Donald K. Tucker
New Jersey Politician
Donald K. Tucker, 67, a civil rights activist and the longest-serving council member in Newark, died Oct. 17 at a hospital in Livingston, N.J. He had diabetes.
Mr. Tucker, a Newark native, served in the Air Force in Greenland, Alaska and California before returning to his home town, where he joined the county chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. He later was involved in efforts to desegregate Newark's public housing complexes, founded a tenants council and served as chairman of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention.
Elected councilman-at-large in 1974, Mr. Tucker -- who was known for his sometimes-fiery temper and his colorful dashikis -- served continuously for 31 years. In 1997, he was elected to the state Assembly as a Democrat representing Newark and Hillside. He held both jobs until his death.
Bill King, 78, an Oakland Athletics radio voice whose signature call of "Holy Toledo!" was a household phrase for decades in the Bay Area, died Oct. 18 in San Leandro, Calif., of complications following hip surgery.
Mr. King had been part of the A's broadcast team since 1981 and was also the lead radio broadcaster for the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders. He earlier announced games for the San Francisco Giants.
Mr. King, a native of Bloomington, Ill., began his career with the Armed Forces Radio Network in the 1940s. He was the Warriors' first broadcaster when they moved from Philadelphia in 1962.
Jean-Michel Folon, 71, the Belgium-born artist whose works appeared in galleries, magazines and subway stations around the world, died Oct. 20 in a Monaco hospital after a long illness, according to a French gallery that handled his work. No cause of death was reported.
Admired for his versatility, Mr. Folon was a painter, sculptor and cartoonist who decorated sets for operas and dabbled in animation and produced short films. He also participated in poster campaigns for causes close to his heart, such as Amnesty International and UNICEF.
Born in Uccle, near Brussels, on March 1, 1934, Mr. Folon went to Paris in 1955 to draw after abandoning his studies in architecture. However, his first success was in the United States, getting his drawings published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Fortune and the Atlantic Monthly, according to his Web site. His works also include huge murals, one of which appears in a Brussels subway station. Another was shown at Waterloo Station in London.
Warren Benson, 81, a classical composer and faculty member of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., died Oct. 6 of complications from diabetes at his home in Penfield, N.Y.
A former timpani player with the Detroit Symphony, Mr. Benson composed more than 100 works and was best known for his song cycles and dynamic works for percussion and wind instruments. He was strongly influenced by jazz and poetry and was commissioned to write a piece for the completion of the National Cathedral in 1990.
Mr. Benson taught percussion and composition at Ithaca College in New York before joining the faculty of the Eastman School, where he taught from 1967 to 1993. He also wrote poetry and humorous fiction.