Felice Bryant


Felice Bryant, 77, who with her husband composed hundreds of songs over 40 years, most notably the Everly Brothers' 1950s pop and country hits "Bye Bye Love" and "Wake Up Little Susie," died of cancer April 22 at her home in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

She was a young elevator operator in her native Wisconsin when she met country swing fiddler Boudleaux Bryant in the early 1940s. The couple married, settled in Nashville and became one of the most prolific duos of musical compositions. Boudleaux Bryant died in 1987.

Their big break came in 1948 when Little Jimmie Dickens recorded their song "Country Boy," which reached No. 7 on the country charts. As their work flourished in the early years of rock-and-roll, the list of artists to record their songs grew to include Glen Campbell, the Bellamy Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Holly, Dean Martin, Charley Pride, Roy Orbison and Hank Williams Jr.

Teno Roncalio

Wyoming Congressman

Teno Roncalio, 87, a Democrat who represented Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1967 and again from 1971 to 1978 and was known for boosting the state's share of mineral royalties, died March 30 at a medical facility in Cheyenne. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Roncalio was a lawyer, deputy prosecuting attorney of Laramie County and chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Central Committee before serving in Congress.

He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1966. He did not seek House reelection in 1978, and Dick Cheney (R), now the vice president, won the election to succeed him.

Rafiq Jwaijatti

Syrian Ambassador

Rafiq Jwaijatti, 81, who had served as Syrian ambassador to the United States in the 1980s, died April 17 in Paris after a heart attack.

He had served in the Syrian diplomatic corps for nearly a half-century. In addition to his ambassadorship in Washington, he had served as ambassador to Canada and on the political committee at the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

Mr. Jwaijatti, who was the recipient of degrees from American, French and British universities, had once taught Arabic, English and French literature at Damascus University.

Theodore Weiss

Journal Editor

Theodore Weiss, 86, a retired Princeton University professor and poet in residence who also had edited the Quarterly Review of Literature since co-founding it in 1943, died April 15 at his home in Princeton, N.J. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Weiss, who also had taught at the University of Maryland, was the author of books of poetry, literary criticism and essays, including "The Catch," "Gunsight" and "From Princeton One Autumn Afternoon."

He arrived at Princeton University in 1966 as the poet in residence. Two years later, he was appointed professor of English and creative writing, and in 1977, he was named the William and Anne S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature. He retired in 1987.

John E. Riley

NASA Spokesman

John E. "Jack" Riley, 78, a longtime NASA spokesman who provided commentary during the first moonwalk in 1969, died of cancer April 17 in Houston.

He worked for newspapers in Kansas and Missouri and for General Dynamics Corp. before joining NASA in 1959. He spent the next 33 years with the space agency's public affairs department.

Robert W. Baker

Airline Official

Robert W. Baker, 58, who headed the operations of American Airlines and retired as vice chairman in December after 35 years with the company, died April 20 at a hospital in Dallas. He had lung cancer.

He had chaired a federal advisory committee that developed the "free flight" concept, designed to relieve congestion in the national air traffic control system.

Charles 'Cholly' Atkins


Charles "Cholly" Atkins, 89, who choreographed the smooth moves of countless Motown artists and won a Tony Award when he was 75, died April 19 at a hospital in Las Vegas. He had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Atkins made a name for himself as a tap dancer in the 1930s and later toured with such jazz greats as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton.

He worked with countless Motown artists over the years, including the Cadillacs, the Supremes, the Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. He dusted off his tap shoes in 1988 to choreograph the Broadway musical "Black and Blue." His work earned him a Tony Award.

Norbert A. Schlei

U.S. Assistant Attorney General

Norbert A. Schlei, 73, who served in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and helped write landmark civil rights legislation, died April 17 at a medical facility in Los Angeles of infections caused by long-term immobility.

Mr. Schlei was the Democratic candidate for the 57th California Assembly District in 1962 when he was tapped by President John F. Kennedy as an assistant attorney general. He was one of the principal draftsman of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Immigration Reform Act of 1967.

Mr. Schlei also was a key player in the Cuban missile crisis. Shortly after he came on as head of the office of legal counsel for the attorney general, he was asked to provide a legal basis for Kennedy's naval quarantine of the island.

Felice Bryant, left, is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by Barbara Mandrell. With her husband, Bryant wrote "Bye Bye Love."