Phil Hergesheimer - Hockey player in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, who was better known as a star player in the old American Hockey League, who won a Calder Cup championship with the Cleveland Barons in 1939 and was a five-time AHL All-Star, died March 6 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada at the age of 89.
Ray "Hercules" Hernandez - Professional wrestler who began competing in 1979, whose trademark was carrying a long metal chain into the ring, who was probably most famous in the late 80's when he worked in the WWF and for his match with Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania 2, was found dead on March 7 at his home in Tampa, Florida of an apparent heart attack in his sleep. March 7 was his 47th birthday.
Jack Leaman - Star basketball player at Boston University who went on to become the winningest basketball coach ever at the University of Massachusetts, who compiled a 217-126 record as head coach at that school from 1966 to 1979, whose most famous students were NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving, and coaching greats Rick Pitino and Al Skinner, and who was inducted into the Halls of Fame at both Boston U. and UMass, died March 6 of a heart attack in Washington, DC at the age of 71.
Lloyd Merriman - Outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs over parts of 5 seasons from 1949 to 1955, who hit .242 with 12 homers and 117 RBI's over his career, died Jan. 20 in Fresno, California at age 79.
Vance Pike - All-American football player at Georgia Southern, regarded by many as one of the finest offensive lineman in the history of NCAA I-AA football, who led the 1985 team to the I-AA title with a 44-42 victory over Furman, and who became the first Georgia Southern player in history to earn first-team All-America status, died of a heart attack on March 10 at his home in Marietta, Georgia at the age of 41.
Val Pinchbeck - Longtime National Football League executive and close advisor to N.F.L. Commissioners Paul Tagliabue and Pete Rozelle, whose primary role from 1978 to 1998 was to oversee the league's broadcasting division and to aid negotiations with the networks, but who for more than 30 years was heavily involved in constructing the schedule of games, died on March 6 in New York City after collapsing while crossing a busy street then being struck by a taxi cab. He was 73 years old.
Tabasco Cat - Winner of both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1994, ridden by jockey Pat Day, who also nearly won the Breeders' Cup Classic that year, who was retired after 1994 but sired four other stakes winners including Storm Cat, died of a heart attack on March 6 at a breeding stable in Hokkaido, Japan at the age of 13.
Louie Unser - Older brother of Indy 500 winners Bobby and Al Unser, whose twin brother Jerry Unser was killed at Indianapolis before the 1959 race, who was a stock car racer before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1964, and who worked as a mechanic for his brothers and as a racing engine builder, died March 2 of multiple sclerosis in Bullhead City, Arizona at the age of 71.
John Henry Williams - Youngest son of Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams, who set off a controversy after his father died in 2002, when he had his father's body taken to an Arizona cryonics lab for freezing, setting off a battle with his half-sister, who said her father had wanted to be cremated (the matter was settled when the sister dropped her objections), and who had attempted follow in his father's footsteps, playing baseball at the minor-league level in recent years, died March 6 of leukemia at a hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 35.
Art and Literature
Jeff R. Donaldson - Key figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement and one of the forces behind "The Wall of Respect", a montage mural of more than 50 African-American heroes painted in 1967 on the side of a two-story building in Washington, DC (since razed), which launched the now-international trend of community-based outdoor murals, and who was a respected art historian, critic and the former dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University, died Feb. 29 in Washington, DC of a heart attack while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. He was 71 years old.
Ted Gottfried - World famous "smut author" who under the pseudonym Ted Mark wrote over 100 books of racy adult fiction, including the "Man From O.R.G.Y." series of spy books, who also wrote fiction for young adults, including a notable series on the Holocaust, died March 7 in New York City at the age of 75.
Mel Hunter - Artist and science fiction illustrator who drew dozens of covers beginning in 1953 for such magazines as Fantasy & Science Fiction and Galaxy Science Fiction, who has produced 150 editions of original graphics, and who is credited with revolutionizing the field of lithographics with the developement of his Mylar lithographic technique, died Feb. 20 of bone cancer at the age of 75.
Tichi Wilkerson Kassel - Longtime editor and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, who married Reporter founder Billy Wilkerson when she was 19 and he was in his 60's, who took over the magazine upon his death in 1962, and who founded the nonprofit group Women in Film in 1973, died March 8 after complications from intestinal surgery at a Los Angeles hospital at age 77.
Joan McCord - Criminologist and author of numerous books and articles, who studied the effectiveness of many social intervention programs aimed at diverting juveniles from crime, who found that many programs such as boys clubs, summer camps and Scared Straight prison visitations made no difference, who documented her finding in books like "Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice" and "Coercion and Punishment in Long-Term Perspectives", and who served as president of the American Society of Criminology, died Feb. 24 at her home in Narberth, Pennsylvania of lung cancer at age 73.
Susan Okin - Political philosopher and author who brought a feminist perspective to the study of work and family issues, who viewed inequalities within the family as the linchpin of gender inequality and whose most notable books include "Women in Western Political Thought" and "Justice, Gender and the Family", died March 3 at her home in Lincoln, Massachusetts of natural causes at the age of 57.
Pedro Pietri - Puerto Rican born poet and playwright who defined the Nuyorican experience (Nuyorican - Puerto Rican living in New York City) through his work, who was perhaps best known for "Puerto Rican Obituary", an epic poem published in 1973 that sketched the lives of five Puerto Ricans who came to the United States with dreams that remained unfulfilled, died Mar. 3 of stomach cancer on a flight from Mexico, where he was receiving experimental treatment, to New York. He was 59 years old.
Noah Purifoy - Artist renowned for his large and sprawling "assemblage sculptures", unwieldy but artful combinations of bicycle wheels, bowling balls, train tracks, old refrigerators and rubble, most of which was assembled at his ranch in Joshua Tree, California, which became an open-air studio, gallery and museum, whose best known work was "66 Signs of Neon", a traveling exhibition of sculptures made from 3 tons of rubble from the 1965 Watts riots, and whose work is on permanent display in several prominent galleries in the U.S., died March 5 in a fire at his home in Joshua Tree at the age of 86.
Stephen Sprouse - American fashion designer who came to fame in the early 1980's with his line fashions that resembled punk rock with an uptown sophistication, whose Day-Glo colors, all-black palettes, mirrored sequins, high-tech fabrics and Velcro attachments were different than anything that had been seen before, died March 4 of lung cancer at a hospital in New York City at the age of 50.
Mihai Ursachi - Acclaimed Romanian poet and head of the national theater in Iasi, who was imprisoned in 1961 for trying to flee then-communist Romania by swimming across the Danube River, who later moved to the U.S. but returned to Romania after the fall of communism in 1990, died March 10 in Iasi, Romania of heart problems at the age of 63.
Miriam Waddington - Canadian poet and essayist who played a major role in the development of poetry in Montreal in the 1940's, coming into prominence with such other poets as Al Purdy, Margaret Avison, Raymond Souster and Eli Mandel, who wrote 12 books of poetry, including "Green World" (1945), "The Visitants" (1981) and "The Last Landscape" (1992), and an expert from whose poem "Jacques Cartier" will appear on Canada's new $100 bill, died March 3 in Vancouver at the age of 86.
Guy Williams - Modernist artist known for his intellectual geometric paintings and mixed-media assemblages, whose work has been exhibited at galleries throughout southern California, died Feb. 24 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 71.
Natan Yonatan - Israeli poet best-known for "That Man", an ode to assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that was set to music in 1995 and widely played, who wrote 20 books of poetry that have been translated into several languages, including English, Russian and Spanish, died March 12 near Tel Aviv at the age of 81.
Politics and Military
Abu Abbas - Head of the terrorist group Palestine Liberation Front, who masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Italian passenger ship Achille Lauro in which wheelchair-bound American tourist Leon Klinghoffer was thrown overboard, who was captured by U.S. forces in Iraq in April, 2003 and was being held in U.S. military custody in Iraq, died March 8 of natural causes after a period of declining health at the age of 55.
Carlos Julio Arosemena - President of Ecuador from 1961 to 1963 and founder of Ecuador's Nationalist Revolutionary party, who was elected vice-president in 1960 and rose to the presidency after the ouster of President Velasco Ibarra a year later in a military coup, and who was himself overthrown in a military coup in 1963 and exiled to Panama, died March 5 in Guayaquil, Ecuador after a long illness at age 84.
Herbert Choy - Federal appeals judge who became the first Asian American to serve on the federal bench when he appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Nixon in 1971, died March 10 of pneumonia in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 88.
Mary Lindsay - Widow of former New York City Mayor John Lindsay (died 2000), mayor from 1966 to 1973, who was known as a smart, tough and protective advisor to her husband, died March 9 of cancer in Palm Beach, Florida at the age of 77.
Mike O'Callaghan - Popular Democratic governor of Nevada from 1971 to 1979, who was known for his programs to help the disadvantaged, improve state welfare and build affordable housing, and who became executive editor and chairman of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper after leaving office, died March 5 of an apparent heart attack while attending church in Las Vegas. He was 74.
Robert D. Orr - Governor of Indiana from 1981 to 1989, whose major achievement was the passage of his "A-Plus" legislation in 1987 which resulted in the overhaul of the state's educational system, who also presided over the strengthening of the state's economy after the recession of the early 1980's, and who after leaving office served as U.S. ambassador to Singapore, died March 10 in Indianapolis of heart arrhythmia at the age of 86.
Boris Trajkovski - President of Macedonia elected in 1999, who had the backing of many Western governments as the leader most-likely to maintain stability in the region, and whose stated goal was to lead Macedonia towards membership in the European Union and NATO, was killed in a plane crash on Feb. 26 in Bosnia-Hercegovina at the age of 47.
Russell Weigley - One of the U.S.'s foremost scholars of military history, whose books detailed the history of wars, weapons and strategies, who authored numerous award-winning books including "A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865" (2000), "Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944-1945" (1981) and "The Age of Battles" (1991), died March 3 of a heart attack in Philadelphia at the age of 73.
Social and Religion
Chaim Berger - One of the founders of the Hasidic Jewish village of New Square, New York, who masterminded the theft of $11.6 million from federal anti-poverty programs, who fled to Israel to avoid prosecution but was arrested and returned to the U.S. in 2001 to stand trial and was serving a six year sentence, died March 9 of cancer at a prison hospital in Butner, North Carolina at the age of 79.
Tim Brooks - Gospel radio DJ at syndicated radio JOY-FM, heard on stations in North Carolina and Virginia, died Feb. 27 from a heart condition at his home in Elkin, North Carolina at the age of 42.
Jorge Guinle - Brazilian millionaire playboy, born into what was once Brazil's richest family, who beginning in the 1930's made it his mission to spend as much of his family fortune as he could, who befriended Nelson Rockefeller and went to Hollywood in the 1940's, where he became a well-known man about town, dating such starlets as Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr, Jane Russell, Anita Ekberg, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe, but who squandered most of his family's fortune, relying on a government pension and loans from friends over the last 20 years, died March 5 in a suite at the luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel (once owned by his family) of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 88.
Noah Kasper - Canadian musician and songwriter who was in the news in 2000 when he received transplants of six organs (liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, stomach and small bowel) in one marathon 15-hour operation, who continued to perform often taking the stage connected to an intravenous drip, died March 4 at a hospital in Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 24.
Marlin Maddoux - Conservative Christian radio show host and author, whose program "Point of View" had been heard on Christian radio stations around the country since the 1970's, who was known for his combative style while championing conservative issues such as evolution, abortion and home schooling, and who authored numerous book including such titles as "America Betrayed", "A Christian Agenda", "Homosexuality: The Straight Facts", "Countdown To Eternity" and "Earth's Two Minute Warning", died March 4 of complications following heart bypass surgery at a Dallas hospital at the age of 70.
Ricardo Ortega - Correspondent for Spanish TV network Antena 3, who was in Haiti covering the uprising against President Aristide, was shot to death on March 7 while covering a demonstration by opponents of former President Aristide in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was 37 years old. American news photographer Michael Laughlin was also shot and severely injured. Both sides in the conflict are blaming the other in the attack.
Joan Riudavets-Moll - Spaniard recognized by Guinness Book as the oldest man in the world and second oldest person, who attributed his longevity to his Mediterranean diet and daily walks which he continued to do to the end, died March 5 at his home in Es Migjorn Gran, Spain from a cold (it doesn't take much at this age) at the age of 114. (Charlotte Benkner of the U.S. is the only authenticated person still living who was born before 1890).
Business and Science
Eugene Booth - Distinguished physicist who made pioneering scientific and engineering contributions to U.S. nuclear programs, who helped construct a cyclotron at Columbia University and was involved with the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the atomic bomb, died March 6 in Briarcliff Manor, New York at the age of 92.
Dr. Harold Kletschka - Cardiac surgeon who in the 1960's, developed the Bio-Pump, an external pump that circulates blood during open-heart surgery, and who held several other medical patents, died March 6 at a hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota after a stroke at the age of 79.
Jack Lockton - Founder of the U.S.'s largest independently owned insurance brokerage, the Lockton Cos., who merged his agency with that of his parents in 1966 and eventually grew a business that now includes nearly 1,700 associates in 13 cities who provide a full range of commercial insurance and related services, died March 11 of pancreatic cancer in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 61.
Marc Miringoff - Founder the Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy and inventor of the Miringoff social health index, which tracks statistics on 16 different social problems in an effort to better understand the nation's social well-being, which he said reached a peak rating of 77 in 1973 and had its lowest state of health in 1993 with a rating of 33, died March 4 at his home in Poughkeepsie, New York of undetermined causes at the age of 58.
Paulo Niemeyer - Groundbreaking Brazilian neurosurgeon who developed a treatment which reduced involuntary movement in Parkinson's patients, and who was the brother of famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, died March 10 following heart surgery at a hospital in Rio De Janiero, Brazil at the age of 89.
George Pake - Computer pioneer and first director of the Palo Alto Research Center of the Xerox Corporation, whose engineers, during the 1960's and 1970's, invented a range of computing technologies, including the laser printer, office networking and the graphical user interface, and who in 1987 was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Ronald Reagan, died March 4 at his home in Tucson, Arizona of multiple organ failure at the age of 79.
Warren Pfaff - Adman at the J.Walter Thompson agency and later his own company Warren Pfaff Inc., who created many well-known ad campaigns including the "You deserve a break today" spot for McDonalds, the "Pan Am makes the going great" ad, and "We're looking for a few good men" campaign for the U.S. Marines, who won Clios for his work on the Pan Am account and also was recognized with numerous other industry awards, died March 10 of lung cancer at a hospital in Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 74.
Marilyn Yarbrough - Esteemed law professor at the University of North Carolina and previously at Duke University, who served on the Pulitzer Prize board from 1990 to 1999, died suddenly on March 10 of unknown but natural causes at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the age of 58.