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Gustave ('Lil Peep') Ahr, rapperAzzedine Alaia, fashion designer known for clingy stylesBobby Baker, LBJ protégéHelen Borgers, LA radio jazz disk jockeyJeff Capel Jr., college basketball coachJ. C. Caroline, '50s star Illinois running backBen Dillingham, southern California political power brokerBobby Doerr, Boston Red Sox second basemanLilli Hornig, advocate and mentor of women in scienceThomas J. Hudner Jr., Medal of Honor recipientJeremy Hutchinson, British lawyer who defended publishers of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'Earle Hyman, played Bill Cosby's father on 'The Cosby Show'Fotis Kafatos, Greek molecular biologistAlbert Ledner, Modernist architectSteve Mostyn, Texas Democrat megadonorEric Pfeiffer Newman, authority on coins and paper moneyDr. Ferdie Pacheco, Muhammad Ali's 'fight doctor'Robert Raiford, North Carolina radio personalityJohn C. Raines, '70s antiwar protestorUwe Reinhardt, health-care economistSalvatore Riina, Italian Mafia 'boss of bosses''Jungle Jim' Rivera, Chicago White Sox outfielderGillian Rolton, Australian Olympic equestrian championPancho Segura, '40s–'50s tennis championLiz Smith, syndicated gossip columnistGreg Standridge, Arkansas state senatorRichard H. Stanley, former chairman of Stanley FoundationNaim Süleymanoglu, Turkish weightlifterAnn Wedgeworth, stage, film, and TV actressMalcolm Young, AC/DC guitarist and songwriter

Art and Literature

Albert Ledner (93) architect who gave Modernism his personal, often whimsical spin, putting portholes in buildings in New York and using things like ashtrays and salvaged convent windows in unusual ways in houses in New Orleans. Ledner designed three attention-getting buildings in Manhattan in the ‘60s for the National Maritime Union, brash white structures whose windows suggest the portholes of a ship. They have been derided and, in at least one case, threatened with demolition over the years but also defended as architecturally unique and important symbols of the city’s nautical past. Although altered, all three survive, two as hotels and one as a health center. Ledner died while visiting his son in Manchester, New Hampshire on November 14, 2017.

Eric Pfeiffer Newman (106) one of America’s most distinguished authorities on the art and history of coinage and paper money. Newman scoured the US and visited more than 150 countries to explore the relationships between money and the societies and cultures it served. He was the author of books and scholarly articles and a consummate intellectual with an encyclopedic memory, a passion for history, the instincts of a relentless detective, and the sharp eye of a trader in antiquarian treasures. He also found real riches beyond his dreams—a 1776 silver dollar minted by the Continental Congress and a 1792 penny with a silver center (each fetched $1.4 million), a 1796 blue-and-gold quarter with mirrorlike surfaces ($1.5 million), and a set of five 1913 Liberty Head nickels (more than $3 million each). Newman died in Clayton, Missouri on November 15, 2017.


Business and Science

Azzedine Alaia (77) Tunisian-born designer, a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped to define the ‘80s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House. Secretive and known as a fashion rebel, Alaia was based in Paris for decades but did not take part in the French capital’s seasonal fashion frenzy or flashy ad campaigns. Instead he showed privately on his own schedule. Alaia sometimes was dubbed the “king of cling” for the form-fitting designs he first populaized during the ‘80s and updated over the decades. He died in Paris, France on November 18, 2017.

Lilli Hornig (96) rejected a male chauvinistic job offer to type other scientists’ top secret reports during World War II and instead found her way to produce research that helped to trigger the first atomic bomb. Hornig was in her early 20s in 1944 when, armed with a graduate degree in chemistry, she was offered the secretarial position at a secret atomic laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, part of the government’s Manhattan Project. Her husband, Donald Hornig (died 2013)—later a science adviser to President Lyndon Johnson and president of Brown University in Providence, RI—had been hired as an explosives expert there. The slight proved frustrating and fateful. Later, after earning a doctorate from Harvard, Lilli Hornig dedicated her career in academia to championing women in science, mentoring younger women, and advocating for major research universities to recruit more women as science students, professors, and administrators. She also wrote or edited three books on women in science and higher education. Lilli Hornig died of heart and lung failure in Providence, Rhode Island on November 17, 2017.

Fotis Kafatos (77) Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the US and Europe and became founding president of the European Research Council. Born in Crete in 1940, Kafatos was known for his research on malaria and for sequencing the genome of the mosquito that transmits the disease. He was a professor at Harvard University during 1969–94, where he also was chairman of the Cellular & Developmental Biology Department, and at Imperial College in London since 2005. He had been an adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health since 2007. Kafatos died in Heraklion, Crete on November 18, 2017.

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco (89) Muhammad Ali’s ringside physician. Pacheco met Cassius Clay, who later became Muhammad Ali (died 2016), in 1960 when the fighter began training with Angelo Dundee at the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. Pacheco worked as Ali’s cornerman from 1962–77, which included three successful title bouts. He said he left his position after suggesting that Ali retire because of serious injuries; Ali fought four more matches, losing three. Pacheco later became a TV boxing analyst, painter, and author. He was one of many members of Ali’s colorful entourage, traveling the world with the heavyweight champion as he fought the biggest fights of his career. Pacheco got a title out of it—“The Fight Doctor”—but he later said he never got a penny for his efforts. He died in Miami, Florida on November 16, 2017.

Richard H. Stanley (85) chairman emeritus of the Stanley Foundation, whose goal is to create “lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security.” Stanley joined his family's Muscatine, Iowa-based engineering business, Stanley Consultants, as a design engineer in 1955. He became president in 1971 and was chairman from ‘84–2007. He became president and chair of the foundation board in 1984 and left the board earlier this year. Stanley died in Iowa City, Iowa on November 17, 2017.


Education

John C. Raines (84) longtime professor of social ethics at Temple University and anti-Vietnam War protestor. In 2014, Raines was revealed as one of eight activists, including his wife Bonnie, who took part in a 1971 burglary of an FBI field office in Media, Pa. in which 1,000 files were stolen. Among the files was an FBI order to interview dissidents aggressively. The burglary and subsequent lawsuits by the media prompted a groundbreaking investigation in 1975 by the so-called Church committee, a special Senate panel led by Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho). The committee revealed details of the FBI’s secret Cointelpro, or counterintelligence, operation, which included illegal sabotage of dissident groups deemed to be subversive. The statute of limitations for burglary charges expired in 1976. John Raines died of congestive heart failure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 12, 2017.

Uwe Reinhardt (80) German-born economist whose unconventional insights cast him as what colleagues called a national conscience in policy debates about health care. Reinhardt had taught in the economics department at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University since 1968. He helped to shape health-care deliberations for decades as a contributor to numerous publications, an adviser to White House and congressional policymakers, a member of federal and professional commissions, and a consultant and board member, paid and unpaid, for private industry. He died of sepsis in Princeton, New Jersey on November 13, 2017.


Law

Jeremy Hutchinson (102) British lawyer, a towering legal figure who helped to liberalize British laws pertaining to sex and freedom of expression. In 1960 Hutchinson was part of the team that successfully defended Penguin Books against obscenity charges for publishing D. H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The book was first published in Italy in 1928 but was banned in its full uncensored form in Britain until Penguin published it in ’60. Hutchinson later fought in court on behalf of the erotic novel Fanny Hill, the explicit movie Last Tango in Paris, and the academic book The Mouth and Oral Sex. In 1982 he defended the director of the play The Romans in Britain in a prosecution for gross indecency. He died in London, England on November 13, 2017.

Salvatore Riina (87) Cosa Nostra’s “boss of bosses,” who was serving 26 life sentences as the convicted mastermind of dozens of murders of rivals for power on his Sicilian turf and prominent anti-Mafia heroes. Nicknamed “the beast” for his ferocity, Riina left behind a significantly weakened Cosa Nostra after his ferocious killing campaign eventually backfired, triggering a fierce government crackdown aided by a small army of turncoats who broke with the centuries-old Mafia “honor” code and started collaborating with authorities. Still, experts described the Sicilian Mafia as very much a vital criminal force, now focused on growing revenues gained through extortion and other traditional lucrative rackets. Riina had been in a medically induced coma after two surgeries in recent weeks. He died in the prison wing of a hospital in Parma, in northern Italy, on November 17, 2017.


News and Entertainment

Gustave ('Lil Peep') Ahr (21) rapper whose emotional, downtrodden lyrics gained a cult following through a series of mixtapes released online. Ahr’s numerous tattoos and striking appearance caught the fashion world’s attention. GQ magazine reported earlier this year that Lil Peep, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, made runway appearances for several labels in Europe. Police in Tucson, Arizona said he was found dead on his tour bus before a scheduled concert in that city. Evidence pointed to an overdose of the antianxiety medication Xanax, although no official cause of death has been announced. Date of discovery was November 15, 2017.

Helen Borgers (60) for decades a leading voice of jazz in Los Angeles, a drive-time radio personality with a booming voice and an easy laugh. On air, Borgers explored both the legends and the up-and-comers who—with some luck and a bit of airplay—might arrive at the threshold of fame. But her voice vanished from the airwaves last June when she was unexpectedly laid off by K-Jazz after 38 years, halting a career that stretched from the days of vinyl and turntables to the more sterile environment of punching buttons on a console. After months of health problems, Borgers died in Long Beach, California after surgery for a tumor, on November 12, 2017.

Earle Hyman (91) veteran actor of stage and screen widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show. A North Carolina native, Hyman made his Broadway debut as a teenager in an all-black production of Anna Lucasta in 1944. He later became a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theater. In 1980 he received a Tony nomination for The Lady from Dubuque. But Hyman was best known for The Cosby Show, on which he played father to Bill Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, even though he was only 11 years older. He earned a guest performer Emmy nomination for the role in 1986. Hyman died in Englewood, New Jersey on November 17, 2017.

Robert Raiford (89) North Carolina radio personality whose career spanned decades. For 30 years Raiford was the so-called “curmudgeon at large” on the John Boy & Billy Big Show, a program originating in Charlotte and syndicated to 57 stations nationally. Raiford’s career began in 1944 at age 17 in his hometown of Concord. In the early ‘50s he was working for WBT-AM in Charlotte. He was at WTOP in Washington in 1963 when CBS used him as a reporter describing the funeral cortege of President John F. Kennedy. Raiford died in Concord, North Carolina on November 17, 2017.

Liz Smith (94) syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her to climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered. For more than 25 years Smith’s column—titled simply “Liz Smith”—was one of the most widely read in the world. Its success was due in part to Smith’s own celebrity status, giving her an insider’s access rather than relying largely on tipsters, press releases, and publicists. With a big smile and her sweet Southern manner, the Texas native endeared herself to many celebrities and scored major tabloid scoops: Donald and Ivana Trump’s divorce, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s impending parenthood, etc. Smith died in New York City on November 12, 2017.

Ann Wedgeworth (83) actress who gained fame on film and Broadway before taking on the role of a flirty divorcée on TV's Three’s Company. Wedgeworth landed her first Broadway role in the 1958 comedy Make a Million and continued to take on stage roles for decades. She won the 1978 Tony award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two. She also acted on several soap operas and found success in Hollywood with roles alongside Gene Hackman in the 1973 film Scarecrow and Robert De Niro in Bang the Drum Slowly that same year. But she was perhaps best known for her brief tenure on the TV sitcom Three’s Company, where she played Lana Shields, an older woman with her eye set on her young neighbor Jack, played by John Ritter. Wedgeworth died in New York City on November 16, 2017.

Malcolm Young (64) rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped to create such head-banging anthems as “Highway to Hell,” “Hells Bells,” and “Back in Black.” While Young’s younger brother, Angus, the group’s school-uniform-wearing lead guitarist, was the public face of the band, Malcolm was its key writer and leader, the member the rest of the band watched for onstage changes and cutoffs. AC/DC was remarkably consistent for over 40 years with its mix of driving hard rock, lusty lyrics, and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer, and creating one of the greatest rock records ever with Back in Black, the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Malcolm Young was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and died on November 18, 2017.


Politics and Military

Bobby Baker (89) onetime US Senate page who, through his close ties to Lyndon B. Johnson and others, became one of the most influential nonelected men in the American government of the ‘50s and early ‘60s, only to be investigated for and eventually convicted of tax evasion and other crimes. Baker arrived in Washington as a teenage Senate page and by 1955 had risen to secretary of the Senate Democrats, an important behind-the-scenes role in which he counted votes on pending legislation, served as a conduit for influence trading, and saw to senators’ needs, including extracurricular ones. He became so powerful that he referred to himself as the 101st senator, and as he and Senate majority leader Johnson formed a symbiotic relationship, others took to calling him Little Lyndon. He went to prison in 1971 and served 15 months. Baker died in St. Augustine, Florida on his 89th birthday, November 12, 2017.

Ben Dillingham (72) retired US Marine who became a political power broker clearing a path for pioneering gay office holders in southern California. Dillingham became top aide to San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor after her election in 1986. He later became a leader in community organizations dedicated to LGBT rights and to the fight against AIDS. He died of pancreatic cancer in San Diego, California on November 16, 2017.

Thomas J. Hudner Jr. (93) former US Navy captain and pilot who received the Medal of Honor for his heroics during the Korean War. Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1950 after his plane came under enemy fire and he crash-landed in an unsuccessful effort to save the life of his wingman and friend, Ensign Jesse Brown (shown above), the Navy's first black combat pilot. Hudner watched earlier this year as the USS Thomas Hudner, a destroyer, was christened at Bath Iron Works in Maine. Hudner was a former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services. He died in Concord, Massachusetts on November 13, 2017.

Steve Mostyn (46) Democrat megadonor, a powerful Texas trial lawyer among the nation’s largest backers of liberal causes and candidates. Mostyn’s fortune came largely from representing homeowners who sued insurance companies, especially after major hurricanes. As President Barack Obama was being reelected in 2012, Mostyn, his wife Amber, and his Houston-based law firm contributed nearly $5 million to the Democrat Party and its candidates for federal office, making them the US’s 10th-largest donors. According to his wife, Steve Mostyn died of a “sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue” in Austin, Texas on November 15, 2017. Authorities have since ruled his death a suicide by gunshot.

Greg Standridge (50) Arkansas state senator. Standridge represented District 16 in the Legislature, which includes Newton and Pope counties and parts of Boone, Carroll, and Van Buren counties. He filled a vacancy in the Senate in 2015 after then-Sen. Michael Lamoureux left to become Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s chief of staff. Standridge died of cancer in Russellville, Arkansas on November 16, 2017.


Sports

Jeff Capel Jr. (64) former Old Dominion and Fayetteville (NC) State basketball coach. Capel coached seven seasons at Old Dominion from 1994–2001, taking the Monarchs to two NCAA Tournaments. He also spent one year at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University and four seasons at Division II Fayetteville State, and assisted with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004–11) and the Philadelphia 76ers (2011–13). His two sons were Atlantic Coast Conference-caliber players who went into coaching. The elder Capel was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's disease) in the spring of 2016 by doctors at Duke University. He died on November 13, 2017.

J. C. Caroline (84) star Illinois running back in the ‘50s who played for the Chicago Bears for 10 years. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Caroline led the nation in rushing for Illinois in 1953 with 1,256 yards in nine games. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1955 before joining the Bears a year later, where he mainly played defensive back. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and finished with 24 career interceptions. Caroline worked as an assistant coach at Illinois before becoming a physical education teacher and coach in Urbana. He died in Champaign, Illinois on November 17, 2017.

Bobby Doerr (99) Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and lifelong friend Ted Williams. Doerr played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and joined his fishing buddy in the Hall of Fame in 1986. He had a .288 lifetime average, helping the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series, and in the first All-Star Game played at night he hit a three-run homer that gave the American League the lead for good. He finished his career with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs, and 1,247 runs batted in and once went 414 games without an error—a record at the time. His six seasons with at least 100 RBIs was not matched by another second baseman for 25 years. Doerr died in Junction City, Oregon on November 13, 2017.

'Jungle Jim' Rivera (96) outfielder on the 1959 Go-Go Chicago White Sox pennant-winning team. The American League leader in triples in 1953 and steals two years later, “Jungle Jim” played for the White Sox from ‘52–61. He was part of the 1959 team that—led by Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio, and Early Wynn—captured the franchise's first pennant since 1919. The White Sox lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. Rivera went 0 for 11, and Chicago did not win another pennant until 2005. Rivera batted .256 in a career that included short stints with the St. Louis Browns and the Kansas City Athletics. He died in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 13, 2017.

Gillian Rolton (61) won one of her two Olympic equestrian gold medals while riding with a broken collarbone. The Australian won her first gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as part of the three-day event team. She won her second team gold in 1996 in Atlanta while finishing with a broken collarbone and broken ribs after her horse Peppermint Grove fell and skidded during the endurance phase. Rolton was one of eight flagbearers to carry the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony in Sydney. She died in Adelaide, Australia after a two-year fight with endometrial cancer, on November 18, 2017.

Pancho Segura (96) Ecuadorean tennis player who rose from poverty to win six US Pro singles and doubles championships and was one of the world's top amateur players in the ‘40s and professionals in the ‘50s. Childhood rickets bowed Segura's legs; too weak for soccer, he took to tennis while working as a ball boy at a club in Guayaquil. He went from amateur to barnstorming pro as a player, then became a coach to Jimmy Connors, an eight-time major singles champion, and others. Segura died of Parkinson's disease in Carlsbad, California on November 18, 2017.

Naim Suleymanoglu (50) Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules.” Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. The weightlifter—1.47 meters (4-feet-10) tall—won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988–96. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight and won seven world and six European championships. He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts. He had been in intensive care since September 28 and received a liver transplant in October. He died at an Istanbul, Turkey hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver, on November 18, 2017.


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