James E.B. Breslin
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ James E.B. Breslin, an English professor and biographer of artist Mark Rothko, died Jan. 6 of a heart attack. He was 60.
Breslin was a professor of English and chairman of the Art Practice department of the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1964.
Breslin wrote several essays and books, including a biography of William Carlos Williams and the book ``From Modern to Contemporary: American Poetry, 1945-1965.″
He published the critically acclaimed ``Mark Rothko: A Biography″ in 1993.
Before his death, Breslin was working on a biography of jazz musician John Coltrane.
James Sach Plaut
BOSTON (AP) _ James Sach Plaut, the first director of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art and founder of Aid to Artisans, which helps people in Third World countries sell crafts in the United States, died Saturday at 83.
Plaut taught at Harvard University, and was an assistant curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before going to the Institute of Contemporary Art. He also had held positions at the Old Sturbridge Village tourist attraction and the New England Aquarium, and for 10 years was secretary general of the World Crafts Council, which was financed by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Plaut was director of the Art Looting Investigation Unit which returned art stolen by Nazis during World War II, and was in charge of the U.S. Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair.
Red Thunder Cloud
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ Red Thunder Cloud, a singer and storyteller who was the last known speaker of the Catawba American Indian language, died Jan. 8 after suffering a stroke. He was 76.
Thunder Cloud, who lived in Northbridge and also was known as Carlos Westez, also sold his own line of herbal teas made from plants he collected in the woods around his home.
The Catawba language, related to the Sioux family of languages, has no written form, said Carl Teeter, emeritus professor of linguistics at Harvard University. He said there were once about 500 languages in North America but only about 100 still are spoken.
In the 1940s, Thunder Cloud made a recording of all he knew of the language for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also recorded some Catawba songs for the Smithsonian Institution.
George D. Smith
CINCINNATI (AP) _ George D. Smith, who recruited Oscar Robertson and recorded the most wins of any University of Cincinnati basketball coach, died of cancer Sunday. He was 82.
Smith helped guide Cincinnati’s program to national prominence from 1952-60, compiling a 154-56 record. With eventual Hall-of-Fame players Robertson and Jack Twyman, the Bearcats placed third in the NCAA Final Fours tournament in 1959 and 1960.
Appointed athletic director in 1960, Smith became a vice president for development in 1974. He retired from the university in 1980.
Smith, a 1935 Cincinnati graduate, played football for the Bearcats and was an All-Ohio tackle. During his football days, Smith helped design a face guard with an iron face-bar, foam rubber and friction tape, which was patented. It was a forerunner to the modern face mask.
Ralph J. Stolle
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Inventor Ralph J. Stolle, who developed the machinery that manufactures pop-tops for metal cans, died Saturday at age 91.
Stolle, a businessman and inventor, held the patent for the Stolle Can Machinery used throughout the world for production of cans.
In 1923, he founded the Stolle Corp., which developed the tab opener and the machinery for its production. He sold it to Alcoa in 1975 but remained as chairman.