Mark "Doc" Andrews - Detroit-area sportscaster and motivational speaker, who was the sports director for the "Dick Purtan & Purtan's People" show on WOMC, and who did radio play-by-play for the Detroit Pistons, Michigan and Michigan State hockey and Detroit Mercy basketball among other endeavors, died Feb. 21 of colon cancer at his home in Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan at the age of 51.
Albert Axelrod - Five time Olympic fencer, who won a bronze medal for the U.S. in the Individual Foil competition at the 1960 games, who was ranked #1 in the United States in 1955, 1958, 1960 and 1970, and who was a member of four United States World Championship teams, died Feb. 24 in Somers, New York at age 83.
Carl Liscombe - Hockey player and member of the 1943 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, who played from 1937-46 for the Red Wings, totaling 137 goals and 277 points, who shares the team record for most goals in a playoff game (four) and most points in a game (seven), died of leukemia on Feb. 23 in Hawaii at the age of 89.
Roque Máspoli - Uruguayan sports hero, who was the goalkeeper for Uruguay's 1950 World Cup team that stunned heavily-favored Brazil for the championship, who allowed the high-scoring Brazil team just one goal in the game that became known as 'Maracanazo', and who went on to coach the Uruguay national team as well as teams in Spain, Perú and Ecuador, died Feb. 22 at a hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay of natural causes at age 86.
Andy Seminick - Major league catcher from 1943 to 1957 for the Phillies and Reds, who was the Phillies starting catcher from 1945 to 1951, including the 1950 'Whiz Kids' World Series team, who had his best offensive production that year, hitting .288 with 24 home runs, and who managed 11 minor-league teams in the Phillies' system from 1959 to 1973, and coached in the big leagues for the Phillies from 1967 to 1969, died Feb. 22 in Melbourne, Florida of cancer at age 83.
Art and Literature
Pedro Bloch - Noted Brazilian author and playwright, who was the first Brazilian to have a play produced on Broadway, with the 1952 production of "Conscience", who was known for dramatic works that dealt with the psychological isolation of modern life, and who wrote more than 100 books, ranging from drama to speech theory and children's stories, died Feb. 23 at his home in Rio De Janeiro of a lung disorder at the age of 89.
Albert Chartier - Canadian cartoonist called the 'father of French-Canadian comic book art' and one of Canada's best comics artists, who drew strips like 'Séraphin' and 'Les Canadiens', but whose best known work is 'Onésime', a monthly, full-page strip that appeared in "Le Bulletin des Agriculteurs" from 1943 until 2002, died Feb. 21 in Joliette, Quebec, Canada at the age of 91.
Paul Gruchow - Troubled author who gained nationwide critical acclaim for the 1988 book "The Necessity of Empty Places", who penned other successful books dealing with his home state of Minnesota such as "Boundary Waters", "The Grace of the Wild" and "Worlds Within a World", but who battled the demons of depression for many years, was found dead on Feb. 22 at his home in Duluth, Minnesota of a drug overdose, an apparent suicide. He was 56 years old.
James Hill - The dean of Canadian illustrators, whose colorful and evocative artwork could be seen everywhere from the cover of Maclean's magazine to The Saturday Evening Post, who produced covers for more than 200 paperback novels, and who did several portraits including Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau and Pope John Paul II, died Feb. 3 at his Toronto studio of heart problems at age 73.
Guido Molinari - Abstract painter who was a dominant figure in Canadian art for more than five decades, who was known for his multi-colored vertical striped paintings and later modularized triangles and rectangles, died Feb. 23 of pneumonia at a hospital in Montreal at the age of 70.
Frederick Morgan - Founder and for 55 years the editor of The Hudson Review, one of the nation's most prestigious literary journals and one with no academic affiliation or political ideology, and the author of more than a dozen books of poetry including "A Book of Change" and "The One Abiding", died Feb. 20 of respiratory failure and pneumonia at a New York City hospital at the age of 81.
Ángel Palomino - Spanish writer and journalist who was editor at several notable newspapers including Diario de Larache and La Cordoniz, and whose novel "Zamora y Gomorra" was awarded the International Press's Prize for Literature in 1968, died Feb. 18 in Madrid at age 84.
George Harmon Smith - Novelist best known for the 1965 bestseller "Bayou Boy", which was made into the 1971 movie "The Boy From the Dead Man's Bayou" staring Mike Lookinland (of "Brady Bunch" fame), who also penned dozens of other novels including "Wanderers In The Field" and "Old Crip", died Feb. 22 after a long illness in Marion, Louisiana at the age of 84.
Politics and Military
Randolph Crossley - Hawaiian self-made millionaire and political figure, who served in both the state house and senate, and who three times ran for governor of Hawaii without success, died Feb. 23 in Monterey, California at the age of 99.
Antonio Garrigues Diaz-Cañabate - Spanish diplomat and influential presence in 20th century politics, who served as Spain's ambassador to the U.S. from 1951 to 1964 where he helped forge a strong relationship between the countries after the Spanish Civil War, and who later became Spain's ambassador to the Vatican, died Jan. 9 in Madrid, just a few days shy of his 100th birthday.
Jiri Ruml - Czech dissident during the communist era, and supporter of the Prague Spring, the short-lived attempt to reform the communist system in 1968 that was crushed by the communists, who was jailed several times for his anti-communist activities, but who helped re-establish the Lidove Noviny newspaper after the fall of communism, becoming its editor-in-chief, died Feb. 20 in Prague at the age of 78.
Raul Salinas - Father of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas (1988 to 1994) and a prominent figure in several Mexican governments, who was a Harvard-educated economist, serving as Secretary of Economy under President Adolfo Lopez Mateos and later as a federal senator, but who best known to most Mexicans for the triumphs and tragedies of his politician children, died Feb. 23 of pneumonia in Mexico City at age 87.
Social and Religion
Jeremiah Gutman - Civil rights attorney for the New York Civil Liberties Union who on Feb. 23 testified as a defense witness in the trial of Martha Stewart, who was questioned in an attempt to discredit one-time client Douglas Faneuil, the government's star witness against Stewart, died on Feb. 25 of a heart attack at a train station in New York City. He was 80 years old.
Mary Ferrell - Noted historical researcher and expert of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who gathered data from researchers, authors, law enforcement and the U.S. Congress which she used to develop a database of the vast array of information which she accumulated, who created a four-volume set of chronologies, covering all aspects of the assassination, and who has served as a consultant on numerous books and television shows dealing with JFK, died Feb. 20 at her home in Dallas at the age of 81.
Patrick McSorley - One of the most vocal critics of the Boston Archdiocese since the sex abuse scandal first broke in 2002, who said he had been molested by defrocked priest John Geoghan in 1986 at age 12, when Geoghan visited his family's home to offer condolences on the death of his father, who received a six figure settlement with the archdiocese in 2002 and went on to support other victims of clergy sexual abuse even though his case had been resolved, was found dead on Feb. 23 at a friend's apartment in Boston, an apparent suicide. He was 29 years old.
Business and Science
Daniel Kiley - One of the world's best known landscape architects, who worked with some of the world's greatest architects, including I.M. Pei, Louis Kahn and Philip Johnson, who had landmark commissions for the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and who was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 1997, died Feb. 21 in Charlotte, Vermont at the age of 91.
John "Jack" Loeks - Founder and president of Jack Loeks Theatres, a theatre chain of 105 screens throughout Michigan, who is credited with breaking the Hollywood film studio monopoly by allowing independent theaters, like Loeks, to show first-run films, died Feb. 22 of Parkinson's disease at a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the age of 85.
Norval Morris - Internationally recognized expert on criminal justice, who wrote extensively about prison reform, worked with the United Nations on issues involving the treatment of criminals, and publicly advocated greater education and training programs for prison inmates, and who was dean at the University of Chicago Law School from 1975 to 1978, died on Feb. 21 after collapsing at a Chicago restaurant after an apparent heart attack. He was 80 years old.
Frederick Noe - Master distiller and overseer at the distillery founded by his grandfather Jim Beam, who oversaw production of Jim Beam Bourbon, and saw production increase twelve-fold during his tenure, who had the Jim Beam brand, Booker's Bourbon, named in his honor, and whose face is on the company labels alongside the family distillers who preceded him, died Feb. 24 after a long illness in Bardstown, Kentucky at age 74.
Khoo Teck Puat - Malaysian-born banker and hotel owner with an estimated fortune of $2.6 billion, who owned the Goodwood Group of boutique hotels in London and Singapore and was the largest single shareholder of Britain's Standard Chartered Bank, and who was ranked as the 137th richest person in the world by Forbes magazine (and the richest in Singapore), died Feb. 21 of a heart attack in a Singapore hospital at age 86.