Jazz Pianist

Joe Turner, 82, a jazz pianist who played with such greats as Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter, died July 21 at a hospital in Paris after a heart attack.

Mr. Turner helped make famous the "stride style" of piano playing. His work earned him a place in jazz history beside pianists such as James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and Willie "The Lion" Smith.

Since 1962, he had played at La Calavados, a nightclub on the Champs Elysees.


Science Adviser

Ivan L. Bennett, 68, a former science adviser to President Johnson who served as deputy director and later acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology from 1966 to 1969, died of a stroke July 21 while on a business trip to Tokyo.

Dr. Bennett, a native Washingtonian, had served as dean of New York University Medical School from 1970 to 1982. He had been director of the pathology department at Johns Hopkins Medical School before assuming the White House post.


Actor and Director

Sacha Piteoff, 70, an actor and director best known for his stage productions of Chekhov and Pirandello, died of a heart ailment July 21 at a hospital in Paris.

Mr. Piteoff was the last survivor of a theatrical dynasty founded by his Russian-born parents, Georges and Ludmilla Piteoff. He formed his own company in France in 1949, and became noted for productions of Chekhov classics such as "The Sea Gull," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Uncle Vanya."


Virginia Legislator

C. Jefferson Stafford, 51, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1972, died of cancer July 24 at his home in Pearisburg, Va.

Mr. Stafford's district in southwest Virginia included Bland and Giles counties and a portion of Tazewell County, and he was second in seniority among Republicans in the House. In 1984, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress against Rep. Rick Boucher, a Democrat.