Deaths Elsewhere


Larry McCormick, 71, a longtime Los Angeles news anchor and public affairs host who was one of the city's first black TV news anchormen, died in that city Friday after a long illness.

A fixture at television station KTLA since 1971, when he started as a weathercaster, Mr. McCormick filled a variety of on-air roles over the years, including delivering sports news and health and fitness reports.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Mr. McCormick studied theater at what is now the University of Missouri in Kansas City but changed his major to broadcasting. He launched his radio career as a disc jockey and community relations director at KPRS in Kansas City a year before his 1958 move to Los Angeles.

Over the years, he had a chance to tap his earlier interest in acting, usually playing a television news reporter, in more than 60 movies and TV shows, including Throw Momma From the Train, Naked Gun 2 1/2 , The Jeffersons, The Love Boat, The Rockford Files and Beverly Hills 90210.

In 2002, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in honor of his 43 years in broadcasting.

Hans Vonk, 63, who took the St. Louis Symphony to international prominence as its musical director, died Sunday at his home in Amsterdam from a neurological condition similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The effects of the disease showed during a February 2002 concert when he was unable to turn a page of the score and had to be helped offstage during the performance.

He served with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden State Opera and the Cologne Radio Symphony.

Mr. Vonk also appeared as a guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. He became the St. Louis Symphony's music director in 1996 and continued in that position until his declining medical health forced his retirement in April 2002.

Alice Puluelo Naipo Park, 79, a hula master who taught the Hawaiian dance for more than 50 years, died Aug. 18 at her home in Hauula, relatives said.

Mrs. Park had her first hula lesson at age 3 and completed her teaching under the famous hula master Lokalia Montgomery.

In 1952, she opened Puamana Hula Studio, named after one of her eight children. She also taught Hawaiian culture to schoolchildren, and her hula style was documented by the Hula Preservation Society.

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