Zang Auerbach - Editorial and sports cartoonist, who worked for papers in Washington, DC, who designed the team logos for both the Boston Celtics and Washington Senators, and was the president of legendary Celtics coach Red Auerback, died Feb. 13 of heart ailments in Silver Springs, MD at age 81.
Steve Bechler - Pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, considered the second best pitching prospect in the Orioles system, who made his major league debut in 2002, who complained of dizziness during a workout at the team’s spring training complex in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Feb. 16, and was taken to a hospital, died on Feb. 17 of an apparent heat stroke possibly exacerbated by taking ephedrine (diet supplement). He was 23 years old.
Nick Duncombe - Popular and talented British rugby player, who was in the Canary Islands for pre-season practice and became ill after practice on Feb. 14 and was taken to the hospital, died Feb. 15 on unknown causes in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands at the age of 21.
Jim Gordon - Longtime New York sports broadcaster who was voice of the New York Giants NFL team from 1977 to 1994, died Feb. 17 of cancer in Putnam Valley, NY at age 76.
Dru Harrison - One of the world’s top professional surfers from the late 1960’s to the mid-1970’s, who won numerous competitions and was the no. 1 ranked surfer in 1968, and who was the first surfer to have his own signature model surf board, died Feb. 14 of undisclosed causes in Hilo, HI at age 52.
Harry Jacunski - One of the “Seven Blocks of Granite”, a group of lineman that played football at Fordham University in the 1930’s known for their strong defense, and who played in the NFL for six seasons with the Green Bay Packers (winning championships in 1939 and 1944) and coached football at Yale University for 33 years, died Feb. 20 of congestive heart failure in Branford, CT at age 87.
Costa Kittles - Star athlete and later baseball coach at Florida A&M University from 1960 until 1983, who coached such future major leaguers as Hal McRae, Andre Dawson and Vince Coleman, died Feb. 21 of a heart attack in Tallahassee, FL at age 75.
Won Kuk Lee - The founder and a grandmaster of the Korean martial art of tae kwon do, who opened the first school in Korea in 1944, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 with the help of U.S. Army Gen. William C. Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam and student of Lee, died Feb. 2 of pneumonia in Arlington, VA at age 95.
Rudy Sablo - Weightlifter who became the chairman of the Amateur Athletic Union's national weight-lifting committee and rewrote its rulebook, and who was the manager of the United States weight-lifting teams in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, died Feb. 4 in Manhattan at age 84.
Johnny Sullivan - British boxer who held the British middleweight crown from 1954 to 1955, who assumed the title when Randolph Turpin moved up to light-heavyweight and he defeated Gordon Hazell, but who lost the title in his next fight with Pat McAteer, died Feb. 4 at age 70.
Ed “Whitey” Wagner - Equipment manager for the New York Giants football team from 1976 until 1999, whose son Edward is the current equipment manager, died Feb. 18 at age 84.
Art and Literature
Zoe Anglesey - Poet, writer and expert on multiculturalism and Latin-America who translated Latin-American writers and poets into English and published and promoted them in the U.S., and who won several awards for her own work including the poetry anthology “Something More Than a Force: Poems for Guatemala”, died Feb. 12 of lung cancer at age 62.
Waistel Cooper - Painter turned potter who created vases, vessels and sculptures in a continental modernistic form, whose concern was with form over function, died Jan. 15 in Penzance, Cornwall at age 81.
Marjorie Craig Crowley - Best-selling author of the 60’s health and fitness books "Miss Craig's 21-Day Shape Up Program for Men and Women" and "Miss Craig's Face-Saving Exercises" (she wrote as Miss Craig even though she was married for over 50 years), died Feb. 21 of congestive heart failure in Naples, FL at age 90.
James Flexner - Historian and author best known for his biographies of George Washington, “Anguish and Farewell” and “Washington: The Indispensable Man”, for which he received the National Book Award and a special Pulitzer citation, and who published a total of 26 books that are all still in print, died Feb. 13 in Manhattan at age 95.
Muriel Latow - Art dealer, gallery owner and visionary who foresaw the “pop art” movement of the early 1960’s and gave Andy Worhol the idea of painting dollar bills and soup cans, which propelled him to fame, died Feb. 4 of cancer in Oxford, England at age 71.
Marvin Rosenberg - Shakespearian scholar and author whose books are familiar to every Shakespearian actor, whose works include “The Masks of Othello” and “The Masks of Macbeth”, died Feb. 10 after a stroke in El Cerrito, CA at age 90.
Mercedes Shriver - Artist who transferred many of her paintings to designer silk scarves, pareos and other wraps that are sold worldwide to clients like Madonna, Mariah Carey and Courtney Love, who was also an ardent environmentalist, was killed on Feb. 12 when she fell down a cliff while hiking near her home in Saint-Barthelemy, French West Indies. She was 41 years old.
Aleksandar Tisma - Outspoken Serbian author and strong opponent of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, whose most famous work “The Use of Man” was translated into more than a dozen languages, died recently after a long illness at age 79.
Politics and Military
Benyoussef Ben Khedda - Algerian leader who negotiated the Evian Accords with France eventually leading to Algeria’s independence from France in 1962, but who was quickly swept out of power by conservative forces, died Feb. 4 in Algiers at age 82.
Eleanor Daley - Wife of late Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, who was mayor from 1955 until 1976 running Chicago’s notorious Democratic machine, and who is the mother of current Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, died Feb. 16 of a stroke in Chicago at age 96.
Hristo Danov - One of Bulgaria’s most prominent lawyers who in 2000 was elected as the chairman of the constitutional court, the highest court empowered to revoke any legislative act not in compliance with the constitution, died Feb. 17 in Sofia, Bulgaria at age 81.
Orville Freeman - Governor of Minnesota from 1954 to 1960, who became secretary of agriculture in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died Feb. 20 of Alzheimer’s complications in Minneapolis at age 84.
Isser Harel - One of the founding fathers of Israel’s intelligence forces, who headed the Mossad Intelligence & Special Operations Institute that was responsible for capturing and trying Nazi fugitive Adolph Eichmann, and whose book "The House on Garibaldi Street" became a best-seller and a Hollywood movie, died Feb. 18 in Petah Tikva, Israel at age 91.
Mushaf Ali Mir - Chief of the Pakistan Air Force since Nov. 2000, who was the chief project director of 'Project Falcon' & 'Green Project Flash', was killed Feb. 20 in a plane crash in northwest Pakistan along with 16 other military personnel. He was 57 years old.
I. Andrew Rader - Founding chairman of the Bradley Foundation, which funds conservative think tanks, scholars and activists, died Feb. 17 of cancer in San Diego at age 88.
Robert G. Stephens - U.S. Congressman from Georgia from 1961 to 1977, who had been a prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, died Feb. 20 in Athens, GA after a long illness at age 89.
Mujib Susukan - A top commander of the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, the Philippine group notorious for kidnappings and killings, which has been loosely linked to the al-Qaida terror network and is on a U.S. list of terrorist organizations, died Feb. 19 from injuries suffered in a government raid on his hideout a day earlier in Zamboanga, Philippines. His age was not stated.
Lord Richard Wilberforce - Senior British judge and great-great-grandson of William Wilberforce, whose work led to the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1807, who carried on the family’s concern as joint president of Anti-Slavery International, died Feb. 15 in London at age 95.
Bright Williams - The last known survivor of the 100,000+ New Zealanders who left their homeland to serve in World War I, who was shot by 3 machine-gun bullets but survived the bloodbath at Passchendaele, Belgium, in 1917 that killed 845 New Zealanders (he had the last piece of shrapnel removed in 1999), died Feb. 13 after a fall at his home in Hastings, New Zealand, just short of his 106th birthday.
Social and Religion
Adult Condor 8 - One of the first California condors brought from the wild into a captive breeding program in 1986 and one of the first to be released back in wild in 2000, who had about 12 offspring while in captivity, was found shot to death on Feb. 13 in Kern County, CA. Her age was estimated to be between 30 and 40 years old.
Chardonnay - 14-year-old Bichon Frise dog owned by Kathy Lee and Frank Gifford, who was in the back yard of the Gifford home on Jan. 28, and was attacked and killed by a coyote, a growing problem in the Riverside, Connecticut suburb where the Gifford’s live.
Noriko Bridges Flynn - Civil rights worker who with her first husband Marxist leader Harry Bridges, worked for union rights, fair treatment of immigrants and racial and sexual equality, and who married Ed Flynn, one of her husband’s staunchest opponents, after Bridges death, died Feb. 7 in Pescadero, CA at age 79.
Herman Hudson - Educator who was a pioneer in programs for African-American college students and who founded the National Council for Black Studies in the 1970’s, died Feb 18 of heart problems in Southfield, MI at age 80.
MacNeil Jordan - 100-year-old immigrant from Barbados who was in the news in 2002 when he recorded a spoken-word CD where he recounted his experiences in coming to the U.S. in 1924 and his early life in New York, died on Feb. 16 at his him Brooklyn, NY at age 100.
Virginia Kettering - Very wealthy heiress to the Kettering automotive fortune, who was the daughter-in-law of electric starter inventor Charles Kettering (who established the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute as well), and who was known for her philanthropy, died Feb. 17 from cerebral vascular disease in Kettering (she had her own town?), OH at age 95.
Baroness Liliane de Rothschild - Member of the French banking family known for her generous art donations, who was married to Baron Elie de Rothschild, died Feb. 17 in Royaumont, France at age 86.
Jesica Santillan - Teenage girl from Guadalajara, Mexico who was born with a deformed heart and was smuggled into the U.S. for a heart and lung transplant, and was accidentally given organs from a donor of a different blood type, then miraculously received a second set of donated organs after the first were rejected, but which was ultimately too late, was removed from life support on Feb. 22 after being declared brain dead. She was 17.
Robert Swann - Peace activist who campaigned against wars since World War II as a non-compliant conscientious objector, who founded the E.F. Schumacher Society, a group that espouses the theories of the German economist and philosopher, died Jan. 13 of lung cancer in South Egremont, MA at age 84.
Marisol Villalobos - One of the Mexican conjoined twin baby girls, who was connected to her sister Mariana at the abdomen and shared a liver and heart tissue, and who survived surgery on Feb. 4 to separate her from her sister, but who never fully recuperated (Mariana is expected to live), died Feb. 18 in Guadalajara of heart failure at age 7 months.
Business and Science
Daniel Aaron - Co-founder of one of the first and eventually the largest cable television company in the U.S., now known as Comcast Corp., founded in 1963 by Aaron with Ralph Roberts and Julian Brodsky in Tupelo, Mississippi, died Feb. 20 of Parkinson’s disease in Philadelphia at age 77.
Dan Anderson - President from 1971 to 1986 of the Hazelden Foundation, a non-profit organization providing high quality, affordable addiction treatment, who is considered a primary developer of the Minnesota Model of addiction treatment, used at treatment centers worldwide including the Betty Ford Center, died Feb. 19 in St. Croix Falls, WI at age 81.
John B. Armstrong - Texas rancher and descendent of the pioneering ranch family who in 1987 and 1988 served as CEO of King Ranch, one of the nation’s largest working ranches at 1,300 square miles (larger than Rhode Island) and a major agribusiness corporation, died Feb. 20 in Corpus Christi, TX at age 83.
Richard H. Benson - Head of the paleobiology department at the Smithsonian from 1997 to 2001, who was a widely known expert on animal forms, establishing the museum’s morphometrics lab (don’t know what that is but it sounds cool!), died Feb. 19 in Washington, DC of a heart attack at age 73.
Julian Bigelow - Mathematician and computer architect who with John von Neumann in 1946 built the IAS, a computer whose design became the template for modern computers, died Feb. 17 in Princeton, NH at age 89.
George Chaplin - Editor-in-chief of the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper from 1958 to 1986, who helped lead the paper from the brink of bankruptcy and nearly doubled its circulation by the time of his retirement, died Feb. 17 in Arlington, VA of pneumonia at age 88.
Dr. James D. Hardy - Doctor on the medical team involved in the first heart transplant into a human, who in 1964 at the Mississippi Medical Center, transplanted the heart of a chimpanzee into a dying diabetes patient who lived for 90 minutes after the surgery, three years before Dr. Christiaan Bernard, died Feb. 19 in Madison, MS at age 84.
Robert Hecht - CEO of the Trumbull Corporation, one of Pittsburgh’s largest construction companies, which builds bridges, highways and manages large construction projects, died Feb. 17 in Pittsburgh. His age and cause of death were unstated.
Vlastimil Koubek - Prominent architect and founder of Koubek Architects, who designed hundreds of office buildings, apartments and hotels in Washington, DC and in cities on the east coast including the 40-story U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Life Insurance Co. building in Baltimore (pictured – the tallest building in Baltimore), died Feb. 15 of cancer in Arlington, VA at age 75.
Lee S. Kreindler - Prominent attorney who is considered the founder of air disaster law, whose firm Kreindler & Kreindler represented plaintiffs in almost every major air disaster in the last 50 years including the crash of TWA flight 800 off Long Island in 1996 and the bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, died Feb. 18 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Manhattan at age 78.
Paul E. Meehl - Psychological researcher at the University of Minnesota known for his work on the reliability of predicting human behavior and for his then-controversial assertion in the early 1960s that schizophrenia has a genetic link (now the assumption), died Feb. 14 of leukemia at age 83.
Dr. Landrum Shettles - Pioneer in in vitro fertilization techniques who conducted some of the first experiments in fertilizing a human egg in a laboratory, who developed the GIFT technique for transplantation of a fertilized egg into the fallopian tube, and who spent many years studying ways for couples to choose the sex of their baby including writing the controversial book "How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby", died Feb. 6 in St. Petersburg, FL at age 93.