Jody Hulse, 69, whose husband led a desperate search for her biological parents that saved her life in 1974, died Thursday of diabetes complications in Palm Springs, Calif. She developed an arterial blockage at the base of her brain in 1974, and doctors said they needed a complete medical history before they could attempt lifesaving surgery. At the time, she knew only that she had been born in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was adopted. Her husband, Jerry Hulse, flew to Fort Wayne, where he received help from an adoption court judge in finding the name of his wife's biological mother, Mary Cunningham. He telephoned each Cunningham in the phone book until he found someone who remembered Mary Cunningham had married a man named Nelson. After finding Mary Nelson listed in the phone book, he drove to her house unannounced, and she gave him the information doctors needed to save his wife's life. The story was told in Jerry Hulse's 1977 book, "Jody," and the 1993 television movie "A Family of Strangers." She is also survived by two sons and two grandchildren.
Leonard Shure, 84, a distinguished piano teacher and performer who played with Leonard Bernstein, William Steinberg and other great conductors, died Tuesday in Nantucket, Mass. He appeared as a soloist with nearly every major U.S. orchestra and taught at several prominent conservatories.