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Nancy Barbaro Sinatra, first wife of Frank SinatraAbbas Amir-Entezam, Iranian official imprisoned as US spyMarcia Chambers, writer who exposed discrimination at golf clubsLen Chappell, Wake Forest basketball starAuguste Clape, French winegrowerTom Gallagher, US Foreign Service officerTab Hunter, '50s screen heartthrobRobert G. M. Keating, innovative New York judgeOliver Knussen, British composer and conductorLes Lieber, founder of NYC's Jazz at NoonPeter Carington, last survivor of UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill's governmentAnnabelle Neilson, British model and reality TV personalityFrank Ramsey, Boston Celtics starRobert D. Ray, former Iowa governorNathaniel Reed, US environmentalistLindy Remigino, Olympic runnerBradford Smith, NASA's planetary tour guideJohn A. Stormer, religious leader and right-wing activistPat Swindall, former US congressman from GeorgiaMai Tai  Sing, dancer, actress, and nightclub hostessJames Wells, civil rights activistHans Günter Winkler, German equestrian, shown with favorite mount, HallaMarion Woodman, Canadian psychoanalyst, lecturer, and author

Business and Science

Auguste Clape (93) pillar of the northern Rhône Valley wine region whose wines awakened interest in the little-known Cornas name. Clape was one of a group of mid-20th century winegrowers in the northern Rhône whose wines, although made at first for the local market, were eventually celebrated internationally as among the most profound expressions of the syrah grape. For more than 1,000 years, humans tended vines on the granite hillside that rises above the tiny village of Cornas, on the west bank of the Rhône, facing southeast toward the city of Valence. But after the arrival in the late 19th century of phylloxera, a ravenous aphid that devastated European vineyards, followed by two world wars, the vineyard area of Cornas had by the early ‘80s dwindled to about 130 acres. As many of his generation abandoned the region’s terraced vineyards and the grueling labor they required for the fertile, easier-to-farm flatlands, or for jobs in the cities, Clape and his small cohort continued to trudge up the hills day after day, for little reward. Outside the region, Cornas was barely known; those who knew it often dismissed its wines as brutally rustic. It was Clape’s wines that compelled people to take Cornas seriously again. He died in Valence, France on July 13, 2018.

Nathaniel Reed (84) US environmentalist who led conservation fights throughout Florida and helped to turn the Endangered Species Act into law while serving as an assistant secretary of the Interior in the ‘70s. Reed bemoaned the damage that land developers, polluters, politicians, and the Army Corps of Engineers had done to Florida by the early ‘60s. Wetlands were being drained, mangrove jungles cleared, and swamps filled to build roads and homes. The Everglades were being threatened. The legislation, which passed Congress overwhelmingly, gave the government authority to prevent the extinction of animal and plant species by eliminating threats to their survival. The American bald eagle was the first species listed; four years after the law was enacted, the alligator was no longer on the endangered species list. Reed died eight days after slipping and hitting his head on a rock while fishing in Quebec, Canada on July 11, 2018.

Bradford Smith (86) NASA astronomer who acted as planetary tour guide to the public with his interpretations of stunning images beamed back from Voyager missions. Smith led the NASA team that interpreted pictures taken by Voyager space probes as they passed Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, then presented the images to the public. He was a retired professor of planetary sciences and astronomy at the University of Arizona and research astronomer at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. At NASA press conferences on Voyager discoveries after their launch in 1977, Smith was a star and known for his dry wit. He died in Santa Fe, New Mexico of complications from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder, on July 10, 2018.

Marion Woodman (89) Canadian psychoanalyst whose books and lectures on mythical archetypes resonated with millions of women longing to explore feminine identity. Woodman adapted and applied Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung’s ideas about the mythical archetypes underpinning the psyche to help her clients resolve problems like depression and eating disorders. Centuries of “patriarchal thinking,” she concluded, had obscured primal feminine consciousness in both men and women. In a series of books, including Addiction to Perfection, The Pregnant Virgin, and Bone: Dying into Life, Woodman found an international audience, giving women a vivid sense of femininity. She died of dementia in London, Ontario, Canada on July 9, 2018.


Law

Robert G. M. Keating (76) former judge instrumental in founding a community court in Manhattan that enlisted low-level offenders in neighborhood service programs instead of sending them to jail. Keating held several leadership roles in criminal justice agencies and the courts. But he left his most enduring legacy as chief administrative judge of New York's Criminal Court, the job in which he oversaw the establishment of the Midtown Community Court in 1993. He died in Stony Brook, New York on July 14, 2018.

James Wells (77) member of a South Carolina civil rights protest group known as the Friendship Nine. Wells spent a month in jail in 1961 after he and eight other black men were charged with trespassing at a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC. The men, who were attending Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, chose to spend a month in jail rather than pay a fine in what was called the “Jail, No Bail” movement. Their time on a chain gang in York County encouraged protesters to stay in jail to fight segregation, Jim Crow laws, and other forms of racism. The convictions of Wells and the other members of the Friendship Nine were overturned in 2015. York County prosecutors apologized to the group for their arrest and time in jail. A US Air Force veteran and a lawyer, Wells died in Rock Hill, South Carolina on July 8, 2018.


News and Entertainment

Marcia Chambers (78) longtime legal affairs reporter who in the ‘90s turned to writing ground-breaking articles and a book that examined discrimination against women and black people at private golf clubs. Chambers’ tenacity while covering criminal justice for the New York Times and the Associated Press proved helpful when she began writing about golf, mostly for Golf Digest. In what she described as her most difficult work, she examined the exclusionary practices at private golf and country clubs that prevented blacks from joining and denied women the voting rights, weekend tee times, and equity interests that men—including their husbands—enjoyed. Chambers' work was an early element of the long campaign to admit women at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, home of the Masters, in 2012. She died in New Haven, Connecticut of uterine leiomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, on July 13, 2018.

Tab Hunter (86) blond actor and singer, a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the ‘50s with such films as Battle Cry and Damn Yankees! who received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay. Hunter was a star for several years. Besides his hit movies, his recording of “Young Love” topped the Billboard pop chart in 1957. But in his 2005 memoir, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, he recounted the stresses of being a love object to millions of young women when he was, in reality, a gay man. Hunter died suddenly and unexpectedly in Santa Barbara, California of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest, on July 8, 2018.

Oliver Knussen (66) British composer who leaped to fame at age 15 conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in his First Symphony, created an opera out of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and championed contemporary composers as a conductor and mentor. Knussen was among the most influential British composers of his generation. His output was not huge—he became known for composing slowly and missing deadlines—but he left behind a catalogue of works that, while rooted in 20th-century modernism, are totally his own. Many are miniatures or small in scale; even his Symphony No. 3, one of his most acclaimed works for full orchestra, runs only 15 minutes. Knussen died in Snape, England on July 8, 2018.

Les Lieber (106) for more than 45 years Leiber ran Jazz at Noon, a fabled New York institution where talented amateur musicians got together every week to stretch their skills and to perform alongside top-flight professionals. Lieber had already had a substantial career as a publicist and journalist when, in September 1965, he organized the first Jazz at Noon, partly to give himself a chance to play his alto saxophone and penny whistle for an audience. It was on a Monday at lunch hour at Chuck’s Composite, a restaurant on East 53rd Street. The experiment soon had a following, as players who might have once had thoughts of a professional career but had become doctors, lawyers, or accountants pulled instruments out of closets. Soon Lieber added to the allure by recruiting professionals (Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Bobby Hackett, etc.), for a modest fee, to drop in as guest stars. Lieber died on Fire Island, New York on July 10, 2018.

Annabelle Neilson (49) former model, children’s author, reality TV personality, and friend and confidante to cult fashion stars like designer Alexander McQueen (committed suicide in 2010) and model Kate Moss. Born in 1969 into a wealthy, aristocratic British family, Neilson was severely dyslexic and, after being badly bullied, left school at 16. A vicious assault during a gap year visit to Perth, Australia left her with injuries requiring reconstructive surgery, and she soon began struggling with drug addiction. After becoming sober, Neilson embarked on a modeling career and at age 22 was introduced to McQueen. As the designer’s star ascended both in and out of the fashion world, Neilson became one of his muses and a close friend. She achieved minor notoriety for her revealing outfits, including a totally sheer McQueen dress she wore to a party in 2000. She was found dead at her multimillion-dollar home in the Chelsea neighborhood of London, England on July 12, 2018.

Nancy Barbato Sinatra (101) childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra (died in 1998), the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children. Nancy Barbato and Frank Sinatra had been dating as teenagers and married at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic church in Jersey City, New Jersey on Feb. 4, 1939, just as Frank’s singing career was about to take off. In 1936 Frank had landed a 15-minute radio show on local station WAAT. During the marriage’s early years, the Sinatras lived in a modest apartment in Jersey City, where their two eldest children were born. Nancy was employed as a secretary while her husband worked as a singing waiter. After Sinatra became a pop-music sensation in the ‘40s, the couple moved to Los Angeles, where the singer also became a movie star, raconteur, man about town, and notorious womanizer. Nancy left Frank after his affair with actress Ava Gardner (died in 1990) became public knowledge. Weeks after the pair’s divorce became final in 1951, Frank married Gardner. Nancy, who never remarried, raised the couple's three children: Nancy, Frank Jr. (died in 2016), and Tina. Nancy Barbato Sinatra died on July 13, 2018.

Mai Tai Sing (94) In the ‘40s and ’50s, Asian-Americans were rarely seen in Hollywood movies and on TV—and when they were, it was often in stereotypical roles involving fractured English and Orientalist fantasies of the exotic East. Over the course of a long career as a dancer, actress, and nightclub impresario in San Francisco and Honolulu, Mai Tai Sing tried to break that mold. She appeared in movies, including Forbidden (1953), and on numerous TV shows, including Mr. & Mrs. North (1953) and Hong Kong (1961), the latter with actor Rod Taylor, among the leading men with whom she was linked romantically. She died of heart disease in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 11, 2018.


Politics and Military

Abbas Amir-Entezam (86) Iranian official who served a 17-year sentence for allegedly spying for the US. Amir-Eentezam was spokesman and deputy of Mehdi Bazargan, first prime minister after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In December 1979 Amir-Entezam was convicted of spying for the US and sentenced to life in prison. He was released 17 years later. His conviction was based on documents seized from the US Embassy when hard-liners stormed it at the height of the revolution. He denied the allegations and was widely known as the longest-serving political prisoner in Iran. He died in Tehran, Iran after suffering a seizure caused by illness, on July 12, 2018.

Tom Gallagher (77) US Foreign Service officer who used to say that during his long career he worked in countries where he might have been imprisoned or worse if officials learned he was gay. For much of that time his home country wasn’t welcoming either. He had to keep his sexual orientation hidden to stay on the job. After coming out—Gallagher is widely recognized as the first Foreign Service officer to do so publicly—he left the service in 1976 but lived to see and benefit from a transformation that not only allowed him to resume his government career but also saw him celebrated in State Department publications. Gallagher died of a staph infection and a heart condition, in Wall Township, New Jersey on July 8, 2018.

Peter Carington, Lord Carrington (99) long-serving British politician, last survivor of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s government. Known for being both refined and personable, Carington was an agriculture minister in Churchill’s post-World War II government and later held several of the top jobs in British politics, including defense secretary and foreign secretary. He also was NATO secretary-general in the mid-‘80s when there was a clear thawing in relations between Washington and Moscow. A hereditary peer, his title was Lord Carrington—with a double r, although his surname had only one. He died in London, England on July 9, 2018.

Robert D. Ray (89) former longtime Iowa governor who helped thousands of Vietnam War refugees to relocate to the state and defined Iowa’s Republican politics for years. Ray never faced a serious election challenge during his 14 years as governor. He once said that his approach to governing was simple: leave politics out of the decision-making process. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years and died in Des Moines, Iowa on July 8, 2018.

Pat Swindall (67) former US congressman, a Georgia Republican from Atlanta’s eastern suburbs before his political career was derailed by a perjury conviction. Swindall served two terms in Congress from 1985–89, a time when Georgia’s political landscape was dominated by Democrats. When Swindall was elected to Congress in 1984, beating five-term Democrat incumbent Elliott Levitas, Newt Gingrich was the only other Georgia Republican serving in the US House. But Swindall’s political career crumbled in 1988 under an indictment charging the congressman with perjury. He was accused of lying to a federal grand jury about a loan for construction on his luxury Stone Mountain home he negotiated with an undercover agent posing as a drug-money launderer. The scandal caused Swindall to lose his seat in 1988 to Democrat Ben Jones. Swindall was then convicted in 1989. After serving a one-year sentence, he went into commercial real estate and hosted a radio program about the intersection of politics and religion. He died in Johns Creek, Georgia on July 11, 2018.


Society and Religion

John A. Stormer (90) religious leader and right-wing activist whose self-published Cold War tract None Dare Call It Treason became a grassroots sensation in 1964 and a rallying point for the emerging conservative movement. A native of Pennsylvania who moved to Missouri in his 20s, Stormer was chairman of the state's Federation of Young Republicans when through his own Liberty Bell Press he released None Dare Call It Treason. He warned that the US was losing to the Soviet Union and was menaced by a “Communist-Socialist conspiracy to enslave America.” Stormer died in Troy, Missouri on July 10, 2018.


Sports

Len Chappell (77) former Wake Forest basketball all-American and NBA All-Star. The 6-foot-8 Chappell led the Demon Deacons to two Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles and the school’s only Final Four trip in 1962. He was the school’s first consensus all-American and was named ACC player of the year in 1961–62. Chappell was the No. 4 pick in the 1962 NBA draft and played nine seasons in the league, scoring more than 5,600 points. In 1964 he became the first Demon Deacons player selected to an NBA All-Star Game while with the New York Knicks. He underwent surgery for a brain hemorrhage incurred in a fall at his home in Waterford, Wisconsin last April, then had a stroke and developed pneumonia. He died in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, on July 12, 2018.

Frank Ramsey (86) All-American at Kentucky and member of seven NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics. Ramsey was a part of the Wildcats’ 1951 national championship team and a three-time All-American. The 6-foot-3 guard was selected by the Celtics in the first round of the 1953 NBA draft and began his professional career in ’54. He averaged double figures in eight of his nine seasons and 13.4 points per game for his career. His No. 23 jersey was retired by Boston. Ramsey died in Madisonville, Kentucky on July 8, 2018.

Lindy Remigino (87) had never won a major championship and was not even the best sprinter on his Manhattan College track team but nonetheless won the 1952 Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash in a monumental upset, then won a second gold medal in a relay. That year Remigino was a Manhattan College junior who did not appear to be on a path to make the Olympic team. That spring he finished third in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America track meet and fifth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships and did not qualify for the final in the Amateur Athletic Union national championships. But injuries struck some of America’s best sprinters, and he made the Olympic team by finishing second in the US trials. Remigino died of prostate cancer in Newington, Connecticut on July 11, 2018.

Hans Günter Winkler (91) German equestrian, a dominant force in show jumping for decades, competing at every Olympic Games from 1956–76 and winning seven medals. Winkler won five Olympic gold medals, one silver, and one bronze, the most of any Olympic show jumper. He also won world championships in 1954–55. His most successful partnership was with Halla, a mare he once described as “a mixture of genius and crazy goat.” Winkler died of cardiac arrest in Warendorf, Germany on July 9, 2018.


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