age 82. The Times obit describes him as an "economist and opera singer," which alone makes him worth mentioning. But what really caught my eye was this (my emphasis):
By his late 30s, shouldering academic and family responsibilities, Mr. Gill was a two-and-a-half-pack-a-day smoker. He made himself quit and, as an incentive to stay on the wagon, began private voice lessons with Herbert Mayer, a respected New York teacher.
...during the years of rigorous vocal exercise that followed, his neck size grew from 14 to 17 ½.