Rudy West,65, one of the original members of the Five Keys, which recorded such 1950s hits as "The Glory of Love," "Close Your Eyes" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," died of a heart attack Thursday in Chesapeake, Va.
William Louther,56, a leading American modern dancer who also directed the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel and helped to establish modern dance in England, died of esophageal cancer May 7 in London. He performed on Broadway and in many American modern dance companies in the late 1950s and '60s, most notably with Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Donald McKayle.
Aurora Castillo,84, an award-winning environmentalist who rallied residents to ward off a prison, toxic-waste facilities and an oil pipeline from East Los Angeles, died of leukemia April 30 in Los Angeles. In 1995, she won the $75,000 Goldman Environmental Prize, which has been called the Nobel prize of environmentalists.
C. H. Butcher Sr.,95, patriarch of a family whose fortunes rose to great heights from humble roots before a scandalous collapse, died of heart failure Friday in Knoxville, Tenn. A farmer, teacher, merchant and banker, he was perhaps best-known as the father of Jake and C. H. Butcher Jr., who inherited a small bank from him and turned it into one of the largest banking empires in the South. Both went to prison for fraud after their banks collapsed in 1983.
Karolj Seles,64, the father and coach of women's tennis star Monica Seles, died of cancer Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. An award-winning editorial cartoonist in his native Yugoslavia, he taught the fundamentals of the game to Monica and his son, Zoltan, who became a top junior player. He was very protective of his daughter, especially after she was stabbed by a fan during a match in 1993.
Pub Date: 5/17/98