Pete Chapman - Athletic director at Missouri Western who had been a long-time A.D. and football coach at Wayne State University, died on Jan. 13 of cancer in Iowa City, IA at age 53.
William T. Cloney - Race director of the Boston Marathon from 1947 to 1982, who oversaw the growth of the event from a race of 147 men into an international event drawing thousands of male and female runners, died Jan. 16 after a brief illness in Weymouth, MA at age 91.
Ed Farhat - Professional wrestler known as “The Shiek”, who wrestled from the 50’s to the 80’s, who was known for his insane, violent and bloodthirsty persona in the ring that earned him the title of "Most Vicious Man In Wrestling", and one of whose gimmicks was shooting fireballs at the audience, died Jan. 18 in Michigan at age 78.
Dick Hammer - Motorcycle racer who won the Daytona 200 in 1963 and who reached a rank of #5 nationally during the 1960’s, died Jan. 16 of cancer in San Clemente, CA at age 63.
Julinho (Julio Botelho) - Brazilian soccer player considered one of the national teams best right wings, and who was a member of the 1954 World Cup team, died of heart failure on Jan. 11 in Sao Paulo at age 73.
Earl Lawson - Cincinnati sportswriter who was the beat writer for the Cincinnati Reds for 34 years, and who was inducted into the writer’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986, died on Jan. 14 of throat cancer in Sacramento, CA at age 79.
Raymond Lavietes - Basketball star at Harvard during the 1930’s who went on to become one of the university’s biggest benefactors, and for whom Harvard’s basketball pavilion is named, died Jan. 12 of lung cancer in Scottsdale, AZ at age 88.
Bob MacLeod - All-American football player at Dartmouth who played one season in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and one season in the NBA with the Chicago Bruins, and who went on to greater success as publisher of “Seventeen” and “Teen” magazines (quite a career switch), died on Jan. 13 after a stroke in Santa Monica, CA at age 85.
John "Jack" McCarthy - One of the original shareholders of the New England Patriots, but who became better known as one of the more colorful and devoted Patriot fans never missing a game from 1960 until last year, died Dec. 26 of stomach cancer in Warren, RI at age 83.
Paul Pender - Boxer who won the middleweight title in 1960 by defeating an aging Sugar Ray Robinson, but lost it a year later to Terry Downes, and who ended his career in 1962 with a record of 40-6-2, died Jan. 12 of Alzheimer’s disease in Bedford, MA at age 72.
Larry Rozadilla - Well-known boxing referee and judge who worked 131 championship bouts during his 35-year career, including judging Mike Tyson’s shocking loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo in 1990, and who was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999, died Jan. 11 of cancer in Manhattan Beach, CA at age 72.
Art and Literature
Carson Brewer - Environmental author and journalist who wrote columns for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and who penned books like “Day Hikes of the Smokies”, died Jan. 15 of pneumonia at age 82.
Evelyn Copelman - Respected book illustrator, best known for her 1944 version of L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz”, as well as more than 200 other children’s books, died Jan. 10 of heart failure in Philadelphia at age 83.
Mike Echols - Author of the best-seller "I Know My First Name is Steven" about the kidnapping of 7-year old Steven Stayner, which was made into a TV movie in 1989, and who founded the child advocacy group known as Better a Millstone, was found dead on Jan. 10 in a jail cell in Monterey, CA (he had been arrested for exposing himself – ouch!) of a blood clot in his lungs at age 58.
Ruth Feldman - Poet and poetry translator who authored five books of poetry and was regarded as the best translator of Italian poetry into English, translating 15 books, and receiving numerous literary awards for her work, died Jan. 11 in Boston at age 91.
Monica Furlong - Widely-read Christian writer, novelist, poet, biographer and children’s author, whose best-known books include “Merton”, a biography of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, and children’s books “Juniper” and “Wild Child”, died Jan. 14 of cancer in England at age 72.
Julius Held - Art historian renowned for his studies in 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, who was recognized for his expertise on Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyke, died Dec. 22 in Bennington, VT at age 97.
Dennis McGovern - Author, magazine editor and Broadway actor who co-authored the opera books “Sing Out Louise”, “American Aria” and “I Remember Too Much” and was longtime editor of Opera Scene magazine, died Jan. 10 of heart failure in New York at age 59.
Koloman Sokol - Painter and graphic artist considered to be one of the most distinguished Slovak cultural figures, known for his expressive works, dominated by social motives, that have been exhibited around the world, died Jan. 12 in Tucson, AZ after a long illness at age 100.
Politics and Military
Percy John Blatchford - Inupiaq Eskimo and war hero who trained beluga whales for military uses and was credited with helping capture a Japanese submarine during WW2 (don’t know if the whales helped with that one), and who received the Medal of Merit from President Reagan, died on Jan. 12 of diabetes complications in Anchorage at age 82.
Clarence “Du” Burns - Mayor of Baltimore in 1986 and 1987, who became Baltimore’s first black mayor when he was appointed after then-Mayor William Schaefer was elected governor of Maryland, but who lost in the primary in 1987 to Kurt Schmoke (Baltimore’s 2nd black mayor), died of kidney failure on Jan 12 in Baltimore at age 84.
Peter Char - Chief fund-raiser and treasurer for Honolulu mayor Jeremy Harris’ campaigns for mayor and Hawaii governor, who was key figure in criminal investigations against Harris and had refused to testify before the grand jury last November, died of a stroke on Jan. 12 at age 60.
Leopoldo Galtieri - The last military dictator of Argentina, who invaded the Falkland Islands in an attempt to take the island from British rule, but who was soundly defeated by the Brits and forced to resign, ending military rule in Argentina when a democracy was restored, died Jan. 12 of pancreatic cancer and heart failure in Buenos Aires at age 76.
Charles P. Monroe - Arlington, VA County Board Chairman, who on Jan. 11 was leading his first board meeting since assuming leadership on Jan. 1, slumped over and died of a massive stroke in front of stunned board members. He was 46.
Samuel J. Simmons - President and CEO of the National Caucus on Black Aged since 1982, who had previously held senior management positions in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commission on Civil Rights, died Jan. 12 of heart and lung ailments in Washington, DC at age 75.
Tom Smith - St. Cloud, Florida city Councilman who was in the news in Dec. 2002 when he was accused of sexually harassing a woman while dressed as Santa Clause (he dropped his pants and asked her to be “Santa’s assistant”), was found dead Jan. 14 in a hotel bathtub near Walt Disney World in Orlando of an apparent suicide. He was 43.
Luis Andrés Vargas Gómez - Figure in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, who had been a Cuban official under Fidel Castro but defected to the U.S. in 1960, helped plan the Bay of Pigs invasion, but was captured after slipping back into Cuba and served 20 years in jail there, died Jan. 13 in Coral Gables, FL of kidney failure at age 87.
Social and Religion
John Baltazar - Texas man who in 1997 broke through the door of a Corpus Christie house and shot two girls who were watching a “Sleeping Beauty” video while laying on a couch, killing 5-year-old Adriana Marines, and severely wounding two others in the house (the man he was after was not home), was executed by lethal injection on Jan. 15 in Huntsville at age 30.
Elie Borowski - Collector of Middle Eastern artifacts whose collection formed the bulk of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, died Jan. 14 in Jerusalem at age 89.
Gladys Kamakakuokalani Ainoa Brandt - Well-known Hawaiian civic leader and educator who set several firsts in government and education in Hawaii as both a woman and native Hawaiian, died on Jan. 15 in Honolulu at age 96.
Douglas Brown - One of the men convicted in the 1973 murder of Grand Ole Opry member David “Stringbean” Akeman and his wife Estelle during a home invasion robbery, died Jan. 8 of natural causes at the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex in Tennessee at age 52.
Dick Carver - Nevada rancher who was a leader in the “sagebrush rebellion” there, fighting the federal government over control of Nevada’s public land (87% of Nevada land is managed by federal agencies and he believed it should be managed by the state), and who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1995, died Jan. 9 in Nye County, NV of a brain tumor at age 58.
Hanna Fromm - Philanthropist who founded the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco, a college only for students 50 and older, which now has over 1,000 students and spurred programs nationwide for seniors, died Jan. 2 in San Francisco at age 89.
Samuel Gallamore - Texas man convicted of stabbing to death a family of three, including a partially paralyzed woman, in a 1992 home invasion in Kerr County, was executed by lethal injection on Jan. 14 in Huntsville at age 31.
Jerry Hessler - Ohio bank employee who in 1995 was upset about losing his job and went on a shooting spree, killing four people including a baby (and was found with a list of several more people he intended to kill), died of a heart attack on Jan. 14 on death row in Mansville, OH at age 45.
Sam Lewis - Texas character and armadillo breeder known for staging armadillo races around the world and renting them to anyone that needed one (like Kevin Costner and the Rolling Stones), who also developed and sold jalapeño products like the jalapeño lollipop, died Jan. 10 in San Angelo, TX of cancer at age 80.
Daniel Revilla - Oklahoma murderer who was convicted of beating 13-month old Mark Gomez in 1987 so brutally that his liver was severed and his brain was swollen and bleeding, was executed by lethal injection on Jan. 16 in McAlester at age 34.
Charles Sternberg - Head of the International Rescue Committee from 1944 thru 1964, the largest private American organization helping international refugees, died Jan. 16 in Forest Hills, NY at age 91.
Business and Science
Dean Amadon - Renowned authority on birds of prey and curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History, who authored or co-authored over 400 publications including "Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of the World" and "Land Birds of America", died Jan. 12 in Tenafly, NJ at age 90.
Robert & Linda Braidwood - Husband & wife archeologists, known for uncovering evidence of the beginnings of agriculture in the Middle East, including finding the oldest known copper tools and piece of cloth (both more than 9,000 years old), and who authored several books including “Prehistoric Men” (Robert), “Digging Beyond the Tigris” (Linda) and “Excavations in the Plain of Antioch” (both). Both died on Jan. 15 of pneumonia in Chicago. Robert was 95 and Linda was 93.
George Duvall - Pioneer of shock physics research, who was internationally recognized as a founder and leader in studies related to shock wave propagation in solids and liquids, and who was known as the dean of U.S. shock wave science, died Jan. 3 in Vancouver after a long illness at age 82.
GHR-KO 11C - Dwarf mouse in a study at the University of Southern Illinois that was genetically engineered not to respond to growth hormone, died Jan. 8 at the age of 4 years, 11 months, double the average life expectancy for its species (imagine the possibility for humans in the future!)
Fred Haddad - West Virginia millionaire who was the owner of Heck's Department Stores which at one time had 120 stores in 10 states (went bankrupt in 1987), and who owned great deal of property in and around Charleston, WV, died Jan. 13 at age 81.
James Hale - Publisher of the Kansas City Star newspaper from 1977 until 1992, during a time with the newspaper won 3 Pulitzer Prizes, died on Jan. 12 of natural causes in Denison, TX at age 75.
Riley Housewright - Scientific director of the U.S Army Biological Laboratories who helped lead the nation's offensive biological weapons program in the 1950s and 60s until President Nixon banned offensive biological weapons, died Jan. 11 in Frederick, MD at age 89.
Chris Mead - Noted ornithologist and author known for his banding work with the British Trust for Ornithology, who wrote numerous books on population sizes and trends of birds throughout the U.K. like “The State of the Nations Birds”, died suddenly in his sleep on Jan. 16 in Norfolk, England at age 62.
Clinton Meadows - Agricultural scientist who developed a calculating wheel that predicts how much milk a cow produces in a year, which revolutionized diary herd management, and who helped launch the Young Sire Progeny Testing Scheme in the early 70’s, died Jan. 3 in East Lansing, MI at age 89.
Gene Paananen - Computer pioneer and war hero who was awarded two Bronze stars, a Purple Heart and a prisoner of war medal for heroics in WW2, and went on to hold six patents in computer technology, including computer card readers and check reading technology, died Jan. 7 from complications of a broken hip in Seattle at age 78.
Victor Rosellini - Seattle restaurateur and former president of the National Restaurant Association who opened and operated the four-star ‘410’ restaurant in Seattle, died Jan. 9 after a fall at age 87.
Leon van Speybroeck - Astrophysicist and telescope scientist at NASA who designed a multifaceted X-ray eye for NASA to use to scan the universe, and which was installed in the Chandra satellite launched into orbit in 1999, died Dec. 25 in Newton, MA of melanoma at age 67.
Sebastian von Hoerner - Astrophysicist whose life work was searching for extraterrestrial life, who built some of the most powerful radio telescopes to listen for signals from outer space, and who completed the manuscript of a new book "Are We Alone?" to be published in 2003, died of a heart attack on Jan. 7 in Esslingen, Germany at age 83.
George Waters - Executive at American Express who in the early 1960’s changed the way credit cards were used and viewed, when he persuaded American Airlines to drop their own credit card and to begin accepting American Express (at the time, companies issued their own credit cards and “global” cards were only for use in restaurants – e.g. Diner’s Club), died on Jan. 11 of heart failure in Fair Haven, NJ at age 87.