Marvin O. Herzog
Marvin O. Herzog, 70, who traveled the world with his Bavarian Polka Band for 58 years and was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 1979, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 12 in Frankenmuth, Mich.
He was a polka celebrity who regularly booked 170 appearances a year. He and his band would travel more than 75,000 miles a year in a converted Greyhound bus.
Mr. Herzog, who played the Cordovox -- a mix of organ and accordion -- recorded 32 albums, including his "Schnitzelbank" and "Octoberfest" records in German as well as Polish, Italian and English polkas.
Al Tinney, 81, a Buffalo-based jazz pianist whose early career included stints as rehearsal pianist and assistant to George Gershwin and whose early bebop band helped inspire Charlie Parker, died Dec. 11 at a hospital in Buffalo. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Tinney, a native of Ansonia, Conn., was a teenager when he worked for Gershwin. In the early 1940s, he was the house pianist and bandleader at Monroe's Uptown House in New York, where he played with saxophonist Parker and drummer Max Roach, two leading figures in bebop.
Among his few recordings was the song "Bad Boy" (1957) with the band the Jive Bombers and "Al and Peg," a 2000 recording with singer Peggy Farrell. He said he left the New York bebop scene because he disliked the heavy drug use he saw.
Maria A. Liddy
Former District Resident
Maria A. Liddy, 94, a former Washington resident and the mother of radio personality, author and Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy, died of cardiac arrhythmia Dec. 13 at her home in West Caldwell, N.J.
Mrs. Liddy, whose husband, former West Caldwell mayor Sylvester J. Liddy, died in 1975, was born in West Virginia and raised in Washington. She graduated from Georgetown Visitation Academy and lived in the Washington area in the 1930s.
Leonardo Mondadori, 56, chairman of Italy's largest publishing house, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 13 at his home in Milan.
He served as the company's deputy chairman from 1982 to 1991, when he became chairman. He also branched out into other sectors, becoming chairman of the Retequattro private TV station and the head of art book publishers Electa and Leonardo Arte.