Donald E. Rudolph Sr., 85, who received the Medal of Honor for bravery for destroying two Japanese machine gun nests during World War II, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Thursday in Bovey, Minn.
On Feb. 5, 1945, Mr. Rudolph, an Army sergeant armed with grenades, crossed a battlefield on Luzon island in the northern Philippines alone when the company that was supposed to be supporting his unit was pinned down. He destroyed two Japanese pillboxes before attacking and neutralizing six others. When his unit came under fire from a tank, he climbed onto the tank and dropped a white phosphorus grenade through the turret, killing the crew.
Mr. Rudolph, who was struck by shrapnel, was promoted to second lieutenant. After retiring from the Army in 1963, he worked for the Veterans Administration as a veterans benefit counselor until 1976.
James Briggs McClatchy, 85, former chairman of the board of McClatchy Newspapers and the patriarch of a prominent family of journalists, died Friday at his home in Carmichael, Calif., of complications from an infection following surgery.
Mr. McClatchy was the great-grandson of a founding editor of The Sacramento Bee and the son of the founder and first editor of The Fresno Bee. They are part of a group of newspapers that has become the nation's second-largest with McClatchy's recent $4.5 billion purchase of the Knight Ridder chain.
He began his newspaper career in 1947 as a reporter for The Sacramento Bee and also worked in the company's Washington bureau. He later became chairman of the board and publisher of McClatchy Newspapers, with responsibility for general corporate planning and acquisitions. He retired last year.
Hamza El Din, 76, a musician and composer who helped popularize ancient traditional songs from North Africa, died of complications after surgery May 22 in Berkeley, Calif.
He played the oud, an instrument similar to the lute, which he accompanied with his reedy voice. A cosmopolitan musician who taught ethnomusicology, his songs reflected extensive research into the traditions of Nubia, an ancient North African kingdom on the upper Nile River.
Ian Copeland, 57, a rock music agent and entrepreneur who represented the Police, R.E.M., Adam Ant, the Go-Gos and other seminal rock groups that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s New Wave and punk scenes, died of melanoma May 23 in Los Angeles.
He was one of three brothers in the family who became prominent figures in the music industry. His younger brother Stewart was the drummer for the Police. Older brother Miles founded the record label International Records Syndicate.
In the mid-1970s, Ian Copeland moved to Macon, Ga., where he worked for an agency booking tours for several Southern rock groups, including Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band. In 1978, he moved to New York and launched Frontier Booking International. The young talent agency represented New Wave and punk acts such as Adam Ant, the Bangles, the Smiths, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the Dead Kennedys, among others.
Archbishop Anthony Li Du'an, 79, an important figure in China's divided Catholic church, died Thursday after a two-year battle with liver cancer, an official with China's state-approved church said.
Archbishop Li, head of the diocese of the western city of Xi'an, played a major role in the church's rebirth following severe persecution during the Cultural Revolution.
He was also a strong advocate of reconciliation between the Vatican and China's officially approved church, which have no formal ties and have repeatedly feuded over the appointment of bishops and other issues.