Billy Guy


Billy Guy, 66, an original member of the Coasters, the rhythm and blues-based comedy quartet that recorded "Charlie Brown," "Yakety Yak" and other hits of the 1950s and early 1960s, died of cardiovascular disease Nov. 12 at his home in Las Vegas.

Considered the preeminent vocal group of the early days of rock-and-roll, the Coasters were formed in 1955 and produced by the legendary songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Mr. Guy -- a baritone who memorably sang the lead on the group's 1957 hit "Searchin' " -- was one of the quartet's main comic voices.

Debuting with "Down in Mexico" in 1956, the Coasters recorded a string of Leiber-and-Stoller hits that, in addition to "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak," included "Along Came Jones," "Poison Ivy," "I'm a Hog for You," "Young Blood" and "Little Egypt."

Rosemary Kerry

Senator's Mother

Rosemary Forbes Kerry, 89, the mother of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) who had been active in wildlife preservation and in environmental and community groups in Massachusetts, died Nov. 14 in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. The cause of death was not reported.

As chairman of the Groton (Mass.) Board of Health, she began a recycling program in the 1970s. She also had been a supporter of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for more than 50 years.

She was married for 59 years to Richard F. Kerry, a diplomat, lawyer and writer. He died two years ago.

William Packard


William Packard, 69, a poet, playwright and creative writing teacher who was the 1969 founder of the national poetry magazine the New York Quarterly, died of a heart ailment Nov. 3 at his home in Manhattan.

The quarterly, which suspended publication in 1996 after Mr. Packard had a stroke, ran poems and interviews featuring such poets as W.H. Auden, John Ashberry, Paul Blackburn and Anne Sexton.

Mr. Packard, the author of six volumes of poetry, received the Outer Critics Circle Award for his adaptation of Racine's "Phedre" when it was produced Off Broadway in 1966.

Jerry Sohl

Science Fiction Writer

Jerry Sohl, 88, the author of the science fiction books "The Transcendent Man" and "The Altered Ego" who also had written for the "Star Trek" and "The Twilight Zone" television series, died Nov. 11 at a hospital in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Mr. Sohl, who wrote under the pseudonyms Nathan Butler, Sean Mei Sullivan and Roberta Jean Mountjoy, also was the author of "The Mars Monopoly," "The Lemon Eaters," "The Resurrection of Frank Borchard" and "The Spun Sugar Hole." As a television writer, he worked on episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Naked City," "The Outer Limits," "Route 66" and "The Invaders."

Charles Dupuis

Belgian Publisher

Charles Dupuis, 84, whose family printing house was behind the success of comic-strip characters including Spirou, Lucky Luke and the Smurfs, died Nov. 14 in Brussels. The cause of death was not reported.

In 1938, his father, Jean, created the Spirou comic book in Belgium to rival Disney's Le Journal de Mickey and other American imports. The younger Dupuis attracted such cartoonists as Andre{acute} Franquin, who created Gaston Lagaffe and Marsupilami; Peyo, who drew the Smurfs; and Lucky Luke creator Morris.