Obituaries in the news
By The Associated Press
Published March 25, 2007
Walter Turnbull, 62, who founded the Boys Choir of Harlem in a church basement and led the group to international acclaim that included performances in the White House and the Vatican, died Friday. "He was a genius of a man," said U.S. Rep Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who helped raise funds for the choir. Mr. Turnbull's death, from a stroke suffered months earlier, marked the latest in a sad string of events for the famed choir. It has been reeling from scandal since a choirboy accused a counselor six years ago of sexually abusing him. City investigators chided Turnbull for his handling of the allegations.
Milton Wexler, 98, a prominent Hollywood psychoanalyst whose efforts to find a cure for the disease that killed his wife led scientists to pinpoint the Huntington's gene, has died. Although trained in law and psychology, Mr. Wexler spent much of the past three decades unlocking the mysteries of Huntington's disease, a rare, incurable genetic disorder that slowly killed his wife, her father and three brothers.
Herman Stein, 91, a composer whose music for It Came From Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Incredible Shrinking Man helped define the dramatic soundtrack of 1950s science fiction and horror movies, died March 15, his record producer, David Schecter, said Friday. As a staff composer at Universal Studios, Mr. Stein collaborated with Henry Mancini and others to create music for nearly 200 movies and shorts, though he didn't get credit for all of his work because of the studio's tendency to give solo credit to a project's music supervisor.
Richard Conway Casey, 74, who was the nation's first blind federal trial judge and presided over high-profile cases including an abortion law challenge and the Peter Gotti trial in New York, died Thursday. Mr. Casey was nominated for federal judgeship by President Bill Clinton in 1997, 10 years after he became blind from an inherited degenerative eye disease. He was a fixture in U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan, arriving each morning with his guide dog, Barney.
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