Robin Kenyatta, 62, a jazz saxophonist known for his free style of jazz and bop, died Oct. 26 in Lausanne, Switzerland. No cause of death was reported.
Mr. Kenyatta collaborated with such musicians as saxophonists Archie Shepp and Sonny Stitt, trumpeter Bill Dixon and trombonist Roswell Rudd. Although known as an alto saxophonist, he also played tenor saxophone and flute.
Born Robert Prince Haynes in 1942 in Moncks Corner, S.C., he adopted the name Kenyatta in honor of Kenyan nationalist leader Jomo Kenyatta. He recorded three albums for Atlantic Records in the 1970s: "Gypsy Man," "Terra Nova" and "Stompin' at the Savoy." He also recorded "Until," "Girl From Martinique" and "Cool Blue."
John E. 'Jack' Reilly
Automotive Industry Executive
John E. "Jack" Reilly, 77, an automotive industry pioneer who helped start the U.S. operations of Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi and Isuzu, died Nov. 12 at his home in Dana Point, Calif., of complications from lung cancer.
Mr. Reilly was a top executive at General Motors Corp. when he left the domestic auto industry in 1963. Through the years, he was national sales manager at Volkswagen Cars of America, president of Porsche/Audi of North America and a co-owner of independent Toyota distributorships.
In 1980, he became the founding U.S. executive of American Isuzu Motors Inc. He established Isuzu's North American headquarters in Los Angeles County's City of Industry and helped introduce American drivers to the sport-utility vehicle and the compact pickup truck.
Under his leadership, Isuzu's national network grew to 560 dealerships, and the Isuzu Trooper became one of the country's most popular trucks. Isuzu sales peaked at 120,000 a year in 1988.