Other Notable Deaths

October 13, 2007

KISHO KUROKAWA, 73 Noted architect

Kisho Kurokawa, an architect known for designs that merge traditional architecture styles and philosophy, died of heart failure yesterday morning, said Keiko Yamazaki, spokeswoman at the Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, where he was hospitalized Tuesday with an intestinal ailment.

The spokeswoman said no other details would be released because of privacy reasons. News reports said Mr. Kurokawa was suffering from a liver ailment.

Mr. Kurokawa, who made his world debut in 1960 at age 26, led a style known as the Metabolism Movement, advocating a shift from "machine principle" to "life principle" in his literary work and architectural designs based on themes including ecology, recycling and intermediate space.

His major works include the National Ethnological Museum in Tokyo, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Mr. Kurokawa's design of the Kuala Lumpur airport won the 2003/2004 grand prix by Italy's Dedalo-Minosse International Prize, and was also certified as a sustainable airport by the United Nations' Green Globe 21 in 2003.

Born in Japan's central city of Nagoya in 1934, Mr. Kurokawa graduated from prestigious Kyoto University's architecture department before earning a doctoral degree from Tokyo University.

DAVID LEE `TEX' HILL, 92 "Flying Tigers" aviator

David Lee "Tex" Hill, a World War II fighter pilot whose exploits were portrayed by John Wayne in The Flying Tigers, died Thursday at his home in Terrell Hills near San Antonio, longtime friend Tibaut Bowman said.

Mr. Hill graduated as a naval aviator in 1939, and in 1941, he joined the Flying Tigers, an American volunteer group based in China during World War II. He shot down 18 1/4 enemy aircraft during the war, Mr. Bowman said. The "quarter" came when four planes were involved in shooting down an enemy plane and each pilot was credited with one-fourth of the downing.

Mr. Hill emerged from the war a national hero. John Wayne based his character on him in the 1942 film, and Mr. Hill earned numerous medals, among them the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, four Distinguished Flying Crosses and the British Flying Cross.

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