Andrea Ford


Andrea Ford, 49, who as a reporter with the Los Angeles Times from 1988 to 1997 covered such high-profile criminal cases as the O.J. Simpson murder trial, died Aug. 24 in Detroit. She had a heart ailment.

A former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Ms. Ford was an outspoken advocate for ethnic diversity in newsrooms and frequently challenged her colleagues and editors to develop better approaches to covering minority communities.

Ms. Ford won a Times Editorial Award in 1995 for her work on the team covering the Simpson trial, and the National Association of Black Journalists named her Journalist of the Year for that coverage.

Ms. Ford became a familiar face on national television during the Simpson trial with her regular appearances on CNN's morning news and the Larry King show.

Newell 'Spiegle' Willcox

Jazz Musician

Newell "Spiegle" Willcox, 96, a musician who shared the stage with jazz greats including Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Eddie Lang, died Aug. 25 in Cortland, N.Y. The cause of death was not reported.

In 1913, Mr. Willcox took up the valve trombone and joined his father, Lynn, in the Cortland town band.

In 1922, his Ithaca band was discovered by jazz musician Paul Whiteman, who renamed the band the Paul Whiteman Collegians and brought the group to New York.

Mr. Willcox remained with the Whiteman group for nearly three years before he was asked to replace Tommy Dorsey in the Jean Goldkette Orchestra in Detroit.