The obituary of Hildy Parks, which was published in the "Of Note" column Oct. 9, incorrectly reported her age. She was 78. (Published 10/12/04)
Vernon Alley, 89, a world-renowned jazz bassist who played with his generation's greatest musicians and who was considered San Francisco's most distinguished jazz artist, died Oct. 3. No cause of death was given, but he had been in ill health since a stroke two years ago.
Musicians said Mr. Alley could have become one of the biggest names in jazz if he hadn't chosen to spend most of his career in San Francisco, where he was raised, went to high school with Joe DiMaggio and showed the young newspaperman Herb Caen around town.
Mr. Alley played with the Lionel Hampton band in New York in 1940 and the Count Basie Orchestra in 1942, when he was 27. During his career, he played with such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald.
Mr. Alley's interest in jazz started when his parents took him to a performance by jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton. Mr. Alley virtually single-handedly integrated the San Francisco local of the Musicians Union and was the first black member of the secretive Bohemian Club.
Mildred McDaniel Singleton
Olympic Track Athlete
Mildred McDaniel Singleton, 70, who won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1956 Olympics and who was one of the world's top female athletes in the 1950s, died of cancer Sept. 30 at a convalescent home in Pasadena, Calif.
Ms. Singleton ran track and played basketball at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. She was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1983. She also was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Helms Hall of Fame in Los Angeles.
At the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, Ms. Singleton jumped 5 feet 91/4 inches to win the gold and set a world record. She was the U.S. women's high jump champion in 1953, 1955 and 1956 and the indoor champion in 1955 and 1956. At the 1955 Pan-American Games, she won the high jump with a meet record.
Norm Schachter, 90, who refereed the first Super Bowl and the first "Monday Night Football" game, died Oct. 2 at a convalescent home in San Pedro, Calif.
Mr. Schachter began refereeing local games in 1941 in Redlands. His NFL career began in 1954 when then-Commissioner Bert Bell hired him at $100 a game with a guarantee of seven games. The weekend job lasted 22 years. He officiated in 1967 at the first Super Bowl, in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in which the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
He worked three Super Bowls and 11 conference championship games, and was the referee in the first Monday night game in 1970.
Hope Hale Davis
Hope Hale Davis, 100, an author and writing teacher whose memoir of the 1930s recounted her experiences as an early feminist and communist, died of pneumonia Oct. 2 in a Boston rehabilitation center.
Mrs. Davis taught seminars on journal writing and autobiography for many years at Radcliffe, where she was teacher of the year in the 1990s. She continued to teach until shortly before her death.
In 1995, she published "Great Day Coming: A Memoir of the 1930s," which told of two of her four marriages -- including one to Claud Cockburn, the renowned radical British journalist -- and her romance with the Communist Party. She also wrote short stories for magazines such as the New Yorker.
Johnny Kelley, 97, a two-time Boston Marathon champion who became a beloved figure in the history of the race by running it a record 61 times, died Oct. 6 at a nursing home on Cape Cod, Mass. No cause of death was disclosed.
Mr. Kelley, a former Olympian and member of the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, won the oldest U.S. marathon in 1935 and 1945 and finished second a record seven times. But it was his longevity for which Mr. Kelley will be remembered. He completed 58 Boston Marathons, also a record, and had 18 finishes in the top 10. In 1957, he placed ninth at age 50.
He ran his final race in 1992, when he was 84. In 1993, the statue "Young at Heart" was dedicated in Mr. Kelley's honor along the marathon route. He had served as grand marshal of the Boston Marathon since 1995.
Andres Nazario Sargen
Cuban Exile Leader
Andres Nazario Sargen, 88, who helped lead the paramilitary group Alpha 66 in an effort to overthrow Cuban President Fidel Castro, died Oct. 6 of colon cancer at his home in Miami.
During the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, Mr. Nazario, who was born in the town of Zaza del Medio in central Cuba, worked with guerrillas operating independent of Castro's rebel movement. When Castro came to power Jan. 1, 1959, Mr. Nazario and other guerrilla leaders faced execution.
He left for Miami in 1961 and joined other Cuban exiles to form Alpha 66 -- named for its 66 original members. It is the oldest anti-Castro group in Miami and claims to have staged clandestine operations in Cuba to overthrow Castro.
TV Writer and Actress
Hildy Parks, 87, who for two decades wrote the Tony Award telecasts produced by her husband, Alexander Cohen, died Oct. 7 of complications from a stroke at the Actors' Fund Home in Englewood, N.J.
Besides the Tonys, Ms. Parks's other television writing and producing credits include two Emmy Awards telecasts, and such specials as "Placido Domingo: Steppin' Out With the Ladies," "Night of 100 Stars," "Night of 100 Stars II," "Parade of Stars" and "Night of 100 Stars III."
Ms. Parks, who was born in Washington, went to New York to become an actress and made her Broadway debut in 1947 in "Bathsheba." She appeared on many television shows in the 1950s, including "Philco Playhouse" and "Studio One," and had a long-running role on the soap opera "Love of Life."