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jazz bassist  Warren W. Vaché Sr.   father of jazz cornetist Warren Vaché Jr. & clarinetist Allan Vaché
born on 11-27-1914
expired 2-4-2005 in Rahway, New Jersey   age 90   cause: pneumonia; prostate cancer
AKS: Vache
Princess  Galyani Vadhana   eldest sister of Rama IX
born on 5-6-1923 in London, England
expired 1-2-2008 in Bangkok, Thailand   age 84   cause: abdominal cancer
   Contest Selectors
2008RAVN3.1%
   Scored 6.6000 solo points

movie director  Roger Vadim   directed Barbarella (1968) and Pretty Maids All in a Row
¤born: Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov 
born on 1-26-1928 in Paris, France
expired 2-11-2000 in Paris, France   age 72   cause: cancer
comedienne  Vera Vague   appeared on Bob Hope's radio & tv shows in 1940s & 50s
¤real name: Barbara Jo Allen 
born on 9-2-1904 in New York, New York
expired 9-14-1974 in Santa Barbara, California   age 70
inventor/equipment manufacturer  Alfred Lewis Vail   manufactured first telegraphy set; received first (test) message, sent between Washington, D.C. & Baltimore (1844): "What hath God Wrought!"
born on 9-25-1807 in Morristown, New Jersey
expired 1-18-1859 in Morristown, New Jersey   age 51
actor  Bobby Vail
expired 1-26-1957 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida   age 65
Colorado Highway Department chief engineer (1930-45)  Charles E. Vail   the Gore Valley was renamed in his honor; the famous ski resort was named for him
expired 1-8-1945 in Denver, Colorado   age 76
mobster  Joseph Michael Valachi   broke code of silence (omerta) & sang like a canary
born on 9-22-1903 in New York, New York
expired 4-3-1971 in El Paso, Texas   age 67   cause: heart attack
actress  Sigrid Valdis   played Anna in Our Man Flint (1965) & Col. Klink's secretary Hilda on Hogan's Heroes (1965-71); married to Bob Crane at the time of his murder (1970-78)
¤born: Patricia Annette Olson 
born on 9-21-1935 in Bakersfield, California
expired 10-14-2007 in Anaheim, California   age 72   cause: lung cancer
It's time to make the donuts! character actor  Michael Vale   appeared in thousands of commercials; in some he portrayed Sam Breakstone; his most memorable character was Dunkin Donuts' Fred the Baker ("It's time to make the donuts."; 1981-97)
born on 6-28-1922 in Brookly, New York, New York
expired 12-24-2005 in New York, New York   age 83   cause: complications from diabetes
former Columbian president (1962-66) Dr.  Guillermo Leon Valencia
born on --1909 in Popayan, Columbia
expired 11-4-1971 in New York, New York   age 62   cause: heart attack
early rock and roll singer  Richie Valens   had hit with La Bamba (1958); died in crash of Beechcraft Bonanza (registration N3794P, aka "Miss American Pie") with The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly
¤born: Ricardo Stephen Valenzuela 
born on 5-13-1941 in Pacoima, California
expired 2-3-1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa   age 17   cause: plane crash
Another SFBMoFo formerly-snarling asshole  Jack Joseph Valenti   now just a decomposing asshole; minor JFK stooge; was 3rd head of the MPAA (1966-2004)
born on 9-5-1921 in Houston, Texas
expired 4-26-2007 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 85   cause: stroke
   Contest Selectors
2003MJ5.6%
2004MJ5.6%
2006XXX3.3%

Guinness-certified oldster  Maria Gomes Valentim   was the ldest person in the world ... for about a month ...
born on 7-9-1896 in Carangola, Brazil
expired 6-21-2011 in Carangola, Brazil   age 114   cause: multiple organ failure
former Chicago cop  Elmer Aaron Valentine   co-founded the Whisky a Go Go bar on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood (1964); its where the Go Go dancer craze started
born on 6-16-1923 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 12-3-2008 in Studio City, California   age 85
silent screen actor  Rudolph Valentino   noted for playing The Sheik (before professional wrestling was in vogue); was married to Jean Acker and Natacha Rambova
¤real name: Rodolfo Alfonzo Rafaelo Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentine 
born on 5-6-1895 in Castellaneta, Italy
expired 8-23-1926 in New York, New York   age 31
crooner  Hubert Prior "Rudy" Vallee   recorded As Time Goes By in 1931
¤aka: "The Vagabond Lover" 
born on 7-28-1901 in Island Pond, Vermont
expired 7-3-1986 in Hollywood, California   age 84
   Contest Selectors
1979 DO7.7%
1980 BD6.3%

actress  Alida Valli   played Anna Schmidt, Harry Lime's mistress in The Third Man (1949)
¤born: Alida Maria Laura von Altenburger
aka: Baroness of Marckstein and Freuenberg 
born on 5-31-1921 in Pula, Istria, Italy
expired 4-22-2006 in Rome, Italy   age 84
movie production designer  John C. Vallone   oscar-nominated art director of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
born on 6-23-1953
expired 3-14-2004 in Park City, Utah   age 50   cause: drowned
actor  Raffaele Vallone   played Cardinal Lamberto in The Godfather III
born on 2-17-1916 in Tropea, Calabria, Italy
expired 10-31-2002 in Rome, Italy   age 86
ballerina Dame  Ninette de Valois   founded The Academy of Choreographic Art (1926) that eventually became the Royal Ballet
¤real name: Edris Stannus 
born on 6-6-1898 in Baltiboys, County Wicklow, Ireland
expired 3-8-2001 in London, England   age 102
former basketball coach  James Thomas "Jim" Valvano
born on 3-10-1946 in New York, New York
expired 4-28-1993 in Durham, North Carolina   age 47   cause: cancer
game show host  Bobby Van   husband of Elaine Joyce
¤born: Bobby King 
born on 12-6-1930 in New York, New York
expired 7-31-1980 in Los Angeles, California   age 49   cause: brain cancer
Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belts radiation physicist Dr.  James Alfred Van Allen   eponymous radiation belt discoverer
born on 9-7-1914 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
expired 8-9-2006 in Iowa City, Iowa   age 91   cause: heart failure
   Contest Selectors
2004NFG5.6%
2005ANG, NFG8.7%
2006ANG, CSI, NFG, PCD, RR16.7%
   Scored 3.5563 points

Amway co-founder  Jay Van Andel
born on 6-23-1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
expired 12-7-2004 in Ada. Michigan   age 80   cause: heart failure; Parkinson's disease
supergeezer  Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper
born on 6-29-1890 in Smilde, The Netherlands
expired 8-30-2005 in Hoogereen, The Netherlands   age 115
   Contest Selectors
2004KLS, RIE11.1%
2005KLS, PCD, QKU, RIE, RR21.7%
   Scored 1.1563 points

conductor  Eduard Van Beinum
expired 4-13-1959 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands   age 57
"volatile" basketball coach  Willem Hendrik "Butch" van Breda Kolff   coached at Lafayette (1951-55), Hofstra (1955-62), Princeton (1962-67), Los Angeles Lakers (1967-69), Detroit Pistons (1969-72), Phoenix Suns (1972-73), Memphis Titans (1973-74 in the ABA), New Orleans Jazz (1974-77), Univeristy of New Orleans (1977-79), New Orleans Pride (1979-81 women's team), Picayune (Mississippi) Memorial High School (1982-84), Lafayette again (1984-88) & Hofstra again (1988-94)
born on 10-28-1922 in Montclair, New Jersey
expired 8-22-2007 in Spokane, Washington   age 84   cause: pneumonia; Parkinson's disease
to next U.S. president: William Henry Harrisonto previous U.S. president: Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson's second Vice President (1833-1837); 8th U.S. president (1837-1841)  Martin Van Buren
born on 12-5-1782 in Kinderhook, New York
expired 7-24-1862 in Kinderhook, New York   age 79
Rev.  Paul M. van Buren   lead 1960s God Is Dead movement
born on 4-20-1924
expired 6-18-1998 in Blue Hill, Maine   age 74   cause: cancer
Carter Secretary of State (1977-80)  Cyrus Roberts Vance   resigned after the Iranian hostage rescue debacle
born on 3-27-1917 in Clarksburg, West Virginia
expired 1-12-2002 in New York, New York   age 84   cause: pneumonia; complications from Alzheimer's disease
   Contest Selectors
1980 BB, EK12.5%
2002 MORB9.1%
   Scored 6.6000 solo points

former SNL comedien (1985-6)  Danitra Vance
born on 7-13-1954 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 8-21-1994 in Markham, Illinois   age 40   cause: breast cancer
actress  Vivan Roberta Vance   played Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy tv series (1951-59)
¤born: Vivian Jones 
born on 7-26-1909 in Cherryvale, Kansas
expired 8-17-1979 in Belvedere, California   age 69   cause: breast & bone cancer
Dutch diamond cutter  Alfred van Cleef   co-founded Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry business
expired ??-??-19??   age ??
actor  Lee Van Cleef
born on 1-9-1925 in Somerville, New Jersey
expired 12-16-1989 in Oxnard, California   age 64
geezer  Catherina Angenieta "Kaatje" Van Dam-Groeneveld
born on 11-20-1887 in Leiden, The Netherlands
expired 2-16-2001 in Leiden, The Netherlands   age 113
physicist Dr.  Robert Jamison Van de Graaff   inventor of the famous particle "generator" (with one "f") that geek shows & high school physics classes use to produce huge sparks and cause hair to stand on end
born on 12-20-1901
expired 1-16-1967 in Boston, Massachusetts   age 65
Michigan senator  Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg
expired 4-18-1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan   age 67   cause: lung & spine condition
Air Force chief of staff (1948-53) General  Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg   the California military base is named after him
expired 4-2-1954 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 55
horse racing official  Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr.
born on 9-22-1912 in London, England
expired 11-12-1999 in Mills Neck, New York   age 87
syndicated etiquette columnist  Amy Vanderbilt   direct descendant of 1650 Long Island settler Jan Aoertsen van der Bilt
born on 7-22-1908 in Staten Island, New York
expired 12-27-1974 in New York, New York   age 66   cause: fell/jumped from second story window
   Contest Selectors
1979 VM

former MI congressman (1966-93)  Guy Adrian Vander Jagt   he spent so much time fundraising for the GOP he lost touch with his district and was bounced from the ticket in the 1992 primary
born on 8-26-1931 in Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan
expired 6-22-2007 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 75   cause: pancreatic cancer
Cincinnati pitcher  John S. "Johnny" Vander Meer   only pitcher to throw no-hitters in two consecutive outings (June 11 & 15, 1938)
born on 11-2-1914
expired 10-6-1997 in Tampa, Florida   age 82   cause: abdominal aneurysm
AKS: Van der meer Vandermeer
former C.E.R.N. physicist (1955-90)  Simon van der Meer   shared the 1984 Nobel prize in physics for the concept of stochastic cooling in colliders
born on 11-24-1925 in The Hague, The Netherlands
expired 3-4-2011 in Geneva, Switzerland   age 85
AKS: CERN
voice of Wilma Flintstone  Jean Vander Pyl   also voiced Rosie the robot maid, Mrs. Spacely & George's mother-in-law on The Jetsons
born on 10-11-1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 4-10-1999 in Dana Point, California   age 79   cause: lung cancer
former newsreel photographer  Willard Van der Veer   photographer on Richard Byrd's 1920s South Pole expeditions; shared 1929/30 cinematography oscar for Byrd at the South Pole (1930)
born on 8-23-1894
expired 6-16-1963 in Encino, California   age 68   cause: heart attack
actress  Diana M. van der Vlis   played Dr. Nell Beaulac on Ryan's Hope (1975)
born on 6-9-1935 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
expired 10-21-2001 in Missoula, Montana   age 66   cause: respiratory failure
physicist  Johannes Diderik van der Waals   awarded the 1910 Nobel prize in physics for hs state equiations for gases and liquids
born on 11-23-1837 in Leyden, The Netherlands
expired 3-8-1923 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands   age 85
retired platform diver  Janna Wendy Van Der Woude   won 10-meter gold at 1982 World championships & bronze at 1984 Olympics
¤née: Weyland 
born on 11-25-1964
expired 9-27-2003 in Webster, New York   age 38
former WOR Radio newscaster  Fred Van Deventer   originate 20 Questions quiz show on Mutual Radio (1946) & Dumont & ABC TV networks
born on 12-5-1903 in Tipton, Indiana
expired 12-2-1971 in Colonial Heights, Virginia   age 67
character actor  Titos Vandis
born on 11-7-1917 in Salonika, Greece (now Thessaloniki)
expired 2-23-2003 in Athens, Greece   age 85   cause: cancer
AKS: Tito
former segregationist Georgia governor (1959-63)  Samuel Ernest Vandiver Jr.   while campaigning for office vowed "no, not one" black child would enter a white classroom
born on 7-3-1918 in Franklin County. Georgia
expired 2-21-2005 in Lavonia, Georgia   age 86
1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet  Mark Van Doren   father of Charles
born on 6-13-1894 in Hope, Illinois
expired 12-10-1972 in Torrington, Connecticut   age 78
R&B singer  Luther Ronzoni Vandross
born on 4-20-1951 in New York, New York
expired 7-1-2005 in Edison, New Jersey   age 54   cause: complications from stroke; diabetes
   Contest Selectors
2004EOD, MJ, RAVN, RIE22.2%
2005QKU4.3%
   Scored 9.6000 solo points

playwright & stage director  John William Van Druten   wrote plays I am a Camera, Bell, Book and Candle (based upon Kathryn Forbes' book), I Remember Mama (1944) and screenplay for Gaslight (1944)
born on 6-1-1901 in London, England
expired 12-19-1957 in Indio, California   age 56   cause: heart ailment
dance hall girl during the 1900 Yukon gold rush  Kate Rockwell Waner Matson Van Duren   famous for staking prospectors
¤aka: Klondike Kate 
expired 2-21-1957 in Sweet Home, Oregon   age 76
poet  Mona Jane Van Duyn   was U.S. Poet Laureate (1992-93); won Pulitzer Prize for poetry (1991)
born on 5-9-1921 in Waterloo, Iowa
expired 12-1-2004 in University City, Missouri   age 83   cause: bone cancer
 Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance   daughter of Jerry Van Dyke; wife of Jack Nance
¤aka: "Nancee Kellee" 
born on 1-3-1958 in Danville, Illinois
expired 11-18-1991 in North Hollywood, California   age 33   cause: suicide; hanged
cinematographer/director  Willard Van Dyke   former director of the Mueum of Modern Art's film department
born on 12-5-1906 in Denver, Colorado
expired 1-23-1986 in Jackson, Tennessee   age 79   cause: heart attack
   Contest Selectors
1980 DH6.3%

pharmacologist Dr.  John Robert Vane   received the 1977 Lasker Award; shared the 1982 Nobel medicine prize for discoveries in the workings of prostaglandins & related substances
born on 3-29-1927 in Tardebigg, Worcestershire, England
expired 11-19-2004 in Farnborough, Kent, England   age 77   cause: pneumonia
Shell Oil Co. founder  J. C. van Patheleon Van Eck
expired 2-16-1965 in Santa Barbara, California   age 84
Hugh Van Es' photo of Air America helicopter evacuating CIA employees as Siagon fell photographer  Hubert "Hugh" Van Es   took famous photo of CIA helicopter (Air America) atop apartment building boarding people fleeing the fall of Saigon (4/29/1975)
born on 7-6-1941 in Hilversum, The Netherlands
expired 5-15-2009 in Hong Kong, China   age 67   cause: cerebral aneurysm
retired 4-star general  James Alward Van Fleet
born on 3-19-1892 in Coytesville, New Jersey
expired 9-24-1992 in Polk City, Florida   age 100
actress  Jo Van Fleet
born on 12-30-1919 in Oakland, California
expired 6-10-1996 in New York, New York   age 81
filmmaker  Theo Van Gogh   great nephew of painter; his criticism of Islam got him killed
born on 7-23-1957 in Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
expired 11-2-2004 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands   age 47   cause: knife & gunshot wounds
painter  Vincent Willem Van Gogh   botched suicide attempt on July 27th (gunshot to chest)
born on 3-30-1853 in Groot Zundert, The Netherlands
expired 7-29-1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise, France   age 37   cause: infection from gunshot wound
 John A. van Hengel   set up the U.S.' first food bank, St. Mary's, in Phoenix (1967); also started Second Harvest to spread the concept nationally (1972)
born on 2-21-1923 in Waupun, Wisconsin
expired 10-5-2005 in Phoenix, Arizona   age 82   cause: cancer; strokes; Parkinson's disease
composer  James "Jimmy" Van Heusen
¤born: Edward Chester Babcock 
born on 1-26-1913 in Syracuse, New York
expired 2-6-1990 in Rancho Mirage, California   age 77
investment banker  Robert Van Kampen   founded the Scriptorium, a Grand Haven, Michigan Bible research library and museum
born on 12-16-1938 in Evergreen Park, Illinois
expired 10-29-1999 in Chicago, Illinois   age 60   cause: heart failure
AID advisor to South Vietnam Lt.Colonel  John Paul Vann
born on 7-2-1924 in Norfolk, Virginia
expired 6-9-1972 in Plei Ro Uay, Pleiku Province, South Vietnam   age 47   cause: helicopter crash
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
AKS: Phillip
actor  Rik Van Nutter   played Felix Leiter in Thunderball (1965); once married to Anita Ekberg (1963-75)
¤real name: Frederik Von Nutter
aka: "Clyde Rogers" 
born on 5-1-1929 in California
expired 10-15-2005 in West Palm Beach, Florida   age 76
theater & tv producer  Nick Vanoff
born on 10-25-1929
expired 3-20-1991   age 61
A-Bomb known as 'Fatman' Dr.  James F. Van Pelt Jr.   during World War II was navigator of the plane that nuked Nagasaki
born on 7-7-1918
expired 12-10-1994 in Corona, California   age 76   cause: heart attack
pediatrician Dr.  Hart Edward Van Riper   former medical director of the March of Dimes; worked on both Salk & Sabin vaccines
born on 12-9-1904 in Kirkwood, Illinois
expired 11-4-2000 in Indianapolis, Indiana   age 95
folk singer  Dave Van Ronk   mentor of Bob Dylan; went Romping Through the Swamp with the Hudson Dusters (1968)
¤nickname: "Mayor of MacDougal Street" 
born on 6-30-1936 in New York, New York
expired 2-10-2002 in New York, New York   age 65   cause: cardio-pulmonary failure; colon 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
captain  William Henry van Schaick   master of the New York excursion boat General Slocum on June 15, 1904; convicted of: not holding fire drills; not properly training his crew; not maintaining the vesel's fire apparatus; served 3½ years of a 10 year sentence; pardoned by President Taft
born on 12-7-1837 in Van Schaik Island, Cohoes, New York
expired 12-8-1927 in Utica, New York   age 90
AKS: von schaick
tv writer/producer  Robert Elseworth van Scoyk Sr.   produced/wrote Murder, She Wrote episodes
born on 1-13-1928 in Dayton, Ohio
expired 8-23-2002 in Los Angeles, California   age 74   cause: complications from diabetes
 Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff   was the first recipient of the Nobel prize in chemistry (1901)
born on 8-30-1852 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
expired 3-1-1911 in Steglitz, Germany   age 58
Titanic survivor  Winnifred Vera Quick Van Tongerloo
born on 1-23-1904 in Plymouth, Devon, England
expired 7-4-2002 in Lansing, Michigan   age 98   cause: congestive heart failure
   Contest Selectors
2000RR14%
2001 RR12½%
2002JAC, JL, RR27.3%
   Scored 3.3250 points
2003PCD

 John Hasbrouck van Vleck   shared the 1977 Nobel prize in physics
born on 3-13-1899 in Middletown, Connecticut
expired 10-27-1980 in Cambridge, Massachusetts   age 81
reclusive former rocker  Don Van Vliet   many years ago, on October 31st, would amble about town wearing a replica of a trout mask
¤born: Don Glen Vliet
aka: "Captain Beefheart
born on 1-15-1941 in Glendale, California
expired 12-17-2010 in Trinidad, California   age 69   cause: complications from multiple sclerosis
   Contest Selectors
2008LMLD3.1%

AKS: Captain Bee Fart
science fiction writer  Alfred Elton van Vogt
¤some biographies list his middle name as Etan 
born on 4-26-1912 in Neville, Manitoba, Canada
expired 1-26-2000 in Los Angeles, California   age 87   cause: pneumonia; Alzheimer's disease
first CBS TV network head  John L. Van Volkenburg
expired 6-11-1963 in Brainerd, Minnesota   age 59
radio announcer  Cornelius Westbrook Van Voorhis   also narrated newsreels
born on 9-21-1903
expired 7-13-1968 in New Milford, Connecticut   age 64
Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer  Ronald "Ronnie" Van Zant
born on 1-15-1948 in Jacksonville, Florida
expired 10-20-1977 in McComb, Mississippi   age 29   cause: plane crash
political terrorist  Bartolomeo Vanzetti   executed for murder during a robbery
born on 6-11-1888 in Villafalletto, Italy
expired 8-23-1927 in Charlestown, Massachusetts   age 39   cause: executed; electric chair
hard line Stalinist army general  Valentin Ivanovich Varennikov   directed Soviet forces in Afghanistan (strike one); one of the coup plotters that tried to overthrow Gorbachev (strike two, although tried for treason and acquitted); a big fan of Putin (strike three)
born on 12-15-1923 in Russia
expired 5-6-2009 in Moscow, Russia   age 85
avante-garde electronic music composer  Edgar Varèse   surprisingly, he didn't compose the Varèse Sarabande
born on 12-22-1883 in Paris, France
expired 11-6-1965 in New York, New York   age 81
pinup artist  Joaquin Alberto Vargas y Chavez   his work was featured in Playboy magazine
born on 2-9-1895 in Arequipa, Peru
expired 12-30-1982 in Los Angeles, California   age 88
cover of the March 1965 issue of 'Playboy' magazine featuring an illustration by Alberto Vargascover of the August 1961 issue of 'Playboy' magazine featuring an illustration by Alberto Vargas
The Memin commemorative stamps, issued by the Mexican Postal System in June 2005, that have sparked a furor writer  Yolanda Vargas Dulché de la Parra   creator of the Memín Pingüín comic character (1947); a controversy arose when the Mexican postal system released a Memín stamp series (2005)
born on 7-18-1925 in Mexico City, Mexico
expired 8-8-1999   age 74   cause: pulmonary embolism
AKS: Dulche Memin Pinguin
economist  Luis Andres Vargas-Gomez   ont-time Cuban U.N. Ambassador; had falling out with Castro; a planner of the Bay of Pigs invasion; was captured & spend years in jail
born on 5-14-1915
expired 1-13-2003 in Coral Gables, Florida   age 87   cause: kidney failure
Klystron co-inventor (1937)  Russell Harrison Varian   founded Varian Associates (1948)
expired 7-28-1959 in Juneau, Alaska   age 61
electronics inventor  Sigurd F. Varian   co-developed the Klystron high frequency tube for radar, the progenitor of other frequency-multiplying devices (like the Magnetron, found in microwave ovens)
expired 10-20-1961 in Guadalajara, Mexico   age 60   cause: plane crash
actor  James "Jim" Varney   played Jed Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies movie
¤commercial alter-ego: "Ernest P. Worrell" 
born on 6-15-1949 in Lexington, Kentucky
expired 2-10-2000 in White House, Tennessee   age 50   cause: lung cancer
   Contest Selectors
2000 BOD, RR29%
   Scored 8.7500 solo points

actress  Diane Varsi   received oscar for Peyton Place (1957)
born on 2-23-1938 in San Francisco, California
expired 11-19-1992 in Los Angeles, California   age 54
artist  Victor Vasarely
born on 4-9-1908 in Pecs, Austria-Hungary
expired 3-15-1997 in Paris, France   age 88
former AP photographer  Paul Vathis   won a Pulitzer Prize for 1961 picture of Eisenhower & Kennedy at Camp David
born on 10-18-1925 in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania (now Jim Thorpe, PA)
expired 12-10-2002 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania   age 77
singer  Frankie Vaughan   had hit with Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
¤born: Frank Abelson 
born on 2-3-1928 in Liverpool, England
expired 9-17-1999 in London, England   age 71   cause: heart problems
Norman and his namesake 10,302 foot mountain Antarctic explorer  Norman Dane Vaughn
born on 12-19-1905 in Salem, Massachusetts
expired 12-23-2005 in Anchorage, Alaska   age 100
   Contest Selectors
2006TBC

singer  Sarah Lois Vaughn
born on 3-27-1924 in Newark, New Jersey
expired 4-3-1990 in Hidden Hills, California   age 66
blues guitarist  Stevie Ray Vaughn
born on 10-3-1954 in Dallas, Texas
expired 9-27-1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin   age 35   cause: helicopter crash
composer  Ralph Vaughn Williams
expired 8-26-1958 in London, England   age 85
actor  Ron Vawter   appeared in Philadelphia
born on 12-9-1948 in Latham, New York
expired 4-16-1994 in North Atlantic Ocean   age 45   cause: heart attack on plane; AIDS
Shuttle STS-39 & 52 astronaut  Charles Lacy Veach
born on 9-18-1944 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 10-3-1995 in Houston, Texas   age 51   cause: cancer
former baseball team owner  William Louis "Bill" Veeck   the P.T. Barnum of baseball; once sent a midget to the plate as a pinch-hitter
born on 2-9-1914 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 1-2-1986 in Chicago, Illinois   age 71
   Contest Selectors
1979 HA7.7%
1980 HA6.3%

violinist and conductor  Sandor Vegh   leader/founder of Vegh Quartet
born on 5-17-1905 in Cluj-Napoca, Roumania
expired 1-6-1997 in Freilassing, Germany   age 91
actor  Conrad Veidt
expired 4-3-1943 in Hollywood, California   age 50
tv writer  Sandy Veith   won court judgement to be credited as creator of the Northern Exposure series
expired 1-4-2009 in Miami, Florida   age 60   cause: kidney & liver problems
on-again-off-again Equadorian president  José María Velasco Ibarra   5-time occupant of the office (usually being ousted by the military before the end of his term): 1934, 1944-47, 1952-56, 1960-61 & 1968-72
expired 3-30-1979 in Quito, Equador   age 86   cause: intestinal & pulmonary infection
songwriter  Consuelo Velázquez   her biggest hit was with "Bésame Mucho" (1941)
born on 8-29-1916 in Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico
expired 1-22-2005 in Mexico City, Mexico   age 88   cause: respiratory failure
AKS: Velazquez
Mexican labor union leader  Fidel Velázquez Sánchez
born on 5-12-1900 in San Pedro Azcapotzaltongo, Mexico (now Villa Nicólaus Romero)
expired 6-21-1997 in Mexico City, Mexico   age 97
World War I Prussian zeppelin ace  Gerhardus Otto Fabricatatous Vel Chraugh   in order to escape the post-war Silesian broccoli famine he shepherded over 100 refugees aboard his airship, undertaking a treacherous mid-winter flight from Moravia-to-Batavia-to-Lakehurst (New Jersey; his zeppelin's xenon-filled gas chambers nearly ignited while overflying the Mt. Etna volcano); the harrowing ordeal received minimal international attention, coming as it did only three days after the Tunguska, Siberia metropolitan area was leveled by a 100 kiloton mid-air comet explosion; he discover the "sticking" secret of wild burrs while on a hiking vacation in upper Michigan (1924) & went into business (financed by Henry Ford) to produce a fabric that exploited that characteristic & permitting the wood panels on the sides of Ford's station wagons to be easily swapped-out; the eponymously-named discovery eventually became corrupted into the now universally known product called Velcro
born on 11-30-1888 in Tihsllub, Aloparc, Germany
expired 3-27-1943 in Wonemknulf, Hiawatha County, Michigan   age 54   cause: asphyxiation; choked to death eating ham sandwich
diminutive (5') Mexican actress  Lupe Velez   played character Carmelita Lindsay on-screen; had a short (5-year) marriage to Johnny Weissmuller; pregnant at the time of her death, her suicide note wrecked the career of her paramour
¤born: María Guadalupe Vélez de Villalobos
aka: "the Mexican Spitfire
born on 7-18-1908 in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico
expired 12-13-1944 in Beverly Hills, California   age 36   cause: suicide; took 75 Seconal
 Emmanuel Velikovsky
expired 11-18-1979   age 84
   Contest Selectors
1980 HA

master surfboard maker  Dale Warren Velzy   helped popularize surfing in California following World War II; bankrolled the surf documentary Slippery When Wet (1958)
born on 9-23-1927 in Oakland, California
expired 5-26-2005 in Mission Viejo, California   age 77   cause: lung cancer
Columbia Pictures logo actress  Evelyn Venable   voice of the The Blue Fairy who granted Geppetto's wish in Pinocchio (1940); third model for Columbia Picture's movie logo
born on 10-18-1913 in Cincinnati, Ohio
expired 11-15-1993 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho   age 80   cause: cancer
8th Indian president (1987-92)  Ramaswamy Venkataraman
born on 12-4-1910 in Rajamadam, India
expired 1-27-2009 in New Delhi, India   age 98
   Contest Selectors
2008TFM3.1%
2009TFM3.3%
   Scored 5.2000 solo points

tenor saxophonist  Charlie Ventura
born on 12-2-1916 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 1-17-1992 in Pleasantville, New Jersey   age 75
jazz violinist  Joseph "Joe" Venuti
born on 9-16-1903
expired 8-14-1978 in Seattle, Washington   age 84
dancer/actress  Vera-Ellen
¤born: Vera-Ellen Rohe 
born on 2-16-1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio
expired 8-30-1981 in Los Angeles, California   age 55   cause: cancer
present-day Anak Krakatau, looking south, with the remains of Rakata peak/Krakatau Island in the background geologist & mining engineer  Rogier Diederik Marius Verbeek   his investigations & reports on the August 1883 eruption of Krakatau volcano brought world-wide fame
born on 4-7-1845 in Doorn, The Netherlands
expired 4-9-1926   age 81   cause: stroke
AKS: Deiderek Dederik Dederek Derek Verbeeck Verbeck
Italian opera composer  Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi   wrote Aida
born on 10-10-1813 in Le Roncole, Italy
expired 1-27-1901 in Milan, Italy   age 87
actress  Gwyneth Evelyn "Gwen" Verdon   played Lola in Broadway production of Damn Yankees (1955; "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets..."); Mrs. Bob Fosse (1960-87)
born on 1-16-1925 in Culver City, California
expired 10-18-2000 in Woodstock, Vermont   age 75
pioneering science fiction author  Jules Verne   wrote Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Mysterious Island and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)
born on 2-8-1828 in Nantes, France
expired 3-24-1905 in Amiens, France   age 77
comedian  Jackie Vernon   had comedy album A Man and his (pet) Watermelon; voice of Frosty the Snowman in 1969 animate holiday special
born on 3-29-1924 in New York, New York
expired 11-10-1987 in Hollywood, California   age 63   cause: heart attack
   Contest Selectors
1979 YJ7.7%

Dean Wormer counsels The Stork character actor  John Vernon   had the title role in the short 20-episode CBC crime drama Wojeck, centered around Toronto coroner Steve Wojeck, long before Quincy or CSI (1966); played Dean Vernon Wormer in Animal House; father of actress Kate
¤born: Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz 
born on 2-24-1932 in Zehner, Saskatchewan, Canada
expired 2-1-2005 in Van Nuys, California   age 72   cause: complications from heart surgery
The Vernor's Gnome with Spartan helmet druggist  James Vernor Sr.   in Union Army company that captured Jefferson Davis; created a well-known ginger ale; served on Detroit City Council for 25 years
born on 4-11-1843 in Albany, New York
expired 10-29-1927 in Grosse Ile, Michigan   age 84   cause: bronchial pneumonia; influenza
explorer  Giovannida Verrazano   discovered mouth of Hudson River
born on --1485 in Val di Greve, Italy
expired 11-??-1528 in Puerto del Pico, Spain   age 43
fashion designer  Gianni Versace
born on 12-2-1946 in Reggio di Calabria, Italy
expired 7-15-1997 in Miami Beach, Florida   age 50   cause: murdered; shot
Met Opera tenor  Richard L. Versalle
born on 12-3-1932
expired 1-5-1996   age 63
assassinated South African prime minister (1958-66)  Hendrick F. Verwoerd   chief architect of apartheid
born on 9-8-1901 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
expired 9-6-1966 in Capetown, South Africa   age 64   cause: stabbed to death
Another SFBMoFo crooked financier  Robert Lee Vesco   used illegal funds to gain control of companies; funneled loot to Watergate conspirators; fled to Costa Rica, then Cuba, to avoid prosecution; got his ass thrown in prison after he ripped-off both Donald Nixon & Raúl Castro (doing 13 years)
¤Cuban alias: "Tom Adams" 
born on 12-4-1935 in Detroit, Michigan
expired 11-23-2007 in Havana, Cuba   age 71   cause: lung cancer
   Contest Selectors
1979RR7.7%
2008TWOS

Italian navigator & explorer  Amerigo Vespucci   discovered the mouth of the Rio de la Plate river; had several continents named after him
¤aka: Armericus Vespucius 
born on 3-9-1451 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy
expired 2-22-1512 in Seville, Spain   age 60
former Oklahoma halfback  Billy Vessels   winner of the Heisman Trophy (1952)
¤nickname: "Curly" 
born on 3-22-1931 in Cleveland, Oklahoma
expired 11-17-2001 in Coral Gables, Florida   age 70   cause: congestive heart failure
"Bubble Boy"  David Joseph Vetter   suffered from Severe Combine Immunodeficiency
born on 9-21-1971
expired 2-22-1984   age 12   cause: Burkitt's lymphoma
   Contest Selectors
1979 MM7.7%
1980 MM6.3%

harpsichordist & J.P. Rampal accompanist  Robert Veyron-Lacroix
born on 12-13-1922
expired 4-2-1991   age 68
Sex Pistols electric bassist  Sid Vicious   died 13 hours after being released on bail after arrest for stabbing death of Go-Go dancer
¤real name: John Simon Richie 
born on 5-10-1957 in London, England
expired 2-2-1979 in New York, New York   age 21   cause: heroin overdose
   Contest Selectors
1979 DW, HFS, JW, MS, RR, VM, YJ53.8%
   Scored 8 points

to August 1959 Playmate of Monthto June 1959 Playmate of Month Playboy July 1959 Playmate of Month  Yvette Vickers   appeared in Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958) & Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
She was found, mummified, in her home on 4/27/2011; she was last seen in late April of 2010 following her return from a trip "out East" ... she may have been dead for up to a year — we're using that as the basis for our age-at-death calculations; the L.A. Coroner's Office was unable to determine a date of death

¤born: Yvette Iola Vedder
ex-Mrs. Don Prell (1953-57), Leonard Burns (1959-59) & Tom Howland (1967-69) 
born on 8-26-1928 in Kansas City, Missouri
expired 4-27-2010+ in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California   age 81+   cause: heart failure; mummification; arterial sclerotic cardiovascular disease; hardening of the arteries
AKS: Lola
Columbia University economist  William Spencer Vickrey   shared the 1996 Nobel prize in economics
born on 6-21-1914 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
expired 10-11-1996 in Harrison, New York   age 82
electric washing machine inventor  Alexander F. Victor   also invented non-flammable safety film for movies
expired 3-29-1961 in Carmel, California   age 82
 Teresa A. Victor   longtime assistant to Leonard Nimoy; had a number of minor roles in the early Star Trek movies, most notably as the Enterprise NCC-1701 computer voice that counted down the auto-destruct sequence that ended the voyages of the original starship (it would be replaced by Enterprises NCC-1701-A, -B, -C, and -D)
born on --1943 in New York, New York
expired 12-29-2005 in Santa Monica, California   age 62
to next English ruler: Edward VIIto previous English ruler: William IV British  Queen Victoria   grand-daughter of George III; daughter of William IV; wife of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha (her cousin); mother of Edward VII; longest reign of any British monarch (1837-1901); last monarch from the House of Hannover
¤full name: Alexandrina Victoria Hanover 
born on 5-24-1818 in London, England
expired 1-22-1901 in Isle of Wight, England   age 82
movie director  Charles Vidor   made The Joker is Wild (1957)
born on 7-27-1900 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary
expired 6-4-1959 in Vienna, Austria   age 58   cause: heart attack
film maker  King Wallis Vidor   survived the great 1900 Hurricane; went on to be a top Hollywood director
born on 2-8-1894 in Galveston, Texas
expired 11-1-1982 in Paso Robles, California   age 88
   Contest Selectors
1979 HP, MS15.4%
1980 JH, RR12.5%

Guinea-Bissau president  João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira
born on 4-27-1939 in Bissau, Portugese Guinea
expired 3-2-2009 in Bissau, Guinea-Bissua   age 69   cause: assassinated; shot to death
AKS: Joao
mathematician  Leopold Vietoris
born on 6-4-1891
expired 4-9-2002   age 110
to the second President of the IOC  Demetrius Vikélas   first head of the International Olympic Committee (1894-96)
born on 2-15-1835 in Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece
expired 7-20-1908 in Athens, Greece   age 73
Mexican bandito  Francisco "Poncho" Villa   fought against dictator Porfirio Diaz & on behalf of Francisco Madera
¤born: Doroteo Arango 
born on 6-5-1878 in Durango, Mexico
expired 7-23-1923 in Parral, Mexico   age 45   cause: gunshot wounds
 Luz Corral de Villa   widow of Pancho
born on --1892 in Chihuahua, Mexico
expired 7-6-1981 in Chihuahua, Mexico   age 89
composer  Heitor Villa-Lobos
¤sometimes called "Hector" 
expired 11-17-1959 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   age 72
former Stanford University electrical engineering professor  Oswald Garrison Villard Jr.   developer of over-the-horizon radar (1959)
born on 9-17-1916 in Dobbs Ferry, New York
expired 1-7-2004 in Palo Alto, California   age 87   cause: pneumonia
actor  Thomas Louis Villard   following his Spring Break played Prylar Bek in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode The Collaborator (1994)
born on 11-19-1953 in Waipahua Ewa, Hawaii
expired 11-14-1994 in Los Angeles, California   age 40   cause: pneumonia; AIDS
explorer  Orlando Villas-Boas   with his brothers explored the interior of Brazil's rain forest (1940s); they advocated protected the indiginous peoples from exploitation
born on 1-12-1914 in Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, Brazil
expired 12-12-2002 in São Paulo, Brazil   age 88   cause: multiple organ failure; intestinal infection
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
diminutive actor  Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize   Tatoo on Fantasy Island ("look boss, da plane, da plane"); Nick Nack in The Man With The Golden Gun
born on 4-23-1943 in Paris, France
expired 9-4-1993 in North Hollywood, California   age 50   cause: suicide; gunshot to head
   Contest Selectors
1980 EK6.3%

AKS: Herve
former Honduran president (1957-63) Dr.  Ramón Villeda Morales
expired 10-8-1971 in New York, New York   age 62   cause: heart attack
Cardinal  Jean Villot   Vatican secretary of state
born on 10-11-1905 in Saint-Amant-Tallende, France
expired 3-9-1979 in Rome, Italy   age 73   cause: bronchial pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
1979 JW 7.7%
   Scored 5 solo points

sound archivist  G. Robert Vincent   created sound/voice library at Michigan State University
born on 7-17-1898
expired 11-13-1985   age 87
oceanographer  Allyn Collins Vine   was an engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (1940-his death); was the inspiration for the name of the first deep submersible — the Alvin (Allyn Vine)
born on 6-1-1914 in Garretsville, Ohio
expired 1-4-1996 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts   age 81
former Georgia representative (1914-64)  Carl Vinson
born on 11-18-1883 in Milledgeville, Georgia
expired 6-1-1981 in Milledgeville, Georgia   age 97   cause: heart failure
Chief Justice (1946-58)  Frederick Moore Vinson   Truman Sec. of Treasury (1945-46)
expired 9-8-1958 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 63
former Finland prime minister (1964-66)  Johannes Virolainen
born on 1-31-1914 in Vyborg, Karelia, Finland
expired 12-11-2000 in Lohja, Finland   age 86
Dr.  Artturi Ilmari Virtanen   winner of the 1945 Nobel prize in chemistry
born on 1-15-1895 in Helsinki, Finland
expired 11-11-1973 in Helsinki, Finland   age 78
biologist & photographer  Roman Vishniac
born on 8-19-1897 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
expired 1-22-1990 in New York, New York   age 92   cause: colon cancer
cover of the September 1976 issue of 'Playboy' magazine with playmate Carol Vitale (in collage)cover of the August 1972 issue of 'Playboy' magazine with playmate Carol Vitaleto August 1974 Playmate of Monthto June 1974 Playmate of Month Playboy July 1974 Playmate of Month  Carol Ann Marie Vitale   also did February 1997 pictorial
born on 11-14-1946 in Elizabeth, New Jersey
expired 7-23-2008 in Aventura, Florida   age 61   cause: complications from lupus, scleroderma & osteoporosis
character actor  Joe Vitarelli   played Jelly in Analyze This (1999) & Analyze That (2002)
born on 3-10-1937 in New York, New York
expired 1-29-2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada   age 66   cause: stomach hemorrhage during heart surgery
AKS: Vitarelli
sculptor  Frank Vittor   taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology; designed the Gettysburg Commemorative half dollar (1936); his nude sculpture "America Venus" got the 1935 Miss America "fired"
born on 1-6-1888 in Mozzato, Italy
expired 1-??-1968 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   age
former Italian  King Victor Emmanuel III   husband of Queen Ioanna
¤full name: Victor Emmanuel Ferdinand Marie Janvier 
born on 11-11-1869 in Naples, Italy
expired 12-28-1947 in Alexandria, Egypt   age 78   cause: pneumonia
classical composer  Antonio Lucio Vivaldi   wrote The Four Seasons
¤aka: "The Red Priest" 
born on 3-4-1675 in Venice, Italy
expired 7-27-1741 in Vienna, Austria   age 66
Julian Lennon's childhood work of art: "Lucy, in the sky, with diamonds"  Lucy Vodden   a childhood friend of Julian Lennon — one day he went home with a picture that he had drawn of her ... he called it "Lucy, in the sky, with diamonds"
¤née: O'Donnell 
born on --1963 in Weybridge, Surrey, England
expired 9-22-2009 in London, England   age 46   cause: lupus
retired University of Wisconsin music professor  Donald Joseph Voegeli   composed the musical theme for the NPR news program All Things Considered (1971)
born on 2-8-1920
expired 11-21-2009 in Madison, Wisconsin   age 89
Testament of a Fisherman
from Anatomy of a Fisherman
"I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found, which are invariably beautiful, and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don't want to waste the trip; because mercifully there are no telephones on trout waters; because only in the woods can one find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; because maybe someday I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant --- and not nearly so much fun."
author, jurist, trout fisherman  John Donaldson Voelker   wrote Anatomy of a Murder & Anatomy of a Fisherman (1964)
¤pen name: "Robert Traver" 
born on 6-29-1903 in Ishpeming, Michigan
expired 3-18-1991 in Ishpeming, Michigan   age 87
actor  Karl Michael Vogler   played Captain Rumpelstoss in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) & General Irwin Rommel in Patton (1970)
born on 8-28-1928 in Remscheid, Germany
expired 6-9-2009 in Seehausen am Staffelsee, Germany   age 80
ex-Soviet General  Dmitri Antonovich Volkogonov   became archivist of KGB files in his later years which he used to write "accurate" biographies of Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin
born on 3-22-1928
expired 12-6-1995 in Moscow, Russia   age 67   cause: stomach cancer
Soyuz 11 cosmonaut  Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov   died when the cabin depressurized during re-entry
born on 11-23-1935 in Moscow, Russia, USSR
expired 6-30-1971 in Dzherkazgan, USSR   age 35   cause: hypoxia
former Minnesota representative (1903-23)  Andrew John Volstead   author of the 1919 Alcohol Prohibition Act — local voters took a dim view of his forced-temperance law & booted him from office
born on 10-31-1860 in Kenyon, Minnesota (near)
expired 1-20-1947 in Granite Falls, Minnesota   age 86
philosopher  Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire   wrote Candide (1759)
born on 11-21-1694 in Paris, France
expired 5-30-1778 in Paris, France   age 83
character actress  Nedra Volz
born on 6-18-1908 in Montrose, Iowa
expired 1-20-2003 in Mesa, Arizona   age 94   cause: complications from Alzheimer's disease
organic chemist  Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf von Baeyer   received the 1905 Nobel prize in chemistry
born on 10-31-1835 in Berlin, Germany
expired 8-20-1917 in Starnberger See, Germany   age 81   cause: "seizure"
Dr.  Emil Adolf von Behring   received the first Nobel prize in medicine for his discovery of the diptheria antitoxin and vaccine
¤born: Adolf Emil Behring 
born on 3-15-1854 in Hansdorf, Deutsch-Eylau
expired 3-31-1917 in Marburg, Germany   age 63
 Georg von Békésy   won the 1961 Nobel prize in physiology for discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea
born on 6-3-1899 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary
expired 6-13-1972 in Honolulu, Hawaii   age 73
AKS: Bekesy
World War II S.S. Majpr  Wernher Von Braun   as chief designer of the V-2 rocket (Vergeltungswaffe Zwei) for Germany during World War II used slave labor in it's production; developer of the Saturn V rocket for NASA's moon project
born on 3-23-1912 in Wirsitz, East Prussia, Germany
expired 6-16-1977 in Alexandria, Virginia   age 65   cause: cancer
AKS: Werner von Brown Brawn
comic book advertiser  Harold von Braunhut   purveyor of "Sea Monkeys" (actually brine shrimp) & X-Ray Specs; purported to be a member of the KKK & Aryan Nations
¤born: Harold Nathan Braunhut 
born on 3-31-1926 in Memphis, Tennessee
expired 11-28-2003 in Indian Head, Maryland   age 71   cause: complications from fall (hit head)
Neo-Nazi  James Wenneker von Brunn   shot-up the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C., killing a guard
born on 7-11-1920 in Saint Louis, Missouri
expired 1-6-2010 in Butner, North Carolina   age 89   cause: congestive heart failure; sepsis; bullet wounds
   Contest Selectors
2010DFFC3.7%
   Scored 6.1000 solo points

AKS: Brun Braun Braunn
comatose socialite  Martha Sharp Crawford "Sunny" Von Bülow   ex-wife of Claus von B; was in a permanent diabetic coma for 28 years
born on 9-1-1932 in Manassas, Virgina
expired 12-6-2008 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 76   cause: cardiopulmonary arrest
   Contest Selectors
2000KLS14%
2001KLS12½%
2002MORB9.1%
2003ABRA, KLS11.1%
2004KLS5.6%
2005KLS, MOT8.7%
2006DFFC, KLS, MOT10.0%
2007ABRA, DFFC, KLS, MOT12.9%
2008DFFC, KLS, MORB9.4%
   Scored 5.5250 points

AKS: Bulow
innkeeper  Hyatt Robert von Dehn   established a hotel at Los Angeles International airport (1953); sold it to Jay Pritzker in 1957
born on 5-25-1915 in Buffalo, New York
expired 7-28-1973 in Pebble Beach, California   age 58
electrical engineer  Bernard V. Vonderschmidtt   lead the development of RCA's NTSC color system (1953); led the development team that created the CMOS (complimentary metal-oxide silicon) manufacturing process; later headed the component division of Zilog; a co-founder of Xilinx (1984)
born on 10-14-1923 in Indiana
expired 6-9-2004 in Jasper, Indiana   age 80   cause: complications from stroke
AKS: Vonderschmit
pianist & composer  Ernst Von Dohnanyi
born on 7-27-1877
expired 2-9-1960 in New York, New York   age 82
pro wrassler  Waldo von Erich   no relation to the other von Erichs
¤real name: Walter "Wally" Sieber 
born on 10-2-1933 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
expired 7-5-2009 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada   age 75
 Hans Karl August Simon von Euler-Chelpin   shared the 1929 Nobel prize in chemistry
born on 2-15-1873 in Augsburg, Germany
expired 11-6-1964 in Stockholm, Sweden   age 91
Dr.  Ulf Svante von Euler-Chelpin   shared the 1970 Nobel Physiology prize
born on 2-7-1905 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
expired 3-9-1983 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden   age 78
physicist  Heinz von Foerster   founder of he Biological Computer Laboratory (1958); did early work on parallel computing - built the Numa-Rete for the Office of Naval Research
born on 11-13-1911 in Vienna, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary
expired 10-2-2002 in Pescadero, California   age 90
 Karl von Frisch   shared the 1973 Nobel prize in medicine
born on 11-20-1886 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
expired 6-12-1982 in München, Bavaria, Germany   age 95
"prince of high fashion"  Egon Edvard von Fürstenberg   nephew of Giovanni Agnelli; ex-husband of Diane von Fürstenberg
born on 6-29-1946 in Lausanne, Switzerland
expired 6-10-2004 in Rome, Italy   age 58   cause: liver cancer
   Contest Selectors
2005FA

AKS: Furstenberg Furstenburg Firstenberg Firstenburg
Laotian King (1905-59)  Sisavang Vong
expired 10-29-1959 in Luang Prabang, Laos   age 74
screen writer  Thea Von Harbou   wrote screenplay for Metropolis and M; wife of Fritz Lang, who abandoned her when Hitler made an offer that Fritz needed to refuse; she stayed in German to write screenplays for Hitler's propaganda flix, including Kolberg, the "to hell with the war, we've got movies to make" 1944 Josef Göbbels opus that had 187,000 German combat troops doing a movie instead of fighting on the Russian front; alleged to be a Göbbels mistress
born on 12-27-1888 in Touperlitz, Germany
expired 7-1-1954 in Berlin, Germany   age 65
1974 Nobel Economics laureate  Friedrich August von Hayek   free market economic theorist; debunker of "social justice" rationalizations for socialism, communism, Maoism, Marxism, etc.; anti-Keynesian collegue of Keynes
born on 5-8-1899 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
expired 3-23-1992 in Freiburg, Austria   age 92
 Carl Gustav Verner von Heidenstam   the 1916 Nobel literature laureate
born on 7-6-1859 in Ölshammar, Sweden
expired 5-20-1940 in Övralid, Sweden   age 90
aeronautical engineer  Theodore von Kármán   co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1944)
born on 5-11-1881 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary
expired 5-7-1963 in Aachen, Germany   age 81
AKS: Karman
World War II German Field Marshall  Paul Ludwig Ewald Von Kleist   led the blitzkrieg through Belgium & France in 1940 and into the Ukraine in 1941
expired 11-5-1954 in Berlin, Germany   age 73
slimy public relations flack  Edward von Kloberg III   his slogan: "Shame is for sissies."; his client list was a who's who of late 20th Century scumbags: Saddam Hussein, Samuel Doe, Nicolae Ceausescu, Mobutu & his successor Laurent Kabila, the Burmese military junta, et. al.
¤born: Edward Joseph Kloberg III 
born on 1-9-1942 in New York, New York
expired 5-1-2005 in Rome, Italy   age 63   cause: suicide; leap from a castle parapet; cancer; diabetes; Meniere's syndrome
pioneering physicist  Max Theodor Felix von Laue   his discovery of X-Ray diffraction in crystals earned him the 1914 Nobel physics prize
born on 10-9-1879 in Pfaffendorf, Germany
expired 4-24-1960 in Berlin, Germany   age 80   cause: injuries sustained in automobile accident
physicist  Philip Eduard Anton von Lenard   received the 1905 Nobel prize in physics wor his work in cathode rays
born on 6-7-1862 in Pressbrug, Austria-Hungary
expired 5-20-1947 in Messelhausen, Germany   age 84
General  Walther Von Lüttwitz   military leader of Wolfgang von Kapp's failed Berlin putsch (1920)
expired 9-22-1942 in Breslau, Germany   age 84
blitzkrieg tactician Marshall  Erich Von Manstein   dismissed by Hitler in 1944
expired 6-11-1973 in Irschenhausen, Germany   age 85
German army general  Hasso Von Manteuffel   commanded German troops in the Battle of the Bulge
expired 9-24-1978 in Reith, Austria   age 81
ultrasound pioneer Dr.  Lajos I. von Micsky
born on 5-12-1918
expired 8-6-1976 in New Rochelle, New York   age 58   cause: heart ailment
long-forgotten economist  Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises   wrote "Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel" (1912; "The Theory of Money and Credit")
born on 9-29-1881 in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
expired 10-10-1973 in New York, New York   age 92
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in July 1973 writer  Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
born on 11-11-1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana
expired 4-11-2007 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 84   cause: complications from fall
   Contest Selectors
1979VM7.7%
2001ROTS12½%
2002MORB9.1%
2003ABRA5.6%
2005MOT, TBC8.7%
2006DTH, MOT, 4GUE10.0%
20074GUE3.2%
   Scored 6.6000 solo points

mathematician  John Louis von Neumann   developed many of the basic principles underlying the electronic computer
¤born: Johann Louis Neumann 
born on 12-8-1903 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary
expired 2-8-1957 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 53   cause: cancer
first Nazi foreign minister Baron  Constantin Von Neurath   convicted of being a war criminal at Nuremburg
expired 8-14-1956 in Enzweihingen, Germany   age 83
Nazi auto manufacturer  Wilhelm Von Opel   his company is now owned by General Motors
expired 5-2-1948 in Wiesbaden, Germany   age 76
pacifist/anti-Nazi journalist  Carl von Ossietzky   was arrested the morning after the Reichstag fire (February 28, 1933), imprisoned & tortured, then sent to concentration camps; world-wide outrage at his treatment caused the Nobel peace prize committee to award him the prize for 1935 in November of 1936 (they originally were going to sit on the money, banking it for later); he was released from prison but prevented from going to the award ceremony; he lived out his life in a tuberculosis sanitarium; his lawyer was convicted of embezzeling his Nobel award money
born on 10-3-1889 in Hamburg, Germany
expired 5-4-1938 in Berlin, Germany   age 48   cause: tuberculosis
1932 German chancellor  Franz Von Papen   aided Hitler's rise to power
expired 5-2-1969 in Obersasbach, Germany   age 89
German foreign minister (1938-45)/war criminal  Joachim Von Ribbentrop   negotiate infamous "non-aggression" treaty with Molotov that carved up Poland between Germany and Russia
born on 4-30-1893 in Wesel, Germany
expired 10-16-1946 in Nuremburg, Germany   age 53   cause: hanged
Field Marshall  Karl Rudolf Gerd Von Runstedt
expired 2-24-1953 in Hannover, Prussia, Germany   age 77
Hitler Youth head (1933-40)  Baldur Von Schirach   did 20 years in Spandau (1946-66) for his part in the deportation and execution of 50,000 Austrian Jews during World War II
expired 8-8-1974 in Kroev, Germany   age 67
German industrialist  Carl Friedrich Von Siemens   headed electrical equipment firm founded by his father
expired 7-10-1941 in Berlin, Germany   age 68
German military officer Lt. Col.  Claus Schenk Graf Von Stauffenberg   leader in plot to kill Hitler; his wife died in 2006
born on 11-15-1907 in Upper Franconia, Germany
expired 7-20-1944 in Berlin, Germany   age 36   cause: executed
movie director  Josef Von Sternberg   "discovered" Marlene Dietrich
¤born: Jonas Sternberg 
born on 5-29-1894 in Vienna, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary
expired 12-22-1969 in Hollywood, California   age 75   cause: heart attack
director & actor  Erich Von Stroheim   played Captain von Rauffenstein in Le Grande Illusion (1937) & Norma Desmond's manservant in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
expired 5-12-1957 in Paris, France   age 71
movie/tv sound editor  Josef Erich von Stroheim II   son of movie director; worked on The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) & So Fine (1981)
born on 9-18-1922 in Los Angeles, California
expired 3-22-2002 in Van Nuys, California   age 79   cause: complications from lung cancer
Baroness  Bertha Sophie Felicita von Suttner   ardent pacifist; she briefly worked for Alfred Nobel as his secretary & housekeeper (1876); it is speculated that her correspondence with Nobel led to his inclusion of the Peace Prize in his will (she was awarded the prize in 1905)
¤née: Countess Kinsky von Chinic und Tettau 
born on 6-9-1843 in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
expired 6-21-1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary   age 71   cause: cancer
tin pan alley composer  Albert von Tilzer   wrote the music to "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" (lyrics by Jack Norworth; 1908); didn't actually attend his first baseball game until 1928
¤born: Albert Gumm 
born on 3-29-1878 in Indianapolis, Indiana
expired 10-1-1956 in Los Angeles, California   age 78
 Agathe Joanna Erwina Gobertina von Trapp   another one of the singing siblings
born on 3-12-1913 in Pola, Istria, Austria-Hungary
expired 12-28-2010 in Towson, Maryland   age 97   cause: congestive heart failure
   Contest Selectors
2009SBAP3.3%

head of family of singers Baron  Georg Von Trapp   his family's story is the basis for The Sound of Music; he was a World War I U-Boat commander
expired 5-30-1947 in Stowe, Vermont   age 67
former nun  Maria Augusta von Trapp   second wife of Georg; survived by son Johannes, daughters Eleanore Campbell & Rosmarie Trapp, stepsons Rupert & Werner von Trapp and stepdaughters Maria F. Trapp, Agathe & Johanna von Trapp
¤born: Maria Augusta Kutschera 
born on 1-26-1905 in train approaching Vienna, Austria
expired 3-28-1987 in Morrisville, Vermont   age 82   cause: heart failure
former singing youth  Werner von Trapp   part of the family that escaped the Nazis and came to the U.S. resulting in a big Broadway & movie musical
born on 12-21-1915 in Zell am See, Austria-Hungary
expired 10-11-2007 in Waitsfield, Vermont   age 91
   Contest Selectors
2007RAVN3.2%
   Scored 5.9000 solo points

Nazi nuclear physicist  Carl Friedrich Freiherr von Weizsäcker   worked on their A-bomb program; after the war became just one more peace-lovin' "philosopher"; brother of the former German president
born on 6-28-1912 in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
expired 4-28-2007 in Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany   age 94
   Contest Selectors
2006WEP3.3%
2007WEP3.2%
   Scored 5.6000 solo points

AKS: Weizsacker Weizsaecker Wiseacre Wiseaker
Burns and Allen's announcer  Harry Von Zell   once introduced president Herbert Hoover as "Hoober Heaver"; narrated Warner-Pathé newsreels in 1940s
born on 7-11-1906 in Indianapolis, Indiana
expired 11-21-1981 in Calabasas, California   age 75
   Contest Selectors
1979 RR7.7%

Our Gang child actress  M. Lucille Vore
¤aka: "Baby Lucille
born on 10-10-1916
expired 4-8-1999 in San Diego, California   age 82   cause: congestive heart failure
movie director  Bernard Vorhaus   directed Way Down South (1939)
born on 12-25-1904 in New York, New York
expired 11-23-2000 in London, England   age 95   cause: "natural causes"
apartheid proponent  Balthazar Johannes Vorster   South African prime minister (1966-78) & president (1978-79)
born on 12-13-1915 in Jamestown, South Africa
expired 9-10-1983 in Capetown, South Africa   age 67
   Contest Selectors
1979 RR7.7%

long-time National Geographic employee  Frederick George "Ted" Vosburgh   started with the organization in 1933; ended his career as editor of the magazine (1967-70)
born on 9-16-1904 in Johnstown, New York
expired 2-16-2005   age 100   cause: pneumonia
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
character actor  Andréas Voutsinas   played Roger DeBris' manservant Carmen Giya in The Producers (1968); in the early 1960s dated Jane Fonda
born on 8-22-1931 in Khartoum, Sudan
expired 6-8-2010 in Athens, Greece   age 78
AKS: Andreas
author  Ethel Lillian Voynich   wrote book The Gadfly (1897); it was made into a movie and an opera
expired 7-27-1960 in New York, New York   age 96
fashion maven  Diana Dalziel Vreeland
born on 7-29-1903 in Paris, France
expired 8-22-1989 in New York, New York   age 86
silent film actress  Eva von BErne   appeared in the lost silent film The Masks of the Devil (1928)
¤born: Eva Plentzner von Scharneck
Mrs. Helmut Krauss 
born on 7-9-1910 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austro-Hungarian Empire
expired 11-9-2010 in Hedevar, Hungary   age 100   cause: "a short illness"
 Vu Ky   personal secretary to Ho Chi Minh (1945-69)
¤born: Vu Long Chuan 
born on --1921 in Me Son, Thuong Tin Commune, Ha Tay Province, Annam (French Indochina)
expired 4-16-2005 in Hanoi, Vietnam   age 84   cause: organ failure
last South Vietnamese prime minister  Vu Van Mau   appointed days before the fall of Saigon; captured by the North Vietnamese and forced to endure "re-education" (torture) camps
expired 8-20-1998 in Paris, France   age 84

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