Obituaries in the News
UDINE, Italy (AP) _ Carlo Cossutta, an Italian tenor renowned for his performances in Giuseppe Verdi’s ``Otello,″ died Saturday of liver cancer. He was 67.
Cossutta won acclaim for singing the lead in Franco Zeffirelli’s staging of Verdi’s ``Otello″ at London’s Covent Garden.
Cossutta emigrated to Argentina where he made his opera debut at the Teatro Colon theater in Buenos Aires in 1948. Cossutta first performed in Europe in 1962.
His other career highlights included a recording of Verdi’s ``Requiem″ conducted by Herbert von Karajan, and a recording of ``Otello″ conducted by Sir Georg Solti.
SEATTLE (AP) _ Roy Cummings, a jazz instructor and trumpeter who backed up singers from Tony Bennett to Johnny Mathis, died Jan. 5 of a heart attack. He was 61.
Cummings performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera and numerous show orchestras, including ``A Chorus Line,″ ``No Nanette″ and ``West Side Story.″ Singers he played with included Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Peggy Lee, The Spinners, Harry Belafonte, Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen and Mathis.
Donald Ray Foster
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ Donald Ray Foster, a former Democratic state senator and delegate to the Montana Constitutional Convention, died Saturday of hemochromatosis. He was 62.
Foster was a delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, serving on the Bill of Rights Committee. He was elected to the state Senate in 1974 and served one term. He was chairman of the State Institutions Finance Subcommittee.
Hemochromatosis is a disorder of iron metabolism.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) _ Badei Haqqi, a renowned Syrian writer and career diplomat, died Sunday. He was 78.
Haqqi served in the Syrian diplomatic corps from 1945 to 1986.
Among his most memorable works is ``Al-Turab Al-Hazeen,″ or ``The Sad Soil,″ a collection of short stories lamenting Israel’s takeover of Palestine.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ The Rev. Martin Hernady, a priest who spoke with presidents about the urban poor and who worked to set up a charity network in his native Hungary, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 75.
Hernady, of Toledo, Ohio, was working in Hungary to develop a charity network. He received recognition on a national level as an authority on urban affairs.
Jim Dick Miller
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Jim Dick Miller, a Navy ensign aboard the USS Arizona who became its highest ranking survivor after most of the crew was killed during the Pearl Harbor bombing, died Jan. 19 in his Coronado home. He was 82 and had Alzheimer’s disease.
More than 1,100 men died on the Arizona during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese bombing attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Awarded the Navy Cross for exceptional valor, Miller rose to the rank of captain during his 30-year military career.
When the USS Arizona Memorial opened in 1962 on Pearl Harbor, it included an audio recording describing the attack by Miller, then a captain. Miller also was featured in 50th anniversary news coverage of the World War II bombing.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Bob Squier, a Democratic media consultant who worked for presidential candidates from Hubert Humphrey to Bill Clinton, died Monday of colon cancer at age 65.
An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Squier’s first presidential campaign work was for Hubert Humphrey in 1968. He made spots for Ed Muskie in 1972 and Jimmy Carter in 1976. He was an architect of the Clinton-Gore re-election media strategy in 1996.
Squier created ads for dozens of campaigns for the Senate, the House and governorships. He was part of Clinton’s creative team in 1992, and was a close friend of Vice President Al Gore.
Last year, Squier’s role in the Gore presidential campaign was curtailed when Carter Eskew, an estranged Squier protege, was brought on board to help with his media strategy.
In addition to his political work, Squier won awards for his documentaries, including films on William Faulkner and Herman Melville. He was working on a piece about Ernest Hemingway.