Musician Zal Yanovsky, 57, a guitar player with the Lovin' Spoonful, a 1960s group known for hits such as "Daydream," "Do You Believe in Magic" and "Summer in the City," died Dec. 13 in Kingston, Ontario, after an apparent heart attack.
Led by John Sebastian, the Lovin' Spoonful was one of the most popular American groups in the mid-1960s. It was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2000. Mr. Yanovsky reportedly referred to the induction as "a big media event that's over in two seconds."
Born in Toronto, Mr. Yanovsky went to New York to try to forge a musical career and eventually met bandmate John Sebastian. Mr. Yanovsky said he was kicked out of the band in 1967.
Economist, Presidential Adviser Eli Ginzberg, 91, an adviser to eight presidents and leader in employment and health care research efforts, died Dec. 12 at his home in Manhattan. The cause of death was not reported.
Dr. Ginsberg taught economics at Columbia University for more than 60 years. He supervised studies designed to reduce manpower waste, published many books and articles and advised corporations and governments. He was a consultant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on military personnel and advised presidents through Jimmy Carter.
He also wrote about the importance of integrating minorities into the U.S. workforce.
Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel
Library Official, Texas First Lady Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel, 86, a former first lady of Texas who was the oldest surviving relative of Gen. Sam Houston, died Dec. 14 at her home in Liberty, Texas. The cause of death was not reported.
Mrs. Daniel was the widow of Price Daniel, a Democrat who served in the Senate from 1953 to 1957, and as governor from 1957 to 1963. She also was the great-great-granddaughter of Houston, a former governor, senator and Texas president who was the victor of the Battle of San Jacinto.
After her husband's death in 1988, Mrs. Daniel was appointed to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by then-Gov. William P. Clements. She worked in this position until 1992. She also co-wrote two books, "Executive Mansions and Capitols of America" and "The Texas Governor's Mansion."
Set Designer Maria Bjornson, 53, a set and costume designer whose work on the hit musical "The Phantom of the Opera" won critical acclaim, was found dead Dec. 13 at her home in London. No cause of death was given.
For Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theater in London in 1986, Ms. Bjornson created the boat for the journey to the phantom's lair. When Lloyd Webber introduced the musical to friends at his country home, Bjornson unveiled the famous chandelier -- which subsequently flew out over audiences in London, New York, Tokyo, Vienna, Melbourne and in several other cities worldwide.
The set, which captured the drama and color of 19th-Century opera, won several awards, including a Tony for best set and costumes in 1987 and the Drama Critics' Award in 1988.
Michael C. Carlos
Philanthropist Michael C. Carlos, 75, a philanthropist whose generosity is evident at the Emory University museum that bears his name, died of lung cancer Dec. 14 in Atlanta.
The Michael C. Carlos Museum features a permanent collection of rare artifacts, including works from Egypt, Greece and Rome. The museum's original section is located in Michael C. Carlos Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus which also is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mr. Carlos was chairman and chief executive of National Distributing Co., founded by his father, Chris Carlos, in 1935. Former Emory president James Laney called him "the most decisive philanthropist I've ever known." When they first met on July 4, 1981, Mr. Carlos made a $1.5 million contribution to the museum in less than 30 minutes, Laney said. Mr. Carlos and his wife had given about $20 million to the museum since that contribution.
Opera Director John Crosby, 76, founder and longtime former general director of the Santa Fe Opera who received a National Medal of Arts in 1991, died Dec. 15 at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. No cause of death was reported.
He founded the Santa Fe Opera in 1957 and was its general director until his retirement at the end of the 2000 season. The inaugural performance July 3, 1957, was Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." With the participation of Igor Stravinsky, early Santa Fe seasons gained world attention. Stravinsky brought music to the 1957 through 1963 seasons.
Mr. Crosby majored in music theory at Yale University and studied under composer Paul Hindemith, whom Mr. Crosby later brought to Santa Fe for the 1961 U.S. premiere of Hindemith's opera "News of the Day."
Canadian Official Ray Hnatyshyn, 68, a lawyer who was a member of Canada's Parliament for 14 years and had held ministerial posts under two Conservative prime ministers before serving as governor-general from 1990 to 1995, died of cancer Dec. 18 in Ottawa.
He was credited with bringing a human touch to the high-profile duties of representing the queen, Canada's symbolic head of state. He reopened the parklike grounds of the governor-general's residence to the public, after his predecessor, Jeanne Sauve, had kept them closed.