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The Munchkin Coroner character actor  Meinhardt Frank Raabe   played the Munchkin Coroner in The Wizard of Oz (1939); originated the role of processed meat huckster "Little Oscar" (1936); has a B.S. in accounting from U-Wisconsin & an MBA
¤Raabe — rhymes with "Hobby" 
born on 9-2-1915 in Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin (nearby)
expired 4-9-2010 in Orange Park, Florida   age 94   cause: heart attack
   Contest Selectors
2002JAC, RR18.2%
2003ABRA, PCD, RR16.7%
2004PCD, RR11.1%
2005PCD, RR8.7%
2006DTM, KLS, LMLD, MOT, PCD, TFM20.0%
   Scored 3.1391 points

actor  Francisco "Paco" Rabal Valera   played Máximo Espejo in Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (1990)
born on 3-8-1925 in Águilas, Murcia, Spain
expired 8-29-2001 in Bordeaux, France   age 75
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
AKS: Rabani
Bahai leader  Ruhiyyih Rabbani   widow of Shoghi Effendi
¤born: Mary Sutherland Maxwell 
born on 8-8-1910 in New York, New York
expired 1-19-2000 in Haifa, Israel   age 89
Bahai leader (1921-57)  Shoghi Effendi Rabbani   his great-grandfather founded the religion
expired 11-4-1957 in London, England   age ??   cause: Asian flu
country-pop singer  Edward Thomas "Eddie" Rabbit
born on 11-27-1941 in New York, New York
expired 5-7-1998 in Nashville, Tennessee   age 56   cause: lung cancer
publicist  Wilmer T. "Bill" Rabe   Unicorn hunter, Stone-Skipper & Banisher of Words
born on 9-12-1921
expired 4-4-1992 in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan   age 70
physicist  Isidor Isaac Rabi   the 1944 Nobel physics laureate
born on 7-29-1898 in Rymanów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
expired 1-11-1988 in New York, New York   age 89
peace advocate  Leah Rabin   widow of Yitzhak
¤born: Leah Schlossberg 
born on 4-28-1928 in Konigsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia)
expired 11-12-2000 in Tel Aviv, Israel   age 72   cause: cancer
violinist  Michael Rabin
born on 5-2-1936 in New York, New York
expired 1-19-1972 in New York, New York   age 35
Israeli political leader  Yitzhak Rabin   shared 1994 Nobel Peace prize
born on 3-1-1922 in Jerusalem, Palestine
expired 11-4-1995 in Tel Aviv, Israel   age 73   cause: assassinated
Yiddish writer  Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich   his story " Tevye the Milkman" was the basis of "Fiddler on the Roof"
¤pen name: "Sholem Aleichem
born on 3-2-1859 in Pereyaslav, Russian Empire
expired 5-13-1916 in New York, New York   age 57
elder sprinter  Philip Rabinowitz   according to the Guinness Book held the record for the 100+ crowd in the 100m dash — 30.86s
born on 2-16-1904 in Lithuania
expired 2-29-2008 in Cape Town, South Africa   age 104   cause: complications from stroke
   Contest Selectors
   Scored 4.6000 solo points

Sergei's widow  Natalie Rachmaninoff
expired 1-17-1951 in New York, New York   age 70
concert pianist, conductor, last of the Romantic period composers  Sergei Vassilyevich Rachmaninoff   a pupil of Tchaikovsky; wrote numerous orchestral works including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
born on 4-1-1873 in Oneg, Russia
expired 3-28-1943 in Beverly Hills, California   age 69
Decca records co-founder  Milton R. Rackmil
born on 2-12-1906
expired 4-2-1992   age 86
former RCA Records executive  Norman Racusin   instrumental in the development of the 8-Track Tape
born on 4-27-1920 in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
expired 4-29-2002 in Carlsbad, New Mexico   age 82   cause: stroke
former Red Sox relief pitcher  Richard Raymond "Dick" Radatz Sr.   a 1959 MSU graduate
born on 4-2-1937 in Detroit, Michigan
expired 3-16-2005 in South Easton, Massachusetts   age 67   cause: head injuries; fall down flight of stairs; heart attack
Negro league baseball player  Alexander "Alec" Radcliffe   younger brother of Ted Radcliffe; was one of the best third-basemen to play in the league
born on 6-26-1905 in Mobile, Alabama
expired 7-18-1983 in Chicago, Illinois   age 78
   Contest Selectors

Negro league baseball player  Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Radcliffe   given nickname by Damon Runyon for catching the first game of a doubleheader (in 1932 Negro League World Series), then pitching the second game
¤nickname: "Double Duty
born on 7-7-1902 in Mobile, Alabama
expired 8-11-2005 in Chicago, Illinois   age 103   cause: cancer
   Contest Selectors
2003DTM, JL, PCD16.7%
2004DTM, PCD11.1%
2005DTM, PCD, TMD13.0%
   Scored 2.8250 points

movie director  Alphonse Marie "Fons" Rademaker   won the Academy Award — Best Foreign Language Film — for De Aanslag (1986; The Assault)
born on 9-5-1920 in Roosendaal, The Netherlands
expired 2-22-2007 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands   age 86   cause: emphysema
al-Qaeda terrorist  Abu Hamza Radia   succeeded Abu Faraj al-Libbi as the #3 thug in the terrorist organization
expired 12-1-2005 in Asori, Pakistan   age ??   cause: assassinated; stinger missile strike from CIA Predator drone
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in May 1977 as part of SNL cast SNL comedienne/actress  Gilda Radner   wife of Gene Wilder
born on 6-28-1946 in Detroit, Michigan
expired 5-20-1989 in Los Angeles, California   age 42   cause: ovarian cancer
former Air Force reservist  Milo John Radulovich   in 1953, while studying meteorology at the University of Michigan, was given the bum's rush out of the reserves for refusing to denounce his father & sister during the McCarthy witch hunts; Ed Murrow got wind of it and named names (McCarthy's); Milo retired from the weather service after working for many years at the National Weather Service office in Lansing, Michigan (exiled to a frozen gulag ... and that's the summers!)
born on 10-28-1926 in Detroit, Michigan
expired 11-19-2007 in Vallejo, California   age 81   cause: complications from stroke
   Contest Selectors
   Scored 6.9000 solo points

Sir  Leon K. Radzinowicz   an academic criminologist at the University of Cambridge (1946-59)
¤born: Rabinowicz 
born on 8-15-1906 in Łódź, Poland
expired 12-29-1999 in Haverford, Pennsylvania   age 93
tv producer  Anthony Stanislas Radziwill   son of Lee & Prince Stanislas
¤title: Prince 
born on 8-4-1959 in Lausanne, Switzerland
expired 7-10-1999 in New York, New York   age 39   cause: cancer
Prince  Stanislas Radziwill   ex-husband of Lee Bouvier (1959-74)
expired 6-27-1976 in London, England   age 62   cause: heart attack
Nazi navy commander  Erich Raeder   convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg
born on 4-24-1876 in Wandsbek, Germany
expired 6-27-1976 in Kiel, Germany   age 100
retired Army Special Forces Colonel  Edson Duncan Raff   while head of 77th Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg outfitted his men with green berets (1954)
born on 11-15-1907 in New York, New York
expired 3-11-2003 in Garnett, Kansas   age 95
character actor  "Chips" Rafferty
¤real name: John Goffage 
expired 5-27-1971 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia   age 62   cause: heart attack
character actress  Frances Rafferty   played Ruth Henshaw on December Bride (1954-61) & Nancy on Pete and Gladys (1961-62)
born on 6-16-1922 in Sioux City, Iowa
expired 4-18-2004 in Paso Robles, California   age 81
Great Lakes sailor  Charles Robert Rafferty   First Cook (Steward) aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald
expired 11-10-1975 in Eastern Lake Superior, Canada   age 62   cause: drowned when ship foundered
retired notary & loser in life's lottery  André-François Raffray   in 1965 started paying Jean Calment $500 per month for the right to inherit her apartment in Arles
expired 12-25-1995 in Arles, France   age 77
Emmy-award winning tv director  Alan Rafkin
born on 7-23-1928 in New York, New York
expired 8-6-2001 in Los Angeles, California   age 73   cause: heart disease
actor  George Raft
¤born: George Ranft 
born on 9-26-1895 in New York, New York
expired 11-24-1980 in Hollywood, California   age 85   cause: leukemia
   Contest Selectors
1979 DO, HA, JW23.1%
1980 DO6.3%
   Scored 3.5000 solo points

Hair co-author/lyricist & star  Jerome Bernard Ragni
born on 9-11-1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
expired 7-10-1991 in New York, New York   age 48   cause: cancer
founding president of Bangladesh Sheik  Mujibur Rahman   never met Sirajul Islam or David Letterman; assassinated during military coup
born on 3-17-1920 in Tongipara, East Bengal, India
expired 8-15-1975 in Dacca, Bangladesh   age 55   cause: assassinated
actor  Raimu   played César Olivier in Marcel Pagnol's original productions of Marius (play: 1929; movie: 1931), Fanny (1931) & César (1936)
¤real name: Jules Muraire 
born on 12-18-1883 in Toulon, Val, France
expired 9-20-1946 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France   age 62
author/screen writer  Norman Reilly Raine   created Tugboat Annie in stories for the Saturday Evening Post; wrote screenplay for 1933 movie with Marie Dressler; won 1937 oscar for The Life of Émile Zola screenplay
born on 6-23-1895 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
expired 7-19-1971 in Woodland Hills, California   age 76
former Neshoba County (Mississippi) sheriff (1963-67)  Lawrence Andrew Rainey Sr.   acquitted of involvement in the 1964 murders of civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman & Schwerner
born on 3-2-1923
expired 11-8-2002 in Meridian, Mississippi   age 79   cause: throat & tongue cancer
actor  Claude Rains   appeared in Lawrence of Arabia and Captain Louie Renault in Casablanca ("Round up the usual suspects.")
born on 11-9-1889 in London, England
expired 5-30-1967 in Sandwich, New Hampshire   age 77   cause: intesinal hemorrhage
 Leo James Rainwater   shared the 1975 Nobel prize in physics
born on 12-9-1917 in Council, Idaho
expired 5-31-1986 in Yonkers, New York   age 68
character actor  Carl William "Bill" Raisch   best-known for playing Fred Johnson (the one-armed man) on The Fugitive (1963-67); lost part of arm during World War II
born on 4-5-1905 in North Bergen, New Jersey
expired 7-31-1984 in Santa Monica, California   age 79   cause: lung cancer
Broadway/stage actor/singer  John Emmet Raitt   originated the role of Billy Bigelow in Carousel (1945) & Sig Sorokin in Pajama Game (1954); father of singer Bonnie Raitt
born on 1-20-1917 in Santa Ana, California
expired 2-20-2005 in Pacific Palisades, California   age 88   cause: complications from pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
2002 MORB9.1%

AKS: Jon Rait Raight R8
first governor-general of India  Chakravarti Rajagopalachari
expired 12-26-1972 in Madras, India   age 94
Iranian president  Mohammed Ali Rajai
born on --1933 in Quazin, Persia
expired 8-30-1981 in Tehran, Iran   age 47   cause: bomb blast
Baghwan  Shree Rajneesh
¤born: Chandra Mohan Jain 
born on 12-11-1931 in Kuthwara, Madhya Predesh, India
expired 1-19-1990 in Poona, India   age 58   cause: heart disease
Stalinist Hungarian communist leader (1945-56)  Matyas Rakosi
expired 2-5-1971 in Gorki, Russia, USSR   age 78
movie music composer  David Raksin   wrote scores for Laura (1944) & Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
born on 8-4-1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 8-9-2004 in Van Nuys, California   age 92   cause: heart failure
   Contest Selectors
   Scored 5.8000 solo points

tv music composer/arranger  Donald E. Ralke   worked on 77 Sunset Strip, Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley; wrote Kookie - Lend Me Your Comb
born on 7-13-1920
expired 1-26-2000 in Santa Rosa, California   age 80
actress  Esther Ralston
born on 9-17-1902 in Bar Harbor, Maine
expired 1-14-1994 in Ventura, California   age 91
former Ice Capades skater  Vera Hruba Ralston   became an actress (sort of)
¤born: Vera Helena Hruba 
born on 6-21-1923 in Prague, Czechoslovakia
expired 2-9-2003 in Santa Barbara, California   age 79   cause: cancer
Siamese King  Rama IV   reigned 1851-68; hired Anna Leonowens as English teacher for his son (1862)
¤prior to ascension known as: Crown Prince Monghut 
born on 10-18-1804
expired 10-18-1868   age 64
Siamese King  Rama V   reigned 1868-1910; was taught English by Anna Leonowens (1862-67)
¤prior to ascension known as: Crown Prince Chulalongkorn 
born on 9-20-1853 in Bangkok, Siam
expired 10-23-1910 in Bangkok, Siam   age 57
Another SFBMoFo longtime Saddam Hussein crony  Taha Yassin Ramadan   had been the Vice President of Iraq (1991-2003)
¤real name: Taha Yassin al-Jezrawi 
born on --1938 in Mosul, Iraq
expired 3-20-2007 in Baghdad, Iraq   age 68   cause: executed; hanged
   Contest Selectors

Vedic astrologer  Bangalore Venkata Raman
born on 8-8-1912
expired 12-20-1998 in Bangalore, India   age 86   cause: heart attack
1930 Nobel physics laureate Sir  Chandrasekhara Venkatataman Roman   work led to invention of the laser spectrometer
born on 11-7-1888 in Tiruchinapalli, Tamil Nadu, British India
expired 11-21-1970 in Bangalore, India   age 82   cause: heart attack
AKS: Trichinopoly Madras
author  Erich Maria Remarque   wrote All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
expired 9-25-1970 in Locarno, Switzerland   age 72
character actress  Marjorie Rambeau   played Tugboat Annie in Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940; Ronald Reagan played Eddie Kent in the movie)
born on 7-15-1889 in San Francisco, California
expired 7-6-1970 in Palm Springs, California   age 80
gospel singer/songwriter  Joyce Reba "Dottie" Rambo
¤née: Lutrell 
born on 3-2-1934 in Madisonville, Kentucky
expired 5-11-2008 in Mount Vernon, Missouri (nearby)   age 74   cause: tour bus accident
Dallas leading man  Norman J. "Dack" Rambo   First Blood, Part HIV???
born on 11-13-1941 in DeLano, California
expired 3-21-1994 in DeLano, California   age 53   cause: AIDS
actress & fashion designer  Natacha Rambova   second wife of Rudolf Valentino
expired 6-5-1966 in Pasadena, California   age 69
Israeli Space Agency Shuttle STS-107 astronaut  Ilan Ramon   one of the pilots that took out Osirak, Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981
born on 6-20-1954 in Tel Aviv, Israel
expired 2-1-2003 in over north-central Texas   age 48   cause: disintegration of Shuttle Columbia during re-entry
French actor  Harold Ramond   named in Lupe Velez's suicide note as the father of the unborn child she carried
¤real name: Harald Maresch
aka: Harald Ramond 
born on 6-9-1916 in Vienna, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary
expired 12-7-1986 in West Hollywood, California   age 70
rock musician  Dee Dee Ramone
¤real name: Douglas Glenn Colvin 
born on 9-18-1952 in Fort Lee, Virginia
expired 6-5-2002 in Los Angeles, California   age 49   cause: heroin overdose
   Contest Selectors
1979 SB7.7%

rocker  Joey Ramone   provided the musical background for Rock and Roll High School (1979)
¤real name: Jeffrey Ross Hyman 
born on 5-19-1951 in New York, New York
expired 4-15-2001 in New York, New York   age 49   cause: lymphoma
   Contest Selectors
1979 SB7.7%

punk rock guitarist  Johnny Ramone
¤real name: John Cummings 
born on 10-8-1948 in Long Island, New York
expired 9-15-2004 in Los Angeles, California   age 55   cause: complications from prostate cancer
   Contest Selectors
1979 SB7.7%

Dr.  Santiago Ramón y Cajal   shared the 1906 Nobel prize in medicine for his work on the structure of the nervous system
born on 5-1-1852 in Petilla, Aragon, Spain
expired 10-18-1934 in Madrid, Spain   age 82
AKS: Ramon
flautist  Jean-Pierre Rampal
born on 1-7-1922 in Marseille, France
expired 5-20-2000 in Paris, France   age 78   cause: heart attack
Jean-Pierre's pop  Joseph Rampal
expired 1-11-1983   age 87
two-time Olympic medalist  Godfrey Lionel Rampling   as part of the British 4x400m relay team won silver medal in L.A. (1932) & gold medal in Berlin (1936); he was the last living gold medalist from the 1936 games; father of actress Charlotte Rampling
born on 5-14-1909 in Blackheath, London, England
expired 6-20-2009 in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England   age 100
chemist Sir  William Ramsay   his discovery of the Noble gases earned him the 1904 Nobel prize in chemistry
born on 10-2-1852 in Glasgow, Scotland
expired 7-23-1916 in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England   age 63
AKS: Ramsey
actress  Anne Ramsey   had title role in Throw Momma From The Train (playing Momma, NOT the Train); wife of Logan
¤born: Anne Mobley 
born on 9-1-1929 in Omaha, Nebraska
expired 8-11-1988 in Los Angeles, California   age 58   cause: throat cancer
Enid, Mississippi farmer  Augustus "Gus" Ramsey   one of the jurors in the "trial" of J.W. Milam & Roy Bryant for the murder of Emmett Till
born on --1907
expired ??-??-1962   age 55
World War I military veteran  Howard Verne Ramsey
born on 4-2-1898 in Rico, Colorado
expired 2-22-2007 in Portland, Oregon   age 108
murdered tot  JonBenét Patricia Ramsey   the case is still unsolved
born on 8-6-1990 in Atlanta, Georgia
expired 12-25-1996 in Bolder, Colorado   age 6   cause: murdered; asphyxia (garroted); craniocerebral trauma
AKS: JonBenet Jon Benet Bené
character actor  Logan Ramsey Jr.   widower of Anne; played proconsel Claudius Marcus in original Star Trek series episode Bread and Circuses (1968); his father (Sr.; stationed on Ford Island) sounded the alarm at Pearl Harbor at start of attack & sent radio message "Air Raid Pearl Harbor! This Is No Drill!"
born on 3-21-1921 in Long Beach, California
expired 6-26-2000 in Los Angeles, California   age 79
 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
1977 Miss West Virginia  Patricia Ann "Patsy" Ramsey   mother of murdered child (JonBenét)
¤née: Paugh 
born on 12-29-1956 in Parkersburg, West Virginia
expired 6-24-2006 in Roswell, Georgia   age 49   cause: brain cancer; ovarian cancer
   Contest Selectors
2006ANG, CSI, LMLD, RR, TBC16.7%
   Scored 7.7563 points

Indian youth  Ramu   was known as the "wolf boy"
expired 2-20-1985 in Lucknow, India   age 10
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in March 1964 author  Ayn Rand
¤born: Alissa Rosenbaum 
born on 2-2-1905 in Saint Petersberg, Russia
expired 3-6-1982 in New York, New York   age 77
   Contest Selectors
1980 BD, EB12.5%

inventor  James Henry Rand   co-founder of Sperry Rand Corp.
born on 11-18-1886 in North Tonawanda, New York
expired 6-3-1968 in Freeport, Bahamas   age 81
Corporate logos designed by Paul Rand graphic designer  Paul Rand   designed the ABC, IBM, UPS and Westinghouse logotypes
born on 8-15-1914 in New York, New York
expired 11-22-1996 in Norwalk, Connecticut   age 68   cause: multiple myeloma
celebrated ecdysiast  Sally Rand   famous for her Fan Dance; given stage name by C.B. DeMille
¤real name: Harriet Helen Gould Beck 
born on 1-2-1904 in Elkton, Missouri
expired 8-31-1979 in Glendora, California   age 75   cause: congestive heart failure
   Contest Selectors
1979 DO 7.7%
   Scored 5 solo points

printing firm co-founder (1856)  William H. Rand Sr.   started printing maps in 1872
born on 5-2-1828 in Quincy, Massachusetts
expired 6-20-1915 in New Canaan, Connecticut   age 87
Madagascan valiha virtuoso  Benjamin Sylvestre Randafison
born on --1928
expired 7-12-2003 in Antanaraarivo, Madagascar   age 75
tv writer  Bob Randall
¤born: STanley B. Goldstein 
born on 8-20-1937 in New York, New York
expired 2-11-1995 in New Milford, Connecticut   age 57   cause: AIDS
long-time glaucoma sufferer  Robert C. Randall   won legal right to smoke marijuana for medical relief of condition (1975)
born on 1-23-1948
expired 6-2-2001 in Sarasota, Florida   age 53   cause: complications from AIDS
actress  Sue Randall   played teacher Miss Landers on Leave It To Beaver (1958-62)
¤real name: Marion Burnside Randall 
born on 10-8-1935
expired 10-26-1984 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   age 49   cause: cancer
actor  Tony Randall   tv Odd Couple's Felix Unger
¤born: Leonard Rosenberg 
born on 2-26-1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
expired 5-17-2004 in New York, New York   age 84   cause: pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
2004NFG, SS11.1%
   Scored 5.3500 points

former Sea & Ski president (1961-69)  William B. Randall   made suntan lotion for pasty-white middle age beach visitors
born on 1-8-1920 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 11-2-2001 in Carlsbad, California   age 81
songwriter  Teddy Randazzo Sr.
¤born: Alessandro Randazzo 
born on 5-20-1937 in New York, New York
expired 11-21-2003 in Orlando, Florida   age 66   cause: heart attack
"Yakety" saxophonist  Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III   co-author of the song — one of Benny Hill's favorite ditties; one of the backup musicians on Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman"
born on 6-3-1927 in Paducah, Kentucky
expired 7-3-2007 in Nashville, Tennessee   age 80   cause: disconnection from respirator; brain death; subdural hematoma; cerebral hemorrhage
West Virginia rep. (1933-47) & senator (1958-85)  Jennings Randolph   wrote 26th Amendment to U.S. Constitution (18 year-old vote)
born on 3-8-1902 in Salem, West Virginia
expired 5-8-1998 in Saint Louis, Missouri   age 96
blacklisted Tony Award-winning stage/screen/tv character actor  John Randolph   a former boardmember of the Screen Actors Guild, Actor's Equity & AFTRA
¤born: Emmanuel Hirsch Cohen
renamed: Mortimer Lippman (by stepfather)
changed name in 1940 
born on 6-1-1915 in New York, New York
expired 2-24-2004 in Hollywood, California   age 88   cause: pneumonia
to next U.S. president: John Hancockto previous U.S. president: Henry Middletonto next U.S. president: Henry Middleton forgotten U.S. president  Peyton Randolph   first & third president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Association (9/5/1774-10/21/1774 & 5/10/1775-5/23/1775)
born on 9--1721 in Williamsburg, Virginia
expired 10-22-1775 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   age 54
movie producer Lord  Joseph Arthur Rank   his movies always started with the picture of a guy banging a large gong
born on 12-23-1888 in Hull, Yorkshire, England
expired 3-29-1972 in Winchester, England   age 83
Eisenhower Solicitor General  James Lee Rankin   Chief Council for the Warren Commission
born on 7-8-1907 in Nebraska
expired 6-26-1996 in Santa Cruz, California   age 88   cause: complications from strokes
pacifist  Jeanette Rankin   first women in congress (appointed & elected — 1917-1918 & 1941-42); voted against U.S. entry into World War I and World War II
born on 6-11-1880 in Missoula, Montana
expired 5-18-1973 in Carmel, California   age 92
Mississippi Representative (1921-53)  John Elliott Rankin   crusader for white supremacy; co-authored bills that created the TVA and the GI Bill of Rights
born on 3-29-1882 in Mississippi
expired 11-26-1960 in Tupelo, Mississippi   age 78
former (East) Indian prime minister (1991-6)  Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao
born on 6-28-1921 in Vangara village, Karimnagar Region, Andhra Pradesh, India
expired 12-23-2004 in New Delhi, India   age 83   cause: cardiac arrest
movie producer & MGM vice president  Harry Rapf
expired 2-6-1949 in Hollywood, California   age 68   cause: heart attack
Dartmouth professor & screenwriter  Maurice Harry Rapf   co-founder of the Writer's Guild of America; co-wrote live action segments of Song of the South (1946); blacklisted in 1947
born on 5-19-1914 in New York, New York
expired 4-15-2003 in Hanover, New Hampshire   age 88   cause: pneumonia
next-to-last Ziegfeld Girl  Dorothy Deborah "Dolly" Raphaelson   widow of Samson Raphaelson
¤née: Wegman 
born on 11-27-1904 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 11-7-2005 in New York, New York   age 100   cause: complications from heart ailment
playwright  Samson Raphaelson   wrote The Jazz Singer (1925); did screenplay for Heavan Can Wait
born on 3-30-1896 in New York, New York
expired 7-16-1983 in New York, New York   age 87
urban planner Dr.  Chester Rapkin   coined the designation "SoHo" for the Manhattan district south of Houston Street (1962)
born on 2-18-1918 in New York, New York
expired 1-28-2001 in New Brunswick, New Jersey   age 82   cause: pneumonia
composer  Joseph "Joe" Raposo
born on 2-8-1937 in Fall River, Massachusetts
expired 2-5-1989 in Bronxville, New York   age 51
writer, producer, director  Philip Rapp   created The Bickersons, Baby Snooks (for Fanny Brice); wrote & directed tv's Topper series
born on 3-26-1907
expired 1-23-1996   age 88
actor  David Rappaport
born on 11-23-1951 in London, England
expired 5-1-1990 in Laurel Canyon, San Fernando Valley, California   age 38   cause: suicide; gunshot to chest
party girl and "actress"  Virginia Rappe   her death after a booze-soaked party resulted in 3 murder trials for Roscoe Arbuckle
¤born: Virginia Rapp 
born on --1895 in New York, New York
expired 9-9-1921 in San Francisco, California   age 25   cause: peritonitis
director  Irving Rapper   directed Now Voyager (1942)
born on 1-18-1898 in London, England
expired 12-20-1999 in Woodland Hills, California   age 101
former Negro Leagues baseball team owner  Ted Rasberry   once owned the Kansas City Monrchs & Detroit Stars
expired 4-17-2001 in Kentwood, Michigan   age 89   cause: pneumonia; complications from heart attack & stroke; colitis
AKS: Raspberry
human-computer interface expert  Jef Raskin   was the 31st employee hired by Apple Computer (1978); started the Macintosh Computer project (1979), naming it after his favorite fruit (but spelling it differently because there was already an audio component company named McIntosh); left Apple in 1982 after conflicting with Steven Jobs over the project (the computer was introduced during the 1984 Super Bowl in a now-classic commercial); originated the idea of "drag and drop"
born on 3-9-1943 in New York, New York
expired 2-26-2005 in Pacifica, California   age 61   cause: pancreatic cancer
early General Motors investor  John Jakob Raskob   had the Empire State Building built
born on 3-12-1879 in Lockport, New York
expired 10-14-1950 in Centreville, Maryland   age 71   cause: heart attack
retired printer  Reginald Rasley   survived the December 6, 1917 Halifax explosion (debris from the Mont-Blanc came crashing down on the house he was occupying)
born on 8-17-1909 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
expired 4-22-2007 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   age 97
the original "mad monk"  Grigori Efimovich Rasputin   "advisor" to the last Romanov Czar Nicholas II
born on 1-23-1871 in Tobolsk, Russia
expired 12-31-1916 in Saint Petersburg, Russia   age 45   cause: poisoned, shot, drowned
meat packing house co-founder  John W. Rath
expired 12-22-1951 in Waterloo, Iowa   age 79
actor  Basil Rathbone   noted for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes; played Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, the Son of Frankenstein (1939)
born on 6-13-1892 in Johannesburg, South Africa
expired 7-21-1967 in New York, New York   age 75
 Mary Jane Rathbun   baked marijuana-laced brownies for AIDs and chemotherapy patients
¤aka: Brownie Mary 
born on 12-22-1923
expired 4-10-1999 in San Francisco, California   age 75
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
to next Pope: Pius XIIto previous Pope: Benedict XV Catholic Church leader (1922-1939)  Achille Ratti   elected 260th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
¤Pope Pius XI 
born on 5-31-1857 in Desio, Italy
expired 2-10-1939   age 81
 Johannes Rau   former president of Germany (1999-2004)
born on 1-16-1931 in Wuppertal-Barmen, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
expired 1-27-2006 in Berlin, Germany   age 75   cause: heart ailment
Hitler's niece & "close personal friend"  Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal
born on 6-4-1908 in Linz, Germany
expired 9-18-1931 in München, Germany   age 23   cause: suicide; gunshot to heart
AKS: Raulbel
activist/lawyer  Joseph L. Rauh
born on 1-3-1911
expired 9-3-1992   age 81
Scopes trial judge  John Tate Raulston
born on 9-22-1868 in Marion County, Tennessee
expired 7-11-1956 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee   age 87
Soviet space pioneer  Boris Rauschenbach   helped to photograph the dark side of the Moon
born on 1-18-1915 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
expired 3-27-2001 in Moscow, Russia   age 86
AKS: Raushenbach
pop artist  Robert Rauschenberg
¤born: Milton Ernst Rauschenberg 
born on 10-22-1925 in Port Arthur, Texas
expired 5-12-2008 in Captiva, Florida   age 82   cause: heart failure
packaging magnate Dr.  Gad Rausing PhD.   co-inventor (1952)/manufacurer of the Tetra Pak milk/beverage container
born on 5-12-1922 in Stockholm, Sweden
expired 1-28-2000 in Montreux, Switzerland   age 77
composer  Maurice-Joseph Ravel   wrote Bolero, a monumental contribution to mindless sexual rutting (just ask Bo)
born on 3-7-1875 in Ciboure, France
expired 12-28-1937 in Paris, France   age 62
familiar voice  Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft   second to give voice to Kellogg's spokestoon Tony the Tiger; sang song You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas; voice of Kirby in The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
born on 2-6-1914 in Norfolk, Nebraska
expired 5-22-2005 in Fullerton, California   age 91   cause: prostate cancer
   Contest Selectors
2005RR, TBC8.7%
   Scored 4.6500 points

screenwriter  Irving Ravetch   with wife Harriet Franklin, Jr. wrote screenplays for The Long, Hot Summer, Hud (1963) & Norma Rae (1979)
born on 11-14-1920 in Newark, New Jersey
expired 9-19-2010 in Los Angeles, California   age 89   cause: "a lingering illness"
novelist  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings   won 1939 Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling
born on 8-8-1896 in Washington, District of Columbia
expired 12-14-1953 in Saint Augustine, Florida   age 57   cause: cerebral hemorrhage
stage actress  Eugenia R. Rawls
¤Mrs. Donald Seawell 
born on 9-11-1913 in Macon, Georgia
expired 11-8-2000 in Denver, Colorado   age 87
singer  Louis Allen Rawls Sr.
born on 12-1-1933 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 1-6-2006 in Los Angeles, California   age 72   cause: lung & brain cancer
   Contest Selectors
   Scored 5.3391 points

mystery writer & magician  Clayton Rawson
¤stage name: "The Great Merlini" 
born on 8-15-1906 in Elyria, Ohio
expired 3-1-1971 in Mamaroneck, New York   age 64
actor  Aldo Ray
¤born: Aldo DaRe 
born on 9-25-1926 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
expired 3-28-1991 in Martinez, California   age 64
former Washington governor (1977-81)  Dixy Lee Ray   ex-Atomic Energy Commission chairman
born on 9-3-1914 in Tacoma, Washington
expired 1-2-1994 in Fox Island, Washington   age 79
Saint Louis Globe-Democrat editor  E. Lansing Ray   co-sponsored the Spirit of Saint Louis flight of Lindbergh (1927)
expired 8-30-1955 in Rye Beach, New Hampshire   age 71
actor/dancer  Gene Anthony Ray   played Leroy in Fame movie (1980)
born on 5-24-1962 in New York, New York
expired 11-14-2003 in New York, New York   age 41   cause: complications from stroke; HIV
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in September 1977 confessed killer  James Earl Ray   assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
born on 3-10-1928 in Alton, Illinois
expired 4-23-1998 in Nashville, Tennessee   age 70   cause: liver & kidney failure
   Contest Selectors
1979 VM7.7%

singer  Johnnie Ray
¤full name: John Alvin Ray 
born on 1-10-1927 in Dallas, Oregon
expired 2-24-1990 in Los Angeles, California   age 63
mentally ill celebrity stalker  Margaret Mary Ray   convicted of breaking into David Letterman's home & stealing his car; later stalked astronaut Story Musgrave
expired 10-5-1998 in Hotchkiss, Colorado   age 46   cause: suicide; knelt in front of oncoming train
super-geezer  Mary Josephine Ray   the second-oldest person in the world
¤née: Arsenault 
born on 5-17-1895 in Prince Edward Island, Canada
expired 3-7-2010 in Westmoreland, New Hampshire   age 114
   Contest Selectors
   Scored 3.6000 solo points

director  Nicholas Ray   made Knock on Any Door (1949), Flying Leathernecks, Johnny Guitar (1954) & Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
born on 8-7-1911 in Galesville, Wisconsin
expired 6-16-1979 in New York, New York   age 67   cause: lung cancer
teenage hemophiliac/AIDS victim  Richard "Ricky" Ray
born on 1-28-1977
expired 12-13-1992   age 15   cause: complications from AIDS
hemophiliac AIDS victim  Robert D. Ray   brother of Ricky and Randy
born on 1-27-1978
expired 10-20-2000 in Saint Petersburg, Florida   age 22   cause: complications from hemophilia & AIDS
   Contest Selectors
2000 BOD14%
   Scored 12.8000 solo points

(east) Indian filmmaker  Satyajit Ray
born on 5-2-1921 in Calcutta, India
expired 4-23-1992 in Calcutta, India   age 70
former Play Your Hunch, Tic Tac Dough & Match Game host  Eugene Rayburn   Steve Allen's announcer Tonight Show
¤born: Eugene Rubessa 
born on 12-22-1917 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 11-29-1999 in Beverly, Massachusetts   age 81   cause: congestive heart failure
former House Speaker (1940-47, 1949-53, 1955-61)  Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn
born on 1-6-1882 in Roane County, Texas
expired 11-16-1961 in Bonham, Texas   age 79   cause: cancer
comic actress/condom user  Martha Raye
¤born: Margaret Teresa Yvonne Reed 
born on 8-27-1916 in Butte, Montana
expired 10-19-1994 in Los Angeles, California   age 78
1949 Reuben Award winner cartoonist  Alexander Gillespie Raymond   created the Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim characters/comic strips; 1949 Reuben Award winner
born on 10-2-1909 in New Rochelle, New York
expired 9-6-1956 in Westport, Connecticut   age 46   cause: parachuting accident
actor  Gene Raymond   widower of Jeannette MacDonald
¤real name: Raymond Guion 
born on 8-13-1908 in New York, New York
expired 5-3-1998 in Los Angeles, California   age 89   cause: pneumonia
character actor  Guy Raymond   played the bartender in original Star Trek tv series episode The Trouble With Tribbles
¤born: Raymond Guyer 
born on 7-1-1911 in New York, New York
expired 1-26-1997 in Santa Monica, California   age 85
New-York Daily Times co-founder  Henry Jarvis Raymond   first editor of the newspaper (first edition September 18, 1851); a co-founder of the Republican Party
born on 1-24-1820 in Lima, New York
expired 6-1-1869 in New York, New York   age 49   cause: "an attack of apoplexy"
comic artist  James C. Raymond   brother of Alex Raymond; drew the Blondie strip after the death of it's creator
born on 2-25-1917 in Riverside, California
expired 10-14-1981 in Boynton Beach, Florida   age 64
character actor and more  Sid Raymond   was the cartoon voice of Baby Huey, Katnip & Heckle and Jeckle
¤born: Raymond Silverstein 
born on 1-21-1909 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 12-1-2006 in Aventura, Florida   age 97   cause: complications fom stroke
former Marquette University men's basketball coach  Henry C. "Hank" Raymonds   a former Al McGuire assistant who succeeded him (1977; and, in turn, was succeeded by Rick Majerus in 1983)
born on 3-5-1924 in Saint Louis, Missouri
expired 12-6-2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin   age 86   cause: cancer
British writer  Claire Bernice Rayner   former nurse & "agony aunt"
¤née: Berk 
born on 1-22-1931 in London, England
expired 10-11-2010 in London, England   age 79
   Contest Selectors
2004ANG, RAVN11.1%

AKS: Clare Rainer
lyricist  Andy Razaf   wrote words to Honeysuckle Rose, Ain't Misbehavin' and Stompin' at the Savoy
¤born: Andreamentania Paul Razafkeriefo 
born on 12-16-1895 in Washington, District of Columbia
expired 2-3-1973 in North Hollywood, California   age 77
Serbian war criminal  Zeljko Raznatovic   leader of a private army of soccer thugs & former prison inmates that served as Slobodan Milosevic's storm troopers (looks like the $5,000,000 NATO bounty on his ass did the trick)
¤aka: "Arkan
born on 4-17-1951 in Brezice, Slovenia
expired 1-15-2000 in Belgrade, Bosnia   age 48   cause: assassinated; shot in head

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