80, the most distinguished British golfer of his generation, died Dec. 22 at a hospital in London. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Cotton turned professional in 1924. He won the British Open in 1934, ending a long run of American victories and again in 1937 and 1948. He won the Belgian Open in 1930, 1934 and 1938, the Italian Open in 1936, the German Open in 1937, 1938 and 1939, the Czechoslovak Open in 1937 and 1938 and the French Open in 1946 and 1947.

He played many times in the United States and was captain of the Ryder Cup team in 1939, 1947 and 1953. His 10 books about golf included "Thanks for the Game" in 1980.


70, an Indian film star-turned-politician died Dec. 24 of a heart attack at his home in Madras.

Mr. Ramachandran was chief minister of the southern Tamil Nadu state and leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party. The former film star swayed millions as a swashbuckling hero of many movies in the 1950s.


67, the Turkish-born violin soloist, musical director and professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London for 28 years, died Dec. 24 of a heart attack in Oxford, England.

Mr. Parikian led the London Philharmonia Orchestra from 1949 to 1957, the Yorkshire Sinfonia from 1976 to 1978, and was musical director of the Manchester Camerata from 1980 to 1984.