Expert in Asian American art
Karin Higa, 47, a specialist in Asian American art who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her home in L.A., said Russell Ferguson, her husband.
Ferguson, a professor in the art department at
Higa worked as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, rising to the rank of senior curator of art. She had recently been named a curator for the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A." Biennial for 2014 but was forced to step down because of her illness.
During her tenure at the Japanese American National Museum, Higa helped to organize many notable exhibitions, including a 1992 show of art made at internment camps during World War II and a 2008 show devoted to the art of ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement.
She was a curator of the touring exhibition "One Way or Another," spotlighting contemporary Asian American art, which ran at the Asia Society in New York in 2006.
Born in Los Angeles on June 19, 1966, Higa spent most of her career in Southern California. She graduated from
Ferguson said his wife had been enrolled in the doctoral art history program at USC but had not completed the program.
In addition to her husband, Higa's survivors include her mother and a brother.
William C. Lowe
William C. Lowe, 72, a former IBM executive who oversaw development of the company's first personal computer, died Oct. 19 in
Other companies were making PCs as early as the 1970s, but IBM was behind the curve. Lowe was lab director at IBM's
The IBM 5150 personal computer, introduced in retail stores in 1981, cost $1,565, not including a monitor. It was mass marketed in an attempt to expand the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes.
Lowe went on to serve as an IBM vice president and president of its entry systems division, which oversaw the development and manufacturing of IBM's personal computers and other businesses. He left the company in 1988 to work for Xerox and later became president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
William Cleland Lowe was born Jan. 15, 1941, in
Longtime Missouri congressman
Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, 81, who built a reputation as a military expert and social conservative during 34 years representing western and central Missouri in the U.S. House, died Monday at a hospital in Arlington, Va., according to longtime colleague Russell Orban. The cause was not released.
After Skelton's 2010 defeat in Missouri's 4th Congressional District by Republican
Skelton won the first of 17 congressional terms in 1976 and was chairman of the
An astute military historian, Skelton helped build up Missouri's two military installations. As Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster was losing its cache of long-range nuclear missiles, Skelton secured its future in the late 1980s by getting the
After redistricting made Skelton the representative for Missouri's Ft. Leonard Wood in 1983, the number of troops undergoing training there more than quadrupled and the post's mission expanded from
Born Dec. 20, 1931, in Lexington, Mo., Skelton met
An endorsement from Truman's widow, Bess, helped him win his first race for the U.S. House.
Times staff and wire reports