Faisal bin Fahd

Saudi Prince

Prince Faisal bin Fahd, the eldest son of Saudi King Fahd, died Aug. 21 at a hospital in Riyadh after a heart attack. He was born in 1946.

Prince Faisal, the Saudi equivalent of minister of sports since the mid-1970s, was not in line to the throne. Crown Prince Abdullah, his uncle and the half-brother of King Fahd, is the heir.

Prince Faisal had returned earlier last week from Amman, Jordan, where he attended the Arab Games. The prince headed the Arab Sports Federation, which organized the games for 21 countries and the Palestinian territories.

Bobby Sheehan


Bobby Sheehan, 31, bassist for the Grammy Award-winning band Blues Traveler, died Aug. 20 at his home in New Orleans. The cause of death was not immediately known.

"He went to sleep at his home around 4:30 a.m. and when his friends, who had spent the night, tried to wake him up at 11, he was unresponsive," said Lt. Marlon Defillo of the New Orleans Police Department. Defillo added that there were no signs of foul play or obvious trauma.

The band, which formed in 1987, sold more than 12 million copies of its six albums worldwide. The band won a Grammy in 1995 for the song "Runaround."

Mary A. Bradley

Massachusetts Educator

Mary A. Bradley, 84, a retired Massachusetts educator who had created a phonics system to help elementary school students learn to read, died Aug. 17 in Weymouth, Mass. The cause of death was not reported.

Dr. Bradley, who created the Mary Bradley system of phonics, taught at Salem State College for 25 years, serving as chairwoman of the education department and coordinator of its elementary education program and the graduate program in reading. She retired in 1983.

She was a Boston native and a 1936 graduate of Salem Teachers College. She taught in the public schools of Everett, Mass., before receiving master's and doctoral degrees in education from Boston University.

Vera Krasovskaya

Ballet Historian

Vera Krasovskaya, 83, a Russian dancer who later became a renowned ballet historian, died Aug. 15 at her home in St. Petersburg, Russia. The cause of death was not disclosed.

She began her career in the 1930s as a dancer at the Kirov Ballet, based at the Mariinsky Theater in what was then Leningrad. She later studied at the city's Theater Institute, where she received a doctorate in art criticism in 1955.

Dr. Krasovskaya wrote extensively on ballet issues for Soviet and foreign publications. She published such books as the multivolume "Ballet Theater in Russia" and "Western European Ballet Theater."