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Acquanetta (born Acquanetta Burnu) (83) famed B-movie actress best known for her role in the film Tarzan & the Leopard Woman (1946); died of Alzheimer's disease in Ahwataukee, Ariz., a Phoenix suburb Aug. 16, 2004
Muriel Angelus: Actress who appeared in many British films and stage musicals, whose start in films began in the age of silent films, who was best known for Broadway rendition of "Falling In Love With Love," a song from the Rogers and Hart musical "The Boys From Syracuse," but who quit the business at age 33, died August 22 at age 95.
Don Ashton (85) Oscar-nominated British art director and production designer who designed and built a replica of the original bridge for the film The Bridge on the River Kwai(1957); died in Buckinghamshire, England Aug. 25, 2004
Vivian Austin (84) B-movie leading lady whose career was cut short by health problems in the late 1940s; nearly died of kidney failure, followed by debilitating eye problems for the rest of her life; her second husband, Dr. Kenneth Grow, performed operations that improved her vision; Vivian died in Los Angeles Aug. 1
Henrietta Barnard (99) with her husband, Slim, Barnard was host of a popular TV travel program in LA in the mid-'60s; died in her sleep of heart failure in LA Aug. 20, 2004
Semiha Berksoy (94) prima donna of the Turkish opera, known as an eccentric character for often wearing heavy make-up; died of a pulmonary embolism in Istanbul, Turkey Aug. 15, 2004
Elmer Bernstein (82) prolific film composer who created a brawny, big-sky theme for The Magnificent Seven (1960), nerve-jangling jazz for The Man with the GoldenArm(1955), and heart-rending grace notes for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962); although nominated 14 times for an Oscar, he won only once: for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967); died in his sleep in Ojai, Calif. Aug. 18, 2004
Suzanne Blackmer (92) US actress (as Suzanne Kaaren) and widow of actor Sidney Blackmer, who appeared in such films as "Disorder in the Court" with the Three Stooges, who achieved notoriety again in the 1980's when she was able to hold Donald Trump at bay when he wanted her to abandon her rent-controlled Manhattan apartment; died of pneumonia in Englewood, NJ Aug. 27, 2004
Joe Bonaduce (77) Writer for popular TV sitcoms The Andy Griffith Show and That Girl; Bonaduce was the father of former Partridge Family child star Danny Bonaduce. He died in Northridge, Calif. of complications from two strokes he suffered more than 10 years ago Aug. 3, 2004
Laura Branigan: Big-voiced American pop star best-known for her 1982 dance anthem "Gloria", which spent an astounding 36 weeks on the chart, reaching #2 and garnered her a Grammy nomination, who went on to score a dozen other hits including "Solitaire", "Self Control", "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" and "Power of Love" (later a #1 for Celine Dion), died of a brain aneurysm in her sleep in East Quogue, Long Island, New York on Aug. 26 at the age of 47.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (95) French pioneer of photojournalism whose pictures defined the mid-20th century and inspired generations of photographers; his early dabblings with a Brownie box camera blossomed into a career traveling the world to capture the human drama on film from photographing Mahatma Gandhi's funeral to portraits of US novelist William Faulkner and Chinese revolutionaries. He died in the southwestern Luberon region of France Aug. 3, 2004
Enrique 'Cachirulo' Alonso (79) actor, writer, and producer whose long-running TV show made his name practically synonymous with children's theater in Mexico; produced and directed the Teatro Fantastico TV show (1955-69) and adapted countless classic children's stories for the stage and TV, besides writing original material; died of a heart attack in Mexico City one day before his 80th birthday Aug. 27, 2004
Julia Child (91) chef who mastered the art of French cooking well enough to turn it into prime-time entertainment and, by introducing cassoulet to a casserole culture, elevated both American food and TV; died of kidney failure in Santa Barbara, Calif. two days before her 92nd birthday Aug. 13, 2004
Willie Egan aka "Johnny (70) blues singer and pianist who recorded boogie-woogie-tinged R&B on his own and as Johnny in the popular duo Marvin & Johnny; died of cancer in Inglewood, Calif. Aug. 5, 2004
Martin Becker (49) special-effects coordinator and co-owner of Reel Efx, an innovative North Hollywood company that specializes in creating mechanical effects for national commercial campaigns; begun in Becker's garage in 1984, the company was a pioneer in 'frozen moment' multicamera technology; Becker died of pancreatic cancer in Glendale, California Aug. 13, 2004.
Horance Gibbs Davis (80) Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer who became an influential journalism educator at the U of Florida for 31 years before retiring in 1985; for almost that long he was a columnist and editorial writer for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun and other publications; won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for a series of Sun editorials on race issues; died of heart failure in Gainesville, Fla. Aug. 16, 2004.
Skeeter Davis (72) singer with the Grand Ole Opry for more thatn 40 years. Nicknamed "Skeeter" by her grandfather because he felt that she buzzed around like a mosquito, she hit the top of the country charts in 1963 with the son "The End Of The World. Davis died of breast cancer in Nashville, Tennessee on September 19, 2004.
'Indian Larry' Desmedt (55) Brooklyn, NY custom motorcycle builder who appeared in movies (such as "Rockets Redglare") and on TV shows; was featured on a Discovery Channel series in which motorcycle builders design and build bikes from scratch, then have them judged by motorcycle aficionados; had gone to Charlotte, NC for the filming of a new segment in a series shown on the Discovery Channel, The Great Biker Build-Off; the accident happened afterward in a parking lot, with a crowd of thousands watching; Indian Larry, wearing a protective suit but not a helmet, was standing on a moving bike when it began to wobble and went out of control; may have been blinded by the sun; fell and hit his head; died two days later in Charlotte of head injuries Aug. 30, 2004
Pete Dobrovitz - Longtime newsman and reporter in Rochester, New York who beginning in 1975 worked for TV stations WROC, WORK, WHEC and Greater Rochester Cablevision, whose half hour program "R News" on GRC ballooned into the station becoming a 24 hour local news channel, something unprecedented in a market as small as Rochester, died August 17 of kidney failure at a hospital in Rochester at the age of 51.
Al Dvorin (81) concert announcer who made famous the phrase, 'Elvis has left the building'; Dvorin was with the King from his early days as a performer and was on his last tour in 1977, the year Presley died; the phrase that Dvorin made his signature was first uttered by other announcers early in Presley's career, intended to disperse audiences who lingered in hopes of an encore; Dvorin was killed in an auto accident near Ivanpah, Calif. Aug. 22, 2004
Michael Eagan (55) classical lutist and composer who cofounded Musica An- gelica, a highly regarded early music group based in LA; performed and recorded with many chamber orchestras, including San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Boston Baroque Orchestra; died of an apparent heart attack in LA Aug. 11, 2004
Charles Eaton (94) member of an American entertainment clan whose credits go back to the Ziegfeld Follies; in his boyhood, Eaton played the Dauphin in a 1921 Ziegfeld Follies sketch, 'The Birth of the Dauphin,' that starred W. C. Fields as the King of France and Fanny Brice as the Queen; three other Eaton siblings appeared in the Follies (1918-23); 6 of the 7 Eaton children were performers; Charles later joined his sister Doris in running an Arthur Murray dance studio in Detroit; died in Norman, Okla. Aug. 15, 2004
Melvin Endsley (70) songwriter best known for his hit 'Singing the Blues', recorded by more than 100 singers (including an 10 week run at #1 by Guy Mitchell in 1956), making it one of the most successful songs in the history of popular music; Endsley had been paralyzed by polio since age 3; died of heart disease in Searcy, Ark. Aug. 16, 2004
Neal Fredericks (35) cinematographer best known for his work on The Blair Witch Project (1999), seminal indie horror film; was killed while shooting the independent film Cross Bones in the Florida Keys; was filming aerial shots from a single-engine Cessna 206 when the plane's engine sputtered at about 500 ft before going down in 50 feet of water; the pilot and two other passengers escaped through an open door, but Fredericks was strapped into a safety harness beneath camera equipment and could not free himself Aug. 14, 2004 Week Ending Aug. 21, 2004:
Paul "Mousie" Garner (95) slapstick comedian believed to be the last survivor among several men who played one of comedy's Three Stooges over some 50 years; died in Glendale, Calif. Aug. 8
Hunter Hancock(88) legendary LA deejay regarded as the first in the western US to spin R&B records and among the first to broadcast rock 'n' roll; died in Claremont, Calif. Aug. 4
Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson Jr.) (56) flamboyant funk legend best known for 70's and 80's hits like "Super Freak", "You And I" and "Give It To Me Baby"; before his career disintegrated amid drug use and violence that sent him to prison; besides years of drug abuse, James had endured a battery of health problems in the last 10 years, including a stroke, heart problems, and a hip replacement; was a diabetic and had a pacemaker; died of heart failure related to continued drug use in his sleep in Los Angeles Aug. 6
George Kirgo (78) scriptwriter and novelist, a former president of the Writers' Guild of America, west, during its five-month strike against the film studios in 1988; died of kidney failure in Santa Monica, Calif. Aug. 22
Chuck Leonard (67) deejay at WABC Musicradio in NYC, the first black deejay hired at that station; died of lung cancer in NYC Aug. 12
Bernard Levin (75) one of the best British newspaper columnists of his age, celebrated chiefly for the column he wrote in the London Times from the early 1970s to the late 1990s; died of Alzheimer's disease in London Aug. 7
Robert Lewin (84) screenwriter nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay for his war movie 'The Bold & the Brave' (1956); died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, Calif. Aug. 28\
Isidro Lopez (aka 'El Indio')(75) considered by many the father of Tejano music; died in Corpus Christi, Texas of a stroke and brain aneurysm Aug. 16
Hank Borowy - Major league baseball pitcher who helped lead the New York Yankees to the 1943 World Series championship and two years later lost Game 7 of the World Series while pitching with the Chicago Cubs, who was the first pitcher in modern history to win at least 10 games in a season for two teams and pitched for 5 different teams during his 10 season career, died on August 23 of cancer in Brick, New Jersey at the age of 88.
Alan Cohen (73) sports and entertainment executive who once headed the company that owned Madison Square Garden; at his death, Cohen was chairman of ANC Sports Enterprises, which he founded in 1997; the company, with headquarters in Purchase, NY, builds illuminated advertising signs in sports arenas around North America, including Yankee Stadium; died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Boca Raton, Fla. Aug. 10, 2004
Willie Crawford - Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder who played in the major leagues for 14 seasons (including stints with St. Louis, Houston and Oakland), and played in two World Series, died on August 27 of kidney disease in Los Angeles, CA. He was 57 years old.
Edgar Dame (76) US athlete who set several world speed-skating records over an eight-year career in the '40s and '50s; Dame set world records at the 1949 North American Championships in three distances: the three-quarter mile (2:04), the mile (2:44), and the two-mile (6:15); won 22 championships and 23 invitational events (1947-55); died of Alzheimer's disease in Southbridge, Mass. Aug. 19, 2004
Madeline "Maddy" English - Third baseman in the famous All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (made famous by the movie "A League Of Their Own") from 1943 to 1950, who eventually earned a spot in the Women in Sports Hall of Fame, the New England Sports Museum, and the Boston University Hall of Fame, died on August 21 in Everett, Massachusetts as the result of lung cancer. She was 79.
Joe Falls (76) longtime sportswriter for the Detroit News and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame; covered 50 World Series, 20 Kentucky Derbys, 15 Super Bowls, 20 Masters and US Open golf tournaments, 25 Indy 500s, and dozens of events such as the Rose Bowl, Stanley Cup, and NBA Finals; died in Detroit of heart failure after his diabetes steadily worsened over two years Aug. 11, 2004
William H. Harlan (83) retired U of Florida swimming coach who led the Gators to eight conference titles; died in Gainesville, Fla. Aug. 17
Ivan Hlinka (54) coach who led the Czech Republic to the hockey gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and became coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000, one of the first two NHL head coaches born and reared in Europe; died of injuries sustained Aug. 15 when his car collided with a truck near Karlovy Vary, about 70 miles west of Prague Aug. 16
Derek Johnson(71) one of the finest British half-milers in the 1950s, who won wider fame as the sharp-tongued creator of the International Athletes' Assoc.; died of leukemia in England Aug. 30
Phil Johnson (78) Hall of Fame horse trainer who won the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic with long shot Volponi; died of throat cancer in Rockville Centre,
NY Aug. 6
Terrance Kelly (18) star high school football player in Richmond, Calif.; was shot to death two days before he was scheduled to leave for college in Eugene, Ore. on an athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon; was found lying in the street next to his car with a gunshot wound to the chest; had been shot in the driver's seat while waiting outside a home for a family member Aug. 12
Art and Literature
Donald M. Allen (92) poetry editor who edited Jack Kerouac and published an acclaimed anthology of American poetry; died of pneumonia in San Francisco, Calif. Aug. 29, 2004
Susan Mary Alsop (86) widow of political columnist Joseph Alsop who proclaimed that she saw 'no future in being an ordinary person' and became a celebrated political hostess and later an author; died of pneumonia in Washington, DC Aug. 18, 2004
Thea Astley (78) award-winning Australian author whose books often chronicled life in small Outback towns; won Australia's most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, four times for her books The Well-Dressed Explorer, The Slow Natives, The Acolyte, and Drylands; died of a heart attack in Sydney eight days short of her 79th birthday Aug. 17, 2004
Brian Bagnall (83) British cartoonist whose work was immediately recognizable when it appeared in Private Eye, Punch, The Oldie, and The Spectator; drafted exact figures arranged in classically correct compositions, the legacy of his architectural training; died in England Aug. 11, 2004
Eleanore Berman (75) flower-loving California artist who paired her talents for art and horticulture to enshrine her Beverly Hills garden in impressionistic paintings exhibited worldwide; one painting she did of egg-shaped stones from her garden path was reproduced on the cover of a psychology book because the publisher thought it represented the beginning of life; died of cancer in Beverly Hills, Calif. Aug. 29, 2004
Robert Cummings (87) American interpreter and historian of 20th-century European thought, phenomenology in particular; his major work was a study of the phenomenological movement; issued over 10 years, its 4 volumes discuss the work of Husserl, Sartre, Heidegger, and others; Cumming taught for 37 years at Columbia U; died in NYC Aug. 25, 2004
Gloria Emerson (75) journalist and author who wrote about the effects of war on Americans, Vietnamese, and Palestinians; wrote about ordinary people and soldiers ground up by the machinery of war in places like Vietnam, Gaza, and Algeria; was handicapped by a leg injury and had Parkinson's disease; left many notes at her NYC apartment indicating that she had committed suicide Aug. 4, 2004
Giovanna Fontana (88) Italian fashion designer, the youngest of three sisters who were part of the heyday of Roman high fashion in the '60s, designing outfits for film stars and the rich and famous, including the dress worn by Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita (1960); died in Rome after suffering cardiovascular problems Aug. 11, 2004
Leon Golub (82) American painter of expressionistic, huge figures reflecting dire modern political conditions; died after surgery in NYC Aug. 8
Donald Justice (78) elder of American poetry whose verse and teaching skills were equally acclaimed; died of pneumonia in an Iowa City, Iowa nursing home, where he had been confined since a stroke several weeks earlier Aug. 6
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (78) internationally known author and expert on death and dying who became a pioneer for hospice care; partially paralyzed from a series of strokes in 1995, she died in Scottsdale, Ariz. Aug. 24
Helen Lane(83) translator whose projects included works by many important Latin-American authors; died of a stroke in Albuquerque, NM Aug. 29
Politics and Military
Abdullah Saleh al-Ashtal (66) Yemen's ambassador to the UN for nearly 30 years; Ashtal was considered one of Yemen's leading and most articulate diplomats and was known for advocating modernization and human development; died of lung cancer in NYC Aug. 26, 2004
Joseph Bruder - Marine Corps colonel who served in WWII and the Korean War and was known for carrying the surrender papers for Japan to sign during the second World War, died on August 31 of complications of a stroke in Alexandria, Virginia. He was 86 years old.
Clyde S. Cahill (81) senior US District judge whose fervent commitment to civil rights was spurred by a 1941 lynching; Pres. Jimmy Carter appointed Cahill to the US District Court in St. Louis in 1980, making him the first black federal trial judge there; died in St. Louis, Mo. Aug. 18, 2004
Sir David C. Calcutt (73) British barrister specializing in commercial cases and an inveterate chairman of committees and inquiries who recommended tighter controls on the press to protect privacy; died of Parkinson's disease in London Aug. 11, 2004
June Campbell (79) mother of one son who became North Carolina's state auditor and another who became mayor of Atlanta; Campbell's eldest son, Ralph Campbell Jr., became NC's state auditor, the first black person elected to the Council of State; the group of department heads who, with the lieutenant governor, are elected rather than appointed by the governor; her second son, Bill, became mayor of Atlanta; died in Raleigh, NC on her 79th birthday Aug. 19, 2004
Timothy G. Elbourne (65) former Nixon White House aide who traveled widely preparing for press coverage of the President's domestic and international trips, including his historic 1972 journey to the People's Republic of China; died in Idyllwild, Calif. Aug. 7, 2004
Hiram L. Fong (born Yau Leong Fong) (97) former US senator (R-Hawaii, 1959-77), the son of Chinese immigrants who overcame poverty to become a millionaire businessman and the first Asian-American elected to the US Senate; died of kidney failure in Honolulu Aug. 18, 2004
William D. Ford (77) former US congressman (D-Mich., 1965-95) who spent 30 years on Capitol Hill and dedicated himself to expanding educational opportunities for children; died of a stroke in Ypsilanti Township, Mich. Aug. 14, 2004
Lamar Gudger Jr.(85) former US congressman (D-NC) from western NC, also a state lawmaker and a prosecutor; died of prostate cancer in Asheville, NC Aug. 2
Frank J. Horton (84) US congressman from New York from 1962 to 2002, a Rockefeller Republican from Rochester, NY and former dean of NY's Congressional delegation; died of a stroke in Winchester, Va. Aug. 30
Ko Young Hui (51) mistress of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il whose son with him, Jong Chol, is considered a possible successor; reportedly died of an illness in North Korea the week of Aug. 22-28
Sir Robert Jennings (90) President of the World Court from 1991 to 1994; died in Cambridge, England Aug. 4
Bill Jewel (90) British naval captain who planted a corpse off the Spanish coast in 1943 as part of the deception plan later filmed as The Man Who Never Was (1956died in Surrey, England Aug. 18
Robert P. Linn (95) recognized in 1995 by the Guinness Book of World Records as the US's longest-serving mayor; died in Beaver, Pa. Aug. 21
Social and Religion
Gypsy Boots (born Robert Bootzin) (89) California fitness icon, author, and health guru, also known as "Nature Boy", who paved the way for generations of beatniks, hippies, and health-food junkies; his philosophy of clean living, exercise, and healthful eating 'laid out in his books Barefeet & Good Things to Eat and The Gypsy in Me? attracted thousands of fans worldwide and netted him 25 appearances on The Steve Allen Show in the early '60s; his lifestyle was immortalized in the Nat ('King') Cole hit 'Nature Boy (1948), composed by fellow 'tribesman' Eden Ahbez; Boots died in Camarillo, Calif. Aug. 8, 2004
Robert S. Browne (79) Founder and chairman of the 21st Century Foundation, one of the few black-endowed foundations in the country; died of heart failure in West Haverstraw, NY Aug. 5, 2004
Jasen Busby (28) Texas convicted killer executed for gunning down two teenage girls with an assault rifle at a mobile home in 1995; became the 11th Texas prisoner executed in Huntsville, Texas in 2004 Aug. 25, 2004
James Allridge (41) Texas death row inmate whose case attracted the attention of celebrity capital punishment opponent Susan Sarandon; the 12th Texas inmate executed in Huntsville this year, Allridge was convicted of killing a Fort Worth convenience store clerk and robbing him of $300 Aug. 26, 2004
Very Rev. Horace Dammers (83) British Dean of Bristol Cathedral from 1973 to 1987 and a clergyman whose ministry was strongly informed by his political radicalism and social concerns; was a lifelong member of the Labour Party and over the years espoused numerous causes to the Left-of-center in Britain; died in Bristol, England Aug. 23, 2004
Terry Jess Dennis (57) Nevada inmate who dropped all appeals of his case; Dennis told a Reno judge he would rather die than end up 'a doddering old man in prison'; was executed in Carson City for strangling a woman in a motel room in 1999 Aug. 12, 2004
Elfrieda Dyck (87) Mennonite nurse named one of the most influential Mennonites of the 20th century, who in 1948 helped thousands of European Mennonite refugees aboard the sinking vessel Charlton Monarch from eastern Europe find new homes in South America during and immediately after WWII; died in Scottdale, Pa. Aug. 20, 2004
Maria Esperanza (75) Venezuelan religious mystic said to have had recurring visits from the Blessed Virgin Mary; was also said to have experienced spontaneous bleeding from her hands; known as stigmata, the wounds recalled those of Jesus Christ from his crucifixion; Esperanza died in Ocean County, NJ, where she was being treated for Parkinson's disease Aug. 7, 2004
Ella Freilich (87) Holocaust survivor and mother-in-law of US Sen. Joe Lieberman; Freilich and her husband, Samuel, fled Czechoslovakia as the Communists came to power; they arrived in the US in 1949, a year after their daughter, Hadassah, was born; Hadassah and Lieberman are now married; Ella died in NYC Aug. 6, 2004
Robert Gardiner (93) 16th lord of the manor of the private Gardiners Island, the largest privately owned island in the world, off the tip of Long Island, NY; died in East Hampton, Long Island Aug. 23
Herbert Hill (80) NAACP labor secretary from 1953 to 1977 who later helped to establish the U of Wisconsin-Madison's black studies department; died in Madison, Wis. Aug. 15
Robert Howard (28) third-year med student at the U of Arkansas medical school in Little Rock who had two dreams: becoming a doctor and winning an Olympic medal; made the finals in the triple jump twice, in Atlanta in 1996 and again in Sydney in 2000; 2004 was to be his last year in medical school; then, just as the 2004 Summer Games were getting under way in Athens, Howard leaped to his death from a dormitory, dressed in blood-splattered surgical scrubs; police surmised that the blood was that of his wife, Dr. Robin Mitchell (31), chief neurosurgery resident at the medical school's teaching hospital and herself a track star in her hometown of Newburgh, NY, whose body was found when officers went to notify her of her husband's death; Mitchell had been stabbed nearly 50 times; Howard left a rambling note apologizing for his perceived failures but no mention of having killed his wife; yet, investigators were calling the deaths a murder-suicide Aug. 14
James Barney Hubbard (74) oldest US inmate put to death in decades after courts and the governor of Alabama refused to stop his execution at Holman Prison near Atmore, Alabama Aug. 5
James Bryant Hudson (57) Virginia man who pleaded guilty to killing three neighbors in a long-running dispute over a shared driveway; was executed by lethal injection in Jarratt, Va. Aug. 18
Karen Kennedy (67) wheelchair-bound protester arrested for refusing to leave the Alabama state judicial building during a 10 Commandments monument rally; died in Prattville, Ala. after battling cancer since 1971 Aug. 28
Dan Knapp (48) former head of the LA Department of Animal Services whose firing in 2001 by Mayor James Hahn drew criticism from animal-welfare activists; died of a heart attack in Grove City, Ohio after collapsing while mowing his lawn Aug. 1
Business and Science
Philip Abelson (91) Scientist, editor, and administrator who helped to discover the element neptunium and later chronicled laboratory advances as editor of the journal Science; died of pneumonia in Bethesda, Md. Aug. 1, 2004
Bennett Abrams (72) Cofounder of NatureMaker in Carlsbad, Calif. He created artificial trees of steel, foam, and mulch that decorated hotels and shopping malls around the world; died of lung cancer in San Marcos, Calif. Aug. 3, 2004
Lois M. Acheson (89) former owner of Black Ball Transport Inc. in Washington state and one of the few women in the country to run a freight-hauling business; Acheson had been partially disabled since a stroke that caused her to retire from work in 1997; died in Medina, Wash. Aug. 29, 2004
Paul ('Red') Adair (89) World-renowned oil well firefighter who revolutionized the science of capping exploding and burning wells; died in Houston, Texas Aug. 7, 2004
John Austin: Environmental engineer who, in 20 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development, helped develop programs to provide clean water and sanitation systems in countries including Nicaragua, The Dominican Republic, Russia, Jordan, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Mozambique and who was a professor at Colorado State University, died August 17 in Arlington, Virginia as the result of colon cancer. He was 75.
Dr. Sune Bergstrom (88) Swedish biochemist who shared the 1982 NP in medicine for unraveling the secrets of prostaglandins, a family of hormones with a wide array of biological functions; died in Sweden Aug. 15, 2004
Colin Bibby (55) British ornithologist who devoted more than 30 years to research and survey work that made a significant contribution to conservation and the knowledge of wildlife; died of cancer in Cambridgeshire, England Aug. 7, 2004
Monty Charles (84) Born Ernest Monty Herzog, one of the principal architects of the modern diamond industry as a director of DeBeers and its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Co.; throughout much of the '60s and '70s, Charles was in charge of DeBeers; buying and marketing activities in London, responsible for more than 80% of the world's diamond trade, and for bringing to market important new sources of precious stones from Africa and Russia; died in London Aug. 5, 2004
Lien Ying Chow (98) Noted Singapore businessman who rose from being a penniless orphan to a banking tycoon, and one of the richest people in Singapore; died in Singapore after a short bout with pneumonia Aug. 6
John Clark(52) British expert in animal science and biotechnology and director of the Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, Scotland, where he developed techniques for the genetic modification of livestock; that work paved the way for the birth, in 1996, of Dolly the sheep, the first animal to have been cloned from an adult; committed suicide by hanging in Berwickshire, England Aug. 12, 2004
Helen K. Copley - Former chairwoman of the family-owned Copley newspaper group and the longtime publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune and its predecessors, who took over for her late husband after having been his secretary for 12 years and went on to successfully helm the paper for more than three decades, and who also became one of San Deigo's leading philanthropists with a wealth estimated at $960 million, died of pneumonia from complications of a stroke on August 25 in La Jolla, CA. She was 81 years old.
Maxwell Dane (98) last living founder of Doyle Dane Bernbach, an NYC agency that helped to change the face of advertising; opened the agency in 1949; the low-key, sophisticated tone of its ads, often infused with wit and humor; for marketers including Alka-Seltzer, Avis, El Al, Levy's rye bread, Mobil, Ohrbach's department store, and Volkswagen; was widely credited with helping to spark Madison Avenue's so-called creative revolution in the '60s; Dane died in NYC Aug. 8, 2004
Dr. Donald B. Effler (89) pioneer in heart surgery and organ transplantation who became one of the first surgeons in the world to stop a human heart long enough to perform surgery; was senior surgeon on a multiple transplant operation in 1968, in which the heart and kidneys of an accident victim were transplanted into three recipients; in the early '70s, Effler operated on King Khaled, then crown prince of Saudi Arabia; died in Jamesville, NY Aug. 24, 2004 Week Ending Sept. 4, 2004:
J. Wayne Fredericks Business executive and diplomat who was credited with fostering American links with Africa after he helped establish North American relations with emerging African states while working for the State Department under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, who also directed the Ford Foundation's Middle East and Africa programs and served on the board of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, died of a stroke on August 18 in Bronxville, N.Y. He was 87 years old.
Dr. David Golde (63) World-renowned expert on blood disorders, chief physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC; committed suicide in NYC Aug. 9
Timothy Harbert (53) chairman and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, the Boston-based fund management giant; died of a sudden heart attack in Boxford, Mass. Aug. 24
Sir Godfrey Hounsfield - British engineer who shared a Nobel Prize in medicine in 1979 for inventing CT-scan (computerized tomography) technology, which makes three-dimensional images of the body's interior and is now a commonly used technological innovation, died on August 12 in Kingston Upon Thames, England at the age of 84.
Marcia Israel-Curley (83) businesswoman who built Judy's, the young women's specialty boutique, from a closet-size shop in East LA to a major West Coast retail chain that became known for trend-setting styles inspired by the latest from Europe, NYC, and Hollywood; died of a stroke in LA Aug. 17
E. Fay Jones (83) architect whose designs for houses, chapels, and churches drew on early training with his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright; died of heart and lung failure in Fayetteville, Ark. Aug. 30
Shizuo Kakutani (92) mathematician known for fundamental tools that bear his name and are used in different fields including economics; died in New Haven, Conn. Aug. 17