Barney Berlinger - Record-setting collegiate decathlon champion and Olympic runner who earned the prestigious Sullivan Award in 1931 as the nation's best all-around athlete, died of heart failure on Dec. 2 at age 94. (see www.pointbreak-productions.com )
Jimmy Caras - Five-time world billiard champion and member of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame, who began competing in 1932, died Dec. 3 at age 93.
Damien Covington - Football linebacker who was a standout at North Carolina State and played 2 seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills before his career was cut short by a knee injury, was shot to death by robbers during a party on Nov. 29 at age 29.
Chuck Davey - Welterweight boxer who came to fame in the 1950’s for a series of televised matches against carefully selected opponents in which he went undefeated, but lost badly when he faced champion Kid Gavilan (who had “been instructed” to carry the fight into the late rounds), who promptly retired, and later became Michigan’s boxing commissioner, died Dec. 4 of complications of being paralyzed in a surfing accident four years ago. He was 77.
Harry Dick - NHL Hockey player for several seasons in the 1940’s with the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks, who was known as one of the meanest players of his era and set records for penalty box minutes (gee, could his name have had anything to do with it?), did on Dec. 1 at age 82.
George “Two-Ton” Harris - 350-lb professional wrestler from the 1960’s and 70’s also known as “Baby Blimp”, who went on to become a successful wrestling manager, died of a heart attack on Nov. 29 at age 75.
Vern Marshall - Referee in the NFL for the last 13 years, including officiating at one Super Bowl, who had previously officiated football in the Pac-10, died of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 5. at age 67.
Dave McNally - All-Star pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles who had 4 (count ‘em – 4) consecutive 20 win seasons, played in 4 World Series and 3 All-Star games, and is the only pitcher to hit a grand slam in a World Series game (1970 vs. Cincinnati), and who was one of the two ball players that filed the lawsuit in 1975 that eventually created free agency, died of cancer on Dec. 1 at age 60.
Jeff Peterson - Professional wrestler who was a member of the East Coast Wrestling Assoc. but also worked as an independent throughout the northeast, Florida and California and was a favorite in the “babyface” matches, died of lymphoma Nov. 29 at age 21.
Julius “Sonny” Reizner - Dean of Las Vegas bookmakers and one of the world's foremost experts on sports betting who was the father of football handicapping, which he started at the Castaways casino in 1978, and who concocted many of the betting features that are common today (the parlay bet, circled game, etc.), died of Parkinson’s on Nov. 30 at age 81.
Billy Reynolds - NFL kick returner with the Browns, Steelers and Raiders from 1954 to 1960 who led the league in punt returns in 1954 and 1957, and was a member of the Browns 1954 championship team, died Dec. 2 unexpectedly after surgery at age 71.
Herbie “Go Fast” Rodgers - Canadian drag racing legend who competed throughout the U.S. and Canada on the National Hot Rod Association circuit from 1979 until 1994, and who was the first Canadian funny car driver to break into the five-second zone, died of colon cancer Nov. 30 at age 65.
Spend A Buck - Winner of the 1985 Kentucky Derby who finished with the fourth fastest time in history, died Nov. 20 of anaphylactic shock at age 20.
Ben Wade - Major league pitcher with the Cubs, Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers “Boys of Summer” team of the early 50’s, who went on to become the director of scouting in the L.A. Dodgers organization, died of cancer Nov. 2 at age 80.
Jackie Walker - All-American linebacker at the University of Tennessee who shares the career record for most interceptions returned for touchdowns at 5, and was selected to All-American teams in both 1970 and 1971, died Dec. 5 of undisclosed causes at age 51.
Tim Woods (real name George Woodin)- Professional wrestler known as 'Mr. Wrestling' who was one of the biggest stars of wrestling in the 1970’s, and was known for wearing a white hood, died of a heart attack on Nov. 30 at age 68.
Joe Zaher - Soccer player at Oregon State who was just named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, scoring a record 25 goals, and leading OSU to their first-ever NCAA appearance, was killed in a car accident Nov. 1 at age 18.
Art and Literature
Allan Adler - Silversmith who became known for his vast clientele of Hollywood stars and political figures, who designed silverware and hollowware in geometric shapes inspired by the Modernist art movement, and who designed crowns for the Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. pageants, died Dec. 3 of a stroke at age 86.
Achille Castiglioni - Italian architect and designer whose infusions of wit into domestic objects like lamps and stools helped establish Italy as a leader in sophisticated modern design after World War II, died on Dec. 2 at age 84.
John V. Dennis - Biologist, ornithologist and botanist who wrote handbooks for homeowners on how to attract birds to their gardens including 1975’s "A Complete Guide to Bird Feeding", died of cancer Dec. 1 at age 86.
Vincent Hartgen - Prolific painter known for his Maine landscapes and his long association with the University of Maine, whom he helped acquire more than 5,000 works for its collection, died Nov. 27 at age 88.
Edward Keyes - Writer best known for the best-selling true-life crime book “The French Connection” (co-authored with Robin Moore), who also wrote the true crime book “The Michigan Murders” and the novel “Double Dare”, died Dec. 2 of cancer at age 75.
Walt Stewart - Celebrated courtroom artist whose sketches of famous criminal trials were a staple of television news for years, who sat in on the most celebrated trials in modern U.S. history (Jack Ruby, Charles Manson, Juan Corona, Patricia Hearst, Ted Kaczynski and Timothy McVeigh) and whose sketches are now museum pieces, died Nov. 27 of lung disease at age 71 .
John D. Weaver - Author best known for his 1970 nonfiction book “The Brownsville Raid” about an incident in 1910 near Brownsville, Texas that led to the dishonorable discharge of 167 black soldiers stationed near there, but who were exonerated after the publication of Mr. Weaver’s book, died of Alzheimer’s disease on Dec. 4 at age 90.
Politics and Military
Abu Abraham - Well-known political cartoonist and columnist in India and Britain, who fell out of favor with Indira Gandhi in 1975 when she suspended freedom of the press and published the book “Games of the Emergency” containing political cartoons he could not print, died Dec. 1 at age 78.
Joseph Andrea - Democratic Wisconsin state Senator who served for 20 years until 1996 and developed the nickname “the porkmeister of the Wisconsin Legislature”, but who was ranked among Wisconsin’s best lawmakers, died on Dec. 5 at age 75.
Elizabeth Bullock Andrews - U.S. Congresswoman from Alabama who became the only woman ever elected to Congress from Alabama when she won a special election (unopposed) after the death of her husband George W. Andrews in 1972 and served for nine months, died Dec. 3 at age 92.
Capt. Edward Beach - Highly-decorated WW2 officer who sank or damaged 45 enemy ships in his submarines and who in 1960 was the skipper of the Triton, a nuclear-powered sub that made history by with an around-the-world undersea voyage, and who wrote the war novel “Run Silent, Run Deep” (well who hasn’t done all of these?), died on Dec. 1 of cancer at age 84.
Philip Berrigan - Roman Catholic priest known as one of the most radical pacifists of the 20th century, who spent 11 years in prison for anti-Vietnam war protests including one of the most dramatic of the 1960’s, when a group led by him which became known as the “Catonsville Nine” burned draft records at a recruiting office in Catonsville, MD, died of liver and kidney cancer on Nov. 30 at age 79.
Laurence J. Burton - Republican congressman from Utah who served from 1963 to 1971, and who lost a nasty and expensive Senate election to Democrat Frank Moss in 1972 which included heavy campaigning from then-president Richard Nixon, died Nov. 27 at age 76.
Bill Greene - California state senator and civil rights activist who served from 1967 to 1992, and who had been a freedom rider during the civil rights struggle in the south, died Dec. 3 after a long illness at age 72.
Harold Howe - U.S. commissioner of education in the Lyndon Johnson administration who in 1965 implemented the land mark Elementary and Secondary Education Act that provided federal funds for U.S. school districts, died Nov. 30 at age 84.
Gloria Howes - New Mexico state Senator who retired in Dec. 2000, who among her accomplishments in office was passing legislation that closed drive-up liquor sales, died on Dec. 3 after a fall in her home at age 72.
John McLucas - Secretary of the Air Force and head of the Federal Aviation Administration under presidents Nixon and Ford, whose career in aviation and space spanned many years, died on Dec. 1 of heart problems at age 82.
Dr. Robert Shira - Pioneering oral surgeon who was chief of the Army Dental Corps (did you know the Army had a Dental Corps?) from 1967 to 1971 and president of the American Dental Association in the 1970s, died of a renal ailment Nov. 22 at the age of 91.
Bill Sparks - Last surviving member of the “Cockleshell Heroes” from WW2, a group of British Royal Marines who undertook what was generally regarded as a suicide mission, traveling by canoe to destroy of an entire German shipyard in occupied France, and whose story was told in the move “Cockleshell Heros” starring Jose Ferrer and Trevor Howard, died Nov. 30 at age 80.
Fay Gillis Wells - Pioneering aviatrix who with Amelia Earhart in 1929 was a charter member of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of licensed women pilots, who went on to become a White House correspondent for 13 1/2 years, and accompanied Richard Nixon on his historic trip to China in 1972, died of pneumonia on Dec. 1 at age 94.
Ne Win - Ruler of Burma (now Myanmar) from 1962 to 1988, which was one of the richest countries in SE Asia when he came to power but was bankrupted by his socialistic and xenophobic policies, who based decisions on superstitions and accumulated massive wealth for himself ($4 billion), died Dec. 5 at age 91.
Social and Religion
Earnest Basden - North Carolina man who in 1992 was hired by Syliva White to kill her husband Billy for $300, who shot him point blank after Sylvia lured him to a remote logging road, and who later confessed to the murder, was executed by lethal injection on Dec. 6 at age 49 (Sylvia White was sentenced to life in prison but is eligible for parole in 2004).
Darrell “Louie” Bisson - Blind man from Cass Lake, Minnesota who was walking his dog on the night of Nov. 29, when he was attacked, apparently randomly and without provocation, by two 16-year-old boys and brutally beaten to death with an axe handle. He was 48 years old.
Teresa Gordon Case - Louisville AIDS activist who contracted the disease from her husband in the late 1980’s, was diagnosed while she was pregnant, watched both her husband and 23 month old daughter die, then became a leading activist, succumbed to the disease on Nov. 27 at age 44.
Kirk Cashmere - Prominent civil rights lawyer and author who fought for the rights of minorities and challenged Hawaii’s ban on same-sex marriages, and who co-authored “Hell In the Holy Land” with Anne Kelly, died Dec. 4 after a long illness at age 47.
Joanna DeRoover - The oldest person ever documented in Belgium, died Dec. 6 at age 112.
Paramahamsa Hariharananda - The guru of Kriya Yoga, who was taught by Paramahamsa Yogananda, the guru who is credited with devising a modern system of yoga and spreading it to the west, and whose headquarters was based in Miami, died Dec. 3 at age 95.
Saburo Ienaga - Japanese historian who battled the Japanese government censorship from textbooks of Japanese atrocities committed during WW2 (e.g. experiments on Chinese prisoners) and who often received death threats from Japanese right-wing groups, died Dec. 1 at age 89.
Ivan Illich - One of the most important theorists of the radical ecology movement of the 1970s, best known for his 1971 book “De-Schooling Society”, which argued for the end of public education and institutionalized learning, and who philosophized against one cultural bureaucracy after another, died Dec. 2 at age 76.
Theresa Miller - Chemistry teacher at Columbine High School who was cited by President Clinton for heroism, who directed roaming students from the hallway into a locked classroom during the infamous 1999 shooting spree, died Dec. 4 of cancer at age 44.
David Mobilio - Red Bluff, California police officer who was shot to death on Nov. 19 by college student Andrew McCrae who said he killed Mobilio for the sole purpose of protesting police brutality and to draw attention to corporate irresponsibility. Officer Mobilio was 31.
William Parson - Interesting globe-trotting doctor who was chairman of the University of Virginia's department of internal medicine at age 35, moved to Uganda eventually becoming Idi Amin’s personal physician, where he was eventually jailed and escaped, and then worked in various capacities in Indonesia, Zaire, Taiwan, China and Papua New Guinea (and the U.S.), died on Nov. 25 of a heart attack while acting in a risqué play at a retirement home. He was 89.
Leonard Rojas - Texas man who admitted killing his girlfriend and his own brother during a jealous rage in 1994 when he suspected they had slept together, was executed by lethal injection on Dec. 4 at age 52.
Boris Schapiro - World champion bridge player, and one of the games most colorful characters, who last won a title at age 89, but who was barred by the World Bridge Federation for cheating in 1965 and was never able to compete at WBF sponsored events again, died Dec. 1 at age 93.
Gladys Quander Tancil - Historian and the first African American to serve at Mount Vernon as a historical interpreter, whose ancestors Suckey Bay and Nancy Quander were slaves of George Washington at Mount Vernon, and whose lobbying was responsible for the slave memorial there, died of cancer on Nov. 5 at age 81.
Ray Wallace - California man whose family now claims created the prank that started the legend of Bigfoot in 1958, who created the huge footprints near a bulldozer to scare a co-worker, the story making the Humboldt Times newspaper who coined the term “Bigfoot”, died of heart failure on Nov. 26 at age 84.
Fred Zain - Police chemist in West Virginia and Texas who was accused of faking test results, lying under oath and accepting fees under false pretenses, which cost the state of West Virginia millions of dollars to settle wrongful prosecution lawsuits, and who was awaiting re-trial on criminal charges, died of colon cancer Dec. 2 at age 52.
Business and Science
Sanford Atwood - President of Emory University in Atlanta from 1963 to 1977, best remembered for standing behind religion professor Thomas Altizer who claimed “God is dead” in 1965 after the Methodist Church threatened to cut of funding if the professor was not fired, died of a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 2 at age 89.
Henry Chauncey - Founder of Educational Testing Service, who changed the way college admissions are handled with the creation of the S.A.T. test in 1946 (until then it was based on factors like family ties and wealth), which opened the door for promising young people to gain a college education, died Dec. 3 at age 97.
James Fitzgerald - One of the designers of the first rocket, the Bell X-1, to break the speed of sound, piloted by Chuck Yeager and portrayed in the movie “The Right Stuff”, and who was one of the early developers of rocket power for space exploration, died Nov. 30 at age 83.
Yasuo Goto - Japanese businessman who raised eyebrows in 1987 when he paid a whopping $39.9 million for Van Gogh’s painting of “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers”, during the late 80’s asset-inflated economy when Japan business was investing everywhere, died on Nov. 27 of lymphoma at age 79.
Eugene T. "Bob" Gregorie - Automobile making legend who as design chief at Ford Motor Company in the 30’s and 40’s designed every Ford, Mercury, Lincoln-Zephyr, Lincoln and Ford truck and tractor produced between 1935 and 1945, including the very first Lincoln Continental, and who retired at age 38, died Dec. 1 at age 94.
Francis Hildebrand - Mathematician and college textbook writer of such standards as “Advanced Calculus for Applications” and “Introduction to Numerical Analysis”, died Nov. 29 at age 87.
Myron Kahn - Inventor in 1947 of polarized ceiling light panels that greatly reduced glare in offices, schools and libraries, and which eventually became the darling of economists, ergonomists and conservationists, died Nov. 19 at age 85.
Dr. Richard Lazarus - Influential psychologist who penned the groundbreaking book “Emotion and Adaption” which explained the cognitive processes involved in emotions, who was an expert in stress and coping, and who was recently named by the journal "American Psychologist" as one of the most influential psychologists in the history of the field, died Nov. 24 at age 80.
Dr. Sandy C. Marks - Researcher of cell biology and radiology at the University of Massachusetts who was the author of 270 books and articles and was the editor of the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, died Nov. 27 of a heart attack at age 65.
Philip B. Meggs - Pioneer in graphic and advertising design who became the first educator to teach graphic design and write its history in his 1983 book "A History of Graphic Design", which is required reading in graphic design courses, died of leukemia on Nov. 24 at age 60.
Beverly Pattishall - Longtime law professor at Northwestern University and pioneer in the practice of trademark law and unfair trade practices, died Nov. 23 at age 86.
Pierre Peugeot - Chairman of the supervisory board of French car maker Peugeot, and great grand-nephew of founder Armand Peugeot, died Dec. 1 after a long illness at age 70.
Ellen Straus - Northern California dairy farmer who founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust in 1980 to stop urban development and became the face of the farmland preservation movement, and who was also a pioneer in organic dairy farming, died of brain cancer on Nov. 30 at age 75.
Richard Testa - Attorney considered a pioneer in high-technology and venture capital law, who worked with the SEC in the 1980’s to work out procedures for the first public offerings of a high-tech company, Digital Equipment Corp., who went on to found the Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault law firm, died Dec. 3 in his sleep at age 63.
Donald E. White - Geothermal expert and geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey who did research on ore-forming metals and geothermal processes and was a highly sought-after consultant, died Nov. 20 at age 88.