Fritz W. Alexander II, 73, a former...


Fritz W. Alexander II, 73, a former judge on New York State's Court of Appeals and a deputy mayor under Mayor David N. Dinkins, died Saturday in New York of cancer.

His judicial career began in 1970 when he accepted an interim appointment to the Civil Court in New York City. Later that year, he was elected to serve a 10-year term on the court. He also served in the State Supreme Court and the Appellate Division before being appointed to the Court of Appeals by then-Gov. Mario M. Cuomo in 1985. He was the first black judge to serve a full term on New York's highest court.

Mr. Alexander left the court in 1992 to serve as deputy mayor for public safety under Dinkins, his former law partner.

Ulla Isaksson, 83, who wrote the scripts for two Ingmar Bergman movies and was honored for her writing on women's issues, died Monday in Stockholm after a long illness.

The author and writer for the Bergman-directed films "The Virgin Spring" (1960) and "Brink of Life" (1958) saw her early work marked by tension and religious conflict, while her later novels focused on erotic motifs, women's issues and raising children.

Al Purdy, 81, who captured the common voice through use of vernacular and other touches to become one of Canada's greatest poets, died Friday in Victoria, British Columbia, of lung cancer.

In a five-decade career, Mr. Purdy published 33 books of poetry and won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1966 for "The Cariboo Horses" and in 1986 for "Collected Poems, 1956-86."

Jay Robinson, 71, former Charlotte, N.C., school superintendent and state education board chairman who helped launch North Carolina's school accountability program, died Monday of lung cancer in Wilmington.

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