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Life In Legacy - Week of December 28, 2002

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George Roy Hill - Movie director Joe Strummer - Clash vocalist & guitarist Kenneth Tobey - Prolific actor Lucy Grealy - Author Hank Luisetti - Basketball innovator John A. Davis - Civil rights activist Jose Hierro - Poet Grote Reber - Invented radio telescope Stanley Rosenfeld - Yacht photographer Ray Wietecha - NFL center Davina Whitehouse - Actress Herb Ritts - Celebrity photographer Richie Regan - Seton Hall basketballer Charley Lupica - Famous flagpole sitter Desmond Hoyte - President of Guyana Susan Goodrich - Painter Sonny Carson - Controversial activist Russ Berrie - Marketer William T. Orr - Television executive and actor Sunshine Cloud Smith - Tribal elder Gloria Van - Big-band singer Fred Buck - Ballpark lighting expert Ward Cuff - Giants football great Ward Davenny - Classical pianist Dr. John Walvoord - Evangelical scholar Tony Barr - Actor & TV executive Asif Ramzi - Daniel Pearl killer Big Lucky Carter - Blues guy Vladimir Haensel - Oil researcher Tomas Henriquez - Venezuelan actor Virginia McKnight Binger - Philanthropist Paul Douglas - WW2 flying ace and hero Novella Sweet Briar - Singer Susan Fleming - Actress 'Uncle' Paul Montgomery - Children's TV show host John Kyl - Iowa congressman Ellen Morphonios - Florida's 'hanging judge' Dr. Calvin Hughes - Developed groundbreaking heart pump Charles Rosen - Created one of the first robots Painting by Lamont Bland

News and Entertainment
Tony Barr - Actor who appeared in films and on TV in the 1940’s and 50’s who later became an executive at CBS and ABC overseeing the production of series like “Magnam PI”, died Dec. 19 in Palm Desert, CA at age 81.
Novella Sweet Briar - Disco/R&B singer who who performed with Bobby Womack, Michael Bolton, Bunny Sigler and McFadden & Whitehead, and who released her first solo album in 2000, died Dec. 18 of heart failure in Philadelphia at age 53.
Stella Brooks - Jazz singer popular in the 1940s and 50’s who was part of the New York jazz scene with Billie Holiday and Tennessee Williams, died Dec. 13 of colon cancer in San Francisco at age 92.
Levester 'Big Lucky' Carter - Memphis-based blues guitarist and singer, who recorded for the Sun, Savoy and Hi labels in the 50’s and 60’s and was rediscovered in the late 90’s and became the subject of an award-winning documentary by French filmmaker Marc Oriol, was found dead on Dec. 24 of unknown causes at age 82.
Ward Davenny - Pianist and professor of piano at Yale University, known for his work with chamber music, died Dec. 10 in New Haven, CT at age 86.
Tomas Henriquez - Venezuelan actor who broke down racial barriers in that country by becoming the first black actor to appear in the popular television dramas “Telenovas”, died Dec. 24 of cancer in Caracas at age 81.
George Roy Hill - Oscar-winning Hollywood director who was responsible for two of the top 10 money-makers of all time, “The Sting” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, both starring vehicles for Paul Newman and Robert Redford, died Dec. 27 of Parkinson’s disease in Manhattan at age 81.
Susan Fleming Marx - Actress who appeared in more than a dozen films in the 1930’s opposite such stars as John Wayne and W.C. Fields and later married comedian Harpo Marx, died on Dec. 22 of a heart attack in Rancho Mirage, CA at age 94.
Paul Montgomery - Raleigh, NC kids show host known as “Uncle Paul” who hosted “It’s Time For Uncle Paul” on WRAL from 1961 to 1981, who was blind from birth and was also an accomplished jazz pianist, died Dec. 24 after a long illness at age 78.
William T. Orr - Television executive at Warner Brothers who brought shows such as “Maverick”, “F-Troop” and “77 Sunset Strip” to TV, and who had started his career as an actor in a slew of commando movies in the early 40’s, died on Dec. 25 in Los Angeles at age 85.
Herb Ritts - Celebrity photographer whose subjects ranged from Madonna to the Dali Lama, and who snapped the famous Vanity Fair cover that featured Cindy Crawford pretending to shave the face of the singer K. D. Lang, died of pneumonia in Los Angeles on Dec. 26 at age 50.
Joe Strummer (real name John Mellor) - Punk icon as lead singer of the political British new wave band The Clash, whose hoarse, bawling voice and rhythm guitar were the heart of the critically-acclaimed rock group on songs like “London Calling”, “Train In Vain” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, and who was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Clash in 2002 (to be inducted in 2003), died of a heart attack on Dec. 22 at age 50.
Kenneth Tobey - Prolific character actor and B-movie hero who appeared in nearly 100 films, including “12 O’Clock High”, “Gunfight at OK Corral”, “The Thing From Another World”, “Billy Jack” and “Airplane!” (as one of the air-traffic controllers), died Dec. 22 in Rancho Mirage, CA after a lengthy illness at age 85.
Gloria Van - Big band singer and TV star during the 1940’s and 50’s, who sang with Johnny “Scat” Davis and Gene Krupa, and was a regular on the Wayne King Show and Jack Paar Show, died of kidney failure on Dec. 24 in Elk Grove, IL at age 82.
Dame Davina Whitehouse - One of New Zealand’s most respected stage and screen actresses who appeared in films like “Sleeping Dogs” and “Braindead”, died in Auckland on Dec. 25 after a series of strokes at age 90.

Sports
Ward Cuff - Standout running back at Marquette who went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL, nine with the New York Giants with whom he won an NFL title in 1938, died Dec. 24 in Vallejo, CA at age 89.
Hank Luisetti - Basketball player who was a huge star for Stanford in the 1930’s who innovated the one-handed shot that changed the game forever, died Dec 17 on San Mateo, CA at age 86.
Charley Lupica - Cleveland Indians fan who gained notoriety in 1949 by sitting on a flagpole platform for 117 days when the Indians were in seventh place, vowing not to come down until the Indians were in first place or had been eliminated from the playoffs (the Indians finished third and Lupica kept his vow), died Dec. 24 in Westlake OH of complications after breaking both hips at age 90.
Gordon McCarter - NFL from 1974 until 1995, who is best remembered for a game in Sept. 1995 when Steelers coach Bill Cowher chased him across the field to shove a Polaroid photo into his shirt pocket, showing that Pittsburgh did not have 12 men on the field during a field-goal attempt (McCarter was suspended for one game for upholding that decision), died Dec. 20 in Cleveland at age 71.
Richie Regan - Basketball player, coach and athletic director at Seton Hall University, who was a star guard on the 1953 NIT championship team, died Dec. 24 in Neptune, NJ of congestive heart failure at age 72.
Stanley Rosenfeld - Sports photographer known for his powerful images of yachting, particularly the America’s Cup, who contributed to more than 20 books and hundreds of magazine articles on yachting, died Dec. 23 in Miami at age 89.
Ray Wietecha - NFL center for the New York Giants for 10 seasons from 1952 to 1962, including a league championship in 1956, died of an aneurysm on Dec. 14 in Phoenix at age 74.

Art and Literature
Lamont Bland - Artist who specialized in portraits of children and the elderly, whose paintings are known for their realism, died of prostate cancer on Dec. 26 in Upper Marlboro, MD at age 54.
Susan Goodrich - Painter known for her gem-like oil paintings that often contained elaborate visual puns, and frequently took up to a year to complete, and whose work has been displayed in galleries all over the U.S., died of bone cancer on Dec. 22 in Milwaukee at age 69.
Lucy Grealy - Poet and author best known for her 1994 memoir "Autobiography of a Face", about her experience growing up with an extreme facial disfigurement and the multiple surgeries to correct it, died Dec. 18 in Manhattan, possibly a suicide, at age 39.
Jose Hierro - Spanish poet known for his gravelly voice and shaved head, whose “New York Notebook” won the Cervantes Prize in 1998, died Dec. 21 of respiratory failure in a Madrid coffee shop at the age of 80.

Politics and Military
Paul Douglas - Much-decorated Brigadier General of the Air Force and WW2 flying ace, who downed 3 enemy planes on one mission on two different occasions, and was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses among other awards, died Dec. 26 in Fort Hood, TX at age 83.
Desmond Hoyte - President of Guyana from 1985 to 1992 who took over after the death of socialist prime minister Forbes Burnham and transitioned the government to a democracy, died Dec. 22 of heart failure in Georgetown, Guyana at age 73.
John Kyl - Republican congressman from Iowa who served from 1959 to 1964 and again from 1966 to 1972, and who is the father of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, died Dec. 23 from heart disease and diabetes in Phoenix at age 83.
Asif Ramzi - Pakistani militant who was wanted in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and the June 2002 bombing of the U.S. consulate, accidentally blew himself up on Dec. 19 in a suspected explosives warehouse in Karachi where he claimed he was planning a “massive terrorist attack”. His age was not stated.

Social and Religion
Virginia McKnight Binger - Multi-millionaire heiress to the 3M fortune and the wealthiest woman in Minnesota, who ran the charitable McKnight Foundation, and owned a Florida racehorse farm, and five Broadway theaters in New York, one of them named for her, died Dec. 22 in Wayzata, MN at age 86.
Sonny Carson - Controversial and extreme black activist known for leading disruptive protests and boycotts, and who classified himself as “anti-white”, died Dec. 20 in Manhattan after two months in a coma after a heart attack. He was 66.
Dr. John A. Davis - Black activist who instigated many well-known civil rights confrontations since the 1930’s (including the “buy where you can work” movement and Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit), died on Dec. 16 in Scottsdale AZ at age 90.
Ellen Morphonios - Colorful, blonde, buxom south Florida judge, who became known as “the hanging judge” for her tough sentences, and who once prosecuted the Doors’ Jim Morrison for exposing himself, and later dispensed advise as “Lady Ellen” on late-night talk radio and penned the autobiography "Maximum Morphonios: The Life and Times of America's Toughest Judge", died of stomach cancer on Dec. 22 in Miami at age 73.
Sunshine Cloud Smith - Southern Ute tribal elder who served as its chairman from 1948 to 1966, and who was a relative of Crazy Horse as well as the granddaughter of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, died Dec. 21 in Mancos, CO at age 86.
Dr. John Walvoord - One of the most prominent evangelical scholars of the 20th century, who wrote 30 books including "The Holy Spirit", "The Millennial Kingdom" and "Armageddon, Oil and the Middle East Crisis", died Dec. 21 at age 92.

Business and Science
Russ Berrie - Founder and CEO of Russ Berrie & Co., who made millions by marketing cute, cuddly items like small teddy bears, “fuzzie wuzzies” and plastic trolls, died Dec. 25 of heart failure in Oakland, NJ at age 69.
James “Fred” Buck - Engineer for GE who was an expert in lighting systems for major league baseball stadiums, died Dec. 25 of pancreatic cancer in Cleveland at age 72.
Vladimir Haensel - Ground-breaking researcher in petroleum-products who developed the process used to produce cleaner-burning high-octane gasoline, and who was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1973, died Dec. 15 in Amherst, MA at age 88.
Dr. Calvin Hughes - Psychiatrist who played a key role in the development of the mechanical heart pump that was used in initial open-heart surgeries, died Dec. 25 in St. Clair Shores, MI after a long illness at age 74.
Grote Reber - Pioneering radio astronomer who built the first substantial radio telescope dedicated to astronomy in his backyard, which received little attention from other scientists at the time, but with which he created the first contour radio map of the sky, died Dec. 20 in Tasmania, Australia at age 90.
Charles Rosen - Pioneer in artificial intelligence who in 1966 created “Shakey”, the first robot who could make decisions by analyzing its surroundings, died Dec. 8 after a long illness in Atherton, CA at age 85.

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