Rosa Lee Cunningham, 58, the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series by the Washington Post on her life of poverty, drug abuse and petty crime, died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome Friday in Washington. The Post won the Pulitzer for the eight-part series last year in which Ms. Cunningham revealed herself as a thief who introduced her grandson to shoplifting, sold and used drugs and worked as a prostitute. Her story also was the focus of an hourlong TV documentary on the PBS "Frontline" series in May.
Bernard F. Riess, 87, a prominent psychologist whose dismissal from the Hunter College faculty in 1952 for refusal to answer Senate questions in the heyday of McCarthyism was redressed by New York City 30 years later, died of heart failure Monday in New Preston, Conn. In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Dr. Riess was a university teacher, a therapist with private and community-clinic practices, the director of mental health centers, an industrial consultant, an author and editor, and a lifelong advocate of progressive causes.
Brian May, 45, who contracted polio from an improperly manufactured vaccine and went on to create a nationally syndicated radio folk music program heard on 40 public broadcast stations, died Wednesday in Malibu, Calif. He was "one of acoustic music's true angels," Acoustic Guitar magazine said in an article last year. From his wheelchair, Mr. May produced a weekly two-hour tape of performances and interviews with struggling musicians.
White Eagle, 43, an operatic tenor who sang at President George Bush's inaugural gala in 1989 and at the 50th anniversary of Mount Rushmore, died Friday in Sioux Falls, S. D., of AIDS.