Lord Soper, 95, a Methodist minister who became Great Britain's most famous soapbox orator after he started weekly outdoor sermons more than 70 years ago, died Tuesday in London.
A supporter of radical causes, Lord Soper had taken to his outdoor podium almost every week since 1926 on Tower Hill in London and since the 1940s at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park.
He thrived on give-and-take with hecklers as he expounded his Christian beliefs and spoke out against war, poverty, drinking and on many other subjects.
At age 90, Lord Soper was still campaigning -- as president of the League Against Cruel Sports, which opposes fox and hare hunting.
He was made a life peer in Britain's House of Lords in 1965 for his work among the poor and homeless during a 40-year London ministry.
Shortly before beginning his ministry at the South London Mission in 1926, Lord Soper was pastor at a chapel in London's East End. There, he started his weekly open-air sermons on Tower Hill.
Adelaide Hawley Cumming, 93, a broadcasting pioneer who reigned on television as kitchen queen Betty Crocker in the 1950s and early '60s, died Monday in Seattle, her daughter said yesterday. Beginning in 1950, she played host on "The Betty Crocker TV Show" weekly on CBS, followed by the "Betty Crocker Star Matinee" on ABC. From about 1954 through 1959, she appeared regularly on "The Burns and Allen Show."
Josef Muench, 94, a photographer noted for his images of desert landscapes, canyons along the Colorado River and Monument Valley in Utah, died Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dr. Virginia L. Radley, 71, the first woman to serve as president of a State University of New York campus, died in Poestenkill, N.Y., on Sunday after a brief illness.
Andre Dewavrin, 88, a leading member of the French resistance and one of Gen. Charles de Gaulle's closest collaborators during World War II, died Sunday in Paris. Mr. Dewavrin, often referred to by his code name, "Colonel Passy," was one of the first French soldiers to join De Gaulle in London after the fall of France to German forces in June 1940.
Joseph Esherick, 83, an award-winning architect, died in San Francisco on Thursday of heart failure. He was best known for designing The Cannery near Fisherman's Wharf. The project was one of the first in the nation to transform a historic building for modern use.
Rose Moe, 90, a Hawaiian musician who brought the sounds of the islands to world leaders around the globe during a 60-year career, died Friday in Honolulu.
Antonio Ordonez, 66, one of Spain's most famous bullfighters and a close friend of Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, died Saturday in a Seville hospital after an illness of several months. He married Carmen Dominguin, the sister of bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguin. The rivalry between the two matadors in the late 1950s was described in a posthumous Hemingway
compilation "The Dangerous Summer."
Sir Alan Hodgkin, 84, a biologist who won the Nobel Prize in medicine as part of a team that helped explain how nerve cells send messages to the brain, died Sunday in Cambridge, his
B.V. Raman, 87, India's most famous astrologer, died Sunday in the southern city of Bangalore, his family said. He was editing his Astrological Magazine when he died of a heart attack, his family told local news agencies.
Harry Treleaven Jr., 76, an advertising executive and early political consultant who is credited with creating the "Nixon's the One!" slogan for the 1968 presidential campaign, died Dec. 9 at ** the Sarah Neuman Nursing Home in Mamaroneck, N.Y. A former wife, Elsie Lawall Treleaven, said the cause was heart failure.
Clay Blair, 73, an author who wrote extensively on World War II and the Korean War and was a former editor of The Saturday Evening Post, died Dec. 16 at his home on Washington Island, Wis. He suffered a heart attack, said his agent, Russell Galen.
Judith Arron, 56, the executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall since 1986, died Friday at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. The cause was breast cancer, Carnegie Hall officials said Saturday.
Emilio Mignone, 76, an Argentine human rights activist who fought to reveal abuses by the country's former military dictatorship, died of cancer Monday in Buenos Aires.
Irene Hervey, 89, the dimpled leading lady who appeared in dozens of 1930s and 1940s films, died in Los Angeles on Sunday of heart failure. She played Jimmy Stewart's love interest in the 1939 Western "Destry Rides Again."
Sengchen Lobsang Gyaltsen, 62, a senior Tibetan Buddhist cleric and controversial supporter of Chinese rule who openly criticized the Dalai Lama, died in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa on Dec. 6 after a lengthy illness.
Pub Date: 12/24/98