News and Entertainment
Hugh Manning (83): polished and resourceful stage actor and a former president of Equity; died in London one day before his 84th birthday Aug. 18
Frank Maxwell (87): veteran character actor and leading figure in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for several decades; died of heart disease in Santa Monica, Calif. Aug. 4
Larry McCormick:, Television journalist who was one of the first black TV news anchormen in Los Angeles in 1969 and who eventually became a fixture on Los Angeles's KTLA, who also became a familiar face in more than 60 films and television shows-as a newscaster, of course-including "Terminator 3,"Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "Throw Mama From The Train," died August 27 in Los Angeles after a long undiagnosed illness. He was 71.
David Myers(90): cinematographer whose feature-film credits included George Lucas's debut film, "THX 1138", and Alan Rudolph's "Welcome to LA", but was best known for his camera work on landmark concert documentaries such as "Woodstock", "Elvis on Tour", "The Last Waltz", and "The Grateful Dead Movie"; died in Marin County, Calif. after suffering a stroke a week earlier Aug. 26
Dennis Miles (aka "D-Roc") (45): hockey-masked rhythm guitarist with rapper Ice-T's hard-rock band Body Count; died of lymphoma in California Aug. 17
Tony Mottola (86): Emmy-winning composer and guitarist who played with Frank Sinatra and on the Tonight show over a 50-year career; died of double pneumonia and a stroke in Denville, NJ Aug. 9
Carl Mydans (97): photographer who captured 20th century events from the Great Depression to wars and politics and was a charter member of the Life magazine staff that pioneered magazine photojournalism; died of heart failure in Larchmont, NY Aug. 16
Bertrand Odom (72): bass guitar player in the James Brown Band for 40 years; died of kidney failure in Mobile, Ala. Aug. 17
Daniel Petrie, Sr.- Emmy-winning television producer who often tackled difficult subjects, who won directing Emmys in 1976 for the ABC Theatre production of "Eleanor and Franklin," and in 1977 for "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years," and won a producing Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program in 1992 for "Mark Twin and Me," and whose film credits include "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Fort Apache the Bronx," died in Los Angeles on August 22 of cancer. He was 83.
William Pierson - Veteran movie, TV, and stage actor best remembered for his role as Marko the Mailman in the Billy Wilder film classic Stalag 17, and who also had a recurring role on Three's Company as Dean Travers and appeared on such shows as The Facts of Life, One Day at a Time, All in the Family, and Diff'rent Strokes, died on August 27 from respiratory problems in Newton, NJ. He was 78 years old.
Maria Antonieta Pons - Actress who was one of a few tropical dancers who helped refine the 1940's and 1950's movie genre known as "rumbera"- characterized by heartbreaking stories about seductive, fallen women, punctuated by wild musical and dance scenes in the nightclubs they haunted, who appeared in over 30 films including "Noche de Ronda" and "Mujer del Puerto" and several stage productions, died August 20 in Mexico City at age 82.
David Raskin - Oscar-nominated composer wrote the music for nearly 170 films and TV shows over a 50-year career, including the Charlie Chaplin classic "Modern Times" and the memorable theme for "Laura," which became one of the most recorded tunes in history, who was the last surviving major composer from Hollywood's Golden Age, died on August 9 of heart failure caused by cardiovascular disease in Van Nuys, CA. He was 92 years old.
Madeleine Robinson - French star of stage and screen who enjoyed a career spanning 70 years and made 79 films, who was best remembered for her work during the during the Occupation and in the immediate postwar years, died on August 1 in Lausanne, Switzerland at the age of 87.
Warren "Clip" Smith - Buffalo, New York media personality and newsman since the 1960's, who did sports at TV station WKBW from 1971 to 1988, who later did radio at stations WGR and WBEN in Buffalo, was killed in a car accident on August 21 in Niagara County, New York at the age of 63.
Fleetwood Starbuck - Popular blues singer and leader of the Fleet Starbuck Blues Band, a major influence on the Florida music scene, who was known for his musical improvisation skills and played with numerous musicians, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, died on August 24 in Florida of complications from hepatitis C. He was 55 years old.
Hans Vonk: Former music director of the St. Louis Symphony (from 1996 to 2002) who was previously employed as the conductor of the Netherlands Ballet and the associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and who was noted for his exceptional interpretations of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler, died on August 29 in Amsterdam as the result of a rare neurological disease. He was 63.
Bob Murphy (79): sportscaster who brought a sunny disposition and "happy recaps" to Mets TV and radio broadcasts from the team's first game in 1962 until his retirement in 2003; died of lung cancer in West Palm Beach, Fla. Aug. 3
Mark Osowski (41): Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach; died in Cleveland after he was stricken with pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas Aug. 2
Christopher Quinn - Jockey who started as a stable boy and subsequently spent nearly 20 years in the racing industry, riding 151 winners in almost 2,000 races, who was critically injured in a race at Fairmount Park Race Track in Illinois on July 19 where he was thrown from his horse Wiley Hunt and was trampled by another horse and suffered head injuries, died of those injuries on August 10 in Lincoln, Nebraska at age 42.
James Stillman Rockefeller - Oldest known Olympic medal winner who won his gold medal in 1924 as captain of an eight-man crew with coxswain, who was the grandson of millionaire William Rockefeller, who started at the National City Bank in 1930 (later became Citigroup) and was named president in 1952 and chairman in 1959, and retired in 1967, died on August 10 as the result of a stroke in New Haven, Connecticut. He was 102.
Jack Rohan: University basketball coach who became the most successful coach with a record of 198-247 at Columbia over 18 seasons-including the last Ivy League title won by the college in 1968, who was known for bucking tradition of Division I by holding tryouts for the team even when he had a full roster of returning-players and new recruits, died August 9 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts as the result of a long battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. He was 72.
Art and Literature
Bill Martin (88): reading expert who could not read more than a sentence at a time until he was in college but later earned a doctorate in early childhood education and led generations of young children to reading with simple stories like "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom"; died in Commerce, Texas Aug. 11
Czeslaw Milosz (93): Polish poet and Nobel laureate known for his intellectual and emotional works about some of the worst cruelties of the 20th century; suffered from cardiovascular problems; died in Krakow, Poland Aug. 14
Wolfgang Mommsen (73): historian who chronicled Germany's imperial past and took part in a "historians' battle" over whether the Nazis' crimes were unique; suffered a heart attack and died while swimming in the Baltic Sea off the island of Usedom Aug. 11, 2004
Sidney Morgenbesser (82): Philosophy scholar at Columbia University whose servings of logic, wit, and insight for a half-century prompted comparisons to Socrates minus the Yiddish accent; died of Lou Gehrig's disease in NYC Aug. 1
Nuha Radi - Iraqi artist and diarist whose book, "Baghdad Diaries," depicted her country's tribulations with a wry, impish wit and provided a vivid account of the texture of daily life during the first gulf war and its aftermath, who chose to live in exile in Beirut after the book's publication because she was uncertain of the reaction from the Iraqi government, died on August 30 of pneumonia in Beirut, having recently received treatment for leukemia. She was 63 years old.
Politics and Military
Kyi Maung (86): former army colonel who became a leading member of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement but later had a falling out with its leader and left the party; died of heart failure in Yangon, Myanmar Aug. 19
Gen. Leonardus Murdani: Four-star general of the Indonesian Army and Defense Minister-the first Christian to lead the military, who lead invasions of West Papua and East Timor, who was credited with setting up the country's strategic intelligence service shortly after then president Suharto made him head of the armed forces in 1983 and with setting up close ties with the U.S. Military, died August 29 in Jakarta as the result of a stroke. He was 74.
Victor Cervera Pacheco (68): Mexican politician, a former Yucatan governor and power broker who came to personify the old guard of the former ruling party; was one of the most visible practitioners of the PRI's populist handout programs; opponents called it vote-buying that helped his party to control the presidency and most of the country's governorships from 1929 until losing to Pres. Vicente Fox at the polls in 2000; died of a heart attack in Merida, capital of Yucatan state Aug. 18, 2004
Milton Pollak - Federal judge who was well-known for presiding over several high-profile financial scandals, including the Drexel Burnham Lambert's bankruptcy (including cases against Michael Milken,) who was able to clear difficult and complicated cases that were anticipated to take many years by taking the issues and boiling them down to compel both sides to consider settlements, and who worked well into his 90s, died of complications from a surgery in New York on August 13 at age 97.
Subandrio - Former Indonesian foreign minister who was President Sukarno's foreign minister, second deputy prime minister and chief of intelligence, from 1960 to 1966 but whose political career was cut short by a 29 year imprisonment as the result of being on the wrong side of the cold-war but who was saved a death sentence by British political figures and was eventually released from prison in 1995 because his failing health, died July 3 at age 81.
Alva Temple - Mississippi veteran who was of the Tuskeegee Airmen, who became one of the first United States black military pilots who served in Italy, France and The Balkans with the 99th Pursuit Squadron during World War II and who flew 120 missions before retiring as a colonel in 1962, died August 28 in Columbus at age 87.
Social and Religion
Carl Morris (73): pioneering advocate for black journalists on national boards who founded a group that tracked media companies' records in hiring minorities; died in Reston, Va. of complications after heart surgery Aug. 27
Peggy Peterman - Journalist and 31-year veteran of Florida's "St. Petersburg Times" who was also a civil rights activist and was influential in persuading the newspaper to discontinue its Negro news section in the 1960s, died on August 19 of heart disease in St. Petersburg, FL. She was 67 years old. (67): 31-year veteran at the St. Petersburg (Fla.).
Leslie Revsin - Chef who broke gender barriers in New York City by becoming the first female chef at the Waldorf-Astoria in 1973, who transitioned her career from working in restaurants to television cook, consultant and cookbook author who authored the cookbooks "Delicious Dinners From Fillets and Shellfish" and "Come for Dinner," died August 9 in Shoreline, Washington as the result of ovarian cancer. She was 59.
Eric White - Forth-generation and four-year veteran police officer for the Phoenix, Arizona police department who was awarded a Medal of Merit for saving a woman from a burning car, was evacuating a building on August 28 after being called to the scene of a suicidal gunman when he was shot and killed (along with fellow officer Jason Wolfe) while trying to make contact with the gunman (who was found shot and killed.) He was 30 years old.
Business and Science
David McLaughlin (72): President of Dartmouth College from 1981 to 1987, credited with doubling the college's endowment and increasing faculty salaries by more than 43%; had suffered from heart problems; died in his sleep during a fishing trip with his two sons and friends in Dillingham, Alaska Aug. 25
Rudolf Miele (74): third-generation head of the German domestic appliance company whose products have been described as "the Mercedes-Benz of dishwashers"; died in Gtersloh, Germany, his birthplace Aug. 9
Emiel Petrone - Longtime executive with Phillips Electronics and chairman of the Digital Entertainment Group, who helped introduce the CD and DVD formats and helped to create the Compact Disc Group of America and the DVD Video Group alliances, died on August 23 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 61.
William Siri - Physics researcher considered one of the world's foremost mountain-climbing scientists, who led many scientific expeditions to study the affects of altitude and oxygen deprivation on the human body and was known for his great adventures, including co-leading the first American expedition to successfully climb Mount Everest, helping to rescue Sir Edmund Hillary's climbing team from an icy crevice and hiking the Sierra with photographer Ansel Adams, and who also served as the president of the Sierra Club and was a longtime environmental activist, died of pneumonia after a battle with Alzheimer's disease on August 24 in Berkeley, California. He was 85 years old.
Douglas J. Stimson - Heir to a timber fortune and great-grandson of Thomas Douglas Stimson-founder of one of the richest families in the United States Pacific Northwest, died on August 28 of pulmonary-fibrosis at age 80.
David A. Woodward - Map historian and professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who co-founded the award-winning six-volume "History of Cartography" reference work, which presented a comprehensive history of mapmaking and focused on using maps as cultural tools, died on August 25 after suffering from bile duct cancer and diabetes. He was 61 years old.
Benjamin Yandell - Author and mathematician who wrote "The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers," a book about those who had either solved or attempted to solve the 23 problems that German scholar David Hilbert laid out in his address to the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1900 to inspire future mathematicians, died of a heart attack on August 25 in Pasadena, CA. He was 53 years old.