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Cecil Sherman, who led faction of moderate Baptists, dies at 82

The Rev. Cecil Sherman, 82, who despite being "born, bred and buttered a Baptist," in his own phrase, parted ways with the Southern Baptists to lead a new moderate branch of the denomination, died of a heart attack on April 17, 2010, in Richmond, Va. In 1991, when he took over as coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship new fellowship, 391 churches had given it a contribution of a dollar or more, the only qualification for affiliation. When he left the post in 1996, nearly 1,500 had joined. Today it has 1,900.

Floyd E. Dominy, 100, who altered the life and look of the American West as the no-nonsense chief of a federal agency that built dams and provided water to parched land, died of acute cardiovascular respiratory arrest on April 20, 2010, near Boyce, Va. As head of the Bureau of Reclamation from 1959 to 1969, he oversaw the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River and projects that irrigated crops and lawns and provided electricity for farms, houses and factories.

Dorothy Provine, 75, known for her roles as Milton Berle's wife and Ethel Merman's daughter in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and a high-kicking flapper in the 1960s TV series The Roaring 20s, died of emphysema on April 25, 2010, at a hospice near Bremerton, Wash.

Evelyn Cunningham, 94, a pioneering journalist and aide to former New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, died Wednesday (April 28, 2010) in Manhattan. In the 1940s and '50s, she was a reporter and editor for the Pittsburgh Courier, an influential black newspaper. She covered lynchings in the segregated South as well as the emerging civil rights movement. She interviewed many prominent figures, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Furio Scarpelli, 90, who co-wrote some of the best Italian comedies of the postwar period and who ventured into the spaghetti-western genre with the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died of heart failure on Wednesday (April 28, 2010) in Rome. He was nominated for Oscars for three movies, two for movies he co-wrote in the 1960s and a third for Il Postino in 1996.

Alice Miller, 87, a European psychoanalyst whose book The Drama of the Gifted Child brought attention to the consequences of child abuse, died April 14, 2010, at her home in Provence, France. Easy to read, her book was credited with sending a generation of readers on a quest to confront the past. It also convinced countless parents that spanking or screaming at their children — or quietly humiliating them — could have serious consequences.

Stanley I. Greenspan, 68, a child psychiatrist who wrote more than a dozen parenting books and developed the popular "floor time" method for reaching children with autism and other developmental disorders, died of complications from a stroke on Tuesday (April 27, 2010) in Bethesda, Md. He gave parents a map of the developmental stages that most children experience from birth to age 7. He said parents could best help their children by engaging in intensive, child-led play for half an hour every day. Such "floor time," he wrote, teaches children how to confidently take initiative and "creates the whole basis for security, trust, and self-worth that a child will need from here on."

Paul Schaefer, 89, a German-born preacher who was convicted of sexually abusing 25 children while leading one of the world's most notorious anti-Semitic and apocalyptic sects, died of a heart ailment on April 24, 2010, at a prison hospital in Chile.

M. Edgar Rosenblum, 78, an arts executive who helped steer the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn., to prominence in the theater landscape, developing work that traveled to Broadway and won Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards along the way, died of a heart attack on April 25, 2010, in Woodstock, N.Y.

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