Bob Bailey - Hockey player in both the AHL and NHL, who was AHL rookie of the year in 1952-53 for Cleveland and helped them win the Calder Cup, and who played six seasons in the NHL for Toronto, Detroit and Chicago during the 1950's, died Oct. 24 in West Park, OH at age 72.
Johnny Boyd - Race car driver who competed on the IRL circuit in the 1950's and 60's, who finished third at the Indianapolis 500 in 1958 and in the top 10 on four other occasions, died Oct. 26 in Fresno, CA after a long illness at age 77.
Elmer "Al" Corwin - Major league pitcher with the New York Giants from 1951 to 1955, who appeared in World Series in 1951 and 1954 with the Giants, and who compiled a career record of 18-10, died Oct. 23 of melanoma in Geneva, FL at age 76.
Bill Slayton - Notable boxing trainer who coached Ken Norton to his win over Muhammad Ali in 1973, who also was trainer to heavyweight champion Michael Dokes, among many others, and who tutored actor Mickey Rourke for his role as a boxer in the movie "Homeboy", died Oct. 28 in Culver City, CA after a lengthy illness at age 81.
John Tankersley - Longtime baseball coach at Prairie View A&M University, who coached at the school for 3 decades, who in his career coached future major leaguers like pitcher Charles Hudson, second baseman Rennie Stinnett and outfielder Steve Henderson, died Oct. 27 after heart surgery in Houston at age 80.
Fred Whittingham - NFL linebacker for nine seasons for the Rams, Cowboys, Eagles and Saints during the 1960's, who was an All American at Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo in college, who coached not only in the NFL but in the college ranks at Brigham Young and the University of Utah, died Oct. 27 of a pulmonary embolism after back surgery in Provo, UT at age 62.
Art and Literature
Constance Clear - Psychotherapist, radio talk show host and novelist, who made a name for herself in the realm of alien abductions and UFO phenomena, who as a psychotherapist specialize in treating people who claimed they were abducted by aliens and who published the book "Reaching for Reality: Seven Incredible True Stories of Alien Abduction" in 1999, died Oct. 28 in Phoenix from injuries suffered in a car accident at age 53.
Hal Clement (real name Harry Stubbs) - Science fiction writer with a reputation as a "hard SF writer" (science fiction based on established physics, chemistry and astronomy), whose novels often depicted highly imagined alien worlds, who published such books as "Mission of Gravity" (his best known), "Cycle of Fire" and "Noise", and among whose honors included being named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, died Oct. 29 in Milton, MA at age 81.
John Hart Ely - Groundbreaking American legal scholar and expert in constitutional law and constitutional theory, whose 1980 book "Democracy and Distrust" is the most frequently cited book about law published in the 20th century, and who taught at Yale, Harvard and Stanford and was the dean of the Stanford Law School, died Oct. 25 in Miami of cancer at age 64.
Beryl Graves - Widow and second wife of poet Robert Graves, who as co-editor of his poetic legacy after his death in 1985 and helped give it the coherence it had lacked, and who was the honorary president of the Robert Graves Society, died Oct. 27 on the Spanish island of Majorca at age 88.
Ronan Huon - European writer, editor and publisher who became the world's greatest defender of Breton language and literature (Breton is the culture and Celtic language of Brittany which was in major decline by the 20th century - you wanted to know), who became a major force in the Breton movement in the 1940's and who later founded the periodical 'Al Liamm', and a publishing house of the same name for Breton writers, died Oct. 17 in Brest, France at age 81.
Virginia Lanier - Author who penned the popular "Bloodhound" series of mystery books, including "The House on Bloodhound Lane", "A Brace of Bloodhounds", "Blind Bloodhound Justice" and the just-released "A Bloodhound to Die For", who published her first book at age 65, died Oct. 27 in Fargo, GA after a long illness at age 72.
Joan Perucho - Spanish author best known for his 1960 novel about vampires, "Natural History", which was translated into numerous languages and won him international recognition, who wrote in his native language Catalan in genres including poetry, short stories, science fiction, journalism and art criticism, and who was awarded Spain's National Letters Prize in 2002, died Oct. 28 in Barcelona of cirrhosis of the liver at age 82.
Guy Shaw - Sculptor who was one of the most distinguished exponents in the field of Western netsuke carving (Japanese miniatures), whose work is highly valued by collectors around the world, and among whose characteristic pieces include a thrush's anvil and an ant lurking inside a half-opened chestnut, died Oct. 9 at age 52 (no other information was stated).
Politics and Military
Lt. Col. Chad Buehring - Army officer in charge of psychological operations for Army Forces Central Command in Iraq, who advised top Army officials about how the occupation was being received by average Iraqis and how to encourage their cooperation, was killed in a rocket barrage on a Baghdad hotel on Oct. 26 which injured 15 others and may have been intended for Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz who was visiting the hotel. Col. Buehring was 40 years old.
Thomas Finnie - Inaugural deputy director of the Defense Mapping Agency at the Department of Defense, a consolidation of all military mapping, charting and geodesy, who directed the production of maps for the manned spaceflights and lunar landings and was at Houston mission control when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, and who was one of the highest ranked civilians in the Department of Defense during the 1970's, died Oct. 17 in Webster Groves, MO of cancer and Alzheimer's disease at age 84.
Kim Yong Sun - Top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and a member of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party and Pyongyang's top policy coordinator on relations with South Korea since 1992, who was involved in reconciliation efforts with South Korea and sat between the leaders during the 2000 reconciliation summit, died Oct. 26 from injuries received in a car accident in June, 2003. He was 69 years old.
Walter Washington - Mayor of Washington, DC whose election in 1974 made him the first elected mayor of the nation's capital since the Civil War and the first black to head a major U.S. city, which opened the door to contemporaries like Detroit's Coleman Young, Tom Bradley of Los Angeles and Chicago's Harold Washington, died Oct. 28 in Washington, DC at age 88.
Social and Religion
Pandurang Shastri Athavale - Indian social reformer and spiritual leader who founded the Swadhyaya movement in India in 1954, a religious movement based on selfless love for the poor, which now has 5 million followers worldwide, who preached a blend of community spirit and religious harmony and asked his followers to see God in every person, and who was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1997 (previously given to Rev. Billy Graham and Mother Teresa), died Oct. 25 in Bombay, India of a heart attack at age 84.
Kamato Hongo - Japanese woman believed to be the world's oldest person, who became famous throughout Japan for her habit of sleeping for two days and then staying awake for two days, who grew up on the same small island that also produced the record-holder for longevity for a man, Shigechiyo Izumi, who lived to 120, died Oct. 31 of pneumonia in Kagoshima, Japan at age 116.
Elizabeth Israel - Dominican woman who claimed to be the world's oldest living person, who was known by locals as "Ma Pampo", who celebrated her 128th birthday in January, 2003 (which would make her 6 years older than the oldest documented record-holder), but who did not have sufficient paperwork to prove her age to either Guinness Book or the GRG, died Oct. 28 in Roseau, Dominica of flu complications at age 128 or ???.
Shirl Jennings - Georgia man blind since the age of 10, who in 1991 had his sight restored by two operations after 40 years without sight, becoming only one of a handful of people blind since childhood having their sight restored, and whose story was depicted in the 1999 film "At First Sight" starring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino, died Oct. 26 in Atlanta of obstructive pulmonary disease at age 63.
Wendy Marx - Spokesman for the Wendy Marx Foundation for Organ Donor Awareness, started by sprinter Carl Lewis and Wendy's Pulitzer Prize-winning brother Jeffrey Marx after a last minute liver donation saved Wendy's life in 1989, and who underwent another liver transplant for hepatitis B in 1992 and was No. 1 on the waiting list for another new liver after a recent hepatitis flare up, succumbed to the disease on Oct. 28 in Palo Alto, CA at age 36.
Ernest "Disco Ernie" Nasser - Terre Haute, Indiana man who gained fame as an elderly exotic dancer, stripping for money at private birthday and bachelorette parties and appearing at strip clubs throughout the area, entertaining and horrifying audiences for the last 24 years, died Oct. 26 of pneumonia in Terre Haute, IN at age 89.
James O'Gara - Chief editor of Commonweal, the lay journal for Catholics which under his editorial direction became a showcase for Catholic intellectuals and activists, died of a heart attack on Oct. 22 in Catonsville, MD at age 85.
Harold Redfeairn - High ranking official with the white supremacist group Aryan Nations, who was named as successor by Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler in 2001, a year after a civil rights lawsuit forced Butler to forfeit the group's Idaho compound, who attempted to form a new group in Pennsylvania but ended up in a power struggle before restoring leadership back to Butler, died Oct. 26 in Dayton, OH of a heart ailment at age 51.
John Clayton Smith - Missouri man who in 1997 stabbed to death his 22-year-old former girlfriend, Brandie Kearnes, with her infant daughter only a few feet away (she managed to write "It was Joh---" on the floor in her own blood before dying), and then killed her stepfather Wayne Hoewing, 51, was executed by lethal injection on Oct. 29 in Potosi, MO at age 42.
Michael Yaconelli - Youth minister and author considered by some to be the father of modern youth ministry, who owned and operated Youth Specialties, a non-denominational youth-serving organization based in San Diego, who wrote several books including "Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People" and "Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith", was killed in a car accident on Oct. 31 near Redding, CA at age 61.
Business and Science
Robert J. Barnes - President and CEO of the Estee Lauder cosmetics company from 1964, shortly after the company started, until 1991, who built it into a dominant cosmetics company with an estimated sales volume of more than $1 billion at the time of his retirement, died Oct 26 in Monarch Beach, CA of natural causes at age 86.
Herbert Beckhard - Co-founder of the architecture firm of Beckhard, Richlan & Associates (now known as BRS+A) with Frank Richlan in 1982, who (like Mr. Richlan) was a former associate of celebrated Bauhaus master Marcel Breuer, and who had collaborated on projects that included the Department of Housing and Urban Development building in Washington and the Strom Thurmond Federal Office Building and Courthouse in Columbia, South Carolina, died Sept. 11 in Glen Cove, NY of injuries suffered in a fall at age 77 (just hours after Mr. Richlan died).
The Concorde SST - Space age supersonic airliner once seen as the future of aviation and was first produced in 1969, which made it possible to travel between New York and London in 3 and a half hours (you would actually arrive in New York 90 minutes before you left London!), but was expensive to produce (only 16 were made), had limited seating and high fuel consumption making it expensive to maintain, came to an end as a commercial airplane on Oct. 24 after British Airways, the last airlines to employ the SST, ceased operations of the remaining jets.
Dr. Margaret Johns - Scientist who showed that pheromones can set off hormonal changes in mammals when they activate the vomeronasal organ, receptors on each side of the nasal septom, a process that can attract animals of the opposite sex (scientists previously believed these organs were functionless), and whose discovery have led scientists to develop synthetic pheromones that could have a range of medical uses, like relieving anxiety and easing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, died Oct. 25 in New York City of a heart attack at age 75.
Richard Leibler - National Security Agency mathematician whose code-breaking work helped lead to the exposure and arrest of Soviet agents who spied on the United States during the height of the Cold War, whose theoretical work was critical to the development of a process that enabled cryptolinguists to decipher Soviet espionage messages in the VENONA project, died Oct. 25 in Reston, VA of heart disease at age 89.
John T. Mengel - Electronics pioneer who as the head of the electronic instrument division at the Naval Research Laboratory shot the first photo ever taken from space at an altitude greater than 100 miles, using a V-2 rocket in 1947, and whose team was able to make groundbreaking discoveries about outer space including data about ultraviolet lines and the chemical composition of the sun, died Oct. 22 in Davis, CA of pneumonia at age 85.
Gil Nickel - Napa Valley winemaker who took over the long-abandoned Far Niente winery in Oakville, California in 1979, and after extensive remodeling turned it into one of Napa's most picturesque estates, and who recently opened the Nickel & Nickel winery there, died Oct. 30 of cancer in Oakville, CA at age 64.
Howard Polsky - Sociologist and professor of social work, who directed much of his research toward the delivery of social services to the incarcerated, the poor, and the mentally ill, and whose 1960 book "Cottage Six: The Social System of Delinquent Boys" is widely regarded as a classic in the study of children's institutions, died Oct. 20 in New York of complications following emergency open-heart surgery at age 75.
Frank Richlan - Co-founder of the architecture firm of Beckhard, Richlan & Associates (now known as BRS+A) with Herbert Beckhard in 1982, who was a former associate of celebrated Bauhaus master Marcel Breuer, and who had collaborated on projects like the International Financial Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, died Sept. 10 of cancer in Nutley, NJ at age 61 (just hours before Mr. Beckhard died).
Takashi Sonobe - President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., who took over in November 2000 after his predecessor resigned in disgrace in a defect cover-up scandal that resulted in the recall of 2 million vehicles, and who was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2002, died Oct. 28 of heart failure in Toyko at age 62.
Dwight D. Sutherland - Retired chairman and CEO of the family-owned Sutherland Lumber Company, which was founded by his father in 1910 and now has 60 locations in 14 states in the Midwest and Southwest U.S., who in 1988 teamed up with Wall Street raider Asher Edelman and made a failed takeover bid for Payless Cashways Inc., died Oct. 25 in Kansas City, MO after an accidental shooting at his home at the age of 81.