MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Isolina Carrillo, one of the greats of Caribbean tropical music, died in Havana on Wednesday. She was 88.
Carrillo composed more than 200 songs and musical pieces over half a century that varied from boleros, guarachas and montunos to lyrical pieces, virtually all of which were big hits in Latin America and elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world.
She was also an accomplished guitarist and played the guiro, maracas, the low bass, the bongo and trumpet. For a time, she led her own musical groups that periodically toured Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer Morton Gould, who wrote for the concert hall and the marching band alike, imbuing his music with Americana, died Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. He was 82.
Gould, a child prodigy who had his first composition published at age 6, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for ``Stringmusic,″ a piece commissioned by Mstislav Rostropovich, the music director of Washington’s National Symphony.
He wrote for radio, television, the movies, school bands, ballets and Broadway as well as the concert hall. Like his older contemporary Aaron Copland, who died in 1990, Gould used American folk and popular themes in his symphonic compositions.
The titles of some of Gould’s works reflect American folk and popular themes: ``Cowboy Rhapsody,″ ``Boogie Woogie Etude,″ ``Foster Gallery″ (based on Stephen Foster melodies), ``Lincoln Legend,″ ``Chorale and Fugue for Jazz,″ ``Spirituals for Orchestra.″
An accomplished pianist and conductor, Gould won a Grammy award in 1966 for best classical recording, conducting the Chicago Symphony in Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 1 in D Minor.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Fritz Hanson, a Minnesota native who became one of Canada’s first football stars, died Feb. 14 of pancreatic cancer. He was 83.
Hanson gained fame in 1935 when he led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to an 18-12 Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hanson ran back kicks and punts for 300 yards, a record never since approached.
He paced the Bombers to Grey Cup titles in 1939 and 1941. In 1948, he came out of retirement to run back punts for the Calgary Stampeders to help them win a Grey Cup.
He was an insurance broker for 50 years and helped set up the Canadian Football League’s first pension plan.
Frank C. Newman
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Former state Supreme Court Justice Frank C. Newman, a liberal who wrote major rulings on constitutional rights during his five years on the court, died Sunday at 78.
Newman was a professor of international law and former law dean at the University of California at Berkeley when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him to the court in 1977 with no previous judicial experience.
Newman wrote a 1980 decision striking down a Santa Barbara ``anti-commune″ ordinance, which limited the number of unrelated people who could live together. He said it violated the state constitutional right of privacy.
Another ruling allowed political leafletting at private shopping centers, which Newman likened to former town squares that were forums for free speech.
Newman also established Berkeley’s first course on human rights law.
Sophia G. Reuther
DETROIT (AP) _ Sophia G. Reuther, the first woman to be an organizer for the United Auto Workers union, died Tuesday of stomach cancer in Fort Myers, Fla. She was 82.
She was the wife of Victor Reuther, who with his brothers Walter and Roy helped create the UAW.
Mrs. Reuther’s labor activism began in the early 1930s when she raised money for striking shipyard workers with a Methodist group called the Epworth League.
She was hired by the UAW in 1937 and sent to Anderson, Ind., for a campaign to organize the General Motors Guide Lamp plant there. Mrs. Reuther left the union staff in a purge that included her husband and brother-in-law Roy, but she continued her involvement as a volunteer.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Ray Schroeder, a television pioneer in Nebraska, died Saturday at age 85.
In 1937, Schroeder joined the May Broadcasting Co., working at KMA radio station in Shenandoah, Iowa. In 1949, he moved to Omaha, where he helped put television station KMTV-Channel 3 on the air and rose to become vice president of engineering for the May Broadcasting Co.
Schroeder also worked with two other local television stations to design and build the three-tower system in northwest Omaha.
After retiring in 1975, he continued to be a consultant for May Broadcasting.
Survivors include a daughter, a brother, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.