Bob Hastings, a radio actor who found his footing in television, notably for portraying “yes man” Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the popular 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” died June 30 at his home in Burbank, Calif. He was 89.
The cause was prostate cancer, his family said.
Mr. Hastings, a native of Brooklyn, began his career in radio in 1936 at age 11. He was featured in “Coast-to-Coast on a Bus,” “The National Barn Dance,” “The Sea Hound” and other serial programs. Until 1953, he starred in the title role of “Archie Andrews,” the show based on Bob Montana’s popular comic strip featuring fellow Riverdale teenagers Jughead, Veronica and Betty.
In the late 1940s, Mr. Hastings began working in television, starting with “Captain Video and His Video Rangers.” He appeared several times on “The Phil Silvers Show” in the late 1950s and continued acting on television for decades. On “McHale’s Navy,” which aired on ABC from 1962 to 1966, he was part of the supporting cast for Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale, played by Ernest Borgnine.
Mr. Hastings also provided the voice of the Raven on “The Munsters,” Commissioner Gordon on various “Batman” shows and Superboy in 1970s TV cartoons.
Paul Horn, a Grammy Award-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, died June 29 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 84.
The family announced the death but declined to provide further details.
Mr. Horn’s career spanned five decades and 50 albums. He played the flute, clarinet and saxophone in concert tours and recording sessions with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Chico Hamilton.
Mr. Horn’s album “Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts” won Grammys in 1966 for best original jazz composition and photographic album cover.
Mr. Horn, a native of New York City, studied Transcendental Meditation alongside the Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Mr. Horn’s albums “Inside the Taj Mahal” and “Inside the Great Pyramid” laid the groundwork for the New Age music genre and earned him the nickname “Father of New Age Music.”
Abdulalim A. Shabazz, who became a Muslim leader in Washington in the 1960s and 1970s and most recently was a professor and endowed chair in mathematics at Grambling State University in Louisiana, died June 25 at a hospital in Ruston, La.
Grambling, a historically black college, announced the death but did not disclose the cause.
Dr. Shabazz was born Lonnie Cross in Bessemer, Ala. He received a doctorate in mathematics from Cornell University in 1955. He was head of the mathematics department at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) when he became a follower of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. He spent many years as minister of Temple of Islam No. 4 (now called Masjid Muhammad) in Washington.
He later was chairman of the mathematics department at Clark Atlanta and chairman of the mathematics and computer science department at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He was outspoken about the need to train minorities in math, science and engineering.
— From staff and wire reports