John M. Fox

Minute Maid Founder

John M. Fox, 90, a founder of Minute Maid Corp., which developed the first commercial batch of frozen orange juice concentrate and grew into a multimillion-dollar business, died Jan. 9 in Winter Park, Fla. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Fox, who was board chairman and chief executive officer of United Fruit Co. from 1960 to 1979, entered the orange juice business in 1946 when he and four others started Florida Foods Inc. That company produced orange juice concentrate using a vacuum technique he had seen used during World War II to dehydrate penicillin and food.

The company changed its name in 1947 to Minute Maid Corp., and Mr. Fox went door-to-door in Hingham, Mass., giving out samples. By 1955, Minute Maid sales had reached $106.5 million. The company went public the next year and was bought by Coca-Cola in 1960.

Edith Lefel

Zouk Singer

Edith Lefel, 39, a French Guianese zouk singer who was considered one of the great voices of Afro-Caribbean music, died Jan. 20 in a hospital in Dreux, a town near Paris, after a heart attack.

Her most recent album, "If Only," came out last month. Her albums, including "La Kle," "Meci," "Rendez-vous" and "A Fleur de peau," established her as a leading figure in zouk, a mix of Caribbean and African rhythms.

Ms. Lefel was born in French Guiana but grew up on the French Caribbean island of Martinique.

Peter Palmquist

Photography Historian

Peter Palmquist, 66, a photography historian, author and creator of the Women in Photography Archive, died in a hospital Jan. 20, three days after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking his dog in Emeryville, Calif.

As a collector, he concentrated on three areas: the American West; California, with a special interest in Humboldt County, where he lived most of his life; and professional women photographers.

The Women in Photography Archive has about 8,000 anonymous and signed works, many by women who had their own photo studios around the turn of the 20th century.

Charlie Webber


Charlie Webber, 58, who played trumpet for the Swingin' Medallions at the time of the band's 1966 hit "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)," died of cancer Jan. 17 in Greenwood, S.C.

He left the group in 1969 to work for a sheriff's office. He joined the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in 1978 and became a senior agent with the division's Fugitive Task Force.