died Feb. 24.

Mr. Ehret died of natural causes in his home in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Ill., his family said.

In 1983, he published the book Overcoming Jet Lag with co-author Lynne Waller Scanlon. The book outlined a diet using a planned rescheduling of meal times, including types and amounts of food to be eaten to avoid jet lag. It also specified alternate days of feasting and fasting to help speed adjustment to new time zones.

Mr. Ehret was a graduate of City College of New York. He received a doctorate in zoology from the University of Notre Dame. During World War II, Mr. Ehret served in the Army's 87th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, family members said.

Mr. Ehret began working at Argonne National Laboratory in 1951. It was there he began the research into daily rhythmic activity schedules that led him to a diet that could help the body adjust to time shifts, particularly for shift workers or passengers traveling over several time zones. He retired in 1988.

DAVID CREED ROGERS, 84 Officer, sniper victim

David Creed Rogers, one of two black men shot by a sniper after being hired as deputies in south Louisiana's Washington Parish four decades ago, has died. He was 84.

Mr. Rogers' death last Monday at Good Samaritan Nursing Home came days after the FBI said it was following new leads in the 1965 shooting that left him blind in one eye and killed his partner, O'Neal Moore. The cause of Mr. Roger's death was not released.

Mary's Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnado, La., confirmed that services were held Friday night for Mr. Rogers.

In 1964, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Moore were the first black deputies hired by the sheriff's department and the first black law enforcement officers in the parish north of New Orleans.

Both were shot in Varnado on the night of June 2, 1965, a year after they were hired. At the time, the Ku Klux Klan was said to be operating in the parish and racial tensions were high.

Mr. Rogers said in an interview later that the two deputies noticed they were being trailed by a pickup truck with a Confederate flag emblem on its front bumper. When they crossed some railroad tracks on the way to Mr. Moore's home, the pickup pulled closer to the patrol car and a gunman in the truck bed opened fire.

Mr. Moore was killed instantly; Mr. Rogers lost an eye. Hours after the shooting, two suspects were arrested in Tylertown, Miss., but no charges were filed by the prosecuting attorney because of a lack of evidence.

Mr. Rogers remained with the sheriff's department until 1988, retiring as a captain.

Last week, the FBI announced it had new leads in the case and had reopened it. It had previously been reopened in 1990 and again in 2001.

The case is one of dozens involving suspected racially motivated killings in the South during the 1950s and '60s that the FBI said it is reopening or considering reopening.

MARK SPOELSTRA, 66 Folk singer, songwriter

Mark Spoelstra, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who was an important figure in the folk music renaissance of the 1960s, has died. He was 66.

Mr. Spoelstra died Feb. 18 of pancreatic cancer at his home in the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Pioneer, Calif. He died surrounded by family, his son said in a statement on Mr. Spoelstra's Web site.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Mr. Spoelstra grew up in El Monte, Calif., where he first picked up a guitar at age 11.

He moved to New York as a young man and performed with Bob Dylan, who would later reminisce about their friendship in his 2004 memoir Chronicles, Vol. 1. Mr. Dylan also included Spoelstra in his 2005 documentary No Direction Home.

Mr. Spoelstra began his recording career in New York. He landed his first contract with Moses Asch and Folkways Records before recording for Elektra Records, Columbia Records and Fantasy Records.

His debut album, Five and Twenty Questions, was released in 1964 and featured 12 original songs played on six- and 12-string guitars. His next album, State of Mind, reflected his anti-war views.

Mr. Spoelstra left his traveling music days in the 1970s to raise a family and work odd jobs. He retired in 2005.

He stayed in touch with the music business and recorded a CD in 2002 called Out of My Hands. His earlier work has also been reissued on CD and his songs have been included in a Smithsonian Folkways reissue of classic folk music.

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