Betty Macdonald Batcheller, 92, an original member...


Betty Macdonald Batcheller, 92, an original member of Martha Graham's first dance company in the 1920s, died Jan. 15 in Greenwich, Conn. She joined two dancers to perform in Miss Graham's first independent program as a choreographer at the 48th Street Theater in Manhattan in April 1926.

Friedrich Gulda, 69, widely considered one of Austria's foremost classical and jazz pianists, died Thursday in Vienna, Austria, of an apparent heart attack. He was praised by music critics for his interpretation of the piano music of Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. At age 20, he played at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Kathleen Hale, 101, the author-illustrator of the children's books about "Orlando the Marmalade Cat," died Wednesday in London.

Leonard Weisgard, 83, illustrator of more than 300 children's book and famed for his collaboration with author Margaret Wise Brown, died Jan. 14 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He won the Caldecott Medal in 1947 for "The Little Island," written by Mrs. Brown under the pseudonym Golden MacDonald. Their productive collaboration began in 1939 with the "Noisy Books" series, which urged young readers to imitate sounds of animals and everyday life.

Thomas "Beans" Bowles, 73, who played the saxophone and flute on several Motown hits, died Friday of prostate cancer. In Detroit, he worked various jazz clubs, including Sonny Wilson's Forest Club and the Flame Showbar, where he played with Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine before landing a management job with Motown. Mr. Bowles contributed to several classic Motown hits, including Marvin Gaye's "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" and "What's Going On," Martha and the Vandellas' "Heat Wave" and the Supremes' "Baby Love."

Francis Haskell, 71, professor emeritus of the history of art at Oxford University, died Jan. 18 of cancer. He published his first book, "Patrons and Painters: a Study of the Relations between Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque," in 1963.

The book marked an important departure from the art history of its time, which was mainly concerned with the development of styles and studies of individual artists. He instead was one of few who explored how art was commissioned and created.

In 1967, when he was elected professor of the history of art at Oxford, he was only the second person to hold the title. He retired in 1995.

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