- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gus Giordano, 84, jazz dance maestro

CHICAGO (AP) — Choreographer Gus Giordano, who popularized jazz dance around the world and earned it recognition as a legitimate art form, died Sunday of pneumonia, his family said. He was 84.

The founder of the critically acclaimed, Evanston, Ill.-based Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Mr. Giordano published in 1975 “The Anthology of American Jazz Dance” and won an Emmy for his 1980 special “The Rehearsal.”

In 1990, he organized the first Jazz Dance World Congress, which brings together jazz dance companies for a week of master classes and performances. It has been held in the United States, Japan, Germany, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Born in St. Louis in 1923, Mr. Giordano was turned on to dance at age 5 by a cousin. During World War II, he joined the Marines and was assigned to a performance group that put on shows at military bases.

After the war, he performed on Broadway in shows including “Paint Your Wagon,” and “On the Town.”

He moved to Chicago in 1953 and opened his own dance school, where he taught the “Giordano technique.”

Pearl Cornioley, 93, WWII secret agent

LONDON (AP) — Pearl Cornioley, who was a secret agent during World War II and parachuted into France to help arm and organize the Resistance, died Feb. 24 in the Loire Valley. She was 93.

Miss Cornioley was one of Britain’s greatest agents operating behind German lines, said historian Michael R.D. Foot, who has written extensively about British special operations in France.

She parachuted into France in September 1943 to work as a courier for an underground unit. It was thought that the Nazis were less likely to suspect a woman, and she posed as a cosmetics saleswoman to deliver coded messages.

Frederick Seitz, 96, physicist

NEW YORK (AP) — Frederick Seitz, a former president of the National Academy of Sciences and Rockefeller University and an outspoken skeptic on global warming, died March 2 in Manhattan. He was 96.

The physicist headed the National Academy of Sciences from 1962 to 1969 and led Rockefeller University, a New York-based research institution, from 1969 to 1978.

Mr. Seitz won the 1973 National Medal of Science for his contributions to the modern quantum theory of the solid state of matter. He also wrote a number of books, including an influential text on the development of solid-state physics and of transistors.

Mr. Seitz became known later in life for his skepticism about the existence of global warming. In 1998, he solicited thousands of scientists to sign a petition against the Kyoto protocol on global warming.

Mr. Seitz was born in San Francisco and graduated from Stanford University in 1932. He received a doctorate in physics from Princeton in 1934.

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