News and Entertainment
Charles E. Andrews - Early television writer who helped create an informal, intimate approach to programming known as the Chicago school of television, who wrote for Studs Terkel and Dave Garroway as well as for the original "Today Show," and who produced shows such as "The Steve Allen Show", "Candid Camera," the Emmy Awards and the Miss USA and Universe pageants, died of acute pancreatitis on July 2 in New York City. He was 88 years old.
Lucho Bender - Argentine director whose debut film, "Felicidades", received critical acclaim in 2000, and who was in Spain to direct a commercial and start production on his next film, died of a heart attack on July 6 in Barcelona. He was 47 years old.
Carlo Di Palma - Renowned Italian director and cinematographer who collaborated with Woody Allen for 18 years in such movies as "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Bullets over Broadway," and "Mighty Aphrodite," died on July 9 in Rome at the age of 79.
Jeillo Edwards - Sierra Leonean actress who performed on British television, radio, stage and films over the last 40 years, who was one of the first Africans to appear on British TV during the 1960s, and who recently had a role in the internationally acclaimed film "Dirty Pretty Things", died July 9 in London at the age of 62.
Carole Fields-Arnold - Talent agent who booked, nurtured and publicized models from her Carol Fields Talent Agency, who overcame alcoholism to co-found the Musicians Assistance Program to help artists fight drug and alcohol addiction with her husband jazzman Buddy Arnold , died June 11 at her home in Los Angeles of unspecified causes at the age of 59.
Dorothy Hart - Magazine cover girl in the 1940s whose brief Hollywood career included playing the female lead in the film-noir classic "The Naked City" and Jane opposite Lex Barker's Tarzan in "Tarzan's Savage Fury," died of complications of Alzheimer's disease on July 11 in Arden, N.C. She was 82 years old.
Ersel Hickey - Rockabilly singer, guitarist and songwriter best known for his 1958 hit "Bluebirds Over The Mountain", who later wrote songs for other artists including "A Little Bird Told Me So" for LaVern Baker and "The Millionaire" for Jackie Wilson, died the week of July 5 at a New York City hospital after bladder surgery. He was 70 years old.
Frances Hyland - Award-winning actress described as "the first lady of Canadian theatre," who played numerous roles on the Canadian stage during a 50-year career, including appearances in "Hamlet," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Driving Miss Daisy", and who had roles in dozens of television productions and films, died on July 11 in Toronto, Canada of complications arising from recent appendix surgery. She was 77 years old.
Arthur Kane - Bassist for the 1970's glam rock band New York Dolls, who had just reunited with surviving members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, recorded an new album and opened for Morrissey in recent months, died July 13 in Los Angeles of leukemia at the age of 55 (He is the 4th member of the Dolls to pass away).
Otto Kelland - Author and songwriter best known for composing one of Newfoundland's most beloved songs, "Let Me Fish Off Cape St. Mary's," died on July 8 in Newfoundland, Canada, one month shy of his 100th birthday.
Paul Klebnikov - Editor of Forbes Magazine's Russian edition and a former senior editor of the U.S.-based Forbes, who allegedly received threats recently after his magazine published a list of Russia's wealthiest people, who also authored a controversial book about fugitive Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, was shot and killed by unknown assailants on July 2 near his Moscow office. He was 41 years old.
George Mallaby - Veteran actor best known for his roles in the Australian television shows "The Box" and "Homicide," who won a Logie Award (the Australian equivalent of the Emmy Award) for best actor in 1975 and had a small role in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me, "died after a long illness on July 12 on the Gold Coast, Australia, having suffered a series of strokes in recent years. He was 64 years old.
William K. McClure - Award winning producer of "60 Minutes" who began working at the show when it debuted in 1968, who also worked as producer for other CBS News programs including "CBS Reports" and "D-Day Plus 20 with Walter Cronkite" and won four Emmys for documentaries on topics ranging from the Sicilian mob to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster during his 40-year career, died of a heart ailment on July 9 in Sardinia, Italy. He was 81 years old.
Inge Meysel - German actress nicknamed "Mother of the Nation," who was banned from the stage during the Nazi era because her father was Jewish, but who went on to appear in many popular television shows after World War II, and played more than 100 roles on stage and television over the last 40 years, died of heart failure on July 10 in Bullenhausen, Germany. She was 94 years old.
Ana Fernández de Molina - Spanish flamenco dancer who danced under the stage name 'Ana Parrilla', who was well known for her arm movements while dancing the soleá, and who was part of the famous Parrilla dancing family which included her father 'Tio Parrilla' and grandmother ''Juanichi El Manijero', died July 11 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain after a long illness. Her age was not stated.
Jeff Morris - Veteran character actor best known for his villainous portrayal of J.J. in the Jack Nicholson film "The Border", who appeared in several other of Nicholson's films including "Anger Management", "About Schmidt" and "Two Jakes", as well as both "Blues Brothers" movies, and who appeared in such TV classics as "The Twilight Zone", "Mission Impossible" and "Bonanza", died July 13 in Los Angeles. He was 69.
Carl-Ivar Nilsson - Swedish actor best-known for his acting in the Swedish television series "Hem till byn", a series that has been on the air since 1971, and in movies including "Åke and his world" and "Stockholm Marathon", was killed in a house fire on July 16 at his home in Stockholm at the age of 64.
Betty Oliphant - Co-founder and former artistic director of Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto, a world leader in the training of professional ballet dancers and teachers, who was internationally known as a teacher of some Canada's finest dancers, died on July 12 in St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada. She was 85 years old.
Bill Randle - Cleveland DJ and record producer who was instrumental in introducing Elvis Presley to the American music scene and in advancing the careers of Tony Bennett, Fats Domino, Sarah Vaughan, and Rosemary Clooney, who was once hailed as the top DJ in America by Time magazine, died of cancer on July 9 near Cleveland, Ohio. He was 81 years old.
Renée Saint-Cyr - French actress who appeared in more than 60 films during the 1930s and 1940s, including both romantic dramas and comedies such as "Pierre and Jean" and "Toto," died of bronchitis on July 11 in Hauts-de-Seine, France. She was 99 years old.
Isabel Sanford - Popular actress who played Louise "Weezie" Jefferson on the long running sitcom "The Jeffersons," whose television and movie acting career included appearances in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", "All in the Family," and most recently on commercials for Denny's restaurants and retailer Old Navy, who was the first (and only) African American woman to receive an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series, and this year received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died of natural causes on July 9 in Los Angeles, CA, ten months after undergoing neck surgery which had affected her health. She was 86 years old.
Jimmie Skaggs - Veteran actor who appeared in numerous film, TV, and stage roles including parts in the movies "Catch Me If You Can," and "Lethal Weapon," on television's "Monk", "ER" and "Alias," and in the national tour of "Grease," died of lung cancer on July 6 in Highland Park, California at the age of 59.
Jeff Smith - A former minister who became TV's popular "Frugal Gourmet," hosting what became the nation's most-watched cooking program during its years on public television from 1983 to 1997, who also authored a number of best selling cookbooks but saw his career ruined when seven men filed a lawsuit alleging he had sexually abused them as youths (a charge he denied), died on July 7 in Seattle of heart disease. He was 65 years old.
Michael Tata - Casino executive who was the vice president of hotel operations at Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas and was featured prominently in The Discovery Channel's new "American Casino" reality television series, was found dead on July 6 in Henderson, Nevada. He was 33 years old. The cause of death is unknown and is under investigation. Update: He died of a heart attack.
Yoko Watanabe - Opera singer who was the first Japanese soprano to have performed in a lead role in all the world's four top opera houses and whose signature role was the title role in Madame Butterfly, which she performed more than 400 times, died of heart failure on July 15 in Milan, Italy. She was 51 years old.
Michael Erokwu - Midwestern State University student and a popular football player entering his senior year, who was known as "Big Mike" by his teammates, was shot and killed on July 11 after an argument that followed a minor traffic accident in Dallas. He was 22 years old. The shooting is still under investigation.
Al Gavin - Legendary boxing trainer and cutman who spent four decades specializing in the art of stemming the blood flow that could keep a fighter from answering the bell, who worked in the corners of numerous fighters including former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Oscar De La Hoya, died on July 8 in Mineola, New York of complications from a stroke. He was 70 years old.
Joe Gold - Bodybuilder and pioneer in the field of fitness, who in 1965 founded the first Gold's Gym in Venice, California, known for its creative design and as the training place for Arnold Schwartzenegger, who sold the rights to Gold's Gym in 1971 and later started the World Gym franchise, died July 12 at a hospital in Marina del Rey, California at the age of 82.
Joseph " Papa Joe" Hendrick - Patriarch of one of NASCAR's most powerful families and the father of Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and company president John Hendrick, who enjoyed his own auto racing career in the 1960s and most recently was a racing team co-owner, died of cancer on July 14 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the age of 84.
Jeff Julian - Golfer who competed on the PGA tour from 1996 to 2002, who played in 105 events on the Nationwide Tour, scoring a win in the 1997 Dominion Open, who retired in 2002 after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2001, and who was awarded the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America in 2003, succumbed to the disease on July 15 at his home in Norwich, Vermont at the age of 42.
Burt Kahn - Director of athletics and a basketball coach at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University for more than 30 years, who expanded the school's sports program from three men's teams to sixteen men's and women's teams and enjoyed six seasons with 20 wins or more, died in Tampa, Florida on July 6 at the age of 74.
Sandor Kovacs - Canadian wrestler and wrestling promoter who enjoyed a successful wrestling career in the 1950s and 60s before becoming an equally successful promoter, broadcasting his All-Star Wrestling throughout British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington, and promoting WWF shows in Vancouver in the 1980s, died of Alzheimer's disease on June 30 in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 83.
Rudy LaRusso - Basketball great at power forward who helped the Los Angeles (and Minneapolis) Lakers reach the NBA Finals three times in the 1960s, and who was selected five times as an NBA All-star, died of Parkinson's disease on July 9. He was 66 years old.
Tony Lupien - Major league baseball first baseman who played with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox in the 1940s and was a baseball coach at Dartmouth College for 20 years, who also co-authored "The Imperfect Diamond," considered the definitive text on professional baseball labor relations, died on July 9 in Norwich, Vermont after several years of declining health. He was 87 years old.
Tara Tanner - Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and a student at Georgia State University, who aspired to be a professional actress, was found dead on July 11 in her Atlanta apartment. She was 22 year old. The cause of death is unknown and is under investigation.
Kurt Von Brauner (real name Jim Brawner) - German wrestling villain and half of one of the most notorious tag teams of the 1960s, "Kurt and Karl Von Brauner" (spewing anti-American rhetoric and relying on manager "Gentleman" Saul Weingeroff's interference with his cane, they wreaked havoc and drew hatred), died of a stroke on June 4th in Florida at the age of 79.
Art and Literature
Fred Becker - Artist and printmaker whose work appears in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, who taught art for 20 years at Washington University in St. Louis and 18 years at the University of Massachusetts, died of esophageal cancer on June 30 in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was 90 years old.
Gunnar Brusewitz - Swedish author and illustrator who wrote books about nature and animals, who was also known for his writings about famous botanist Carl von Linne's travels in Sweden, died July 14 at the age of 79.
Torun Vivianna Bülow-Hübe - Swedish silversmith whose silver jewelry became popular among celebrities during the 1950's and 60's, and whose clientele included notables such as Billie Holliday and Pablo Picasso, died July 3 at a hospital in Copenhagen after a long illness at the age of 76.
Jeannette Caines - Author of several acclaimed children's books including "I Need a Lunch Box" and "Just Us Women," who received National Black Child Development Institute's Certificate of Merit and a lifetime achievement award from the Virginia Center for the Book, and who most recently opened a Virginia bookstore, died on July 11 in Charlottesville, Virginia, after an adverse reaction to chemotherapy treatment she was receiving for stomach cancer. She was 67 years old.
Paula Danziger - Children's book author best known for her classic first book, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," and for the popular Amber Brown book series, who enjoyed a 30 year career during which she wrote more than 30 books, died of complications from a previously suffered heart attack on July 8 in New York City. She was 59 years old.
Mary Mitchell Gabriel - Master basket maker and the oldest member of the Passamaquoddy Indian tribe, who received national recognition for her craft, including receiving a fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts and having her baskets displayed at the Smithsonian Museum, who was also a founding member of Indian Basket Makers Alliance, died on July 10 in Indian Township, Maine at the age of 95.
Hugh Gallagher - Author, politico and activist for the disabled, who was stricken with polio and for many years lobbied to make airports, performance halls and libraries accessible to those in wheelchairs, who drafted the language of what became the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, and who wrote numerous books including 1985's "FDR's Splendid Deception" about how Franklin Roosevelt was able to shield the media from his polio and wheelchair, died July 13 of cancer in Washington, DC at the age of 71.
Rafael Vergés Grove - Award-winning Spanish poet, who during the 1950's was one of the innovators who migrated away from social poetry in Spain to more individualized and mystical themes, whose 1958 collection "La agorerá" is considered a classic, died July 13 of cancer at a hospital in Madrid at the age of 67.
Frances Hansen - Top cruciverbalist (writer of crossword puzzles), whose puzzles were published in newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, and by publishers like Dell, Random House and Simon & Schuster, whose best-known trademark was using her own poems as clues, died July 9 at a hospital in Perth Amboy, New Jersey after a stroke. She was 85 years old.
Sam McKim - Disney artist and a member of the legendary Imagineering team of park designers, who drew the first souvenir map of Disneyland and early sketches for many of the theme park's attractions, who worked as an artist on films and TV shows, including "Zorro," and who was a popular child actor in numerous B-westerns in the 1930s, appearing in films with John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, and James Cagney, died of heart failure on July 9 in Burbank, California. He was 79 years old.
Ron Milner - African American playwright and major figure in the art that emerged from the Civil Rights movement, whose work included "Checkmates," a comedy starring Paul Winfield and Denzel Washington that ran on Broadway in the 1980s and "What the Wine-Sellers Buy," a coming-of-age tale set in 1950s Detroit, died of complications from liver cancer on July 9 in Detroit. He was 66 years old.
Sylvia Powell - Writer and journalist who, with her husband John Powell, was charged with treason and sedition during the Red Scare of the early 1950's by the U.S. government from articles they published in the Powells' magazine, China Monthly Review (they had claimed the U.S. used germ warfare during the Korean War), who saw all charges eventually dropped by the early 60's, but whose careers in journalism were essentially ruined by their long fight with the government, died July 6 at a hospital in Daly City, California after collapsing at a friend's home. She was 83.
Walter Wager - Author of more than 30 crime and spy novels with plots that often dealt with modern mayhem and featured dastardly villains seeking world domination, whose works include "58 Minutes," which became the Bruce Willis film "Die Hard 2" and Telefon" which became a movie of the same name starring Charles Bronson, as well as novelizations of the TV series' "I Spy" and "Mission Impossible," and who was also a Harvard Law School graduate and a Fulbright Scholar, died of brain cancer on July 11 in New York City. He was 79 years old.
Politics and Military
George Busbee - Democratic governor of Georgia from 1975 to 1983 and the state's first to serve two consecutive four-year terms, who launched the state's first kindergarten program, guided his state through two recessions, and worked to attract emerging high technology businesses that propelled Georgia's growth in the 1990s, died Friday of an apparent heart attack on July 16 after collapsing at an airport in Savannah, Georgia. He was 76 years old.
Carey Lackman - Longtime aide to Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector, who most recently served as his chief of staff and previously served on the staff of the late Senator H. John Heinz III, who helped found Pennsylvania's Big Brothers and Big Sisters charitable organization and last year was named as one of the state's most powerful women, died of cancer on July 14 in Washington DC. She was 48 years old.
Constantine Menges - Influential national security official during the Reagan administration and an outspoken advocate of global freedom and democracy, who had a central role in planning the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983, who was a contributing columnist to the Washington Times, and whose recent work included a focus on state-sponsored terrorism, died of cancer July 11 in Washington, DC at the age of 64 years old.
Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo - Prime minister of Portugal in the late 70's, considered a leader of the women's movement in Portugal, who was the only woman to hold the office of prime minister and the first to run for her country's presidency, who also served as an ambassador to UNESCO and was elected to the European Parliament, died of heart failure on July 10 in Lisbon, Portugal. She was 74 years old.
Hugo Sims - War hero who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and the Bronze Star during World War II, who went on to be elected to the South Carolina state legislature and to become one of the youngest members to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the age of 28, died on July 9 in Orangeburg, South Carolina at the age of 82.
Gen. Charles Sweeney - Air Force General and the pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Nagasaki three days after the Enola Gay bombed Hiroshima, leading to the Japanese surrender in World War II (just 25 years old, it was the first bomb he ever dropped on an enemy target), and who became an outspoken defender of the bombings writing the book "War's End: An Eyewitness Account of America's Last Atomic Mission" to counter what he considered "cockamamie" theories that the bombings were unnecessary, died in Boston on July 15th at the age of 84.
Mary Thurmond Tompkins - Younger sister of the late South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, who adored her brother and was known to cook his favorite meals when he visited South Carolina, died July 16 at a hospital in Augusta, Georgia at the age of 95.
Social and Religion
Jake Allen - - Youth from the small farming community of Wellington, Kansas, who in May had graduated valedictorian from his high school where he was an athlete, competing in football, basketball and track, who was a member of the National Honor Society and planned to attend Northeast Oklahoma University in the fall, and who was active in his church's group of young men, was killed on July 5 after being hit by a train near Milan, Kansas at the age of 19. He was nude and had been deliberately tied to the railroad tracks with baling wire, shocking townspeople and confounding police officials.
Bobo - 600-pound tiger belonging to actor Steve Sipek (he acted as Steve Hawkes in several Spanish language "Tarzan" movies in the 1970's as well as the much-loved exploitation film "Blood Freaks"), who escaped from Sipek's compound near Loxahatchee, Florida on July 12, prompting a manhunt by Florida Wildlife officers amid hysterical media coverage, was shot and killed on July 13 after he lunged at an officer who was trying to capture him.
Elma Corning - California woman and one of the oldest residents of the United States, who earned a teaching certificate in domestic science in 1912 and taught homemaking in junior high schools until 1917, died July 12 at a care center in Los Angeles at the age of 112.
Monsignor Hugh Phillips - President of Mount St. Mary's College in New York (the second oldest Catholic college in the U.S.) from 1967 to 1971, who was the last priest to be the full-time president of the school, who had previously taught at the school from 1935 to 1967, and for whom the college's library is named, died July 11 of a heart ailment at a hospital in Washington, DC at the age of 97.
Debra Vazquez - Popular professor at Central Florida Community College who argued with her estranged husband on July 4 in an Ocala, Florida parking lot and then drove to police headquarters to get help, only to find the station empty and locked, was shot and killed in front of the police station by her husband, who then committed suicide. She was 50 years old. Her shooting has prompted a policy change that requires an officer to be on duty at the station 24 hours a day.
Stephen Vrabel - Ohio man convicted of the 1989 shooting deaths of his girlfriend, Susan Clemente, 29, and his 3-year-old daughter Lisa Clemente, who stuffed the victims in a refrigerator where they were not found in over a month, who admitted killing them but never would reveal why he did it, and who for many years in prison, asked to waive all appeals and be executed, had his wish granted on July 14 at the state prison in Lucasville, Ohio. He was 47 years old.
Business and Science
Azizan Zainul Abidin - Chairman of Malaysia's national oil firm Petronas, Southeast Asia's largest oil-and-gas company ranked 156th in the world by Forbes Magazine, who was also chairman of Malaysia Airlines, the country's largest air carrier, died July 14 at his home in Kuala Lumpur of a heart attack at age 69.
Albert Casey - Chairman and CEO of American Airlines from 1974 to 1985 who moved the company's headquarters from New York to Fort Worth in 1979 and helped establish the airline as one of the industry's toughest competitors during the tumultuous period of deregulation, who also served as U.S. postmaster general and CEO of the Resolution Trust Corp., which resolved the savings-and-loan debacle of the 1980s, died on July 10 in Dallas after a history of heart problems. He was 84 years old.
Ernst Eckert - Aeronautics pioneer who specialized in the sciences of heat transfer and thermodynamics and was internationally known for his work with the early development of jet engines and later for discovering ways to increase rocket efficiency, who published more than 550 papers and books during his 70 year career, died of heart failure on July 8 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was 99 years old.
Edward J. Hoffman - Scientist and trailblazer in the field of medical imaging, who was a professor at UCLA and the co-inventor of the positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, a widely used device that allows doctors to examine the heart, brain, and other organs to detect disease, died on July 1 at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 62.
Edward Killingsworth - Leading architect and one of the last of a small group chosen to participate in the Case Study Houses, a post-World War II experiment in domestic architecture conceived to promote the redefinition of the American home through modernist design and cost-effective materials and construction, who designed numerous small residences and luxury hotels, including Hawaii's Kahala Hilton, a popular hangout of royalty and the Hollywood elite, as well as buildings on the campus of the University of Southern California and several civic buildings, died of natural causes on July 6 in Long Beach, California. He was 86 years old.
Thomas Mancuso - Epidemiologist and pioneer in the study of occupational health hazards, who was a longtime advocate for workers' health and became embroiled in a controversy with the federal government over the long-term health effects of low-level radiation on nuclear weapons workers, died of esophageal cancer on July 11 in Oakland, California. He was 92 years old.
James Redman - Entrepreneur and CEO of Redman Industries who helped build his family's business into one of the nation's largest makers of manufactured homes (one of which was featured in the Lucille Ball movie "The Long, Long Trailer"), and who founded the Redman Foundation, which funded $1 million in scholarships and paid for more than 100 students to attend college in Texas, died of complications from heart surgery on July 2 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was 83 years old.
Laurance Rockefeller - Grandson of John D. Rockefeller and a billionaire philanthropist, who was considered a trailblazer of modern venture capitalism and chief advocate for investing family money in new, often bold enterprises that he felt would strengthen national security, welfare or the economy, who was also known for his environmental work, serving under five presidents in several capacities related to conservation and the outdoors and helping to develop national parks in Wyoming, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Vermont, died of pulmonary fibrosis on July 11 in New York City. He was 94 years old.
Oved Shifriss - Plant breeder and geneticist whose development of hybrid vegetables in the 1940's helped ignite the national boom in hobby gardening, who developed early hybrids of cucumber, eggplant, muskmelon and watermelon and most notably the Big Boy tomato that revolutionized home gardening, died of congestive heart failure on June 25 in Bloomington, Indiana. He was 89 years old.
Dr. Stephen R. Tabet - AIDS activist who worked to improve prison health care in Alabama and Washington state, and who was a driving force in the development of a therapy program for people who become infected with HIV as vaccine test subjects, died on July 6 of an unknown ailment in Seattle. He was 42 years old.
Carl A. Totemeier - Well-known horticulturalist who helped rescue the New York Botanical Garden from neglect in the mid-1980's, who led efforts to restore other public gardens around the country, who also wrote a weekly garden column that appeared in The New York Times for 14 years, died on July 10 near Fayetteville, Arkansas at the age of 77.