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Thursday, September 16, 2004; Page B06

Reynaldo Garza Federal Judge

Reynaldo Garza, 89, a son of Mexican immigrants who became the country's first Hispanic federal judge when he was appointed by President Kennedy in 1961, died Sept. 14, it was reported in Brownsville, Texas. He had pneumonia.

Judge Garza was appointed to the federal judgeship in 1961 and to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter. He had had senior status on the court of appeals since 1982.

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Carter offered Judge Garza the Cabinet post of U.S. attorney general, but the judge turned him down, reportedly because he did not want to give up his lifetime appointment or leave Brownsville, where he had grown up.

Kenny Buttrey Studio Drummer

Kenny Buttrey, 59, a drummer who recorded hits with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett, died Sept. 12 at his home in Nashville. He had cancer.

Mr. Buttrey spent much of his career in Nashville recording studios, providing the percussion for albums including Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" and "Blonde on Blonde," and Young's "Harvest."

Mr. Buttrey's other drummer credits include Buffett's "Margaritaville" and Robert Knight's R&B single "Everlasting Love." He also played with the Southern rock group Barefoot Jerry.

Margaret Kelly Dancer

Margaret Kelly, 94, the Irish-born founder of Paris' famed Bluebell Girls dance troupe and who was known as Miss Bluebell, died Sept. 11 at her home in Paris. No cause of death was reported.

It was at the Lido, the glitzy revue on Paris' Champs-Elysées, that Ms. Kelly's statuesque, long-legged Bluebell girls became a fixture in 1948. During her roughly four decades at the Lido, she trained more than 10,000 dancers.

A troupe by the same name still dances at the club.

Orphaned in her native Dublin, she was encouraged by a doctor to start dancing at a young age to strengthen her weak legs. By her teen years, she was traveling across Europe with an English dance troupe.


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