Carmine Coppola, an Academy Award-winning composer and conductor who wrote the theme music for several Hollywood films, died Friday in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. He was 80. Mr. Coppola, the father of director Francis Ford Coppola, shared an Academy Award with Nino Rota in 1974 for best original dramatic score for "Godfather II," the second of three "Godfather" movies made by the younger Mr. Coppola. He also wrote the theme music for the original "Godfather" and scored three other of his son's films, "Apocalypse Now," "The Outsiders" and "Gardens of Stone." A classically trained flutist and composer, Mr. Coppola played and arranged music for New York's Radio City Music Hall and conducted Broadway musicals.
Emily McLaughlin, grand dame of the "General Hospital" soap opera for almost three decades, died of cancer April 26. She was 61. She had starred on ABC-TV's "General Hospital" since its first broadcast April 1, 1963, and last appeared as no-nonsense nurse Jessie Brewer on Feb. 13. The gentle nurse she portrayed persisted after losing two babies, enduring five marriages and suffering spots on her lungs, a hysterectomy and a nervous breakdown.
Walter Reder, a Nazi war criminal known as the "Butcher of Marzabotto" for ordering the deaths of hundreds of Italian villagers, died in a Vienna hospital, an Austrian news agency reported Thursday. He was 75. No date or cause of death was given. Mr. Reder, an Austrian who had been a major in Adolf Hitler's SS guard, returned to Austria in 1985 when he was paroled after almost 40 years in an Italian prison. After his parole, he was met at the airport by then-Defense Minister Friedhelm Frischenschlager, who shook his hand and escorted him to officers' quarters. This welcome for a war criminal was condemned worldwide.
Mitsuo Mutai, 94, the man who helped build the Yomiuri Shimbun into the largest daily-circulation newspaper in the world, died Tuesday of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital, officials of the paper said. Mr. Mutai, who served in sales posts after joining the Yomiuri Shimbun in 1929, is credited with helping the newspaper increase its circulation. Its morning editions now reach 9.8 million readers.
Paul E. Klopsteg, a scientist, administrator and inventor who helped organize the National Science Foundation and was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, died Sunday at his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 101. Mr. Klopsteg held more than 50 patents for instruments used in scientific research and teaching and for prosthetic devices.
Frank N. Ikard, a former U.S. representative who was once a member of a circle of powerful Texans that included Lyndon B. Johnson and Sam Rayburn, died Wednesday. He was 78. Mr. Ikard, a Democratic member of the House, represented Texas' 13th District for 10 years during which Congress was led by Texans, with Mr. Johnson as Senate majority leader and Mr. Rayburn as House speaker.
Patricia Golden Levine, 48, an artist known professionally as Pat Golden, died of lymphoma April 26 at her home in Chevy Chase. Ms. Golden, who also had an estate in Rappahannock County, Va., did oil paintings, woodcuts, stained-glass works and, in recent years, large drawings in colored pencil.