Country Singer, Songwriter
Roy Drusky, 74, a country singer and songwriter who had several hits in the 1960s, including the duet "Yes Mr. Peters," died Sept. 23 at a nursing home in Portland, Tenn. He had emphysema.
Since 1959, Mr. Drusky had been a cast member at the Grand Ole Opry. The Atlanta native was a crooner with a smooth, mellow baritone. He sang in the church choir as a boy and bought his first guitar while in the Navy.
Faron Young had No. 1 hits with Mr. Drusky's compositions "Alone With You" and "Country Girl" -- encouraging Mr. Drusky to move to Nashville, where he landed a deal with Decca Records.
Mr. Drusky's hits also included "Another" and "Anymore." He had a novelty song with "Peel Me a Nanner" in 1963 and later hit No. 1 with "Yes Mr. Peters," a duet with Priscilla Mitchell.
Irving B. Harris
Irving B. Harris, 94, a businessman who donated millions of dollars to programs that support children's welfare and the arts, died Sept. 25 at his home in Chicago. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Harris, former chairman of burglar- and fire-alarm maker Pittway Corp., was an advocate for the creation of Project Head Start in the 1960s and developed the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public/private partnership that develops programs to prevent teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect.
He also helped create and fund the Yale Child Study Center at Yale University, his alma mater.
Mr. Harris and his wife, Joan, long were major donors to Chicago area arts organizations. Most recently, they funded the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park.
"I believe that God's gift of brain potential is not discriminatory," Mr. Harris wrote in his 1996 book "Children in Jeopardy: Can We Break the Cycle of Poverty?"
"Kindergarten is much too late to worry if a child is ready to learn. We must begin in the first days and weeks and months of life to get children ready to learn."
Charles Burton Mouton
Monsignor Charles Burton Mouton, 78, who served under five popes as a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps, died Sept. 23 in Lafayette, La., his home town. He had lung, liver and bone cancer.
In 1994, Pope John Paul II made Monsignor Mouton the first U.S. priest to be named a canon of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Vatican City.
Monsignor Mouton was invited to join the diplomatic corps after earning his doctorate in canon law at the Lateran University in Rome. The countries where he served include India, Vietnam, Korea, Turkey, Nigeria and Argentina.
Dean Kutz, 48, a jockey who rode more than 2,800 winners during almost 30 years at tracks in the Upper Midwest and Kentucky, died Sept. 26 at a hospital in Lexington, Ky. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Kutz began his career in 1972 and overcame a number of physical setbacks. His fingers were disfigured from frostbite as a child, and he received a kidney transplant from his sister in 1984. He lost his larynx to throat cancer in 2000 but returned to ride competitively.
Mr. Kutz won 2,835 races, and his mounts earned more than $33.6 million. His victories at Kentucky's Keeneland included the 1992 Phoenix Breeders' Cup aboard British Banker and the 1994 Forerunner atop Jaggery John. He also rode at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park and Ellis Park on the Kentucky circuit.