William "Smiley" Adams - Horse trainer who trained 1975 Preakness Stakes winner Master Derby at the Golden Chance Farm, whose other major winners included Run Dusty Run, Spruce Needles and Lot o?Gold, died June 19 in Lexington, KY at age 67.
Larry Doby - Hall of Fame outfielder who was the first black player in the American League (following Jackie Robinson in the National League) when he played with the Cleveland Indians in 1947, who was a seven-time All Star and lead the Indians to a World Series championship in 1948, and who later played for the White Sox and Tigers in a career that spanned 13 years, died June 18 after a long illness in Montclair, NJ at age 79.
Billy Gaines - College football player at the University of Pittsburgh, who played wide receiver during the 2002 season, was killed when he fell through the ceiling of a church where he was staying in Homestead, PA. He was 19.
Johnny Miles - The oldest surviving winner of the Boston Marathon, who won the race both in 1926 and 1929, and who was one of Canada?s best known runners, died June 15 in Hamilton, Ontario at age 96 or 97.
Roger Neilson - Hall of Fame coach in the National Hockey League who was head coach of eight different teams in a career that spanned more than 25 years, but who never won a Stanley Cup, and who was considered one of the game's great innovators, died June 21 in Peterborough, Ontario of multiple and malignant melanoma at age 69.
Fran Papasedero - Head coach of the arena football league team Orlando Predators, who guided the team to a league best 12-4 regular season record in the 2003 season, and who had established himself as one of the top young coaches in the Arena Football League, was killed in a car accident on June 19 in Orlando, FL at age 34.
Leighton Rees - Welshman who became the world's first professional dart-throwing champion, when he won the very first Embassy World Professional Darts Championship in 1978, but who never repeated the feat, died June 8 of cardiac arrest in Pontypridd, South Wales at age 63.
Olav Ulland - Norwegian ski jumper who became the first person to clear 100 meters in 1935, who coached Germany in the 1936 Olympics and the U.S. in the 1956 Games, died June 7 in Kent, WA at age 92.
Pete Wysocki - Outside linebacker for the Washington Redskins from 1975 until 1981, who played with greats like Joe Theismann and John Riggin, and who was known for his violent collisions with other players that made the highlight tapes aired often on television sports broadcasts, died of lymphoma on June 14 in Vienna, VA at age 55.
Art and Literature
Asa Baber - Longtime columnist for Playboy magazine who began writing the ?Men? column in 1982, who wrote several novels including ?The Land of a Million Elephants?, and who served as the national vice-president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died the week of June 16 of Lou Gehrig?s disease in Chicago at age 66.
Enrico Baj - Controversial anarchist Italian painter and sculptor, best known for his collages of ridiculous-looking generals made from shards of glass, scraps of flowery material and shells, died June 15 in Vergiate, Italy at age 79.
Glen Grant - Author and storyteller best known for his collections of ghost stories of Hawaii, who wrote numerous books including ?Obake: Ghost Stories of Hawaii? and the ?Chicken Skin? series of books, died June 19 in Honolulu of cancer at age 56.
Doug Michels - Architect and artist and a founding member of Ant Farm, a radical art and design collective of the late 1960's and 70's, but who is probably best known for the outdoor sculpture ?Cadillac Ranch? near Amarillo, TX, which consists of 10 used Cadillacs planted nose-first in the ground, died June 12 when he fell while climbing near Sydney, Australia at the age of 59.
Victor Perera - Author and journalist who wrote three memoirs about his experiences as a Sephardic Jew in Guatemala and whose third memoir ?The Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic Journey? received the greatest critical attention, died June 15 after a stroke at his home in Santa Cruz, CA at age 69.
Peter Redgrove - British poet and novelist known as the ?scientist of the strange?, who published twenty-four volumes of poetry, nine novels and fourteen plays for BBC Radio, and who was considered by many to be one of the 20th century?s greatest poets, died June 16 in Falmouth, Cornwall, England at age 71.
Carlos Rivas - Actor who was a leading man in numerous films in Mexico playing opposite stars like Maria Felix and Delores Del Rio, who also appeared in many U.S. films, most notably as Lun Tha, the lover of Tuptim (Rita Moreno) in ?The King and I?, as well as ?True Grit?, ?The Unforgiven? and ?Topaz?, died June 16 of prostate cancer in Los Angeles at age 78.
Politics and Military
Pierre Bourgault - Canadian political leader who lead a party of hardline separatists known as Parti Quebecois, that backed Quebec?s independence from Canada and pushed through two referendums for sovereignty in 1980 and 1995 that were defeated, died June 16 of respiratory problems in Montreal at age 69.
Harry Burau - Minnesota?s last known living World War I veteran, died June 14 in Fergus Falls, MN at age 103.
Paul Daisley - British legislator who was elected to Parliament in 2001 and was a rising star within the Labor Party, died June 19 of cancer in London at age 45.
Freddie Meeks - One of the 50 black sailors stationed at Port Chicago during WW2 who were convicted of mutiny and imprisoned in 1944 after refusing to report back to work after an explosion in the shipyard killed 320 soldiers (202 of those killed were black and the surviving white soldiers were sent home on leave), but who was offered and accepted a pardon by President Clinton in 1999 (the only one of the living 50 to accept), died June 19 in Los Angeles from complications of diabetes, heart failure and gangrene at age 83.
Tyree Scott - Civil rights activist and labor leader, who co-founded the Northwest Labor and Employment Law Office, and whose activism included high-profile work stoppages in the Pacific Northwest that helped break the white monopoly of the construction trades in the 60?s and 70?s, died June 19 in Seattle of prostate cancer at age 63.
Social and Religion
Patricia Barr - Attorney and health care activist who was one of the original directors of the Washington-based National Breast Cancer Coalition and was instrumental in obtaining congressional approval for significant increases in government funding for breast cancer research, died June 19 of breast cancer in Shaftsbury, VT at age 52.
Monsignor Robert Bowling - Reno, Nevada priest who had been accused of sex abuse of numerous women in the Louisville parish where he worked in the 50?s and 60?s, and whose former archdiocese in Louisville paid a $25.7 million settlement in the case on June 10, died June 14 of cancer in Reno at age 75.
Michael Briley (aka ?Tall Texian?) - Webmaster of the popular inspirational website www.talltexian.com, which specializes in patriotic and Christian content, died June 6 of a heart attack in Pierre, SD at age 57.
Richard diPretoro - Geologist and environmental activist who headed Living Forests, a project of the West Virginia Highlands Conservatory, whose goal is to protect West Virginia Highlands natural beauty, was killed in a plane crash on June 15 near Greensburg, PA at age 54.
Frances Fernandez - Prominent figure in the New Orleans jazz scene who was longtime president of the New Orleans Jazz Club, known for sponsoring jam sessions and introducing and supporting young jazz musicians in the area, died June 4 of cancer in Metairie, LA at age 79.
Giovanni Frau - Italy?s oldest man and the world?s fourth oldest man, died in his sleep on June 19 in Orroli, Sardinia at age 112.
Trent Kirk & Charles Zachary - Memphis firefighters who responded to a blaze at a Family Dollar store on June 15, who entered the burning store believing there were trapped civilians inside, were killed when the roof collapsed. Both men were 39 years old.
Rick Lupe - Arizona firefighter hailed as a hero for his role in saving the eastern Arizona city of Show Low from the disastrous Rodeo-Chediski fire during 2002, a fire that burned 469,000 acres, the largest in Arizona history, died June 19 in Phoenix from injuries suffered in a May 2003 fire. He was 43 years old.
Ernest Martin - Ohio man convicted in the 1983 murder of pharmacist Robert Robinson during a robbery in which he got away with less than $40, was executed on June 18 by lethal injection in Lucasville, OH at age 42.
Linus Reinhart - The U.S.?s eighth oldest man and 33rd oldest person in the world, died June 14 in Carey, OH at age 110.
Henry Robin Ian Russell - British aristocrat and the 14th Duke of Bedford, who managed the 75-room Woburn Abbey and its estates in Bedfordshire, and who was listed as the 14th wealthiest man in England in 2003, died June 13 in London at age 63.
Evelyn "Tonie" Seger - Desert recluse who was the longtime proprietor of Burro Schmidt?s Tunnel in the Mojave Desert, the 2,087-foot-tunnel built by miner William Henry ?Burro? Schmidt beginning in 1906, which has been called ?the greatest one-man mining achievement in history?, who lived in the one-room plank shack that Schmidt called home for 45 years, died May 30 of congestive heart failure in her cabin in Randsburg, CA at age 95.
Louisiana Purchase O'Leary Wampler - Woman known as the ?World?s Fair Baby?, whose birth in a construction tent during preparations for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was a media event in St. Louis in 1902, died June 18 in St. Louis of pneumonia at age 100.
Stacy Young - St. Petersburg, Florida mother of two, who was attending a Toughman boxing competition with her husband on June 14, who impulsively entered the competition after learning that the only woman who had signed up needed an opponent, but who was pummeled and suffered swelling and brain hemorrhaging, was removed from life support on June 16 after being declared brain dead. She was 30 years old.
Business and Science
Carol Anderson-Scott - One of Napa Valley's first female winemakers, who with her husband Stanley Anderson, founded the S. Anderson winery in 1971, which was well-known for its sparkling wine, died June 8 of unspecified natural causes in Yountville, CA at age 68.
Leslie Boney - American architect honored as one of the country's elite by the American Institute of Architects, whose projects included the Walter Royal Davis Library at the University of North Carolina and Liberty Hall in Kenansville, Florida, died June 19 of natural causes in Wilmington, NC at age 83.
Dr. Robert A. Good - Surgeon who performed the world?s first successful human bone marrow transplant, who saved the life of a 4-month-old boy in 1968 using bone marrow from his sister, and who was featured in a cover store of Time magazine because of his success, died June 13 in St. Petersburg, FL at age 81.
Rudolf Hoelker - Member of Wernher von Braun's original team of rocket engineers, who worked on the trajectory aspect of the guidance system that steered the Saturn rockets on the Apollo moon flights, died June 14 in Newton, MA at age 91.
Ned Johnson - Renowned ornithologist who was curator of the University of California Berkeley Museum of Invertebrate Biology, who collected more than 7,200 bird specimens, and who was considered a foremost expert on owls, sapsuckers, flycatchers, vireos and Sage sparrows, died June 11 of cancer in Orinda, CA at age 70.
Donald MacDonald - President and publisher of Wall Street Journal?s international and magazine groups, who oversaw publications that included The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal Europe and Barron's, who was the founding chairman of the American Advertising Federation and in 1985 was elected to the Advertising Hall of Fame, died June 13 of lung cancer in Red Bank, NJ at age 83.
Wallace R. Roy - Biochemist who helped develop the first frozen orange juice concentrate in 1946 while working at the forerunner of Minute Maid Co., who went on to develop the soft drinks Fresca and Fanta, and who was a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame died June 16 in Orlando, FL at age 97.
William Sadler - Electronics engineer who had a role in the early years of TV, who designed and delivered the first full-transistor display monitors to ABC-TV studios in New York, who set up numerous TV stations across the country including KSTP in Minneapolis, and who founded the electronic companies Miratel and Dotronix, was found dead on June 16 near his docked boat in the St. Croix River of apparent natural causes. He was 77.
Howard Samuel - AFL-CIO leader who served as a labor official in the Carter administration before becoming president of the AFL-CIO?s Industrial Union Department from 1979 until 1992 and who was known for his efforts to promote the recruitment of women and minorities as grass-roots organizers, died June 19 of cancer in Chevy Chase, MD at age 78.
Dr. Belding Scribner - Inventor of the Scribner shunt, a device implanted in a patient that allowed doctors to tap into their blood vessels repeatedly and keep them on dialysis indefinitely, an invention that made long-term kidney dialysis possible and has saved more than a million lives, was found dead on June 19 in Portage Bay, near Seattle, apparently a drowning victim. He was 82 years old.
Georg Henrik Von Wright - Finnish philosopher internationally admired both as a custodian of Ludwig Wittgenstein's legacy and as an analytical thinker in his own right, who wrote such page-turners as ?The Varieties of Goodness and Norm and Action? and ?A Treatise on Induction and Probability and An Essay on Modal Logic?, died June 16 at age 87.