Notable Deaths Elsewhere

August 17, 2009

CARLEEN HUTCHINS, 98

Noted violin maker

Carleen Hutchins, 98, a violin maker who crafted some of the finest instruments of her time, invented new ones and, through science, came as close as anyone ever has to reproducing the venerated sound of the Stradivarius, died Aug. 7 at her home in Wolfeboro, N.H. She had congestive heart failure. Hutchins spent six decades challenging the notion that no modern craftsman - or woman - could compete with Antonio Stradivari and other 17th- and 18th-century violin makers from Cremona, Italy.

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