Hamilton H. `Terry' Gilkyson III
Hamilton H. "Terry" Gilkyson III, 83, a songwriter whose work was recorded by Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, the Kingston Trio, Mitch Miller, Spike Jones, Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day, Harry Connick Jr. and Louis Armstrong, died Oct. 15 in Austin. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Gilkyson's 1968 song, "The Bare Necessities," for Disney's "Jungle Book," was nominated for an Academy Award. During the 1960s, he wrote a song a week for "The Wonderful World of Disney" television show and later wrote theme songs for Disney movies including "The Swiss Family Robinson," "Thomasina" and "The Aristocats."
He also co-wrote with his group, Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders, such classics as "Everybody Loves Saturday Night," "Marianne," "The Sea is Green" and "Memories are Made of This," the hit recorded by Dean Martin. "Greenfield," recorded by the Brothers Four, was a top 10 hit in 1960. His first hit was the 1950 "Cry of the Wild Goose," recorded by Frankie Laine.
Christine Mason, 49, a hairstylist who created such outrageous coiffeurs as the beehive, the double bubble, the artichoke and the airlift that were comic highlights in five of Baltimore director John Waters's most popular films, died of cervical cancer Oct. 17 in Baltimore.
Her best-known works were those she created as hairstylist and wigmaker for a series of Waters's films, including "Female Trouble," "Desperate Living," "Polyester," "Cry Baby" and "Hairspray."
Among the performers for whom Ms. Mason created hairstyles were the late Divine, a female impersonator who starred in Waters's early films, Ricki Lake, Deborah Harry and Patricia Hearst.
Francis Underhill, 78, a career State Department foreign service officer who served as ambassador to Malaysia from 1974 until 1977, died Oct. 17 in Flat Rock, N.C. The cause of death was not reported.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, he embarked on a 35-year diplomatic career that included stops in Portugal, Spain, Indonesia, Poland, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.
In July 1975, Japanese Red Army terrorists assaulted the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur looking for Mr. Underhill, who was at home in North Carolina. They took 30 hostages.
Merchant and Farmer
Pierre Moulin, 73, who with his business partner, Pierre LeVec, created the Pierre Deux fabric shops and the mix of colorful cotton, glazed tile and antique armoires known as the Pierre Deux look, died of prostate cancer Oct. 17 in New York.
In 1949, he met LeVec. Later, when LeVec worked in Washington, Mr. Moulin set up a farm in Winchester, Va., where he raised 25,000 broiling chickens -- and won prizes for doing so.
In 1970, Mr. Moulin had some pillows made from decorated French peasant fabrics, and scattered them around their upholstered furniture. The partners began importing the fabric and customers came in droves. Before long, there were 22 Pierre Deux shops around the world. They retired in 1989, selling all but one of the shops.
Jules Glazer, 77, an accountant who handled finances for prominent comedians and Democrats during a 40-year career, died Oct. 7 in Palm Desert, Calif. He had cancer.
He handled tax returns and other finances in Hollywood for such comics as Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
A staunch Democrat, he served as national treasurer for the presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter and Jesse Jackson. He also handled regional finances for John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy during their presidential campaigns.
Manfredo Fest, 63, a jazz pianist and a pioneer of the Brazilian bossa nova movement that swept the world in the 1960s, died Oct. 8 in Palm Harbor, Fla., awaiting a liver transplant. The native Brazilian had lived in Florida since 1987.
Critics credit him and such other musicians as Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa with helping to revolutionize Brazilian and international pop music by refining bossa nova from samba in the early 1960s.
Mr. Fest, legally blind since birth, arrived in the United States in 1967 and set about developing a blend of Brazilian and American jazz. He worked for two years as arranger and keyboard player for Sergio Mendes's Brasil 66. He also played with Lee Ritenour and Floria Purim.
Lee Richardson, 73, an American actor in stage, film and television work noted for his English accent, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 2 in New York. He had a perforated ulcer.
Mr. Richardson, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for his performance in "Vivat! Vivat Regina!" and appeared in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor," had been a fixture on the New York stage and in regional repertory roles for more than 40 years. The Chicago native performed in so many roles with an English accent that he was widely assumed to be British.
By 1954, he was appearing regularly on the television drama anthologies "Playhouse 90" and "Studio One." He performed with George C. Scott in Central Park in the 1962 production of "The Merchant of Venice." He later became a founding member of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
Robert Waite, 80, a Williams College historian who brought the psychoanalytic approach to books about German dictator Adolf Hitler, died Oct. 4 in Glastonbury, Conn. The cause of death was not reported.
He was an early proponent of analyzing events in Hitler's early life in Freudian terms to explain his behavior later in life. His most influential book was "The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler" (1977).
Dr. Waite was criticized for undervaluing external influences such as European history, Christian antisemitism and ideology in explaining Hitler.
John G. Clark
John G. Clark, 73, a Harvard University psychiatrist who raised awareness of the influence of religious groups, died Oct. 7 in Boston. The cause of death was not reported.
During the 1970s, he studied newly emerging or unknown groups such as the Unification Church, the Church of Scientology and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He also counseled more than 500 former members of the groups and their families.
The Church of Scientology objected to some of Dr. Clark's assertions and took him to court. In 1988, he settled with the group for an undisclosed amount and agreed to never publicly talk about the matter again.
Vernon de Tar
Vernon de Tar, 94, an organist regarded as an influential force in American church music, died Oct. 7 in Kennett Square, Pa. The cause of death was not reported.
For 42 years before retiring in the early 1980s, he was the organist and choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in New York's Greenwich Village, where he helped establish the church's reputation for varied programs of religious music from the Renaissance to the present.
He also taught several generations of organists at the Yale University Union Theological Seminary and the Juilliard School. He made a strong case for replacing bombastic 19th-century hymns with more contemporary ones, as well as with 16th-century works that had fallen out of use.
Irene Heskes, 76, a historian and author who specialized in Jewish music and who was the 1980 founder of the American Yiddish Theater Music Restoration and Revival Project, died of aplastic anemia Oct. 14 in New York.
The project assembled, catalogued and microfilmed a comprehensive collection of Yiddish theater music that is now available for study at the Library of Congress.
Ms. Heskes had been a researcher, writer and lecturer for the Theodor Herzl Institute of the Jewish Agency from 1964 to 1976. She also was the director of the National Jewish Music Council from 1968 to 1980.