Deaths of note from around the world:
John Kerr, 81: Tony Award-winning actor best known for roles that challenged bigotry in the 1950s in films like “Tea and Sympathy” and “South Pacific”; he also turned down a starring movie role because of ideological differences with its subject, Charles Lindbergh.Died Feb. 2 in Los Angeles.
Paul Tanner, 95: Former trombonist for the Glenn Miller Ochestra who played an unlikely role in the history of rock ’n’ roll when, using a device he helped invent, he performed the famous electronic accompaniment on the Beach Boys’ signature recording “Good Vibrations.” Died Tuesday in Carlsbad, Calif.
James Muri, 94: Veteran of the decisive World War II Battle of Midway who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor. Died Feb. 3 in Laurel, Mont.
Shelby Whitfield, 77: Former play-by-play announcer for the Washington Senators who wrote a critical book about the team’s owner in the early 1970s and later managed an all-star cast of announcers for ABC Radio. Died Feb. 5.
Starr Saphir, 73: Tour guide and birder who led groups through Manhattan’s Central Park for over four decades, often showcasing 35-50 different species over a day’s walk. Died Tuesday in the Bronx, N.Y.