Tony Alongi - Heavyweight boxer who had a career record of 40-2-4 with 23 knockouts, who twice fought legendary boxer Jerry Quarry to draws, who was one of Muhammad Ali's sparring partners when he was still known as Cassius Clay, and who is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, died Nov. 27 of heart failure in Hollywood, FL at age 64.
Larry Booker - Professional wrestler who fought as Moondog Spot and Larry Latham, collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack during a bout at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis on Nov. 29. His age was unavailable but he was believed to be around 50.
Tony Canadeo - Hall of Fame NFL player known as the "Grey Ghost" who was a member of the powerful Green Bay Packers teams of the 1940's and 50's, who rushed for 1,052 yards in 1949, becoming only the third player in NFL history to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season, and who is only one of four players to have his number (3) retired by the Packers, died Nov. 29 after collapsing at his home in Green Bay, WI at age 84.
Dick Hutton - Three-time NCAA wrestling champion who won titles in 1947, 1948 and 1950 at Oklahoma A&M, who competed in the 1948 Olympic Games in London as a super heavyweight, but who is best known as a professional wrestler, whose gimmick was to "take on all comers", with fans getting a dollar a minute for staying in the ring with him and $1,000 for defeating him, and who in 1957 defeated Lou Thesz for the heavyweight championship, died Nov. 24 in Tulsa, OK at age 80.
Cowan "Bubba" Hyde - Star outfielder in the Negro Leagues known for his speed, whose career spanned four decades from the 1920's to the 1950's playing for 12 different teams, and who was a Negro Leagues All Star in 1943 and 1946, died Nov. 20 in St. Louis at age 95 (Note: He was not the subject of the same-named hit song by Diamond Rio).
Millie Khan - One of New Zealand's best known sportswomen known as "Queen of the Green", who held 12 national titles in the sport of lawn bowling from 1989 to 2001, who twice won medals in international play in the sport in 1990 and 1998, died of a heart attack on Nov. 23 in Rotorua, New Zealand at age 65.
George Peoples - Star running back at Auburn where he received the team's offensive player of the year award in 1981, who played four seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys, Patriots and Bucs, was found dead on Nov. 23 in a Tampa, FL motel room of unstated causes. He was 43 years old.
Warren Spahn - Hall of Fame baseball pitcher who is fifth on the all-time wins list with 363, who played for 21 seasons from 1942 until 1965 nearly all for the Braves, both in Boston and Milwaukee, who won 20 games in a season an astounding 13 times in his career, who was an All Star 14 times and who hold records for most years leading the league in victories (8) and complete games (9), most victories (363), lifetime complete games (382), innings pitched (5,243) and shutouts (63) for a left-handed pitcher, and most career home runs (35) for a pitcher, died Nov. 23 in Broken Arrow, OK at age 82.
Harry Thompson - Defensive lineman who played six seasons in the NFL with the Rams and Cardinals, who was a key blocker for the Rams renowned "Bull Elephant" backfield that led the team to the national championship in 1951, and who was one of the first African American players in the National Football League, died Nov. 26 of natural causes in Los Angeles at age 78.
Art and Literature
Bernard S. Cohn - Anthropologist who spent his life studying and writing about British influence on modern Indian culture and society, who wrote several highly regarded works, including the books "India: The Social Anthropology of a Civilization", "An Anthropologist Among the Historians and Other Essays" and "Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge: The British in India", died Nov. 25 in Chicago after a long illness at age 75.
Mario Rene Dederichs - Washington correspondent for Germany's Stern magazine, who wrote the German-language political biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton as first lady, "Hilary Clinton and the Power of Women", died of cancer on Nov. 18 in Hamburg, Germany at age 54.
Shulamit Hareven - Israeli author and peace activist who was spokeswoman of the Israeli anti-settlement movement Peace Now, who was the author of around 20 books which have been translated into several languages including "City of Many Days", and who in 1995 was named as one of the 100 women who had "moved the world" by L'Express magazine, died Nov. 23 in Jerusalem after a long illness at age 73.
Eugene Karlin - Painter and illustrator whose works have been on display at the San Francisco Museum, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, who was an illustrator for such magazines as Fortune, Esquire, Sports Illustrated and Playboy, and who also illustrated books and album covers, died Nov. 20 in Laguna Woods, CA at age 84.
Hugh Kenner - Author and America's foremost commentator on literary modernism, who wrote 25 books of his own, contributed to 200 more and wrote nearly 1,000 articles, who is best known for his pioneering guide to English-language literary modernism and for his books "Dublin's Joyce" (1956), "The Pound Era" (1971) and "Joyce's Voices" (1978), died Nov. 24 of heart problems in Athens, GA at age 80.
Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz - British-born cooking journalist and cookbook author (as Elisabeth Lambert), whose 1969 cookbook "The Book of Latin American Cooking" made her the undisputed English-language expert on that cuisine, who penned dozens of books and cookbooks on the foods of Central and South America, and who was a longtime contributor to Gourmet magazine since its inception in the 1940's, died Oct. 27 in New York City at age 88.
Ruth Newhall - Journalist, author, adventurer and newspaper editor who was a longtime reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, who authored six books on the history of California, who taught journalism at UC Berkeley, and who with her late husband Scott Newhall, bought the rural Southern California newspaper The Signal, renamed it the Newhall Signal, and turned it into an editorial paper read throughout the state, died Nov. 24 in Berkeley after a brief illness at age 93.
David Stern - Author best known for the novel "Francis, the Talking Mule", which inspired a series of movies in the 1950's starring Donald O'Connor, who was a longtime journalist and newspaper publisher, died Nov. 22 in San Francisco at age 94.
Politics and Military
Ramona Barnes - Colorful and tough-talking Alaska state representative, who served as a Republican from 1978 to 1998, who was the first woman to serve as speaker of the House, and who had a reputation for taking care of her friends and punishing her enemies, died Nov. 26 of pneumonia and kidney failure in Anchorage at age 65.
Martha Thurmond Bishop - Younger sister of late South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond , whose twin sister Mary Thurmond Tompkins is the last of the senator's five siblings still living, died Nov. 23 in Greenwood, SC at age 94.
B.W. Mike Donovan - Longtime Maryland state legislator who served in both the House and Senate from 1967 until 1987, died Nov. 18 in Myrtle Beach, SC from injuries sustained in a fall at age 83.
Abelardo Forero - Respected Columbian politician and diplomat, who served eight terms as a Liberal Party lawmaker in Congress, trying to soothe a nation wracked by political violence, who after leaving office attempted to end animosity between his party and the rival Conservatives that paralyzed Congress, and who was host of the award-winning TV historical program "The Past in the Present" for 15 years, died Nov. 25 in Bogata at age 91.
William Hart - Detroit's first black chief of police, who was appointed by mayor Coleman Young after a 40 year career in the department, but who shortly after taking office in 1991 was indicted for embezzling $2.6 million from the department's drug enforcement fund, and who served 7 years in prison, died Nov. 24 of heart failure in Philadelphia at age 79.
Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali - Infamous Iranian judge who was appointed the president of the Islamic Revolution Court after the Shah of Iran was disposed in 1979, who was known for the ease at which he sentence hundreds of members of the Shah's government and security forces to death, including former Prime Minister Abbas Hoveida (some of these "trials" lasted only minutes, and once he just banged his gavel, grabbed a pistol and shot to death a former military leader under the Shah), died Nov. 26 after surgery in Tehran at age 77.
Willie Liddell - World War I veteran, who was the last surviving member of the Oklahoma Militia, lead by General Pershing, that chased Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa on the Mexican border, died Nov. 24 in Ardmore, OK at age 106.
Matilda Stepovich - First lady of Alaska in 1957 and 1958, who was the wife of Mike Stepovich, Alaska's last territorial governor and first native-born governor, who, along with her husband, were representative of the young face of Alaska prior to statehood, died Nov. 25 in Medford, OR after a lengthy illness at age 81.
W. Fred Turner - Attorney who served as the U.S.'s first public defender, who successfully defended drifter Clarence Gideon in a retrial on charges of theft, after Gideon petitioned the U.S. Supreme court that he should have had representation at his original trial and the court agreed in the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright ruling in 1963, a case which resulted in the creation of public defender systems across the nation, a story which was told in the 1983 move "Gideon's Trumpet" starring Henry Fonda as Gideon and Lane Smith as Fred Turner, was found dead on Nov. 24 at his home in Panama City, FL at age 81.
Social and Religion
Andy - The last remaining polar bear at Salt Lake City's Hogle Zoo, who was a popular fixture on the zoo's west end, frequently splashing into pools to retrieve fish in front of crowds, was found dead on Nov. 26 after swallowing a glove that had been thrown into his exhibit. He was 14 years old (average life expectancy of a polar bear in captivity, you ask? between 25 and 30 years).
Sylvia Bernstein - Civil rights activist, who with her husband Albert Bernstein , were members of the Communist Party in the 1940's and often under scrutiny by the U.S. government, who in the 1960's organized protests to stop the Vietnam war and to desegregate restaurants, swimming pools, parks, etc. in Washington, DC, and who is the mother of journalist Carl Bernstein (of Watergate fame), died Nov. 23 of pancreatic cancer in Washington, DC at age 88.
John "Johnny Gons" Casasanto - Philadelphia mobster and one-time associate of mob boss John Stanfa, who served more than eight years in prison on a racketeering charge in the 1990's, who was a suspect in the Jan. 2002 slaying of mob figure Raymond "Long John" Martorano, and who recently was charged for assault in the stabbing of R&B singer Chico Debarge outside a nightclub, was shot to death "gangland style" on Nov. 22 in his Philadelphia home at the age of 35.
Robert L. DeWitt - Episcopal bishop and activist who was known for his outspoken advocacy of equal rights for both women and minorities, and who became the first bishop to ordain a woman when in September 1974 he went against church directive and ordained 11 women to the priesthood, died Nov. 21 in Saratoga Springs, NY at age 87.
Sheik Abu Hassan Aref Halawi - Spiritual leader of the Druse, an offshoot of Islam with communities in Lebanon, Israel, Syria and other Arab states and half a million followers around the world, who was the sect's highest religious authority, died Nov. 26 in Lebanon after surgery at age 103.
Florence Jones - Renowned Native American healer and the spiritual leader of the Winnemem band of Wintu Indians in Shasta County, California, who was revered among many tribes for her healing abilities using native plants and her strict adherence to traditional ways, and who was the subject of the 2001 documentary film "In the Light of Reverence", died Nov. 22 in Redding, CA at age 95.
Gail Knisley - Ohio woman who on Nov. 25 was on the way to the doctors as a passenger in a car driven by her friend Mary Cox on I-270 in Columbus, Ohio, who heard a sound like a balloon popping and asked her friend "What was that?", slumped over and died from a gunshot wound from a bullet fired by a sniper. She was 62 years old. This is the 11th incident of sniper fire along an eight kilometer stretch of I-270 and the first fatality.
Roland Leclerc - Well-known Quebec priest, TV personality and journalist, who hosted the popular program "En Toute Amitie" on TVA and the radio program "Le Jour de Seigneur", who wrote columns for newspapers across the province, and who was a eminent spiritual adviser to many of Quebec's business elite, was found dead on Nov. 21 in his car at the bottom of a Lac de la Croix, near St. Mathieu du Parc, Quebec. He was 57 years old and cause of death is under investigation.
Janet McCloud - American Indian activist and Tulalip Indian member, who helped launch the American Indian movement of the 1960s and 1970s by organizing a series of physical confrontations with state and federal authorities on banks of the Nisqually River that were dubbed 'fish-ins', that resulted in the eventual reaffirmation of Indian treaty rights in the region, died Nov. 25 of diabetes complications in Yelm, WA at age 69.
Snowflake - Extremely rare albino gorilla at Spain's Barcelona Zoo, who was a main tourist attraction to the area with his wrinkly white face on posters and postcards all over the city, and who spent 37 years at the zoo, fathering 22 offspring with three different females (none is albino), died Nov. 24 of skin cancer. He was believed to be around 40 years old.
John Steensma - Advocate for the disabled and a pioneer in the use of prosthetics, who served as director of Michigan's rehabilitation program for handicapped children, who in 1958 founded a rehabilitation center in rural South Korea for soldiers and civilians who had lost limbs during the Korean War, which today is seven-story rehabilitation center attached to the university medical center in the capital city of Seoul, died Nov. 24 of cancer in Holland, MI at age 82.
Bhaddanta Vinaya - One of Myanmar's most revered Buddhist monks known as Thamanya Sayadaw or abbot of Thamanya mountain, who was a spiritual adviser to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and who was known for leading development projects such as road construction in the poor Asian country formerly called Burma, died Nov. 22 of diabetes and heart problems in Yangon, Myanmar at age 93.
Business and Science
Bernard Brightman - Founder of Stash Records, a New York jazz record company that took its name from the subject of its first album, 1976's "Reefer Songs", whose second released LP was "Copulatin' Blues" (both albums were compilations of recordings made in the 1920's and 30's), and which later evolved into a source of new recordings by young and relatively unknown musicians, died Nov. 9 in New York City of lung cancer at age 82.
Anton Burg - Leading expert on the study of boron, who was the first to synthesize several boron compounds that eventually found wide use in organic chemistry and led to the creation of both polyethylene and Teflon, and who was the longtime chairman of the University of Southern California chemistry department, died Nov. 19 in Los Angeles at age 99.
Jane Evans - Executive who served as president/CEO of several women's apparel companies including I. Miller, Monet, Buttrick Fashion Marketing and the Interpacific Group of retail stores, and most recently as the managing partner of the Directors' Council, a company she helped form this year to help companies find women and members of minorities to serve as directors, died Nov. 16 of bacterial pneumonia while attending a business conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina at age 59.
Chris Hemmeter - Developer who was responsible for building Hawaii's largest and best known resort hotels, such as the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Westin Kauai, Hyatt Regency Waikoloa and the Westin Maui, whose resorts were known for their extreme lavishness, who in 1988 was listed as the 389th wealthiest person in America by Forbes magazine, but who ran into financial problems after building a luxurious casino in New Orleans that closed right after opening, died Nov. 27 in Los Angeles of Parkinson's disease and cancer at age 64.
Eugene Kleiner - Scientist, entrepreneur and venture capitalist who played a pivotal role in building Silicon Valley, who helped found Fairchild Semiconductor, a company that revolutionized the chip industry and became an entrepreneurial breeding ground, hatching Intel Corp., National Semiconductor and Advanced Micro Devices, died Nov. 20 in Los Altos Hills, CA of a heart ailment at age 80.
Jack Magoon - President, chairman and majority owner of Hawaiian Airlines from 1964 until his retirement in 1989, who introduced jet service to the islands in 1964, who expanded from the inter-island business into mainland flights beginning in 1985, and who saw revenues go from $10.6 million in 1964 to $632 million in 2002, died Nov. 24 in Honolulu at age 87.
Margaret Singer - Controversial psychologist who was an expert on brainwashing and mind control, who wrote the book "Cults in Our Midst", who was an expert-witness in more than 200 court cases, including the bank robbery trial of Patty Hearst, who has been the target of death threats and vandalism from cult operatives, and whose theories about mind control have come under fire in recent years, died Nov. 22 after a long illness in Berkeley, CA at age 82.