Helen Bert - Pioneering women's athletic director at Providence College, who after being hired in 1971 developed 14 woman's sports at the university, died Oct. 1 at age 80.
Ted Blackman - Well-known Montreal sports radio DJ and columnist who spent 30 years at radio station WJAD, died Oct. 1 of complications of a liver transplant at age 60.
John Cannady - Linebacker for the New York Giants in the NFL from 1947 to 1954 who was a two-time Pro Bowler, died Sept. 28 at age 79.
Len Casanova - Football coach and later athletic director at the University of Oregon who is second on the all-time Ducks coaches win list, and who later served as the president of the American Football Coaches Association, died Oct. 1 after a long illness at age 97.
Goran Kropp - Swedish daredevil and mountain-climber who climbed Mount Everest without bottled oxygen in 1996 and telephoned Swedish radio stations during the climb to give live dispatches, and sold books and videos on his experiences, was killed in a fall while climbing in Washington state on Oct. 1. He was 35 or 38.
Ed McGah, Jr. - Former major league baseball player and roommate of Ted Williams who became one of the original owners of the Oakland Raiders football team when they entered the league in 1960, died Oct. 1 on his 81st birthday.
Hartland Molson - Longtime owner of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, head of the Molson Industries brewing dynasty, Canadian Senator for 38 years and a war hero (if he had painted and acted he would've fit in every one of my categories!), died at age 95.
Siphonic - Horse that was a favorite among this years contenders for the Triple Crown, but was sidelined because of a leg injury before the Kentucky Derby, died of a heart attack after finishing second in the Oak Tree at Santa Anita on Oct. 2. He was 3.
Billy Westmorland - Bass fishing legend who was a popular speaker at sporting shows, author of the smallmouth bass fishing book "Them Ol' Brown Fish", a professional tournament angler, fishing guide and producer of television fishing shows and videos, died of heart failure Sept. 30 at age 65.
Don Wells - One of the original California Angels baseball broadcasters from 1961 to 1972, died Oct. 3 after a long illness at age 79.
Marty Wilson - Connecticut teenage boxer who was ranked second nationally in the 139-pound junior division died on Sept. 30 after being struck by a car while riding his bike two days earlier at the age of 16.
Art and Literature
Gene Beecher - Cleveland bandleader who performed in ballrooms, in hotels and on radio for decades there, and who went on to a second career as highly respected impressionistic painter, died Sept. 23 at age 93.
Joy Bale Boone- Poet laureate of Kentucky who founded and edited the Kentucky Poetry Magazine "Approaches", died Oct. 2 after a lengthy illness at age 89.
Norman Brown - Author and philosopher who became popular with the counterculture in the 1960's with books that raised and attempted to answer immense questions like "Life Against Death" and "Love's Body", died of Alzheimer's disease on Oct. 2 at age 89.
Charles Henri Ford - Author best known for his books of surreal poetry like "The Garden of Disorder" and "The Overturned Lake", and was considered America's first surreal poet, died Sept. 27 at either age 89 or 94.
Erna Furman - Austrian-born child psychologist and expert on grief in children, and author of "A Child's Parent Dies: Studies in Childhood Bereavement", whose husband and colleague Dr. Robert Furman died Sept. 21, died of lung cancer on Aug. 9 at age 76.
Raeburn Flerlage - Photographer who shot hundreds of photos for record, book and magazine covers, who is best known for his published collections of shots from the 1960's blues scene in Chicago, died of an infection on Sept. 28 at age 87.
Chuck Howard - Fashion designer who was one of the first to ignore Parisian fashions in the 1950's and developed an American accent for fashions in the U.S., died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 30 at age 75.
Raymond T. McNally - Dracula researcher and professor at Boston College who penned the 1972 bestseller ''In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires", died Oct. 3 of cancer at age 71.
Mary Michel - Painter and printmaker known for her bold yet delicate paintings and serigraphs, who taught at Ventura College for 20 years, died Oct. 2 at age 81.
Rafael Santos Torroella - One of Spain's most important cultural and intellectual entrepreneurs as art historian and expert on the life and works of Salvador Dali, died of heart and circulatory problems on Sept. 30 at age 88.
John Weitz - German-born fashion designer turned historian and novelist who was one of the first designers to enter into licensing deals for his designs, and who wrote the historical biographies "Hitler's Diplomat" and "Hitler's Banker", died on Oct. 3 of cancer at age 79.
Politics and Military
Duane "Bud" Biteman - Much decorated Air Force Lt. Colonel for heroism during the Korean conflict who started the 18th Fighter Wing Association after retirement, died Sept. 23 at age 79.
Ilie Ceausescu - Former Romanian deputy defense minister in the regime of his late brother and communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, died of pneumonia on Oct 1 at age 76.
James B. Chapin - Historian, national political analyst for UPI, activist as chairman of WHY (World Hunger Year) and brother of late musician Harry Chapin, died of a heart attack Oct. 1 at age 60.
JoAnne Coe - Executive director of the Campaign America PAC who raised millions of dollars for Republican House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates (second only to the Teamsters Union in PAC's) and who spent 35 years working for Bob Dole and was his key fundraiser during his run for the presidency in 1996, died suddenly on Sept. 27 of an aortic aneurysm at age 69.
Leroy Greene - Longtime California state senator who served for 36 years in the state Assembly and Senate and was influential in getting mandatory earthquake-safe building legislation passed died Sept. 29 at age 84.
Wesley J. Liebeler - Attorney who worked on the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy, died in a plane crash on Sept. 25 at age 71 .
Capt. Kathleen McGrath - Navy captain who in 2000 became the first woman to take a U.S. warship to sea, and is one of only 12 women to achieve a rank as high as admiral, died of lung cancer on Sept. 26 at age 50.
Sally Reed - Woman who in 1968 challenged an Idaho law which favored men over women as estate administrators, which ended up becoming the first decision made by the U.S. Supreme court extending equal rights to women, died on Sept. 26 at age 93.
Sir John Rennie - Former head of the United Nations Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees, that was set up to care for the thousands of Palestinians displaced by the creation of the state of Israel, who fought for years against political and financial problems to keep the program going, died Aug. 12 at age 85.
Prince Alexander Romanoff - Great-grandson of Tsar Alexander III of Russia and the first member of the Imperial Family to return to Russia following the Revolution of 1918, which he did in 1961 as a British subject, died Sept. 21 at age 72.
Hans-Peter Tschudi - Ex-president and interior minister of Switzerland who served as president in both 1965 and 1970 under that country's rotating system, died on Sept. 30 at age 88.
Social and Religion
Rev. Anthony Campbell - Popular Boston-based preacher who sermonized to congregations on 4 continents, who was known for his ability to get his message through to congregations from poor black churches to Westminster Abbey, died after a stroke Sept. 27 at age 63.
Rev. Maurice Grammond - Catholic priest accused of molesting over 40 boys during a 35-year career in the Portland, Oregon area in what has been described as one of the worst cases of priest-child molestation, died of Alzheimer's on Oct. 1 or 2 at age 82.
Cleo Hinckley - Oldest living person in Utah whose father came on a covered wagon to Utah in 1862, and whose parents have both been dead over 100 years (!!!), died Oct. 1 at age 111.
Shannon Kellum - Terminal colon cancer patient who became famous in 2000 with stories in USA Today and on 60 Minutes for showing remarkable improvement and even being called "cancer free" after taking ImClone's C225 experimental drug, which brought many investors to the company (including M. Stewart), died of the disease on Aug. 12 at age 32.
Aileen Mellott - One of the nation's top female aviators who was named Pilot of the Year by the National Pilots Assn. in 1961, and who formed the Flying Samaritans humanitarian organization, died Sept. 25 of pancreatic cancer at age 76.
Gertrude Murphy (and the town of Lester) - Woman who became famous for being the last resident of Lester, Washington, and living in the ghost town by herself for 15 years, died Sept. 30 at age 99, and thus the end of Lester.
James J. Peters - Executive director for 32 years of the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, an organization that raises funds for clinical research for spinal injuries, died after a stroke Sept. 6 at age 57.
James Powell - Texas man who was convicted of raping and strangling 10-year-old Falyssa Van Winkle in 1990, whom he abducted from a flea market where both he and the girls parents were vendors, was executed by lethal injection at age 56.
Rigoberto Sanchez-Velasco - Florida man who killed 11-year-old Kathy Ecenarro, the daughter of his girlfriend, and later stabbed to death two other death row inmates, Mike Kaprat and Charles Street, was executed by lethal injection Oct. 3 at the age of 43.
Jennifer Short - Girl from Basett, Virginia missing since August 15 when her parents were found shot to death in their home, was found dead in North Carolina, also apparently shot in the head. She was 9 years old.
Taj - The only white tiger in residence at the National Zoo in Washington, who suffered from osteoarthritis for several years and had trouble walking, was euthanized at the age of 18.
Jakob von Metzler - Heir to a German banking dynasty who was kidnapped on his way home from school and sparked a massive manhunt around Frankfurt, was found killed after his family had paid the demanded ransom. He was 11 years old.
Charlie Young, Jr. - Milwaukee handyman who was beaten to death by a group of 16 children ages 10 to 18 after a 10-year-old boy was prodded into throwing an egg at him as he was walking by, and who was attacked and pummeled with bats, shovels, a tree limb and a baby stroller after he chased the boy who threw the egg (he was apparently a random victim). He was 36 years old.
Victims of DC sniper shootings - Six people have been killed by an unknown sniper in the Washington DC area who has been driving around randomly shooting people. Killed on Oct. 3 were James Martin, 55, in the parking lot of a grocery store; James Buchanan, 39, while mowing; Premkumar A. Walekar, 54, while pumping gas; Sarah Ramos, 34, while waiting at a bus stop; and Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, 25, while pumping gas. Killed Oct. 4 was Pascal Charlot, 72, while he was walking down the street.
Business and Science
Walter Annenberg - Shy billionaire publisher who took over his father's debt- and scandal-ridden company in 1939, and built it into one of the largest publishing companies in the world, developing magazines like TV Guide, Seventeen and The Inquirer, and who spent his later years giving away much of his fortune to educational and cultural causes, died Oct. 1 at age 94.
Joe Balch - Alaska-based inventor who had more than 300 inventions and 13 patents including the not-so-popular gun-toothbrush with self-squirting toothpaste and the Viking helmet designed to improve posture, and also the useful Thermotube used in construction to stablize ground temperatures around support pilings, died Sept. 26 at age 80.
Woodrow Wilson "Foots" Clements - Former CEO of Dr. Pepper who rose from delivery-truck driver to CEO in a 51-year career with the company, and who is credited with turning the mainly Texas soft drink into an international beverage, died Oct. 3 of dementia at age 88.
Michael Craig - Renowned furniture-maker and owner of M. Craig and Co. which is regarded as one of the U.S.'s best custom-made furniture makers, died in an automobile accident in London on Oct. 3 at age 50.
Denys Fisher - British electronics engineer and inventor who developed the idea for the Spirograph while doing research on a new design for bomb detonators for NATO, which led to the formation of the hugely successful Denys Fisher Toy Company, died on Sept. 17 at age 84.
Michael Giallourakis - Inventor and member of pioneer sponge family whose inventions include a sponge bug screen to keep love bugs from splattering in the grilles of cars, and whose inventions were featured on QVC, died on Sept. 27 at age 63.
David Granger - Man who acquired a seat on the New York Stock Exchange in 1926 and occupied it for the next 76 years, longer than any other person, died Sept. 27 at age 99.
Luther Henderson - Leader of a group of investors that bough Pier 1 Imports in 1966 and transformed the company into a national retailer, and served as its chairman and president until 1985, died Sept. 28 in a car accident at age 82.
Hank Jansen - Freight hauling entrepreneur who built a two-truck business into one of Washington's largest privately held businesses, Lynden, Inc., died Sept. 29 at age 84.
Lorian L. Marlantes - President of Rockefeller Group International, a holdings company for real estate and telecommunications, who had previously been an executive at Exxon and Penn Central Corp., died Sept. 28 after a long illness at age 59.
Raunaq Singh - Rags-to-riches Indian entrepreneur who started the Apollo Tyres group 40 years ago which now has annual revenues of 525 million, and who retired as chairman just 2 weeks ago, died of a heart attack on Sept. 30 at age 80.