Ramli Amat - Olympic sprinter and Malaysian national hero, who was one of the fastest runners in the world and competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, collapsed and died while jogging on Nov. 17 at age 47.
Dick Case - The first executive director of the U.S. Baseball Federation, which is the governing body for amateur baseball including college baseball, who was a key player in getting baseball promoted to an Olympic sport, died Nov. 19 after a long illness at age 73.
Ray Downey - The PA announcer for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1947 until 1994 who missed only 2 of the 344 Steelers games during that time, died Nov. 22 of heart disease at age 93.
Steve Durbano - Troubled NHL hockey player who played six seasons with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Kansas City (I forgot they had a pro team once) and Colorado, but spent many years in prison after his playing days (importing cocaine, running a prostitution ring), died of liver cancer Nov. 16 at age 50.
Bill Eason - One of the original owners of the Indiana Pacers NBA team when it entered the league in 1967, who had made his money as inventor of the blood-testing device, the Unimeter, and was founder of Bio-Dynamics, died on Nov. 19 at age 78.
Kim Gallagher - Middle-distance runner who won medals for the U.S. at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games, died of stomach cancer on Nov. 18 at age 38.
Louis J. Gardipee - Season ticket holder for the Green Bay Packers since 1952, who was recently inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, died Nov. 14 at age 93.
Gwendolen MacPhail - Wife of former American League president Lee MacPhail and mother of Minnesota Senator Mark Dayton, died on Nov. 18 after a lengthy illness at age 82.
Alexandre de Merode - Head of the Olympics’ medical commission that oversaw policy on athlete doping and drug testing of athletes for nearly 40 years, and whose commission was responsible for stripping sprinter Ben Johnson of his gold medal after the 1988 Games in Seoul, died on Nov. 19 of lung cancer at age 68.
Johnny Perry - Internationally ranked strongman competitor, who stood 6-5 and weighed 350 lbs. with 25 inch arms, who competed on ESPN and was known to flip compact cars for sport, was found dead Nov. 21 of unknown causes at age 30.
Ben Plucknett - One of the world’s greatest discus throwers whose record throw of 237 feet from 1981 still stands as longest throw by an American, but was banned from competition in 1981 by the IAAF for steroid use, but was able to compete in the 1988 Olympic trials, died Nov. 17 of a brain aneurysm at age 48.
Andre Roch - Swiss champion skier and mountain climber who was hired by a group of investors in 1936 to survey Aspen Mountain for skiing potential, and whose vision for Aspen encouraged the formation of the Aspen Ski Club and the development of the grand ski area on Mount Hayden, died Nov. 19 at age 96.
Harry Watson - Hall of Fame hockey player who won 5 Stanley Cups in his career, 4 with Toronto and one with Detroit, in a career spanning from 1941 to 1957, died Nov. 19 at age 79.
Art and Literature
Hussein Bicar - Egyptian painter and illustrator, who was well-known for his portraits, especially those of women, died Nov. 16 of old age at age 89.
Angus Cameron - Editor-in-chief at Little Brown publishers during the late 40’s and early 50’s who published luminaries like J.D. Salinger, Lillian Hellman and Evelyn Waugh, but was forced out because of associations with left-leaning organizations during the McCarthy era, died Nov. 18 at age 93.
Amilcar de Castro - Brazil’s best-known modern sculptor, known for his massive abstract sculptures made from cut and bent iron and steel, died Nov. 21 of heart failure at age 82.
Claude Dussel - New Orleans painter and sculptor and French Quarter personality, who painted in the style of the Fantastique movement, and was known for his portraits painting, especially those of musicians, died Nov. 10 of heart failure at age 68.
Carole Kismaric - Editor who revolutionized the way fine art photography books are presented as editor director of the Aperture Foundation, including displaying multiple pictures on a page (or on more than one page) and adding text, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 19 at age 60.
Mary Meigs - Author and artist who started her career as a landscape artist and portraitist, but achieved her greatest fame with a series of autobiographical books including “Lily Briscoe: A Self Portrait”, and who won a wider measure of celebrity when she appeared in Cynthia Scott's NFB film of her own book “In The Company Of Strangers” in 1991, died after a series of strokes on Nov. 15 at age 85.
June Rouse - Editor of the Monthly Aspectarian, a New Age spirituality magazine, who also wrote poetry that appeared in several poetry publications, died of breast cancer Nov. 11 at age 72.
Travis Tuck - Weather vane sculptor whose weather vanes commanded between $10,000 and $100,000 and grace Steven Spielberg’s stable and the Penn State football stadium, died Nov. 18 of cancer at age 59.
Graham Watson - Literary agent who represented big name authors like Gore Vidal, Daphne du Maurier, John Steinbeck and Wilfred Thesiger, died Nov. 14 at age 89.
Politics and Military
Glenn L. Archer - Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State from 1948 to 1976, who fought against any kind of public aid for parochial schools and said that U.S. Catholic cardinals that voted for a pope should be forced to forfeit their citizenship to the U.S., died of Alzheimer’s on Nov. 15 at age 96.
Lynda Buckley - The former military surgical nurse whose memoir of her experiences while serving in Cambodia “Home Before Morning” detailed the horrors of the Vietnam war and its psychological aftermath, and served as the inspiration for the TV series “China Beach”, died of systemic collagen vascular disease on Nov. 15 at age 55.
Lobsang Dhargyal - Tibetan Buddhist monk and follower of the Dalai Lama, who was part of a group that advocated Tibet’s independence from China and was arrested for printing and distributing pamphlets in Oct. 2001, and who was abused and tortured while in the prison camp, died Nov. 19 at age 40.
Abba Eban - Israeli diplomat who served as its representative to the U.N. during Isreal’s struggle for independence and also as ambassador to the U.S. where he convinced Harry Truman to recognize Israel’s independence, and whose speeches at the U.N. with his eloquent speaking style are some of the most memorable, died Nov. 16 at age 87.
Francis “Doug” Fane - Navy special forces legend who was an inaugural member of the Underwater Demolition Teams in 1943, who helped develop advanced diving equipment and diving techniques which layed much of the groundwork for the Navy SEALs, and whose life was profiled in the 1958 movie “Underwater Warrior” (Dan Dailey portrayed Fane), died on Nov. 13 of prostate cancer at age 92.
James P. Hendrix - Medal of Honor winner who received the award from Harry S. Truman for single-handedly disarming and capturing 14 German soldiers in a foxhole, as well as pulling two soldiers from a burning tank while under heavy fire (wow!), died Nov. 15 of throat cancer at age 77.
Francesco De Martino - Italian Socialist leader in the 1960’s and 70’s, who tried unsuccessfully to keep Italy’s leftist interests united (the party finally collapsed in the early 1990’s), died Nov. 18 at age 95.
A.J. McClung - Civil rights pioneer and the first black person to serve as a mayor of a major southern city when he served as mayor of Columbus Georgia for 52 days in 1973, and who helped negotiate a peaceful desegregation of Columbus schools in the 1960’s, died at age 90.
Luke Salter - Son-in-law of former British Prime Minister John Major who married his daughter Elizabeth in 2000, died of brain cancer on Nov. 22 at age 30.
Prince Norihito Takamado - Cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito and seventh in line to the throne, who was a strong supporter for more openness between the imperial family and the public, and was a regular contributor of articles to Japanese newspapers and magazines, died on Nov. 21 of an apparent heart attack after playing squash. He was 47.
William Zeck - New York state judge best known for presiding over the prosecution at Nuremberg of 23 officials of a German chemical company that produced the chemicals used in the Nazi death camps, to a mixed verdict, died Oct. 26 at age 87.
Social and Religion
Rev. L. Venchael Booth - Cincinnati-based Baptist minister who helped organize the 2.5 million-member Progressive National Baptist Convention, the denomination that provided a church base for Martin Luther King Jr., died Nov. 16 after a long illness at age 83.
Mitchell Burns - Former KKK’er and key figure in the prosecution of Birmingham church bomber Thomas Blanton, who secretly recorded conversations with Blanton, and testified against him at his 2001 trial in the murder of the 4 black girls, died Nov. 19 of a heart attack at age 75.
Milviny Calderon - Girl from the Puerto Rican island of Vieques who served as a poster child for activists that claimed that Naval exercises on the island were harming human health, died of cancer Nov. 17 at age 5.
William Chappell - Texas killer who in 1988 while free on bond for molesting his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, broke into her home intending to shoot her but instead killed her half-sister Alexandra Heath, 27; her father, Elbert Sitton, 71; and her step-mother, Martha Lindsey, 50, was executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20 at age 68, becoming the oldest inmate executed in Texas since 1924.
Janette Cooke - Chairwoman of the Thalidomide Society, a group of people who survived the devastating effects of the drug taken by their mothers while pregnant (prescribed from 1958 to 1961 to control morning sickness), who was born without any limbs but defied all odds by marrying and giving birth, died Nov. 9 at age 40.
Russell Filler - Licensed pilot and contractor for NASA doing ground testing for the international space station, who was being investigated for theft of a NASA laptop with sensitive information, dove out of a small plane he was co-piloting near Houston at 9,000 feet, apparently to his death (he was not known to be wearing a parachute) and shocking the $%@# out of his co-pilot. He was 47 years old.
Mike Gatti - Elephant keeper with the Pittsburgh Zoo who had been with the zoo for 6 years, was killed on Nov. 18 when an African elephant he was walking knocked him down then crushed him with her head. He was 46.
William R. Jones - Male stripper from Kansas City who in 1985 plotted and killed 49-year-old Stanley Albert who he had been dating in order to steal his brand new white Camaro, was executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20 at age 37.
Craig Ogan - Drug informant for the DEA, who spoke several languages and had an IQ of 140, who had just moved to Houston to hide in 1989 after being discovered as a “narc”, but after a bizarre altercation shot and killed Houston police officer James Boswell, 29, was executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20 at age 47.
Bonnie Penner - American missionary who worked as a nurse in a clinic in Sidon, Lebanon that served poor local people including Palestinian refugees, was shot in the head and killed on Nov. 21 by an unknown assailant becoming the first targeted killing of a U.S. citizen in Lebanon in more than 10 years. She was from Washington and was 31 years old.
Adam Ports - A freshman at Tiffin University in Ohio who was a big fan of MTV’s “Jackass” stunt show, who on Nov. 21 was trying to recreate a stunt from the show by setting a chair on fire on the back of a pickup truck, driving around with the chair on fire then kicking it off the back all while being filmed, lost his balance and fell off the back of the truck and was killed from the head injuries. He was 18.
Samanatha - 26-foot long python at the Bronx Zoo in New York, believed to be the largest snake in captivity, died Nov. 20 of old age at age 29.
Benjamin Mathew Williams - White supremacist who was awaiting trial with his brother on murder charges for killing a California gay couple in 1999, who was sentenced to 30 years for firebombing 3 Sacramento synagogues, and who while in prison has staged one stunt after another to bring attention to himself, was found dead with slash wounds to his arms, legs and neck, apparently a suicide just weeks before his trial was to begin. He was 34.
Jennivie Worthy - Milwaukee woman who was first married and widowed 92 years ago in 1910, died Nov. 12 at age 107.
Francis Zito - Maryland man who was sentenced to death in Feb. 2001 for killing two police officers who showed up at his trailer after someone complained of loud music, and who was in the process of his first appeal on the case, saved the Maryland taxpayers the expense of many years in prison and died of lung cancer on Nov. 17 at age 43.
Business and Science
George Barrie - Owner and CEO of Faberge, Inc. from 1964 to 1984, who created of the Brut line of men’s colognes and used his Hollywood connections to be one of the first to use celebrities to advertise (Joe Namath, Farrah Fawcett, etc.), and who was an accomplished song writer teaming with Sammy Cahn for “All That Love Went to Waste” which was nominated for an Oscar in 1975, died Nov. 17 of pneumonia at age 90.
A.T. Blades - Founder of the Preston Trucking Company and CEO from 1932 until 1986, which once employed 5,500 workers nationwide but ceased operations in 1999, died Nov. 14 at age 94.
Cho Choong-hoon - Founder and long-time chairman of transportation conglomerate Hanjin which includes Korean Air, died Nov. 17 at age 82.
Dr. Clifford Frondel - One of the top mineralogists of the 20th century who was among the first people to view moon rocks brought back by Apollo 11 in 1969, and who is credited with discovering 48 new types of minerals, including Cliffordite and Frondelite (get it?), died Nov. 12 of Alzheimer’s at age 95.
Dr. David Clyde - Internationally known expert on malaria who conducted research in Tanzania and worked on malarial vaccine studies, and conducted the first successful attempt to immunize a human against malaria, died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 12 at age 77.
Dr. Victor Herbert - The researcher who discovered the correlation between anemia and lack of folic acid (found in fresh fruits and vegetables), and that anemia once common in pregnant women was also due to lack of folic acid, died Nov. 19 of cancer at age 75.
William Kessler - Dean of Detroit's architectural community who designed some of the most recognizable buildings in that city as head of William Kessler and Assoc., including the Detroit Receiving Hospital and the Detroit Science Center, died Nov. 16 of pulmonary hypertension at age 77.
William B. Langsdorf - Founding president of Cal State Fullerton, the southern California university which opened in 1959 in temporary buildings on a former orange grove and has grown to one of the largest colleges in the California state system, died of melanoma on Nov. 18 at age 93.
Robert Mark - Aeronautical engineer with NASA who was part of the Apollo 11 team that helped design the lunar module rendezvous radar system which helped the lunar lander get back to Apollo 11 after exploring the moon’s surface in 1969, died Nov. 16 of Lewy bodies disease (??) at age 77 .
Roy W. Morse - City engineer in Seattle who oversaw major construction projects in Seattle including the building of hydroelectric dams and the construction of Interstate 5, and served as president of the American Public Works Association, died on Nov. 18 at age 96.
Joseph Olivieri - Pioneer in the heating and cooling field who developed the first centralized HVAC system in a shopping mall who authored one of the best known college textbooks on heating and colling systems, "How to Design Heating Cooling Comfort Systems", died of cancer on Nov. 18 at age 77.
Dr. Mel Roman - Psychologist who was director of family research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and who was a periodic guest on the “Today” program to discuss family issues, and who was an accomplished artist, working his background in psychology into many of his exhibits, died Nov. 9 of colon cancer at age 75.
Dr. Esther Somerfeld-Ziskind - Pioneering psychiatrist who with her husband Dr. Eugene Ziskind were among the first to treat mental illness thru neurology, including electro-shock therapy, insulin and lithium, and who was seeing patients until shortly before her death, died Nov. 13 at age 101.
Dr. Nelson H. Stringer - Leading expert on uterine fibroids who founded a treatment center and published “Uterine Fibroids: What Every Woman Needs to Know”, and once performed fibroid surgery live on Oprah, died of heart failure on Nov. 9 at age 54.
Earl Warrick - Scientist at Corning Glass in the 1940’s who was attempting to develop rubber substitutes, a wartime commodity, and accidentally invented “bouncing putty” which later went to market as “Silly Putty”, died Nov. 15 at age 91.
John Whitacre - Man who started as a shoe sales clerk at Nordstrom’s and went on to become the company’s CEO in 1997 (the first non-Nordstrom family member to be CEO), and who was a college football star at the University of Washington, died on Nov. 18 of a heart attack shortly after exercising on a rowing machine. He was 50.
Dr. Arthur Winfree - Theoretical biologist highly regarded for his study of biological rhythms, more specifically the human biological clock, and the relation to sleep patterns and arrhythmia, died of cancer on Nov. 5 at age 60.