Deaths Elsewhere


Walter L. Pforzheimer, 88, a longtime CIA official and World War II veteran, died Monday in Washington after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Pforzheimer helped write the National Security Act of 1947, which created the CIA. He later served as the agency's first liaison to Congress and became the first curator of the agency's historical intelligence collection, maintaining a library of books and documents on the history of the agency and the discipline of intelligence.

George J. Tenet, the agency's director, yesterday called him "one of CIA's founding fathers and enduring legends."

Mr. Pforzheimer earned degrees from Yale College and Yale Law School and served in the Army during the war. In an interview with a CIA publication in 1998, he said he was asked to join the intelligence corps just after graduating from officer candidate school.

"Beats digging ditches, I supposed, so I did," he said.

Ted Perry, 71, whose Hyperion Records label explored a wide range of classical music, died of lung cancer Sunday in a London hospital.

Mr. Perry, who worked with several record companies in Britain and Australia, founded Hyperion in 1981 and drove a cab to keep the struggling operation going.

Notable Hyperion projects included Leslie Howard's 95-CD survey of Franz Liszt's solo piano music, a project that took 14 years; a 37-CD set of Franz Schubert's lieder, with Graham Johnson accompanying a range of singers; and the English Orpheus series of 48 CDs, which explored obscure English repertory from 1600 to 1800.

Hyperion built up a catalog with 1,000 titles, reflecting Mr. Perry's wide but specific tastes.

Ruby Braff, 75, a jazz trumpeter and cornetist who rose to fame in the modern era despite an old-fashioned style, died Sunday on Cape Cod, Mass. The cause was not announced, but a spokesman for Arbors Records, which released much of his most recent work, said Mr. Braff had lung disease for years.

In the early and mid-1950s, Mr. Braff, a self-taught musician, became known not only for his tone and his lyrical approach to improvisation, but also for his devotion to a style of jazz that had fallen out of vogue. After moving to New York in 1953, he performed and recorded regularly with some of the era's best-known musicians, but in the ensuing years the popularity of more modern styles threatened to confine him to obscurity.

Mr. Braff returned to prominence in the 1960s when he toured with the Newport All Stars.

Ma Sanli, a master performer of the traditional Chinese art of crosstalk - a rhythmic, often humorous mix of dialogue and storytelling - died yesterday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It gave his age as 90.

Born into a Beijing family of folk artists, he studied crosstalk as a child and gave his first stage performance at 16. After the Communist Party seized power in 1949, he devoted himself to praising the new life, coming up with some of his most popular pieces.

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