Earl Coleman, 69, a jazz singer who recorded with Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Shirley Scott, among others, died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at his home in Manhattan. A deep-voiced performer of ballads, he was a product of the graceful early forms of jazz singing. He had absorbed Pha Terrell, Dan Grissom and Billy Eckstine, and their heavy, sophisticated ease. Though he was mostly a ballad singer, he also performed up-tempo material and blues pieces. And while his style was linked to an earlier era, he recorded and performed with members of the be-bop generation.
John J. Conway, 79, professor and war hero, died of a stroke Tuesday in Boston. He was on the faculty at Harvard University from 1945 to 1963 and helped shape its curriculum with his service on a number of committees. He received the Military Cross for heroism in World War II after saving his soldiers by hurling a grenade away from them -- an act that cost him his right hand when the grenade exploded in flight.
Lewis A. Engman, 59, a former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, died Wednesday in Washington after a stroke. A strong advocate of government deregulation, he was appointed to the FTC in 1973, serving as chairman through 1975.
Boris Margo, 92, a surrealist who used scraps torn from $l magazines to create montages when he was too poor to buy paint, died July 5 in Hyannis, Mass. The Russian-born artist moved to New York in 1930 and joined a circle of artists that included Arshile Gorky, Milton Avery and Mark Rothko, becoming part of the New York School's surrealist wing. A ceaseless experimenter, he developed the technique of decalcomania, a process made famous by Max Ernst that transfers an image from one surface to another. He experimented with sculpting and invented cellocut, a forerunner of certain high-relief printmaking processes.
Nguyen Van Cao, 72, whose hymn to the Vietnamese independence struggle became the national anthem, died Monday in Hanoi. He wrote "Marching Forward" in 1944 to celebrate the efforts of Ho Chi Minh's guerrillas to win independence from France. The song was chosen as the national anthem after Ho Chi Minh declared independence in 1945, even though the guerrillas did not defeat the French until 1954.