Obituaries in the News
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Buddy Arnold, a jazz saxophonist who co-founded a substance abuse treatment program for musicians, died Sunday of complications from open heart surgery. He was 77.
Arnold was a co-founder of the Musicians’ Assistance Program, an organization allowing music industry members to be treated for drug and alcohol addiction regardless of their ability to pay. It quickly became one of the music industry’s most prominent charities.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Arnold began playing saxophone at 9. By 16, he was on the road as a sideman.
After serving in the Army during World War II, he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band on a West Coast tour and made his first recording, performing on the Mercury Records release by Gene Williams and the Junior Thornhill Band.
Despite his success, Arnold became addicted to heroin and was sent to prison in 1958 for an attempted burglary conviction. Pardoned in 1960, he went on to play with the Tommy Dorsey Band and toured with Stan Kenton. He recorded four albums for Capitol Records.
But as the Big Band era waned, Arnold again began using drugs and, in 1981, was sentenced to seven years in San Quentin for writing prescriptions and impersonating a doctor.
Following his release from prison, he and his wife, Carole Fields, founded MAP in 1992. The organization claims it has helped more than 1,500 musicians.
ATLANTA (AP) _ Jimmy Bentley, a former state Democratic Party leader who switched to the Republican Party and sparked a defection by four other state officeholders, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 76.
Bentley was state comptroller general when he and four other Democratic state office holders decided after the 1968 Democratic National Convention that Georgia was ready for a two-party system.
Bentley ``felt there was a tendency for the Democratic Party to be leaving the conscience of the South,″ said Rep. Doug Barnard, D-Augusta. ``It was a forecast of what was to come.
The defectors _ Bentley, agriculture Commissioner Phil Campbell, Public Service Commission Chairman Crawford Pilcher, PSC member Alpha Fowler and state Treasurer Jack Ray _ were never elected to office again.
Bentley served as executive secretary to Gov. Herman Talmadge until 1955. He was elected state comptroller general, serving from 1963 to 1971.
Bentley ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1970, losing in the Republican primary to television newsman Hal Suit, who lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter. After the loss he left politics for a business career.
Donald G. Brazier
SEATTLE (AP) _ Donald G. Brazier, who worked four decades at The Seattle Times as an editor, reporter and the newspaper’s first ombudsman before retiring in 1983, died of a stroke Wednesday. He was 82.
In his opening column as ombudsman in 1977, Brazier said his goal was ``to give the reader a fair shake.″ And he did, whether the complaint concerned a comic strip, placement of a front-page story or newsprint ink rubbing off on clothes.
During his career at the Times, Brazier worked as a police and courthouse reporter, photo editor, features editor and assistant managing editor as well as ombudsman before retiring in 1983.
He enlisted in the Navy and served on a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II. During the Vietnam War, he was called back to service and wrote articles for The Times while serving as a captain and public-affairs officer.
Working at The Times was a family tradition. His father, Carl E. Brazier Sr., was a former managing editor and editor-in-chief. His brother Carl Brazier Jr. was also a longtime editor, and sister-in-law Dorothy Brant Brazier was a society reporter and editor. His nephew Gary Olson was a copy editor. Olson’s father, Folke Olson, sold advertising for the paper.
Three people succeeded Brazier as ombudsman after his retirement in 1983. The Times eliminated the position in 1992, citing financial constraints.
Besides his wife, Susan, Brazier is survived by his sister, Marjorie Olson; son David K. Brazier; son Michael E. Brazier and his wife, Tricia; daughter Mary Knopp and her husband, Matt; and four grandchildren.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _Hal England, a character actor who made scores of television appearances dating to the early 1960s and who also appeared in films and on Broadway, died Thursday. He was 71.
England, a native of North Carolina, who began his career on the stage. He was understudy for Robert Morse in Broadway’s ``How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,″ then went on to star in ``Love Me Little″ and ``Say Darling.″
England was also an original member of Joseph Papp’s first season of Shakespeare in the Park in New York City, appearing in ``Romeo and Juliet,″ ``Two Gentlemen of Verona″ and ``Macbeth.″
He had small roles in several movies, including ``The Bonfire of the Vanities″ and ``Hang Em High″ with Clint Eastwood and was one of the stars of the early 1960s TV series ``The Clear Horizon.″
He made perhaps his biggest mark as a TV guest star, appearing in many of the medium’s most popular shows, including ``Dr. Kildare,″ ``F Troop,″ ``My Favorite Martian″ and ``Bewitched″ in the 1960s; ``Cannon,″ ``Barnaby Jones,″ ``Lou Grant″ and ``Streets of San Francisco″ in the 1970s; ``Beauty and the Beast,″ ``Quantum Leap″ and ``Murder, She Wrote″ in the 1980s; ``Any Day Now″ in the 1990s; and ``Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue″ in 2000.