Bert Charles - Longtime radio broadcaster for Ohio State football games for 33 years, who worked for the school’ sports information department, and was program director, general manager and president of the Skyway Broadcasting Co., died March 21 of cancer at age 85.
"Bruiser" Brian Cox - Pacific Northwest wrestler who was a regular in the Portland indy scene and was an eight-time champion, was found dead on March 24 of a heart attack in his Portland, OR apartment at age 32.
Jess Dow - Founder of the athletic program at Southern Connecticut State University and the school’s football coach from 1948 to 1965, who led the football program to 16 winning seasons and who was elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame, died March 24 in Orange, NJ at age 86.
Harry Eisenstat - Major league pitcher for the Indians, Dodgers and Tigers who had a career record of 25-27 over seven seasons, and who beat Bob Feller in the final game of 1938 in a game where Feller struck out 18 batters but lost 4-1, died March 21 in Shaker Heights, OH at age 87.
Allison Horn - College soccer player at Texas Tech who played in 15 games for the Lobos in 2002, died March 26 in Bedford, TX from injuries suffered in a car accident several days earlier. She was 19 years old.
Pat Kelly - Football player as Syracuse University who played in the NFL from 1988 to 1991 for the Broncos and Jets as a tight end, died March 27 of brain cancer in Charlottesville, VA at age 37.
Stanley ’tash" Kullman - Midwestern stock car racer from the 50’ to the 80’, known for his "Polock Pink" numbered "4U" stock cars, died March 25 in Calumet City, IL at age 73.
Dick O’Brien - Longtime Director of Racing for Harley-Davidson, who transitioned HD from the KR750 bike to the XR750, and was the architect behind the Motor Company’s racing effort for nearly 30 years, died March 24 in Palm Coast, FL at age 81.
Sammy Packard - One of the 32 men and last survivor of that group that met in a hotel room in Daytona Beach in 1947 to form NASCAR, died March 23 in Fort Worth, TX at age 83.
Hal Taft - Public address announcer at Denver Broncos games at old Mile High Stadium for more than 25 years, who also did voice work and numerous commercials in the Denver Area, died March 24 of heart failure at age 76.
Art and Literature
Victor Alba - Catalan historian who became a leading Mexican journalist and American political scientist, who was born in Spain and lived in both Mexico and the U.S., who was best known for his for four-volume history of Catalunya "Historia del BOC y del POUM", died of cancer on March 10 in Barcelona, Spain at age 86.
Chuck Hansen - Historian and author who amassed the largest collection of declassified U.S. government documents regarding the U.S.’ use of nuclear weapons, who published several volumes of historical information including the landmark "U.S. Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History" and who was the editor of The Swords of Armageddon information service died March 26 in Palo Alto, CA of brain cancer at age 55.
Bruce Kurtz - Art critic, gallery curator and author who was an early champion of video art, and who wrote for numerous publications, especially Arts Magazine and Art in America, who wrote two art textbooks "Visual Imagination: An Introduction to Art" and "Contemporary Art: 1965-1990", and who was the curator of modern art at the Phoenix Art Museum, died March 22 in Phoenix of AIDS-related complications at age 59.
Geraldo Franca de Lima - Brazilian author and member of Brazil’ Academy of Letters, who wrote 12 novels including "Branca Bela", "Rio de Vida" and ’erras Azuis", died March 21 in Rio de Janeiro of organ failure related to diabetes at age 89.
August Meier - Expert on African-American history, who focused on the relationship of African-Americans’ intellectual history to the civil rights movement, and who wrote several notable books including "Negro Thought in America, 1880-1915" and "Black Detroit and the Rise of the U.A.W", died March 19 of a neurological disorder in New York at age 79.
Heinrich Neuy - Painter who was one of the last surviving artists to come from Germany’ Bauhaus painting school, which revolutionized art by combining artistic creativity with handicraft skills and turned out painters like Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer, but was shut down by the Nazis in 1933, died recently in Steinfurt, Germany of heart disease at age 91.
Barbara Smith-Coleman - Artist who founded the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts in Washington, DC, which offers retreats and programs for cancer patients, educational workshops and in-hospital arts and creativity programs, died March 26 in Annapolis, MD of cancer at age 71.
Dorothy Clarke Wilson - Author best known for her 1949 novel "Prince of Egypt" which became the basis for Cecil B. DeMille’ 1956 version of "The Ten Commandments" and the 1998 animated film "Prince of Egypt", who wrote 25 books and more than 70 religious themed plays, died March 26 in Orono, ME at age 98.
Paul Zindel - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and author who wrote "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" which opened on Broadway in April 1970 and ran for nearly two years, who wrote several other successful plays and the screenplays for the movies "Up the Sandbox" with Barbra Streisand and "Mame" which starred Lucille Ball, died March 27 of cancer in New York at age 66.
Politics and Military
B. Vincent Davis - Foreign policy and defense expert who was a consultant for all the major U.S. government departments involved with international affairs, who wrote more than a dozen books including "The Admiral’ Lobby" and "Reorganizing America’ Defense", died March 28 in Lexington, KY after a stroke at age 72.
John G. Garcia - Ohio state representative who was elected in the GOP sweep in 1994 but lost a re-election bid in 1998, and who became the first Hispanic to serve in the Ohio Legislature, died March 23 in Toledo, OH after a long illness at age 74.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan - Influential Democratic U.S. Senator from New York, known as a keen orator, who served four terms from 1977 until retiring in 2001 (Hilary Clinton won the seat he vacated), who was one of the first and most prominent of the neo-conservative Democrats and was one of the most memorable voices in national debates on such issues as national security, Social Security, welfare reform and family matters, died March 26 in Washington, DC from an infection after an appendectomy at the age of 76.
William Putney - Veterinarian and Marine captain who trained and led war dogs during the World War II campaign on the Pacific island of Guam and wrote of their heroism in his popular book "Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of World War II", died March 18 of cancer in Woodland Hills, CA at age 83.
Naim Sarafa - Former deputy minister of education in Iraq who emigrated to the United States in 1978 due to his Christian beliefs and became a prominent teacher in Michigan, died March 21 in Royal Oak, MI at age 97.
Ivan Stambolic - Communist leader and former president of Serbia who was forced from office in 1987 by Slobodan Milosevic but who continued to operate from the sidelines, who disappeared without a trace in August 2000 becoming one of the greatest criminal mysteries in Serbian history, was unearthed March 27 in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. He had been shot once in the head and authorities believe that 4 members of the JSO were responsible. His age was not stated.
Master Sgt. William Wright - Army Special Forces soldier who was charged with killing his wife last summer after returning from Afghanistan, and was one of four soldiers from that unit accused of killing their spouses during a six week period, hanged himself in his jail cell on March 23 becoming the third of the four suspected wife-killers to commit suicide. He was 36 years old.
Social and Religion
Alfonso Acampora - President and CEO of Walden House, one of California’ leading drug addiction treatment programs, which had recently been embroiled in accusations of corruption and welfare fraud, died March 23 in Berkeley, CA of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 61.
Roy Bertelli - Springfield, Illinois man known as "Mr. Accordian", who is best known for purchasing a $30,000 mausoleum for himself several years ago in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield (where Abraham Lincoln is buried), which has a 2,000-pound granite slab with an accordion engraved on it with the words "Lifetime Dedication to the Accordion", and has become a "must see" stop for graveyard aficionados, died March 22 at age 92.
Father John Brosnan - Beloved Australian priest known as "the knockabout priest", who served as the chaplain at the Pentridge Prison in Melbourne for 30 years and who as a vocal opponent of capital punishment helped end the practice in Australia in the late 1960’, died March 26 in Camberwell, Australia at age 83.
James Colburn - Paranoid schizophrenic convicted in the 1994 rape and murder of 55-year-old Peggy Murphy whom he picked up hitchhiking, and whose pending execution had brought strong protests from the anti-death penalty coalition, was executed on March 26 in Huntsville, TX at age 43.
Peg Dobbie - Social activist who was executive director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) in New Hampshire, who was a key figure in former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen’s 2002 senate campaign, died March 24 in Merrimack, NH of breast cancer at age 59.
Hans Hermann Groer - Austrian Roman Catholic cardinal, who led the Vienna archdiocese from 1986 to 1995 and was head of the Austrian Bishop’ Conference, but scandalized the church in that nation with allegations that he molested students at an all-male Catholic boarding school years earlier, died March 23 of cancer in St. Poelten, Austria at age 83.
John Michael Hooker - Oklahoma man who used a butcher knife to kill his estranged wife and mother-in-law in 1988, and who had previously served time in prison for manslaughter, was executed by lethal injection on March 25 in McAlester, OK at age 49.
Jessica - The Vermont cow that made headlines in 1986 for her relationship with a moose, who was wooed by "Josh" for 76 days in front of numerous tourists and TV cameras, and whose story was told in the book "A Moose For Jessica", died in Shrewsbury, VT at age 23.
Msgr. Eduardo Boza Masvidal - Cuban bishop who was expelled after the 1957 revolution, accused of anti-revolutionary activities, who eventually settled in Venezuela and founded the Cuban Union in Exile, died March 15 in Caracas at age 87.
Larry Moon - Georgia man convicted of robbing and murdering 34-year-old Ricky Callahan at a convenience store in 1984, who was suspected of several other robbery/murders in the area but never tried, was executed by lethal injection on March 25 in Jackson, GA at age 57.
Sister Mary Immaculata Ryder - Nun with Our Lady of the Angels Monastery who appeared regularly on ETWN (Eternal Word Television Network), died March 26 of cancer in Hanceville, AL at age 47.
Business and Science
Robert Bourque - Inventor of Zoltan the Astrological Wizard, a coin-operated fortune-telling machine once popular in penny arcades, which featured a glass box on a pedestal and the disembodied head of a bearded man inside wearing a burnoose cupping a crystal ball in his hands and telling your fortune for a quarter, died March 22 in Duxbury, MA at age 82.
Rev. Dr. Jack Corbett - Co-founder of the Pax World Funds mutual funds company, the first of the socially conscious investers, whose funds omitted companies they found to be objectionable based on religious, social or environmental reasons like cigarette and alcohol companies, gun makers and casinos, died March 18 at age 82.
Henry Droz - Music industry executive who was considered the architect of modern music distribution, who was president and CEO of Universal Music from 1996 to 2000 and president and CEO of WEA Distribution from 1980 to 1996, died March 27 in Los Angeles after a heart attack at age 76.
Robert Engelmore - Computer expert on artificial intelligence who was director of the Heuristic Programming Project at Stanford University and who was editor of A-I (Artificial Intelligence) magazine, died March 25 of a heart attack after rescuing his 5-year old grandson while swimming in Hawaii. He was 68 years old.
Janet Kelly - American-born Venezuelan economist, political analyst, author and foreign affairs expert, who co-wrote the book "United States and Venezuela: Rethinking a Relationship", and had recently become the editor of the English-language Venezuelan newspaper The Daily Journal, was found dead on March 24 under a freeway overpass in Caracas of an apparent suicide. She was 56 years old.
Wolfgang Kuhn - Pioneer in the field of computer-assisted music instruction who developed the first teaching system in 1973 and who went on to design MusicMaster software, where a PC is interfaced with an alphaSyntauri keyboard, synthesizer and audio system, died March 10 in Palo Alto, CA at age 88.
Adam Osborne - Computer pioneer who founded Osborne Computer Corp. in 1981 and developed and marketed the first portable computer, the 23-lb Osborne-1 (pictured), but whose company plunged into bankruptcy two years later after the meteoric rise, and who chronicled his story in the 1984 book "Hypergrowth", died March 18 of a brain disorder at his sister’ home in Kodaikanal, India at age 64.
Dr. Carlo Urbani - Italian World Health Organization doctor who first identified the outbreak of the mystery illness SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), who was the president of the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders, and who contracted SARS when treating an American businessman who contracted SARS in Hanoi, succumbed to the illness March 29 in Thailand at age 46.
Hoyt M. Wells - President and CEO of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. from 1991 to 1995, who is credited with Goodyear’ turnaround following the takeover attempt by corporate raider James Goldsmith, died March 24 in Akron, OH at age 76.