Obituaries in the News
ATLANTA (AP) _ Ned Cartledge, a Georgia folk artist whose painted wood carvings often expressed sharp opinions on political and social issues, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on Sept. 21. He was 84.
Some of his carvings are at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art in a current exhibit called ``Let it Shine: Self-taught Art from the T. Marshall Hahn Collection.″ Five other pieces are in Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum in an exhibit called ``The Art of War and Peace″ opening Oct. 5.
In one piece, Cartledge depicts the My Lai massacre. In another, called ``Inconsistencies,″ Uncle Sam feeds money to a missile while patting an emaciated child on the head with the words, ``Don’t abort ‘em. Let ’em starve.″
``He really stands out as an artist from the South who was never afraid to speak out about racism,″ said Lynne Spriggs, the museum’s folk art curator.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ Allen Curnow, one of New Zealand’s foremost poets and dramatists, died Sunday of a heart attack in Auckland, his publisher Auckland University Press said Monday. He was 90.
Curnow, a member of the prestigious Order of New Zealand, received worldwide acclaim as a leading contemporary poet during a career which spanned almost 70 years.
He wrote 20 volumes of poetry and several plays between 1933 and 2001. He also edited two important anthologies of New Zealand verse.
His first book, ``Valley of Decision,″ was published in 1933 when he was only 22, and his first play, ``The Axe: A Verse Tragedy,″ in 1949.
His most recent collection of new poems, ``The Bells of St. Babel’s,″ won the poetry section of this year’s respected national Montana Book Awards.
DETROIT (AP) _ Ralph Hoar, who for three decades campaigned for improved safety for automobiles, consumer products and the environment, died Friday of complications from prostrate cancer. He was 56.
He founded his product safety research firm, Ralph Hoar and Associates, based in Arlington, Va., in 1989. The company’s primary function is to provide research and exhibits for product liability attorneys.
Hoar in 1996 launched Safetyforum Research and Safetyforum.com to take advantage of the reach of the Internet and to provide an online resource for safety advocates.
Safetyforum.com and Hoar became major resources for plaintiff’s attorneys in lawsuits against Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
He became the first registered lobbyist for air bags in 1977, directing the National Committee for Automobile Crash Protection.
Hoar continued to push for improvements to air bags to reduce injuries and deaths to children, pregnant women and small adults.
He began his career in automobile safety in 1969 at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, editing the organization’s Status Report.
Hoar subsequently worked as a consultant to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Highway Administration and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ Thomaz Ianelli, widely considered one of Brazil’s most imaginative and creative contemporary artists, died Monday of a pulmonary embolism while recovering from heart surgery. He was 69.
Ianelli, whose paintings have been exhibited in several countries including France, Italy and the United States, was a watercolorist whose figurative work mostly depicted dreams populated by jugglers, children and flowers.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Lynn Payer, a science writer and medical journalist who wrote books about how culture affects medical care, died Saturday. She was 56.
Payer’s most critically praised book was ``Medicine and Culture: Varieties of Treatment in the United States, England, West Germany and France.″
After several years as a medical reporter in Europe, Payer formulated a theory that medical care is strongly influenced by cultural norms and values ingrained over hundreds of years.
She felt the differences can show up in the types and quantities of drugs doctors prescribe, the kinds and numbers of operations performed, even what blood pressure levels are thought to require treatment.
At her death, she was managing editor of Medical Encounter, the quarterly newsletter of the American Academy on Physician and Patient.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Sally Reston, a newspaper publisher, photographer, and writer, died Saturday in Washington. She was 89.
Her professional alliance with her husband, New York Times columnist James Reston, was unusually close during a time that was not easy for women in journalism.
``Sally not only married me but also educated me,″ Mr. Reston wrote in ``Deadline,″ a memoir published four years before his death in 1995. ``For while I was focusing narrowly on journalism in college, she was studying and taking the highest honors in philosophy and literature and thereafter regarded life as a postgraduate course in these subjects.″
She would often join her husband in interviews with world leaders and bring her own questions to the table. Reston also was a photographer, and from 1968 to 1988 she and her husband co-published The Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard.
They married in 1935 and had three sons: Richard, James Jr., and Thomas. Reston is also survived by five grandchildren.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Solomon Sagall, an early innovator and advocate of pay television, died Sept. 6. He was 101.
Sagall became interested during the 1930s in the commercial possibilities of transmitting images and sound through the air to remote screens.
His first contact with the technology came while working as a free-lance correspondent for a Zionist newspaper in London.
``When I was a Zionist I was a visionary, then I became a televisionary,″ Sagall often told his family.
Sagall’s company, Teleglobe Pay-TV Systems Inc., attempted to broadcast coded-transmissions and charge subscribers a fee for the decoder. Just as his plans neared fruition, his concept was surpassed by cable television.
Although cable television benefitted from Sagall’s advocacy, the system overtook Sagall’s system because it provided more programming.
Teleglobe later licensed its pay-per-view technology to the cable companies.
LONDON (AP) _ The former Labor Cabinet minister Lord Shore of Stepney died Monday. He was 77.
Lord Shore was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital on July 12 after collapsing in the House of Lords. A hospital spokeswoman said he ``died peacefully″ after a short illness.
As Peter Shore, he held ministerial positions under former Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, heading departments such as Economic Affairs, Trade and Environment, before being made a life peer in 1997, which entitled him to sit in the House of Lords.
In recent years he has been a fierce critic of the European Union, and a passionate campaigner against closer ties with Europe.
``He made a huge contribution towards modernizing the economy of the country and tackling urban deprivation,″ said Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday as he paid tribute to Shore as a ``great servant″ of the Labor Party.