Emory O. Cunningham

Magazine Founder

Emory O. Cunningham, 78, who introduced the nation to Old South favorites such as cheese grits and magnolias by founding Southern Living magazine, died Jan. 24 in Birmingham. The cause of death was not reported.

He began the magazine about Southern hospitality in the 1960s. Today, the Birmingham-based Southern Living has about 2.5 million monthly readers, many outside the South.

The magazine is owned by Time Inc., which purchased Southern Progress Corp., its holding company, in 1985.

Spinoffs include Cooking Light, Coastal Living and the Oxmoor House book publishing business. Mr. Cunningham retired from Southern Progress in 1987 but remained an adviser.

Kathleen Hale


Kathleen Hale, 101, the author-illustrator who created of the children's books about Orlando the Marmalade Cat, died Jan. 26 in Bristol, England. The cause of death was not reported.

The 19 large picture books, filled with brightly colored illustrations full of detail and whimsy, were published from 1938 through the 1950s. She supervised new printings of most of the books in the 1990s.

Ms. Hale spent her youth as a struggling artist in London in the 1920s and later married pathologist Douglas McClean. They had two sons.

Orlando, the family cat, became the source of stories for her elder boy.

Michael Webster

Cartoon Executive

Michael Webster, 60, a veteran cartoon executive who in 1984 established the television animation division of Walt Disney Co., died of pneumonia Jan. 22 at his home in Port Townsend, Wash. He had multiple sclerosis.

Mr. Webster, whose career in animation spanned 42 years, served as the animation division's senior vice president until his retirement in 1992.

While there, he oversaw production of the Emmy-winning "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" and a host of other shows, including "Duck Tales," "Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears," "Disney's Wuzzles," "Goof Troop," "Darkwing Duck," "Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers" and cartoon series based on the Disney features "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin."

Leonard Weisgart

Book Illustrator

Leonard Weisgard, 83, the illustrator of more than 300 children's books and famed for his collaboration with author Margaret Wise Brown, died Jan. 14 in Copenhagen. The cause of death was not reported.

He won the Caldecott Medal in 1947 for "The Little Island," written by Brown under the pseudonym Golden MacDonald.

Their collaboration began in 1939 with the "Noisy Books" series, which urged young readers to imitate sounds of animals and everyday life.

Mr. Weisgard's career began at age 17, when he illustrated William Shakespeare's "Under the Greenwood Tree."

He wrote a dozen children's books that he also illustrated. His work has been published in Japan, India, Turkey, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark.

Josh Clayton-Felt


Josh Clayton-Felt, 32, a co-founder and lead singer for the band School of Fish who went on to become a solo recording artist, died of cancer Jan. 19 in Los Angeles.

Mr. Clayton-Felt, who also performed under the name Josh Clayton, had been a singer, composer and guitarist.

He released his first solo album, "Inarticulate Nature Boy," in 1996. It proved different from Mr. Clayton-Felt's work with the School of Fish, which was formed in 1989 and disbanded in 1993.

The band -- whose work included the albums "School of Fish," featuring the song "Three Strange Days" in 1991 and "Human Cannonball" in 1993, had concentrated on alternative rock -- but on his own, Clayton-Felt incorporated influences from folk music he had learned from his stepfather as well as a panoply of rock sounds.

Friedrich Gulda

Austrian Pianist

Friedrich Gulda, 69, who was widely considered one of Austria's foremost classical and jazz pianists, died Jan. 27 in Vienna after an apparent heart attack.

He was praised by music critics for his interpretation of the piano music of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart, and at age 20 he played New York's Carnegie Hall. Then, in the 1950s, he increasingly devoted his attention to jazz and became one of Europe's preeminent crossover musicians.