Dancer helped popularize modern ballet in U.S.
Frederic Franklin, 98, a British-born dancer who helped popularize modern ballet in the United States, died Saturday at a
Franklin last appeared with the American Ballet Theatre at the
"He was a seminal figure in the ballet world," said the company's artistic director, Kevin McKenzie.
Franklin was born June 13, 1914, in Liverpool and as a child began taking dance lessons in classical ballet and tap. He moved to London as a teenager and found work dancing in musical comedies on stage. In the early 1930s he performed in a Paris revue backing Josephine Baker. He danced with the Markova-Dolin ballet company before choreographer Leonide Massine invited him to join the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Often costarring with Russian ballerina Alexandra Danilova, Franklin performed with the troupe in "Swan Lake," "Gaite Parisienne," "Rodeo," "Coppelia" and other productions. He toured the United States with Ballet Russe in the 1940s and '50s and made short films in Hollywood.
Franklin also danced with the National Ballet of Washington, among others, and created a version of "Giselle" for the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
David Morris Kern
Pharmacist helped create toothache medicine
David Morris Kern, 103, who helped create Orajel, a medicine aimed at fighting toothaches that was later also used for mouth sores, died Friday at his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., said his son, Allan.
Born in 1909 in Manhattan and raised in
Kern later sold the company to Del Laboratories in 1961 and moved to the Phoenix area in the 1990s with his wife, Rose Ziedenweber Kern. The couple were married for 65 years until her death in 2001.
Daughter-in-law Carol Kern said that in retirement Kern bragged he had great genes that would allow him to live past 100.
"I said during a toast on his 100th birthday that he'd say his secret to a long life was having a martini every day and not eating green vegetables," she said.
Kern gave another explanation in a 2009 interview with the
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