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Bradford Dillman, stage, TV, and film actorDorothy Malone, star of TV's 'Peyton Place'Romana Acosta Bañuelos, businesswoman and first Latina US treasurerJohn Andrist, journalist and North Dakota state senatorWilliam Bain Jr., business consultant and philanthropistGeorge Bandy, Alabama state legislatorSimon Shelton Barnes, British actor on 'Teletubbies'John Barton, ccfounder of Royal Shakespeare Co.Roy Bennett, Zimbabwean coffee grower who opposed longtime president Robert MugabePaul Bocuse, French master chefLin Bolen, former NBC daytime programming executivePaul Booth, union organizerOlivia Cole, Emmy-winning actress in 'Roots'John Coleman, cofounder of Weather ChannelWilliam Cousins Jr., Illinois judgeJessica Falkholt, Australian actress, last survivor of car crash that killed her parents and sisterNaomi Parker Fraley, inspiration for 'Rosie the Riveter'Joe Frank, radio storytellerDan Gurney, champion race car driverEdwin Hawkins, gospel singing starTyler Hilinski, Washington State quarterbackMathilde Krim, geneticist and AIDS researcherJulius Lester, author and university professorCarla Marangoni, oldest living Olympic medalistPeter Mayle, British author of 'A Year in Provence'Ed Moses, LA abstract expressionist painterClem Nettles, Mississippi state legislatorTimothy O'Connor Jr., Vermont State House speakerDolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The CranberriesJim Rodford, rock band bassistHerbert Schmertz, public relations pioneerHarry Selby, African white hunterMike Shanahan, former owner of St. Louis Blues hockey teamAllison Shearmur, film studio executive and independent producerBob Smith, gay stand-up comedianJohn Spellman, last Republican governor of Washington stateStansfield Turner, former CIA head under Pres. Jimmy CarterJo Jo White, Boston Celtics starJack Whitten, Abstract Expressionist painterHugh Wilson, creator of 'WKRP in Cincinnati'Peter Wyngarde, stylish British actor

Art and Literature

Peter Mayle (78) British author whose midlife relocation to France inspired his best-selling A Year in Provence and other works set in his adopted country. Mayle was in his late 40s and had worked in advertising and in educational publishing when he moved to France in 1987, planning to write a novel. But, as he wrote to his agent, he was so caught up in the new world around him—“the farmer next door, the mushroom hunter, and the lady with the frustrated donkey”—that the novel wasn't working out. Instead he was encouraged to write a book about those very distractions. A Year in Provence, released in 1989, was a word-of-mouth success that sold millions of copies, was adapted into a miniseries by the BBC, and was credited with opening up a market for other such expatriate stories. Mayle died in southern France on January 18, 2018.

Ed Moses (91) abstract expressionist, one of the founding members of a collective known as the “Cool School” who helped to transform Los Angeles from a cultural backwater to a major force in the world of modern art. Moses, who produced hundreds of paintings and drawings and whose work was the subject of countless exhibitions during a career spanning more than 60 years, continued to work almost daily until about two weeks ago when his health began to fail. He died in Venice Beach, California on January 17, 2018.

Jack Whitten (78) artist who began as an Abstract Expressionist but pushed that genre to new places and explored many others in a long career. A black man who grew up in the South as the civil rights movement was gaining steam there, Whitten brought those experiences and sensibilities north when he came to New York in 1959. They are evident in many of his works, including a series he called Black Monoliths honoring figures like Ralph Ellison and Muhammad Ali. Whitten, whose work has been featured in numerous gallery and museum shows, died of chronic leukemia in New York City on January 20, 2018.


Business and Science

Romana Acosta Bañuelos (92) former US treasurer (1971–74), appointed by President Richard Nixon, the first Latina to hold that position and the highest-ranking Mexican-American appointee in the Nixon administration. In a career that stretched from a small Arizona town to the heights of the business world as head of a multimillion-dollar Mexican food company (Ramona's Mexican Food Products Inc.) and a founder of the first bank for Mexican-Americans in California, Acosta Bañuelos helped to open doors that Latinos in America often found closed to them. She had been suffering from dementia when she died of pneumonia in Redondo Beach, California on January 15, 2018.

William Bain Jr. (80) founder of global consulting and private equity businesses bearing his name who helped to drive the career of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Bain founded Bain & Co., a corporate strategy consulting firm, in 1973 and in '84 founded the private equity firm Bain Capital. Romney was Bain Capital's chief executive. Bain was a philanthropist and a longtime trustee of several children's organizations in both Massachusetts and Florida, including Children's Hospital Boston, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, and the Naples Children & Education Foundation. He died in Naples, Florida on January 16, 2018.

Paul Bocuse (91) master chef who defined French cuisine for more than 50 years and put it on tables around the world, a man who raised the profile of top chefs from invisible kitchen artists to international celebrities. Bocuse was a tireless pioneer, first chef to blend the art of cooking with savvy business tactics—branding his cuisine and his image to create an empire of restaurants around the globe. He underwent a triple heart bypass in 2005 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease. He died at Collonges-au-Mont-d'or, France, his birthplace and the home of his restaurant, on January 20, 2018.

John Coleman (83) cofounder of the Weather Channel and the original meteorologist on ABC's Good Morning America over a 60-year broadcasting career. Coleman worked at several local stations in Chicago and the Midwest before joining Good Morning America when it began in 1975, staying with the program for seven years. He was chief executive of the Weather Channel after helping to found it in 1981 with Frank Batten, chairman and CEO of Landmark Communications and publisher of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. Coleman was forced out in 1982 after a dispute with his partner. Soon after, the American Meteorological Society named him their broadcast meteorologist of the year. Coleman, who insisted that global warming is a hoax, died at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 20, 2018.

Mathilde Krim (91) AIDS researcher who galvanized worldwide support in the early fight against the deadly disease. Krim was founding chairman of the Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR. She was a geneticist with experience in cancer research when AIDS first surfaced in the early ‘80s. Over the next several decades she mobilized a vast army of celebrities and others to help raise money and to lessen the disease's stigma. In 2000 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US. She died in King's Point, New York on January 15, 2018.

Herbert Schmertz (87) innovative public relations man who, as a Mobil Oil executive, pioneered the use of company-written “advertorials” during the energy shortages of the '70s. When oil companies came in for criticism over long gas lines and rising prices at the pump, Schmertz's counterattacks made him perhaps the most visible public relations executive in the US in the '70s and '80s. He also had the company engage in image enhancement by association with cultural excellence. He arranged for Mobil to sponsor the PBS series Masterpiece Theater when it began in 1971, along with Mystery! and other public TV programs later. Schmertz died of congestive heart failure in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 17, 2018.

Harry Selby (92) one of the last of Africa's renowned white hunters, who took rich and famous safari clients into the interiors of Kenya, Tanganyika, and Botswana for 50 years to shoot game, photograph exotic wildlife, and search for elusive adventure in the bush. Selby died in Maun, Botswana on January 20, 2018.


Education

Julius Lester (78) author, musician, civil rights activist, and university professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism. Lester was a professor of both black studies and Jewish studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for more than 30 years before retiring in 2003. The St. Louis, Missouri-born son of a Methodist minister had long known he had a Jewish ancestor and converted to Judaism in the early '80s, chronicling his journey in the book Lovesong: Becoming a Jew. He wrote more than 40 books, including nonfiction, adult novels, and children's books, often confronting slavery and racism. He died of emphysema in Belchertown, Massachusetts on January 18, 2018.


Law

William Cousins Jr. (90) figure in Illinois legal circles and a former appellate judge. As a Cook County judge, Cousins in 1979 declared Illinois's death penalty unconstitutional, 32 years before the state abolished it. In the '60s Cousins, a former assistant state's attorney, bucked the powerful political machine of Mayor Richard J. Daley and was elected one of the era's few independent Chicago aldermen. He became a circuit judge in 1976 and was elected to the appellate court in '92. He died in Chicago, Illinois on January 20, 2018.


News and Entertainment

John Andrist (86) longtime newspaperman and former North Dakota state senator. The Republican from Crosby was first elected to the state Senate in 1992, serving District 2 in the northwestern corner of the state. Andrist resigned his seat in 2014 owing to declining health. He had been known as an advocate of rural North Dakota and a leader in helping to solve problems created by the rapid growth of the state's oil and gas industry. He was a retired publisher and past president of both the North Dakota and National Newspaper Associations. He wrote newspaper columns for more than 60 years for the Crosby Journal. Andrist died in Fargo, North Dakota of complications from a stroke he had suffered earlier, on January 17, 2018.

Simon Shelton Barnes (52) British actor who played Tinky Winky on the children's TV series Teletubbies. Barnes played one of four gentle, brightly colored characters on the BBC show between 1998-2001. Teletubbies became such a global hit that Barnes once called it The Beatles of children's TV. Broadcast in the US on PBS-TV, it became the surprising subject of controversy in 1999 when a newspaper published by US evangelical preacher Jerry Falwell said Tinky Winky's purple color, triangle antenna, and handbag indicated the character was gay. Barnes was found dead in Liverpool, England on January 17, 2018.

John Barton (89) British cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960 who spent the rest of his career with the group. Barton directed many classic plays and taught generations of actors how to approach Shakespeare's works. His “Playing Shakespeare” workshops were often shown on TV beginning in 1982. He collaborated with cofounder Peter Hall on the influential The Wars of the Roses in 1963 and directed Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost, and other Shakespeare plays, working with Judi Dench, Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart, and other stalwart British actors. Barton died in London, England on January 18, 2018.

Lin Bolen (76) executive in charge of NBC's daytime programming in the early '70s, then the highest-ranking woman in TV. Bolen was just 31 in 1972 when she was named director of daytime programs at NBC, putting her in charge of the network's collection of soap operas and game shows. In 1973 she was given the title vice president of daytime programs. In that job, which she held until forming her own production company in 1976, she energized the network's game shows and expanded half-hour soaps to an hour. By 1975 NBC's daytime ratings surpassed those of both CBS and ABC for the first time in a dozen years. Accounts vary as to whether Bolen was the inspiration for Diana Christensen, the do-anything-for-ratings network executive played by Faye Dunaway in the 1976 film Network, written by Paddy Chayefsky. She died in Santa Monica, California on January 18, 2018.

Olivia Cole (75) actress best known for her Emmy Award-winning role in the acclaimed miniseries Roots. In 1977 Cole won a supporting-actress Emmy for her portrayal of Matilda, wife of Chicken George (Ben Vereen), in Roots, the eight-episode ABC miniseries based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning '76 book by Alex Haley. The series followed his ancestors' journey from West Africa to the US as slaves, and many generations beyond. More than 28 million viewers watched the first episode, and by the time the finale arrived more than 100 million people had tuned in, breaking ratings records. Cole had roles in the miniseries Backstairs at the White House, which earned her an Emmy nomination; another miniseries, The Women of Brewster Place, produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey; and numerous theater productions. She died of a heart attack in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she had lived for the past 35 years, on January 19, 2018.

Bradford Dillman (87) stage, TV, and film actor known for his roles in the original Broadway production of Long Day's Journey into Night and the movie Compulsion. Dillman began acting professionally in 1953 and had his breakthrough in '56 in that Eugene O'Neill play as Edmund Tyrone, peacekeeping younger brother in a deeply dysfunctional family. It was a very different role from the dark characters he later became known for, but it earned him a 1957 Theater World Award and a contract with 20th Century-Fox in 1959. Dillman won a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer, starring that year with Orson Welles and Dean Stockwell in Compulsion, a film based on the Leopold and Loeb murder case in Chicago in 1924. His acting career was prolific, with at least 140 film and TV credits. His second wife was model and actress Suzy Parker, who died in 2003. Dillman died of pneumonia in Santa Barbara, California on January 16, 2018.

Jessica Falkholt (29) Australian actress who played Hope Morrison in more than a dozen episodes of the long-running drama Home & Away in 2016. Falkholt starred in an Australian movie, Harmony, that is due for cinema release later this year. She was the last survivor of a December 26, 2017 head-on collision on the coast south of Sydney that instantly killed her parents, Lars and Vivian Falkholt, and the sole occupant of the other car, Craig Whitall. The actress's 21-year-old sister Annabelle died in hospital on December 29. Jessica Falkholt died in a Sydney, Australia hospital three weeks after the two-car collision, six days after her life support was withdrawn, on January 17, 2018.

Joe Frank (79) radio storyteller who stretched the boundaries of imagination with mind-bending, absurdist monologues often fueled by his own neuroses and his dark view of the world. Frank's monologues—tragic, philosophical, and sometimes confessional, trod the line between fact and fiction and took listeners into unusual territory: like a dinner party with A-list dictators and serial killers at which Pol Pot and Hitler debate the merits of pleated pants. Frank spent most of his career at KCRW, a public radio station in Santa Monica, California, which gave him the freedom to say what he pleased. He died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California on January 15, 2018.

Dorothy Malone (93) actress who won hearts of '60s TV viewers as the long-suffering mother on the nighttime soap Peyton Place. After 11 years of mostly roles as loving sweethearts and wives, the brunette actress decided she needed to gamble on her career instead of playing it safe. Malone fired her agent, hired a publicist, dyed her hair blonde, and sought a new image. The role of an alcoholic nymphomaniac in Written on the Wind (1956) won her a best supporting actress Oscar. Her career waned after she reached 40, but she achieved her widest popularity with Peyton Place, the 1964-69 ABC series based on Grace Metalious's steamy novel that became a hit '57 movie starring Lana Turner. Malone died in Dallas, Texas, 11 days before her 94th birthday, on January 19, 2018.

Dolores O'Riordan (46) singer whose powerful voice helped to make the Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the ‘90s. Their guitar-based sound had an alternative-rock edge at a time when grunge was storming the music scene. The band's songs—on which O'Riordan was chief lyricist and cosongwriter—had a Celtic-infused tunefulness. The band released five studio albums before splitting up in 2003; they reunited in '09. O’Riordan struggled with both physical and mental health problems. The Cranberries released the acoustic album Something Else in 2017 and had been due to tour Europe and North America, but the tour was cut short because O’Riordan was suffering from back problems. She died suddenly and unexpectedly at a hotel in London, England, where she was recording, on January 15, 2018.

Jim Rodford (76) former Kinks bassist. Rodford joined the Kinks in 1978, touring with the group and playing on its later albums. He had played with the Zombies since 1999. He died after a fall, in London, England on January 20, 2018.

Allison Shearmur (54) film studio executive and independent producer who helped to bring a string of box-office hits to the screen, including the Bourne franchise, the Hunger Games series, and the yet-to-be-released Solo: A Star Wars Story. Shearmur received a diagnosis of lung cancer in 2016 but disclosed it only to her family and closest associates as she continued working on movie projects, including Rogue One (2016), an earlier installment in the Star Wars Anthology series (set before the events of the original Star Wars blockbusters), and Solo. Born one of the celebrated Brecker Quadruplets in New York in 1963, Shearmur died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California on January 19, 2018.

Bob Smith (59) first openly gay comic to perform on The Tonight Show. Smith later wrote fiction and nonfiction books. Suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, he typed his most recent book of essays, Treehab: Tales from My Natural Wild Life (2016), on an iPad with his one remaining functioning hand. His humor was gentle but smart, even when navigating the subject of his sexuality during a time when mainstream audiences were not accustomed to hearing such material. He died in New York City on January 20, 2018.

Hugh Wilson (74) creator of the CBS comedy WKRP in Cincinnati and director of the raucous hit film Police Academy (1984). Wilson worked his way into comedy writing after starting out in advertising, and in 1978 he graduated from writer to creator when WKRP made its debut. The series, about a radio station full of misfits, ran for four seasons and had a cast that included Gary Sandy as the station's level-headed program director, Loni Anderson as the sexy receptionist, and Howard Hesseman and Tim Reid as disc jockeys. Wilson died in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 14, 2018.

Peter Wyngarde (90) longtime British TV and stage star, best known for his role as detective Jason King on the series Department S. Wyngarde and the characters he portrayed have been cited by the creators of the Austin Powers films as one of the inspirations for the fictional '60s spy with a flair for flashy outfits and a taste for carousing. Wyngarde played numerous other parts, appearing in shows and movies including The Avengers, The Saint, Flash Gordon, and others. He died in London, England on January 15, 2018.


Politics and Military

George Bandy (72) Alabama state legislator from Opelika. A Democrat, Bandy was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1994. He represented House District 83, which includes parts of Lee and Russell counties. He had also served as pastor at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church in Opelika. Bandy was hospitalized in Georgia for pulmonary and circulatory issues and died on January 16, 2018.

Roy Bennett (60) Zimbabwean coffee grower whose farm was seized in a land redistribution program and who emerged as a formidable leader of the main party opposed to President Robert G. Mugabe. Fluent in Shona, one of Zimbabwe's main languages, Bennett was a rarity as a white politician with a significant black political following. A former policeman, he won the respect of his black neighbors with his local philanthropy and his commitment to the community. After 37 years of rule, Mugabe resigned in November 2017 after an internal power struggle. Bennett and four other people—his wife, Eileen Heather Bennett (55); a passenger from Texas; and the helicopter's pilot and copilot—were killed when their private helicopter, a Huey, crashed after taking off from Raton, New Mexico, destined for Folsom, New Mexico, about 35 miles to the east, on January 17, 2018.

Paul Booth (74) architect of the first major march on Washington against the Vietnam War in 1965 and later a union organizer and opponent of antilabor legislation. In the mid-'60s Booth was a national spokesman for the antiwar group Students for a Democratic Society. He also became a leader of radical Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky's movement to help poor residents of metropolitan neighborhoods and, later, chief assistant to Gerald W. McEntee, president until 2012 of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, the nation's largest public employee union. Booth died of sudden complications from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, in Washington, DC on January 17, 2018.

Clem Nettles (87) former Mississippi lawmaker from Jayess. Nettles was a Democrat in the state House from 1988-2004, representing a district in Pike and Walthall counties. He was a Korean War veteran, a dairy farmer who served on the North Pike School Board before being elected to the State Legislature. While in the House, he became chairman of the Game & Fish Committee. Nettles was known for speaking against proposals he thought would infringe on people's rights. In 2000 he opposed a bill prohibiting adults from using tobacco at school events, arguing the ban would hurt attendance at sporting events. He died in Jayess, Mississippi on January 16, 2018.

Timothy O'Connor Jr. (81) first Democrat speaker of the Vermont State House in the modern era and longtime town moderator for his hometown of Brattleboro. O'Connor was a Democrat in the state House of Representatives from 1969-81. Despite a Republican-controlled legislature, he was elected Speaker of the House in 1975, becoming the first Democrat in that position since the 1850s. He died in Lebanon, New Hampshire on January 16, 2018.

John Spellman (91) last Republican governor elected in Washington state. Spellman served one four-year term as governor after his 1980 election. He previously was King County's first county executive and before that had served on the King County Commission. He lost his bid for a second term to Democrat Booth Gardner in November 1984. Spellman drew kudos for producing a budget on his first day in office, for defusing prison overcrowding, and for his open-door policy and friendly relations with the Legislature. He had campaigned on a no-new-taxes platform, but the bottom fell out of the state economy and he presided over record tax increases and record budget cuts. He had been hospitalized since December 27 after breaking his hip and eventually succumbed to pneumonia, in Seattle, Washington on January 16, 2018.

Stansfield Turner (94) Central Intelligence Agency director under President Jimmy Carter who oversaw reforms at the agency after the Senate uncovered CIA surveillance aimed at American citizens. A Rhodes scholar and 33-year Navy veteran, Turner commanded NATO's forces in southern Europe from 1975-77 before being chosen to direct the CIA. He headed the agency from March 1977, shortly after Carter took office, through the end of Carter's term in January '81. He died in Seattle, Washington on January 18, 2018.


Society and Religion

Naomi Parker Fraley (96) woman identified by a scholar as the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, the iconic female World War II factory worker. Multiple women have been identified over the years as possible models for Rosie (see Life in Legacy page dated January 1, 2011), but a Seton Hall University professor in 2016 focused on Fraley as the true inspiration. James J. Kimble published his findings in the journal Rhetoric & Public Affairs, saying a photo of Fraley at work was the basis for a widely seen poster of a woman flexing with the caption, “We can do it!” Fraley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she went to work at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, among the first women to do war work there. She died in Longview, Washington on January 20, 2018.

Edwin Hawkins (74) gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day” and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music. Hawkins was credited as a founder of modern gospel music; he stood out for enjoying commercial success while still performing music that openly celebrated religious faith. An Oakland, Calif. native and one of eight siblings, Hawkins was a composer, keyboardist, arranger, and choir master. He had been performing with his family and in church groups since childhood and in his 20s helped to form the Northern California State Youth Choir. Their first album, Let Us Go into the House of the Lord, came out in 1968; radio stations in the San Francisco Bay Area began playing one of the album's eight tracks, “Oh Happy Day,” an 18th-century hymn arranged by Hawkins in call-and-response style. “Oh Happy Day,” featuring the vocals of Dorothy Combs Morrison, was released as a single credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers and became a million-seller in 1969, showing there was a large market for gospel songs and for inspirational music during the turbulent era of the late ‘60s. He died of pancreatic cancer in Pleasanton, California on January 15, 2018.


Sports

Dan Gurney (86) first race car driver to win in Formula One, IndyCar, and NASCAR. Gurney began racing in 1955 and won in nearly every racing series he attempted. He drove for Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, and Brabham in Formula One, then formed his own team. He won the Belgian Grand Prix in 1967 in his own car, the first and only time an American won an F1 race in a car of his own design. Gurney teamed with A. J. Foyt that year to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT40 and was often credited with starting the tradition of spraying champagne from the podium at that race. He retired from driving in 1970 with 51 victories. He died of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California on January 14, 2018.

Tyler Hilinski (21) Washington State quarterback. Hilinski was the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season. He started Washington State's Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State after senior Luke Falk was unable to play owing to a wrist injury. Hilinski appeared in eight games during his sophomore season, throwing for 1,176 yards and seven touchdowns. His most memorable outing came in the second week of the season when he led Washington State from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 47-44 in triple overtime. He threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns coming off the bench and was carried off the field after the victory. He was found dead at his apartment after he didn't show up for practice on January 16, 2018. A rifle was recovered next to his body, and a suicide note was found. Hilinski died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in Pullman, Washington.

Carla Marangoni (102) last surviving medalist from the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. As a 12-year-old, Marangoni was a member of the Italian team that won silver in gymnastics. She was the oldest living Olympic medalist in the world. She died in Rome, Italy on January 18, 2018.

Mike Shanahan (78) owner of the St. Louis Blues from 1986–91 who oversaw the acquisition of Hall of Famer Brett Hull. After selling his ownership stake, Shanahan stayed on as team chairman until 1994 and the Blues aggressively sought out several National Hockey League stars during his time with the team. Hull came over in a trade with Calgary in 1988, and forward Adam Oates and goalie Curtis Joseph joined the team in ‘89. St. Louis signed defenseman Scott Stevens to a big contract in 1990, then lost him in arbitration in ‘91 as punishment for signing restricted free agent Brendan Shanahan away from New Jersey. Mike Shanahan died in St. Louis, Missouri on January 15, 2018.

Jo Jo White (71) basketball Hall of Famer, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist. White played 10 seasons for Boston, which drafted him ninth overall from Kansas in 1969. He averaged 17.2 points per game over 13 years. He also played for Golden State and the Kansas City Kings before retiring in 1981. The Celtics retired White’s No. 10 jersey in 1982, and he still was working with the club as a director of special projects at his death. He averaged 18.1 points as a member of the 1974 Celtics championship team and was chosen Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals in ‘76 when Boston won again, scoring 33 points while leading the Celtics to a 128-126 win in triple overtime against the Phoenix Suns. Boston traded White to the Warriors midway through the 1978–79 season, and he remained with Golden State through the next season. He played one final season in Kansas City but was always beloved in Boston as a Celtic. He died of brain cancer in Boston, Massachusetts on January 16, 2018.


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