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"Obituaries in the News"
Obituaries in the News
By The Associated Press, Vithal Narahar Gadgil Nicole Henriot James Louis Johnson Fuki Kushida M. Powell Lawton Victor Norman Mary Frances Varley Morgan Roper Barry Saltzman Virginia Taylor Marshall R. Urist
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Vithal Narahar Gadgil, a longtime
government minister and principal spokesman for the Congress party,
died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 72.
Gadgil began his political career in 1971 when he was elected to
the federal Parliament.
He served as minister for information and broadcasting and was
also general secretary of the Congress party, which has governed
India for most of the 52 years since independence from British
The Congress party has fallen into disarray since Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party won elections in
PARIS (AP) - French pianist Nicole Henriot, who entered the
Paris Conservatory at age 7 and went on to perform around the globe
with conductor Charles Munch, died Friday. She was 75.
Emerging on the world music scene after World War II, Henriot
built her reputation on interpretations of works from Liszt to
Prokofiev, and especially French composers such as Ravel, Faure and
She was most famous for her performances with Munch, music
director of the Boston Symphony from 1949 to 1962. Munch, who died
in 1968, was the uncle of Henriot's husband.
Born in 1925, Henriot won the Paris Conservatory's first prize
at age 13.
During the war, Henriot gave aid to her brother, a member of the
French Resistance. When Gestapo agents searched her home in 1944,
she managed to destroy her brother's secret documents but was badly
After the war, Henriot became the first French pianist to appear
in Britain and began an international tour that took her from
Scandinavia to Egypt. She made her American debut in 1948 as a
soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Munch's direction.
When Munch formed the Orchestra of Paris in 1967, Henriot was
one of the fledgling orchestra's first soloists.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Henriot devoted herself to teaching, and
worked at the Conservatory of Liege, Belgium, and at the Walloon
Conservatory of Brussels.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - James Louis "J.J." Johnson, an influential
jazz trombonist who forged a career arranging and recording scores
for movies and television, died Sunday. He was 77.
Johnson, who had been ill in recent months, committed suicide at
his home Sunday morning, the Marion County Sheriff's Department
The Indianapolis native, who began playing piano at age 11, was
a perennial winner of Down Beat magazine's reader's poll as best
While he was praised by jazz aficionados, Johnson also made his
mark in popular culture, writing and arranging music for such
television shows as "Starsky and Hutch," "Mayberry, R.F.D." and
His film music credits included "Cleopatra Jones" and
During his career, he performed with such jazz greats as Count
Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.
While touring with jazz bands during the heyday of those
ensembles, he played with the Clarence Love and Snookum Russell
bands. He got his first big break with the Benny Carter band in
TOKYO (AP) - Fuki Kushida, a Japanese women's rights and peace
activist, died Monday. She was 101.
The soft-spoken, petite Kushida was widowed at 35 with two
children and began working as an insurance agent and a magazine
reporter. After World War II, she joined the Women's Democratic
Club and became active in the feminist movement.
Living through three wars, including World Wars I and II, caused
her to become a peace activist.
In 1958, she became president of the Federation of Japanese
Women's Organizations. The federation, with more than 900,000
members, has appealed for the elimination of nuclear weapons and
worked for world peace and gender equality.
In November 1999, Kushida, at 100 and in a wheelchair, led about
2,000 people in Tokyo in a protest of stronger Japan-U.S. defense
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - M. Powell Lawton, a psychologist and
researcher who became an expert on the elderly, died Jan. 29. He
Lawton died of a brain tumor, according to the Philadelphia
Geriatric Center, where Lawton was director of research for 30
A behavioral psychologist who became well-known in the 1960s for
his work on the psychological and social aspects of aging, Lawton
was among the first to recognize the need for specialized living
spaces for the elderly.
He was editor of The Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics
at the time of his death.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Victor Norman, who founded the
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and conducted the group for
three decades, died Friday. He was 95.
Norman founded the New London Civic Orchestra in 1946. It merged
with the Willimantic Orchestra in 1952 to become the Eastern
Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. He stepped down from the podium in
In retirement, Norman composed music. Two of his orchestral
pieces were performed by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra and the
Westminster Community Orchestra in Princeton, N.J.
His memoirs, "Victor Norman: A Life in Music, a Lifetime of
Learning," were published in 1999.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Mary Frances Varley Morgan Roper, a
former television talk show host and writer, died Friday. She was
Roper wrote short stories for Collier's and Liberty magazines,
Detective Stories, Photoplay and True Story. Her book, "Teacher
Lady," was published by Doubleday.
Among those she interviewed during her journalism career were
Eleanor Roosevelt and Amy Vanderbilt.
In 1951 Roper went to work for WDSU-TV in New Orleans as women's
editor. She was hostess and editor of WDSU's first live talk show.
She later worked as a technical writer for the Department of
Agriculture and the Selective Service.
Survivors include a daughter, two stepsons, five grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Barry Saltzman, a professor of geology
and geophysics at Yale University who studied weather and climate
change, died Monday of cancer. He was 69.
Saltzman researched the wavelike oscillations in the jet stream
and trade winds, and the origin and development of winter storms.
He also studied ice ages and other historic climate changes. He
developed theories and models for how ice sheets, winds, ocean
currents, carbon dioxide and other factors work together, causing
the climate to oscillate in 100,000-year cycles.
He received the 1998 Carl Gustaf Rossby Research Medal from the
American Meteorological Society.
For 23 years, Saltzman edited the periodical "Advances in
Geophysics." He recently completed a new book, "Dynamical
Paleoclimatology," to be published this year.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Virginia Taylor, a black Republican leader
and women's rights and civil rights activist, died Thursday after a
three-year battle with uterine cancer. She was 62.
Taylor was founder and publisher of the weekly Northwest
With her friend Jean Watley, Taylor started the paper with $700
in 1982 to serve as a voice for the area's black community,
concentrating on good news in a neighborhood ravaged by drug
dealing and violent crime.
During the 1970s Taylor worked with Labor Secretary Peter J.
Marshall to develop a national policy on fair working conditions
for women in the construction industry.
Later she started a summer internship program for young black
men at the paper.
Taylor served on the local boards of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People (news - web sites), Urban League and Private
Industry Council, was a member of the Republican Black Caucus and
for 20 years led the 27th Legislative District Republicans.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dr. Marshall R. Urist, an orthopedic surgeon
known for his pioneering work in promoting the rapid healing of
broken bones, died Sunday of complications related to
cardiovascular disease. He was 86.
Urist spent 46 years at the University of California, Los
Angeles, working as a doctor, researcher and adjunct professor. He
is best known for his work on bone morphogenetic protein, or BMP.
The genetically produced protein can be used in patients to
stimulate their cells to make bone. BMP can speed the healing of
fractures, and even allow the body to replace bone tissue.
After receiving his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University,
he honed his skills with the Army Medical Corps, becoming an expert
on open hip fractures and jeep injuries during World War II.
Urist published more than 400 scholarly papers and won many
national and international awards, including a Simon Guggenheim
Fellowship. In his spare time, he ran an avocado farm in San Diego
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