John Cullen Murphy, 85, the illustrator best known for the "Prince Valiant" cartoon strip for more than three decades, died Friday in Greenwich Conn.
He drew "Prince Valiant" until a few months before his death. He retired in March, turning his strip over to his chosen successor, illustrator Gary Gianni of Chicago.
"Prince Valiant" appears weekly in more than 300 newspapers nationwide, according to Rose McAllister of King Features Syndicate, distributor of the strip.
Charles Vincent Corrado, 64, the longest-serving musician in the U.S. Marine Band who played piano for 10 presidents, died June 26 at his home in Potomac.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Corrado died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis less than a year after retiring as the longest active-duty enlisted man in the history of the Marine Corps. He had served 45 years, 41 of them at the White House.
Sergeant Corrado grew up in an Italian-American family of six in Boston, playing the accordion, the electrified accordion and the organ. He taught himself to play piano and formed a rock 'n' roll group with friends who played weddings in the neighborhood. He also helped in his father's garage. At basic training, he signed up for the motor pool, but he was rerouted into his unit's band.
The Rev. Dmitry Dudko, 82, a Russian Orthodox priest who fought against Soviet atheism and served time in a Stalin-era camp, died June 28, the Moscow Patriarchate said.
He became a mentor for many of the Russian capital's intellectuals in the 1970s, when he openly sermonized on Christianity in the officially atheist Soviet state. At that time, religious speeches were considered anti-Soviet propaganda. Father Dudko preached via Western radio stations, published his books abroad and gathered followers in private apartments.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, he criticized Russia's democratic reformers and Western capitalists, saying they had led Russian people into poverty.
Hugh Cave, 93, a popular fiction writer whose career spanned seven decades and covered nearly every genre, died June 27 at a hospice in Vero Beach, Fla. He had diabetes.
He published a novel just two months ago -- a supernatural tale called Mountain of Madness, based in the Caribbean. Another book is due out next year. His biography, Cave of 1,000 Tales, came out this week.
He made money churning out stories for 1 to 2 cents a word for Spicy Adventure and similar magazines, which were known for racy characters and plots. For those stories, he used the pseudonym Justin Case. During World War II, he turned his attention to government-commissioned books of war heroes, which became best sellers, and later wrote for more mainstream magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post.
Agnes Cunningham, 95, a founder of the influential folk-song journal Broadside, died June 27 at a nursing home in New Paltz, N.Y.
Broadside, begun by Ms. Cunningham and her husband, Gordon Friesen, in 1962, published more than 1,000 topical songs during its 26-year run, including some of the first works by Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Janis Ian, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Paxton.
Though its circulation never reached higher than four figures, it lasted for 187 issues and played a significant role in the development of the 1960s folk style.
David A. Brody, 88, a Washington lobbyist for Jewish causes who was so well connected he became known to some as "the 101st senator," died June 26 at a hospice in Washington. He had a series of strokes over the last years of his life.
For 40 years, he represented the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in issues before Congress. On the domestic front, he pressed for civil rights legislation, and in foreign affairs he battled for Israel's interests.
His friendships crossed ideological lines, from Sen. Strom Thurmond on the right to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the left. His forte was winning friends by introducing people he thought might benefit from knowing one another, including members of Congress, White House aides, ambassadors, reporters and fund-raisers.
Carl Rakosi, 100, whose prolific pen kept churning out words as he became one of the country's oldest major poets, died at his San Francisco home June 24.
He wrapped seven decades of published poetry around a career as a social worker and psychotherapist. He wrote more than a dozen volumes and, vivacious to the end, dispatched new poems for consideration by the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books weeks before his death.
He published his first verse in Poetry magazine in 1931.