Don Carlsen - Major league baseball pitcher with the Cubs and Pirates who compiled a lifetime 2-4 record, and whose struggles with alcoholism led him to create the Ryne Duren Celebrity Golf Tournament, died Sept. 22 of cancer at age 75.
Joe Carlson - Basketball coach at UC-Davis from 1963 until 1967 who led the program to its only postseason NCAA Tournament appearance in 1967, died Oct. 24 at age 69.
William Clothier II - Son of legendary tennis player William Clothier, who was a tennis star in his own right during the 1930’s, who later went on to work for both the FBI and CIA as special agent, died Oct. 19 of leukemia at age 86.
Kent Cooper - Ten-time National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc qualifier who was $86 short of winning the national championship in 1984, died on Oct. 23 of neck cancer at age 47.
Les Douglas - NHL center who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1943, but who didn’t become a star until 6 years later when in the minor-leagues he became the first professional hockey player to score 100 points in 1950 in a season with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL, died Oct. 20 of cancer at age 83.
Manfred Ewald - East German head of sport who organized the state-sponsored system of providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, which have lead to severe heath problems for the athletes and their offspring, and who remained unrepentant even after he was convicted of intentionally inflicting bodily harm, died of a lung infection on Oct. 21 at age 76.
Mel Harder - All Star pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians from 1928 until 1947 winning 223 games, and who was one of the most consistent pitchers during that era but never quite got enough votes for the Hall of Fame, died Oct. 20 after a long illness at age 93.
Jan Jansen - President of the Norwegian ski federation, a huge sport in Norway, who was a big celebrity there (betcha can’t name U.S.’s ski federation president), died of intestinal cancer on Oct. 22 at age 58.
Al Lerner - Billionaire, CEO of MBNA (the largest credit-card lender in the U.S.) and the man responsible for bringing football back to the frenzied fans of Cleveland, when he used his own money to buy an expansion football franchise in 1998 that became the replacement Cleveland Browns, after the evil Art Modell unceremoniously moved the team to Baltimore after the 1995 season, died Oct. 23 of brain cancer at age 69.
Katie Lynch - 28-inch tall woman who had a rare connective tissue disorder that kept her from growing, who was in the news during the Boston Marathon in 2001 when she left her wheelchair and took 26 steps, died Oct. 24 at age 27.
Jim Nicholl - Basketball star at Loyola of Chicago who led his team to a second place finish in the 1949 championship to San Francisco, died Oct. 17 at age 77.
Fred Scolari - Pear-shaped NBA All-Star known as “Fat Freddie” who played as guard for Washington, Fort Wayne, Syracuse, Baltimore and Boston, who used a from-the-hip shot that kept him among the league's scoring leaders, and who was head coach of the Baltimore Bullets in 1951-52, died after falling down the stairs on Oct. 17 at age 80.
Rusty Wailes - Two-time gold-medal rower for the United States in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics in Rome, died Oct. 11 of a heart attack while rowing at age 66.
Nolan White - Hot-rodder who set a world land-speed record of 413.156 mph in his Spirit of Autopower streamliner on August 12, died Oct. 20 from injuries received in a crash on Oct. 17, after his parachute tether broke while trying to break that record (he did get to 422 mph prior to the crash though). He was 71 years old.
Jake Young - All-American center who played football at the University of Nebraska who went on to get his law degree and was a practicing attorney stationed in Hong Kong, was killed along with 190 people on Oct. 12 when a bomb exploded outside a nightclub in Bali. He was 34 years old.
Art and Literature
Manuel Alvarez Bravo - Photographer known as the “photographer-poet”, who was one of the leading photographers of surrealism during the 30’s and 40’s whose images reflected a sympathy for the working class, died on Oct. 19 at age 100.
Stanley F. Chyet - Scholar and professor of American Jewish history and translator of Jewish literature, died of cancer on Oct. 19 at age 71.
Phoebe Gilman - Children’s book writer best known for the series of “Jillian Jiggs” picture books, who was among the most popular children’s authors in Canada, died of breast cancer and leukemia on Oct. 23 at age 62.
Elizabeth Longford - Royal biographer known as the Countess of Longford whose real name was Elizabeth Harman Pakenham, whose biographies of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington are considered to be the best written of those two British historical figures, and who was the mother of novelist Rachel Billington and historian Thomas Pakenham, died Oct. 23 of old age at age 96.
Eileen Simpson - Writer best known for her memoirs “Poets in Their Youth” which chronicled the tumultuous years she spent married to poet John Berryman, died on Oct. 21 at age 84.
Everett Spruce - Landscape artist who was one of the first Texas artists to follow the American Scene Painting movement of the 1920’s and 1930’s, died Oct. 18 at age 94.
Walt Walker - Los Angeles artist credited with opening and operating the first gallery designed to show the work of African American artists when he opened the LeJan Gallery in the 1950’s, died Oct. 13 of unspecified causes at age 84.
Robert Winthrop White - Sculptor best known for creating the statue of Gen. John J. Pershing that sits in Pershing Park in Washington, died Sept. 21 at age 81.
Politics and Military
Winton “Red” Blount - Wealthy Alabama businessman who served as U.S. Postmaster General and was one of the most influential persons in Alabama, shaping the state financially, educationally, artistically and politically, died on Oct. 24 at age 81.
Alvar “Swede” Franzon - Merchant marine aboard the USS Meredith in 1950 during the Korean War who played a vital role in rescuing 14,000 fleeing North Korean refugees, mostly women and children, in what has been called "the greatest rescue operation by a single ship in the history of mankind" and whose story was chronicled in the book “Ship of Miracles”, died Oct. 22 at age 80.
Gary Gibson - Mayor of Springfield, MO since 1999 who had served in city government since 1994 and was president of Gibson & Assoc. consulting firm, died of cancer Oct. 25 at age 52.
Richard Helms - Director of the CIA from 1966 until he was fired by Richard Nixon in 1973 for refusing to block an FBI probe into Watergate, whose role in the scandal was later probed by the Justice Department and who is remembered for some of the CIA’s most nefarious activities like domestic spying, assassination planning of Castro and other illegal activities, died Oct. 22 of undisclosed causes at age 89.
Koki Ishii - Japanese anti-corruption crusader and spokesman for the Japanese Democratic Party, Japan’s second largest party (called the opposition party), was attacked and stabbed to death in front of his home on Oct. 25. He was 61 years old.
Learnmore Jongwe - Leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party in Zimbabwe who was an opponent of dictator/president Robert Mugabe, who was arrested in July for the stabbing death of his wife, was found dead of unknown causes in his cell after an attack of vomiting at the age of 28.
Larry Justus - Nine-term Republican North Carolina state representative who was at the center of the recent debate about UNC students being required to read a book about the Quran (he sponsored a bill to block public funding for the university), and who was running unopposed in the Nov. 5 election, died suddenly on Oct. 20 of shock complicated by respiratory problems at age 70.
Denison Kitchel - Campaign manager for Barry Goldwater during his successful Senate runs as well as his unsuccessful Presidential campaign in 1964 when Goldwater lost to Lyndon Johnson, died Oct. 10 at age 94.
Bryce Lilly - American soldier who was forced to surrender to the Japanese in WW2 and was one of the few to survive the Bataan Death March, weighing only 70 lbs when rescued, a loss of 110 lbs after capture, died Oct. 17 at age 82.
Alina Pienkowska - Legendary Polish labor activist who single-handedly prevented the Gdansk Shipyard strike from ending when she grabbed a loudspeaker as workers started returning to their jobs and made a passionate speech which prolonged the strike long enough for the workers to get their basic demands, died of cancer on Oct. 24 at age 50.
Warren Featherstone Reid - Long-time Washington state Democratic advisor who served Senator Warren Magnuson and Governor Booth Gardner among others, and helped Washington secure funding for the Mount St. Helens cleanup, and later served as chairman of the Washington State Board of Health, died Oct. 19 at age 73.
Paul Wellstone - Sentator from Minnesota who was a champion of healthcare expansion and environmental issues, and was considered one of the most liberal in the Senate, and who was in a tough re-election campaign against Republican Norm Coleman, was killed in a plane crash with his wife Shelia (57?) and daughter Marcia (33) on Oct. 25 at age 58.
Xu Zhongtian - President of the People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist Party newspaper, who had previously served as the editor-in-chief and VP, died Oct. 24 of undisclosed causes at age 62.
Geraldina Zog - Queen of Albania after she married King Ahmet in 1938 who remained Queen until Albania was invaded by Italy in 1939 at the beginning of WW2, and who remained in exile until June of 2002, when she was invited to return to Albania, died Oct. 22 of lung and heart problems related to the move to Albania at age 87.
Social and Religion
Ziad Akari - Man convicted of killing his wife, dumping her body and fleeing to his native Egypt to escape punishment, but was captured and extradited back to Pennsylvania, was found dead in his prison cell on Oct. 17 of unknown causes at age 45.
Eddie Araujo - Newark, California teen who dressed and lived as a girl, and who had been missing since attending a party on Oct. 3 where he had sex with three men who apparently didn't discover his gender until after the fact, was found dead (beaten to death) and buried in a remote area and the three men are charged in his death. He was 17 years old.
Ramona Sawyer Barth - Feminist and author who was an early spokesman for the National Organization of Women who was known for protesting the images of women portrayed in the media, and who wrote "Fiery Angel", the biography of Florence Nightingale, died Oct. 20 at age 91.
Marian Bergeron - Oldest living former Miss America who was crowned in 1933 at the age of 15, but the scandal following the revelation of her true age and other factors caused the pageant to be canceled the next year, and who went on to a brief career as a big band singer with bands including Guy Lombardo, died Oct. 22 at age 84.
California condor chicks - The last of the 3 baby California condors allowed to hatch in the wild was found dead on Oct. 23 (the first was found dead 3 weeks ago and the second last week). No cause of death found yet though the second chick was found to have in its stomach 12 bottle caps, shards of glass, electrical fixtures, and several screws and washers (These birds may be rare but nobody accused them of being intelligent).
Adam Christmer & Samantha Lemming - Teenage husband and wife from Walker County Georgia who were murdered and dismembered and body parts strewn over two states, in a bizarre case where a 51-year-old man, his 70-year-old mother and 74-year-old aunt are being held by authorities (This will be a movie of the week I’m sure). Christmer was 17 and Lemming was 16.
The Dawson Family - Baltimore family who lived in an East Baltimore row house and had fought for 8 months to get drug pushers away from their house, including calling the police more than 50 times, were killed when their house was firebombed in the middle of the night on Oct. 16. Killed were mother Angela Dawson, 36, children LaWanda, 14, Juan, 12, Carnell Jr., 10, and twins Kevin and Keith, 9. Father Carnell Dawson, Sr. (not pictured), 43, died Oct. 23.
Harry Hay - Early gay activist and one of the first to suggest that gays represented a cultural minority, who in 1949 formed the Mattachine Society, a secret network of support groups for homosexuals, died Oct. 24 of lung cancer at age 90.
Conrad Johnson - Oxon Hill, Maryland bus driver who was married and the father of two children, who was up before dawn to prepare for his daily bus route, was gunned down at 6:00 AM on the steps of his bus just before he was to leave. He was 35 years old.
Harry H.L. Kitano - Social scientist and leading authority on race and ethnic relations whose textbook “Race Relations” is a staple of sociology classes, died of a stroke on Oct. 20 at age 76.
Jerome Richardson - Baton Rouge teen who was doused with lighter fluid and set on fire while sleeping by his father John Powell on August 13, died on Oct. 22 from his injuries at age 14.
Christopher Sheldon - Captain of the sailing ship Albatross, who took 15 students, 2 teachers, a cook and his wife on a field trip in 1961, when the ship was hit by a freak storm and sank with Sheldon, 11 students and the teachers surviving and inspiring the move “White Squall” with Jeff Bridges portraying Sheldon, died Oct. 5 of pancreatic cancer at age 76.
Robert B. Wallace - Son of former U.S. Vice-President Henry Wallace, who was an agribusiness executive and activist, as co-chairman of Population Action International, and as founder of Wallace Global Fund, died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 10 at age 84.
Business and Science
Dr. Peter Bergmann - Noted physicist who worked with Albert Einstein in advancing the theory of relativity to the scientific community and who was among the first to explain how a fifth dimension could be real, died on Oct. 19 at age 87.
Jesse Greenstein - Astrophysicist who is best known for his pioneering work on the study of quasars (star-like objects that generate large amounts of light & radio waves, but you already knew that) and white dwarf stars, died on Oct. 21 after a fall at age 93.
Dr. Elmo Hardy - Entomologist who was the premier expert in the study of flies, and who described over 3,000 new species (50 of which are named for him), died Oct. 17 at age 88.
Fred Paulsell - Seattle businessman who was one of the co-founders of Costco Wholesale Corp. died on Oct. 22 at age 63.
Jerome Rosow - Founder and chairman of the Work in America Institute, a nonprofit research organization that focuses on productivity and workplace issues, and author of such books as “Worker and the Job: Coping With Change” and “Training: The Competitive Edge”, died on Oct. 11 at age 82.
Nikolai Rukavishnikov - Russian cosmonaut who took 3 trips into space with the Soyuz 10, Soyuz 16 and Soyuz 33, all in the 1970’s, encountering dramatic difficulties in two of the missions, died Oct. 20 of a heart attack at age 70.
Joseph Weinberg - Physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project (yes, another one), who was later accused by the House un-American Activities Committee of being “Scientist X” who leaked secret atomic bomb information to the Soviet Union, who lost his professorship and was jailed for perjury, only to be eventually exonerated, died Oct. 22 of cancer at age 85.