APPOINTED: Internationally acclaimed choreographer James Kudelka, 40, the new artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, replacing Reid Anderson, who resigned in a dispute over government funding cutbacks; in Toronto. Kudelka, a Toronto-area native, first joined the company in 1972 after graduating from the National Ballet School. In 1981, he
joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal as principal dancer and was its resident choreographer from 1984 to 1990.
He has been the National’s artist in residence since 1992.
DIED: Writer Sinclair Ross, 88, best known for As for Me and My House, his bleak 1941 novel of Prairie life in the Depression; of pneumonia, in Vancouver. His short stories, particularly “The Painted Door,” are widely anthologized.
DIED: Businessman Paul Paré, 73, who for nearly 20 years before his retirement in 1987 oversaw the growth of Imperial Tobacco into a diversified Imasco whose holdings include Canada Trust and Shoppers Drug Mart; of heart disease, in Montreal.
DIED: Haing S. Ngor, the Cambodian refugee doctor who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a fellow Cambodian in the 1984 movie The Killing Fields-, after being shot beside his parked car, outside his Los Angeles home. Ngor, who was tortured while imprisoned for four years under the Pol Pot regime before escaping, had widely campaigned to bring members of the bloody dictatorship to justice.
FINED: Cleveland Indians outfielder Albert Belle, 29, a record $67,000 for his profane outburst at a TV reporter before Game 3 of last October’s World Series; by acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
DIED: Two former Northern Telecom executives, Robert Scrivener, 81, and Walter Light, 73, who turned the company, based in the Toronto area, into an international communications giant and a leader in research and development; both on Feb. 24. Scrivener, who was chairman of the company from 1976 to 1980, died at his winter home in Vero Beach, Fla. Light, who succeeded him as the firm’s senior executive until retiring in 1985, died of a heart attack in Toronto.
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