Editor & Critic
Anatole Broyard, 70, a literary critic and former editor of the New York Times Sunday book review section, died of cancer Oct. 11 at a hospital in Boston.
Mr. Broyard, who lived in Cambridge, Mass., was a daily book critic for nearly 15 years before serving three years as an editor of the book review. After retiring in 1989, he continued to write a monthly essay, "About Books," and compiled for the book review a weekly, unsigned column of excerpts from books titled "Noted With Pleasure."
He also was the author of "Aroused by Books" and "Men, Women and Other Anticlimaxes." He had taught creative writing at Columbia University, the New School for Social Research and New York University.
HAROLD G. MacGILL
Harold G. MacGill, 58, a prominent jazz pianist of the 1950s and 1960s who performed for most of his career under the name Harold Goldberg, and who had taught at Virginia Union University in Richmond for the past two years, died Oct. 11 in Richmond. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. MacGill, who was born in Washington, was adopted by a Boston family and began classical piano study at the age of 5. At 12, he was a soloist with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. He turned to jazz in his teens and began his professional career in Boston with Jack Teagarden's band.
Working in New York in the 1950s and '60s, he played with saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker and pianist Art Tatum. He was piano accompanist for singers Billie Holiday and Judy Garland. In the 1960s, he moved to Copenhagen, where he managed the Club Montmartre. He had lived in Richmond since 1986.
John Talbott, 88, a physician, researcher and teacher who edited the Journal of the American Medical Association from 1959 to 1971, died Oct. 10 of cancer at his home in Delray Beach, Fla.
He was a graduate of Grinnell College in his native Iowa and Harvard University medical school. After World War II Army service, he became chief of staff at Buffalo General Hospital, specializing in gout and arthritic diseases.
After leaving JAMA, he taught at the University of Miami medical school. Over the years, he wrote 12 books and 214 scientific articles. He also had worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and taught at Harvard University.
Ken Spain, 44, a 1968 Olympic gold medalist and former University of Houston All-America basketball player, died of cancer Oct. 11 in Houston.
As a second-team All-America selection in 1968, he was second in scoring and rebounding for the Houston Cougars, averaging 14.2 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. His biggest college game came in 1968 when he grabbed 11 rebounds and helped the Cougars upset UCLA and Lew Alcindor 71-69 at the Astrodome. (Alcindor later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.)
He played one season with Pittsburgh of the American Basketball Association in 1971. Considered an outstanding all-around athlete, Spain had National Football League tryouts with the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders in 1972. However, a back injury kept him from playing. He later became a regional sales manager for Russell Athletics in Houston.
BUBBY J. HIGGINS
Bubby J. Higgins, 64, who wrote such best-selling country songs as "Shackles and Chains" and "Riverboat Annie," died Oct. 10 in Winnfield, La. The cause of death was not reported.
His work was recorded by such artists as Slim Willet, The Osborns, Del Ward, Billy Joe Spears, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius.
Carlos Thompson, 67, an actor whose passionate roles in 1950s melodramas gained him an enthusiastic following throughout Latin America, was found dead Oct. 10 in his Buenos Aires apartment with a bullet wound to the head. Authorities said his death was an apparent suicide.
Mr. Thompson's film credits included "Valley of the Kings," opposite Yvonne de Carlo, and "Flame of Treason," opposite Lana Turner. He also starred in "El Tunel," based on the novel by the noted Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato.