Roberta Sherwood


Roberta Sherwood, 86, the torch singer known for her recordings "Up a Lazy River" and "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," died July 5, it was reported in Los Angeles. She had cancer.

Miss Sherwood was a popular singer on the vaudeville circuit from age 11. When she married Broadway showman Don Lanning in 1938, she confined her singing to the Miami nightclub they ran for nearly two decades. Comic Red Buttons and columnist Walter Winchell began touting the singer, and she eventually was booked in clubs from Copacabana in New York to Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas and Mocambo in Hollywood.

She gained a recording contract and appeared on such TV shows as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Steve Allen Show," "The Jackie Gleason Show," "The Garry Moore Show" and Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person."

Among other favorites she recorded were "Make Someone Happy," "How Deep Is the Ocean," "These Foolish Things" and "Stormy Weather."

Kenneth K. Hall


Kenneth K. Hall, 81, whose 47-year career as a state and federal judge included a decision to allow female cadets at The Citadel, died July 8, it was reported in Charleston, W.Va. The cause of death was not given.

Judge Hall was appointed to a federal judge's post in Charleston in 1971 by President Richard M. Nixon.

Five years later, he was named to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. The district comprises West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

In 1995, he wrote the majority decision that rejected efforts by The Citadel, a Charleston, S.C., military college, to ban women. In other decisions, he outlawed the state's existing abortion law and presided over a violent school textbook controversy.

He also presided over a class-action lawsuit against Pittston Coal Co. concerning the 1973 Buffalo Creek dam break, which resulted in 125 deaths. The lawsuit ended with a $13.5 million settlement.

Sola Sierra

Human Rights Activist

Sola Sierra, 63, a prominent human rights activist during the military dictatorship in Chile of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, died of a heart attack July 1 while recovering from back surgery in Santiago.

An active member of the Chilean Communist Party, she joined the opposition to Pinochet after her husband, Jorge Pizarro, disappeared after being taken away by Pinochet's security agents.

She organized an association for the relatives of hundreds of Chileans who vanished during Pinochet's 1973-90 dictatorship. With her husband's black-and-white photograph pinned to her chest, she was a familiar figure at protests.

Prominent visitors to Chile, including European politicians and rock stars, often made a point of meeting her. Among them were the Irish rock group U2 and British singer Sting, who wrote a song about her group called "They Dance Alone."

Angus MacDonald


Angus MacDonald, 60, considered one of the world's best bagpipers, died June 25, it was reported in London. The cause of death was not given.

He won the prestigious title Piobaire Os Cionn Chaich, or "piper above all others," in 1981.

Throughout his 27-year military career in the Scots Guards, he served as household piper to Queen Elizabeth II, a personal piper to the governor of Edinburgh Castle and a senior instructor at the Army School of Piping.

Alejandro Garcia Duran


Alejandro Garcia Duran, 64, a Spanish priest who saved hundreds of children from life in the gutter in Mexico City, died of a heart attack in Bogota, Colombia, on a training mission, it was reported July 9 in Mexico City.

Nicknamed Padre Chinchachoma -- "hairless head" in street slang -- he worked in his native Barcelona before moving to Mexico in 1969. He was a teacher, schoolmaster and parish priest in several cities. In 1975, he met a group of street children and was inspired to help them.

He went on to found 26 shelter-schools caring for about 300 homeless youths. In all, 1,500 children passed through those schools over the years; 90 percent managed to obtain jobs and families, according to Anunciacion, a public relations service for Mexican charities.

The priest also wrote 10 books of poetry, theology and social analysis.

Thor Axel Kappfjell

Daredevil Parachutist

Thor Axel Kappfjell, 32, the Norwegian parachutist who frustrated police and entertained the public with daredevil leaps from some of the world's tallest buildings, was killed July 6 in a jump from a cliff near the Norwegian city of Stavanger, it was reported in Oslo.

Mr. Kappfjell was an offshore oil worker who claimed to have jumped from more than 200 buildings, towers and bridges.

His illegal plunges from the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building had gotten him reckless endangerment convictions in New York. He also had jumped from the Eiffel Tower in Paris and even the Norwegian prime minister's office in Oslo.

In his fatal plunge, made in the fog just after midnight off a cliff about 300 miles west of Oslo, his parachute opened. But fellow jumpers said he probably had hit the face of the cliff and slid down. His body was found near the base of the cliff.

Ronny Graham


Ronny Graham, 79, who wrote episodes of "M-A-S-H" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died July 4, it was reported in Los Angeles.

He also collaborated with Mel Brooks on such films as "The Inquisition," "History of the World, Part I," "Spaceballs" and "To Be or Not to Be."