Voice of Mickey Mouse
James MacDonald, 84, who provided the falsetto voice of Mickey Mouse for 30 years and created other sound effects for Walt Disney, died of heart failure Feb. 1 at his home in Glendale, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles.
Mr. MacDonald had 1,000 instruments, including coconut shells and dried peas in a keg, that he used to produce noises heard in animated classics such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Fantasia." His first major credit was the 1937 classic "Snow White." He first did Mickey Mouse's voice in "Mickey and the Beanstalk" in 1946. He continued until he retired in 1976.
EDWARD S. TAYLOR
Professor and Inventor
Edward S. Taylor, 88, an inventor and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of flight propulsion, died Feb. 2 in Cambridge, Mass., after a heart attack.
He received a 1936 Sylvanus Albert Reed Award from the Institute of Aeronautical Science for his invention of a vibration absorber for reciprocating aircraft engines. The American Institute of Aeronautics gave him a 1973 Robert H. Goddard Award for research and design in air-breathing propulsion.
Basketball Player, Housing Official
Albert C. Johnson, 77, a member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball team in the 1930s and 1940s, died of a heart attack Feb. 2 in Chicago.
Before joining the Globetrotters, Mr. Johnson played for black teams in Chicago and for the black New York Renaissance team that frequently played the Boston Celtics in the days before the National Basketball Association was formed. He joined the Chicago Housing Authority in 1941, retiring in 1981 as superintendent of maintenance.
JOSE D. ARANA
Jose D. Arana, 52, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and the clinical director of Baltimore's Walter P. Carter Community Mental Health Center, died of a heart attack Feb. 3 in Lima, Peru. He was in Peru at the invitation of the Pan American Psychiatric Association to evaluate mental health services in South America.
Dr. Arana was a specialist in the implications of substance abuse in psychiatric patients and characteristics of mentally ill patients who are homeless. He was a former president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and had been on the staff at the University of Maryland since 1969.