Recent necrology, September 2013

A list of well-known people who have died recently:

  • cover of My music in LondonJohn Amis, 1922-2013
    Musical impresario who worked with Myra Hess and Donald Swann and became a regular on My Music.
  • Robert Barnard, 1936-2013
    Mystery writer who peopled his thrillers with English archetypes and won enormous acclaim in America.
  • Eydie Gorme, 1928-2013
    Singer who formed a successful double act with her husband Steve Lawrence.
  • Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013
    Master of crime fiction who transcended the genre with novels such as Get Shorty, and, Glitz.
  • Julie Harris, 1925-2013
    Actress of remarkable versatility whose six Tony Awards have not been equalled.
  • cover of The essentials of classic Italian cookingMarcella Hazan, 1924-2013
    Self-taught cook whose books introduced Britain and America to the joys of real Italian cuisine.
  • Marian McPartland, 1918-2013
    Classically-trained, British-born pianist who made her name on New York’s jazz scene in the 1950s and presented a long-running jazz series on radio.
  • Barbara Mertz, 1927-2013
    American author who wrote under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels.
  • Marcel Reich-Ranicki, 1920-2013
    Warsaw ghetto survivor whose past helped him become an unchallenged literary lion in Germany.
  • Cedar Walton, 1934-2013
    Pianist and composer behind some of the finest pieces in ‘hard bop’ jazz.
  • Yoram Kaniuk, 1930-2013
    Jewish novelist who fought for the creation of Israel but did not like what the state went on to become.

Staff of ambulance train 301: Picturing Canterbury

Staff of ambulance train 301, WW2
Circa 1944-45:  “Christchurch nursing sister Beatrice Clarkson, 1894-1983 (far right) with staff of ambulance train 301. Location either England or France. Beatrice and her two sisters, Frances and Susan, left NZ in the 1920s and nursed in the USA, Pacific Islands and Europe, mostly private nursing until WW2. They returned to NZ in 1949 and ran the popular Pamela Cake Kitchen in Strowan Road where the Shell station now stands.”