Obituaries in the News
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Shirley P. Glass, a psychologist who was known as ``the godmother of infidelity research,″ died Wednesday of breast cancer. She was 67.
Glass, referred to as the ``godmother of infidelity research″ in a 1999 New York Times article, had appeared on numerous national television and radio shows.
``Today’s workplace is the most fertile breeding ground for affairs. The observed increase in women’s infidelity is because more women are in the workplace and more women are in professions that were previously dominated by men,″ Glass wrote with Jean C. Staeheli in their 2003 book, ``NOT Just Friends: Protect Your Relationship from Infidelity and Heal the Trauma of Betrayal.″
Over the past 25 years, Glass treated hundreds of couples. She also wrote numerous scholarly articles.
SEATTLE (AP) _ Don Lanphere, a saxophone player who came on strong at the dawn of bebop, nearly succumbed to drugs and drinking, then recovered to become the city’s jazz ``grandpop,″ died Thursday of hepatitis C. He was 75.
As lead tenor in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and in smaller groups, Lanphere’s versatility and virtuosity ranged from blazing riffs on the tenor to a solo jazz rendition of the Lord’s Prayer on the soprano sax.
Many who were born long after Lanphere’s boyhood gigs with such legends as Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and Max Roach hailed him as a jazz patriarch or, as his Web site proclaimed, ``Seattle jazz grandpop.″
Born in the apple country of central Washington about 95 miles east of Seattle, Lanphere played as a teenager with touring bands in Seattle, then studied music briefly at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
By the time he got to New York, captivated by the post-World War II bebop revolution, he was hooked on heroin.
By his early 20s he had recorded with Navarro and Roach and played gigs with Parker, Woody Herman and top big bands, including one led by Artie Shaw.
He could write a chart, the chord arrangement on which jazz improvisation is based, from the sound of water dripping in a tub.
Battling alcohol and narcotics addictions that resulted in at least one arrest, he was back at his father’s store in Wenatchee _ ``from the Big Apple to the little apple,″ he once said _ by 1960.
Only after he and his wife Midge became born-again Christians in 1969 did he dust off his horn. In an interview in 1998, he said that without the conversion, ``I would be dead by now.″
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Yod Sangrungruang, Thailand’s last World War I veteran, who volunteered to fight with Allied forces in France and was later decorated with the Legion d’Honneur, died Thursday. He was 106.
Yod died of natural causes after being hospitalized in Phitsanulok, the province where he was born in 1897, The Nation newspaper reported Friday.
He was drafted into the Thai army at age 20 and volunteered to fight with Allied forces in France, where he served for a year and three months until the war ended.
Yod was the sole surviving member of the 1,284 Thai soldiers who served in Europe as part of the Royal Thai Expeditionary Force. He worked as an airplane mechanic with the French military.
He returned to Thailand in June 1919 and was given a medal for his services by King Rama VI. Settling in Phitsanulok, 200 miles north of Bangkok, he was eventually elected head of his village.
In 1999, Yod was given an honorary promotion to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, named ``Good Man of Phitsanulok″ and became the first Thai to be awarded the Legion d’Honneur, which was presented on behalf of French President Jacques Chirac.
The prestigious Legion d’Honneur is the highest decoration given by the French government and was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to recognize cultural, scientific or social contributions to France.