Paul Acket, who built his annual North Sea Jazz Festival into Europe's biggest such event, died Monday of lung cancer. He was 69. Mr. Acket was buried Wednesday in a private ceremony in The Hague, the Netherlands, where he staged his first North Sea Jazz Festival in 1976.
* Edward D. Ball, a retired war correspondent for the Associated Press, died Wednesday at 88. Mr. Ball worked for the AP in Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta and New York before serving as a World War II correspondent in Europe, where he followed Gen. George Patton's 3rd Armored Division's march across Europe. He was bureau chief in Nashville, Tenn. from 1948 until his retirement in 1959. Survivors include his wife, a son and three grandchildren.
* Harry Milton Ray, of the musical trio Ray, Goodman and Brown, died of a stroke Oct. 1. He was 45. Mr. Ray earned a gold record in the 1980s for co-writing the group's hit "Special Lady." His musical career began in the 1960's with a group called The Voltaires. In the early 1970s, he joined The Moments, which was renamed Ray, Goodman and Brown. While working in Europe, theMoments had several platinum records, including "Girls." "Dolly My Love" and "Jack in the Box."