Ruth Whitney, 70, who for more than 30 years was editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine and influenced generations of women during the growth of American feminism, died June 4 in New York. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Ms. Whitney, a past president of the American Society of Magazine Editors, increased Glamour's circulation by 1 million after taking over in 1967.
Under her leadership, Glamour became the only women's magazine to twice win National Magazine Awards of general excellence. In 1996, she was inducted into the ASME Editors Hall of Fame.
Saxophonist and Composer
Ernie Wilkins, 79, an American-born composer and saxophonist who played with Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton, died June 5 in Copenhagen after a stroke.
The St. Louis native got his big break in 1951 when trumpeter Clark Terry recommended him to Count Basie. In the late 1950s, Mr. Wilkins joined Dizzy Gillespie's band and later went on to write for Tommy Dorsey and Hampton.
Mr. Wilkins moved to Copenhagen in 1980 and started his own orchestra. Over the years, he worked with such musicians as Earl Hines, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughn, Lena Horne and Quincy Jones.