Jack Tenner, 88, a former Los Angeles Superior Court judge who was involved in the city's civil rights struggles over the past 60 years, died Monday at his home of complications from Parkinson's disease. When he learned black lawyers formed their own group because the county bar association was for whites only, Tenner became the first white member of the club. He worked to end housing discrimination and to integrate firehouses in Los Angeles. Although blacks were prevented from owning homes, Tenner helped blacks circumvent the restrictions by posing as the buyer.
Dee Dee Warwick, 63, a noted soul singer who won recognition for both her solo work and her performances with her older sister Dionne Warwick, died Saturday at a nursing home in Essex County, N.J. Warwick had several hits on the soul and R&B charts in the 1960s and '70s, including Foolish Fool, She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking) and a version of I'm Gonna Make You Love Me that was later covered by Diana Ross and The Supremes.
Xie Jin, 84, a prominent figure in modern Chinese cinema known for tackling the country's ultraleftist Cultural Revolution, died Saturday. With a six-decade career dating back to pre-Communist China, Xie was a predecessor of the so-called "Fifth Generation" of Chinese directors famous in the West such as Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige. He is best known for a trio of films - The Legend of Tianyun Mountain (1980), The Herdsman (1982) and Hibiscus Town (1986).
Col. Robert B. Nett, 86, who won the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat in the Philippines during World War II and later served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, died Sunday in Columbus, Ga. Nett was a company commander in December 1944 when he led an assault on a Japanese stronghold. He was seriously wounded three times during the attack but killed seven enemy soldiers with his rifle and bayonet. He later rejoined his unit and fought on Okinawa.
Rudy Ray Moore, 81, a raunchy 1970s comedian who played the title role of a flashy pimp in the movie Dolemite and influenced a generation of rappers, died Sunday in Akron, Ohio, of complications from diabetes. Moore also collaborated with 2 Live Crew, Big Daddy Kane and Snoop Dogg.