Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

March 11, 2007

BRAD DELP, 55 Lead singer of Boston

Brad Delp, the lead singer for the rock band Boston, was found dead Friday.

Police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Mr. Delp dead in his home in southern New Hampshire. Lt. William Baldwin said the death was "untimely" but that there was no indication of foul play. Mr. Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death.

The cause of his death remained under investigation. Police said an incident report would not be available until tomorrow.

Mr. Delp sang on Boston's 1976 hits "More than a Feeling" and "Long Time." He also sang on Boston's most recent album, Corporate America, released in 2002.

He joined the band in the early 1970s after meeting Tom Scholz, an MIT student interested in experimental methods of recording music, according to the group's official Web site.

MARJABELLE STEWART, 82

Etiquette expert

Marjabelle Young Stewart, who was widely known as the "Queen of Couth" for her vast empire of books and classes about etiquette, died March 3 in Kewanee, Ill. The apparent cause was pneumonia, said her husband, William E. Stewart.

A familiar presence on the lecture circuit and on television, Ms. Stewart was a member of the small, white-gloved pantheon that has lately included Letitia Baldrige, Elizabeth Post and Judith Martin, also known as Miss Manners.

Over decades, Ms. Stewart initiated millions of people, from college students and business executives to the children of presidents, into the mysteries of wielding a fish fork ("gently and with a light touch") and the proper way to eat a hot dog ("wrap it with a napkin").

She was also known for her list of America's best-mannered cities, which she issued annually for many years. Charleston, S.C., routinely led the list, which at other times also included Savannah, Ga.; Madison, Wis.; and, astonishingly, New York.

Marjabelle Ruby Bryant was born May 16, 1924, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Marie and Clarence Cullen Bryant. (Her father was a collateral descendant of the poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant.)

Her parents divorced when she was very young, and her mother, unable to care for Marjabelle and her three sisters, placed them in a local orphanage. There, Marjabelle's youngest sister died at 2.

Sunday was visiting day, and Marjabelle and her remaining sisters dressed in their best, sat and waited for their mother, who seldom came. After their mother remarried when Marjabelle was an adolescent, the girls went to live with her again.

In later years, Ms. Stewart described her childhood as "an old tin can I had to get rid of." But she also credited the orphanage with instilling her sense of decorum.

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