Leslie Dawley - Woman’s soccer player at Bowling Green who was competing in the Mid-Conference tournament in an opening round game against Buffalo, collapsed and died of unknown causes during the first half of the game. She was 18 years old.
George Hasenohrl - Defensive tackle who played under Woody Hayes at Ohio State who played in the Rose Bowls in 1970 and 1972, and was drafted by the New York Giants but whose career was ended prematurely by injury, died of a heart attack on Oct. 31 at age 51.
Will Grimsley - Long-time sports reporter and columnist for the Associated Press, who reported from the world’s biggest athletic events including 15 Olympics, 35 World Series and 25 Kentucky Derbies, and wrote the weekday syndicated column “Grimsley’s Sports World”, died on Oct. 31 at age 88.
Bernie Mann - One of the original owners of the New Jersey Nets basketball franchise when it entered the NBA in 1976, who served as the club president until the early 90’s, died on Oct. 31 at age 73.
George Salyer - Record-setting skydiver who holds the records for oldest male tandem jumper at age 91 and multigenerational jumper at age 94 when he skydived with his son, grandson and great grandson, died Nov. 3 in a house fire (yikes!) at age 101.
Ray Schuler - Engineer and inventor of the Schuler pool cue, which has a unique joining mechanism that makes the top and bottom halves of the pool cue interchangeable, died Nov. 4 of a heart attack at age 71.
Jason VanOver - College baseball player, who played outfield in 33 games for San Jose State over the last two seasons, died on Nov. 2 when fell from the ninth story of a Las Vegas hotel balcony (unknown whether it was an accident or not). He was 23.
Ross “Lefty” Wilson - Trainer with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings for an amazing 32 years from 1950 to 1982, died Nov. 5 of congestive heart failure at age 83.
Clinton Wilton - Champion Australian snowboarder who was involved in competitions worldwide and was training with the French national ski team, was killed after accidentally setting off an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. He was 20 years old.
Art and Literature
Bumpei Akaji - Sculptor who established himself as an expert in metal sculpture whose “Brothers In Valor” is central to the Hawaiian monument honoring Japanese-American contributions during WW2, died Oct. 27 at age 81.
Barbara Bates - Prolific editor with Westminster Press and author of children’s books including “The Happy Birthday Present” and “The Happy Puppy”, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 3 at age 83.
Brian Behan - Irish writer and playwright, brother of the more celebrated and late playwright Brendan Behan, whose public exploits, among them nude bathing, were as well-known as his quick wit, died Nov. 2 of a heart attack at age 75.
Ben Benson - Painter and author whose first novel “Cain’s Wife” (as O.G. Benson) has become a cult classic, and whose paintings are notable for their small size (none bigger than 12" x 12")and are on display at the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, died Nov. 5 of cancer at age 74.
Carolee "Cappy" Caposella - Author who wrote "Share the Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who Is Seriously Ill", the oft-recommended book for caregivers, and who was an accomplished playwright and songwriter, died of a brain tumor on Oct. 17 at age 59.
Bob Cobbing - English poet who became popular in the international concrete poetry movement in the 1950’s and 60’s where sounds, visuals and performance are used to express thoughts outside the realm of language, and who founded the Poets Conference as well as several performance groups, died Sept. 29 at age 82.
Kenneth Conibear - Canadian author called the “Kipling of the North”, known for his novels set in the Canadian wilderness such as “Husky”, “North to Eden” and “Lives on little Bent Tree Lake”, died Oct. 4 at age 95.
Eugenie Fraser - Author who fled the horrors of the Russian Revolution as a child and recounted her life in a series of books, the best-known being “The House by the Dvina” and “A Home by the Hooghly”, first published at age 80 or 73, died Oct. 20 at either age 90 or 97.
Anne Grossman - Opera translator who supplied translations for operas like "Tosca," "Madama Butterfly" and "Falstaff” who later wrote a book called “Lobscouse and Spotted Dog” which recreates recipes for dishes served in the 18th century, died of lung cancer on Nov. 5 at age 72.
Tamara Hareven - Social historian who wrote extensively on the history of the family and the effects of social changes on family lives, including the books like “Families, History and Social Change” and “Aging and Generational Relations”, died of kidney failure on Oct. 18 at age 65.
Beatrice B. E. Landenberger - Author who wrote the novel “A Gift of Life” in 1960 after the death of her husband, but had to wait 40 years before it was published in 2001, died Nov. 1 at age 94.
Paul Leonard - Interior designer who worked in homes of luminaries such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ralph Lauren and Paul Mellon, died on Oct. 15 of renal cancer at age 70.
Jimmy Pike - Aboriginal artist who was discovered while in prison in Australia and went on to create designs for the commercial clothing line Desert Designs, died on Nov. 3 of a heart attack at age 62.
Charles Sheffield - Award-winning science-fiction author and physicist, known for both his novels like “Brother to Dragons” and “The McAndrew Chronicles”, as well as non-fiction books “Earthwatch" and “Man on Earth”, died Nov. 2 of brain cancer at age 67.
Willie Taglieri - Painter often called “New Bern’s artist” because his paintings are mostly of New Bern, NC, and who for the last 20 years has painted a picture on TV during the cystic fibrosis telethon then had it auctioned off at the end, raising thousands for the cause, died Nov. 2 after a long illness at age 79.
Politics and Military
Abu Ali (aka Qaed Senyan al-Harthi) - Al Qaeda member on the “most wanted” terrorist list, who was suspected in the bombing of the USS Cole, was killed on Nov. 4 when a missle shot by the U.S. blew up the car he was riding in. His age was not stated.
Steve Avery - Six-term Republican state representative from New Hampshire who was running for his seventh term, and who was chairman of several key state committees, died on Nov. 2 of undisclosed causes at age 64.
James Benefield - Lobbyist who created two coalitions, the Daylight Savings Time Coalition which has pushed to extend daylight savings time beyond April, and the Coin Coalition which is a movement to replace the dollar bill with a $1 coin (they pushed legislation for the Sacagawea dollar coin), died of a brain tumor on Nov. 2 at age 59.
Nicholas J. Bua - Judge who ruled as unconstitutional the patronage hiring practices of the Democratic Party in Cook County, Chicago saying that they violated civil and voting rights, and was later nominated to the federal bench by Jimmy Carter, died Nov. 1 of leukemia, at age 77.
J. Max Davis - Republican state representative who served in the Georgia house from 1980 until he lost in the Republican primary to Fran Millar, and who once played football in the NFL with the Chiefs, died while getting into his car after a rally for President Bush on Nov. 2 of an apparent heart attack at the age of 65.
Alfonso Martinez Dominguez - Mayor of Mexico City in the late 60’s and early 70’s who was in power during the massacre of 24 to 300 protesting students in 1971, was forced to leave office after the incident and was recently being investigated for prosecution by Mexico’s president Vincente Fox, died of heart and kidney failure Nov. 6 at age 81.
Larry Huskey - Tennessee state representative for 18 years who was credited with helping pass legislation giving several Smoky Mountains towns resort status, died Nov. 6 of cancer at age 58.
William Lee - Prominent Cold War figure as a CIA intelligence analyst, who was a specialist on the Soviet economy, and contended that the CIA underestimated the Soviet military expenditure, died of cancer Oct. 30 at the age of 76.
Dame Felicity Peake - Leader of Britain’s Womens’ Auxiliary Air Force during WW2 and the first leader of the Womans Royal Air Force after the war, whose character in the 1969 movie “Battle of Britain” was played by Susannah York, died Nov. 2 at age 89.
Peter Reader - Alaskan miner who served as a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955 and was one of the state’s Constitution writers, died Nov. 6 at age 89.
Harry Rositzke - Linguistics expert with the CIA who served as the first chief of the CIA's Soviet division, who was accused of being a part of Chaos, the illegal domestic spying operation (never proven) and who penned "The C.I.A.'s Secret Operations" in 1977 to tell some of his stories, died Nov. 4 at age 91.
Albert Shoul - Navy combat flier who took more than 1,000 historic photographs during World War II, died Oct. 29 at age 81.
Charles Hunt Todd - State legislator from Washington who served in the state Senate from 1933 to 1939 and the House from 1939 to 1941, and who was known for his moral integrity, died Nov. 6 at age 96.
Social and Religion
Rodger Bass - Attorney who defended Bobby Frank Cherry, the former KKK member convicted earlier this year of bombing a black church in 1963 where 4 teenage girls were killed, and who still contended Cherry was innocent even after the conviction, was found dead in his car on Nov. 3 of unknown (but apparently natural) causes at age 39.
Mat Dawson - The forklift operator at Ford who made the news several years ago with appearances on “Oprah” and “Good Morning America”, who had worked multiple jobs seven days a week during his life and saved several million dollars, but gave it away to charitable causes after he retired, and was cited by President Clinton, was found dead Nov. 2 of unknown causes at age 81.
Archibald Hall - Scottish murderer known as the “mad butler” for a bizarre murder rampage in 1975 where he killed his two employers, a male lover, a former girlfriend and his half-brother, died Oct. 31 of a stroke at age 78.
Scott Louks - Father of Brookley Louks, a Greenwood, Indiana teenager who disappeared in June 2002 outside her father’s apartment and has never been found. Scott Louks died Nov. 3 of natural causes related to alcoholism at age 47.
“Wee Willie” Messino - Chicago organized crime figure who had a reputation for violence and spent 10 years in prison for kidnapping and beating two Chicago brothers who were unable to repay loans, died Nov. 5 of cancer at age 85.
Amy-Rae Milne - Saskatoon girl who was in the news in 1990 as a 7-year-old, who had started her own recycling business and declared herself an environmentalist, and who was invited to the U.N. to make a toast to Earth Day, died of brain cancer on Sept. 11 at age 20.
Jessie Nicholls - Oldest person in England who was nine years old when Queen Victoria died, Nov. 5 at age 110.
Paul Rodebaugh - Historian and preservationist from West Chester PA who documented much of the history of the town and wrote several books, died on Nov. 1 of a burst pancreas (ouch!) at age 61.
Rev. Dr. M. Richard Shaull - Professor of ecumenics at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1962 to 1980 and a widely traveled Presbyterian missionary, who recently co-authored a book on Pentacostalism in Latin America, died on Oct. 25 of cancer, at 82.
Business and Science
Dr. Bruce M. Achauer - Internationally recognized expert on reconstructive surgery, whose high-profile patients have included David Rothenberg (set on fire by his father in 1983) and Cheryl Bass (assaulted and burned with acid in 1984), and who served as president of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, died Nov. 4 of a bacterial infection at age 59.
Dr. Boris Astrachan - National leader in the field of administrative psychiatry, the field of integrating components of mental health to work together as systems (e.g. child welfare systems), and was president of the National Association of Psychiatric Administrators, along with numerous other positions, died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 21 at age 70.
Raymond Dasmann - Field biologist considered a pioneer in the modern environmental movement, whose contributions include the concept of “ecodevelopment”, an idea that a community’s progress should not rely on exploitation of its natural resources, died Nov. 5 at age 83.
Paul David - Founder of music retailing giant Camelot Music, which started as a single store in a mall in Canton Ohio in the early 70’s and has grown to more than 400 stores nationwide, died on Nov. 7 at age 79.
Dr. Hayden Donahue - Psychiatrist credited with revolutionizing the treatment of Oklahoma’s mentally ill with the creation of community treatment centers, was the state’s first mental health director and was director of Hayden Donahue Training Institute, died Nov. 1 at age 89.
Curt Green - Noted architect and founder of the prominent architectural firm Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, of Minneapolis, who specialize in church and school buildings, who worked as a local architect on Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, died Nov. 3 after a stroke at age 77.
Lord Haslam (aka Robert Haslam) - Chairman of English industry giants British Steel and then British Coal, who started as a mine worker and worked and rose thru the ranks, and who was knighted in 1985, died of cancer on Nov. 2 at age 79.
David Jolley - Publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest selling newspaper, from 1988 to 1994 and president of the Canadian Press in 1995 and 1996, died Nov. 4 of a heart attack at age 60.
Annelisa Kilbourn - Veterinarian and wildlife expert who discovered that the ebola virus has been killing gorillas, bring to light the threat to wild gorillas as well as humans, and who was in charge of protecting the gorilla’s health, was killed in a plane crash on Nov. 2 at age 35.
Donald MacNaughton - CEO of two of the nations biggest companies, Prudential Insurance from 1969 to 1978, and Hospital Corporation of America from 1978 to 1985, both the largest companies in their respective fields (life insurance and hospital operation), died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Nov. 3 at age 85.
Ernest Morgado - Hawaiian businessman and founder of Pacific Poultry, who developed the recipe for “Huli-Huli Chicken” (barbequed teriyaki chicken) which was developed originally to raise money for charity, but became one of the most famous dishes to come out of Hawaii, died Nov. 5 at age 85.
John O’Gorman - Computer expert in Linux operating systems who wrote a number of books on programming and computer science including 2001’s “Operating Systems with Linux”, died Nov. 3. His age was unstated.
Lawrence Reed - CEO of Dow Corning who was forced to step down during the controversy over silicone breast implants in 1992, where later the company eventually declared bankruptcy because of all the lawsuits, died of cancer Nov. 4 at age 63 .
Glen Rosengarten - Co-founder and president of the Food Emporium chain of Connecticut-based grocery stores, but who was also in the news during 2002 when he tried to divorce another man whom he married in Vermont in 2000 (where gay marriages are legal) so as to leave his estate to his grown children when he died, but found he had no legal recourse to dissolve the gay marriage in either Connecticut or Vermont, died of lymphoma on Nov. 2 at age 54.
Heinz von Foerster - Physicist and philosopher and early leader in information theory, who was invited to be a participant in the Macy Conferences in the 1940’s and 50’s, which was a series of meetings of influential scientists and thinkers of the day that set the groundwork for future research of a range of sciences, died Oct. 2 at age 90.