October 26, 1994
Stewart A. Kingsbury, 71, a linguist who documented the roots of Upper Peninsula dialect in New England, Canada, Finland and Italy, died Sunday in Marquette, Mich., after a lengthy illness. He was co-editor of the Dictionary of American Proverbs, published in 1992.Robert Lansing, 66, who starred on Broadway and in the TV series "12 O'Clock High," died Sunday of cancer in New York. On television, he played Brig. Gen. Frank Savage in "12 O'Clock High" and appeared in episodes of other series.
September 16, 1993
* Dr. David Cogan, 85, an ophthalmologist whose studies of victims of atomic bombing in Japan led to findings on cataract development and radiation damage, died Sept. 9 of a heart attack in Chevy Chase. He was chief of neuro-ophthalmology at the National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute from 1974 to 1985. He had been a senior medical officer at the National Eye Institute since 1985.* Eileen Anderson, 65, a perennial Los Angeles mayoral candidate who billed herself as the "Dancing Landmark" and conducted street-corner political debate wearing a bikini, died Sunday, a week after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
May 4, 1995
The Rev. John C. Bennett, 92, whose views on ethics and religion helped mold the nation's conscience, died Thursday in Claremont, Calif. The Congregationalist minister was a leader in the ecumenical movement and an activist in social causes over many years: anti-fascism before World War II, civil rights, women's rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. Co-founder with Reinhold Niebuhr of the magazine Christianity and Crisis, he came to represent the liberal...
September 27, 1998
Jeffrey Moss, 56, a co-founder of "Sesame Street" who helped create Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch and wrote the tunes "Rubber Duckie" and "I Love Trash," died Thursday of cancer in New York.He won 14 Emmy and four Grammy awards as head writer and composer-lyricist for the educational show. He also earned an Oscar nomination for his lyrics for "The Muppets Take Manhattan."Marc Harrison, 62, who helped simplify cooking with his work to redesign the Cuisinart food processor, died Tuesday in Providence, R.I., of Lou Gehrig's disease.
May 25, 2000
Oscar Hamilton Shaftel, 88, who was fired from Queens College in New York after he refused to answer a Senate subcommittee's questions about Communist affiliations in academia, died May 10. Mr. Shaftel, one of the original faculty members at Queens College when it opened in 1937, was called before the investigations subcommittee of the Senate Internal Security Committee headed by Sen. Joseph P. McCarthy in February 1953. He and four other teachers cited the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination in refusing to answer.
September 3, 1994
Artur Balsam, 88, a pianist best known as a chamber player and as an elegant accompanist for violinists and cellists, died yesterday of pneumonia in New York. From the 1940s to the 1970s, he was heard regularly in collaboration with some of the great musicians of the century. He was a regular collaborator with Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh, Joseph and Lillian Fuchs, Leonid Kogan, Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier and Mstislav Rostropovich. He also performed frequently with the Kroll, Budapest and Juilliard String Quartets and other chamber groups and in piano duos with Beveridge Webster, Gina Raps and Murray Perahia.
July 30, 1993
* Cecilia Parker, 79, who played Mickey Rooney's older sister in the "Andy Hardy" movies, died Sunday in Ventura, Calif. Ms. Parker played Mr. Rooney's sister, Marion, in 11 of the 16 "Andy Hardy" films over 20 years. She also appeared in dozens of films in the 1930s and 1940s. She played the sister of Greta Garbo in "The Painted Veil."* Richard Tee, 49, a musician and singer who composed the gospel musical "Mama, I Want to Sing," died July 21 of prostate cancer in New York. As a studio musician, he played keyboards for Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Carly Simon and others.
January 20, 1998
John C. Crano, 62, a research director at PPG Industries Inc. who was instrumental in the creation of plastic lenses for eyeglasses, died Saturday in a traffic accident in Pittsburgh. He held 20 U.S. patents and was instrumental in creating Transitions lenses, a brand owned mostly by PPG and the first successful commercial replacements for glass lenses.Harriet Van Horne, 77, a pioneer radio and television critic, died Thursday of breast cancer in New York. She was known as one of the most powerful critics of television in the 1940s and '50s.
February 14, 1995
George MetcalfWrote prayer for AlliesGeorge Metcalf, 88, a chaplain who helped write a prayer to stop the rain so that Allied warplanes could bomb German forces during the Battle of the Bulge, died Thursday in St. Paul, Minn.In December 1944, Gen. George Patton ordered Mr. Metcalf, then supervisor of chaplains in Patton's Third Army, to come up with a prayer asking God to part the clouds protecting the German army in the Ardennes Forest in Luxembourg and Belgium.Mr. Metcalf sought the advice of the Third Army's head chaplain, James O'Neill.
February 16, 1996
Judith Kaplan Eisenstein, 86, who in 1922 became the first girl to undergo the Jewish rite of bat mitzvah, died Wednesday of a heart attack in Bethesda.A musicologist, teacher and author of books about Jewish music, she was the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, founder of the Jewish Reconstructionist movement.He presided over her bat mitzvah service in New York. Jewish boys for centuries had observed the bar mitzvah as a rite ofpassage into adulthood when they reach age 13.Eva Hart, 91, who was 7 when she was rescued from the sinking Titanic, died Wednesday in London.