Matthew ‘Mac’ Colville - NHL player who played nine seasons with the New York Rangers, and was a right wing in the “Bread Line” trio that included his brother Neil, and who was a member of the Stanley Cup-winning 1940 squad, died May 27 in Calgary, Albert at age 87.
Andrea Erben - Varsity swimmer at the University of North Carolina, died May 27 in Birmingham, AL of Rocky Mountain spotted fever after being bitten by a tick. She was 19 years old.
Anthony Frederick - Star basketball player at Pepperdine University who led his team to the NCAA tournament in 1985 and 1986, who went on to play in the NBA for the Kings, Pacers and Hornets over 5 seasons from 1987 to 1992, died May 29 of a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 38.
Bill Paschal - NFL running back for the New York Giants, who played from 1943 to 1949, leading the league in rushing yardage in 1943 and 1944 becoming the first NFL player to accomplish that feat, and who was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1943, died May 25 of congestive heart failure in Marietta, GA at age 81.
Jim Root - Head football coach at William & Mary from 1972 to 1979 whose teams went 39-48 during that time, and who had previously been head coach at the University of New Hampshire, died May 26 in Jacksonville, FL at age 71.
Art and Literature
Tara Colburn - Photographer known for her prints of the tribal people of India, who was a major benefactor and founding board member of the Los Angeles Opera and who translated opera texts into English to make opera more accessible to the audience, died May 23 of cancer in Geneva, Switzerland at age 61.
Tahiya Halim - Egyptian painter known for her realist style that depicted Egyptian daily life and folklore, who was considered Egypt’s top painter, and whose work is displayed around the world including New York's Guggenheim Museum, died May 24 in Cairo at age 83.
Al Hartley - Cartoonist who spent nearly three decades illustrating the “Archie” comic strips beginning in 1966, who began his career drawing comics such as “Spider Man” and “Incredible Hulk”, and whose father was U.S. Rep. Fred Hartley of Taft-Hartley Act fame, died May 27 in Fort Myers, FL after open-heart surgery at age 81.
Peter Lasko - Director from 1974 to 1985 of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, one of Britain's leading colleges of art history and a gallery that boasts a world-class collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, who wrote “Ars Sacra”, a volume on the arts of metalwork and ivory carving from the 9th to the 12th centuries, died May 19 in France at age 79.
James Plunkett - Irish author best known for his historical novel “Strumpet City” which was an international bestseller and was made into an RTE television series staring Peter O’Toole in 1980, died May 28 in Dublin at age 83.
Wallace Terry - Pioneering black journalist, author and teacher, who worked for the Washington Post in 1960 when there were few black reporters at U.S. newspapers, who wrote the best-selling book “Bloods” about black soldiers in Vietnam, and who contributed to USA Today and Parade magazine, and made frequent television appearances, died May 29 in Virginia of an inflammation of the blood vessels at age 65.
Sloan Wilson - Novelist best-known for the 1955 best-seller “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” which was turned into a 1956 film of the same title starring Gregory Peck, and whose other novels include “A Summer’s Place” and “Pacific Interlude”, died May 25 in Colonial Beach, VA of undisclosed causes at age 83.
Kathleen Winsor - Author whose 1944 novel “Forever Amber” about the sexual adventures of a young woman, is considered the forerunner of the modern romance novel, whose book was condemned by the morality board and banned in Boston (and made into a film starring Linda Darnell), and who was briefly married to bandleader Artie Shaw, died May 26 in New York at age 83.
Politics and Military
Jeffrey Hillelson - U.S. Congressman from Missouri who served one term from 1953 to 1955, and who has the dubious distinction of being the only Republican elected to Congress in Missouri’s 4th District, which is Harry Truman’s birthplace, since 1935, died May 28 in Prairie Village, KS at age 84.
Pat Noble - FBI sketch artist who worked on some of the departments most famous cases including the assassination of President Kennedy, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and most recently the drawings of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, died May 10 of a stroke in Gadsden, TN at age 80.
Gen. Momir Talic - Bosnian Serb general charged by the U.N. war crimes court with genocide, who was accused of playing a leading role in a purge that left hundreds dead and 100,000 expelled from their homes during the Balkan War in northern Serbia, died May 27 in Belgrade of cancer at age 61.
Social and Religion
Monica Berger - Louisville, Kentucky woman in the news two years ago when she stabbed her 2-year-old son to death and was committed to a mental institution, and who was staying at her parents home while being transferred between mental health facilities, committed suicide by overdosing on anti-depressants on May 25 in Jasper, IN. She was 43 years old.
Barry Cunnane - Aspiring Irish actor who came to Chicago to study acting and find work in theatre, was mysteriously gunned down on May 24 while walking down the street with a friend in Ravenswood, IL. He was 27 years old and no suspects or motive are known.
Antonio Ferrua - Jesuit archaeologist who headed the excavation that uncovered what the Vatican declared to be the tomb and bones of St. Peter, and who was considered a leading scholar in epigraphy, the study of ancient Christian inscriptions, died May 25 in Rome at age 102.
Joseph Guzulaitis - Chicago man who was accused by the federal government of being a guard at two Nazi concentration camps, whom the Justice Department was attempting to strip his U.S. citizenship so he could be deported, died May 13 of heart failure and diabetes in Chicago at age 79.
David Hofman - Former Hollywood actor and British TV personality who became a top official in the Universal House of Justice, the Baha'i religion’s supreme administrative body, and who authored several religious books including “The Renewal of Civilisation”, died May 9 in Oxford, England at age 94.
Robert Knighton - Oklahoma man who was convicted of murdering four people in Oklahoma and Missouri in 1990, including the robbery and shooting deaths of Richard and Virginia Denny in their Oklahoma home, who had previously spent 17 years in prison for killing a man in Missouri in the early 70’s, was executed by lethal injection on May 27 in McAlester, OK at age 52.
Mary McGuire - New York City woman who was the mother of 18 children and was known as the “neighborhood mom”, who interceded in a schoolyard free-for-all among neighborhood teens on May 28, was beaten up and died of a heart attack while attempting to rescue her 9-yr-old daughter. She was 57 years old.
Kimberly Anna Roe - Virginia girl whose battles with liver cancer were featured on a nationally broadcast PBS series on hospice care, succumbed to the disease on May 20 in Oak Hill, VA at age 16.
Rev. Buford Smith - TV evangelist and head of Living Faith Ministries, whose broadcasts over the WLFG network are seen several Appalachain states including West Virginia and Kentucky, died May 24 of cancer in Grundy, VA at age 65.
Shirley Stamps - Delaware woman who as a child in 1951 was one of the two plaintiffs to sue the Delaware state Board of Education to desegregate schools that eventually led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, died May 28 of a heart attack in Wilmington, DE at age 59.
Johanne Svensson - Sweden’s oldest person and third oldest ever in that country, died May 29 at age 111.
Siegfried Widera - Priest who disappeared in April 2002, two days before charges were filed against him for molesting boys in Wisconsin and California, and who had eluded authorities for over a year, jumped to his death on May 25 from his hotel room in Mazatlan, Mexico as federal and state police surrounded the hotel. He was 62 years old.
Business and Science
Geoffrey Bawa - Acclaimed Sri Lankan architect known for producing houses and public buildings in harmony with their landscapes, died May 27 in Columbo, Sri Lanka from the effects of a 1998 stroke at age 83.
Chauncey Cook - Chairman and chief executive from 1965 until retiring in 1974 of General Foods Corporation, which was then the U.S.’s second largest food processing company, died May 19 in Austin, TX at age 93.
Telemachus Demoulas - Owner of the family-owned Market Basket supermarket chain in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, who was embroiled in a legal battle with his brother’s heirs over ownership of the supermarket chain, died May 24 in Lowell, MA after a brief illness at age 82.
Erika Fromm - Psychologist who was a leading expert of the use of hypnosis in therapy, who used hypnosis to treat severely disturbed patients and who wrote numerous books including “Hypnosis and Behavioral Medicine”, “Dream Interpretation: A New Approach”, and “Self-Hypnosis: The Chicago Paradigm”, died May 26 in Chicago at age 93.
Dr. Richard Gardner - Child psychiatrist who developed the controversial theory of Parental Alienation Syndrome, which tended to minimize the effects of child abuse, who wrote numerous books and created therapeutic board game, The Talking, Feeling, and Doing Game, died May 25 in Tenafly, NJ at age 72.
Hermann Haus - Authority on optical communications who combined his knowledge of electrical engineering and quantum mechanics to advance technologies used in eye surgery, medical imaging and precision clocks, who was the holder of 19 patents in laser optics, solitons, semiconductors and related fields, died May 21 of a heart attack after a bike ride in Lexington, MA at age 77.
Rob Kling - Author and educator regarded as the founding father of social informatics (the study of how computers influence social change), who wrote many influential books including “Computers and Politics: High Technology in American Local Governments” and “Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social Choices”, died May 15 of cardiovascular disease in Bloomington, IN at age 58.
Oleg Makarov - Soviet cosmonaut who miraculously survived a 1975 launch accident when a booster rocket that carried him and crew mate Vasily Lazarev to space exploded shortly after liftoff (their capsule jettisoned just seconds before the explosion and landed in the Siberian mountains), died of a heart attack on May 28 in Moscow at age 70.
The Menninger Clinic - Famed Topeka, KS psychiatric clinic opened by pioneering psychiatrist Charles Menninger in 1924, where for many years troubled souls came from great distances to find treatment and refuge, and where generations of mental health practitioners came for training, closed it’s doors on May 31, a victim of the rise of managed care which ended long hospital stays (The clinic now becomes part of Baylor Univeristy and has moved to Texas).
Thomas Odhiambo - Kenyan entomologist who founded the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology, who was a pioneer in controlling insects without using synthetic chemicals, and who was awarded the Albert Einstein Medal in 1979, died May 26 of liver cancer in Nairobi at age 72.
Bart O'Gara - Wildlife researcher and author who was director of Montana's Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, and who was considered one of the leading authorities on the American Pronghorn antelope, died May 21 in Denver at age 80.
A. G. E. Pearse - Pioneering histochemist (the application of biochemical studies to human, animal or plant tissues under a microscope – but you already knew that), who was known for his pioneering work in relation to polypeptide hormones and who authored the textbook “Histochemistry Theoretical and Applied”, died May 24 in South Molton, Devon, UK at age 86.
Ilya Prigogine - Physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1977 for insights into how life could arise in apparent defiance of the classical laws of physics, who wrote or was co-author of 20 books and almost 1,000 research articles, and who was a long-time professor at the University of Texas, died May 27 in Brussels, Belgium at age 86.
Dr. Henry Rappaport - Noted cancer researcher and hematopathologist who is best known for the “Rappaport Classification”, the first clinically significant lymphoma classification system, which formed the foundation of the currently used WHO lymphoma classification system, and who published more than 200 scholarly papers on his cancer research, died May 19 of natural causes in Los Angeles at age 90.
Willard Rouse - Developer and co-founder of Liberty Property Trust, one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts, who oversaw the development of Philadelphia's convention center, the biggest public construction project ever in Pennsylvania, died May 27 of lung cancer in Phoenixville, PA at age 60.
George Williams - President of American University in Washington, DC from 1968 until 1975 during the peak of campus tensions over student rights and the Vietnam War, who is credited with increasing minority enrollment at the school from 4 percent to 13 during his tenure, died May 18 in Evanston, IL of gastrointestinal ailments at age 85.