Tristram Cary

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Tristram Cary, a pioneer of electronic music who helped design one of the first portable synthesizers, died Thursday. He was 82.

Cary died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital from surgery complications, said Stephen Whittington, head of music technology studies at Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Cary was a co-designer of the VCS3 (Putney) portable synthesizer, which was embraced by London's musical avant-garde in the psychedelic 1960s.

Created in 1969, the technology was taken to new heights in the 1970s by such artists as Pink Floyd, The Who, Roxy Music and Brian Eno.

Cary was born into a creative family in Oxford, England, on May 14, 1925. He was the third son of prominent Irish-born novelist Joyce Cary and amateur musician Gertrude Cary.

Cary began tinkering with electronic music as a Royal Navy radar officer during World War II and invested heavily in a glut of electronic equipment that flooded the civilian market after the war.

He founded the electronic music studio at London's Royal College of Music in 1967 and, seven years later, migrated to Australia to establish a similar studio at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music.

He also composed scores for the British TVs series "Dr. Who" and TV dramas "Jane Eyre" and "Madame Bovary" in the 1960s, as well as music for Disney and Hammer Films movies during the 1950s and 1960s.

Phil Harison

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Phil Harison, who introduced everyone from Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods during his 60 years as the starter on the first tee of the Masters, has died. He was 82.

He died Sunday of natural causes, Augusta National Golf Club said.

Harison was one of two people to attend every Masters since it began in 1934, and he became a familiar voice to the many fans who grew accustomed to his Southern drawl and understated manner of announcing each player.

"Fore please, Jack Nicklaus now driving," he would say.

Harison recovered from a car accident that badly injured his back to serve as the starter one last time in 2007, mustering enough strength to announce only the first couple of groups.

Harison grew up in a house that was beyond the first green at Augusta National and has since been torn down. He joined his father and brother as a member when he was 21, and was a good golfer.

According to Golf Digest, he made a hole-in-one in separate rounds with Nicklaus and President Eisenhower, and he played several times with Bobby Jones, even as a teenager.

Mike Patrick

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Mike Patrick, a former New England Patriots punter, died Sunday. He was 55.

Patrick died in his hometown of Biloxi, Miss., the team said. No cause was given.

Patrick spent his four-season professional career with the Patriots from 1975-78. Patrick ranks fifth on the Patriots' all-time punters list with 8,481 yards on 225 attempts in 43 career games.

He was signed as a rookie free agent in 1975. In his first NFL game that season, he had a 62-yard punt against Houston, the Patriots' longest since 1968.

Patrick also held several season punting records at Mississippi State from 1972-74. He ranks fifth on the school's career punting list with 6,999 yards in 171 attempts for a 40.9 yard average.

Will Robinson

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Will Robinson, the first black basketball coach at a Division I school and a Detroit Pistons scout who discovered Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, died Monday. He was 96.

Robinson died at a Detroit hospital, Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said. Robinson had been sick for 15 months and in a nursing home for more than a year, Dobek added.

Robinson broke a racial barrier in the 1970s when he coached Illinois State. He joined the Pistons as a scout in 1976, and the additions of Dumars and Rodman were keys to Detroit's 1989 and 1990 NBA championships. Those teams were coached by Chuck Daly, who took the job after Robinson declined former general manager Jack McCloskey's offer.

Robinson scouted for the Pistons for 28 years and scouted part time for the NFL's Detroit Lions for 22 years.

Dick Rossi

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) Dick Rossi, a Flying Tigers pilot who gained acclaim for downing six Japanese Zeros during the early days of World War II, died April 17 of pneumonia. He was 92.

Rossi, who earned two presidential citations for his combat prowess, died at his home in Fallbrook, north of San Diego, his wife said.

In November 1941, Rossi joined a secret volunteer group of pilots who would travel to China and defend it against the Japanese. Officially known as the American Volunteer Group, the Chinese referred to the pilots as the Flying Tigers for their aerial combat skills.

In December 1941, Rossi and his squadron first engaged the Zeros over Kunming, China, and shot down three of the planes. During their months of combat, the Flying Tigers shot down 296 Japanese planes.

In July 1942, seven months after the United States entered the war, the group was disbanded.

Rossi spent the rest of the war years working as a pilot for the China National Aviation Corp., delivering supplies from India to China. He made 735 trips over the Himalayas.

Paul W. Sierer

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) Paul W. Sierer, a longtime journalist who served as editor of The Daily Independent from 1980 to 1989, died Saturday. He was 81.

The Independent reported the death.

Sierer spent most of his career at The Independent, rising through the ranks from news reporter to editor. He began working at the newspaper in 1953, was appointed city editor in 1960 and became managing editor in 1965.

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