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Life In Legacy - Week of January 24, 2004

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Fanny Blankers-Koen - One of the 20th century's top female athletes Helmut Newton - Fashion photographer Bob Keeshan - TV's beloved Captain Kangaroo Ann Miller - Amazing dancer and actress Jerry Nachman - Top journalist Charles Pankow - Building industry icon Noble Willingham - 'Walker, Texas Ranger' regular Diana Hacker - Wrote familiar college textbook Harry Brecheen - Pitcher for the Cardinals Valfar - Black metal guitarist Kalevi Sorsa - Prime Minister of Finland Paul Rico - Accused FBI agent David Hookes - Australian cricket star Tom Rowe - Bassist with Schooner Fare Elizabeth DeLorean - First wife of John DeLorean Norman Heatley - Scientist instrumental in penicillin mass production Donald Siegal - Composer of children's songs for TV Carlton Sickles - Maryland Congressman Kevin Zimmerman - Executed in Texas Dr. Howard Eder - Cholesterol researcher Alisa Lewis - Basketball player at Cal Ron Crickenberger - Political director of the Libertarian Party Don Shinnick - Record-holding NFL linebacker Yordan Radichkov - Bulgarian writer Agnes Mary Rich - 111-year-old woman Albert Tillman - Scuba diving luminary Marjorie Asmussen - Population researcher Harry Claiborne - Disgraced federal judge Olivier Guichard - Advisor to French leaders Ray Rayner - Chicago children's TV show host Jim Bob Tinsley - Country music singer and historian Bobbi MacKinnon - Killed doing 'Jackass' stunt Stanley Zale - Jewelry retailer executive Dr. Fritz Redlich - Author of 'Hitler: Diagnosis of a Destructive Prophet' Jordan Bonne - Trampoline gymnast Milt Bernhart - Jazz trombonist Taylor Duncan - Infielder with the A's & Cardinals Rose Cree - American Indian basket weaver Dean Miller - 'December Bride' actor Mary Jean Tully - Prominent feminist Betty Van Andel - Wife of Amway founder Beatrice Winde - Broadway actress John Hechinger - Hardware chain president and DC political figure Therese Heyman - Expert on American photographic history Mike Ramsden - Founder & guitarist for The Silkie Doyle Rodgers - Atlanta furniture seller known as Wolfman Peter W. Fay - Historian Robert Donley - Actor Billy May - Big bandleader Royce Smith - College & pro football player Drs. James & Lidia Wenz - Prominant physicans at Johns Hopkins Noel Toy - Notorious fan dancer Bad Boy Jones - Blues guitarist Albert Henderson - Character actor Abdelrahman Munif - Renowned Arab novelist Italia Coppola (pictured on pasta sauce) - Mother of Francis Ford Coppola Dr. Robert Shope - Expert on viruses Tommy DeNoble - Became star on 'American Bandstand' George Woodbridge - Illustrator for MAD magazine Dennison Rusinow - Historian heard on NPR Walter Grealis - Pioneering Canadian record executive Bernard Punsly - Last surviving 'Dead End Kid' Carl Atwood - Indiana lottery winner hit by truck Luis Cuenca - Spanish actor Pauline Richards - Champion skydiver Roberta Garfield - Widow of John Garfield Leonidas da Silva - Brazilian soccer legend John Siomos - Drummer for Peter Frampton Dr. Olga Ladyzhenskaya - Mathematician Lothar Klein - Prolific contemporary composer Ticky Holgado - French actor appeared in 'Amelie' John Blatnik - Baseball player Ed Zwaneveld - Won Oscar for film preservation invention Joe Boyd - Geologist studied volcanic rock Dr. Merrill Chase - Groundbreaking immunologist Pony Express Statue sculpted by Thomas Holland 1991 illustration for 'The Hymn of the Battered Republic' by George Woodbridge Ewald Pyle, Baseball player

News and Entertainment
Milt Bernhart - Jazz trombonist who played and recorded with such luminaries as Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson, whose trombone is heard on the soundtracks of dozens of TV shows from the 1950's, providing atmosphere on crime dramas like "Peter Gunn" and "M. Squad", and who was part of the Columbia Pictures staff orchestra, playing on the soundtracks to such films as "Man With The Golden Arm", died Jan. 22 in Glendale, California at age 77.
Italia Coppola - Mother of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire and grandmother of actor Nicholas Cage, who appeared in two of Coppola's films "One From the Heart" and "The Godfather, Part II", who published a cookbook "Mama Coppola's Pasta Book", and whose image graces a line of pasta and sauces named for her nickname, "Mammarella", died Jan. 21 in her Los Angeles home of natural causes at age 91.
Luis Cuenca - Spanish actor of stage and screen who starred in numerous movies and television shows, who in 1997 at age 75 won the prestigious Goya award for best actor in the Spanish film "The Good Life", died Jan. 21 in Madrid of a pulmonary disorder at age 82.
Tommy DeNoble - Dancer and singer who came to fame as an original dancer on "American Bandstand" in the early 1950's, who became one of the most popular regulars on the show and developed his own following, who recorded a couple of records and appeared in the films "The Monkey's Uncle" and "Ship of Fools" as an offshoot from his popularity, and who went on to a long career in broadcasting in Philadelphia, died Jan. 19 in Chalfont, Pennsylvania at age 64.
Robert Donley - Radio, theatre, television and movie actor best known for broadcasting over 50,000 radio performances on such programs as "Front-Page Farrell" and "Stella Dallas", who appeared on TV in shows like "Seinfeld", "Mad About You", "Lonesome Dove" and "The Rockford Files" (He was Rockford's original father before Noah Beery), and who acted in films like "Cocktail", "Bloodhounds of Broadway" and "Bushwacked!", died Jan. 20 at his home in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania at age 92.
Roberta Garfield - Widow of actor John Garfield (died 1952), whom he married in 1935, and who is the mother of actors David Garfield (died 1994) and Julie Garfield, died recently in New York (any help with age and date of death is appreciated).
Walter Grealis - Canadian music industry pioneer, who in 1960 founded the music trade magazine 'RPM' to promote Canadian singers and musicians, who fought to raise the stature of Canadian music both at home and to international audiences, who with colleague Stan Klees founded the Gold Leaf Awards, which later became the Juno Awards, and for whom the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing music industry figures who have helped advance the Canadian industry, is named, died Jan. 20 in Toronto of lung cancer at the age of 74.
Albert Henderson - Character actor who appeared in a number of notable films including "Serpico", "Coogan's Bluff", "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and "Big Top Pee-wee", and who was a regular in the TV series "Car 54, Where Are You?", playing Officer O'Hare, died recently in Los Angeles at the age of 88.
Ticky Holgado - French comic actor who appeared in nearly 80 films during the last 20 years, including the international hits "Amelie", "Manon of the Spring" and "Les Miserables", died Jan. 22 in Paris of cancer at age 59.
J.J. "Bad Boy" Jones - Los Angeles-area blues guitarist, who regularly performed at Harvelle's Blues Club, B.B. King's Club, Babe's and Ricky's Inn and others over the last 40 years, and who recorded three albums including 1998's "Ashes In the Wind", died Jan. 19 of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 77.
Bob Keeshan - Beloved host of the long-running children's show "Captain Kangaroo", which ran from 1955 to 1993 on CBS and PBS, whose show featured Keeshan at his Treasure House chatting with his friends Mr. Green Jeans, and puppets Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose, for which he received 6 Emmy Awards, and who got his start on television by playing Clarabelle, the voiceless, horn-honking clown on the "Howdy Doody Show" from 1948 to 1953, died Jan. 23 at his home in Quechee, Vermont after a long illness at age 76.
Lothar Klein - Highly regarded contemporary composer, whose compositions, numbering in the hundreds, were performed by some of the foremost conductors and orchestras in Canada, the United States and Europe, who attempted to find parallel points of reference between old and new music, and thereby comment on music's historical continuity, and who recorded numerous albums including 2003's "The Philosopher in the Kitchen", died Jan. 3 in Toronto of pulmonary fibrosis at age 71.
Billy May - Trumpeter, arranger, composer and bandleader, who was a sideman for various orchestra's during the 1930's and 40's including the Charlie Barnet Band and Glenn Miller Orchestra, who was an arranger and conductor for such artists as Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra, including Sinatra's classic "Come Fly With Me" album, and who scored chart success of his own with his arrangements of "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (#8 in 1952) and "Lover, Come Back to Me" with Nat King Cole, died Jan. 22 of a heart attack at his home in San Juan Capistrano, California at age 87.
Ann Miller - Actress and dancer who was a star of numerous movie-musicals in the late 1940's and early 1950's including "On the Town", "Easter Parade", "Watch the Birdie" and "Kiss Me Kate", who earned millions on Broadway in such productions as "Hello, Dolly" and "Mame", who continued to astound audiences with her tap dancing into her 60's, touring with Mickey Rooney in "Sugar Babies", and whose career in film spanned nearly 70 years, from 1934's "Anne of Green Gables" as a child actress to the 2001 film "Mulholland Drive", died Jan. 22 of lung cancer in Los Angeles at age 81.
Dean Miller - Actor best known for playing Matt Henshaw, Spring Byington's son-in-law in the TV comedy series "December Bride", which ran from 1954 to 1959, who hosted the celebrity interview show "Here's Hollywood" on NBC during the 1960's, who appeared in several films including "Skirts Ahoy" and "Small Town Girl", and who later became a longtime news anchor at WDIV-TV in Detroit under his real name Dean Stuhlmueller, died Jan. 13 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan of cancer at age 75.
Jerry Nachman - Peabody and Murrow Award-winning broadcast and newspaper journalist, known for both acute intelligence and dogged persistence in his pursuit of bringing the news, who was often compared in style and looks to "Lou Grant", the character played by Ed Asner on TV, who over the years worked as news director for WNBC-TV, vice president for news at WCBS-TV and editor in chief of The New York Post, and who most recently was editor-in-chief and VP of the cable news network MSNBC where he hosted the interview show "Nachman", died Jan. 20 at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey of gall bladder cancer at age 57.
Bernard Punsly - Child and juvenile actor best known as Ape in a string of Dead End Kids movies in the 1930's and 40's, where Punsly and fellow juvenile actors portrayed a band of juvenile delinquents as victims of society (he was the last surviving Dead End Kid), who had parts in other films including "Angels With Dirty Faces" and "Hell's Kitchen", and who later became a physician and practiced for almost 50 years in the Los Angeles area, died Jan. 20 in Torrance, California at the age of 80.
Mike Ramsden - Founder and guitarist of the British folk band The Silkie, who had a top 10 hit in the U.S. in 1965 with the Lennon-McCartney song "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (surprisingly the song was not a hit in England), which was also produced by The Beatles, and who was married to Silkie's singer Sylvia Tatler, died Jan. 17 in Exeter, England of kidney failure at age 60.
Ray Rayner - Legendary Chicago TV host, who, beginning in the 1950's, hosted numerous children's shows like "Rayner Shine", "Popeye's Firehouse" and "The Little Show", but who is probably best known as clown Oliver O. Oliver on WGN's "Bozo's Circus" and as the host of "Ray Rayner and His Friends" for over 10 years, died Jan. 21 of pneumonia at his home in Fort Myers, Florida at age 84.
Tom Rowe - Bassist with the popular Maine folk band Schooner Fare, a mainstay at coffeehouses across the Northeast U.S. over the last 30 years, who have played at The Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center Washington, DC, and in cities across the country and in Canada, and who recorded 10 albums including the best-known set "We The People" in 1985, died Jan. 17 of throat cancer in Auburn, Maine at age 53.
Donald Siegal - Composer, songwriter and lyricist best known for children's songs he wrote for the TV show "Captain Kangaroo", who worked with Jim Henson to write songs for popular characters like Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird on "Sesame Street", and who wrote music for the 1978 NBC children's special "Alex and the Wonderful Doo-Wah Lamp" on the Emmy Award-winning series "Unicorn Tales", died Jan. 13 in Glendale, California of cancer at age 53.
Leonidas da Silva - Brazilian soccer legend, who is credited with inventing the bicycle kick, where one kicks the ball while flipped over in an upside down position, whose acrobatic kicks earned him the nickname 'Rubber Man', died Jan. 24 from complications of Alzheimer's disease in Sao Paulo at the age of 90.
John Siomos - Rock drummer who can be heard on such recordings as "Hello It's Me" by Todd Rundgren and "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Could Be" by Carly Simon, but who is best known as the drummer for Peter Frampton from 1972 to 1978 on the "Frampton Comes Alive" and subsequent albums, and who co-wrote Frampton's big hit "Do You Feel Like We Do", was found dead on Jan. 16 in his Brooklyn, New York apartment of unknown causes at age 56.
Noel Toy - Chinese-American fan dancer often called the "Chinese Sally Rand" who scandalized the Asian-American community by showing her breasts in her famous "Bubble Dance", who appeared in several films including "How To Be Very, Very Popular" with Betty Grable and "The Left Hand of God" with Humphrey Bogart, and in later years in several episodes of "M.A.S.H.", died Dec. 24 in Los Angeles after a stroke at age 84.
Valfar (real name Terje Bakken) - Lead singer of the Norwegian black metal group Windir, who had released four albums in the U.S. including the well-received 2001 set "1184" and the 2003 album "Likferd", who toured with the group on their first U.S. dates during 2003, and whose music was described as a combination of "the vicious fury of black metal with Scandinavia's rich folk music", was found dead on Jan. 17 near Reppastølen, Norway at the age of 25. He died of hypothermia after his car became trapped in deep snow.
Noble Willingham - Veteran actor of TV and film best known for his role as barkeep C.D. Parker on the TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" from 1993 to 1999, who also had the recurring role as Mr. Binford on "Home Improvement", who appeared in dozens of films including "Paper Moon", "Chinatown", "Good Morning, Vietnam", "City Slickers", "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and the upcoming "Blind Horizon" with Val Kilmer, and who in 2000 unsuccessfully ran for a congressional seat in eastern Texas as a Republican, died Jan. 17 of natural causes at his home in Palm Springs, California at the age of 72.
Beatrice Winde - Actress of stage and screen best known for her work in theatre, who starred in the 1972 musical "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death" on Broadway for which she was nominated for a Tony Award, whose movie credits include such films as "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman", "Simon Birch", "The Real Blonde", "Lone Star" and "Dangerous Minds", died Jan. 3 of cancer at her home in New York at age 79.
Ed Zwaneveld - Movie post-production expert who made important contributions to film preservation, whose areas of expertise also included digital optical sound and automatic electronic subtitling, and who received a technical achievement Academy Award in 1998 and an Emmy Creative Arts Engineering Award in 1994, among other honors, died Jan. 8 of a massive heart attack in Montreal at age 64.

Sports
Fanny Blankers-Koen - Dutch track and field star who was honored in 1999 as the best female athlete of the 20th century by the International Association of Athletics Federations, who won a record four gold medals for the Netherlands at the 1948 Olympics (tying Jesse Owens record from 1936 and later tied by Carl Lewis in 1984), who during her career set 20 track and field world records, and who is a national icon in her home country, died Jan. 25 in Amsterdam of Alzheimer's disease at age 85.
Harry "The Cat" Brecheen - All Star pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals who played from 1943 to 1953, who is one of only 11 pitchers in history to win 3 games in a World Series, accomplishing the feat in the 1946 series against the Boston Red Sox, who also pitched in the 1943 and 1944 Series for the Cardinals, and whose best season came in 1948 when he went 20-7 and led the National League with a 2.24 ERA, died Jan. 17 in Bethany, Oklahoma at age 89.
John Blatnik - Outfielder who played three seasons in the majors with the Phillies and Cardinals, whose best season was 1948 when he hit .260, died Jan. 21 in Lansing, Ohio at age 82.
Jordan Bonne - Up and coming gymnast who was one of the U.S.'s top 15 trampoline gymnasts, who in 2003 represented the United States at the World Age Group Games in Hanover, Germany in synchronized trampoline, and who was among the gymnasts competing on Jan. 18 at the Flip Fest in Knoxville, Tennessee, died on Jan. 20 from injuries he suffered in a freak accident while performing a flip at the competition when he flew off the trampoline and hit his head on the cement floor in front of stunned spectators. He was 15 years old.
Taylor Duncan - Major league baseball player who was an infielder with the A's and Cardinals during the late 1970's, whose best year was 1978 with Oakland when he played 104 games and hit .257, died Jan. 3 in Ashville, North Carolina after a stroke at age 50.
David Hookes - One of Australia's most famous test cricket players, known for his dashing style and fine first class batting record, who scored almost 13,000 in Australian Sheffield Shield competition, and who was currently the cricket coach of the Victorian Bushrangers, died Jan. 19 in a Melbourne hospital after being in a fight outside a Melbourne nightclub and receiving a blow to the head. He was 48 years old. A 21-year-old security guard has been charged in the attack.
Alisa Lewis - Junior reserve on the University of California's women's basketball team, who was averaging 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for the Golden Bears this season, who was taken to the hospital on Jan. 19 after complaining of a massive headache, rash, and flu-like symptoms, died at the hospital of what doctors believe to be bacterial meningitis, a sudden and very rare disease causing an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal column. She was 20 years old.
Ewald Pyle - Baseball player who pitched parts of five seasons in the major leagues from 1939 to 1945 for teams like the Brooklyn Giants and St. Louis Browns, and who had a career record of 11-21, died Jan. 10 in DuQuoin, Illinois at age 93.
Pauline Richards - Well-known Australian skydiver who recently had won gold in the Australian women's skysurfing championship for the fourth time, who was the only female tandem dive instructor in the country and the only corporate sponsored skydiver in Australia, died on Jan. 22 from injuries suffered in a fall during a skydiving competition near Albury, Australia. She was 44 years old.
Don Shinnick - NFL linebacker whose 37 career interceptions with the Baltimore Colts from 1957 to 1969 is still an NFL record for a linebacker, who played on both of the Colts championship teams in 1958 and 1959, who in college played on UCLA's 1954 national championship team, and who later worked as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, died Jan. 20 in Modesto, California of frontal lobe dementia, a degenerative brain disease, at the age of 68.
Royce Smith - All-American football player at the University of Georgia in the early 1970's, who was captain of the 1971 Gator Bowl team, who played two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, died Jan. 22 of undisclosed causes in Claxton, Georgia at age 54.
Albert Tillman - Scuba diving pioneer and luminary, who created the first university degree program in recreation and leisure studies at Cal State-Los Angeles, who wrote several of scuba diving's first textbooks, who in 1959 co-founded the National Assn. of Diving Instructors, or NAUI, the first international scuba diving certification agency, and who, along with Jacques-Yves Cousteau, was an original inductee into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2000, died Jan. 16 in Seattle at age 75.

Art and Literature
Rose Cree - American Indian artist recognized as one of the most talented modern weavers of traditional red willow baskets, whose work is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution and in museums across the United States, Canada and other countries, died Jan. 13 in Dunseith, North Dakota at age 82.
Peter W. Fay - Historian and expert on China and India who wrote several history texts including "The Opium War, 1840-1842" and "The Forgotten Army: India's Armed Struggle for Independence, 1942-1945", died Jan. 18 at his home in Sierra Madre, California after a long illness at age 79.
Diana Hacker - Educator and textbook author best known for "A Writer's Reference", a staple for college freshman that has sold nearly 3 million copies since its first edition in 1989 (now in its fifth edition), who wrote several other handbooks including "Rules For Writers" and "The Bedford Handbook", died Jan. 12 in Washington, DC of cancer at age 61.
Therese Heyman - Expert on American photographic history who worked at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of American Art, who wrote or contributed to several books including "Dorothea Lang: American Photographs" and "On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, 1900-1950", died Jan. 16 in Berkeley, California of pneumonia at the age of 74.
Thomas Holland - Sculptor who created the Pony Express Statue which sits in the heart of Old Sacramento, California and which was dedicated in 1976, and who had previously worked in Hollywood sculpting props for films like the 1960 science fiction film "The Time Machine", died Jan. 3 in Ajijic, Mexico at age 87.
Abdelrahman Munif - Critically praised Arab author, whose novels looked at political oppression in the Middle East including the five-book series "Cities of Salt", considered his masterpiece, and "East of the Mediterranean", whose books were often banned in Arab countries, and who was expelled from his homeland of Saudi Arabia in 1963 for his political activities and was exiled to Iraq, died Jan. 24 in Damascus, Syria of kidney failure and heart problems at age 71.
Helmut Newton - Fashion photographer called "the king of kink", who photographed some of the most beautiful women in the world in poses that emphasized their sexuality and often an accompanying sense of danger and violence, whose images were calculated to shock and were often associated with designers like Yves Saint Laurent, died Jan. 23 in Los Angeles from injuries sustained in a car accident at the age of 83.
Yordan Radichkov - Prolific Bulgarian playwright, screenwriter and author famous for his parodies of human nature and the Communist regime, whose plays and short stories were translated into numerous European languages, and whose best known works are the landmark play "An Effort at Flying" and the 1968 film "The Tied Balloon", died Jan. 21 in Sofia of complications of a stroke at the age of 75.
Dr. Frederick "Fritz" Redlich - Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine from 1967 to 1972, who is best known as author of the 1998 book "Hitler: Diagnosis of a Destructive Prophet", in which he examined what affect medical and psychiatric pathology had on the course of Hitler's behavior (he attributed Parkinson's disease, coronary heart disease and giant cell arteritis as factors), died Jan. 1 of congestive heart failure in New Haven, Connecticut at the age of 93.
Dennison Rusinow - Historian and radio commentator, whose 1977 book "The Yugoslav Experiment, 1948-1974" is considered the seminal textbook on Yugoslavia's history, and whose deep voice could be heard as a commentator on National Public Radio, was struck by a truck and killed on Jan. 20 while walking near his home in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was 73 years old.
Jim Bob Tinsley - Country music singer, guitarist and historian, best known for such books as "For A Cowboy Has To Sing" and "He Was Singin' This Song" (both written with Gene Autry), who founded the Jim Bob Tinsley Museum and Heritage Center and who was inducted into the National Cowboy Song and Poetry Hall of Fame, died Jan. 18 in Brevard, North Carolina at the age of 82.
George Woodbridge - Longtime humor illustrator for MAD Magazine, who submitted his first piece to the magazine in 1957 and went to illustrate for nearly every issue starting in the early 1960's for the next 30 years, who was known for his strong eye for detail and the historical accuracy of his drawings, died Jan. 19 of emphysema in a New York City hospital at age 73.

Politics and Military
Harry Claiborne - Federal judge in Nevada appointed by President Carter in 1978, who was convicted in 1984 of tax evasion and removed from the bench by the Senate in 1986 and served 17 months in prison, becoming the first federal judge to be sent to prison and seventh to be impeached, who, previous to his appointment as judge, was a high profile attorney, representing such Las Vegas clients as Bugsy Siegel, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, died Jan. 19 at his Las Vegas home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 86 (he was suffering from cancer).
Ron Crickenberger - Political director of the Libertarian Party from 1997 to 2003, who saw the number of Libertarians in office more than triple, from 180 to about 600, during his tenure, who prior to becoming director had managed several successful campaigns for Libertarian candidates, and who ran for the U.S. House in Virginia in 2000 and was named a 'Rising Star of Politics' by the Campaigns and Elections publication that year, died Jan. 20 of melanoma in Washington, DC at age 48.
Olivier Guichard - French politico and key advisor and confidante to French president General Charles de Gaulle, who was later prime minister Georges Pompidou's right-hand man, going on to serve as a minister of industry, education, housing and tourism, and whose book about de Gualle "Mon General" won the prestigious Prix des Ambassadeurs in 1980, died Jan. 20 at his home in Paris at age 83.
Carlton Sickles - U.S. Congressman from Maryland from 1963 to 1966 and longtime DC-area politician known as the 'father of the Metro', whose vision while serving as Maryland legislator in the 1950's came to fruition in 1967 with the opening of the Metrorail transit system in Washington, DC, and who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Maryland in 1966, died on Jan. 17 of congestive heart failure at his home in Bethesda, Maryland at age 82.
Kalevi Sorsa - The longest-serving Prime Minister in Finnish history and one of Finland's most influential politicians, who was prime minister from 1972 until 1987 under four different coalition governments, and who led the Social Democrats, Finland's largest party, for 12 years, died Jan. 16 at his home in Helsinki of cancer at age 73.

Social and Religion
Carl D. Atwood - Indiana man who was selected as a contestant for the "Hoosier Millionaire" show as part of the Indiana lottery, who on Jan. 22 taped a game show segment in which he won a $57,000 jackpot, was struck and killed by a truck that evening near his home in Elwood, Indiana at the age of 73.
Elizabeth DeLorean - First wife of automotive executive John DeLorean, maker of the infamous sports car bearing his name, who was married to him from 1954 to 1969, died Jan. 10 in Boynton Beach, Florida of the flu at age 81.
Bobbi MacKinnon - 16-year-old Marysville, California girl who was a big fan of MTV's "Jackass" program and the subsequent movie, who on Jan. 19 tried to re-enact a stunt from the movie with a group of her friends, who boarded a merry-go-round while her friends attached a rope to it and tied the other end to a pickup truck, was killed when she was thrown 75 feet from the ride, landing in the street.
Agnes Mary Rich - Georgia woman born in 1892 and believed to be the world's seventh oldest person, died Dec. 31 in Evans, Georgia just sort of her 112th birthday.
Paul Rico - FBI agent accused of helping former mob informers arrange the 1981 murder of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler, who was arrested in Florida in October 2003 and recently was extradited to Oklahoma where he was about to stand trial for murder, died on Jan. 16 at a hospital in Tulsa of undisclosed causes (he had heart problems) just hours after the judge put the trial on hold so that Rico could undergo psychological evaluation. He was 78 years old.
Mary Jean Tully - Founding strategist of the 1970's feminist movement, who from 1971 to 1981 was the president of the Fund for Women's Rights, a group founded by Betty Friedan to lobby for the Equal Rights Amendment, died Dec. 27 in White Plains, New York of a heart attack at age 78.
Kevin Zimmerman - Texas man convicted of the 1987 robbery and stabbing death of 33-year-old oil field worker Leslie Gilbert Hooks, whose previous execution date in December, 2003 was halted by the court, despite Zimmerman's repeated wishes to die, was executed by lethal injection on Jan. 21 in Huntsville, Texas at the age of 42.

Business and Science
Marjorie Asmussen - Population researcher known for her work with population genetics, the use of mathematical models to study phenomena such as natural selection and genetics, who was associate editor of Genetics, the publication of the Genetics Society of America, was killed on Jan. 19 in Athens, Georgia when the bicycle she was riding was hit by a pickup truck. She was 54 years old.
Francis R. "Joe" Boyd - Geologist whose studies on the origins of volcanic rocks in Yellowstone National Park and the 3.5-billion-year-old Kaapvaal rock formation in southern Africa contributed to the understanding of the formation of the Earth, died Jan. 12 in Washington, DC of sepsis at age 77.
Dr. Merrill W. Chase - Immunologist who helped redefine the fundamental nature of the immune system in the early 1940's when he made the groundbreaking discovery that white blood cells orchestrated the body's immune response, which led to later research that pinpointed B cells, T cells and other types of white blood cells as the body's central safeguards against infection, died Jan. 5 in New York City at age 98.
Dr. Howard Eder - Doctor and scientist who was among the first researchers to correlate the levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) to heart disease, and whose studies of cholesterol led to breakthroughs in the understanding of heart disease, died Jan. 15 after heart surgery in Raleigh, North Carolina at age 86.
Norman Heatley - British scientist instrumental in developing penicillin production, who, after penicillin was accidentally discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928, worked with colleagues at Oxford University to produce penicillin in enough quantities for clinical testing, who set up the first penicillin factory at Oxford in the late 1930's before coming to the U.S. in 1941 to work with government scientists on the first large-scale commercial production plant, died Jan. 5 in Oxford, England at age 92.
John Hechinger - President of the Hechinger Company, a chain of east coast home improvement stores which was founded by his father in 1911 and which closed in 1999, who was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson as Washington, DC's very first City Council chairman in 1967, and who became a longtime political ally of mayor Marion Barry, died Jan. 18 in Washington, DC of a respiratory illness on his 84th birthday.
John Holter - Machinist who in 1955 after learning that his infant son Casey was suffering from hydrocephalus (a swelling of the brain due to excess fluid) and that there was no available treatment, designed a device that was to become the Holter shunt that released controlled amounts of the cerebrospinal fluid gathering in the brain, died Dec. 22 in Devon, Pennsylvania after a stroke at age 87. Although Casey lived only five more years, the Holter shunt gained widespread acceptance and remains in use.
Dr. Olga Ladyzhenskaya - Mathematician whose work with differential equations contributed to advances in the study of fluid dynamics in areas like weather forecasting, oceanography, aerodynamics and cardiovascular science, whose primary work was on calculations that were developed in the 19th century to explain the behavior of fluids and known as Navier-Stokes equations, and whose career is often compared to American mathematician John Nash (of "A Beautiful Mind" fame), died Jan. 12 in St. Petersburg, Russia at the age of 81.
Charles Pankow - Founder and chairman of Charles Pankow Builders, one of the U.S.'s leading design-build firms which has constructed more than 1,000 structures across the nation, including buildings like MTA Headquarters next to Union Station in Los Angeles, whose company is considered a national leader in the use of concrete, holding two patents in concrete pre-casting and job-site automation, and who in 1999 was recognized by the Engineering News-Record as one of the 'Top Six World Builders' of the last 125 years, died Jan. 12 in Altadena, California of natural causes at age 83.
Doyle Rodgers - Georgia furniture store owner known to Atlanta television audiences as the Wolfman, who for nearly 30 years sold furniture at his Gallery Furniture stores through the bare-bones spots that always ended "And, hey, ask for the Wolfman", died Jan. 21 at a hospital in Austell, Georgia from the effects of a heart attack suffered two weeks previous. He was 67 years old.
Dr. Robert Shope - Expert on viruses who was the principal author of the highly publicized public health report and subsequent 1992 book "Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States", which warned of the possible emergence of infectious diseases such as the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic that killed 20 million people worldwide, died Jan. 19 in Galveston, Texas due to the complications of a lung transplant at age 74.
Betty Van Andel - Philanthropist and wife of Amway founder Jay Van Andel, died Jan. 18 of Alzheimer's disease at the family home on Peter Island in the Caribbean at the age of 82.
Drs. James & Lidia Wenz - Husband and wife who both taught at Johns Hopkins University medical school, James as a an innovative orthopedic surgeon and chairman of the orthopedic surgery department who was an expert in hip and knee replacement surgery, and Lidia as an instructor in child psychiatry, were killed in a car accident on Jan. 20 near Baltimore. James was 40 and Lidia was 44.
Stanley Zale - Longtime executive of the family owned jewelry retailer Zale Corp., who served as president of the mail-order catalog division, died Jan. 17 of a neuromuscular disease at his Dallas home at the age of 71.

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