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Alonzo Pettie, 93, a professional bull rider who broke racial barriers as a black cowboy on the rodeo circuit, died of prostate cancer Aug. 2 in Denver.

Mr. Pettie was born on a Texas farm. His mother died when he was 9, and his father died six years later. He started supporting himself by breaking horses. A rancher taught him how to ride and took him to rodeos in Texas and Oklahoma.

Black men weren't allowed to ride in the main rodeos at the time, so Mr. Pettie made money by riding as pre-show entertainment. He competed on the black rodeo circuit from 1927 to 1948, when he rode in Denver's first black rodeo and suffered an injury that ended his bull-riding career -- but not his rodeo days.

He continued in the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo until age 77.

In 1996, a London-based Levi Strauss advertising agency chose Mr. Pettie as one of the models for its Red Tab heritage campaign. Dozens of European magazines ran a photograph of him holding a lariat in his black-gloved hand.

Albert Field, 86, an archivist who spent decades cataloging Salvadore Dali's works and identifying counterfeit imitations, died Monday in New York City.

Mr. Field helped authorities in 20 art fraud investigations and worked for auction houses, museums and art collectors.

He became interested in Mr. Dali's work after visiting the "Dream of Venus" Surrealist fun house at the 1930 World's Fair and meeting the artist in the early 1940s.

Mr. Dali asked Mr. Field to be his official archivist in 1955. In the years that followed, Mr. Field traveled to Europe 40 times in his efforts to catalog the artist's prints, which he eventually decided would be his focus.

His Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali was published in 1998.

Jacques Deray, 74, a French director who was a master of classic thrillers and crime films, died during the weekend at his home in Boulogne-Billancourt, his family said Sunday. No cause of death was given.

Mr. Deray was known for his fascination with American cinema, his meticulous technique and his collaboration with big-name actors. He made nine films starring suave, steely-eyed Alain Delon, including La Piscine (The Swimming Pool), a 1968 psychological drama set in a villa in the beach resort of Saint-Tropez.

Other successes included Flic Story (Cop Story) and Borsalino, which starred Mr. Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo and focused on crooks in the bustling southern port city of Marseille.

Bill Perkins, 79, a saxophonist known for his solos in the 1950s big bands of Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, died of cancer Saturday in Los Angeles.

Mr. Perkins played with the Tonight Show band and performed with other wind instruments including the flute and clarinet. He played the baritone and soprano saxophones later in life, when he performed with Bill Holman's band.

Edwin Darby, 81, a former Chicago Sun-Times financial editor, died of heart failure Saturday in Chicago.

Mr. Darby, who retired in 1994 after 36 years with the Sun-Times, was born in the Western Maryland town of Oakland and graduated from Ohio University.

In World War II he taught pilots how to fly B-25s in the Army Air Forces before beginning his journalism career as a wire service reporter in Washington in 1945.

He also spent time as a White House correspondent for Time Inc. and as the Midwest bureau chief for Fortune magazine.

He joined the Sun-Times in 1958 as financial editor and writer of a syndicated column that eventually ran in about 70 newspapers.

Corrine Paxman Hill, 72, a national education expert and former senior adviser to Utah Gov. Michael O. Leavitt, died Thursday in Salt Lake City.

She served as national president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, an international education advocacy group representing about 160,000 educators in more than 135 countries. She joined Mr. Leavitt's circle of advisers shortly after he took office in 1992, and remained his deputy for education until her retirement in 1997.

Hosny Gendy, 63, editor in chief of Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly since he helped found the English-language publication in 1991, died of pneumonia Sunday in Cairo.

Mr. Gendy recruited Egyptian, other Arab and Western writers to address the foreign community in Egypt. Noam Chomsky and Edward Said appeared regularly in Al-Ahram Weekly.

Mr. Gendy graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1963 and started work at the Al-Ahram daily the next year. He worked at the daily until the weekly was founded.

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