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July 30, 1998

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ David Lewis Crosby, conductor and artistic director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra since 1970, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 51.

Crosby had conducted more than 250 recordings for television, radio, film and record.

Crosby worked with symphony orchestras, choruses and opera companies throughout the United States, Europe and Scandinavian countries. He also worked with New York’s Gloriana Opera, Los Angeles’ Opera a la Carte and the vocal ensemble Five by Design.

Matteo Manuguerra

PARIS (AP) _ Matteo Manuguerra, a French baritone who flourished in the great French and Italian operas and was known for his rich voice, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 73.

Manuguerra crisscrossed the world in his long career, finally settling with the Metropolitan Opera in 1971. Among the 15 roles he sang were Marcello in Puccini’s ``Boheme,″ Alfio in Mascagni’s ``Cavalleria Rusticana″ and several Verdi roles, including Carlo in ``Forza del Destino.″

Manuguerra began his career in Buenos Aires where he studied tenor with Umberto Landi.

In the 1960s, he sang with the Lyon Opera and later with the Paris Opera, excelling in roles in Faust, Carmen, and La Traviata among others before joining the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Manuguerra made several recordings. His last was in 1997 when he sang the role of Iago in Othello.

Julianne Prudhomme

MIAMI (AP) _ Julianne Prudhomme, the 5-year-old Idaho girl who received five organs in one transplant operation in March 1997, died Wednesday from lung failure and recurring pneumonia.

Her mother, Penney Huffman, was at her bedside when doctors decided to take Julianne off of a breathing machine.

Julianne had a condition known as multiple intestinal atresia, a narrowing of the intestines, which led to the malfunctioning of the other organs.

She received a new stomach, pancreas, liver, duodenum and intestines in a 12-hour operation 16 months ago but began suffering bouts of pneumonia and was hospitalized repeatedly.

David-Allen Ryan

BOSTON (AP) _ David-Allen Ryan, who was known as ``Chico″ Ryan when he sang and played bass with the 1950s revival group Sha Na Na, died Sunday. He was 50. The cause of death was not made public.

In 1973, he joined the already-established Sha Na Na and performed its mock doo-wop and early rock ‘n’ roll for 25 years.

He and the band performed satirical versions of the hits of the ’50s while decked out in gold lame costumes or black leather jackets.

He toured the world as a member of the group, and also appeared with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the hit movie musical ``Grease.″

Ryan also performed with the band on its syndicated television show from 1976 to 1981.

Before joining Sha Na Na, he played with the Happenings, an act based in New Jersey that recorded the top 10 hits ``See You in September″ in 1966, and a rock update of the Gershwin classic ``I Got Rhythm″ in 1967.

Jerome Robbins

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jerome Robbins, one of modern ballet’s master choreographers and director of such legendary Broadway musicals as ``West Side Story,″ ``Gypsy,″ and ``Fiddler on the Roof,″ died Wednesday of a stroke suffered Saturday. He was 79.

Robbins was equally at home in the City Ballet, where he created most of his more than 50 ballets, and in the musical theater where he choreographed and-or directed such diverse works as ``Gypsy,″ ``Fiddler on the Roof,″ ``The King and I,″ ``The Pajama Game″ and ``Peter Pan.″

``On the Town,″ the wartime tale of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in Manhattan, was born out of his first ballet ``Fancy Free,″ done in 1944. He followed ``On the Town″ with dances for such musicals as ``Billion Dollar Baby,″ ``High Button Shoes,″ ``Look Ma, I’m Dancin‴ and ``Miss Liberty.″

In 1957, he conceived, directed and choreographed ``West Side Story,″ creating the dynamic dances which dramatized the tragedy of gang warfare in New York. Later, he also directed ``Gypsy,″ the backstage saga of a young Gypsy Rose Lee and her domineering mother.

In 1964, Robbins staged his last new Broadway musical, ``Fiddler on the Roof.″ It became one of Broadway’s biggest hits, running 3,242 performances.

Robbins, born Jerome Rabinowitz, worked in ballet throughout his Broadway career. He joined the New York City Ballet at its beginning in 1949 as associate artistic director. He created ``The Cage″ in 1951, ``Afternoon of a Faun″ and ``Fanfare″ in 1953 and ``The Concert″ in 1956, among others.

He dedicated most of his energies to the New York City Ballet.

Among the biggest successes were ``Dances at a Gathering″ (1969), ``The Goldberg Variations″ (1971), ``Watermill,″ (1972), ``Gershwin Concerto″ (1982), ``Glass Pieces″ (1983), ``In Memory of ...″ (1985) and ``Ives, Songs″ (1988).

Charlie Sewall

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. (AP) _ Charlie Sewall, president of Robert Morris College for 23 years who pushed the school’s basketball program into NCAA Division I, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 77.

He took over as president at Robert Morris in 1967 and converted the school to a four-year college two years later. He also pushed for a tougher sports classification to help promote the school.

He also taught for 14 years at Burdett College, a business school in Boston.

Bill Tuttle

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) _ Former major leaguer Bill Tuttle, who lost much of his jaw and cheek to cancer and became a leading spokesman against chewing tobacco, died Monday. He was 69.

His 11-year major league career, which included stays with the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics and Minnesota Twins, ended in 1962.

Tuttle was diagnosed with mouth cancer in September 1993. His doctors said the cancer stemmed from his 37 years of chewing tobacco, a habit he picked up in the big leagues.

Tuttle subsequently became actively involved in Oral Health America’s National Spit Tobacco Education Program, speaking to major and minor league baseball players, schools and health and dental organizations across the country.

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