Ed Beardsley - Man who in 1989 founded the Challenger Division, a Little League baseball division for disabled children, which now has 25,000 participants in the program in several states, died Nov. 26 at age 61.
Steve Bradley - U.S. skiing innovator who was known as the “father of slope maintenance”, who invented a machine that flattened bumps in the slope and who made a career out of grooming slopes for skiing, died of pneumonia Nov. 13 at age 86.
Jim Butterfield - Hall of Fame college football coach who won 3 national titles in Division III in 1979, 1988 and 1991 at Ithaca Collage, died of Alzheimer’s on Nov. 26 at age 74.
Bob DeLauer - Offensive lineman at USC from 1939 to 1941 whose 1941 team won the Rose Bowl, and who played several seasons in the NFL with the Rams and Browns, died on Nov. 27 of emphysema at age 82.
Cecil Dowdy - All-American offensive lineman who played on two national championship teams at Alabama in 1964 and 1965, accidentally shot himself in the face while hunting on Nov. 24. He was 57.
Brandon Fails - Freshman football player at Texas A&M who had appeared in four games this year for the Aggies, died of a blood clot in his lung after having trouble breathing on Nov. 25. He was 18 years old.
Tsuneharu “Thunder” Sugiyama - Professional wrestler who was a member of the 1964 Japanese Olympic team and wrestled American greats Andre the Giant, Billy Robinson and Billy Graham, and later became a Japanese TV personality, died of diabetes-related heart failure on Nov 23. at age 62.
Billy Travis - Professional wrestler who had wrestled on the various circuits beginning in the mid-1980’s and was paired in tag teams with headliners like Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett, died of a heart attack on Nov. 23 at age 40.
Art and Literature
Robert Brentano - Author and scholar of medieval English and Italian history who wrote six books including "Rome Before Avignon: A Social History of 13th-Century Rome", and who taught at UC-Berkeley for 50 years, died after an asthma attack on Nov. 21 at age 76.
Harriet Doerr - Award-winning novelist who didn’t publish her first book until age 74, whose first book “Stones for Ibarra” was awarded the National Book Award in 1984, and who also wrote "Consider This, Senora" in 1988, a bestseller that was on Publisher’s Weekly’s best books of the year list, died Nov. 25 after a fall at her home at age 92.
Lewis Feuer - Intellectual scholar who wrote books and articles about European philosophy, modern science, Marxist orthodoxy and neo-conservativism including his best-known book “Spinoza and the Rise of Liberalism”, died Nov. 24 at age 89.
Fernanda Gattinoni - Italian jet-set fashion designer who made her name in the 50’s and 60’s Rome cinema boon, who designed dresses for luminaries like Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Lana Turner and Ingrid Bergman, and continued to be actively involved in her fashion business until the day of her death, died Nov. 25 at age 95.
Dr. Charles Lee - University of Pennsylvania English professor and author of 11 books who was a fixture on Philadelphia’s radio and TV stations from the 1950’s until the late 90’s, as a cultural arts expert and critic, died Nov. 20 of a brain tumor at age 89.
Ellis Lucia - Author of hundreds of articles and more than a dozen books on life in the West often chronicling actual events, including "The Saga of Ben Holladay", "Tillamook Burn Country" and "Klondike Kate", died on Nov. 20 at age 80.
Roberto Matta - Chilean-born painter and sculptor, who was drawn to surrealism as a painter when he met Salvador Dali in 1937, whose sense of humor and use of color distinguished him from other painters in the surrealist genre, and who was one of the last major figures of early 20th century painting, died Nov. 23 at age 91.
David McRae - Scottish artist turned naturalist known for his sketches of mammals, especially otters and bats, who became a licensed bat consultant training others on the their handling, died on Nov. 24 from rabies (the first person to die of rabies in the UK in 100 years) after being bitten by a bat. He was 56.
John Rawls - One of the greatest of the 20th century philosophers, best known for his 1971 book “A Theory of Justice”, which revived the study of ethics in philosophy and the concept of the social compact, which is a bond of rights and obligations linking all people, died Nov. 24 of undisclosed causes at age 81.
Morris N. Young - Author, collector of books on magic and artifacts of the magician’s trade, and foremost authority on Harry Houdini, who wrote numerous books on his interests including “Presto Prestige", "Houdini On Magic" and "Houdini's Fabulous Magic", died on Nov. 13 of a ruptured aneurysm at age 93.
Politics and Military
Marion Carpenter - Groundbreaking White House photographer for President Truman, who was the first woman photographer to travel with a president, but whose career as a photographer ended shortly after Truman left office, was found dead Oct. 29 of natural causes, alone and destitute, at age 82.
Charles Chamberlain - Republican congressman from Michigan who served from 1956 to 1974, known for his aggressive campaigning and his long effort and ultimate success in passing a bill to repeal the excise tax on cars and trucks, died of renal and congestive heart failure on Nov. 25 at age 85.
George Christian - Press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson, who was a calming influence at the White House during a tumultuous time, and was instrumental in influencing Johnson not to run again in 1968, died of lung cancer on Nov. 27 at age 75.
Miria “Payita” Contreras - Longtime mistress and political collaborator of Chilean president Salvador Allende, who began to work for him beginning with his first unsuccessful run for president in 1958, thru his successful election in 1970, and until his death in 1973, died on Nov. 22 at age 74.
John Drummond - 17th Earl of Perth, who oversaw Britain’s colonies in the 1950’s and 60’s as well as the redevelopment of parts of war-damaged London after WW2, died Nov. 25 at age 95.
James Griffin - St. Paul, Minnesota’s first black deputy chief and long time School Board member who was called “the first black statesman of St. Paul”, died Nov. 23 of bladder cancer at age 85.
Alice McGuire Hoppes - One of the nations oldest World War I veterans, who enlisted in the Navy in 1919 as a nurse, just weeks before Treaty of Versailles was signed ending the war, died Nov. 26 at age 109.
Woodrow Jones - Congressman from North Carolina from 1950 to 1956, who made his impact as a strict but fair judge and presided over 1988’s high profile “Project Westvote” case, where voters were paid in cash and liquor to vote for candidates (dozens were convicted of vote buying), died Nov. 25 of a heart attack at age 88.
Florence Mahoney - Health care advocate known for her relentless persistence that was the driving force behind the establishment of the National Institute of Health and National Institute on Aging, and who played a key role in the creation of the Medicare program in 1965, died Nov. 29 at age 103.
Edwin Mechem - Four term Republican governor of New Mexico during the 1950’s who served in the U.S. Senate in the 1960’s, and retired into a long and successful career as a federal judge, died Nov. 27 of a heart condition at age 90.
Eugene Rostow - Senior State Department official under Lyndon B. Johnson who adamantly defended the US’s role in the Vietnam War saying it was our duty as a great power to the people of Vietnam, and who was the older brother of then national security advisor Walt Rostow, died Nov. 26 of congestive heart failure at age 89.
Joseph Slater - U.S. State Department official who was instrumental in facilitating the transformation of Nazi Germany into a modern democracy after WW2 with his work on the Four Power Allied Control Council, and as a member of the planning staff that helped form NATO, died of Parkinson’s disease on Nov. 26 at age 80.
Robert Straub - Governor of Oregon from 1975 to 1979, who as a Democrat is credited with hiring more woman and minorities in government and reducing Oregon’s unemployment rate, died of Alzheimer’s disease on Nov. 27 at age 82.
Eric Tachau - Kentucky civil rights activist who in 1964 organized a massive march on Frankfort that helped lead to the passage of Kentucky's Civil Rights Act, and later was the principal author of Kentucky’s no-fault auto insurance law, died of colon cancer on Nov. 23 at age 78.
Charles Weldon - Chief medical officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Vietnam War, who attained semi-legendary status in the war by working among the impoverished Hmong people in Laos while secretly fighting a Communist takeover of the country, chronicled in the 1999 memoir "Tragedy In Paradise: A Country Doctor At War In Laos", died of prostate cancer on Nov. 22 at age 82.
Social and Religion
Fred Andros - Poughkeepsie, NY’s water superintendent who was convicted last year of ordering one of his female lovers in 1999 to kill his other lover (the 3 were involved in a ménage-a-trois and often filmed their trysts at the water pumping station where Andros worked), died of a heart attack on Nov. 29 in prison at age 63.
Edlee Bankhead - Mississippi man who claimed to be the son of slaves and 119 years old, but did not have documentation, and who in September 2002 became one of the first plaintiffs to file suit for slave reparations, died Nov. 26 of a heart attack at age 119(?).
Neal Edwards - Missouri teen who planned to become a combat engineer in the Marines and entered basic training earlier in the month in San Diego, collapsed and died on Nov. 23 after during drills on the 11th day of his training. He was 18.
Tyesha Edwards - Minneapolis sixth grader, straight-A student, cheerleader and sports enthusiast who was doing her homework with her 6-year old sister at the family’s computer, was struck and killed by a bullet that came thru the window of their home on Nov. 23, apparently a random gunshot. She was 11 years old.
Edward R. Graff - Texas priest who was arrested in October for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy, with dozens of other victims now coming forward, and who fell in the shower his first weekend in jail breaking his hip, died Nov. 25 of complications at the age of 73.
Leah Harrison - An expert on child abuse who founded the Z.B. Butler Child Protection Center, which helped shape anti-child-abuse efforts throughout the country, died Nov. 25 of acute myelogenous leukemia at age 55.
Shawn, Cody and Mark Ostendorff - Brothers from Anoka County, Minnesota who fell through the ice on a pond near their home on Nov. 19 and were found by their mother. Shawn, 6, and Cody, 5, could not be resuscitated and Mark, 2, died Nov. 25.
Antonia Stone - Promoter of personal computers who started Playing To Win, Inc. (now Community Technology Center’s Network) in 1983 to instruct the poor and imprisoned about the importance of PC’s and their use, and whose goal is to create “a society where all people are equally empowered by technology”, died Nov.21 at age 72.
Eddie & Suzie Ward - Twin brother and sister from Florida who were attending college together in Tallahassee and were planning to celebrate their birthday the next day, were both killed on Nov. 23 in a single car accident just hours short of their 21st birthday.
Alexander Williams - Georgia rapist and murderer who had his death sentence overturned just days before his scheduled execution in February 2002 because he was schizophrenic and claimed Sigourney Weaver was God (prosecutors argued that he could have been made sane enough to execute with medication), was found dead in his cell on Nov. 25 after hanging himself. He was 34 years old.
Business and Science
Ron Bentz - Oregon man who transformed his 600 acre farm into a thriving forest called the Blue Den Ranch, which includes 5 lakes stocked with rainbow trout, and who was named the nation’s outstanding tree farmer of the year on Nov. 9, died of a heart attack on Nov. 26 at age 66.
Dr. Rupert Billingham - Researcher whose studies in the early 50’s into “inoculation” as a means to coax a body into accepting foreign tissue helped pave the way for organ transplants, died of Parkinson’s disease on Nov. 16 at age 81.
A.B. “Buddy” Cobb - Pioneering Montana rancher who introduced the first Charolais cattle to the state from France in 1955, and was the longest breeder of Charolais cattle in the U.S., died Nov. 23 of natural causes at age 82.
James Dutt - Chairman of Beatrice Companies from 1979 to 1985 who orchestrated the acquisitions that made Beatrice the huge consumer products conglomerate (Samsonite, Hunt-Wesson, Playtex, Tropicana, among numerous others), but the company fell on hard times after he was ousted and eventually liquidated, took his own life on Oct. 28 at age 77.
Ralph Engelstad - One of the U.S.’s richest individuals who owned the Imperial Palace Casino’s in Las Vegas and Biloxi, and was a huge benefactor to the University of North Dakota, died of lung cancer on Nov. 26 at age 72.
Charles Finkl - Chairman and CEO of A. Finkl & Sons steel manufacturers and a fourth-generation steel magnate, who made his company a pioneer in the field of ladle metallurgy (a method of making steel stronger by cooling it under a vacuum – but you already knew that), died Nov. 24 of amyloidosis at age 82.
Joseph Soshnik - President of the University of Nebraska from 1968 to 1971 during a time when students took over a campus building in a Vietnam war protest, died Nov. 22 at age 82.
Leon Weiner - CEO of Weiner and Assoc. developers and president of the National Assoc. of Home Builders, who was a national housing advocate of affordable housing for low income families and the elderly, died Nov. 17 of cardiac arrest at age 82.
Verne Winchell - Founder of Winchell’s Donuts and nicknamed “The Donut King” who opened the first donut shop in 1948 in Arcadia, California, and sold his interest in the business in 1984 for $600 million, who was chairman of Denny’s Restaurants for several years and a very successful horse owner and breeder, died on Nov. 26 of a heart attack at age 87.
Greg Woods - CEO of the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office, which provides access to loans, grants and aid to millions of post-secondary students, died Nov. 20 of pancreatic cancer at age 59.