Obituaries in the News

Monday, May 07, 2007

By The Associated Press


Alvin Batiste

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Alvin Batiste, the clarinetist who toured with Ray Charles, recorded with Branford Marsalis and taught pianist Henry Butler, has died. He was in his 70s.

Batiste died Sunday of an apparent heart attack, only hours before he was to perform with Harry Connick Jr. and Marsalis at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, festival officials said. While his exact age was not immediately known, festival officials said he was born in New Orleans in 1932.

Marsalis' record label released Batiste's latest CD, "Marsalis Music Honors Alvin Batiste," just a few weeks ago. Marsalis also played on the album.

Batiste, a jazz clarinetist, was considered one of the founders of the modern jazz scene in New Orleans.

Batiste also wrote for and toured with Billy Cobham and Cannonball Adderley.

A longtime teacher at Southern University in Baton Rouge, he created the Batiste Jazz Institute _ one of the first programs of its kind in the nation _ and taught jazz at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. His students included Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Kent Jordan, Michael Ward, Herlin Riley, Charlie Singleton, Woodie Douglas and others.

Batiste recorded an album, "Bayou Magic" in 1988, and made the 1993 album "Late." "Songs, Words and Messages, Connections" appeared in 1999.


Edward F. Boyd

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Edward F. Boyd, a former Pepsi ad man who broke color barriers with one of the first corporate marketing campaigns to portray blacks in a positive light, has died. He was 92.

Boyd died April 30 in Los Angeles, Pepsico Inc. spokesman Dave DeCecco said. There were no other details. The Los Angeles Times cited complications of a stroke he suffered in March as the cause of death.

Boyd was working at the National Urban League in New York City in 1947 when what was then the Pepsi-Cola Co. hired him and a team of black salesmen to help the company drive sales among blacks.

As an assistant sales manager, Boyd created a marketing campaign that showed blacks as respectable, middle-class consumers. The promotions differed sharply from the insulting images of "mammies" and "pickaninnies" in many ads at the time.

Boyd and his team visited black colleges, churches and markets throughout the country to promote Pepsi, enduring the daily injustices of racism along the way.

The group rode on segregated trains and was refused service at white-owned hotels. Insults from some colleagues at Pepsi weren't uncommon.

Boyd graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles. A trained singer and dancer, he had minor movie roles after college. He worked for the Screen Actors Guild, then government housing programs, before joining the National Urban League in New York.


Eneas Carneiro

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) _ Eneas Carneiro, a three-time presidential candidate who was later elected to Congress with the largest number of votes ever received by a Brazilian lawmaker, has died. He was 68.

Carneiro died Sunday of leukemia, according to the Congress' Web site.

Carneiro, a cardiologist known for his bushy black beard, huge glasses and bald pate, gained fame for his television campaign ads featuring high-speed tirades and always ended with him yelling "My name is Eneas!"

Founder of the right-wing Party for Rebuilding the National Order, he talked loudly about law and order, and supported the idea that Brazil should develop an atomic bomb.

Carneiro first ran for president in 1989, finishing seventh. He ran for president again in 1994, getting 7 percent of the vote and coming in third. In 1998 he finished fourth.

He ran for a seat in Congress in 2002, and received nearly 1.6 million votes, outdistancing his closest competitor by more than a million votes and becoming the most-voted lawmaker in Brazil's history.

He was re-elected in 2006, this time with about 400,000 votes.


Emma Culpepper

OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ Emma Culpepper, the adoptive mother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper, has died. She was 92.

Daunte Culpepper told The Associated Press that Emma Culpepper died at her home on Saturday. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Daunte Culpepper said she suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

He said Emma Culpepper raised as many as 15 children, none of whom was biologically hers.

"She was basically just on a mission always to help people. Anybody that touched her life, she was always trying to better them," said Daunte Culpepper. "She instilled some great values in me and let me know it's not where you're at, but where you're going."

Her husband, John Culpepper, died in 1977, the year Daunte Culpepper was born. She took him in when he was a day old, Daunte Culpepper said.


Annie Gardner

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Annie Gardner, the first person to receive a heart transplant in an Indiana hospital, has died. She was 63.

The Crawfordsville woman received two heart transplants _ one Oct. 30, 1982 and another in 1997 _ at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she died Saturday. She had been hospitalized all but four days since Dec. 23, said her son, Ron Melvin.

Both transplants were performed by Dr. Harold Halbrook, who died in 2004.

At the time Gardner had her first transplant in 1982, the five-year survival rate for heart transplant patients was about 50 percent.

Gardner enjoyed water skiing after her first transplant but gave up the sport after the second. She had been an Indiana representative in at least five World Transplant Games, an Olympic-style event for transplant survivors.

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