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Life In Legacy - Week of May 15, 2004

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Anna Lee - Actress Jean-Jacques Laffont - Leading economist John Whitehead - Half of famous singing/songwriting duo Alan King - Wisecracking comedian Akhmad Kadyrov - President of Chechnya Adlan Khasanov - Reuter's photograhper in Chechnya William Dreyer - Molecular immunologist Boris Pergamenschikow - Acclaimed cellist Wanda Holden - Mother of governor Thea Beckman - Wrote classic Dutch children's book Clifford Holliday - Last known surviving Canadian WWI vet Brent Davidson - Died sniffing compressed air Brenda Fassie - South African singing star Mitsunari Kanai - Top U.S. Aikido master Pete Knight - California legislator Antonio Champalimaud - Portuguese industrialist Olive Osmond - Mother of the singing Osmonds Nick Berg - Pennsylvania man looking for work in Iraq Dr. Alexandre Minkowski - Expert on newborns Shelley Glover - Member of U.S. Ski Team Virginia Capers - Actress of Broadway & film Samuel Iwry - Leading Hebrew scholar Robert E. Fulton - Inventor Phil Gersh - Well-known Hollywood agent Eric Kierans - Canadian political figure Duncan Carse - Polar explorer Anthony Ainley - 'Dr. Who' actor Brian Manning - Marxist historian Carla Jackson - Singer with gospel group Third Promise Dale Meinert - NFL linebacker Walter Stockmayer - Medal of Honor-winning Chemist Dorothy Van Engle - Star of 1930's 'race movies' Jim Spagg - Portland's nude cable-access guy Ben Stewart - Troubled Georgia mayor Len Vale-Onslow - British motorcycle icon Elizabeth Swift Cronin - U.S. diplomat held hostage in Iran Kjell Hallbing - Wrote westerns as Louis Masterson Alf Valentine - Legendary cricket player Caspar Pound - Techno music producer Charlotte Benkner - World's second oldest person David J. Piel - Actor immortalized in 'Krazy Klowns' Cyril Vosper - Author battled L. Ron Hubbard Phillip Mahfood - Telemarketing expert Mick Doyle - Irish rugby coach Floyd Kalber - Emmy-winning newsman Tommy Farrell - Actor in B-westerns Syd Hoff - Cartoonist & author of children's books Jesus Gil y Gil - Flamboyant Spanish soccer team owner David Reimer - Subject of the 'John/Joan' case Wayne McLeland - Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers Lizzy Mercier Descloux - French punk rocker John Hammersley - Mathematician founded theory of percolation Niu Zhenhua - Chinese comic actor Orvar Bergmark - Swedish soccer great Bruce Boa - 'Empire Strikes Back' actor Col. Robert Morgan - Commander of the Memphis Belle Buff Brady - Stuntman Bandit - World's fattest racoon George the Tortoise - Star on the UK's 'Blue Peter' show

News and Entertainment
Anthony Ainley - British actor best known for playing the Master, arch-nemesis to "Dr. Who" in the long-running television series, who played the role from 1981 until the show ended in 1989, and who also appeared in numerous British TV shows and in movies like "Naked Evil", "You Only Live Twice", "Inspector Clouseau" and "Satan's Skin", died May 3 in Harrow, Middlesex, England at the age of 71.
Bruce Boa - British actor who played the part of General Rieekan in the 1980 Star Wars sequel "The Empire Strikes Back", who appeared in dozens of other movies including roles in such films as "The Omen", "Full Metal Jacket", "Octopussy" and "Superman", and who once played professional football for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, died of cancer on April 17 in England (any help with age or place of death is appreciated).
Jack "Buff" Brady - Stuntman who worked on such films as "Gone with the Wind" and "Spartacus" and on TV's "The Wild, Wild, West" and was a lifetime member of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures, and who started Jack Brady Productions, a documentary film production company that made films about alternative energy sources, died after a brief illness on April 15 at the age of 77.
Virginia Capers - Julliard-trained actress who won a Tony award in 1974 for her performance as Lena Younger in the original version of the musical "Raisin," whose other Broadway credits include "Jamaica" in 1957, and "Saratoga" in 1959, who appeared on the big screen in films such as "Lady Sings the Blues," (1972) "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," (1986) as Nurse Florence Sparrow, and "What's Love Got to Do With It" (1993), and whose television credits include "The Untouchables," "Have Gun - Will Travel," "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Mannix," (which earned her an Emmy nomination in 1973) and "Dragnet", died May 6 of pneumonia at a Los Angeles hospital at he age of 78.
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - One of the first French punk rockers, who was part of the New York punk rock scene during the 1970's and imported the sound to Paris, who became the driving force behind Harry Cover, the boutique which the city's first punks adopted as their headquarters, who released several moderately successful punk albums, but who is best remembered for her big post-punk, world music album "Mais où sont passées les gazelles", which won the prestigious French rock award, "Le Bus d'acier", died April 20 of cancer at the age of 47.
Tommy Farrell - Actor and comedian considered to be the last of the B-western "sidekicks", who appeared in the movie "Kissin' Cousins" with Elvis Presley and on "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin", "Gunsmoke" and "Rawhide" on television, died of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund hospital in Woodland Hills, California on May 9 at the age of 82.
Brenda Fassie - South African singer known as the "Queen of the Night" and the "Madonna of the Townships", who had numerous best selling albums including the multi-platinum "Too Late For Mama", and who was just as famous for her hard living and offstage antics which included cocaine abuse, public temper tantrums, and highly publicized affairs with lovers of both sexes, died on May 9 in Johannesburg, having recently suffered a cardiac arrest brought on by an asthma attack that left her brain damaged and in a coma. She was 39 years old.
George the Tortoise - Popular pet on BBC's "Blue Peter" children's program, who enjoyed a 22 year career on the program and received more fan mail than many of the show's hosts, who enjoyed notoriety when he relieved himself on a guest live on air and once went missing for a fortnight after being freed from his pen by burglars during a botched robbery attempt (it was thought he had been stolen and a tribute film on his life was broadcast, but he turned up later in some undergrowth, having walked 3 miles in 14 days), whose appearances helped youngsters learn how to care properly for animals and who made his final turn on the show in April, died of old age the week of May 7. He was 83 years old.
Phil Gersh - Well-known Hollywood agent who spent more than 60 years in show business representing such greats as Humphrey Bogart, Richard Burton and Harrison Ford, who owned The Phil Gersh Agency, a major player in Hollywood's golden age, and who continued to work in the agency with his sons until March, 2004, died May 10 of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 92.
Carla Jackson - Singer in the Southern gospel trio Third Promise, who were produced by noted gospel producer Jonathan Martin and had released two albums since 2000, was killed in a car accident on May 7 in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the age 27. Group member Rena Hill was severely injured in the crash.
Floyd Kalber - Emmy-winning news anchor known as "The Big Tuna" of television news because of his power in the newsroom, who enjoyed a legendary career spanning five decades as an NBC News correspondent and top-rated anchor at two Chicago stations, WMAQ and WLS, who left WMAQ after being forced to take on a young Jane Pauley as a co-anchor (the pairing was unsuccessful), and who went on to became a newsreader for the "Today" show, only to be joined there by Pauley five months later, who won five Emmy Awards for his work and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, died of emphysema on May 13 in Burr Ridge, Illinois at the age of 79.
Alan King - Wisecracking Jewish comedian who got his start as a protégé of Milton Berle in the 1940's, whose 56 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show during the 1950's and 60's is third most, who was frequent guest host on The Tonight Show, who was a prolific nightclub performer and renowned toastmaster who became a member of the Friars Club in the 1940's, who emceed on Academy Awards show as well as President Kennedy's inauguration, and who wrote five comedy books including "The Alan King Great Jewish Joke Book" and "Help! I'm a Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery", died May 9 of lung cancer at a hospital in New York City at the age of 76.
Adlan Khasanov - Photographer for the Reuters news agency who had worked in Chechnya as both a photographer and cameraman since the late 1990's, was killed in an explosion on May 9 that also killed Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov and at least 22 others, during a Victory Day celebration. Khasanov was 33 years old.
Anna Lee - Beautiful British movie actress who came to Hollywood in the 1930's, and began a career that spanned over 60 years appearing in more than 60 films including "The Sound of Music" (1965), "Fort Apache" (1948) and "King Solomon's Mines" (1937) , who was paralyzed in a car accident in the late 70's, but continued to act from her wheelchair for many years, including a long-running stint as Lila Quartermaine in the ABC soap opera "General Hospital", died May 14 of pneumonia at her home in Beverly Hills at the age of 91.
Olive Osmond - Mother of Marie and Donny Osmond and other members of the famous musical performing family, who inspired her children's entry into the music business and started the Osmond Foundation, known today as The Children's Miracle Network, which has raised almost 3 billion dollars for sick children, and who headed a family of 9 children, 55 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, died in Provo, Utah on May 9 of complications from a massive stroke she suffered more than two years ago. She was 79 years old.
Boris Pergamenschikow - Acclaimed Russian-born cellist and chamber musician, who was a celebrated guest in major music capitals around the world, whose recent recording of Henry Dutilleux's cello concerto "Tout un monde lointain" has won critical acclaim and was awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or, died of cancer on April 30 in Manchester, England at the age of 55.
David J. Piel - Actor who played the security guard who gets "pied" to death by clowns in the 1988 horror-terrible classic "Killer Klowns From Outer Space", died May 6 of natural causes in Carson City, Nevada at the age of 80.
Caspar Pound - Noted British techno/trance music producer who in 1991 founded Rising High records, which became one of the most influential and respected dance labels of the 1990's, and who was at the forefront of the major developments of dance music since the 90s, died April 30 of a brain tumor at the age of 33.
John Seely - Pianist and composer who worked on themes and background music for classic TV shows like "Dennis the Menace" and "The Donna Reed Show", and who with musical partner Bill Loose provided the background music for Warner Brothers cartoons starring Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner, died April 23 in Oakland, California at the age of 80.
Dorothy Van Engle - Actress who starred in several films in the 1930s and 1940s made by black filmmakers before Hollywood embraced actors of color, who appeared in many of the films of pioneer black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux including "Swing", "Murder in Harlem", and "Harlem after Midnight" and was an audience favorite known for her beauty and cool sophistication in "race movies", an industry of film that gave black characters leading roles and did not limit them to stereotyped supporting roles the way major studios did, died in Ocala, Florida on May 10 at the age of 87.
John Whitehead - R&B singer and songwriter who was half of the duo McFadden & Whitehead who scored a #1 R&B and top 20 pop hit with "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" in 1979, who, with songwriting partner Gene McFadden, wrote The O'Jays classic "The Backstabbers", as well as other 'Philadelphia sound' hits for acts such as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Intruders, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, The Jacksons, Archie Bell and The Drells, Lou Rawls, Freddie Jackson and Melba Moore, was shot to death on May 11 outside his Philadelphia home while he was working with a mechanic on his car. Whitehead was 55 and police believe the intended target was the mechanic.
Niu Zhenhua - Chinese comic actor who appeared in several Chinese movies and TV dramas, who was a master cross talker, a rhythmic, often humorous mix of dialogue and storytelling, and who won the best actor award at the 1994 Tokyo Film Festival, was killed in a traffic accident in Beijing on May 11. Niu was found to be driving while intoxicated, violating a ban on drunk driving that only went into effect around the country this month. He was 49 years old.

Orvar Bergmark - One of Sweden's most famous football (soccer) players, who played 94 caps for the Swedish national team and took silver in the 1958 World Cup on home ground and was voted to the All World Cup team, and who later coached the Swedish national from 1966 to 1970, died of Parkinson's disease on May 10th at his home in Stockholm at the age of 73.
Mick Doyle - Legendary rugby coach who guided Ireland to only their sixth Triple Crown and the Five Nations Championship triumph in 1985, who also won 20 consecutive caps as a flanker for Ireland between 1965-68, who, after suffering a heart attack at the Rugby World Cup in 1987 that ended his coaching career, wrote two autobiographies and became a popular columnist and TV pundit, was killed in a car accident in Northern Ireland on May 11. He was 63 years old.
Jesus Gil y Gil - The "George Steinbrenner of Spain", the flamboyant owner of the Atletico de Madrid football (soccer) team known for firing his coaches at a rapid rate (he went through 23 coaches in 16 years), whose team won the Spanish League just once during his tenure, died May 14 at a hospital in Madrid, one day after suffering a stroke. He was 71 years old.
Shelley Glover - Member of the U.S. Ski Team's development team, who was in training to become an Olympic ski racer, who was the 2002 Eastern Junior Olympics giant slalom champion and was in her second year with the development squad, died on May 8 in Bend, Oregon, three days after suffering a major head injury in a training crash at Mt. Bachelor. She was 17 years old.
Mitsunari Kanai - Eighth-degree black belt and one of the top figures in U.S. martial arts, who taught widely in Japan, Europe, and throughout the United States and Canada, who helped found the United States Aikido Federation, and who was one of the last living students of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, died March 27 of a heart attack while at a seminar in Toronto at the age of 64.
Wayne McLeland - Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1951 and 1952, mostly in a relief role, died May 8 at a nursing home in Friendswood, Texas at the age of 79.
Dale Meinert - Pro Bowl linebacker with the Chicago, and later St. Louis, Cardinals, who played in the NFL from 1958 to 1967 and was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, and who was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1961, died May 10 in Clinton, Oklahoma of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 70.
Len Vale-Onslow - Pioneer of the British motorcycle industry, who built and rode the Super-Onslow-Special motorcycle, who started riding motorcycles in 1905 and was regarded the world's oldest motorcyclist, who won more than 400 trophies at rallies, speed trials and race meetings, died April 23 of pneumonia at the age of 103.
Alfred "Alf" Valentine - Legendary West Indies cricket player, who along with Sonny Samadhin, helped popularize the sport in that country, who helped the West Indies capture its first ever victory in England in the 1950's, and who later served as the national coach of Jamaica, died May 11 in Daytona Beach, Florida after a long illness at the age of 74.

Art and Literature
Thea Beckman - Dutch author and one of the most popular authors of juvenile books in the Netherlands, who wrote almost 30 books and compilations of short stories, whose 1973 book "Crusade In Jeans" is considered a classic in Europe, having gone through 70 reprints and has selling more than 500,000 copies, died May 4 at her home in Bunnik, the Netherlands at the age of 80.
Kjell Hallbing - Norwegian author who wrote the hugely-popular Morgan Kane series of western novels under the pen name Louis Masterson, whose 150 books sold nearly 20 million copies in his home country, died May 13 in Norway at the age of 69.
Syd Hoff - Cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, who contributed 571 cartoons to the magazine from 1931 to 1975, but who may be better known as the author of several beloved children's books including "Danny and the Dinosaur" trilogy, first published in 1958, and "Sammy the Seal", died May 12 at a hospital in Miami at the age of 91.
Phillip Mahfood - Noted telemarketing author and industry acknowledged expert in the field of telecommunications, who was the author of several books including "TeleSelling: High Performance Business-To-Business Phone Selling Techniques", and who for most of the 1990's, was a controversial regional talk show host throughout the Southwestern United States, died May 10 of a heart attack at the age of 56.
Brian Manning - Socialist historian of the English Civil War, who represented a link between the work of the Communist Party Historians Group in the 1950s and the activities of a new generation of new left and socialist historians in later years, who was a champion of a Marxist understanding of the English Revolution, and who wrote a number of books, including "The Far Left and the English Revolution" and "The English People and the English Revolution", was killed in an accident on April 25 while on holiday in Bellagio, Italy. He was 76 years old.

Politics and Military
Nicholas Berg - Owner of a Pennsylvania-based communications company, who in December, 2003 went to Iraq on his own to look for work helping rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, who in March 2004 was detained by Iraqi policemen, who thought he was involved in suspicious activities, who was released on April 6 from police custody after his family filed a lawsuit against Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Defense Department for holding their son without merit, but who vanished on April 9 after telling his family he was headed home, was found dead on May 9 by an Army patrol on a roadside near Baghdad. He had been beheaded, a video of which was posted on an al Qaeda-linked Web site. He was 26 years old.
Elizabeth Swift Cronin - One of the two women held hostage for 444 days after the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, in 1979, who was the ranking official at the U.S. State Department in Iran at the time, who after her release in 1981, served at posts in Greece, Jamaica and London, died May 7 in a horseback riding accident at the age of 63.
Wanda Holden - Mother of Missouri Governor Bob Holden, who was longtime chairwoman of the Democratic committee in Shannon County, MO, died May 6 at her home in Birch Tree, Missouri after a long illness at the age of 77.
Clifford Holliday - Southern California man who was the last known surviving Canadian World War I combat veteran, whose unit was part of the 16th Infantry Battalion of the C.E.F. (Canadian Expeditionary Force) in France in the summer of 1915, and who was wounded twice in battle, died May 4 of natural causes in Gardena, California at the age of 105.
Akhmad Kadyrov - President of the former Soviet republic of Chechnya, who was elected on October 5, 2003 on a platform that promised to unite the troubled republic, which has been battling for independence from Russia since the mid-1990's, who became a target of anti-Russian guerrillas after abandoning armed rebellion to seek peace with Russia, and who had recently become a close ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was killed on May 9 in an explosion at a stadium in Grozny, Chechnya during a Victory Day celebration, commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. He was 52 years old and more than 30 others were killed in the explosion. Authorities believe the bomb may have been buried in concrete as many as three months ago while the stadium was undergoing a renovation.
Eric Kierans - Former Canadian Liberal cabinet minister, who ran against Pierre Trudeau in 1968 and lost, who held such posts in Canada as postmaster general, minister of communications, revenue minister, and health minister, who, as president of the provincial Liberal party, fought Parti Québécois Leader René Lévesque against Quebec's separation from Canada, who served as president of the Montreal Stock Exchange, and who also appeared on CBC Radio's "Morningside" as a political commentator, died May 11 after a long illness at a Montreal hospital at the age of 90.
William J. "Pete" Knight - Republican California state Senator who was best known as the author of the state's Defense of Marriage Act which banned gay marriage, and who used the courts to keep state agencies from granting spousal rights to same-sex couples, whose own son David married his male partner of 10 years at San Francisco's City Hall before the California Supreme Court halted gay weddings, and who was also a retired Air Force colonel and military test pilot who once set a record for traveling nearly seven times the speed of sound, died of acute myelogenous leukemia on May 7 in Duarte, California at the age of 74.
Col. Robert Morgan - Commander of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress, which flew 25 combat missions in daylight over Nazi-occupied France and Germany during World War II, who later made history when he flew a B-29 named "Dauntless Dotty" in the first B-29 raid on Tokyo, died May 15 at a hospital in Ashville, North Carolina from complications of a recent fall. He was 85 years old.
John Ben Stewart Jr. - Mayor of Union Point, Georgia, whose family had long been pillars of the small east Georgia town but who was facing a 197-count criminal indictment on charges that he bilked more than 800 investors out of $38 million, who operated Stewart Finance Company and lived a lavish lifestyle supported in part by scams including allegedly siphoning monthly Social Security checks of the elderly and disabled, shot and killed himself in Union Point on May 13, hours before a grand jury was to hear the fraud charges against him. He was 55 years old.

Social and Religion
Bandit - World's heaviest raccoon, whose late night raids of his owner's pantry for chips, cheese curls, French fries and other junk food caused his weight to balloon to 75 pounds, three times the average for his breed, and earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, who appeared on cable's Food Network and could sometimes be seen holding a cup of blue raspberry Slush with his paws and drinking through a straw, was euthanized in Palmerton, Pennsylvania on May 8 because of health problems. He was 10 years old.
Charlotte Benkner - Ohio woman who had been recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world since November 2003, but whose claim to the title was recently taken away when it was shown that Puerto Rican woman Ramona Trinidad Iglesias Jordan was three months older, died May 14 at a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio at the age of 114.
Brent Davidson - Freshman soccer player at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, who while at a teammate's apartment with 10 or 15 other people on May 4, inhaled from a can of compressed air that is commonly used to clean keyboards and electronic equipment (and also are "huffed" to produce a high), immediately stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating. He was later pronounced dead at a Williamsburg hospital. He was 19 years old.
Samuel Iwry - Leading Hebrew scholar and the first to identify and authenticate the Dead Sea Scrolls, their antiquity and significance, who negotiated with British authorities for the escape of thousands of Jewish families in the Far East and helped refugees escape and emigrate to Palestine for which he was imprisoned for a time, and who was a direct descendant of Rebbe Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Judaism's Hasidic Movement, died in Baltimore on May 8 of a stroke at the age of 93.
David Reimer - Canadian man who was the subject of a study that became known as the John/Joan case in the 1970's and 80's, who was born a boy but after a botched circumcision, was raised by his parents as a girl at the urging of a doctor, whose sexual reassignment was then widely reported as a success and proof that children are not by nature feminine or masculine (his twin brother Brian who died in 2002 served as the experiment control), but who reasserted his male identity as a teenager, and whose story was told in John Colapinto's 2000 book "As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl", committed suicide on May 4 in Winnipeg at the age of 38.
Jim Spagg (real name James Spagnola) - Self proclaimed artist known for his long-running and controversial late night Portland, Oregon cable-access show, who gained notoriety and faced hundreds of complaints for prancing around nude and including sexual content and profanity on his call-in show, in an attempt to bring attention to the issue of public access television and free speech, and who was also running for mayor in Portland's current election, died of leukemia on May 8 in Portland at the age of 64.
Cyril Vosper - British man and former senior official in the Church of Scientology, who left the church in the late 60's and wrote the 1971 book "The Mind Benders", an expose what he referred to as the cult of Scientology, who spent many years in litigation with the church and saw his book banned by the courts, and who later became a noted expert on cult religions, died May 4 of a heart attack in Melbourne, Australia at the age of 68.

Business and Science
Duncan Carse - Polar explorer who was the first person to map the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic (the Duncan Carse Survey was the first comprehensive survey of the island's interior), whose results form the basis of the maps being used today, and for whom Carse Point, on the east coast of George VI Sound, Antarctic Peninsula, and Mount Carse in the southern part of South Georgia, are named, died May 2 at the age of 90.
Antonio de Sommer Champalimaud - Billionaire Portuguese industrialist, who at the age of 19 took over his father's construction company and eventually became the world's 153rd richest man (according to Forbes Magazine), and Portugal's richest, died at his home in Lisbon, Portugal May 8 after a prolonged illness at the age of 86.
William J. Dreyer - Molecular immunologist whose research and inventions helped fuel the biotechnology industry and who held 21 patents, the most notable being an automated protein sequencer that was the key for the startup of Applied Biosystems, died April 23 in Pasadena, California after a long illness at the age of 75.
Robert E. Fulton Jr. - Inventor whose more than 70 patents included a car that could fly (named the "Airphibian,") and a rescue system for spies behind enemy lines which was used by the C.I.A. and featured in the James Bond movie, "Thunderball," (1965), who, in 1923, went to Egypt when King Tut's tomb was opened, whose father was president of Mack Trucks, and whose ancestors founded the Greyhound Bus Line, died of congestive heart failure on May 7 at his home in Newtown, Connecticut. He was 95.
John Hammersley - Mathematician known as the founder of the theory of percolation and one of the master problem-solvers of the 20th century, who formulated many problems of significance for theoretical and applied science and created mathematics for modeling and solving practical problems, who was widely published and was and Oxford University fellow, died on May 2 in Oxford at the age of 84.
Jean-Jacques Laffont - One of the world's most respected economists, known for developing mathematical models to estimate what something is worth in situations of deep uncertainty (known as information theory), who wrote or co-wrote over 200 journal articles and 17 books including the seminal texts "Incentives in Public Decision-Making" and "The Theory of Incentives: The Principal-Agent Model", and who in 2000 was presented France's Legion of Honor award, died May 1 of cancer in Toulouse, France at the age of 57.
Dr. Alexandre Minkowski - World-renowned French doctor and expert on newborn babies who pioneered infant health studies, who was a founding scientist of neonatology and did humanitarian work for children in the third world, and who wrote several books and was awarded many medals, including the Legion of Honor, died in Paris on May 7 at the age of 88.
Walter Stockmayer - Chemist who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1987 from Ronald Reagan for his "fundamental contributions to the physical chemistry of high polymers", who contributed to classified war research projects during WW2, and who was a longtime professor at Dartmouth, died May 9 in Norwich, Vermont at the age of 90.

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