Ezra Rachlin, 79, a pianist and conductor who was the longtime music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Texas, died in London Saturday after vascular surgery. He lived in London, where he performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonia and the Halle Orchestra, for more than 20 years. He was the conductor in Austin for 20 years until 1969, and chief conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia, from 1970 to 1972.
Takezo Shimoda, 87, a former ambassador to the United States and Japan's one-time baseball commissioner, died Sunday of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital. He was ambassador in Washington from 1967 to 1970 after serving as vice foreign minister, the highest civil service position within the Japan Foreign Ministry. He was the commissioner of Japan's professional baseball league from 1979 to 1985.
Giulio Turcato, 82, a painter and sculptor, died of respiratory failure Sunday in Rome. In the years after World War II and into the 1960s, he grew more free to experiment with form and technique. He was part of a group of artists who signed a manifesto in 1948 proclaiming themselves "formalists and Marxists," thus clashing with Italian Communist Party officials who contended that art should be realistic.