Woody Clements - Head basketball coach at the University of New Mexico from 1944 to 1951 and 1952 to 1955, who compiled a career record of 113-119, died Jan. 27 in McIntosh, New Mexico at age 90.
Miklós Fehér - Star Hungarian soccer player who moved to Portugal to play internationally with FC Benfica, who had scored 7 goals in 25 international games, collapsed and died during a televised match on Jan. 25 in Guimarães, Portugal of an apparent heart attack. He had just been cautioned by the referee, smiled at him and then fell to the ground. He was 24 years old.
Fred Haas - PGA golfer who had five tournament victories in 1940's and 50's, whose victory at the 1945 Memphis Open ended Byron Nelson's 11 tournament win streak, and who is one of only two golfers (Arnold Palmer is the other) to either match or break his age in a PGA event when he shot a 76 at a senior's tournament when he was 78, died Jan. 26 in Metairie, Louisiana at age 88.
"Sugar" Jim Henry - NHL goaltender for the Bruins, Blackhawks and Rangers from 1941 to 1955, who with Ranger teammate Chuck Rayner, formed the league's first two-goalie platoon, died Jan. 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at age 83.
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch - NFL Hall of Fame halfback and receiver who played for the L.A. Rams from 1949 to 1957, who was a key part of the Rams' revolutionary "three-end" offense, who in 1951 led the NFL with 66 catches, 1,495 yards and 17 touchdowns, and who later served as athletic director at the University of Wisconsin, died Jan. 28 in Madison, Wisconsin at the age of 80.
Scott Patterson - Northern Ontatio curler who became the first man from North Bay, Ontario to skip (captain) two men's teams to the Brier (the Canadian Curling Championship) representing Northern Ontario, as well as a mixed team to the National Canadian Mixed Championship, who was a founder of the North Bay Curling Classic on the World Curling Tour, died on Jan 23, after the van he was driving was struck by another vehicle. He was driving with his team to another curling event that was a step toward this year's Brier. He was 34 years old.
James Pursell - University of Southern California's oldest living football letterman, who was a walk-on addition to the football team in 1921 and played on the first USC team to win a Rose Bowl in 1923, died Jan. 25 of natural causes in Laguna Woods, California at age 103.
Jack Tunney - Canadian wrestling promoter who in 1984 teamed with Vince McMahon to form the World Wrestling Federation, who served as president of the organization, becoming known to millions of fans on the television broadcasts, who in 1990 staged WrestleMania VI at the SkyDome in Toronto in front of a crowd of more than 67,000, the largest crowd to see a wrestling event in Canada, died Jan. 24 in his sleep at his home in Lindsay, Ontario at the age of 68.
Greg Wallace - College basketball player at Stephen F. Austin University, who had transferred to the school from Army after his sophomore year where he averaged 4 points and 2.2 rebounds a game in 20 games, collapsed and died while shooting baskets in practice on Jan. 30 at the school in Nacogdoches, Texas of undetermined causes at the age of 22.
Russell "Sox" Walseth - Longtime head basketball coach at the University of Colorado, who during his tenure as men's coach from 1956 to 1976, won 261 games, the most in school history, who came out of retirement in 1980 to coach the women's team until 1983 (he is believed to be the only person ever to coach the men's and women's basketball teams at the same NCAA school) , and for whom the basketball floor at the university's Coors Events/Conference Center is named, died Jan. 28 of cancer at his home in Boulder, Colorado at the age of 77.
Art and Literature
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - Prolific and prominent British abstract painter who was a member of the influential St Ives group of artists during the 1940's that included sculptor Barbara Hepworth, and who continued to paint into her 90's, died Jan. 26 at a hospital in her home town of St. Andrews, Scotland at the age of 91.
Reva Brooks - Canadian photographer and wife of artist Leonard Brooks, who was known for the photos she shot in and around San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, whose work has been featured at numerous art galleries including The New York Museum of Modern in its 'Family of Man' exhibit, who was selected as one of the 50 top women photographers in history, and whose biography "Leonard and Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende" was published in 2001, died Jan. 24 in Mexico at age 90.
Janet Frame - Acclaimed New Zealand novelist whose 11 novels, five short story collections, a poetry collection and her autobiography have received numerous awards, among them the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement, and whose best known titles include "Owls Do Cry", "Living in the Maniototo" and "An Angel at My Table", died Jan. 29 of leukemia at a hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand at the age of 79.
M.M. Kaye - British writer of historical fiction, who had written and published books in near anonymity until 1978 when she published "The Far Pavilions", a 1,000-page epic of war and romance set in 19th century India that sold 15 million copies and was adapted into the 1984 mini-series starring Ben Cross, Amy Irving and Omar Sharif, and who had success with her subsequent books like "Shadow of the Moon" and three volume autobiography "Share of Summer", died Jan. 29 at age 95.
Edward Lane - Photographer who while in the Army in 1946, took the infamous pictures of atomic bomb tests on Bikini Atoll for the military, who later took photos for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's and Country Gentleman, died Jan. 9 in Walsenburg, Colorado at age 96.
Elma Lewis - Nationally recognized arts educator who founded the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts in Boston in the 1950's, who also founded the National Center of Afro-American Artists in 1968 and who was among the first people to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, died Jan. 1 at her home in Roxbury, Massachusetts of diabetes complications at age 82.
Egon Mayer - One of the leading sociologists of American Jewry, who studied some of the most contentious issues in modern Jewish life including the religious habits of Jews, but who was best known for his research on interfaith marriage which was published in his 1987 book "Love and Tradition: Marriage Between Jews and Christians", died Jan. 30 of gall bladder cancer at his home in Laurel Hollow, New York at age 59.
William Relling - Author best-known for his mystery and horror novels like "Deadly Vintage", "New Life for the Dead", "New Life For the Dead" and 2003's "The Criminalist", died suddenly on Jan. 22 in Pasadena, California at age 49.
Alexandra Ripley - Writer of historical fiction novels such as "From Fields of Gold" and "A Love Divine", but who will be forever known as the woman who penned the 1991 book "Scarlett", the officially sanctioned sequel to "Gone With the Wind" which was universally panned by critics but sold millions of copies, and was made into a 1994 TV miniseries, died Jan. 10 at her home in Richmond, Virginia of unspecified natural causes at age 70.
Syd Solomon - Abstract painter whose works hang in such places as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Israel's Tel Aviv Museum, and who helped make Sarasota, Florida a nationally known artists' colony in the 1950's, died Jan. 28 in Sarasota of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 86.
James R. Townsend - Political scientist and a leading China scholar, best known for his books "Political Participation in Communist China" (1969), a landmark study of mass mobilization in support of government programs, and "Politics in China" (1980), who is credited with creating the interest and training a generation of experts on China politics, died Jan. 17 in Seattle of bladder cancer at age 71.
Politics and Military
Navy Cmdr. Lloyd "Pete" Bucher - Commander of the infamous spy ship USS Pueblo, which was captured off the coast of North Korea on Jan. 23, 1968, whose leadership helped the 82 crewmen captured by the North Koreans survive 11 months of torture and starvation, but who later faced a court-martial for allegedly failing to defend the Pueblo even though the U.S. military made no attempts to help the Pueblo at the time of its capture, and who was portrayed by Hal Holbrook in the 1973 film "Pueblo" in the retelling of the story, died Jan. 28 in Poway, California of poor health related to his time in captivity. He was 76.
Travis Hoover - Air Force Colonel who was one of the famous Doolittle's Raiders pilots that on April 18, 1942 dropped bombs over Tokyo and three other cities in the first U.S. retaliatory raid on Japan after its Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, whose plane ran out of fuel and crashed off the coast of China where the crew was rescued by Chinese guerillas, died Jan. 17 in Webb City, Missouri of pneumonia at age 86 (Only 17 of the 80 volunteers for the assignment survive).
Yukihiko Ikeda - Longtime Japanese political figure and son of the late Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda, who held key party posts and was a Defense Agency chief, and who as Japan's Foreign Minister in 1996 and 1997 led his country's efforts to resolve the hostage crisis in Peru in December 1996, died Jan. 28 of cancer at a Tokyo hospital at the age of 66.
James Lovell - Last living British World War I veteran to be awarded a bravery medal, who was awarded the Military Medal for bravery at the French frontline at Somme in March 1918, when only 35 of 160 men in his company survived the battle, died Jan. 27 after a short illness in Bristol, England at age 104. There are only 25 or 26 known British veterans of WWI still living.
Vasily Mitrokhin - K.G.B. archivist who smuggled six trunks of documents out of the Soviet Union when he defected to Britain in 1992, which became the basis of the 1999 book "The Mitrokhin Archive" that exposed the practices by the intelligence services of the Soviet Union and those in the Kremlin who directed them, and who had lived in England with police protection under an assumed name since his defection, died Jan. 23 in England at the age of 81.
Louis Nunn - Governor of Kentucky from 1967 to 1971 and the last Republican governor in the state, whose term in office was highlighted by increased support for economic development programs, mental health services, and the establishment of the Kentucky Educational Television System, along with the expansion of state parks (sounds like a Democrat to me), died Jan. 29 of a heart attack at his home in Versailles, Kentucky at the age of 79.
Lucybeth Rampton - Former first lady of Utah, whose husband Cal Rampton was one of the most popular governors in Utah's history, serving three terms from 1964 to 1976, who was known as an outspoken advocate for those suffering mental illness, died Jan. 23 in Millcreek, Utah after a heart attack at age 89.
Social and Religion
Didi Ah Yo - Owner of Creative Holidays travel agency in Hawaii and a familiar face on Hawaii television, whose signature slogan "Didi Ah Yo and away we go" made her a household name in Hawaii, died Jan. 28 at her home in Honolulu of leukemia at age 54. Her husband and company co-owner Paul Ah Yo died of a heart attack in October 2003.
George Andersen - Director of the Minnesota Lottery and the only director the lottery has had in its 14 year history, who helped build the lottery from the ground up and was said to look at his role as more of a father to the lottery than director, but whose management of the lottery recently came under fire due to overhead costs prompting the introduction of legislation for stricter oversight, committed suicide on Jan. 27 outside his home in St. Paul, Minnesota by slitting his wrists in the single digit temperatures and freezing to death. He was 53 years old.
Tillie O'Hare - Ohio woman who has been in the news over the last year as the younger sister of the world's oldest person Charlotte Benkner, age 114, who shared a room with her sister at a retirement community (not nursing home), where she and her sister spent days reading and visiting and giving numerous interviews, died Jan. 25 of pneumonia in North Lima, Ohio at the age of 99.
Bebe Patten - Evangelist, Bible teacher and college founder, who hosted the radio program "The Shepherd Hour" from 1951 to 1987 and the TV show "The Bebe Patten Hour" beginning in 1976, who published the religious periodical 'The Trumpet Call', but who is probably best known as the founder of Patten University, a Bible college in Oakland, California, died Jan. 24 after a long illness in Oakland at age 90.
"Rambling" Rudy Phillips - Man who in 1986 was crowned "King of the Hobos" at the National Hobo Convention, who became a hobo at age 14, traveling the rails in 48 states and being confined in 27 different prisons, who sought and received exceptional attention for his long-ago exploits by maintaining a free hobo museum in a shed in the backyard of his home, died Jan. 9 in Harrisburg, Illinois at age 92.
Rev. Richard Sinner - Roman Catholic priest who took part in civil rights marches in 1968, bailed out Central American refugees from U.S. detention centers in the 1970s and 1980s, and protested nuclear missile sites in North Dakota, and who was the brother of North Dakota governor George Sinner, died Jan. 28 in Fargo, North Dakota at age 78.
Billy Vickers - Texas career criminal who in 1993 shot and killed supermarket owner Phillip Kinslow during a botched robbery attempt outside of Kinslow's home, was executed by lethal injection on Jan. 28 at the state prison at Huntsville, Texas at the age of 58.
Business and Science
Gordon Blackwell - School president at Florida State University from 1960 to 1965 and then at Furman University from 1966 to 1977, died Jan. 26 of a heart attack in Greenville, SC at age 92.
Domino Sugar plant in Brooklyn, New York - Fabled manufacturing facility whose landmark sign is visible from all parts of Manhattan, which started operations at that location in 1856, shuttered its doors for good on Jan. 30 laying off 225 employees in a cost-cutting and consolidation move.
Cleo Eulau - Nationally recognized professor of clinical psychiatry, who trained hundreds of social workers during her years at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley, who founded the Cleo Eulau Center for Children and Adolescents, and who was the wife of political scientist Heinz Eulau, died Jan. 23 after a long illness at a hospital in Palo Alto, California at age 80.
Heinz Eulau - Political scientist at Stanford University who specialized in the theory and practice of political representation and electoral behavior, who was a pioneer in the behavioral movement in political science, which links psychology and sociology to study political institutions and citizens, who was president of the American Political Science Association in the early 1970's, who wrote several books including "Labyrinths of Democracy" in 1973 and whose wife is noted clinical psychiatrist Cleo Eulau, died Jan. 18 of bone cancer at his home in Palo Alto, California at age 88.
Timothy Ling - President and CEO Unocal Corp. and an oil industry leader, who spent six years with the oil company as chief financial officer, then executive V.P., before becoming president & CEO, who a director of the American Petroleum Institute and the Domestic Petroleum Council and a member of an advisory board for the Department of Energy, and who wrote a management book called "Real Change Leaders" in 1997, died Jan. 28 after playing ice hockey in El Segundo, California. He was 46 years old and the cause of death is undetermined.
Dr. Gertie Marx - Anesthesiologist who was called "the mother of obstetric anesthesia", who was an early and vigorous advocate of epidural injections that ease women's pain during childbirth and helped show that they were safe and effective (prior to Dr. Marx, doctors rarely gave sedation or pain relief during childbirth), who wrote more than 120 peer-review articles, three books and many book chapters, and for whom International Medical Development named its spinal anesthesia needle, died Jan. 25 in New York City at the age of 91.
William F. Royce - Marine researcher and one of the world's foremost experts on commercial fishing, whose four decades of research helped to modernize the fishing industry, who wrote more than 116 professional papers, books and scientific articles on fishery, including the textbook "Introduction to Fishery Science", died Jan. 26 of Alzheimer's disease in Seattle at age 88.
Jacob "Jack" Sheinkman - Leading labor leader who was president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union from 1987 to 1995, who led labor's efforts to help impoverished workers and embattled trade union leaders in Central America, and who led mergers among scattered textile unions in efforts to help the unions maintain their strength and finances, died Jan. 29 of pneumonia at a hospital in New York City at the age of 77.
Oswald "Mike" Villard - Electrical engineer and radio wave expert who led research that vastly expanded the range of high-frequency radar signals by bouncing them off the ionosphere, which led to radar that was able to see over the horizon, and who headed Stanford University's RadioScience Laboratory from 1958 to 1972, died Jan. 7 in Palo Alto, California at age 87.
Dr. Joseph Warshaw - Pediatrician and a leading researcher in developmental biology and the treatment of newborns, whose studies on fetal growth and neonatal medical care advanced the understanding of the way organs mature in both normal and diabetic pregnancies, died Dec. 29 in Burlington, Vermont of multiple myeloma at age 67.