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Life In Legacy - Week of April 24, 2004

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Pat Tillman (both pics) - Football player turned national hero Estée Lauder - Cosmetics industry queen Ritchie Cordell - Wrote numerous familiar pop & rock songs Frances Rafferty - B-movie actress & TV star Mary McGrory - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Philip A. Fisher - Legendary investment manager Jim Cantalupo - Chairman & CEO of McDonald's Norris McWhirter - Guiness Book creator Dave Kirby - Country songwriter and guitarist Frank Morrison - Nebraska governor Roddie Philip Dumas - Killed by his father's pit bulls Harry Beevers - Leading plant physiologist Brice Hunter - College and NFL football player Joe Kennedy - Jazz violinist Tamara Dunstan - Missing Georgia woman Larry Lederman - 'Founding father of racquetball' Alejandro Ferretis - Star of 'Japón' Karl Hass - Nazi war criminal Vann Kennedy - Newsman gave Kronkite his first job James Martinez - Body found on Larry Walker's property Ratu Sir Kamisese - Prime Minister of Fiji Ruby Wright - Sang 'Let's Light the Christmas Tree' Huib Drion - Helped legalize euthanasia in the Netherlands Tim Burstall - Pioneering Australian filmmaker Barbara Bey - Widow of Chief Bey David Clarke - Broadway & film actor Cecil Parrott - Survived the Bataan Death March Karin Eickelbaum - German actress Richard Kempster - Computer animator on films like 'Mask 2' Koken Nosaka - Japanese government spokesman George McCoy - Steel guitarist Warde Q. Butler - Character actor Natalie Phillips - Longest heart & lung transplant survivor Leo C. O'Neill - Chairman of Standard & Poor's Roger Peterson - ABC News correspondent John Maynard Smith - Noted evolutionist Dick Metko - Polka musician Jose Giovanni - Italian movie director Benjamin Franklin Rayborn - Bank robber turned attorney Art Devlin - Olympic skier and sports commentator Dagoberto González - Venezuelan politician Jim Dodge - Theatre actor Bill Brundige - L.A. play-by-play announcer Jason Scott Byram - South Carolina murderer Philip Locke - 'Thunderball' bad guy actor Mary Rodd Furbee - Author of children's books Donna Michelle - Playmate Sir Austin Pearce - British business luminary Dr. Myron Wegman - Public health educator Alex Madonna - Owner of legendary hotel Ivy Granstrom - Leading senior athlete Harry Holt - Disney animator Jean Stone - Widow of Irving Stone Frankie Scott - Singer and dancer Abraham Spiegel - Founder of Columbia Savings & Loan Glenn Leedy - Child actor in 'Song of the South' Rosemary Park - President of Barnard College Paul Benson - Judge presided over Peltier murder trial Rex Hardy - Original Life magazine photographer Thomas Barrett - Authority on classic cars Peter Prescott - Book critic for Newsweek Maybelle - Movie-star elephant Peter Rocha - Artist worked in jelly beans Artwork by Peter Rocha Life cover photographed by Rex Hardy Very first KFC restaurant - Demolished

News and Entertainment
Barbara Kenyatta Bey - Widow of jazz percussionist and African folklorist Chief Bay, died April 17 of pneumonia in New York City, four days after collapsing at his funeral. She was 59 years old and she died on Bey's 91st birthday and the couple's 31st wedding anniversary.
Tim Burstall - Award-winning Australian film pioneer who made 15 feature films and more than 35 short films over a 50-year career, including Stork, Attack Force Z (starring Mel Gibson) and the sex comedy Alvin Purple, which went on to become the most successful Australian movie released between 1971 and 1977, who was recently bestowed Order of Australia honors for his work in the film industry, died in Melbourne on April 19 after suffering a massive stroke at a film showing in honor of his work. He was 76 years old.
Warde Q. Butler - Character actor who appeared in films like "Smokey & the Bandit" and "Six Pack" and TV shows including "In the Heat of the Night", as well as numerous made-for-TV movies, died April 16 of pneumonia at a hospital in Marietta, Georgia at the age of 83.
David Clarke - Broadway and movie actor whose career spanned six decades, who performed in more than a dozen Broadway shows, including "Of Mice and Men" with James Earl Jones, and who appeared (often uncredited) in numerous film noir and action movies from the 1940's through the 60's, including "The Asphalt Jungle," "Adam's Rib", and in a starring role opposite Steve McQueen in "The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery", died on April 18 in Arlington, VA at the age of 95.
Ritchie Cordell - Renowned songwriter and record producer who wrote dozens of memorable hit records such as "Mony Mony" and "I Think Were Alone Now" for Tommy James and the Shondells, "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin" for Crazy Elephant, "Indian Giver" for 1910 Fruitgum Company, "I Want Candy" for the Strangeloves and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and who was the longtime producer for both Tommy James & the Shondells and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, died April 13 in New York City of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.
Karin Eickelbaum - German actress best known for her role as Ingrid in the long-running German TV series "Tatort", who was married to actor Hans Korte, died April 16 of cancer in Berlin at the age of 66.
Alejandro Ferretis - Mexican actor who starred in the avant-garde 2003 film "Japón", who made his acting debut in the critically acclaimed film that won him best actor honors at the Buenos Aires Intl. Festival, who was nominated for best actor at the Ariel Awards, held in Mexico City on March 30, but who raised suspicions as to his well-being when he failed to show up at the ceremony, was found dead in early April at his home in San Miguel, Mexico, apparently a victim of murder. He was 59 years old and authorities delayed the death announcement until the week of April 19.
Jose Giovanni - Director, screenwriter and author who had a string of crime movie hits in the 1950's and 60's such as "Le Clan des Siciliens " and "La Scoumoune " starring such actors as Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon, and whose last movie "My Father Saved My Life" was made in 2001, died of a brain hemorrhage on April 17 in Lausanne, Switzerland at the age of 80.
Harry Holt - Disney animator who helped design legendary scenes in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Lady and the Tramp", who later became chief designer at Disney during the development of Walt Disney World in Orlando, died April 14 in Casselberry, Florida at the age of 93.
Richard Kempster - Computer animator at Kleiser-Walczak who oversaw the production of the company's work on such films as "Mask 2", "X-2", "Rose Red" and "Frida", and who for many years worked at providing the movie industry with the latest in computer animation technology, died March 28 of a pulmonary embolism at his home in Seal Beach, California at the age of 57.
Joe Kennedy - Prominent jazz violinist and educator who was known for his ability to combine both classical and jazz genres, who appeared at many jazz festivals around the world, who played and recorded with greats like Ahmad Jamal, Benny Carter and Billy Taylor, whose work and career were profiled in the documentary "Fiddler's Three", and who in 2001 was honored with the Living Legacy Jazz Award at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, died April 17 in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 80.
Vann Kennedy - Texas journalist and television pioneer who was the longtime owner and president of KZTV and KSIX Radio in Corpus Christi and KVTV in Laredo, and who gave veteran CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite his first job and was a longtime adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson, died in Corpus Christi on April 18 after a brief illness at the age of 98.
Dave Kirby - Country songwriter, session guitarist and singer who wrote dozens of hit songs including Charley Pride's #1 country hit "Is Anybody Going To San Antone?", "Down By The River" for Buck Owens and Rose Maddox and "Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You" for Jack Greene, who played session guitar on recordings for the likes of Dolly Parton, Ringo Starr, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, who charted several minor hits of his own including 1973's "North Alabama", and who was married to country singer Leona Williams, died April 17 of multimyloma cancer at his home in Branson, Missouri at the age of 65.
Glenn Leedy - Child actor who appeared as Toby in the classic 1946 Walt Disney film "Song of the South", who worked sporadically in film after that but did marry three times, fathering 15 children, died April 19 in Brawley, California at the age of 68.
Philip Locke - Award-winning British actor, who won much acclaim for his theater work in England, but who is best known to international audiences as Vargas, the silent assassin in the 1965 James Bond movie "Thunderball", and who appeared in dozens of other British films and TV productions, died April 19 at the age of 76.
Maybelle - African elephant who lived at the San Francisco Zoo for more than 40 years, who came to the zoo after working in the entertainment industry for the first two years of her life and appeared in "Hatari," a 1962 John Wayne film, and who was one of the five oldest African elephants in the United States, died suddenly on April 22 at the San Francisco Zoo. She was 43 years old and the cause of death is unknown.
George McCoy - Steel guitarist who can be heard on many recordings of country icon Ray Price, who was a favorite in Dallas and a regular on local TV shows like "The Cowboy Weaver Show", and who for the last 30 years performed at venues throughout Texas, died April 15 of Parkinson's disease at his home in Mesquite, Texas at the age of 79.
Mary McGrory - Pulitzer Prize winning columnist who was a leading liberal voice in Washington journalism and chronicled 50 years of scandal, war, Congressional turmoil and political heartbreak as a columnist for The Washington Star and The Washington Post, who first made a name for herself during the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings and whose writing and no-nonsense commentary won her the top literary prize for her work during Watergate, died in Washington on April 22 after a long illness at the age of 85.
Dick Metko - Polka bandleader and accordionist who performed and recorded with the Lawrence Duchow Red Raven Orchestra and later the Dick Rodgers Orchestra before forming Dick Metko and the Boys, who performed with Rodgers on a popular syndicated polka show that originated at WBAY in Wisconsin during the 1970's, died April 20 in New London, Wisconsin at the age of 72.
Donna Michelle - Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month in December 1963 and 1964's Playmate of the Year, who went on to a brief career on film in movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo", "The Spy With My Face" and "Mickey One", and guest appearances on TV shows like "The Big Valley", "I Spy" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E", died April 10 of a heart attack or cancer in California at the age of 58.
Roger Peterson - ABC News Radio and television correspondent from the 1960's to the 1980's, who was seriously wounded while covering the Vietnam War, who later became ABC bureau chief in Tokyo then a Pentagon correspondent, and who in the 1990's anchored a medical program on the Discovery channel, died of cancer in Fairfax, Virginia on April 18 at the age of 67.
Frances Rafferty - Actress, dancer and World War II pinup girl, best known for her role as Ruth Henshaw, the daughter of Spring Byington in the 50's TV series "December Bride", who starred or appeared in numerous B-movies in the 1940's including "Crazy Girl" with Mickey Rooney, "Abbott and Costello In Hollywood" and "Curly", died April 18 of natural causes at her home in Paso Robles, California at the age of 81.
Frankie Scott - Singer and dancer who was married to country music pioneer Ramblin "Doc" Tommy Scott, who costarred with her husband in films like "Trail of the Hawk" and who sang, danced and did sketches on his TV show "The Ramblin' Tommy Scott Show" in the late 1940's, died April 17 in Toccoa, Georgia of a stroke at the age of 84.
Jim Smith (aka Jim Dodge) - Theatre actor who appeared in such Broadway and off-Broadway productions as "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown", "The Fantastiks" and "Snoopy", died April 17 of brain cancer in Gresham, Oregon at the age of 60.
John Vlahos - Screenwriter known mostly for his TV work, who amassed credits for screenplays on 17 films, 70 radio shows and about 52 network television live and film dramas, who won an Emmy for the TV show "The Defenders", and who wrote for other shows such as "The Philco Television Playhouse", "Route 66" and "Marcus Welby, MD", died April 8 of natural causes at his home in Westport, Connecticut at the age of 87.
Ruby Wright - Big band singer who performed with the Barney Rapp Orchestra in the 1930's and married Rapp in 1937, who embarked on a solo career in 1949 recording for King Records, who may be best known for her 1957 Christmas hit "Let's Light the Christmas Tree", and also for her 1959 hit "Three Stars", a spoken word tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, died March 9 in Cincinnati at the age of 90.

Bill Brundige - Longtime play-by-play announcer for numerous sports teams in several sports, who was sports director for the Armed Forces Radio Network during World War II and then announced for such pro teams as the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Senators, and football's Detroit Lions, who came to Southern California in the 1950's and did play-by-play for the Angels, Rams and Lakers, and who twice was awarded the Golden Mike as the top sports broadcaster in Southern California, died April 23 of heart failure at a hospital in Fullerton, California at the age of 89.
Art Devlin - Olympic ski jumper who competed in Olympics in 1948, 1952 and 1956, who became better known years later as a sports commentator for CBS and ABC and as a ski jumping analyst on network Olympic coverage and special telecasts for many years, died of cancer April 22 at his home in Lake Placid, New York at the age of 81.
Ivy Granstrom - Noted senior athlete and a leading runner in Canadian seniors track events, despite being blind, who was called the 'Queen of the Polar Bears' because of her longtime participation in the New Year's dip in Vancouver's English Bay, who after being featured in a National Film Board of Canada documentary in 1979, went from Blind Sports events to wider competition, beating sighted athletes in her age class in masters meets in the United States, South Africa, Australia and Japan, died April 14 in Vancouver at the age of 92.
Richard Harkins - President from 1984 to 1987 of the American Athletic Union (AAU), an organization founded in the 1800's to prepare athletes for the Olympic Games, who became president shortly after Congress cut off all funding for the organization, but helped it change its focus to providing programs for participants of all ages at the grass-roots level, died April 18 in Raymore, Missouri at the age of 71.
Brice Hunter - One of the top wide receivers in University of Georgia history, who holds the school record for receptions in a season (76 in 1993) and is second with 182 career receptions, who played three years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins and who was married to Georgia women's basketball great Brandi Decker, was shot to death on April 18 after an argument with a neighbor about loud music coming from his apartment. He was 29 years old.
Larry Lederman - Noted amateur athlete who is credited with developing racquetball as a sport in the U.S. (he's called the "founding father of racquetball"), who patented the sport in 1968 and initiated the first national tournament, who was a star wrestler in college, winning the Big 10 championship in 1938, who served as president of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) from 1962 to 1966, and who has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame, including Racquetball, International Wrestling and the AAU, died April 21 at his winter home in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 89.
Pat Tillman - Star defensive linebacker at Arizona State University, who was the Pac-10 defensive player of the year in 1997, leading the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl, who graduated summa cum laude in December 1997 with a marketing degree and a 3.84 grade-point average, who played four seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, where he broke the franchise record for tackles with 223 in 2000, who was so affected by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. that he walked away from a $3.6 million contract with the Cardinals in 2002 to join the Army (he planned to return to the NFL in three years), and who was serving as an Army Rangers soldier on a mission in southeastern Afghanistan, was shot and killed by suspected al Qaeda and Taliban fighters on April 22 during an ambush on a coalition combat patrol near the village of Sperah, Afghanistan. He was 27 years old.

Art and Literature
Mary Rodd Furbee - Author of books for children as well as an editor, television producer and college instructor, who wrote such books as "Outrageous Women of the American Frontier", "Shawnee Captive: The Story of Mary Draper Ingles" and "Women of the American Revolution", died April 21 in Morgantown, West Virginia after a long illness at the age of 49.
Rex Hardy - Photographer and one of the elite group hired by Life magazine in its first year of publication, who photographed such celebrities of Hollywood's Golden Era as Tyrone Power, Joan Crawford, Jimmy Stewart, and Clark Gable and was known for shooting stars in spontaneous or playful moments including Bing Crosby at the racetrack, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at rehearsal, and Harpo Marx without his wig (the latter two were famous cover shots for the magazine), who was also a World War II pilot and a NASA consultant, died of natural causes in Monterey, CA at the age of 88.
Norris McWhirter - Co-founder of the Guinness Book of World Records, the best-selling catalog of human and natural achievement and extremes, which has sold more than 75 million copies in 37 languages becoming the best-selling non-fiction work after the Bible, who first published the book in 1955 with his twin brother Ross McWhirter (murdered in 1975), and who was a well-known sports journalist and broadcaster in England, died April 19 of a heart attack while playing tennis at his home in Wiltshire, England at the age of 79.
Peter Prescott - Author and book critic for Newsweek, who wrote reviews at the magazine for 20 years, winning the Polk Award for criticism in 1978, whose work extended beyond literary comment to journalistic investigation, and among whose books are "Never in Doubt: Critical Essays on American Books, 1972-1985" and "The Child Savers: Juvenile Justice Observed", died April 23 of liver disease at a New York City hospital at the age of 68.
Peter Rocha - Artist whose mosaic paintings created out of jelly beans have delighted visitors to the Jelly Belly Candy Company in California for decades, who created his first jellybean portrait, of President Ronald Reagan, after hearing that the President was a devotee of the candy (the Reagan mosaic hangs in the Reagan presidential library), and who went on to create jelly bean portraits of Queen Elizabeth, Laurel and Hardy, Benjamin Franklin, Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, Larry King and Minnie Mouse, died April 20 of Lou Gehrig's disease in San Francisco. He was 65 years old.
Jean Stone - Widow of best-selling biographical novelist Irving Stone, who served as her husband's research collaborator and "editor in residence" on many of his books, who was a long time cultural and educational leader, receiving the Maxwell Perkins Award in 1982, died April 16 in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 93.

Politics and Military
Huib Drion - Dutch supreme court justice who was a major force behind the legalization of euthanasia in the Netherlands, who first sparked debate on mercy killings with his essay "Voluntary Death for Old People," and whose complex proposal for a two-step suicide system was dubbed the "Drion Pill" by the media in the Netherlands (which went on to be the first country to legalize euthanasia for certain terminally ill patients), died in his sleep on April 20 in Leiden, the Netherlands at the age of 87.
Dagoberto González - Venezuelan political party leader who served as a senator of the Venezuelan Congress, who was a leader in both the CTV (Venezuela's Trade Union Federation) and CLAT (Latin American Confederation of Workers), died April 19 after a long illness in Caracas at the age of 74.
Karl Hass - Former Nazi officer convicted with SS Captain Erich Priebke for the wartime massacre of 335 Italian civilians in Rome, who was sentenced in 1998 for the World War II killings but was spared prison in part because of frail health and age, and who was put under house arrest after he jumped from his hotel balcony to avoid taking the stand to testify against Priebke, died April 21 after suffering a heart attack in a rest home near Rome where he had been serving his life sentence under house arrest. He was 92 years old.
Ratu Sir Kamisese - Powerful statesman of the tiny Pacific Island country of Fiji, who led the country to independence from Britain in 1970, who became the country's first prime minister then president when it became a republic in 1987, who was a staunch ally of the U.S. but grounded in island customs, such as requiring visitors to approach him on their knees in accordance with local custom, died April 18 at a hospital in Suva, Fiji from complications from a 2001 stroke. He was 83.
Frank Morrison - Three-term governor of Nebraska who served as a Democrat from 1961 to 1967, who for decades was the backbone of the Nebraska Democratic Party in the overwhelmingly Republican state, who held office in the state in some capacity for nearly 50 years, and whose wife Maxine Morrison died in March, died April 19 of esophageal cancer in McCook, Nebraska at the age of 98. Note: the oldest living former governor now is Elmer Lee Anderson of Minnesota.
Koken Nosaka - Former top Japanese government spokesman and chief cabinet secretary under Japan's first Socialist prime minister since 1948, who, as a senior lawmaker in the left-leaning Socialist Democratic Party, helped end political turmoil by brokering a once-unthinkable alliance among his party, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and the now-defunct Sakigake Party, died on April 18 in Tokyo of pneumonia and kidney failure. He was 79 years old.
Cecil Parrott - Decorated World War II soldier and survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March, in which 70,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers surrendered to the Japanese and were forced to embark on a 70-mile march that resulted in the death of more than 10,000 from exhaustion, thirst, disease and maltreatment, who himself endured savage beatings, bouts of dysentery and starvation during 1,228 days in captivity and weighed just 96 pounds when finally liberated from a Japanese work camp, and who fought to win reparations for himself and thousands of other POWs forced to work without compensation for Japanese companies, died April 15 in Seattle, WA at the age of 83.

Social and Religion
Paul Benson - U.S. District Judge who presided over the high-profile murder trial involving American Indian activist Leonard Peltier in 1977, died April 22 in Verona, Wisconsin at the age of 85.
Jason Scott Byram - South Carolina man convicted of killing the 36-year-old teacher Julie Johnson with her own kitchen knife in May 1993 as she slept on a sofa while her husband and children were asleep nearby, but who never admitted guilt, claiming his innocence to the end, was executed by lethal injection on April 23 at the state prison in Columbia, South Carolina at the age of 38.
Roddie Philip Dumas Jr. - North Carolina boy who on April 16 was playing in the fenced-in yard at his father's home in Charlotte, was attacked and killed by his father's four pit bull dogs while his father and girlfriend were inside the house. Roddie was 8 years old. His father is being held on drug and weapon charges and other charges ranging from child neglect to murder are being considered.
Tamara Dunstan - Georgia woman who worked as a nurse with children who have cancer, who stopped by her mother's home in Augusta, Georgia on the afternoon of April 14 and discovered a burglary in progress, who was abducted by the robber prompting a three county manhunt, was found dead on April 18 in Edgefield County, South Carolina. She was 29 years old and 3 months pregnant. Ronald Burke has been arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping.
Alex Madonna - Owner and brainchild of the famous Madonna Inn on California's central coast, a hotel known and revered for its gaudiness, the Pepto-Bismol-pink color scheme with the jaw-dropping 8-foot-tall waterfall urinal in the men's room, themed suites such as the Caveman Room where one could sleep under a rock ceiling and shower in a waterfall, and motifs that lured celebrities and common folk alike, died April 22 of a massive heart attack in San Luis Obispo, California at the age of 85.
James Martinez - Denver man who had a long arrest record and had served time in prison on felony drug charges, who had last been heard from on April 1, was found dead on April 18 by Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker while he was riding an ATV on his property in Evergreen, Colorado. Martinez was 36 years old and police indicated that he had been murdered.
Benjamin Franklin Rayborn - Bank robber once listed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list and called "the worst gangster to come out of World War II" by J. Edgar Hoover, who reportedly acted as a regional Robin Hood with the money he stole, buying truckloads of bicycles and distributing them to local youths, who went on to educate himself in law at Alcatraz and teach Constitutional law while at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, and who then worked as a legal researcher for 30 years, died in San Diego on April 21 at the age of 79.

Business and Science
Thomas Barrett - One of the worlds greatest authorities of classic cars with one of the U.S.'s top automobile collections, who owned Clark Gable's Duesenberg along with cars that once belonged to Hitler and Mussolini, and who co-founded the Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in 1971, which showcased thousands of million-dollar vintage cars over the years, died April 20 of a massive heart attack in Paradise Valley, Arizona at the age of 75.
Harry Beevers - One of the leading plant physiologists of the 20th century, who focused his research on plant metabolism and cell biology, whose discovery of the glyoxysome, a small organelle within some plant cells, led others to discover similar organelles called leaf peroxisomes, and stimulated further understanding of the role of peroxisomes in animals (but you already knew all of that), died April 14 after a brief illness at his home in Carmel, California at the age of 80.
Jim Cantalupo - Chairman and CEO of the world's largest food chain McDonald's, who took the reigns in January, 2003 and is credited with spearheading McDonald's turnaround in service, quality and sales, leading to a stock price that has nearly doubled during his tenure, and who prior to becoming CEO had worked for the company for over 30 years, died April 19 of a heart attack while attending a convention in Orlando, Florida at the age of 60.
Philip A. Fisher - Legendary investment manager and author, whose books, including the still-in-print 1955 book "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits", inspired a whole generation of investors, who advised readers with his "15 Points to Look for in a Common Stock" to look for innovative companies that are world leaders in their field, who made a personal fortune taking his own advice and investing in companies like Texas Instruments and Motorola, and who was the father of Forbes columnist Kenneth Fisher, died March 11 at this home in San Mateo, California at the age of 96.
First KFC restaurant - The very first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant which was opened in Salt Lake City in the early 1950's as Harman's Utah Fried Chicken by Leon Harman, who in 1952 let his friend Colonel Harlan Sanders begin serving his special recipe crispy chicken from the now-famous paper buckets, was demolished on April 20 in order to make room for a restaurant with a museum where they can show pictures of what the original building looked like.
Estée Lauder - Cosmetics industry queen who began mixing face creams in her kitchen and went on to build a company worth an estimated $10 billion, convincing generations of women that her beauty creams were "jars of hope" in their quest for the eternal look of youth, and who was ranked on Time magazine's list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the century, died of cardiopulmonary arrest on April 24 in Manhattan. She was 97 years old.
John Messerschmitt - Electronics industry executive who was instrumental in introducing and promoting optical disc technology, including the videodisc and CD-ROM, in North America, who in 1981 oversaw Royal Phillips marketing of the videodisc system (developed in Europe) for viewing movies and other entertainment on television, and who directed Philips' introduction of the CD-ROM, or compact disc read-only memory, as a data-storage medium in 1984, died April 8 of cancer at a New York City hospital at the age of 81.
Leo C. O'Neill - Executive who guided Standard & Poor's as it expanded from an American bond rating firm into an international force whose opinion could be critical to the terms on which companies and governments could borrow money, who led Standard & Poor's efforts to recover from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and who only recently stepped down as chief executive of S & P due to illness, died April 20 in Manhattan of complications from cancer. He was 64 years old.
Rosemary Park - Educator, scholar and college administrator, who was president of Barnard College and Connecticut College before becoming vice chancellor at UCLA in the late 1960's, died April 17 at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 97.
Sir Austin William Pearce - Key figure in British industry who made a substantial contribution to better labor relations, especially in the oil industry, who worked for Esso (now Exxon) and became its chairman in 1972, who became the first president of the UK Petroleum Industry Association in 1979, and who served as chairman of British Aerospace in the 1980's, died March 21 in Sussex, England at the age of 82.
Natalie Phillips - Arizona woman who was the world's longest survivor of a pediatric heart and double-lung transplant after receiving them in December 1989, and who devoted herself to raising awareness about the need of organ donation, died in Avondale, Arizona on April 13 at the age of 25 from complications of sinus surgery.
John Maynard Smith - One of the most influential evolutionary biologists of the latter part of the 20th century, whose biggest contributions were to the area of population genetic theory, whose mathematical approach to evolution study and animal behavior, known as game theory, influenced thought on broad areas in the life sciences, and who was the author of hundreds of academic papers and 14 books, including "The Theory of Evolution" (1958), "The Evolution of Sex" (1978) and "Evolution and the Theory of Games" (1982), died April 19 of lung cancer at his home in southeast England, sitting in his high-backed chair and surrounded by his books. He was 84.
Abraham Spiegel - Holocaust survivor and philanthropist who was imprisoned with his wife in Auschwitz where his two year old son was killed in a gas chamber, who moved to the US after the war and went on to found Columbia Savings and Loan, an institution that was for years considered one of the country's most profitable savings and loans but collapsed in the industry's crisis of the 1980's and 90's, died in Beverly Hills of pneumonia on April 10. He was 97 years old.
Dr. Myron Wegman - Leading public health educator and president of the American Public Health Association, who is best known for annual summaries of the U.S.'s vital statistics (a synthesis of government records on births, fertility rates, infant mortality and other data) which he published every year since 1949 in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, died April 14 in Ann Arbor, Michigan of congestive heart failure at the age of 95.

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