Other notable deaths

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John W. Peterson, 84, who wrote more than 1,000 gospel hymns in a musical career that began before World War II, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

His compositions included "It Took a Miracle," "Over the Sunset Mountains," "So I Send You," and "Surely Goodness and Mercy." He headed his own music publishing businesses in Scottsdale since moving to Arizona in the 1970s. Earlier, he served for more than 10 years as president of Singspiration, a sacred-music publishing company in Grand Rapids, Mich.

He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1986.

Edward Albert, 55, who starred opposite Goldie Hawn in the 1972 comedy Butterflies Are Free and was the son of film and TV star Eddie Albert, died of lung cancer Sept. 22 at his home in Malibu, Calif.

His middle name was Laurence -after family friend and acting legend Laurence Olivier, who was his godfather. Mr. Albert made his film debut at 14, playing a runaway who comes across a disturbed Civil War veteran in the 1965 drama The Fool Killer.

He attended Oxford University and studied psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His other movies included 40 Carats, The Ice Runner and Guarding Tess. Among his TV credits were appearances on Falcon Crest, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Port Charles.

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