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April 2, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) _ Eva Heinitz, who fled Nazi Germany in the prime of her career as a cello performer and was one of the first professional viola da gamba players in modern times, died Sunday. She was 94.

Heinitz, a native of Berlin, soared to prominence as a brilliant, temperamental soloist with the greatest orchestras of Europe in her 20s.

Initially instructed on the cello, Heinitz taught herself to play the smaller instrument and performed the Bach Passions under the direction of Wilhelm Furtwangler and Otto Klemperer, who called her the world’s best viola da gamba player.

Heinitz, who once described herself as ″51 percent″ Jewish, fled Germany in 1933.

She lived in Paris and London, moved to New York in 1939 and was hired by Fritz Reiner as a section cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

She came to Seattle in 1948 and was hired as faculty cellist at the University of Washington.

During her 28-year tenure, she became one of the founders of the early-music revival, which brought a renewed interest in music and instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries.

In 1991, her international colleagues gathered in Indiana and accorded her the title ``Grande Dame du Violoncelle″ _ great lady of the cello.

Bill Kimpton

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Hotel and restaurant owner Bill Kimpton died Friday in Houston from leukemia complications. He was 65.

Kimpton, who bought his first hotel, the Bedford in San Francisco, in 1981, was founder and chairman of the Kimpton Group. The company, which now employs more than 5,000 people, owns or manages 35 European-style hotels and 29 restaurants mostly along the West Coast.

Kimpton founded the Mental Insight Foundation in 1996 and has funded a number of research projects into mental illness.

Randy Nunnally

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Space program veteran Randy Nunnally died March 25 of cancer. He was 69.

Nunnally worked at Cape Canaveral for 11 years and at one point was the technical operations manager who supervised 1,500 people.

He joined the guided missile range division of Pan American World Airways. Pan Am was the Air Force contractor responsible for planning, engineering and operating launch sites at Cape Canaveral, which later became Cape Kennedy.

Nunnally moved to southern New Mexico in 1969 when he started a job with Dynalectron Corp. at White Sands.

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