Their lives enriched the arts and entertainment, politics and journalism

December 21 1992


Their lives enriched the arts and entertainment, politics and journalism

December 21 1992


Their lives enriched the arts and entertainment, politics and journalism

The leukemia that ended the life of the eminent broadcaster on March 26 at 54 was first diagnosed in 1974, only a year after she became host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens. But she went on to prove her journalistic prowess on that interview program and then as host of CBC TV’s The Journal, from its inauguration in 1980 until her final interview 16 days before she died. Her death preceded The Journal s demise by seven months.


The last surviving member of the Group of Seven painters, Alfred Joseph Casson died at 93 on Feb. 19 in Toronto, where he had begun working when he was 14 for $1 a week, retouching photographs for seed-company catalogues. In recent years, his evocative landscapes and portrayals of small towns changed hands for as much as $200,000 apiece.


As a German socialist, he spent the Nazi years in Denmark, changing his name to Willy Brandtfrom Herbert Frahm. As West Berlin’s mayor from 1957 to 1966, he served at a Cold War flash point. As West Germany’s chancellor (1969 to 1974), his pursuit of peace with Communist Europe won him the 1971 Nobel Peace Prize. He died at 78 on Oct. 8 at his home in the Rhineside village of Unkel.


A self-taught writer of many works, his 1948 novel Les Plouf e, a story about a Quebec family, was made more widely popular as a TV series in the 1950s on Radio-Canada and, as The Plouffe Family, on CBC TV. He was publisher of the Montreal newspaper La Presse from 1972 until he retired in 1981. He died at 72 on March 16 in Quebec City, his birthplace.


His distinguished career as a journalist began in 1918 in Victoria. It ended with his last column for The Vancouver Sun shortly before he died in Victoria on Sept. 14, aged 91. In between, he worked as reporter, editor, columnist and author, always a passionate Canadian. Beginning with his 1943 best-seller, The Unknown Country, his books made Canada better known, at home as well as abroad.


When Czechoslovakia shook off hardline Communist rule late in 1989, it finished a job begun in 1968 by Dubcek, then the country’s leader, but crushed by Soviet-led troops. The post-Communist parliament chose the hero of the 1968 “Prague spring” as its speaker, and Slovakia’s Social Democrats later made him their leader. He died on Nov. 7, aged 70, of injuries suffered in a highway accident.


Barely into her 30s, she led a coalition of peace and environmental activists to found Germany’s Green Party in 1979. At age 44, her party in decline, police found Kelly and her companion, former army Maj.-Gen. Gert Bastian, 69, an opponent of nuclear arms, shot dead in their Bonn home on Oct. 20. The police said that Bastian killed her, then shot himself.


With his “Ah-one an’ ahtwo” introductions, he led his band and singers in widely popular American TV programs of sentimental “champagne” ballads and polkas every week from 1955 to 1982, the longest musical run in TV history. The leader of the Lawrence Welk Show died of pneumonia at age 89 on May 17 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif.


As politician and political scientist, she practised in both fields with compassion. As an MP, Jewett represented Northumberland,

Ont, as a Liberal (1963-1965)

and New Westminster/Coquitlam, B.C., for the NDP (1979-1988). Between 1955 and her death on July 5, aged 69, she was a professor at Ottawa’s Carleton University, president of Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. and Carleton’s chancellor.


Her portrayal of the cabaret performerprostitute Lola-Lola in the 1930 movie The Blue Angel made the Berlinborn actress a star. Her sultry voice and sinuous body made her an international sex symbol until, after two decades of successful nightclub performances, she broke her leg in 1975 and retired. She died at age 90 on May 6 in the Paris apartment where she had lived for more than 15 years.


In a political career that ran from 1935 to 1979— as Liberal MP from Windsor, Ont., cabinet minister, Senate leader and diplomat—he made a host of friends in high places and low. And after he died on Sept. 14 at age 89, his Windsor funeral drew more than 1,000 mourners from the same wide range. Among his many contributions, Martin fostered Canada’s role in UN peacekeeping operations.


Achieving star status in the 1930s on the stage, the Australian-born actor later won acclaim on film, including Rebecca (1940) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1960 by Queen Elizabeth II. She played a grand lady in the 1980sTV soap opera Santa Barbara, the name of the California city that was her home from 1950, and where she died at age 93 on Jan. 3.


A pioneering diplomat, his remarkable public service career began with the young external affairs department in 1927 and closed formally in 1969 after seven years as B.C.

Hydro’s chairman. As a senior UN officer in the 1950s, he crusaded tirelessly for disarmament and for aid to poor nations. He died on Sept. 27, aged 94, at home in Saanich, B.C.