Irving Piper Andrews,72, a lawyer who was part of the legal team that won the landmark case against school segregation, died in Denver Thursday of complications from emphysema. In 1954, he and future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall served on the team that put together and won the case of Brown vs. Board of Education. The case against the Topeka, Kan., school board struck a historic blow against segregated schools.
Theresa Merritt,75, whose half-century career on television, in movies, on Broadway and in concert halls stretched from the original production of "Carmen Jones" to a recent episode of "NYPD Blue," died June 12 in the Bronx after a six-year battle with skin cancer.
Ms. Merritt is probably best known for two roles. Beginning in 1974, she starred in "That's My Mama," an ABC situation comedy set in a Washington barbershop. On Broadway in 1984, she originated the title role of a domineering, manipulative blues singer in August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," earning a Tony Award nomination.
Suekiku Miyanaga,at 114 Japan's oldest person, died Saturday at a hospital in Osumi, 590 miles southwest of Tokyo. A vegetarian who played guitar until she was 107, she married in 1908 and had four sons and seven daughters. She was said to have outlived all but two of them.
Tom Seppy,62, a reporter for the Associated Press in Baltimore dTC and Annapolis in the early 1960s, died of a liver ailment Thursday in Falls Church, Va. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he had a 29-year career with the wire service, covering sports, the Justice Department and Congress.
William J. Schwann,85, who began the Schwann Record Catalog of music listings, died June 7 in Burlington, Mass. His first catalog, which he published in 1949, was 26 typewritten pages listing 674 long-playing records of works by 98 composers on 11 labels. The initial run of 6,000 sold out within one week at 10 cents a catalog.
James V. Tortola,89, editor of the national newspaper of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, died of heart disease Wednesday in Allison Park, Pa.
He edited the bimonthly Unione for 40 years.
Maxine Hartman Nellen, 65, the first American woman to earn Golden Wings for making 1,000 free-fall parachute jumps, died of colon cancer June 10 at her home in Long Island, N.Y.
Pub Date: 6/21/98