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Tuesday February 6 5:27 AM ET
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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 rule.

The Congress party has fallen into disarray since Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party won elections in 1998.

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 Milhaud.

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 beaten.

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 said.

The Indianapolis native, who began playing piano at age 11, was a perennial winner of Down Beat magazine's reader's poll as best trombonist.

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 "That Girl."

His film music credits included "Cleopatra Jones" and "Shaft."

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 1942.

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 ties.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - M. Powell Lawton, a psychologist and researcher who became an expert on the elderly, died Jan. 29. He was 77.

Lawton died of a brain tumor, according to the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, where Lawton was director of research for 30 years.

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 1980.

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 90.

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 Dispatch.

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 County.

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