James A. Barnes Jr.

U-2 Pilot

James A. Barnes Jr., 70, a U-2 spy plane pilot whose photographs of Soviet missile sites in Cuba led to a superpower showdown, died June 6 in Mountain View, Calif., after a stroke. He was 70.

Mr. Barnes was a civilian pilot working for the Central Intelligence Agency in October 1962 when he took pictures of Soviet missile sites in Cuba. An Air Force U-2 pilot, Maj. Richard Heyser, also took photos of missile sites about the same time, and there is some debate over which pilot was the first to detect launching pads for missiles that could reach the United States.

Photos by both pilots landed on President Kennedy's desk as evidence of a Soviet threat, and Kennedy warned in a televised speech on Oct. 22, 1962, that the United States was on the brink of nuclear war.

Mr. Barnes was an Air Force fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew a mission over the Soviet Union on the same day in 1960 that another U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was shot down and captured. Powers was eventually tried in Moscow, and the Eisenhower administration rescinded its denial of the U-2 program's existence.

Samuel Sanders


Samuel Sanders, 62, a pianist who played piano with Itzhak Perlman, Mstislav Rostropovich and Robert White, among others, died of liver failure July 9 in New York.

Mr. Sanders was very serious about accompanying instrumentalists and singers. He insisted that his name be listed in all advertisements for concerts in which he performed. Other accompanists followed suit.

He joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in 1963 and persuaded school officials to establish a master's degree program for accompanists. Mr. Sanders had made his New York recital debut as a 13-year-old at Town Hall. He performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic when he was 16.

Mr. Sanders won two Grammy Awards for performances with Perlman. In 1980, he established the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, on Cape Cod, Mass.