Bill Buhler - Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1960 to 1995, who is credited with co-developing the plastic shield catchers use to protect their throats, and who developed the exercise equipment used by players recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, died May 17 after a long illness at age 75.
Bob Gaudio - Starting right guard for the Cleveland Browns in the late 1940’s and early 50’s, who played on three Cleveland Browns All-America Football Conference championship teams, died May 10 of Alzheimer’s complications in Kendall, FL at age 78.
Emmett Hendricks - Head basketball coach at Louisiana Tech from 1974 until 1977, who won the Southland Conference title in 1975-76 and was named conference coach of the year, whose team included current Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy, former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd and current Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge, died May 18 after a lengthy illness in Natchitoches, LA at age 65.
Frank "Pop" Ivy - NFL player and coach who played for the Chicago Cardinals in the 1940’s and helped them win their only title in 1947, but who is probably best known as the only person to coach teams in the NFL, AFL and Canadian Football Leagues, died May 18 in Norman, OK at age 87.
Alexander Miroshnichenko - Gigantic Soviet boxer who won a bronze medal as a super-heavyweight at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and who was the inspiration for the character of the Soviet boxer, Ivan, in the movie “Rocky IV” (played by Dolph Lundgren), died May 20 after apparently accidentally falling from the ninth story of his apartment building in Almaty, Kazakhstan at age 38.
Warren Orlick - President of the PGA of America from 1971 to 72, who served for many years as a rules official including as the first Rules Committee chairman in 1955, and who was named as PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1960, died May 17 in Pontiac, MI at age 90.
Roumania Peters - One of America's top-rated black tennis players during the 1940’s, who in 1944 and 1946 won the national titles of the American Tennis Association (one of the nation’s oldest black sports organizations), and who with her sister Margaret Peters dominated the ATA’s double’s game winning 14 titles over a 10 year period, died May 16 of pneumonia in Lanham, MD at age 85.
Nick Roman - Defensive end in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns from 1970 until 1974, who helped the Browns make the playoffs in 1972, died May 18 of a heart attack in Columbus, OH at age 55.
Ray Sherman, Jr. - Son of Green Bay Packers assistant coach Ray Sherman, who was helping his family move and found his father’s .38-caliber in a duffle bag in the garage of their rented home in Green Bay, WI, accidentally shot himself on May 18. He was wonderful, loved young man by his friends, teachers, and parents, and had everything going for him. He was 14 years old.
Joseph “J.B.” Spencer - Negro League baseball player who played for 8 teams in a 14 year career, including being on three championship teams with the Homestead Grays (1943 & 44) and Birmingham Black Barons (1945), died May 17 in Gretna, LA at age 83.
Bill Thompson - Play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco Giants baseball team from 1965 until 1975, died May 17 in Fresno, CA from surgery complications at age 79.
Art and Literature
William C. Anderson - Author of 20 books including the best seller “Bat-21”, about an officer who was shot down behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War, and was made into a 1988 film starring Gene Hackman, died May 16 of heart failure while visiting Fairfield, CA at age 83.
Michael David Anthony - British author of crime thrillers centered around protagonist Richard Harrison, including 1990’s “The Becket Factor”, 1994’s “Dark Provenance” and 1998’s “Midnight Come”, died May 15 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England of heart problems at age 61.
Elise Miller Davis - Writer for magazines like Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day And Nation’s Business Magazine, best known for the 1955 biography “The Answer is God; The Inspiring Personal Story of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers”, which sold more than 1 million copies and was a featured selection in the Book-of-the-Month club, died May 11 in Dallas. Her age and cause of death were unstated.
Nicholas DeVore - World-renown photojournalist, artist and gallery owner, who spent 21 years traveling the world taking photos for publications such as National Geographic, Fortune and Life magazines, and who opened the controversial ArtAttack Gallery in Bisbee, AZ, where he displayed artwork like “Sushi Pup”, a dead newborn shellacked puppy displayed on a plate, died May 16 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Bisbee, AZ at age 54.
Sir David Hughes - British sculptor best known for his heraldic sculptures, who was commissioned to create many pieces for both the British royal family and cathedrals throughout Europe, died suddenly on May 15 in Wilburton, England at age 66.
Eddie Little - Author and columnist for L.A. Weekly whose 1998 book “Another Day in Paradise”, about a teenager’s introduction into a life of crime, was made into a movie starring James Woods, died May 20 of a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 48.
Irene Gut Opdyke - Native of Poland who during WW2 agreed to serve as a German officer’s mistress to save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust, whose 1999 memoir “In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Survivor” is being turned into a movie, and who was named a “Righteous Gentile” by the Israeli government who planted a tree in her honor at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, died May 17 in Yorba Linda, CA after a fall at age 85.
Roger Pilkington - Prolific British author of books about sex, religion and sailing small boats along Europe's inland waterways, who was best-known for his 19-volume "Small Boat" series about traveling various venues in his cabin cruiser, died May 5 in England at age 88.
Luigi Pintor - Founder and editor of the communist daily Il Manifesto, who was a member of the Italian parlaiment and a central figure in the Italian Communist Party, and who was a respected journalist who wrote six books including the upcoming “The Scenes Of The Crime”, died May 17 of cancer at age 77.
Dante Quinterno - Argentina’s best-known cartoonist and the creator of the character Patoruzú, a native Indian with strong nationalistic ideals, which was first published in Argentina in 1928, died May 14 in Buenes Aires at age 93.
Politics and Military
Guy Amirthanayagam - Sri Lankan diplomat and author who served as the Sri Lankan deputy ambassador to Britain, who retired to the U.S. and wrote several books including “The Marriage of Continents: Multiculturalism in Modern Literature” and “Writers in East-West Encounter: New Cultural Bearings”, died May 17 of a heart attack in Rockville, MD at age 75.
Horace Bohannon - A member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, an elite corps of black volunteers selected by the Pentagon during WW2, who became one of the U.S.’s first black fighter pilots, died May 14 of congestive heart failure in Atlanta at age 80.
Doyle Carlton, Jr. - Florida state senator and son of Florida governor Doyle Carlton, Sr., who battled segregationists in the state and helped make the Florida State Fair a success, and who lost a Democratic runoff for governor in 1960 to Farris Bryant in a contest inflamed by school integration, died May 17 of a brain tumor in Tampa, FL at age 80.
Ronnie DePasco - Missouri state senator since 1992 who served as majority floor leader beginning in 1998, and who fought to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Missouri after being diagnosed with lung cancer, succumbed to the disease on May 24 in Kansas City at age 60.
David Eagleson - California Supreme Court justice who was named to the post after voters ousted three state justices in 1986 including Rose Bird (who kept overturning death penalty cases), who as a conservative upheld 15 death penalty convictions (however there have only been 7 executions in California since 1986), died May 23 in Long Beach, CA after a short illness at age 78.
Bob Martin - North Carolina state senator and representative who served as a Democrat 19 years, died May 21 in Tarboro, NC from injuries suffered in a car accident on May 12. He was 90 years old.
Richard W. Shryock - CIA official and authority on Eastern European affairs whose career assignments included conducting inquiries into intelligence failures and devising ways to improve intelligence gathering, who wrote several books and articles including “The Fall of Khrushchev” and “Studies In Intelligence”, died May 15 of cancer in Williamsburg, VA at age 76.
Frank White - Governor of Arkansas from 1981 to 1983, who has the dubious distinction of being one of only two people to beat Bill Clinton in an election when he defeated the incumbent Clinton in the governor’s election in 1980, and who was known for signing a bill into Arkansas law requiring teachers to include "creation science" in the curriculum if the theory of evolution was also taught, died May 21 in Little Rock of undisclosed causes at age 69.
Social and Religion
Joan Fitzpatrick - Internationally known advocate for immigrant and refugee rights, who wrote six books including “Human Rights Protection for Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Internally Displaced Persons”, died May 16 of an apparent suicide in Seattle at age 52.
Rev. Timothy Lull - Professor of theology and an expert on Martin Luther, the 16th century founder of the Lutheran Church, who wrote several books on his life and teaching, and who was president of Pacific Lutheran Seminary, died May 20 in Berkeley, CA of surgery complications at age 60.
Tommy Ray Marsh - Father of Tri-State Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh (accused of accepting money for cremations he never performed and stacking over 300 corpses around the crematory grounds in north Georgia) who was the owner of the crematory until turning it over to his son in 1992, and who, along with his wife, are named as defendents in a class-action civil lawsuit, died May 20 of a heart attack in Noble, GA at age 76.
Rev. John L.F. “Jack” Slee - Episcopal priest and civil rights activist, who ministered to the Oneida Indians, who marched and was arrested with Martin Luther King, and who was the chaplain for the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, died May 8 in Seattle at the age of 84.
Barb Tarbox - Former model who was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2002 after 30 years of smoking up to 2 packs a day, and who became a powerful crusader traveling across Canada with her anti-smoking message for teens, and whom many compared to Terry Fox, succumbed May 18 to the disease in Edmonton, Alberta at age 42.
Byron "Cowboy" Wolford - Colorful Las Vegas character known for his flamboyant and authentic cowboy outfits, who was considered one of the world’s best poker players, who helped popularize tournament poker in its infancy, and who authored "Cowboys, Gamblers & Hustlers" about his high-stakes backroom poker exploits, died May 13 in Dallas at age 72.
Business and Science
Alejandro De Tomaso - Founder of De Tomaso Automobili, the Italian sports car manufacturing company, who produced Ford-powered vehicles like the Ghia, Mangusta and Pantera, died May 21 in Modena, Italy after a long illness at age 74.
Dr. Vincent Freda - Medical researcher who developed a vaccine known as Rhogam that allows women who have Rh-negative blood to deliver healthy babies (previously most of these babies would develop hemolytic disease), and who became a leader in the field of fetal medicine, died May 7 in New York of respiratory failure at age 75.
Thomas Stewart Grier - Pioneering computer executive at Burroughs Corp., who was one of the founders of cooperative education that helped expand computer usage, and who urged computer users to band together in their efforts, died May 8 in Milford, MI of heart disease at age 79.
Dr. William Longmire - Pioneering surgeon and founder of the medical school at UCLA, who was part of the first surgical team to successfully perform the "Baby Blue" operation, a procedure that allowed infants with a severe heart deformity to live a normal life, died May 16 of cancer in Los Angeles at age 89.
Dr. Daniel Miller - Cancer researcher known for his work on genetic susceptibility to cancer and the environmental risk factors likely to affect it, who served as president of the Strang Cancer Prevention Center from 1969 to 1995, died May 7 of bone-marrow disease in New York at age 78.
Daniel Q. Posin - Colorful physicist who was a friend of Albert Einstein, who became Fargo, North Dakota’s first TV weatherman, whose staunch anti-atomic bomb convictions got him fired from both his professorship at North Dakota State Univ. and the TV weather job, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his speeches, and later won 6 Emmy awards for his educational science programs on Chicago TV, died May 22 in New Orleans at age 93.
C. A. Tripp - Psychologist, therapist and sex researcher who trained with pioneer sex researcher Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, and who wrote one of the first research books on homosexuality, 1975’s “The Homosexual Matrix”, which sold an astounding 500,000 copies (a lot for a scholarly book), died May 17 in Nyack, NY of cancer at age 83.