Cardinal Paolo Dezza, 98, an Italian who was asked by Pope John Paul II to keep a watchful eye on the Jesuit order, died Dec. 17 in Rome. The cause of death was not reported.
Cardinal Dezza entered the Jesuit order in 1918, becoming a priest 10 years later.
A scholar of theology, he was named rector of the prestigious Gregorian Pontifical Institute in Rome.
In 1981, the pope named Cardinal Dezza as a kind of special pontifical delegate to the Jesuits, who are based in Rome.
The order's superior at the time was ill, and Cardinal Dezza, who was made a cardinal in 1991, guided the Jesuits until a new leader was elected in 1983.
Kenny Baker, 78, a jazz trumpeter who performed with Baker's Dozen in Britain in the 1950s, died Dec. 7 in Felpham, England, where he had been hospitalized for three weeks with a viral infection.
Mr. Baker had performed before sellout crowds in Britain since the 1950s.
He also had performed for film and television soundtracks, including the soundtracks to some of the James Bond movies.
Earlier this year, he was made a member of the Order of British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. He also was named the best trumpet player at the British Jazz awards, the third time he won the honor.
Elizabeth Zimmermann, 89, whose best-known gift to knitting was a mathematical formula for figuring the proportions of sweaters and other garments, died Nov. 30 in Marshfield, Wis. The cause of death was not reported.
Ms. Zimmermann, who was born near Devon, England, learned knitting from her mother. She eventually sold sweaters of her own design for pocket money when she attended art schools in Europe.
She married, moved to New York and eventually settled in Wisconsin.
She submitted her designs for Norwegian-pattern sweaters to Woman's Day magazine in 1955. Other magazines also accepted her designs, and in 1959, she started her own knitting publication. She eventually started a mail-order business for knitting supplies, books and video productions under the name Schoolhouse Press.
Ms. Zimmermann's books include "Knitting Around," "Knitting Without Tears," "Knitter's Almanac" and "Knitting Workshop."
Inam Abdel Raouf Arafat Al Kiwah
Inam Abdel Raouf Arafat Al Kidwah, 82, the eldest sister of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died Dec. 12 in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip. The cause of death was not reported.
Ms. Al Kidwah was the oldest of Arafat's five siblings. She was described in various Arafat biographies as the mother figure in the Palestinian leader's life after his mother died when Arafat was a young child.
Edith M. Pavese
Book Editor and Author
Edith M. Pavese, 59, an author and editor who wrote several notable books about Washington institutions, died of cancer Dec. 15 at her home in New York City.
Mrs. Pavese was a senior editor at Harry N. Abrams Inc., which specializes in high-end illustrated art books, from 1980 to 1993. Among the volumes she edited were "The National Air and Space Museum," "The National Museum of American History," "Treasures of the Library of Congress" and 1987's "The National Geographic Society: 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery," which has more than 1 million copies in print.
She also wrote two books for Abrams, "American Highlights: United States History in Notable Works of Art" in 1993 and "TV Mania," with Judith Henry, in 1988.
Krishan Lal Sharma
Krishan Lal Sharma, 74, the vice president of India's ruling party who twice went to prison defending its Hindu nationalist ideology, died Dec. 17 at a hospital in New Delhi after a heart attack.
The Punjab native was an activist of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological fountainhead of Prime Minister Atal Bihari's Bharatiya Janata Party. Mr. Sharma was one of the spokesmen of the party.
In 1948, when the organization was banned by India's government for the alleged involvement of some of its members in the assassination of freedom movement leader Mohandas Gandhi, Mr. Sharma was imprisoned.
He again went to jail for 17 months in 1975 when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi clamped emergency rule on the country.
Sherland Wilson, 71, who under the stage name King Fighter was one of the pioneers of calypso music in Trinidad and Tobago, died Dec. 13 at a hospital in eastern Grenada after a stroke.
Mr. Wilson, whose most popular song was "Pajama Suit," was born in Guyana.
He had lived in Grenada for several years and launched his career in Trinidad in the 1950s.
Mr. Wilson performed on stage often with calypso legends Lord Nelson and King Sparrow.
Jill Craigie, 85, a noted British documentary filmmaker who was perhaps best known in Britain as the wife of Michael Foot, who led the Labor Party from 1980 to 1983, died Dec. 13 in London. The cause of death was not reported.
Ms. Craigie, who already had achieved national success as a filmmaker before her marriage, made the films "The Way We Live," based on the effort of Plymouth residents in southern England to rebuild after the devastation of World War II, and "Blue Scar," about the everyday lives of miners in the 1940s.
She based "Blue Scar" on a year she spent in Abergwynfi, a mining town in south Wales.
A year after that film's success, she married Foot, an aspiring politician. Ms. Craigie put aside her own career to support her husband.
Early Wright, 84, a pioneering radio personality whose nightly "Soul Man" broadcast spanned more than a half-century and drew national media attention to his home town's blues and gospel heritage, died Dec. 10 in Clarksdale, Miss., after a heart attack.
In 1947, he became the first black disc jockey in Mississippi when he went to work at Clarksdale's WROX Radio.
Until his retirement in 1998, he hosted one of America's longest continuous-running radio shows and interviewed many celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner and Charley Pride.