J.F. Powers


COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- J.F. Powers, 81, who won the 1963 National Book Award for his novel "Morte D'Urban," died June 14 at his Collegeville home. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Powers was a writer in residence and an English professor at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict from 1975 to 1993.

His published work included three collections of short fiction and a 1988 novel, "Wheat That Springeth Green," for which he was a National Book Award finalist.

Both of his novels follow the careers of a Minnesota priest, and much of his writing dealt with the conflict between spiritual and secular values in a materialistic society.

Mr. Powers also contributed regularly to The New Yorker and received fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations.

Dolores Jimenez Alcantara

Flamenco Singer

MADRID -- Dolores Jimenez Alcantara, 90, one of flamenco's leading singers, better known as "La Nin~a de la Puebla" (The Girl from Puebla), died June 14 at a hospital in Malaga, Spain, after suffering a brain hemorrhage during a weekend performance in the southwestern town of Huelva.

The singer was given her stage name in recognition of her birthplace, Puebla de Cazalla, just outside Seville.

Blind from childhood, she dedicated herself to music from her early years and in the 1960s and 1970s captured the hearts of flamenco artists and fans. Admired for her ability to sing in a wide range of flamenco styles, she was probably best known for popularizing the Spanish traditional song "Los campanilleros" (The Bell Ringers).

She was to have received Spain's Gold Medal for Fine Arts from King Juan Carlos next week.