Notable deaths: designer Pakledinaz, sports doctor McCue, musician Batiste

July 9, 2012
Martin Pakledinaz
Costume designer

Martin Pakledinaz, a two-time Tony Award-winner who designed hundreds of costumes for stars such as Sutton Foster and Patti LuPone, died July 8 at his home in New York of cancer. He was 58.

His agent, Patrick Herold, confirmed the death.

Mr. Pakledinaz received Tonys for his designs for “Kiss Me Kate,” with Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell, in 2000 and for “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” with Foster, two years later. He also dressed Foster for her Tony-winning turn in “Anything Goes.”

Mr. Pakledinaz’s also received Tony nominations for his work on “Anything Goes,” “Lend Me A Tenor,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Gypsy,” “The Pajama Game,” “Golden Child,” “The Life” and this season’s “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”

He also designed costumes for the San Francisco Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Metropolitan Opera’s “Iphigenie en Tauride,” the 2011 Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and the film “My Week With Marilyn.”


Martin Pakledinaz accepts a Tony for best costume design for "Thoroughly Modern Millie," during the 56th annual Tony Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall in 2002. Pakledinaz died at home in New York after a long illness on Sunday. He was 58. (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/AP)

Other highlights include costuming Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie” in 1993 and Kevin Kline as Hamlet in 1990.

Mr. Pakledinaz grew up in Sterling Heights, Mich., and graduated from Wayne State University in 1975. He got his master’s at the University of Michigan and moved to New York in 1977.

His work in opera included collaborations with the director Peter Sellars, with whom he created new productions in Spain, Austria, Paris and New York and for the Santa Fe Opera.

Frank McCue III
U-Va. official

Frank McCue III, longtime director of sports medicine at the University of Virginia, died July 8, it was reported from Charlottesville. He was 82.

The university confirmed the death.

Mr. McCue served as doctor and medical assistant for the Cavaliers’ athletic programs from 1961 until he retired in 2003.

The West Virginia native also served as surgeon for the athletic programs at the University of Richmond, the College of William and Mary and the Virginia Military Institute before the schools had their own doctors.

After he retired, Dr. McCue was named professor emeritus of orthopedics at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

U-Va.’s primary athletics support building, the McCue Center, is named in his honor.

Lionel Batiste
New Orleans musician

Lionel Batiste, the vocalist, bass drummer and assistant leader of the Treme Brass Band, died July 8 at a hospital near New Orleans. He was 81.

A daughter, Karen Williams, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause.

Fans of the HBO series “Treme” (truh-MAY) may not have known Mr. Batiste by name, but they often saw him close up. He was the skinny guy with the big drum in the band, which was regularly featured on the show.

— From news reports

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