Obituaries in the News
LONDON (AP) _ Elizabeth Anscombe, considered by some the greatest English philosopher of her generation and credited with bringing Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein to public knowledge, has died. She was 81.
Her family said Anscombe died on Jan. 5. No cause of death was given.
From 1970 to 1986, she was professor of philosophy at Cambridge, pioneering theories on contemporary action and practical reasoning. One leading philosopher, Donald Davidson, called her 1957 monograph ``Intention″ the best work on practical reasoning since Aristotle.
Anscombe came to know Wittgenstein, one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers, when she traveled from Oxford to attend his weekly classes at Cambridge University. The pair became close friends, and Anscombe did much to promote his work.
After Wittgenstein’s death in 1951, she became one of his literary executors and co-edited his posthumous works. Her translation of his greatest work, Philosophical Investigations, won acclaim and remains widely quoted.
Luis Floriano Bonfa
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Luis Floriano Bonfa, the master guitarist and composer who helped found Bossa Nova music, died Friday of cancer, doctors said. He was 78.
Bonfa began composing in the 1940s and launched his career as a solo artist in 1952.
Better known abroad than at home, Bonfa became internationally famous for his contributions to the soundtrack of Marcel Camus’ 1959 classic film ``Black Orpheus.″
The film introduced an international audience to Bossa Nova _ a more sophisticated and less percussive samba style _ and made Bonfa and fellow composer Antonio Carlos Jobim stars.
He was even more famous for his more than 500 compositions especially ``Manha de Carnaval″ and ``Samba de Orpheu.″
Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley recorded songs written by Bonfa.
Carlos C. Cadena
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Carlos C. Cadena, one of two lawyers who were the first Hispanics to win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Thursday of cancer, one of his daughters said. He was 83.
The legal scholar, a retired chief justice of the 4th Court of Appeals, was the first Hispanic chief justice in Texas.
Early in his career, Cadena and colleague Gus Garcia were asked to appeal the murder conviction of migrant cotton picker Pete Hernandez.
Cadena argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11, 1954, that Hispanics were a separate class in the community and were not treated equally by the courts.
Four months later, Cadena and Garcia won a landmark decision with the high court’s unanimous opinion that people could not be excluded from jury duty because of national origin.
The court also ordered a new trial for Hernandez, who was again found guilty and sentenced to life.
Hispanics, however, began serving on juries in many parts of Texas where they previously had been excluded.
VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y. (AP) _ Princess Vera Constantinovna of Russia, great granddaughter of Czar Nicholas I, died Thursday at 94.
Constantinovna lived in New York since 1951 and worked for charitable organizations such as the Tolstoy Foundation, said Catherine Larin, a foundation administrator. She also was a devoted member of the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile, which was formed after members of the Romanoff royal family and their supporters fled following the Bolshevik Revolution.
The youngest of nine children by Grand Duke Constantine and Princess Elisabeth of Saxen-Altenburg, Constantinovna escaped _ with her mother and one brother _ from the revolution to Sweden in 1918, said Xenia Cheremeteff, of the Tolstoy Foundation.
In theory, Constantinovna inherited the legitimate claim to the Russian throne after 1989 because she was the oldest Romanoff borne to two members of reigning houses at the time, according to the Romanoff Family Laws of Succession.
From 1918, she was a stateless refugee. Constantinovna never took foreign citizenship and never married, Cheremeteff said.
Her great grandfather ruled Russia from 1825 to 1855.
Constantinovna will be buried Jan. 15 in the Russian Orthodox Cemetery of Novo-Diveyevo in Spring Valley.
Adhemar Ferreira da Silva
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, who held the world record for the triple-jump and became Brazil’s most successful Olympian, died Friday of heart attack. He was 73.
Da Silva broke seven world records, many of them his own. He was the only Brazilian to win two Olympic gold medals.
He won his first gold at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, with a record setting 53.52-foot jump. In 1956, in Melbourne, Australia, he took the gold again with a then-Olympic record jump of 53.95.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rosemary Glancy, a city official who served six weeks of a prison sentence for corruption before falling gravely ill and winning a compassionate release, died Friday. She was 48.
Glancy suffered kidney and liver failure and had been in and out of hospitals since the federal Bureau of Prisons flew her home Oct. 7 from Texas.
The former deputy city tax collector was convicted in March of participating in a scheme to solicit bribes in exchange for tax breaks. She was the only one of six people caught in the FBI’s Operation Plunder Dome public corruption investigation to maintain her innocence.
Glancy was released from prison after urgent appeals from public officials.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ William Hewlett, the shirt-sleeved engineer who co-founded Hewlett-Packard Co. in a garage in 1938 and pioneered both Silicon Valley and the computer age itself, died Friday. He was 87.
Hewlett started the company with his friend and partner, the late David Packard. As its engineering brain, Hewlett saw the company grow from a start-up that made ``anything to bring in a nickel″ to a $49 billion manufacturer of high-quality computers and scientific instruments.
He retired as vice chairman in 1987. He was president and chief executive until the late 1970s.
He met Packard, another engineering student at Stanford.
A few years later, both were back in Palo Alto, where they decided to start their own company with $538 in a rented garage that is now a historic landmark.
The company’s first success was Hewlett’s audio oscillator, a device to test sound equipment. Walt Disney bought eight for the movie ``Fantasia.″
The company grew quickly after World War II, during which Hewlett served in the Army Signal Corps. It later expanded from electronic and scientific instruments to calculators, computers and printers. It is now one of the nation’s largest computer makers.
AUSTIN (AP) _ Edward Mangum, architect of St. Edward’s University’s drama program and co-founder of the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., died Wednesday after a post-surgical aneurysm. He was 87.
Along with Zelda and Tom Fichandler _ two of Mangum’s students _ he founded the Arena in 1950 with a $15,000 investment in an old movie theater. It was one of the first professional companies in America outside of New York City.
The Arena now operates with an $11 million budget, producing eight shows a year.
Mangum began a professional training program at St. Edward’s in 1965, when the school had no performance space. He designed and built the Mary Moody Northern Theatre in the arena format, which puts the audience on four sides of the stage.
Mangum, who retired in 1982, taught at George Washington University after receiving his master’s degree in theater and speech from Catholic University in Washington.
LONDON (AP) _ Michael Williams, a noted character and Shakespearean actor who performed frequently opposite his Oscar-winning wife, Dame Judi Dench, died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 65.
In England, Dench and Williams were joint stalwarts of the British stage who appeared together in the popular TV comedy ``A Fine Romance,″ playing a couple on the small screen as they were in life.
In the theater, Williams and Dench made a memorable team in such West End plays as ``Pack of Lies″ (1983), by Hugh Whitemore, and ``Mr. and Mrs. Nobody″ (1986), playing the quintessentially English Charles and Carrie Pooter.
But Williams also pursued his own career as a character actor specializing in Shakespearean roles _ Puck, Troilus and Autolycus, as well as a personal favorite, the Fool in ``King Lear.″
Last year, Williams received an Olivier nomination for his supporting performance in a Royal National Theater production of Ostrovsky’s ``The Forest.″