Notable Deaths

August 21, 2009

PAUL "DUKE" HOGUE, 69

Cincinnati, Baltimore basketball star

Paul "Duke" Hogue, a star center on the University of Cincinnati's back-to-back national championship basketball teams, died Monday in Cincinnati of heart and kidney failure, said Patti Hogue, his wife of 43 years.

The 6-foot-9-inch center helped lead the Bearcats to NCAA championships in 1961 and 1962, both times defeating Jerry Lucas-led Ohio State squads in the title games.

Mr. Hogue was chosen the most outstanding player in the 1962 NCAA tournament. He scored 36 points against UCLA in the semifinals.

He was a first-round pick of the New York Knicks in the 1962 NBA draft, playing two seasons for the Knicks and the Baltimore Bullets.

HILDEGARD BEHRENS, 72

Noted opera singer

Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest actors on the opera stage during a professional career that spanned more than three decades, died Tuesday.

Ms. Behrens, who felt unwell while traveling in Japan, died of an apparent aneurysm at a Tokyo hospital, said Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in an e-mail sent Tuesday to opera officials.

Ms. Behrens, a soprano, made her professional stage debut in Freiburg as the countess in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" in 1971 and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Giorgetta in Puccini's "Il Tabarro" in 1976.

One of her breakthrough roles came the following year, when she sang the title role in Strauss' "Salome" at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.

She sang 171 performances at the Met, where she appeared until 1999. She was most acclaimed in the late 1980s and early 1990s for her portrayal of Bruennhilde in the Otto Schenk production of the Ring Cycle, the Met's first televised staging of Wagner's tetralogy.

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