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Sid Tepper dies at 96; songwriter for Elvis, other stars

Songwriter Sid Tepper, who co-wrote more than 40 songs specifically for Elvis Presley plus hundreds of others performed by Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Dean Martin, Eartha Kitt, Perry Como, Jeff Beck and many more, died Friday at his home in Miami Beach. He was 96.

He died of natural causes, said his …

Elvis Presley

Ellen Turner Dies at 87; Opened Kitchen to Feed the Needy of Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ellen Turner, who with her twin sister founded the Love Kitchen, which feeds several hundred people a week and drew national attention, died here on Wednesday. She was 87.

Her death was confirmed by Stanley Cash, her great-nephew.

Ms. Turner and her twin sister, Helen Ashe, worked …


William Price Fox, Southern Novelist, Is Dead at 89

William Price Fox, a novelist and humorist who plumbed his South Carolina roots for the colorful characters in his work, earning fans in the upper echelons of American literary life if not necessarily over a wide range of the nation’s readers, died on April 19 at his home in Washington. He was …


Richard Corliss, 71, Longtime Film Critic for Time, Dies

Richard Corliss, whose well-informed and spirited movie reviews appeared in Time magazine for 35 years, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71.

His wife, Mary, said the cause was complications of a stroke. He had been in a hospice care center.

A prolific contributor to Time who also wrote profiles, …

Film Criticism

Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92

Mary Keefe, a 19-year-old Vermont telephone operator whom her neighbor Norman Rockwell immortalized as his model for the heroine of “Rosie the Riveter,” the World War II feminist anthem that empowered women to leave home and pinch-hit in military plants, died on Tuesday at her home in Simsbury, …

Women's History

Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93.

Bartoszewski died after being taken to a hospital in …


Model for Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting dies at 92

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

Keefe died Tuesday in Simsbury, Connecticut, after a brief …


Jonathan Crombie, star of 'Anne of Green Gables,' dies at 48

Jonathan Crombie, the Canadian actor best known for his role as Gilbert Blythe in the "Anne of Green Gables" television miniseries, has died.

His sister, Carrie Crombie, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday that he died Wednesday in New York City of a brain hemorrhage.

"He was …

Anne of Green Gables

A. Alfred Taubman, mall magnate jailed in auction scandal, dies at 91

Shopping mall magnate A. Alfred Taubman, who developed the Beverly Center and was a past owner of the Irvine Co. — and who went to prison late in his career for his role in a scandal that rocked the art auction world — died Friday at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He was 91.

The cause was a …


Vivian Nicholson, Rags-to-Riches-to-Rags Icon, Dies at 79

She went to London to collect her prize wearing borrowed stockings and cardboard in the soles of her shoes. There, as flashbulbs exploded, she became an international celebrity — the factory worker who had come into a fortune.

Vivian Nicholson was just 25 when, in 1961, she and her husband, Keith, …


Irwin Schatz, 83, Rare Critic of Tuskegee Study, Is Dead

Nobody knows how many people read the December 1964 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, but apparently only one, Dr. Irwin Schatz, was so appalled by one of its articles, about a syphilis experiment using uneducated black men in Tuskegee, Ala., that he wrote the study’s author to …


A. Alfred Taubman, Shopping Mall Tycoon Involved in Price-Fixing Scandal, Dies at 91

A. Alfred Taubman, an art collector and shopping mall tycoon who sold Renoirs and root beer with equal panache and turned a sleepy Sotheby’s auction house into a global power of art sales, but went to prison in a commission-fixing scandal involving its archrival Christie’s, died at his home in …

Root Beer

Stanislav Gross, Czech Leader Who Erred on Iraq Link to 9/11, Dies at 45

Stanislav Gross, who in 2004, at age 34, became the Czech Republic’s youngest prime minister and who played a small role in the buildup to the Iraq war, died on Thursday in Prague. He was 45.

The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, local news media …

Middle East

Cardinal Francis E. George, Who Urged ‘Zero Tolerance’ in Abuse Scandal, Dies at 78

Cardinal Francis E. George, who was the Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago for 17 years and helped shape the American Catholic bishops’ response to the child sexual abuse scandal and their resistance to the Obama health plan’s contraception coverage, died on Friday at his residence in Chicago. He …

Zero Tolerance

Robert P. Griffin Dies at 91; Senator Urged Nixon to Quit

Robert P. Griffin, a former Republican senator and congressman from Michigan who co-sponsored one of the nation’s most rigorous laws to fight corruption in unions and who delivered a critical blow to Richard M. Nixon’s presidency by withdrawing his support during the Watergate crisis, died Thursday …


Barrier-Breaking Physician Levi Watkins Jr. Dies

Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr., a pioneering physician and civil rights icon, died Saturday, April 11 due to complications from a stroke, Johns Hopkins Medicine announced in a press release.

One of his signature achievements was in 1980 when he became the first surgeon to implant an automatic heart …


'Just Got Paid' Singer Johnny Kemp Dies at 55

R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who was best known for his 1988 hit song "Just Got Paid," has died in Jamaica. He was 55.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but local police say Kemp's body was found floating at a Montego Bay beach on Thursday morning, the Associated Press reports.

Kemp …

Montego Bay

Percy Sledge, who sang 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' dies

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

Dr. William "Beau" Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, confirmed to The Associated Press …

Percy Sledge

Günter Grass, German Novelist and Social Critic, Dies at 87

Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday. He was 87.

Mr. Grass’s publisher, the Steidl Verlag, …


Barbara Bergmann, Trailblazer for Study of Gender in Economics, Is Dead at 87

Barbara Bergmann, a pioneer in the study of gender in the economy who herself overcame barriers to women in the world of academic economics, died on April 5 at her home in Bethesda, Md. She was 87.

Her son, David Martin Bergmann, confirmed her death.

Ms. Bergmann was an emeritus professor at both …


Ivan Doig, Author Who Lived the Western Life, Dies at 75

Ivan Doig, who immortalized his Rocky Mountain roots in 16 celebrated books of both fiction and nonfiction, died on Thursday at his home in Seattle. He was 75.

The cause was multiple myeloma, said Geoff Kloske, the publisher of Riverhead Books.

Mr. Doig (pronounced DOY-guh) was a passionate writer of …

Popular Fiction

Richard Dysart, patriarch of 'L.A. Law,' dies

Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama "L.A. Law," has died. He was 86.

Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning "That Championship …


Richie Benaud, Commentator Whose Native Tongue Was Cricket, Dies at 84

The path from the cricket field to the commentary box is well trod, but never with greater distinction than by Richie Benaud, known to many as the voice of cricket, who died in Sydney, Australia, on Friday. He was 84.

Cricket has numerous halls of fame, but none with the singular authority of the …

Sport (Australia)

Actor Geoffrey Lewis Dies at 79

The father of actress Juliette Lewis was known for his many appearances in Clint Eastwood films

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, a longtime Clint Eastwood collaborator who appeared in many Westerns, died Tuesday at age 79.

Lewis, who is the father of actress Juliette Lewis, died of natural causes at his home in …

Juliette Lewis

'Dukes of Hazzard' star James Best dead at 88

Actor James Best, who played the often confused Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died on Monday evening after a brief illness and battle with pneumonia, according to his rep. He was 88.

Best got his start as an actor during World War II when he joined the military theatrical …

Foreign Policy

Gardner C. Taylor dies at 96; leading voice of civil rights movement

The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, who was widely regarded as the dean of American preaching and who played a key role in the civil rights movement, has died in North Carolina. He was 96.

Taylor died on Easter Sunday, according to the Progressive National Baptist Convention, a denomination he helped form …

Civil Rights

Jenny Wallenda, Matriarch Of Famous Daredevil Family, Dies At 87

Jenny Wallenda, 87, the matriarch of the famous family of high-flying circus performers, died late Saturday at her home in Sarasota, Fla., according to family members.

Wallenda's nephew, Rick Wallenda, said his aunt died following a lengthy illness.

"She had a great life in entertainment, a very …


Janet Norwood Dies at 91; Led Labor Statistics Bureau

Janet L. Norwood, who ran the Bureau of Labor Statistics throughout the 1980s and maintained objectivity when politicians wanted her to interpret jobs data in a way that furthered their party’s agenda, died on Friday in Austin, Tex. She was 91.

The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, her son Stephen said.


Donald S. Perkins, former CEO of Jewel, dies at 88

As CEO of Jewel Cos. for 10 years, Donald S. Perkins pioneered the dual grocery store-drugstore format and developed a deep bench of leaders, many of whom went on to take top positions at other companies.

"Don had great faith in people and was willing to take risks with them and give them challenges …