Mattie Moss Clark, 69, a shining light of gospel music who directed choirs, wrote songs that became classics and turned her five daughters into the famed Clark Sisters gospel group, died Thursday in Southfield, Mich., after a long illness. Among the gospel classics the Detroit resident wrote are "Climbing Up the Mountain," "I Thank You Lord (For Being So Good To Me)," "I'm Going to Heaven To Meet The King," "He Abides" and "Salvation is Free."
Forrest C. "Bud" Sagendorf, 79, a cartoonist who drew the comic strip "Popeye" for 46 years, died Thursday of brain cancer in Sun City Center, Fla. He was the assistant to "Popeye" creator Elzie C. Segar, who began the strip in 1929 under the title "Thimble Theater." After Mr. Segar's death in 1938, other cartoonists drew "Popeye" for two decades before he took it over in 1958.
Rabbi Joseph B. Glaser. 69, executive vice president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis since 1971, the association of Reform rabbis, died Wednesday of lung cancer at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y. He played a central role in important positions taken by the conference, including the 1990 decision that sexual orientation should not bar membership in the conference and that all Jews, regardless of orientation, have a right to full participation in Jewish life.
Tom Fabregas, 36, who fought a lonely battle against the U.S. government's exclusion of HIV-positive foreigners, died at his Oakland, Calif., home Thursday of complications from AIDS. The native of Spain was 20 when he landed in New York. After he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1989, he faced deportation.
Haywood Henry, 81, a saxophonist and clarinetist who was one of the last of the living members of the 'Bama State Collegians, died Sept. 15 of heart failure at his home in New York. He was known for his big sound on baritone saxophone -- his nickname was "the Gentle Monster" -- and improvisational abilities. In the early 1930s, he attended the Alabama State Teachers College in Montgomery, where he joined up with Dud Bascomb and Erskine Hawkins in the 'Bama State Collegians. They became the nucleus for the Erskine Hawkins band, which made its name at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.