Don Lusk, who has died aged 105, was an animator from the “golden age” of Walt Disney best known for his work on the Fish Dance in the Nutcracker Suite sequence in Fantasia (1940); he described himself as the “little animals guy”. Lusk joined the Disney studios as an “inbetweener” (a person who finishes the scenes in animated cartoons by drawing in between the areas left by the animator) in 1933, working on Goofy shorts, and had his first outing as an animator on Ferdinand the Bull in 1938. He went on to animate key scenes in such classics as Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He was responsible for Geppetto’s pet goldfish Cleo and Figaro the cat in Pinocchio and the sequence in Alice in Wonderland where Alice falls through the rabbit hole and her cat Dinah waves goodbye. The Telegraph, London.
who has died in Dundee aged 94, was a bestselling novelist specialising in sagas of middle-class cosiness set in and around her native county of Cornwall, exemplified in her record-breaking blockbuster The Shell Seekers (1988), which became the most popular paperback in the world. After she had spent years turning out modestly successful romantic novels and short stories, The Shell Seekers propelled her to international fame when it sold more than five million copies in 15 languages. In the book her heroine, Penelope Keeling, was 64. Rosamunde Pilcher was the same age, but maintained that the character was not her. The secret of the book’s success, she believed, was that it appealed to women with the leisure to read. The Telegraph, London.
Dr. Doris Wethers, who broke racial barriers in the medical world before gaining renown for research and advocacy that helped lead to mandatory testing of all newborns for sickle cell anaemia, died on January 28 in Yonkers. She was 91. In 1965, Dr Wethers became the first black chief of a medical department at a New York City voluntary, or private nonprofit, hospital when she was named director of pediatrics at Knickerbocker Hospital in West Harlem. She was later director of pediatrics from 1969 to 1974 at Sydenham Hospital and then, until 1979, at St Luke’s Hospital Centre. She became St. Luke’s first black attending physician in 1958. The New York Times.