Jim Barnes - All-American at Texas Western who played in the NBA for the Knicks, Bullets, Lakers, Bulls and the 1969 championship Boston Celtics, died of a heart attack Sept. 14 at age 61.
Dida (Edvaldo Alves de Santa Rosa) - Brazilian soccer star who led Brazil to victory in the 1958 World Cup, died Sept. 17 of liver failure at age 68.
Vern Escoe - Canadian boxer who lost the heavyweight championship fight to Earl Walls in 1952, and also boxed greats Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore, died of cancer at age 78.
Lindsay Floyd - Assistant women’s basketball coach and former player at the University of Alabama-Huntsville was killed in a car accident that severely injured head coach Andy Blackston on Sept 18. She was 23.
Bob Hayes - Olympic gold-metal sprinter in 1964 who gained the nickname “World’s Fastest Human”, who later went on to a successful career as an NFL receiver with the Dallas Cowboys, and remains the only individual with both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring, died of prostate cancer complications Sept. 18 at age 59.
Chester “Swede” Johnston - Running back on the Green Bay Packer’s championship 1931 and 1936 teams who was believed to be the oldest living Packer player (until now obviously), died Sept. 19 at age 92.
Art Liggins - Career boxer who once made a bid to fight in the 1976 Olympics, died after being knocked out in a “Toughman” boxing competition in Boise Idaho on Sept. 15. He was 44 years old.
Mike Paidousis - Professional wrestler who was a former college football star at Tennessee, and went on to wrestle in North America, Japan, Australia and South America, died Sept. 9 at age 78.
Mauro Ramos de Oliveira - Team captain of the Brazilian soccer team that won the 1962 World Cup, died of stomach cancer on Sept. 18 at age 72.
Tony Sacco - Referee in the NFL from 1957 to 1975 including work in the 1971 Super Bowl, who founded Sacco Mid-States Inc, a multi-million dollar industrial chemical company after retiring from the NFL, died of heart failure on Sept. 11 at age 84.
Art and Literature
Quita Brodhead - Painter of colorful figurative and abstract paintings for more than 80 years, whose early work was mostly nudes but gravitated to abstract paintings later, died on Sept. 4 at age 101.
Bernice Chesler - Author known as the “Bed and Breakfast Ambassador” because of the influential “Bernice Chesler’s Bed & Breakfast..” set of guidebooks, died of cancer Sept. 4 at age 69.
Elizabeth Coblentz - Author and columnist who wrote the syndicated column “The Amish Cook” that appears in 95 newspapers and two cookbooks of the same name, who wrote by candlelight and would not allow herself to be photographed because of her religion (hence no pic here), died on Sept. 17 of an aortic aneurysm at age 66.
Eileen Colwell - Author of children’s books and librarian who was the founder of the children’s library movement in England (she added children’s books sections to libraries and developed the present day storytelling in libraries), and who wrote such books as “Princess Splendour” and “The Magic Umbrella”, died Sept. 17 at age 98.
Curtis Cuffie - New York sculptor who developed a technique during his years of homelessness where he would make sculptures out of things he found on the street (like an upside down mop draped in rags that looked like an urban scarecrow), died of a heart attack Sept. 13 at age 47.
George Daniell - Photographer best known for his black-and-white protraits of actors, artists and writers, and whose work is on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., died Sept. 14 after a stroke at age 91.
Sidney Epstein - Washington journalist who worked at several papers since 1937 and rose to editor of the old Washington Star, died of Alzheimer’s disease on Sept. 15 at age 81.
Theresa Pollak - Artist and founder of the art schools at both Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond, whose paintings are housed in galleries throughout Virginia, died Sept. 18 at the age of 103.
Rosie magazine - The former 125-year old McCall’s magazine which changed it’s name to Rosie after being purchased by Rosie O’Donnell is stopping publication after Ms. O’Donnell decided to sever all ties after a dispute with the publisher after 1 year of operation.
Joan Trimble-Smith - Artist best known for her portraits, including the painting of Justice Nathan Clifford that hangs in the U.S. Supreme Court, died of cancer Sept. 7 at age 77.
David Wisniewski - Former circus clown turned illustrator and children’s book author, best known for his “cut-paper” technique in many books including “Golem”, “Sundiata: Lion King of Mali” and the yet to be released “Halloweenie”, died Sept. 11 after a brief illness at age 49.
Politics and Military
Ralph Appezzato - Mayor of Alameda, California who could not run for a third term as mayor due to term limits, and who ran for county supervisor this year and lost, committed suicide by means of a self-inflicted gunshot on Sept. 16 at age 67.
Raúl Chibas - Former close associate to Fidel Castro who fled Cuba for the U.S. 19 months after Castro took power, then became an outspoken advocate for ousting Castro from Cuba, died on August 25 at age 86.
Aaron Danzig - One-armed attorney who represented a one-arm client in the landmark 1938 Supreme Court case “Erie Railroad Co. v. Tompkins” that limited the power of the federal courts and shifted a great deal of power to the state courts, died on Sept. 10 at age 89.
Emile Boga Doudou - Interior minister of the Ivory Coast under President Laurent Gbagbo was killed when insurgents led by former Ivory Coast ruler General Robert Guei stormed his home during an uprising on Sept. 19. His age is unknown.
Ramon Garces - Influential journalist, author and advocate for poor immigrant farm workers, known for his scathing columns against the Texas political establishment, and whose influence led to the first federal bilingual education legislation, died of prostate cancer on Sept. 14 at age 76.
General Robert Guei - Former ruler of Ivory Coast, who was ousted from office in elections in 2000, and who staged an uprising early morning Sept. 19 to try to overthrow elected President Laurent Gbagbo (Interior minister Emile Boga Doudou was killed by the insurgents and 2 other government officials were kidnapped), was shot to death by government troops at the age of 61.
Nacdet Kent - Turkish diplomat who risked his life to save Jews during World War II in a little-known chapter of Holocaust history died Sept 20 of undisclosed causes at age 91.
Harry Kizirian - Rhode Island postmaster who was the first to install an automated post office while being the youngest postmaster in the U.S., and who was a WW2 hero awarded the Navy Cross, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Citation, and the Rhode Island Cross, died Sept. 12 at age 77.
William J. Lehrfeld - Controversial Washington attorney who sat on the 1997 House Ethics Committee investigating Newt Gingrich, but who himself served as the primary legal counsel to a covert, multimillion-dollar effort by conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife to investigate President Clinton, as well as donating $50,000 to the Paula Jones legal defense fund, died Sept. 12 of stomach cancer at age 66.
Roman Mayfield - Black machinist at Boeing whose high-profile show of loyalty to the IAMAW union during the 1948 strike (the union didn't provide benefits to black workers in the 40’s), helped break down the ban on black members in 1950, died of a heart attack on Sept. 10 at age 81.
Irene Mulroney - Mother of Brian Mulroney, who was prime minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993, died of natural causes Sept. 14 at age 90.
Guy J. Pauker - Consultant to the National Security Counsel as an expert on the affairs of Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, from the 1960’s to 80’s, and who wrote more than 100 books about Southeast Asia, died after a long illness Sept. 4 at age 85.
Shelby Rhinehart - Tennessee state representative who was the longest-serving member of the state House of Representatives, serving from 1959-63 and then continuously from 1973 to present, died Sept. 19 after a stroke at age 75.
Stephen Tauzer - Assistant District Attorney in Kern County California (Bakersfield), who prosecuted a number of high-profile cases including leading an investigation into corruption in local government, was found brutally murdered in his home Sept. 15 at the age of 57.
Hubert Williams - Welsh aviator who was the only surviving pilot from the Royal Flying Corps in WW1, who joined the RFC in 1915 and was shot down over Northern Greece in 1917, barely escaping death, died at the age of 106.
Social and Religion
Tay-Lah Armstrong - One of the Australian conjoined twins who were joined at the back of the head but were separated in 2000, died of kidney problems at age 2.
Angelo Buono - Serial killer who with his cousin Kenneth Bianchi were known as the Hillside Stranglers for kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing twelve women between the ages of 12 and 28 during a four month period in 1977 and 1978, was found dead in his prison cell of unknown causes on Sept. 21 at age 67.
John Carsten Harper - Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington DC who preached to 8 presidents during his 30 years of leading services there before retiring in 1993, died of a heart attack Sept. 13 at age 78.
Kristen Jackson - Wooster, Ohio girl who was reported missing from the Wayne County Fair on September 9, was found dismembered on Sept. 14 (Joel Yockey, a convicted kidnapper & rapist, who was recently released from prison, is being held). Kristen was 14 years old.
The Lotz Family- Family in Bangor, Michigan who had just moved there from Lafayette, Indiana were killed when the house they had moved into was leveled in a gas explosion during their first night in the house on Sept 15. Killed were Marshall Lotz, 34, his wife Alaine, 31, and their children Conner, 4, and Colin, 1 and Alaine Lotz’ mother, Pricilla Reppert, 56.
Ed Nies (aka “Dr. Loveto”) - Aficionado of the rock group Kiss, who collected and was a dealer for their memorabilia and followed the band across the country when they were on tour, died Sept. 14 of a heart attack at age 40 .
Jessie Patrick - Texas man convicted of raping and beating to death 80-year old Nina Redd in 1989, was executed by lethal injection Sept. 17 at age 44.
The Sanchez Family - Los Angeles mother and her 3 children that were killed when drunk driver Martin Valadez sped thru a crosswalk, never braking, hitting and killing all 4 (mother Evelia Sanchez, 31 and children Andrea, 5, Carlos, 3, and Rafael, 2), leaving husband and father Jose Sanchez without a family. The accident was witnessed by dozens of people and left behind a scene so disturbing that both witnesses and emergency workers were sent for counseling.
Ron Shamburger - Former Texas A&M student who in 1994 broke into the home of fellow student and acquaintance Lori Baker, shot her to death, robbed the house and set it on fire, was executed by lethal injection Sept. 18 at age 30..
Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan - Roman Catholic Cardinal who was imprisoned by the Communists in Vietnam and whose story was told in the autobiographical book "The Way of Hope--Thoughts of Light From a Prison Cell", and who was considered as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, died of cancer Sept. 16 at age 74.
Mary Ellis Borglum Vhay - Daughter of Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, and one of the last living links of the building of that monument, died Sept. 11 at age 86.
Mollie Wilmot - Palm Beach socialite who became a celebrity when a freighter beached in the back yard of her oceanfront estate in 1984 (next door to Rose Kennedy), and she played hostess to the national media during the 4 month ordeal of getting the vessel removed, died after a long illness on Sept. 17 at age 78.
Business and Science
Dr. Robert Apfel - Scientist at Yale University who devoted much of his career to the study of liquids, and developed a technique, known as acoustic levitation, for using sound waves to suspend drops of liquid in the air (he did much, much more but that one sounded the coolest), died of cancer on Aug. 1 at age 59.
Marx Brook - Professor at New Mexico Tech who was known for his research on lightning and thunderstorms, including studies in conjunction with NASA in the 70’s, who invented a fast-scanning surveillance radar device, died Sept. 3 after abdominal surgery at age 82.
Dr. Karl Brown - Researcher who was a pioneer in the development of the compact linear accelerator for cancer treatment, which aims highly precise radiation beams at tumors while minimizing exposure to healthy surrounding tissues (but you already knew that), died of heart failure Aug. 29 at age 76.
Donald Campbell - Engineer at Exxon Mobil who during WW2 with 3 other engineers invented a method to break large hydrocarbons into smaller molecules which allowed the nation to quickly and cheaply produce synthetic rubber and aviation fuel, that one official called “the last nail in the coffin of the Axis”, died Sept. 15 at age 98.
Derek Davies - Longtime editor of the Far East Economic Review who turned the magazine into a leading source of English-language news and analysis about Asia, died of cancer on Sept. 15 at age 71.
Dr. Orvan Hess - First doctor on record to use penicillin to treat an illness when he gave a shot in 1942 to cure a mother of scarlet fever after she had had a miscarriage, and who later invented the first fetal heart monitor, died Sept. 6 at age 96.
Dr. Robert Kirschner - Internationally recognized forensic pathologist and human rights activist who helped exhume mass graves and served on criminal tribunals in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, died Sept. 15 of kidney cancer at age 61.
John Linsley - Physicist and Nobel-prize nominee who developed ground-based detection of cosmic rays, charged particles in space that travel near the speed of light and create a shower of atomic particles when they hit Earth’s atmosphere (but you already knew that), died Sept. 15 at age 77.
Charles H. Lowe - One of the leading naturalists and ecologists of the U.S. Southwest who published more than 130 articles and books on Arizona’s natural environments, died Sept. 13 after a long illness at age 82.
Robert Morrison - Founder in 1948 of the Molded Fiber Glass Corp., a pioneer company in fiber glass reinforced plastics research, production, and technology with 16 plants nationwide, died Sept. 16 after a long illness at age 92.
Edward Myers - Founder of the first aquaculture operation in the U.S. when he opened Abandoned Farms on the Damariscotta River in Maine (don’t ask me what this is as I could never figure it out), died Sept. 19 at age 85.
Howard Odum - One of the founders of modern ecology with his brother Eugene Odum (died August 10), who specialized in the study of the Everglades and their restoration, died of cancer Sept. 11 at age 78.
Stanley I. Skelskie - Food technologist who was director of R&D at Ocean Spray in the 60’s who developed Cranapple Juice which was introduced in 1965, died Sept. 18 at the age of 80.
Peter Stroh - Former owner, CEO and president of the 150 year-old Stroh’s brewery, which became the third largest brewery in the U.S. under his direction in the early 80’s when they purchased Schlitz Brewing (I wondered what ever happened to Schlitz), which was in turn bought out by Miller Brewing in 1999 (I wondered what ever happened to Stroh’s), died of brain cancer Sept. 17 at age 74.
Sir Robert Wilson - British astrophysicist known for his work on the Hubble telescope, who also helped develop an early orbiting observatory that helped provide previously unknown details about comets and supernovas, died Sept. 2 of undisclosed causes at age 75.