Click here to visit our website's sponsor

Caskets On Parade ... Book of the Dead - Recent Deaths
©2014 C.O.P. Audit Committee - file update generated 1-17-2014 at 20:31 GMT

  Caskets On Parade  >  Book of the Dead  >  Recent Deaths
Information in this file is tentative.
As further clarrifications of data are obtained
they may not be placed in this file.
Consult the main database entries for
the final version of the "facts".



former college/pro basketball player & coach  Mahdi Abdul-Rahman   played on UCLA's first championship team (1964) and later coached it (1985-8); he went on to play for a number of professional teams, including the L.A. Lakers
¤born: Walter Raphael Hazzard 
born on 4-15-1942 in Wilmington, Delaware
expired 11-18-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 69   cause: complications from heart surgery; stroke

DC Comics staffer (1946-81)  Jack Adler   was a cousin of Howard Stern
born on 4-16-1918 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 9-18-2011   age 93

Broadway composer  Richard Adler   with lyricist Jerry Ross wrote music for Damn Yankees & The Pajama Game
born on 8-3-1921 in New York, New York
expired 6-21-2012 in Southampton, New York   age 90

mooslim cleric/al-Qaeda terrorist  Anwar al-Awlaki   no longer recruiting other terrorists
¤born: Anwar Nasser Abdulla Aulaqi 
born on 4-22-1971 in Las Cruces, New Mexico
expired 9-30-2011 in Khasaf, Jawf province, Yemen   age 40   cause: assassinated; blow'd up by CIA drone mmissle

former Yukos vice president  Vasily Georgievich Aleksanyan
born on 12-15-1972
expired 10-3-2011 in Dozhd, Russia   age 38   cause: AIDS
   Contest Selectors
2010DTM3.7%


former Soviet super-heavyweight power lifter  Vasily Ivanovich Alekseev   won gold medals in the 1976 & 1980 Olympic games
born on 1-7-1942 in Pokrovo-Shishkino, Ryazan Oblast, Russia, USSR
expired 11-25-2011 in München, Bavaria, Germany   age 69   cause: "serious heart problems"

baseball outfielder  Mateo Rojas "Matty" Alou   brother of Jesús & Filipe; played for the Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, Athletics, Yankees & Padres (1960-74)
born on 12-22-1938 in Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
expired 11-3-2011 in Miami, Florida   age 72

Saudi Arabian crown price  Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
born on ??-??-1933 in Ta'if, Mecca Province, Saudi Arabia
expired 6-16-2012 in Geneva, Switzerland   age 78

Saudi Arabian crown prince  Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
expired 10-22-2011 in New York, New York   age 80   cause: colon cancer; Alzheimer's disease

classical trumpet virtuoso  Maurice André
born on 5-21-1933 in Ales, France
expired 2-25-2012 in Urrugne, Labourd, Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France   age 78

rapacious former United Way executive (1970-92)  William J. Aramony   served 6 years of a 7 year sentence for fraud Ᾱ he used organization $$$ to live large (including gifts t his teenage mistress Lari Villasor)
born on 7-27-1927 in Jewett City, Connecticut
expired 11-11-2011 in Alexandria, Virginia   age 84   cause: bone cancer; prostate cancer

singer/songwriter  Nickolas Ashford   sang with his wife (Valerie Simpson); wrote "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" & "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand" (amongst others)
born on 5-4-1941 in Fairfield, South Carolina
expired 8-22-2011 in New York, New York   age 70   cause: throat cancer

homosexual rights activist  Axel Axgil   companion/spouse of Eigil Axil
¤born: Aksel Johannes Lundhal-Madsen 
born on 4-3-1915 in Copenhagen, Denmark
expired 10-29-2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark   age 96   cause: complications from fall

tv director/title sequence designer  Reza Sayed Badiyi   directed episodes of Get Smart, Baywatch, The Rockford Files, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O (also did the opening titles) & Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (5 episodes)
born on 4-17-1930 in Arak, Iran
expired 8-20-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 81

actor  George Baker   played Tiberius in I, Claudius
born on 4-1-1931 in Varna, Bulgaria
expired 10-7-2011 in West Lavington, Wiltshire, England   age 80   cause: pneumonia; stroke

former New Hampshire representative (1955-63)  Perkins Bass
born on 10-6-1912 in East Walpole, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
expired 10-25-2011 in Peterborough, New Hampshire   age 99

character actress  Frances Bay   played the grandmother in Happy Gilmore
born on 1-23-1919 in Mannville, Alberta, Canada
expired 9-15-2011 in Tarzana, California   age 92   cause: infections
   Contest Selectors
2003RAVN5.6%
2004RAVN5.6%
2006NFG3.3%
2007NFG3.2%
2008NFG3.1%
2009NFG3.3%
2010NFG3.7%


 Baruj Benacerraf   shared the 1980 Nobel prize in medicine
born on 10-29-1920 in Caracas, Venezuela
expired 8-2-2011 in Boston, Massachusetts   age 90   cause: pneumonia

 Janice Marian Berenstain   co-creator of the Berenstain Bears
¤née: Grant 
born on 7-26-1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 2-24-2012 in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania   age 88   cause: stroke

"Don't Crush That Dwarf Hand me the Pliers" comedian  Peter Paul Bergman   with David Ossman, Phil Austin, and Phil Proctor founded the Firesign Theater troupe — they waited (in vain) for the electrician or somebody like him
¤onetime Mr. Maryedith Burrell 
born on 11-29-1939 in Cleveland, Ohio
expired 3-9-2012 in Santa Monica, California   age 72   cause: complications from leukemia

actress  Zina Bethune
¤Mrs. Sean Feeley 
born on 2-17-1945 in New York, New York
expired 2-12-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 66   cause: hit & run victim

Cahholic cardinal  Anthony Bevilacqua   the former archbishop of Philadelphia
born on 6-17-1923 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 1-31-2012 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania   age 88

grieving widow  Begum Nusrat Bhutto   widow of Zulfikar; mother of Benazir
born on 9-21-1929 in Kurdistan, Iran
expired 10-23-2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates   age 82
   Contest Selectors
2009GOHI3.3%
2010DGW3.7%


retired mechanical engineer  Julius Blank   was one of eight co-founders of the Fairchild Semiconductor Corp (1957); with Eugene Kleiner built the company's first chip making machines
born on 6-2-1925 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 9-17-2011 in Palo Alto, California   age 86

Versatones leader  Edward "Eddie" Blazonczyk Sr.
born on 7-12-1941 in Chicago, Illinois, United State of America
expired 5-21-2012 in Palos Heights, Illinois   age 70

OHIO Players frontman  LeRoy Roosevelt Bonner
¤nickname: Sugarfoot
born on 3-14-1943 in Hamilton, Ohio
expired 1-26-2013 in Trotwood, Ohio   age 69   cause: cancer

actor  Joseph Peter Breck   played Nick Barkley on The Big Valley tv western (1965-69)
born on 3-13-1929 in Haverhill, Massachusetts
expired 2-6-2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada   age 82   cause: complications from dementia

political lightning rod  Andrew Breitbart
born on 2-1-1969 in Los Angeles, California
expired 3-1-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 43   cause: heart attack

jazz valve trombonist  Robert Edward "Bob" Brookmeyer
born on 12-19-1929 in Kansas City, Missouri
expired 12-15-2011 in New London, New Hampshire   age 81

former ABC News political director (1978-99)  Harold Robinson "Hal" Bruno Jr.   reported on the Our Lady of Angels school fire (Dec. 1st, 1958); moderated the 1992 Vice Presidential debate between Dan Quayle, Al Gore & James Stockdale
born on 10-25-1928 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 11-8-2011 in Bethesda, Maryland   age 83   cause: heart arrhythmia; fall

jazz bassist  Gene Herbert "Joe" Byrd   performed with his brother Charlie
born on 5-21-1933 in Chuckatuck, Suffolk County, Virginia
expired 3-6-2012 in Edgewater, Maryland   age 78   cause: car crash

former N.Y. governor (1975-82)  Hugh Leo Carey
born on 4-11-1919 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 8-7-2011 in Shelter Island, Long Island, New York   age 92

former Oscars tv producer (1990-2008)  Gilbert Cates   Joesph's brother; Phoebe's uncle
¤born: Gilbert Lewis Katz 
born on 6-6-1933 in New York, New York
expired 10-31-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 78

former brothel owner/manager  Edna Milton Chadwell   was the last madame of the LaGrange, Texas 'Chicken Ranch' (purportedly the best little whorehouse in Texas), purchased from Jessie Williams (1962); it was shut down in 1973 following a tv story about it that named names (of politicians & other customers)
born on 1-3-1928 in Caddo County, Oklahoma
expired 2-25-2012 in Phoenix, Arizona   age 84   cause: complications from auto accident

actress  Diane Cilento   a former Mrs. Sean Connery (1962-73)
born on 10-5-1933 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
expired 10-6-2011 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia   age 79   cause: "a long illness"

character actor  Leonardo Anthony Cimino
born on 11-4-1917 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 3-3-2012 in Woodstock, New York   age 94   cause: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake survivor  Rose Cliver
born on 10-9-1902 in San Francisco, California
expired 2-18-2012 in Santa Rosa, California   age 109

Watergate figure  Charles Wendell "Chuck" Colson   after his jail time he found religion
born on 10-16-1931 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 4-18-2012 in Falls Church, Virginia   age 80   cause: complications from brain hemorrhage surgery

World War II veteran, attorney & author  Lynn D. "Buck" Compton   was the lead prosecutor in the Sirhan Sirhan case
born on 12-31-1921 in Los Angeles, California
expired 2-25-2012 in Burlington, Washington   age 90
   Contest Selectors
2010OIE3.7%


Soul Train creator & host  Donald Cortez Cornelius
born on 9-27-1926 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 2-1-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 75   cause: suicide; sunshot to head; "significant health issues"

1930s/40s radio writer/director/producer  Norman Lewis Corwin   also wrote movie screenplay for Lust For Life (1956)
born on 5-3-1910 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 10-18-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 101
   Contest Selectors
2005CSI4.3%
2006CSI3.3%
2008CSI3.1%
2009CSI, GOHI6.7%


retired University of Wisconsin-Madison population genetics researcher  James Franklin Crow   was instrumental in making forensic DNA testing commonplace (and acceptible by the courts)
born on 1-18-1916 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
expired 1-4-2012 in Madison, Wisconsin   age 95   cause: congestive heart failure

venture capitalist & historical footnote  Kenneth Harry Dahlberg   as a fundraiser for the 1972 Nixon re-election campaign passed-along an "anonymous" contribution of $25,000 to Creep ... an investigator later learned that it had been part of the money used to finance the Watergate breakin
born on 6-30-1917 in Saint Paul, Minnesota
expired 10-4-2011 in Deephaven, Minnesota   age 94   cause: pneumonia

political spouse  Margaret Ann "Maggie" Daley   wife of former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley
¤née: Corbett 
born on 7-21-1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
expired 11-24-2011 in Chicago, Illinois   age 68   cause: cancer
   Contest Selectors
2010RAVN3.7%


philanthropist  Rhoda-May Adamson Dallas   with siblings donated the land that the Pepperdine Malibu campus occupies
born on 2-14-1917 in Santa Monica, California
expired 10-14-2011 in Studio City, California   age 94

LPGA co-founder  Bettye Mims White Danoff   once beat Babe Zaharias (as an amateur; 1947)
¤aka: "Mighty Mite" 
born on 5-21-1923 in Grand Prairie?, Texas
expired 12-22-2011 in Plano?, Texas   age 88

professional modelbuilder  Richard C. Datin Jr.   constructed the Enterprise starship for the original tv series, based upon Matt Jeffries' design; went on to be the founding curator of the Nevada State Railroad Museum at Carson City (1979)
born on 10-10-1929 in Syracuse, New York
expired 1-24-2011 in Reno, Nevada   age 81

retired former MIT Radiation Lab physicist  Lee Davenport   was credited as the developer of the SCR-584 semi-trailer mounted radar unit
born on 12-31-1915 in Schenectady, New York
expired 9-30-2011 in Greenwich, Connecticut   age 95   cause: cancer

former Oakland Raiders player  Benjamin Earl Davidson   did some of the Miller Lite beer commercials; acted in Conan the Barbarian, Necessary Roughness & M*A*S*H
born on 6-14-1940 in Los Angeles, California
expired 7-3-2012 in San Diego, California   age 72   cause: prostate cancer

NFL Oakland Raiders owner (1963-his death)  Allen "Just Win, Baby" Davis
born on 7-4-1929 in Brockton, Massachusetts
expired 10-8-2011 in Oakland, California   age 82
   Contest Selectors
2007ADWC, OIE6.5%
2008OIE3.1%
2010OIE3.7%


architect  Arthur Quentin Davis   co-designer of the Louisiana Superdome
born on --1920 in New Orleans, Louisiana
expired 11-30-2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana   age 91

Dr.  John H. Davis   was the model for Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H
born on --1924
expired 1-16-21-2012 in Burlington, Vermont   age 87

 Rauf Raif Denktaş   former president of Turkish Republic of North Cyprus
born on 1-27-1924 in Baf, Cyprus
expired 1-13-2012 in multiple organ failure; stroke; heart condition   age    cause: 87
   Contest Selectors
2000 IVY14%


former soccer star  Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Olivieria M.D.
born on 2-19-1954 in Belém do Pará, Brazil
expired 12-4-2011 in São Paulo, Brazil   age 57   cause: septic shock; respiratory failure; renal failure

tv screenwriter & director  Walter J. Doniger
born on 7-1-1917 in New York, New York
expired 11-24-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 94   cause: Parkinson's disease

screenwriter  Robert James DOzier   was the son of William Dozier, stepson of Ann Rutherford & husband of Diana Muldaur; was a writer/producer of the Harry O tv crime drama
born on 7-18-1930
expired 1-6-2012 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts   age 81   cause: prostate cancer

aeronautical engineer  James Robert "Jim" Drake   inventor of the Windsurfer sailboard (1967)
born on 1-8-1929 in Los Angeles, California
expired 6-19-2012 in Pfafftown, North Carolina   age 83   cause: complications from lung disease

actress  Paulette Dubost   had been one of the last surviving cast members of La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game; 1939); she played chamber maid Lisette
¤born: Paulette Marie Emma Deplanque
ex-Mrs. André Ostertag (1936-44) 
born on 10-8-1910 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
expired 9-21-2011 in Longjuneau, Île-de-France, France   age 100
   Contest Selectors
2007RR3.2%
2008RR3.1%
2009CSI, RR6.7%
2010CSI, RR7.4%


boxing trainer & corner man  Angelo Dundee   trained Muhammad Ali, George Foreman & Sugar Ray Leonard
¤born: Angelo Mirena 
born on 8-30-1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 2-1-2012 in Clearwater, Florida   age 90   cause: heart attack

comedian  Victor Aloyisius Dunlop Jr.   a frequent guest on Make Me Laugh tv series
born on 11-6-1948 in New York, New York
expired 8-13-2011 in Glendale, California   age 62   cause: complications from diabetes

former Hewlett-Packard board chair  Patricia Cecile Dunn   pulled a Nixon ... her "plumbers unit" got caught spying on the board of directors
¤married surname: Dunn-Jahnke 
born on 3-27-1953 in Burbank, California
expired 12-4-2011 in Orinda, California   age 58   cause: ovarian cancer; melanomma; breast cancer
   Contest Selectors
2007DFFC, MOT6.5%
2008DFFC, DGW, MORB, QKU12.5%
2009ANG, DFFC, DGW, DTM, MORB, QKU20.0%
2010ANG, DFFC, DGW, DTM, LMLD, MORB, QKU22.2%


character actor & dialect coach  Robert Easton   played the Klingon judge that sentenced Kirk & McCoy to "life" on Rurapenthe in Star Trek VII: The Undiscovered Country
¤born: Robert Easton Burke 
born on 11-23-1930 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
expired 12-16-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 81

businessman  Norman Wilson Edmund   was the founder of Edmund Scientific
born on --1916 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 1-16-2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida   age 95

Delta bluesman  David "Honeyboy" Edwards
born on 6-28-1915 in Shaw, Mississippi
expired 8-29-2011 in Chicago, Illinois   age 96   cause: congestive heart failure
   Contest Selectors
2007RR3.2%
2009RR3.3%
2010RR3.7%


punk-rock singer  Marianne Joan Elliot-Said   did her thang with the X-Ray Spex band
¤aka: "Poly Styrene"
not to be confused with: poly-propylene, poly-vinyl chloride, poly-brominated bi-phenyl, polyurethane-polyurea copolymer or Polly wanna cracker? 
born on 7-3-1957 in Bromley, Kent, England
expired 4-26-2011 in East Sussex, England   age 53   cause: cancers (breast, spinal, lung)

author/movie director  Nora Ephron
¤ex-Mrs. Dan Greenburg (1967-76)
ex-Mrs. Carl Bernstein (1976-80)
Mrs. Nicholas Pileggi 
born on 5-19-1941 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 6-26-2012 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 71   cause: pneumonia; acute myeloid leukemia

corn-pone food purveyor  Danny Wood Evins   founder of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant chain (1969)
born on 10-11-1935 in Smithville, Tennessee
expired 1-14-2012 in Lebanon, Tennessee   age 76   cause: cancer

actor  James Farentino
born on 2-24-1938 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 1-24-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 73   cause: "a lengthy illness"

candy maker  Nello V. Ferraro   son of the company founder (1908); came up with Lemon Heads (1962), Atomic Fireballs (1954) & Boston Baked Beans
born on 11-28-1918 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 2-3-2012 in River Forest, California   age 93

candy maker  Nello V. Ferraro   son of the company founder (1908); came up with Lemon Heads (1962), Atomic Fireballs (1954) & Boston Baked Beans
born on 11-28-1918 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 2-3-2012 in River Forest, California   age 93

actress  Margaret Field   mother of actress Sally Field
¤born: Margaret Morlan
ex-Mrs. Richard Dryden Field (1942-50) & Jock Mahoney (1952-??) 
born on --1923 in Houston, Texas
expired 11-6-2011 in Malibu, California   age 89   cause: cancer

operatic baritone  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
¤born: Albert Dietrich Fischer 
born on 5-28-1925 in Berlin, Germany
expired 5-18-2012 in Berg, Upper Bavaria, Germany   age 86

former Copper League (baseball) bat boy  Thomas P. "Tommy" Foy Sr.   worked with disgraced Chicago White(/"Black") Sox players Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandil, Buck Weaver, Lefty Williams; was a survivor of the World War II Bataan death march
born on 10-19-1914 in Silver City, New Mexico
expired 10-8-2011 in Bayard, New Mexico   age 96

former heavyweight boxer  Joseph William "Joe" Frazier
born on 1-12-1944 in Beaufort, South Carolina
expired 11-7-2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   age 67   cause: liver cancer

former actress  Rose Marie Freeman   appeared in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) & 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957); widow of Hawaii Five-O creator Leonard Freeman — oversaw the series reboot (2010)
¤née: Emma
nom-de-cinema: Joan Taylor 
born on 8-18-1929 in Lake Forest, Illinois
expired 3-4-2012 in Santa Monica, California   age 82

actor  John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid   played Barnabas Collins on the Dark Shadows tv vampire series
born on 12-2-1924 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
expired 4-14-2012 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada   age 87

character actor  Alan Fudge
born on 2-27-1944 in Witchita, Kansas
expired 10-10-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 67   cause: lung & liver cancer

novelist  Carlos Fuentes Macias
born on 11-11-1928 in Panama City, Panama
expired 5-15-2012 in Mexico City, Mexico   age 83

pollster  George Horace Gallup III
born on 4-9-1930 in Evanston, Illinois
expired 11-21-2011 in Princeton, New Jersey   age 81   cause: liver cancer

former Motorola CEO (1959-86)  Robert William "Bob" Galvin   was son of the founder
born on 10-9-1922 in Marshfield, Wisconsin
expired 10-11-2011 in Chicago, Illinois   age 89

actor  Ben Gazzara   on Broadway played Brick in original production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955); had lead in They All Laughed & played a porn mogul in The Big Lebowski
¤born: Biagio Anthony Gazara 
born on 8-28-1930 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 2-3-2012 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 81   cause: pancreatic cancer
   Contest Selectors
2009GOHI3.3%


politician  Manfred Gerlach   was the last head-of-state for East Germany (1989-90)
born on 5-8-1928 in Leipzig, Germany
expired 10-17-2011 in Berlin, Germany   age 83

mobster  Vito William "Billy Jack" Giacalone   brother of Tony Jack; probably the last person to know what actually happened to Jimmy Hoffa
born on 4-16-1923 in Detroit, Michigan
expired 2-19-2012 in Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan   age 88

cartoonist/illustrator  Jean Henri Gaston Giraud   provided the characters and situations for the Taarna segment of Heavy Metal (1981)
¤aka: "Moebius" «or» "Gir" 
born on 5-8-1938 in Nogent-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France
expired 3-10-2012 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 73   cause: cancer

physicist & businessman  Jacob E. "Jack" Goldman   as Xerox's chief scientist founded the Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) in 1970, hiring Dr. George Pake to run it — it came up with such innovations as ethernet, the laser printer, the Graphical User Interface (with the ubiquitous "mouse") & the ALTO personal computer; he was unable to convince the Xerox management to take advantage of everything that they had developed
born on 7-18-1921 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 12-20-2011 in Westport, Connecticut   age 90   cause: congestive heart failure

tv music composer  Joel Goldsmith   wrote the themes & incidental music for Stargate: SG1 and Stargate: Universe
born on 11-19-1957 in Los Angeles, California
expired 4-29-2012 in Hidden Hills, CAlifornia   age 54   cause: cancer

original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer  Don Grady   appeared on series as Don in its third season (1957-58); later appeared on My Three Sons tv series; brother of Lani O'Grady
¤born: Don Agrati 
born on 6-8-1944 in San Diego, California
expired 6-27-2012 in Thousand Oaks, California   age 68   cause: cancer

singer  Dobie Gray   had hits with "The 'In' Crowd" (1965) & "Drift Away" (1973)
¤born: Laurence Darrow Brown «or» Leonard Victor Ainsworth 
born on 7-26-1940 in Simonton, Texas
expired 12-6-2011 in Nashville, Tennessee   age 71   cause: cancer

electrical engineer  Wilson Greatbatch   with Chardack & Gage was a co-developer of one of the first implantable heart pacemakers (1960)
born on 9-6-1919 in Buffalo, New York
expired 9-27-2011 in Amherst, New York   age 92

former Playboy associate art director (1955-58)  Norman "Norm" Harris
born on 2-13-1923 in Oak Park, Illinois
expired 6-18-2013 in Chicago, Illinois   age 90

Project Gutenberg founder (1971)  Michael Stern Hart   Inventor of electronic books; also a crank, curmudgeon, pain-in-the-ass, ...
born on 3-8-1947 in Tacoma, Washington
expired 9-6-2011 in Urbana, Illinois   age 64   cause: heart attack

super-geezer  Chiyono Hasegawa   was (briefly) the oldest person in the world
born on 11-20-1896 in Japan
expired 12-2-2011 in Saga Prefecture, Japan   age 115
   Contest Selectors
2012ADWC


former Oregon senator (1967-97)  Mark Odom Hatfield
born on 7-12-1922 in Dallas, Oregon
expired 8-7-2011 in Portland, Oregon   age 89
   Contest Selectors
2005PCD4.3%
2006PCD3.3%
2007ANG, PCD6.5%
2008PCD3.1%


mathematician  Herbert Aaron Hauptman   shared the 1985 Nobel prize in chemistry
born on 2-14-1917 in The Bronx, New York, New York
expired 10-23-2011 in Buffalo, New York   age 94

playwright  Václav Havel   did stint as president of Czechoslovakia
born on 10-5-1936 in Prague, Czechoslovakia
expired 12-18-2011 in Hrádeček, Czech Republic   age 75   cause: respiratory failure?
   Contest Selectors
2002DTM, RAVN18.2%
2003ANG, RAVN11.1%
2004ANG, DTM, RAVN16.7%
2005DTM4.3%
2006DTM3.3%
2007DTM, LMLD6.5%
2009LMLD3.3%
2010LMLD3.7%


publishing/media executive  George Randolph Hearst Jr   had twin sister Phoebe (Hearst) Cooke)
born on 7-13-1927 in San Francisco, California
expired 6-25-2012 in Palo Alto, California   age 84   cause: complications from stroke

media heir  John Randolph "Bunky" Hearst III   a grandson of Citizen Hearst
born on 12-8-1933 in New York, New York
expired 11-9-2011 in New York, New York   age 77

actor/singer/tv performer  Johannes "Jopie" Heesters   had the 'good luck' of performing for the Nazis
¤born: Johan Marius Nicolaas Heesters 
born on 12-5-1903 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, The Netherlands
expired 12-24-2011 in Stamberg, Bavaria, Germany   age 108
   Contest Selectors
2006DTM, WEP6.7%
2007DTM, WEP6.5%
2008ANG, DTM, WEP9.4%
2009DTM, OED, WEP10.0%
2010DTM, WEP7.4%


actor  Robert Hegyes   played Epstein in Welcome Back Kotter tv sitcom
born on 5-7-1951 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
expired 1-26-2012 in Metuchen, New Jersey   age 60   cause: heart attack

drummer/actor/vocalist  Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm   played with The Band (as a drummer/percussionist, mandolin & guitar player); appeared in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) & The Right Stuff (1983)
born on 5-26-1940 in Elaine, Arkansas
expired 4-19-2012 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 71   cause: throat cancer

mobster  Henry Hill   his exploits became the basis for the movie Goodfellas (1990), portrayed in the movie by Ray Liotta
born on 6-11-2043 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 6-12-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 69   cause: heart failure

pro golfer  James David "Dave" Hill
born on 5-20-1937 in Jackson, Michigan
expired 9-27-2011 in Jackson, Michigan   age 74   cause: emphysema

author, atheist, provocateur  Christopher Eric Hitchens   we expected that his written attacks on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc. would have been rewarded with a big-time fatwa on his ass; no such luck ... the smokes & booze did him in (precipitating his terminal cancer)
born on 4-13-1949 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
expired 12-16-2011 in Houston, Texas   age 62   cause: esophageal cancer

ex-MLB player  Elmer Ralph Hodgin   was an outfielder & 3rd baseman for the Boston Bees & Chicago White Sox (1939-48)
born on 2-10-1915 in Greensboro, North Carolina
expired 10-4-2011 in Burlington, North Carolina   age 96

Playboy February 1964 Playmate of Month  Nancy Jo Hooper
¤real name: Nancy Ann Harrison Fisk 
born on 7-17-1943 in Spartanburg, South Carolina
expired 11-15-2012 in Charleston, South Carolina   age 69

 Delores Reade Hope   Bob's widow
¤née: DeFina 
born on 5-27-1909 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 9-19-2011 in Toluca Lake, California   age 102
   Contest Selectors
2000KLS14%
2001KLS12½%
2002CMH9.1%
2003KLS, OGGI11.1%
2004ADWC, KLS11.1%
2005ADWC, ANG, KLS, SLIM17.4%
2006ADWC, ANG, KLS, LMLD, SSH, 4GUE20.0%
2007ADWC, ANG, KLS, LMLD, RPRM, 4GUE19.4%
2008ADWC, ANG, BOD, KLS, OIE, RPRM, TFM, 4GUE25.0%
2009ADWC, ANG, BOD, GOHI, JCM, KLS, PCD, RPRM, RR, TFM33.3%
2010ADWC, ANG, BOD, CSI, JCM, KLS, OIE, PCD, RPRM, RR37.0%


weirdo-movie director  Gualtiero Jacopetti   with Franco Prosperi & Paolo Cavara directed Mondo Cane (1962; "a dog's world"), which opened the flood gates for Mondo Cane 2 (1963), Mondo Topless (1966) & Mondo Trasho (1969)
born on 9-4-1919 in Barga, Italy
expired 8-17-2011 in Rome, Italy   age 91

Apple Computer co-founder & NeXT Computer founder  Steven Paul Jobs   former owner of Pixar and CEO of Apple computer
born on 2-24-1955 in San Francisco, California
expired 10-5-2011   age 56   cause: neuroendocrine tumors
   Contest Selectors
2005TBC4.3%
2006DFFC3.3%
2009DGW, GAS, GOHI, JCM, MoFa, QKU, RAVN, RIE, TBC, TFM33.3%
2010ANG, BOD, DGW, GREB, LMLD, MORB, QKU, RAVN, REPR33.3%


aviatrix  Evelyn Bryan Johnson   has the most logged hours of any pilot
¤aka: "Mama Bird" 
born on 11-4-1909 in Corbin, Kentucky
expired 5-10-2012 in Morrisotwn, Tennessee   age 102

geezer  Evelyn Bryan Johnson
¤born: Evelyn Stone 
born on 11-4-1909 in Corbin, Kentucky
expired 5-10-2012 in Jefferson City, Tennessee   age

businessman  Thomas J. Johnson   founded Celestron, maker of portable Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes
born on 1-1-1923
expired 3-13-2012 in California   age 89

World War II soldier  Edward Joseph Joint   was one of the "Band of Brothers" of Easy Company
born on 2-18-1923 in Erie, Pennsylvania
expired 5-12-2012 in Millcreek, Pennsylvania   age 89   cause: strokes; heart problems

'Daydream Believer'  David Thomas "Davy" Jones   he was the short, cute, British member of the Monkees singing group
born on 12-30-1945 in Openshaw, Manchester, Lancashire
expired 2-29-2012 in Stuart, Florida   age 66   cause: heart attack

movie/tv writer/director/producer  Harry "Hal" Kanter   comedy writer for Bing Crosby & Ed Wynn; created/produced/wrote the George Gobel Show and Julia (1967); executive producer of All In The Family; his dad created the Classics Illustrated comics
born on 12-18-1918 in Savannah, Georgia
expired 11-6-2011 in Encino, California   age 92   cause: complications from pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
2009PCD3.3%


author & former Time and Washington Post correspondent  Stanley Karnow   wrote Vietnam: A History (1983); made his way onto Nixon's Enemies List
born on 2-4-1925 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 1-27-2013 in Potomoac, Maryland   age 87   cause: congestive heart failure

JFK & LBJ political hack/advisor  Nicholas de Belleville Katzenback
born on 1-17-1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 5-8-2012 in Skillman, New Jersey   age 90

cartoonist  William Aloysius "Bil" Keane   draws the Family Circus strip (1960-present); was the 1982 Reuben Award winner
born on 10-5-1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 11-8-2011 in Paradise Valley, Arizona   age 89
   Contest Selectors
2003MJ5.6%
2004MJ, TAP11.1%
2005ANG4.3%
2006ANG3.3%
2007ANG3.2%


tennis player & jurist  Robert Joseph Kelleher   former U.S. Lawn Tennis Association head (1967-68); was a U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California
born on 3-5-1913 in New York, New York
expired 6-20-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 99

an original Universal Studios contract actress  Barbara Kent   played Faith Corey in Dumbbells in Ermine (1930)
¤born: Barbara Cloutman
Mrs. Harry Edington (1932-his death in 1949)
Mrs. Jack Monroe ( -his death in 1998) 
born on 12-16-1907 in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada
expired 10-13-2011 in Palm Desert, California   age 103
   Contest Selectors
2006CSI, NFG6.7%
2007NFG3.2%
2008ANG, NFG, RR9.4%
2009ANG, CSI, NFG, RR13.3%
2010CSI, NFG, RR11.1%


retired MIT biochemist  Har Gobind Khorana   shared the Nobel prize in medicine in 1968
born on 1-9-1922 in Raipur, Punjab, British India
expired 11-9-2011 in Concord, Massachusetts   age 89

North Korean drama queen/dictator (1994-2011)  Kim Jong Il
¤childhood name: Yura
aka: "Menta Lee Il" 
born on 2-16-1941 in Khabarovsk, Siberia, USSR
expired 12-17-2011 in North Korea   age 70   cause: exhaustion (freakishly-clenched sphincters); strokes; heart disease; diabetes; liquid diarrhea farts; priapism; hypotrophic scrotum; psoriasis; chaffed cloaca; halitosis; dandruff; navel lint; paranoia
   Contest Selectors
2003ABRA, TAP11.1%
2004ABRA, TAP11.1%
2006XXX3.3%
2007GREB3.2%
2008GREB3.1%
2009GREB, LMLD, MORB, QKU, RR, XXX20.0%
2010ANG, GREB, LMLD, MORB, NFG, PCD, QKU, RR, XXX33.3%


Another SFBMoFo Los Angeles Police beating victim  Rodney Glen King   on 11/28/07 was shot with a pellet gun --- he called police, but when they responded he was drunk & uncooperative — are we surprised?
born on 4-2-1965 in Sacramento, California
expired 6-17-2012 in Rialto, California   age 47   cause: drowned; cardiac arrhythmia; alcohol, marijuana, PCP & cocaine ingestion
   Contest Selectors
2006XXX3.3%


soft-porn director  Zalman King   made Two Moon Junction (1988), Wild Orchid (1990), Red Shoes Diaries (1992) & Delta of Venus (1995); wrote & co-produced 9½ Weeks
¤born: Zalman Lefkovitz 
born on 5-23-1942 in Trenton, New Jersey
expired 2-3-2012 in Santa Monica, California   age 69   cause: cancer

sleazy/schlocky painter  Thomas Kinkade   best known for his velvet-backed portrait of Lighthouses Playing Poker
born on 1-19-1958 in Sacramento, California
expired 4-6-2012 in Monte Sereno, California   age 54   cause: actue alcohol & valium poisoning

 William Standish Knowles   2001 Nobel Chemistry co-laureate
born on 6-1-1917 in Taunton, Massachusetts
expired 6-13-2012 in Chesterfield, Missouri   age 95   cause: complications from ALS

pinball designer/'wizard'  Steve Kordek   worked for Genco Pinball Co., Bally Manufacturing and Williams Manufacturing, retiring in 1999; introduced two flippers to games (1948), drop targets (1962) & multi-ball play (1963)
born on 12-26-1911 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 2-19-2012 in Park Ridge, Illinois   age 100   cause: complications from fall

former Hang Sen Bank research department head  Stanley Shih Kuang Kwan   came up with an index (metric) for the Hong Kong stock market (the Hang Sen Index; 11/24/1969)
born on 1-10-1925 in British Hong Kong Colony
expired 12-31-2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada   age 86

MAD magazine contributor  Paul I. Laikin
born on 10-24-1927 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 5-12-2012 in West Babylon, New York   age 84

tv vitamin huckster  Donald D. Lapre   in June 2011 indicted on 41 counts of various (illegal) shenanigans (conspiracy, mail fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, ...); was about to go on trial
born on 5-19-1964 in Massachusetts
expired 10-2-2011 in Florence, Arizona   age 47   cause: suicide

gay rights plaintiff  John Geddes Lawrence Jr.   after 1998 arrest on trumped-up charges sued and won pioneering case (Lawrence v. Texas; 2003)
born on 8-2-1943 in Beuamont, Texas
expired 11-20-2011 in Houston, Texas   age 68   cause: heart condition

rock music lyricist  Jerome "Jerry" Leiber   partnered with Mike Stoller to write "Hound Dog", "Yakety Yak", "Stand By Me", "On Broadway", "Jailhouse Rock", "Poison Ivy", "Charlie Brown", "Love Potion No. 9" and many more titles
born on 4-25-1933 in Baltimore, Maryland
expired 8-22-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 78   cause: cardiopulmonary failure

songwriter/music producer  Paul Theodore Leka   co-wrote "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss him Goodbye)" for Steam (1969); wrote/produced the Lemon Pipers' 1967 hit "Green Tambourine"
born on 2-20-1943 in Bridgeport, Connecticut
expired 10-12-2011 in Sharon, Connecticut   age 68   cause: lung cancer

bagel maker  Murray I. Lender   son of the company founder & longtime company spokesman
born on --1930 in New Haven, Connecticut
expired 3-21-2012 in Miami, Florida   age 81   cause: complications from fall; stroke

musicologist, harpsichordist & orchestra conductor  Gustav Leonhardt   was a proponent of "early" music
born on 5-30-1928 in 's-Graveland, North Holland, The Netherlands
expired 1-16-2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands   age 83

World War II soldier  Joseph A. Lesniewski   was one of the "Band of Brothers" of Easy Company
born on 8-29-1920 in Erie, Pennsylvania
expired 5-23-2012 in Erie, Pennsylvania   age 91

hayseed comedian  George Lindsey   played Goober on The Andy Griffith Show; was a regular on Hee-Haw
born on 12-17-1928 in Fairfield, Alabama
expired 5-6-2012 in Nashville, Tennessee   age 83

former major league outfielder  Daniel Webster "Danny" Litwhiler   played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1940-3), St. Louis Cardinals (1943-6), Boston Braves (1946-8) & Cincinnati Reds (1048-51); coached college baseball at Florida State (1955-63) & Michigan State University; first to use radar gun to clock a pitcher's ball speed
born on 8-31-1916 in Ringtown, Pennsylvania
expired 9-23-2011 in Clearwater, Florida   age 95
   Contest Selectors
2008RR3.1%
2009CSI, RR6.7%
2010CSI, RR7.4%


 Ralph Lomma   "the father of miniature golf"
born on 3-13-1924 in Scranton, Pennsylvania
expired 9-12-2011 in Scranton, Pennsylvania   age 87

fire-scarred character actor  Richard Hugh Lynch   portrayed Baran in Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Gambit" Parts 1 & 2 (1993)
born on 2-12-1940 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 6-18-2012 in Yucca Valley, California   age 72   cause: heart attack

February 2006 Playboy Playmate of Month  Cassandra Lynn
¤born: Cassandra Lynn Jensen
Mrs. Gary Hensley 
born on 8-15-1979 in Price, Utah
expired 1-15-2014   age 34   cause: drowned; drug overdose

U of Nairobi professor Dr.  Wangari Muta Maathai   «The Green Belt Movement» author; winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize
born on 4-1-1940 in Ihithe village, Tetu division, Nyeri District, East Africa Protectorate (Kenya)
expired 9-26-2011 in Nairobi, Kenya   age 71   cause: cancer

percussionist & songwriter  Ralph MacDonald   wrote "Just the Two of Us", "Where is the Love?" & "Calypso Breakdown"
born on 3-15-1944 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 12-18-2011 in Stamford, Connecticut   age 67   cause: lung cancer

retired broadcast journalist  John Joseph Madigan   father of actress Amy Madigan; was the first host of Face the Nation on CBS;former news director of WBBM tv in Chicago; helped design & transition it's AM station to all-news format
born on 1-11-1918 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 3-5-2012 in Lauderhill, Florida   age 94   cause: complications from stroke

bluegrass singer & banjo picker  Wade Eckard Mainer   formed the Sons of The Mountaineers group
born on 4-21-1907 in Weaverville, Buncombe County, North Carolina
expired 9-12-2011 in Flint, Michigan   age 104   cause: congestive heart failure

sci-fi/fantasy novelist  Anne Inez McCaffrey   creator of the Dragonriders of Perm series; recipient of the 1968 Hugo & 1969 Nebula awards
born on 4-1-1926 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
expired 11-21-2011 in Dragonhold-Underhill, County Wicklow, Ireland   age 85   cause: stroke

artificial intelligence pioneer  John McCarthy   invented the LISP computer programming language (1960); received the 1971 A.M. Turing Award; developed the concept of computer time-sharing
born on 9-4-1927 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 10-23-2011 in Palo Alto, California   age 84

singer  Eugene Booker McDaniels   had hits with A Hundred Pounds of Clay (1961), Chip, Chip (1962) & Tower of Strength (1961)
born on 2-12-1935 in Kansas City, Missouri
expired 7-29-2011 in Kittery Point, Maine   age 76   cause: "a brief illness"

former Newsday reporter/columnist  Michael Robinson "Mike" McGrady   with Harvey Aaronson lead the band of goofs that penned Naked Came the Stranger (1969) under the pen name "Penelope Ashe"
born on 10-4-1933 in New York, New York
expired 5-13-2012 in Shelton, Washington   age 78   cause: pneumonia

singer  Dorothy McGuire   with sisters Christine & Phyllis formed the McGuire Sisters singing group
born on 2-13-1928 in Middletown, Ohio
expired 9-7-2012 in Paradise Valley, Arizona   age 84   cause: Parkinson's disease

character actor  William "Bill" McKinney   played the one of the hillbilly rapists in Deliverance (1972) & was the assassin in The Parallax View (1974); his website was www.squeallikeapig.com
born on 9-12-1931 in Chattanooga, Tennessee
expired 12-1-2011 in Van Nuys, California   age 80   cause: esophageal cancer

actress  Patricia Paz Maria Medina
born on 7-19-1919 in Liverpool, England
expired 4-28-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 92

Michigan retailer  Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer   "Why pay more?" (To get more, fool.); ironically (or appropriately) he died on (retail) Black Friday ("Why live more?")
born on 12-7-1919 in Greenville, Michigan
expired 11-25-2011 in Grand Rapids, Michigan   age 91   cause: stroke
   Contest Selectors
1979 YJ7.7%


character actor  Sid Melton   played Ichabod Mudd on the Captain Midnight tv series (1950s) & Alf Monroe on Green Acres
¤born: Sidney Meltzer 
born on 5-22-1917 in New York, New York
expired 11-2-2011 in Burbank, California   age 94   cause: pneumonia

shipping magnate  Maersk Mc-Kinney Moeller   ran A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S; son of the company founder (Arnold Peter Moeller)
born on 7-13-1913 in Copenhagen, Denmark
expired 4-16-2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark   age 98

Fritz's daughter  Eleanor Jane Mondale
¤ex-Mrs. Keith Van Horne & Greg Thunder
Mrs. Chan Poling 
born on 1-19-1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
expired 9-17-2011 in Prior Lake, Minnesota   age 51   cause: glioblastoma; anaplastic astrocytoma
   Contest Selectors
2006CSI, DFFC, LMLD, QKU, RAVN, RR20.0%
2007ABRA, ANG, AUDC, DFFC, DGW, DTM, GREB, QKU, RAVN, RPRM, RR35.5%
2008CSI, DFFC, GREB, QKU, RAVN, RPRM, RR21.9%
2009ADWC, ANG, CSI, GAS, GREB, LMLD, QKU, RAVN, RPRM, RR33.3%
2010ADWC, ANG, BYE, CSI, DFFC, DTM, GAS, GREB, LMLD, QKU, RAVN, RPRM, RR48.1%


actor  Harry Morgan   appeared on Dragnet (1967-70) and M*A*S*H (1975-83)
¤born: Harry Bratsburg 
born on 4-10-1915 in Detroit, Michigan
expired 12-7-2011 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California   age 96   cause: pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
2000BOD, SPAM29%
2001BOD, NFG, ROTS37½%
2002BOD, RAVN18.2%
2003OGGI, RAVN11.1%
2004BOD, LMLD, NFG16.7%
2005BOD, NFG8.7%
2006BOD, LMLD, NFG, TFM, 4GUE16.7%
2007BOD, BONY, DTH, GOHI, LMLD, NFG, TFM, 4GUE25.8%
2008BOD, GAS, GOHI, NFG, OIE, RPRM, TFM, 4GUE25.0%
2009BOD, GAS, NFG, RPRM, TFM16.7%
2010ADWC, BOD, GAS, LMLD, NFG, REPR, RPRM25.9%


jazz drummer, bandleader, composer  Stephen Paul Motian   performed with the Bill Evans trio & with Keith Jarrett
born on 3-25-1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 11-22-2011 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 80   cause: complications from myelodisplastic syndrome

character actor  George Murdock   appeared on Star Trek and The X-Files
born on 6-25-1930 in Salina, Kansas
expired 4-30-2012 in Burbank, California   age 81   cause: cancer

former Mackinac Island Grand Hotel owner  Robert Daniel "Dan" Musser II   had owned all 682 feet of its veranda (purchased from his uncle in 1979)
born on 4-29-1932
expired 4-13-2013 in Lansing, Michigan   age 80   cause: congestive heart failure

Playboy December 1968 Playmate of Month  Cynthia Jeanette Myers   appeared in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
born on 9-12-1950 in Toledo, Ohio
expired 11-3-2011 in California   age 61   cause: lung cancer

rapper  Dwight Arrington Myers
¤aka: "Heavy D
born on 5-24-1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica
expired 11-8-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 44   cause: "respiratory issues"

actor  Charles Napier   played Adam in original Star Trek episode The Way to Eden (1969), General Denning in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Little Green Men (1995) and homicidal pervert Harry Sledge in Supervixen (1975)
born on 4-12-1936 in Scottsville, Kentucky
expired 10-5-2011 in Bakersfield, California   age 75

film/tv director  Silvio Narizzano   "Hey There ..., " he made Georgy Girl (1966)
born on 2-8-1927 in Montreal, QUebec, Canada
expired 7-26-2011 in Greenwich, England   age 84

character actress  Shirley Champbers Nash   appeared in several movies and shorts that featured the Three Stooges
born on 12-20-1913 in Seattle, Washington
expired 9-11-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 97

former child actor  William A. "Billy" Naylor   did a number of silent-era Our Gang commedies; as an adult worked for Warner Brothers as a casting director & sound editor
born on 9-22-1916 in San Francisco, California
expired 10-5-2011 in Vero Beach, California   age 95

robber, kidnapper, multiple murderer  Donald Neilson
¤born: Donald Nappey
aka: "Black Panther" 
born on 8-1-1936 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
expired 12-18-2011 in Norwich prison, Mousehold Heath, Norwich, Norfolk, England   age 75   cause: pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
2010WEP3.7%


character actor  John Reginald Neville   played title role in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), was the Well-manicured Man on The X-Files (1993-98) & portrayed Isaac Newton in the Star Trek: Next Generation episode "Descent: Part 1" (1993)
born on 5-2-1925 in London, England
expired 11-19-2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada   age 86   cause: Alzheimer's disease

Playboy August 1956 Playmate of Month  Jonnie Faye Nicely
born on 2-25-1936 in Fort Smith, Arkansas
expired 2-6-2013 in Los Angeles, California   age 76   cause: complications from cancer

tv viewing researcher  Arthur Charles Nielsen Jr.   son of the company founder
born on 4-8-1919 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 10-5-2011 in Winnetka, Illinois   age 92   cause: Parkinson's disease
   Contest Selectors
2007RIE3.2%
2008RIE3.1%
2009RIE3.3%
2010RIE3.7%


longtime Hugh Hefner secretary  Mary Eugenia O'Connor   appeared on the Girls Next Door cable tv series
¤née: Feuchtinger 
born on 8-8-1928 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 1-27-2013 in Sherman Oaks, California   age 84   cause: lymphoma

former Nigerian military officer  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu   led the breakaway Nigerian province named the Republic of Biafra (1967-70)
born on 11-4-1933 in Zungeru, Nigeria
expired 11-26-2011 in London, England   age 78   cause: complications from stroke

activist  Carl Oglesby   former president of SDS (1965-66); run out of the organization because he wasn't Marxist enough
born on 7-30-1935 in Akron, Ohio
expired 9-13-2011 in Montclair, New Jersey   age 76   cause: metastacized lung cancer

ALS researcher Dr.  Richard Koch Olney
born on 12-15-1947 in München, Bavaria, Germany
expired 1-27-2012 in Marin County, California   age 64   cause: ALS
   Contest Selectors
2007DTM3.2%
2008DTM3.1%
2009DTM3.3%
2010DTM3.7%


Indiana University political scientist  Elinor Claire Ostrom   shared the the 2009 Nobel in economics
¤née: Awan
Mrs. Vincent Ostrom 
born on 8-7-1933 in Los Angeles, California
expired 6-12-2012 in Bloomington, Indiana   age 78   cause: pancreatic cancer

mail order firm founder  Werner Otto
born on 8-13-1909 in Seelow, Brandenburg, German Empire
expired 12-21-2011 in Berlin, Germany   age 102

engineer/inventor  Edward Arthur Pauls   came up with the idea for the Nordic Track exercise equipment (1976)
born on 8-28-1931 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
expired 10-9-2011 in Montrose, Colorado   age 80   cause: complications from Alzheimer's disease

Chun King (1947) & Jeno's Pizza (1967) purveyor  Jeno Paulucci
¤born: Luigino Francesco Paolucci 
born on 7-7-1918 in Aurora, Minnesota
expired 11-24-2011 in Duluth, Minnesota   age 93

former Illinois senator (1967-85)  Charles Harting Percy   heir to the Bell & Howell "fortune"; father of twins Sharon and Valerie
born on 9-27-1919 in Pensacola, Florida
expired 9-17-2011 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 91   cause: Alzheimer's disease

oldster  Lana Peters   daddy was a dictator; she bailed on him, defecting in 1967
¤born: Svetlana Iosifovna Stalina
changed to: Svetlana Alliluyeva (1953)
ex-Mrs. William Wesley Peters 
born on 2-28-1926 in Moscow, Russia
expired 11-22-2011 in Richland Center, Wisconsin   age 85   cause: colon cancer

former CBS News White House correspondent  Robert Charles "Bob" Pierpoint
born on 5-16-1925 in Redondo Beach, California
expired 10-22-2011 in Santa Barbara, California   age 86   cause: complications for surgery; broken hip

tunesmith  Lee Julian Pockriss   wrote a number of tunes (along with lyricist Paul Vance); his most famous would probably be Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (1960 hit for Brian Hyland)
born on 1-20-1924 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 11-14-2011 in Bridgewater, Connecticut   age 87   cause: complications from stroke

former Ford president (1990-93)  Harold Arthur "Red" Poling
born on 10-14-1925 in Troy, Michigan
expired 5-12-2012 in Pacific Grove, California   age 86

Zenith Radio Corp engineer/inventor (1935-82)  Eugene J. Polley   came up with the first tv remote control — the Flashmatic — that used a flashlight-like device to signal to the tv to change channels or raise/ower the audio (1955)
born on 11-29-1915 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 5-20-2012 in Downers Grove, Illinois   age 96

professional poker player  Thomas Austin Preston Jr.
¤aka: "Amarillo Slim
born on 12-31-1928 in Johnson, Arkansas
expired 4-29-2012 in Amarillo, Texas   age 83   cause: colon cancer

formerly-quirky Libyan qrakpot  Muammar al Qadhafi
¤full name: Moamar Abu Minyar al-<insert-favorite-spelling
born on 6-7-1942 in Sirt, Italian Libya
expired 10-20-2011 in Sirt, Rebel-controlled Libya   age 69   cause: executed; gunshots to head; Predator drone missles; Karma
   Contest Selectors
1979HP, RR15.4%
1980DW, HA12.5%
2000BOD14%
2001BOD12½%
2002BOD9.1%
2004BOD, TAP11.1%
2005BOD4.3%
2006BOD, HH, TFM10.0%
2007BOD, TFM6.5%
2008BOD3.1%
2009BOD3.3%
2010BOD3.7%


former Afghan president (1992-96)  Burhanuddin Rabbani   overthrown by the Taliban; briefly came back as president in 2001
born on ??-??-1940 in Badakhstan Province, Afghanistan
expired 9-20-2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan   age 70   cause: assassinated; suicide bomber wearing exploding turban

 Norman Foster Ramsey Jr.   1989 Nobel co-laureate in physics — his work lead to the development of atomic clocks
born on 8-27-1915 in Washington, District of Columbia
expired 11-4-2011 in Wayland, Massachusetts   age 94

former auto dealer  Jim Rathmann   won the Indy 500 race in 1960
¤real name: Royal Richard Rathmann 
born on 7-16-1928 in Alhambra, California
expired 11-23-2011 in Palm Bay, Florida   age 83   cause: stroke

character actress  Joyce Redman   as Mrs. Waters gave a memorable display of lust & gluttony in Tom Jones (1963)
¤widow of Charles Wynne-Roberts 
born on 12-9-1915 in County Mayo, Ireland
expired 5-10-2012 in Kent, England   age 96   cause: pneumonia

original Platters co-founder & vocalist  Herbert Reed   sang on "Only You" & "The Great Pretender"
born on 8-7-1928 in Kansas City, Missouri
expired 6-4-2012 in Arlington, Massachusetts   age 83   cause: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Unix co-developer  Dennis MacAlister Ritchie   also co-developed the C programming language; shared the 1983 A.M. Turing Award; had retired from Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies
born on 9-9-1941 in Bronxville, New York
expired 10-8-2011 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey   age 70   cause: tbd

blues composer/instrumentalist  Samuel Carthorne Rivers II   performed on the saxophone, flute, clarinet, harmonica & piano
born on 9-25-1923 in El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma
expired 12-26-2011 in Orlando, Florida   age 88   cause: pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
1980 DR6.3%


actor  Clifford Parker Robertson III   won best actor Oscar for Charly (1968); portrayed Hugh Hefner in Star 80 (1983); blew the whistle on David Begelman (who had forged his signature on a check to buy more drugs)
¤ex-Mr. Cynthia Stone & Dina Merrill (1966-88) 
born on 9-9-1923 in La Jolla, California
expired 9-10-2011 in Stony Brook, New York   age 88

comic book artist  Sherrill David "Jerry" Robinson   while working on the early Batman comics co-created The Joker (1940) and created Robin
born on 1-1-1922 in Trenton, New Jersey
expired 12-7-2011 in Staten Island, New York, New York   age 89

 Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham   Hillary's mom
¤née: Howell 
born on 6-4-1919 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 11-1-2011 in Georgetown, Maryland   age 92
   Contest Selectors
2005SLIM4.3%
2007DGW3.2%
2008DGW3.1%
2009DGW3.3%
2010DGW3.7%


retired 60 Minutes kvetch  Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney   had been on CBS since before the invention of pixels
born on 1-14-1919 in Albany, New York
expired 11-4-2011 in New York, New York   age 92   cause: complications from surgery
   Contest Selectors
1979 7.7%
2001ROTS12½%
2004EOD, SS11.1%
2005BOD, BYE, GHG13.0%
2006BOD, BONY, BYE, GHG, TFM16.7%
2007BOD, BONY, BYE, GOHI12.9%
2008ANG, BOD, BYE, GAS, GOHI, OED, RPRM, SBAP25.0%
2009ANG, BOD, BYE, GAS, OED, RPRM, SBAP23.3%
2010BOD, BYE, GAS, REPR, RIE, RPRM18.5%


old politician  Albert Dean Rosellini   was governor of Washington State (1957-65); had been the oldest living (ex-)governor at the time of his death
born on 1-21-1910 in Tacoma, Washington
expired 10-10-2011 in Seattle, Washington   age 101   cause: pneumonia

droll New Yorker cartoonist (1937-2012)  Al Ross
¤born: Abraham Roth 
born on 10-19-1911 in Roumania
expired 3-22-2012 in The Bronx, New York, New York   age 100

publisher  Barnet Lee "Barney" Rosset Jr.   brought "Tropic of Cancer" & "Lady Chatterly's Lover" to American reading rooms
born on 5-28-1922 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 2-21-2012 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 89   cause: complications from double heart valve replacement

cartoonist & illustrator  Hyman Lloyd "Hy" Roth   his work appeared frequently in Playboy from the 1960s through the 1990s; he also did illustrations for "Chicago" & the "Chicago Tribune" magazines; he did promo materials for Dick Orkin's 1960 radio serials (Chicken Man, The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy & You Had to be There)
born on 4-12-1937 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
expired 12-21-2011 in Evanston, Illinois   age 74   cause: cardiac arrest

 Frank Sherwood Rowland   shared the 1995 Nobel prize in chemistry
born on 6-28-1927 in Delaware, Ohio
expired 3-10-2012 in Corona del Mar, California   age 84   cause: Parkinson's disease

lawyer & futurist  Jerome Sanford Rubin   guided the development of the Lexis legal database (1973) as well as the Nexis news database; joined MIT's Media Lab (1992); co-founded E Ink (1997); predicted that the book would become obsolete (1989); predicted electronic newspapers (2000)
born on 3-9-1925 in New York, New York
expired 1-9-2012 in New York, New York   age 86   cause: stroke

director  Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell   unleashed Lisztomania (1975), Tommy (1976) & Lair of the White Worm (1988) on an unsuspecting public
born on 7-3-1927 in Southampton, Hampshire, England
expired 11-27-2011   age 84   cause: strokes

Watergate attorney  Henry Swartley Ruth Jr.   was an assistant to Archibald Cox when he was fired
born on 4-16-1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 3-16-2012 in Tucson, Arizona   age 80   cause: stroke

writer  Dora Jessie Saint
¤née: Shafe
pen name: "Miss Read" 
born on 4-17-1913
expired 4-7-2012 in Newbury, Berkshire, England   age 98

purported megageezer  Talib Samejo
born on --1861 in British India
expired 4-3-2012 in Mehndri-Jo-Par, Umerkot district, Pakistan   age 150

orchestra conductor  Kurt Sanderling
born on 9-19-1912 in Arys, East Prussia, German Empire (now Orzysz, Poland)
expired 9-17-2011 in Berlin, Germany   age 98

Guinea-Bissau president (9/8/2009-1/9/2012)  Malam Bacai Sanhá
born on 5-5-1947 in Dar Salam, Portugese Guinea
expired 1-9-2012 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 64   cause: complications from diabetes

former Village Voice film critic  Andrew George Sarris
born on 10-31-1928 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 6-20-2012 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 83   cause: complications from a fall

celebrity hair stylist  Vidal Sassoon   had his own line of hair care products
born on 1-17-1928 in London, England
expired 5-9-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 84

movie producer  Berton J. "Bert" Schneider   was a co-creator of The Monkees tv music group; produced Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Last Picture Show (1971), Hearts and Minds (1974; Best Documentary oscar) & Days of Heaven (1978)
born on 5-5-1933 in New York, New York
expired 12-12-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 78

comic book writer  Alvin Schwartz   in the 1940s & 50s wrote for Superman, Batman and other comic books (created Bizarro Superman); co-recipient of the 2006 Bill Finger Award
born on 11-17-1916 in New York, New York
expired 10-28-2011   age 94   cause: heart-related complications

elder KKK goon  James Ford Seale   as a ignorant peckerwood Mississippi county sheriff's deputy kidnapped Charles Eddie Moore & Henry Hezekiah Dee and delivered them into the hands of their murderers; his partner in the crime, Charles Marcus Edwards, turned states evidence on his sorry ass; had been living in Roxie, Mississippi; convicted in Federal court June 2007 & sentenced to life imprisonment
born on 6-25-1935 in Mississippi
expired 8-2-2011 in Terre Haute, Indiana   age 76
   Contest Selectors
2008RR3.1%
2009RR3.3%


magazine cartoonist  Ronald William Fordham Searle   as a World War II prisoner of war worked on the infamous Siam-Burma railway; has drawn for Punch, The Sunday Express and other publications; recipient of the 1960 Reuben Award; he drew the animated opening credits, intermission & closing credits for Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965)
born on 3-3-1920 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
expired 12-30-2011 in Draguignan, Var, Provence, France   age 91
   Contest Selectors
2008CSI, RR6.3%
2009RR3.3%
2010CSI, RR7.4%
2012CSI, RR


Coptic Church pope (1971-2012)  Shenouda III
the 117th Pope of Alexandria
   died on the 8th day of Peremhat in the year 1728 of the Coptic (Alexandrian) calendar
¤born: Nazeer Gayed Roufail 
born on 8-3-1923 in Asyut, Upper Egypt, Egypt
expired 3-17-2012 in Cairo, Egypt   age 88   cause: respiratory failure; liver failure; liver disease; diabetes

 Robert B. Sherman   co-wrote Mary Poppins movie music with brother (1964); wrote "It's A SMall World After All" for the Disney exhibit at the 1964 WOrld's Fair in New York City
born on 12-19-1925 in New York, New York
expired 3-5-2012 in London, England   age 86

director/screenwriter  Kaneto Shinōo   made Children of Hiroshima
born on 4-28-1912 in Hiroshima, Japan
expired 5-29-2012 in Tokyo, Japan   age 100

minister  Fred Lee Shuttlesworth   a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
¤born: Freddie Lee Robinson 
born on 3-18-1922 in Mount Meigs, Alabama
expired 10-5-2011 in Birmingham, Alabama   age
   Contest Selectors
2010ANG3.7%


comics writer/artist  Joseph Henry "Joe" Simon   co-creator of the Captain America character (1940); co-founded his father-in-law's MAD knockoff — Sick humor magazine (1960)
¤born: Hymie Simon
pen names: "Gregory Sykes"; "Jon Henery" 
born on 10-11-1913 in Rochester, New York
expired 12-14-2011 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 98
   Contest Selectors
2008DTM3.1%


Munchkin "Herald" & "sleepyhead"  Karl Slover
¤born: Karl Kosiczky 
born on 9-21-1918 in Prakendorf, Germany
expired 11-15-2011 in Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia   age 93   cause: cardiopulmonary problems associated with old age

businessman  John Gray Smale Sr.   was CEO of Procter & Gamble (1981-90) and then CEO of General Motors (1992-95) after the ouster of Robert Stempel
born on 8-1-1927 in Listowel, Ontario, Canada
expired 11-19-2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio   age 84   cause: pulmonary fibrosis

former All-American football player & Police Academy actor  Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith   during his years at Michigan State the crowd would roar "Kill, Bubba, Kill!"; now they yell "Dead, Bubba, Dead!"
born on 2-28-1945 in Orange, Texas
expired 8-3-2011 in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, California   age 66
   Contest Selectors
2002 MORB9.1%


Playboy September 1961 Playmate of Month & 1962 Playmate of Year  Christa Speck   was married to puppeteer Marty Krofft (H.R. Puffenstuff)
born on 8-1-1942 in Danzig, Germany (now Gdansk, Poland)
expired 3-22-2013 in Los Angeles, California   age 70   cause: "natural causes"

Rockefeller University biologist  Ralph Marvin Steinman   shared the 2011 Nobel prize in Medicine for the discovery of the immune system's sentinel dendritic cells; died just before announcement of award but before the committee knew he was dead
born on 1-14-1943 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
expired 9-30-2011 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 68   cause: pancreatic cancer

artist, designer, illustrator  Dugald Robert Stermer   was the art director for Ramparts magazine (1964-70); designed the medals for the 1984 L.A. Summer Olympic games
born on 12-17-1936
expired 12-2-2011 in San Francisco, California   age 74   cause: respiratory & cardiac failure; skin cancer

Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising copy writer  Edyth Vaughn "Edie" Stevenson   wrote the original 1973 Life cereal "Mikey" ad ("...he hates everything.")
¤ex-Mrs. Jack Mann (1949-66)
"longtime partner" of: Gordon H. Price 
born on 9-18-1930 in Morristown, New Jersey
expired 12-13-2011 in Westport, Massachusetts   age 81   cause: complications from Alzheimer's disease

skateboarding innovator  Richard Larry Stevenson   created the Makaha skateboard
born on 12-22-1930
expired 3-25-2012 in Santa Monica, California   age 81   cause: Parkinson's disease

tv game show producer  Bob Stewart   created Password & the first incarnation of The Price is Right for Mark Goodson
¤born: Isadore L Steinberg 
born on 8-27-1920 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 5-4-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 91   cause: respiratory failure

character actor  Leonard J. Stone   played Doc Joslyn on the Camp Runamuck tv series (1966), Farnum in two episodes of Lost In Space (1967 & 68), Violet Beauregarde's father in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) & butler/concierge Charles in Soylent Green (1973)
born on 11-3-1923 in Salem, Oregon
expired 11-2-2011   age 87   cause: cancer

poetess  Ruth Stone
¤née: Perkins 
born on 6-8-1915 in Roanoke, Virginia
expired 11-19-2011 in Ripton, Vermont   age 96

former Laugh-In comic  Alan Grigsby Sues   was Uncle Al, the kiddies' pal
born on 3-7-1926 in Ross, California
expired 12-1-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 85   cause: heart attack
   Contest Selectors
2007AUDC3.2%


flamboyant boxing writer  Herbert Randolph "Bert" Sugar   a graduate of the University of Michigan (MBA 1959 & JD 1960)
born on 6-7-1937 in Washington, District of Columbia
expired 3-25-2012 in Mount Kisco, New York   age 74   cause: cardiac arrest; lung cancer

Chicago blues artist  Hubert Sumlin
born on 11-16-1931 in Greenwood, Mississippi
expired 12-4-2011 in Wayne, New Jersey   age 80   cause: heart failure

disco singer  Donna Summer   save the Last Dance for her
¤born: LaDonna Adrian Gaines
ex-Mrs Helmuth Summer
Mrs Bruce Sudano 
born on 12-31-1948 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 5-17-2012 in Key West, Florida   age 63   cause: cancer

1996 Nobel literature prize winner  Wislawa Szymborska
born on 7-2-1923 in Brin, Poland
expired 2-1-2012 in Krakaow, Poland   age 88   cause: lung cancer

ukelele virtuoso  William "Uncle Bill" Tapia
born on 1-1-1908 in Liliha, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Territory
expired 12-2-2011 in Westminster, California   age 103

"model"/"actress"  Marjorie Lee Thoreson   was the 1975 Penthouse Pet of the Month; played Messalina in the 1997 porn epic Caligula; won a $4,000,000 judgement against Guccione (1990) but later had it reduced to zilch by an appeals court; nude body found 1/4/2011 washed up on the beach
¤aka: "Anneka Vasta" & "Anneka Di Lorenzo" 
born on 7-??-1952 in Saint Paul, Minnesota
expired 1-2-2011 in Camp Pendleton, California   age 58   cause: broken neck; broken back; paranoia

former CBS News correspondent/anchor (1966-82; 1989-99)  Richard Threlkeld   husband of former CBS correspondent Betsy Aarons; he's the guy that Iraqi troops surrendered to while he was doing a story during the first Gulf War
born on 11-30-1937 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
expired 1-13-2012 in Amagansett, New York   age 74   cause: car crash; his Mini Cooper smashed head-on into a propane truck

classical violinist  Roman Totenberg   father of Nina
born on 1-1-1911 in Łódź, Poland
expired 5-8-2012 in Newton, Massachusetts   age 101   cause: renal failure

Commodore Business Machines founder (1955)  Jack Tramiel   was a holocaust survivor; made a number of early personal computers: the Commodore Pet, the VIC20, the Commodore 64 & 128, and the Amiga
¤born: Jacek Trzmiel 
born on 12-13-1928 in Łódź, Poland
expired 4-8-2012 in Monte Sereno, California   age 83

adult film actress & singer  Andrea True   had disco "hits" with "What's Your Name, What's Your Number" (1977) and "More, More, More" (1976, which she probably said a lot during her porno film career); appeared in Psyched for Sex (1974; aren't we all), Deep Throat, Part II (1974; as the Whacker Attacker under the nom-de-suckola 'Inger Kissen'), The Wetter the Better (1974; going down on 'Marc Spitts'?) and "Mash'd (1976; as Hot Pussy ... wait a minute, is this an oblique reference to 'lips'?)
¤real name: Andrea Marie Truden 
born on 7-26-1943 in Nashville, Tennessee
expired 11-7-2011 in Kingston, New York   age 68

radio/tv announcer  Richard Norton "Dick" Tufeld   had been the announcer on Space Patrol, The Time Tunnel & Lost in Space (also provided the voice of the Robot — "Warning Will Robinson"); narrated some Mr. Bubble commercials as well as the Zorro tv series
born on 12-11-1926 in Los Angeles, California
expired 1--2012 in Studio City, California   age 85   cause: heart failure; heart disease
   Contest Selectors
2007AUDC3.2%


Tongan  King George Tupou V
¤full name: Siaosi Tāufa̒āhau Manumataongo Tuku̒aho Tupou V 
born on 5-4-1948 in Tongatapu, Tonga
expired 3-18-2012 in Pokfulam, Hong Kong, China   age 63   cause: leukemia

Playboy January 1966 Playmate of Month  Judy Tyler
born on 12-24-1947 in Los Angeles, California
expired 6-18-2013   age 65   cause: complications from heart surgery

character actress  Susan Tyrell   played Gretchen Feester in the Open All Night sitcom (1981-2)
¤born: Susan Jilliam Creamer 
born on 3-18-1945 in San Francisco, California
expired 6-16-2012 in Austin, Texas   age 67   cause: heart attack; essential thrombocythemia

cartoonist  Jim Unger   drew the "Herman" panel strip
born on 1-21-1937 in London, England
expired 5-28-2012 in Saanich, British Columbia, Canada   age 75

retired L.A. police detective  Philip Lewis Vannatter   was the lead investigator in the Polanski rape case (1977) & Brown-Simpson/Goldman murders (1991)
born on 4-18-1941 in Griffisthville, West Virginia
expired 1-20-2012 in Santa Claria, California   age 70   cause: complications from cancer

costume designer  Theadora Van Runkle
born on 3-27-1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
expired 11-9-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 83   cause: lung cancer

Acoustic Research co-founder (1951)  Edgar Marion Villchur   came up with the acoustic suspension loudspeaker (1954); sold company & left to form the Foundation for Hearing Aid Research where he developed the multi-channel compression hearing aid (1967)
born on 5-28-1917 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 10-17-2011 in Woodstock, New York   age 94

Shuttle STS-57, 63, 83, 94 & 99 astronaut  Janice Elaine Voss
born on 10-8-1956 in South Bend, Indiana
expired 2-6-2012 in Scottsdale, arizona   age 55   cause: breast cancer

World War II French resistance fighter  Nancy Grace Augusta Wake   had been a Hearst reporter prior to the start of the war; recipient of numerous awards for heroism
¤widow of Henri Edmond Fiocca (1939-43) & John Forward (1957-97)
Gestapo nickname: "the White Mouse" 
born on 8-30-1912 in Wellington, New Zealand
expired 8-7-2011 in Richmond, London, England   age 98   cause: infection

character actor  Garry Walberg   played Lt. Frank Monahan on Quincy, M.E. & Hansen on original Star Trek series epsiode "Balance of Terror" (1966)
¤born: Gerrett Wallberg 
born on 6-10-1921 in Buffalo, New York
expired 3-27-2012 in Northridge, California   age 90   cause: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; congestive heart failure

singer/guitarist  Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson
born on 3-3-1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina
expired 5-29-2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina   age 89   cause: complications from colon surgery

columnist  Thomas Grey "Tom" Wicker   was riding in the presidential motorcade when Kennedy was assassinated; was an editor at the New York Times
born on 6-18-1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina
expired 11-25-2011 in Rochester, Vermont   age 85   cause: heart attack

Playboy July 1982 Playmate of Month  Lynda Ann Wiesmeier
born on 5-30-1963 in Washington, District of Columbia
expired 12-16-2012 in Ramona, California   age 49   cause: cancer of brain stem

schmaltzy pianist  Roger Williams
¤born: Louis Jacob Weertz 
born on 10-2-1924 in Omaha, Nebraska
expired 10-8-2011 in Los Angeles, California   age 87   cause: pancreatic cancer
   Contest Selectors
2007JCM3.2%
2008JCM3.1%
2009JCM3.3%
2010JCM3.7%


actor  Nicol Williamson   played Merlin in Excaliber (1981) & Sherlock Holmes in The Seven-per-cent Solution
born on 9-14-1938 in Hamilton, Scotland
expired 12-16-2011 in Amsterdam, Holland   age 73   cause: esophageal cancer

former American Greetings executive  Thomas Albert "Tom" Wilson Sr.   was also the Ziggy cartoonist (strip taken over by son)
born on 8-1-1931 in Grant Town, West Virginia
expired 9-16-2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio   age 80   cause: pneumonia

Laugh-In co-creator  Digby Wolf
born on 6-4-1929 in Felixstowe, England
expired 5-3-2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico   age 82   cause: cancer

stage & movie character actor  John Wood   earned numerous Tony nominations (won in 1976); played Dr. Stephen Falkyn in WarGames (1983) & Jeremy Talbot in Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
born on 7-5-1930 in Derbyshire, England
expired 8-6-2011 in Gloucestershire, England   age 81

country singer  John Robert "Johnny" Wright Sr.   husband of Kitty Wells
born on 5-13-1914 in Mount Juliet, Tennessee
expired 9-27-2011 in Madison, Tennessee   age 97
   Contest Selectors
2006OIE3.3%
2010OIE3.7%


businessman  Chaleo Yoovidhyu   invented the Krathing Daeng (Red Bull) energy drink (1970)
born on --1931 in Phichit, British Thailand
expired 3-17-2012 in Bangkok, Thailand   age 89

former Wall Street Journal columnist  Jeffrey Lloyd Zaslow   did the Ann Landers column after Eppie Lederer; co-authored "The Last Lecture" with Randy Pausch
born on 10-6-1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 2-10-2012 in Elmira, Michigan   age 53   cause: auto accident


Obituaries in this file range in age from "new" to three months old. Obituaries older than three months may still be found in the individual alphabetic files.
Top   Main

Errors in the data? Report them Here