British Soprano

Dame Eva Turner, 98, a soprano with extraordinary range and power who was a memorable star of Puccini's "Turandot," died June 16 at a hospital in London. She had broken her hip three months ago.

The Lancashire native joined the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company in London in 1916. She made her debut a year later as a page in Wagner's "Tannhaeuser," and rapidly moved on to lead roles in productions of "Tosca," "Aida" and "Madama Butterfly." She made her debut at La Scala in Milan in 1924 as Freia in Wagner's "Das Rheingold."

From 1950 to 1959, Dame Eva was a professor of voice at the University of Oklahoma. She returned to London and taught voice at the Royal Academy of Music until 1966. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1962.


Maryland Official

Richard H. Carter, 64, a former Maryland assistant secretary of agriculture and past president of the Maryland State Firemen's Association, died June 16 at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie. The cause of death was not reported.

He began his career with the state as a loan investigator for the Office of the Administrator of Loan Laws, and later became business manager of the Maryland State Tobacco Warehouse. In 1971, he was appointed business manager of the Agriculture Department and became the assistant secretary in 1985, two years before his retirement.

Mr. Carter had served as president of the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Department and the Anne Arundel County Firemen's Association. He was elected to the Maryland State Firemen's Association Hall of Fame last year.


Art Patron

Evangeline Johnson Merrill, 93, the last surviving child of Johnson & Johnson co-founder Robert Wood Johnson and a prominent figure in the arts, died June 17 at a hospital in Hendersonville, N.C., as a result of injuries from a fall earlier this year.

In 1943, she was made a fellow in perpetuity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and she was a patron of the Peabody Museum at Yale University. She also had chaired the speakers bureau of the League of Nations.

Her marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski ended in divorce. Her second husband, Russian Prince Zalstem-Zalessky, died in 1965. She is survived by her third husband, Charles Merrill.



Don Dale Alexander, 70, a nutritionist whose prescription of cod liver oil and orange juice for arthritis was dismissed as quackery, died of a heart ailment June 16 at a hospital in Los Angeles.

He won acclaim in 1957 for his best-selling book, "Arthritis and Common Sense," which recommended the cod liver oil mixture to achieve the proper level of vitamins and "lubricating oils."

The Federal Trade Commission accused him of making false and unsubstantiated claims. An FTC examiner characterized Mr. Alexander's claims as "merely a hodgepodge of scientific folderol and medical mumbo jumbo."