Darrian Chapman - Lead sports anchor at WMAQ-TV in Chicago for 2 years, and previously worked at the NBC station in Washington, DC, and did play-by-play for the George Mason University men’s basketball team in DC, died of an apparent heart attack on Oct. 30 while playing hockey. He was 37 years old.
Edward “Moose” Cholak - Professional wrestler also known as Yukon Moose measuring 6’4” and 360 lbs in his prime, who wrestled in over 8,000 matches between 1953 and 1987, winning the national championship in 1963, died Oct. 31 after a stroke at age 72.
Giovany Cordoba - Columbia professional soccer player with Deportivo Cali in Bogata and teammate of Hermam Gaviria, died on Oct. 27 from injuries sustained when he was struck by lightning while practicing on Oct. 24 at the age of 24.
Robert “Jake” Embry - Wealthy Baltimore businessman who helped bring major-league sports franchises to town, including the Baltimore Bullets NBA franchise and the Baltimore Colts NFL franchise in the late 1940’s, died on Oct. 28 of a blood clot at age 93.
Hermam Gaviria - Columbia professional soccer player with Deportivo Cali in Bogata and teammate of Giovany Cordoba, who was a member of Columbia’s 1994 World Cup team, was struck and killed by lightning while practicing on Oct. 24. He was 32 years old.
Fae Glacken - Fairfax City, VA homemaker who was selected as Washington Redskins fan of the year in 2001, which won her a place in the Fans Hall of Fame at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton OH, died Oct. 29 of congestive heart failure at age 72.
Roy Hord - All-American football player at Duke who played in the NFL for the Rams, Eagles and Jets, and who was elected into the Duke University Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, died of cancer on Oct. 24 at age 67.
Jackie Jameson - Irish soccer legend considered one of its greatest players who played with the Bohemian club from 1981 to 1990 and was recently voted the teams greatest player ever, died of a heart attack on Oct. 29 at age 45.
Lory Kuschmider - Assistant football coach at Kansas School for the Deaf, was killed Oct. 27 when the team bus crashed while returning from a game. He was 52.
Mike Lind - Football captain at Notre Dame during one of the low periods in school history from 1959-62, who went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the 49ers and Steelers, died of cancer on Oct. 25 at age 62.
Jason Oliver - Jockey and brother of Melbourne Cup winner Damien Oliver who had been in 340 races but never achieved the success of his brother, died on Oct. 29 from head injuries suffered in a fall during a trial run. He was 33.
Gene Rock - Star basketball player at Southern California in the 1940’s who went on to play in the NBA for the Chicago Stags, died of cancer on Oct. 31 at age 80.
Art and Literature
Edwin R. Bayley - Author and former special assistant to John F. Kennedy, who was the first dean at the graduate school of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, and whose book “Joe McCarthy and the Press” was a finalist for the Pulitzer, died on Oct. 28 at age 84.
Richard Bernstein - Painter best known for colorful close-up portraits including those of celebrities used on the cover of Andy Worhol’s “Interview” magazine, and on the covers of many disco LP's during the 70's and 80's, and who was a longtime member of Warhol’s circle during the disco era and was often seen at Studio 54, died of AIDS complications on Oct. 18 at age 62.
Philip Brett - Musicologist who was an authority on the music of the English Renaissance, and who broke new ground in the field by advocating the inclusion of gender and sexuality in the study of music, died of cancer on Oct. 16 at age 64.
Grace Beacham Freeman - Poet and columnist who served as poet laureate of South Carolina during the 80’s, and won awards for her collections of poetry “No Costumes or Masks", "This Woman Called Mother" and "Remembering a Gentle Father", died Oct. 28 at age 86.
Robert Horn - Political science professor at Cal State Northridge who chronicled his 14 year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease in the heralded book “How Will They Know if I'm Dead?”, succumbed to the disease on Oct. 29 at age 59.
Ernest Mancoba - South African painter who exiled to France in 1938 to get away from the apartheid system that prevented him from studying and working as an artist, and who was part of the post-war, anti-surrealist art movement known as Cobra, died on Oct. 25 at age 98.
Raymond Savignac - French poster artist famous for the classic Monsavon milk soap poster from 1949, who drew hundreds of poster ads that now sell as artwork, died Oct. 28 at age 94.
Siegfried Unseld - Well-known German publisher as head of the Suhrkamp publishing house since 1959, who published works by some of Germany’s leading authors, and who was known for promoting avant-garde literature and making it profitable, died Oct. 27 after a long illness at age 78.
Politics and Military
Alfred ‘Roy’ Atherton - Ambassador to Egypt under Carter and Middle East expert, who was the architect of the 1978 Camp David peace accords between Egypt and Israel, died on Oct. 30 following cancer surgery at age 80.
Ryan Foraker - Army Staff Sergeant stationed at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba where the detainees of the Taliban and al-Qaida are being held, and who mysteriously disappeared on Sept. 24 prompting a massive search (his personal affects – clothes, wallet, etc. – were later found stuck in a rock crevasse near his barracks), was declared dead by the Army on Oct. 31 who said it is likely he went swimming and drowned. He was 31.
Laurence Foley - U.S. Diplomat and Senior official in the Jordan office of the clearinghouse for government foreign aid and humanitarian assistance, who had received a lifetime achievement award for bringing relief to others the day before, was gunned down on Oct. 28 by an unknown gunman near his home in Amman, Jordan. He was 60 years old.
Mildred Lillie - California’s longest serving appellate judge whose name appears on the Nov. 5 ballot, who was proposed for the U.S. Supreme Court by Richard Nixon in 1971 (which would’ve made her the first female SC justice), but whose appointment was derailed by the American Bar Assoc. who ruled that she was “not qualified” by virtue of her gender, forcing Nixon to propose William Rehnquist instead, died on Oct. 27 of unknown causes at age 87.
Jacques Massu - Heralded French general who led the French forces to victory in the Battle of Algiers in 1957, but who in recent years admitted widespread torture and execution of Algerian prisoners for which he expressed regret, died Oct. 26 at age 94.
Maurice “Mo” Murphy - U.S. Senator from New Hampshire who was appointed to serve the remainder of term after Sen. Styles Bridges died in office in 1961, but who lost in the Republican primary when seeking re-election in 1962, died on Oct 27 at age 74.
Galo Pacheco - The last living comrade of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, who joined the fighters of peasant leader Zapata in 1913 and successfully fought against the Mexican government and wealthy estate owners, and who was featured in the 1998 documentary film “The Last Zapatista”, died Oct. 29 at age 103.
Sgt. Louis Rocco - Vietnam War hero who saved three men from a burning helicopter and helped carry them thru the jungle even though he had a broken hip, fractured wrist and badly burned hands, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery by Gerald Ford in 1974, died of lung cancer on Oct. 31 at age 63.
Thomas B. Ross - Author best known for his CIA expose book “The Invisible Government” (with David Wise), who went on to become a spokesman for the Pentagon under Jimmy Carter, and who was a good friend of Secretary of State Colin Powell, died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 24 at age 73.
Michalis Stasinopoulos - President of Greece in 1974 and 1975, who in 1974 while head of the Council of State declared the ruling military dictatorship illegal, and who was voted in as first president upon its collapse, died Oct. 31 at age 99.
Col. Roy Stout - Army coordinator in the “Miracle at Los Banos” rescue in the Philippines on Feb. 23, 1945, which was ordered by Douglas MacArthur and called one of the most dramatic and successful raids ever by U.S. armed forces, in which 2,140 civilian prisoners were rescued from a Japanese prison camp who were in the process of digging trenches in preparation of their mass executions within the next day, died on Oct. 27 at age 89.
Milton Talent - Father of U.S. Senate candidate Jim Talent of Missouri, who is trying to unseat Democrat Jean Carnahan in the Nov. 5 election, died on Oct. 27 a week after a fall at his home at age 91 .
Milos Vojnovic - Leader of ethnic Serbs in Croatia who has been working to restore ties between Serbs and Croats, died of a heart attack Oct. 24 at age 50.
Charlie Whitley - U.S. Congressman from North Carolina from 1976 to 1986, died after heart surgery on Oct. 27 at age 75.
Social and Religion
Elizabeth Achtemeier - Nationally-known preacher and ordained Presbyterian minister who spoke nationally at church conferences and universities and who wrote 20 books including “The Old Testament Roots of Our Faith”, died Oct. 25 at age 76.
Janet Ballantine - Co-founder of the Friends With Hope organization, which helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research, succumbed to the disease on Oct. 24 at age 52.
Bear - Golden Retriever who became a celebrity after helping recover bodies in the rubble of the WTC, and was designated by the Guinness Book of Records as “the most celebrated dog in the world”, died Sept. 23 of ailments incurred during the recovery work at age 12.
Sandy Booker - Oklahoma man who went to Russia to meet and woo his mail-order bride, Svetlana, and who was attending a popular musical at a Moscow theatre when armed Chechen rebels stormed the theatre, was gassed to death by Russian military forces in a bid to rescue the captives. He was 49 years old.
Wallace C. Dayton - Conservationist and environmental philanthropist who donated the money to acquire the 10,000 acres that became the Wallace C. Dayton Conservation and Wildlife Area in northwestern Minnesota, and created the Land Preservation Fund which furnishes money to buy land for conservation, died on Oct. 24 at age 81.
Robert Flores - Nursing student at the University of Arizona and Gulf War vet who was going thru a nasty divorce and was failing several classes at the school, opened fire killing three of his instructors on Oct 28 and then killed himself. He was 41 years old.
Bill Odom - CHP patrolman in the national spotlight in 1963 for his role in helping to capture the “Onion Field” police killers Gregory Powell and Jimmy Lee Smith, told in the book and Oscar-winning movie of the same name, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 29 (his CHP partner Merv Crist died 2 months ago). He was 72.
Mary Parr - Woman believed to be the oldest living in the U.S. and second oldest in the world, who attributed her longevity to “never getting married”, died Oct. 29 at age 113.
John Robert Russell, the 13th Duke of Bedford - British aristocrat who owned the historic Woburn Abbey, a 12th century abbey owned by his family since the 16th century, but who was forced to turn the historic building into a tourist attraction with a golf course, safari park and “fun fair” because of financial difficulties, died Oct. 25 at age 85.
Edith Tiger - Director of the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee from 1968 to 1998, an organization that got it’s start fighting McCarthyism in the early 50’s and continued to fight for the civil liberties of draft dodgers, Communists and refugees, died on Oct. 22 of a heart attack at age 83.
Victims of Robert Flores - The victims of gunman Robert Flores: Robin Rogers, 50, retired Air Force nurse who was an asst clinical nursing professor and taught pediatrics; Cheryl McGaffic, 44, ethics professor who taught students how to deal with death; Barbara Monroe, 45, clinical assistant professor of nursing who was dedicated to helping her students.
Sema Wilkes - Namesake of the renowned restaurant Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room opened in a restored boardinghouse in historic Savannah, Georgia in 1943, known for her fried chicken, corn bread and turnip greens, died Oct. 31 at age 95.
Business and Science
Per Bak - Physicist who sought to explain how complexity arises in the world from simple fundamental particles and proposed the concept of “self-organized criticality” (aka “Bak’s sand pile”), which he took to the public in the book “How Nature Works”, died Oct. 16 of complications of a stem-cell transplant to treat a blood disorder at the age of 54.
Ralph Besse - CEO of Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. from 1967 to 1970 who lead a group that coordinated the building of the first nuclear power plant in Ohio, the Davis-Besse plant named in his honor, died of a heart attack on Oct 25 at age 96.
Warren Fenzi - Pioneer miner and president of Phelps Dodge from 1975 to 1980, who helped open the pit in Morenci, AZ that continues to be one of North America’s major copper-producing operations, died on Oct. 20 at age 87.
Dr. Roy Hertz - Cancer researcher who in 1956 co-developed an effective treatment for choriocarcinoma, a type of highly malignant tumor that had killed 90% of its victims within a year, and who won the Albert Lasker Award in 1972 for his remarkable discovery, died on Oct. 28 at age 93.
R. Gordon Hoxie - Chancellor at Long Island University in the late 60’s who was ousted in 1968 after discharging a popular provost, and then was accosted by angry students demanding his reinstatement which led trustees to ask for his resignation, died on Oct. 23 at age 83.
Alan McCall - President of Drummond McCall Co., a Montreal steel company, from 1955 to 1965, who is best known for founding the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and growing in into a national organization, died Oct. 24 at age 100.
Edward Mortola - Chancellor at Pace University in New York who presided as the university grew from a small business school into one of the country’s largest independent universities, died Oct. 21 at age 85.
Erling Persson - Founder of the Swedish fashion retailing giant Hennes & Mauritz, who became popular worldwide with their concept of “disposable chic”, and who passed the business on to his son Stefan when he retired in 1982, who is now one of the richest men in the world with an estimated fortune of $5.6 billion (hope he throws his dad a nice funeral), died Oct. 28 at age 85.
Lionel Poilane - France’s best-known baker, whose Poilane Bakery produces 15,000 loaves per day sold worldwide, and whose loaves are highly valued by international connoisseurs including Robert DiNiro and Lauren Bacall, was killed in a helicopter crash with his wife Irene of the coast of their private island. He was 57.
Dr. James Simpson - Pediatric cardiologist who founded the Children’s Heart and Health Institute, an organization that treats mostly poor children in smaller towns by sending the cardiologists to the locations for treatment, died Oct. 27 at age 69.
Dr. Milton Terris - Leading epidemiologist and health expert who became an early proponent of preventative health measures after researching the affects of nutrition, smoking and drinking on health, and who founded the National Association for Public Health Policy, died Oct. 3 of bone cancer at age 87.
Rene Thom - French mathematician whose “catastrophe theory” explained apparently unrelated social phenomena and was a precursor to the “chaos theory”, and was useful in earthquake monitoring and forecasting, and in oil prospecting, died Oct. 25 at age 79.
Chang-Lin Tien - The first Asian-American to head a major university as chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, who served in that capacity from 1990 until 1996 after being an engineering professor at the school since 1959, died on Oct. 29 of a stroke brought on from brain tumor surgery at age 67.