Janis Martin, a mezzo-soprano who reinvented herself as a soprano midway through a career that brought vivid praise for her command of Wagner and Strauss, died Dec. 14 in San Antonio. She was 75.
John I. Goodlad, whose exhaustive analysis of the culture of schools and the reasons for their failures made him one of the intellectual leaders of the education reform movement that took off in the early 1980s, died Nov. 29 in Seattle. He was 94.
In 1954, fine dining and Mexican food were rarely mentioned in the same sentence in Los Angeles, except perhaps in jest. That is the year that a bartender named Larry J. Cano took over an old Polynesian restaurant in Encino with thoughts of creating a nice, sit-down Mexican restaurant with mainstream...
Larry J. Cano, who took over a defunct Polynesian restaurant in Encino in 1954 and turned it into the first El Torito restaurant, building it into a worldwide chain that fed a growing appetite for Mexican food, died Wednesday at his home in Corona del Mar. He was 90.
On May 23, 1957, three police officers arrived at Dollree Mapp's Cleveland duplex, looking for a man they believed had been involved in a bombing. Mapp, a streetwise woman who knew her rights, refused to let them in without a search warrant.
Kent Haruf, who found acclaim in midlife with a trilogy of sparely written novels, including the 1999 bestseller "Plainsong" that illuminated the rhythms and dramas of small-town life in America's High Plains, died Sunday in Salida, Colo. He was 71 and had cancer, according to a spokesman for his...
Patrick Suppes, a philosopher of science and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who helped to launch the use of computers in the classroom, died Nov. 17 of natural causes at his home on the campus of Stanford University, where he taught for more than 60 years. He was 92.
Marvin L. "Murph" Goldberger, a prominent physicist who as Caltech's fifth president substantially enlarged the prestige and endowment of the Pasadena institution, including launching the construction of the powerful Keck I telescope in Hawaii, died of cancer Wednesday in La Jolla. He was 92.