George M. Hubbard
OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ Retired Air Force Lt. Col. George M. Hubbard, a pioneering black aviator who recounted his World War II experiences to school children in recent years, died Saturday of kidney failure. He was 76.
In 1995, Hubbard helped found the San Diego County chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., a national organization honoring the first blacks to be trained as military pilots in the United States.
After his retirement from active duty in 1966, Hubbard served as public works director for the city of Riverside. He also was a housing chairman for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1964 to 1969 and president of the area’s Urban League from 1969 to 1971.
Recently, Hubbard spent much of his time speaking to schools and organizations about the Tuskegee Airmen, with many of his talks scheduled during Black History Month.
SALZBURG, Austria (AP) _ Alexander Vegh, renowned violinist, conductor and interpreter of Mozart, died Monday. He was 84.
A professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum and a founder of the Festivale di Musica di Camera, in Cervo, Italy, Vegh made numerous recordings and conducted some of the world’s foremost orchestras.
After performing solo concerts throughout Europe for three years, Vegh founded the Hungarian String Quartet in 1934. The quartet performed the premiere of Bela Bartok’s 5th String Quartet in Barcelona in 1936.
Vegh founded a quartet bearing his name in 1940. He conducted several of Europe’s most prominent orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic.
His major recordings include the complete Beethoven quartets, the complete Mozart quartets, six Bartok quartets, and Debussy, Ravel, Brahms and Haydn quartets.
Vegh had directed the Camerata Academica in Salzburg since 1978.