90, a New Zealand-born left-wing writer who fought in World War I then moved to China where he became a friend of the Communist movement and made his home for the past 60 years, died Dec. 20 in Beijing after a stroke.
The official New China News Agency described him as a noted social activist and old friend of China. It said Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang celebrated Mr. Alley's birthday with him on Dec. 2 at his Beijing villa. Mr. Alley was honored on the same day by the New Zealand Parliament.
Mr. Alley published 18 collections of his poetry and translated 11 volumes of Chinese poetry, but was best known for his 34 nonfiction works praising the Communist revolution. Like many of the "old friends" of China, he came under attack during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, when everything foreign was suspect. He spent his last years quietly in Beijing, making few public appearances.
ELIZABETH MARTIN (BETSY) SANFORD,
99, the mother of Sen. Terry Sanford (D-N.C.) who had taught public school in Laurinburg, N.C., for more than 40 years before retiring in mid-1950s, died Dec. 26 at a hospital in Durham, N.C., after a heart attack.
Mrs. Sanford was born in Salem, Va., and graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Sen. Sanford likes to recall that he got his start in politics in 1928 at age 11, when his mother took him to a torchlight parade for Democratic presidential nominee Al Smith. He carried a sign that read, "Me and Ma Is for Al."
She continued to be politically active after her retirement. On Election Day last year she handed out Sanford literature as her son beat Republican Jim Broyhill.
73, a veteran character actor who became known in Hollywood as Jonathan Kidd after a producer suggested he change his name, died Dec. 15 in a hospital in Los Angeles after surgery for an aortic aneurysm.
Under the name Richards, he appeared in 16 Broadway productions, including "Anastasia," "Come Back Little Sheba," "King Lear," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Hamlet," and "Julius Caesar." His movie credits included "Macabre," "Can Can," "The One and Only Genuine, Original Family Band" and "Operation Eichmann." He also appeared in such TV series as "Perry Mason," "Sea Hunt," "Mannix," "Rawhide," "Dr. Kildare" and "General Hospital."
77, who composed hit songs in the 1940s and 1950s such as "You Make Me Feel So Young" and who also wrote movie scores, died Dec. 24 at a hospital in Los Angeles. He had Parkinson's disease.
His hits included "Five O'Clock Whistle," "Autumn Nocturne," "On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City" and "Kokomo, Indiana." He wrote movie scores for such stars as Betty Grable and Vera Ellen. Among his movie credits were "Mother Wore Tights," "When My Baby Smiles at Me," "Wabash Avenue" and "It Happens Every Spring."
HELEN M. TOBIN REGAN,
82, the widow of former cabinet member and Massachusetts governor Maurice J. Tobin, died Dec. 22 in Brookline, Mass. The cause of death was not reported.
Tobin was mayor of Boston from 1938 to 1945, governor in 1945 and 1946 and secretary of Labor in the Truman administration from 1948 to 1953. He died in 1953. Mrs. Regan also was the widow of John F. Regan.
HEYWOOD OREN (HOB) BROUN,
37, a novelist and son of writer-broadcaster Heywood Hale Broun, died of complications of a spinal cord tumor Dec. 15 at his home in Portland, Ore. He had undergone surgery four years ago to remove the tumor, which resulted in paralysis.
Although he was dependent on a respirator, he wrote two books. He was able to work by expelling air through a catheter that activated the keyboard of a computer. His novel "Inner Tube" and a collection of short stories are scheduled to be published in March. He also had published another novel, "Odditorium."
43, a Saudi princess who was a cousin of the late King Faisal, died Dec. 24 at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore.
She had been injured in a house fire in her native country. She was treated in Saudi Arabia before being admitted to the Key Medical Center's burn unit on Nov. 25, with burns over 96 percent of her body.