Deborah Wolfe

Educator, Minister

Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe, 87, an educator, minister and congressional staff member, died of cancer Sept. 3 at University Medical Center in Princeton, N.J.

Dr. Wolfe helped build the first junior high school for African Americans in Alabama in 1938 while she was an instructor at Tuskegee Institute. She became the school's first principal, and in 1961, the school was renamed in her honor.

She was the director of graduate work at Tuskegee in the late 1940s and in 1950 became a professor at Queens College in New York, where she started an early study-abroad program to Africa. She served on the staff of the House Committee on Education and Labor during the Kennedy administration and later served on the New Jersey Board of Education and the state's higher education board. She retired from teaching in 1988, with more than 20 honorary degrees. Dr. Wolfe was elected the first female president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators in 1975 and was named to its Hall of Fame. In 1983, she was elected president of the Non-Governmental Organization Representatives to the United Nations and, as an ordained minister, became the first woman to be named president of the New Jersey Convention of Progressive Baptists.

E.R. Haggar Sr.


E.R. Haggar Sr., 88, who was president of Haggar Clothing Co. from 1948 to 1971 and chairman of the board from 1971 to 1991, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 28 in Dallas.

He began working for the company, founded by his father, when he was 14. After graduating from Notre Dame University in 1938 and serving in the Army Air Forces in World War II, he helped make Haggar a nationally known brand, launching a television advertising campaign in the 1950s.

In 2001, he wrote a memoir, "Big Ed and the Haggar Family: Behind an Apparel Giant."

Izora Rhodes Armstead


Izora Rhodes Armstead, who sang the 1980s dance club hit "It's Raining Men" as one half of the Weather Girls, died Sept. 16 of a heart ailment at a hospital in San Leandro, Calif. Her age was unknown.

Ms. Armstead and partner Martha Wash started out as background singers for San Francisco disco diva Sylvester before forming the Weather Girls.

Ms. Armstead and Wash, who met when they sang in the same gospel group, were known as Two Tons O' Fun when they sang on four Sylvester albums, including his No. 1 club hits, "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real."

After leaving Sylvester, they made three albums as the Weather Girls before splitting up. One of the albums, "Success," featured the 1983 song "It's Raining Men," which reached No. 1.

Mulk Raj Anand

Indian Novelist

Mulk Raj Anand, 98, one of India's best known writers of English-language novels and short stories, died Sept. 28 at a hospital in Pune, in western India. He had pneumonia.

He shot to fame in the 1930s with his novels "Coolie" and "Untouchable," which portrayed the struggles of a child laborer and a lower-caste sweeper. Three other novels -- "Two Leaves and a Bud," "The Village" and "Across the Black Waters" -- criticized social injustices in rural and urban India.

He lived in Britain in the 1930s, wrote books on art and history and worked as a scriptwriter and book critic. He later settled in western India, where his literary career flourished.

Mr. Anand won several national awards for his contribution to English literature, and his novels are part of school and college curricula in India.

Gardner Botsford

New Yorker Editor

Gardner Botsford, 87, an editor at the New Yorker for nearly 40 years, died Sept. 27 in New York of a bone marrow disease.

Mr. Botsford, a graduate of Yale, had been associated with the magazine since boyhood and later helped define its urbane tone. His mother's second husband was Raoul Fleischmann, a wealthy businessman who bought the magazine after its founding in 1925 and helped make it financially secure.

Mr. Botsford grew up surrounded by writers and entertainers and first worked at the New Yorker in 1942, before he was drafted to serve with the Army in France. He returned to the magazine after the war, working under editors Harold Ross and William Shawn until his retirement in 1982.

He edited such notable New Yorker writers as A.J. Liebling, Janet Flanner and Janet Malcolm, whom he married in 1975, a year after the death of his first wife. Mr. Botsford published his memoirs, "A Life of Privilege, Mostly," in 2003.

Barbara Schwei

Dance Troupe Founder

Barbara Schwei, 57, founder and producer of the American Indian Dance Theater, died Sept. 29 of breast cancer at her home in New York.

She founded the theater in 1987, and her company of Indian dancers, singers and musicians traveled throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She received a Grammy nomination for best traditional folk recording in 1990 as producer of the American Indian Dance Theater's original album.

Ms. Schwei also produced concerts and co-produced the stage musical "Nash at Nine."

E.R. Haggar Sr. expanded the clothing company his father started into a nationally known brand.