Emil Belich - Longtime major league baseball scout for the Brewers and Phillies, who first signed Paul Molitor and Jim Gantner, two of Milwaukee's stars on the pennant-winning team of 1982, to contracts, died Sept. 3 in West Allis, WI of cancer at age 83.
Ben Bril - Dutch boxing champion and one of only a few Jewish boxers, who competed in the 1928 Olympics as a 15 year old, and later survived a Nazi concentration camp, died Sept. 11 in Amsterdam at age 91.
Sean Kimerling - Sportscaster for WPIX-TV in New York City, who won an Emmy in 2002 for his coverage of the New York Mets, and who had previously been a sportscaster for stations in Texas and Oklahoma, died Sept. 9 of testicular cancer in New York City at age 37.
Frank Mautte - All-American football player at Fordham University as a halfback during the 1930's, who was the team captain in 1936 on the squad that featured the fabled Seven Blocks of Granite, and who played one season in the NFL with the New York Giants, died Sept. 9 in Troy, MI at age 88.
Jim Phillips - Legendary voice of the Clemson Tigers for 36 years, who was the dean of all broadcasters in the ACC, who broadcasted Clemson's football, basketball, baseball and women's basketball games, who was a five-time recipient of the South Carolina Broadcaster of the Year award and was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, died Sept. 9 of an aneurysm of the aorta in Clemson, SC at age 69.
Harold Rose - One of Florida's premier horse owner-breeders and trainers, known as the "dean of Calder horsemen", whose best-known homebreds include Mia's Hope, Hal's Hope, Rexson's Hope, and My G.P., died Sept. 8 in Miami at age 92.
Wilbur Snapp - Minor league baseball organist who gained national notoriety for an incident during a game in 1985 at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, when he played "Three Blind Mice" after what he thought was a bad call by an umpire, and was ejected from the game, becoming the only organist to ever be ejected from a professional baseball game, died Sept. 6 in South Pasadena, FL at age 83.
Art and Literature
Kir Bulychov (real name Igor Mozheiko) - Russian author who wrote a string of hugely popular sci-fi books and screenplays, including "Alice's Adventure in Future Land", "The Girl Nothing Happened To" and "Per Aspera Ad Astra", most of which were make into Russian films and translated into English, died Sept. 5 of diabetes complications in Moscow at age 69.
Alan Dugan - American poet who won the Pulitzer prize in 1962 for his first book of poetry, "Poems", who won two National Book Awards, one for "Poems" and the other for 2001's "Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry", who was known for his poetry in everyday speech about commonplace subjects, died Sept. 3 of pneumonia in Hyannis, MA at age 80.
Gary Gottesfeld - Author of psychological thrillers such as "The Violet Closet", "White Angel" and "Blood Harvest", who was president of the Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and who regularly conducted workshops in writing psychological mystery novels, died Sept. 5 of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles at age 61.
Margaret Hill Ritter - British-born author and actress who wrote several noted novels including "Simon Says", "The Burning Woman" and "Caroline, Caroline", and who appeared in more than 200 stage plays, 30 TV shows and several feature films including 2003's "BachelorMan", died August 28 of natural causes at her New York home at age 81.
Maureen Ryan - Wife of a Vietnam War veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange during the war, who gave birth to a daughter with 22 birth defects that she linked to the defoliant, who became an outspoken critic of the U.S. government's treatment of the soldiers exposed to it, and who co-authored the book "Kerry: Agent Orange and an American Family", died Sept. 8 of pancreatic cancer in Boca Raton, FL at age 55.
C.H. Sisson - British novelist and poet whose 1974 anthology "The Trojan Ditch" was considered by some as the most important poetry collection since WW2, who also published several successful novels including "Christopher Homm" and "The Case of Walter Bagehot", died Sept. 5 in Langport, England at age 89.
Mildred Thompson - Abstract expressionist painter whose works are in the permanent collections of New York City's Museum of Modern Art, the American Federation of the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution's National Collection of Fine Arts, and who was voted one of the Outstanding Black Women in America by the Smithsonian, died Sept. 1 of cancer in Atlanta at age 68.
Mario Monteforte Toledo - One of Guatemala's most important writers, whose most famous novel is 1952's "En Donde Acaban los Caminos (Where the Roads End)", and who spent years in exile after Guatemala's socialist president Jacobo Arbenz was overthrown in a CIA-backed coup in 1954, died Sept. 4 in Guatemala City from complications of heart disease at age 91.
Politics and Military
Charles E. Bennett - U.S. Congressman from Florida who served as a Democrat for 44 years from 1949 until 1993, who is best known for sponsoring the legislation that created the House Ethics Committee, who refused to accept pay when he was first elected to congress and who consistently voted against congressional pay raises and refused to accept them, died Sept. 6 in Jacksonville, FL after a stroke at age 92.
Gen. Charles Gabriel - Four-star general and fighter pilot who served as Air Force chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 until 1986, and among whose numerous decorations included the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and two awards of the Legion of Merit, died Sept. 4 of Alzheimer's disease in Arlington, VA at age 75.
Milos Minic - Top Communist Party official and close associate of Yugoslav Communist dictator Josip Broz Tito, who served as state prosecutor at the trial of anti-communist leader Dragoljub Mihajlovic in the former Yugoslavia, died Sept. 5 in Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro at age 89.
Yukio Okutsu - World War II hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in combat in Italy, where he used grenades and his submachine gun to neutralize three German machine gun positions on Mount Belvedere, died August 24 in Hilo, HI at age 81.
Anna Lindh - Swedish Foreign Minister and one of the Scandinavian country's most popular politicians, who was an outspoken human rights advocate and voiced her opinion against the war in Iraq, and who was being touted by many as a future candidate for prime minister of Sweden, died Sept. 11 in Stockholm after being stabbed multiple times in a department store by an unknown assailant (she, like other Swedish politicians, traveled without bodyguards). She was 46 years old.
Frank O'Bannon - Governor of Indiana who was serving his second term as a Democrat, who had held public office in Indiana for over 30 years, who during his term launched the Education Roundtable, an education reform program, and who put an additional 500 police officers on the streets of Indiana and dramatically expanded spending on services for people with disabilities, died Sept. 13 in Chicago, five days after suffering a massive stroke. He was 73 years old.
Mamohato Bereng Seeiso (aka Mamohato Lerotholi ) - Queen mother of the tiny African country of Lesotho, who is the mother of that country's King Letsie III and Prince Bereng Seeiso Seeiso, who herself served three times as Regent during vacancies in the office of King, died Sept. 7 of undetermined causes after collapsing outside a church in Mantsoenyane, Lesotho. She was 62.
Garrett Smith - Son of U.S. Senator Gordon R. Smith of Oregon, who was majoring in culinary arts at Utah Valley State College, was found dead on Sept. 8 at his apartment in Orem, UT, an apparent suicide. He was 21 years old.
Ida West - Author, social activist and Tasmanian Aboriginal elder, who spent more than 50 years campaigning on behalf of her people and achieved significant results in women's health, land rights and recognition of Aboriginal people in Tasmania, died Sept. 8 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia of cancer at age 83.
Social and Religion
Mollie Saxon Beard - California woman who was one of only 41 known super-centenarians (age 110 or over) in the world, who defied logic by living so long because she drank coffee and vodka, smoked cigarettes and avoided exercise, died Sept. 3 in Los Angeles of congestive heart disease at age 110.
Bebe - Chimpanzee at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand who was the last of the "tea party chimps" who performed regularly at the zoo during the 60s dressed as humans, died Sept. 8 of pneumonia at age 40.
Marshall Caifano - Mobster who was a high-ranking member of the Chicago Outfit organized crime family who was a reputed hit man, bank robber and bookmaker, and had been questioned many times about gangland murders and shootings, and who was one of the last two surviving charter members of the List of Excluded Persons, Nevada's list of unsavory types barred from its casinos first published in 1960, died Sept. 6 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL of natural causes at age 92.
Katherine Cheung - Chinese immigrant to the U.S. who defied tradition to become the nation's first licensed female Asian American aviator in 1932, and whose name is enshrined alongside other remarkable pioneers in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, died Sept. 2 in Thousand Oaks, CA at age 98.
Marie Foster - Civil rights activist who helped launch Selma, Alabama's voting rights movement and was brutally beaten by state troopers during an infamous attack on marchers in 1965, in an incident which became known as "Bloody Sunday", images of which were shown nationwide on television and in newspapers creating the public sentiment for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, died Sept. 6 in Selma, AL at age 85.
Larry Hayes - Texas man who in 1999 shot his wife to death at their home because he believed she was having an affair and, after fleeing the scene, shot and killed 18-year-old convenience store clerk Rosalyn Robinson to steal her car, was executed by lethal injection on Sept. 10 in Huntsville, TX at age 54.
Henry Lee Hunt - North Carolina man with a long criminal record, who was convicted of the 1984 contract killing of Jackie Ransom and of the murder of Larry Jones, a potential witness who was talking to police about the slaying, was executed by lethal injection on Sept. 12 in Raleigh, NC at age 58.
Bernice Jones - Widow of trucking magnate Harvey Jones, who donated millions of dollars to educational and health institutions throughout her life, and who was awarded the Presidential Citizen Medal in 1996 by Bill Clinton, died Sept. 10 in Springdale, AR at age 97.
Ray Knighton - Founder of the charity organization MAP International, which distributes surplus medicines and medical supplies to mission hospitals and clinics around the world, died August 30 of congestive heart failure in Brunswick, GA at age 81.
Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga - Roman Catholic Cardinal of Kenya, who was proclaimed by Pope Paul VI in 1973 and was the first and only cardinal ever in this African country, died Sept. 6 in Nairobi after a long illness at age 80.
Jason Robertson - Granite City, Illinois man, who as a child contracted the AIDS virus from a blood transfusion, who was in the news for his struggles to attend the public grade school in a regular classroom in Granite City amid shouting demonstrators, and whose plight made him a symbol of the fight against AIDS discrimination along with Ryan White, succumbed on Sept. 4 in Granite City at the age of 23.
James Shannon - Catholic bishop whose liberal stances on social issues in the 1960's, including opposition to the Vietnam War and support of the civil rights movement, led to his being labeled a heretic, and eventually to his dramatic resignation, and who wrote about the experiences in his 1999 book "Reluctant Dissenter", died August 28 in St. Louis Park, MN after a stroke at age 82.
Sanford Solender - Man who held several top jobs in Jewish philanthropies including the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and Federation and the United Jewish Appeal, died August 30 in Sarasota, FL at age 89.
Bernice Wabraushek - Fiercely independent New York centenarian, who lived by herself, walked daily on shopping trips, paced the halls of her building late at night and captivated those around her with tales from a life of travel, intrigue and adventure, was killed in a fire at her New York apartment on Sept. 6 at age 103.
Business and Science
Thomas Bonner - Medical historian who wrote seven books on American medicine, and who served as president of the University of New Hampshire, Wayne State University and Union College in New York, and as provost at the University of Cincinnati, died Sept. 2 in Scottsdale, AZ at age 80.
Earl Ferguson - Computer software pioneer who specialized in connectivity software and routers, who helped create the first Macintosh-to-IBM mainframe connectivity software in 1973, who held six computer industry patents and who was founder of Centillion Networks, died August 14 in Seattle following a stroke at age 65.
Ben Holt - Founder of the Ben Holt Company and an early designer of geothermal power plants (where energy is produced from heated groundwater deep below the earth's surface), who developed the first "binary cycles" as well as systems to clean geothermal steam, died August 22 in Pasadena, CA at age 89.
Qiao Jinling - One of the richest people in China and the 58th richest in the world in 2002 according to Forbes magazine, who made his fortune producing industrial diamonds, committed suicide on Sept. 7 at his home in Changge, China at age 52.
Dr. Robert F. Kallman - Scientist who did early research on the effects of radiation on cancer cells, who helped demonstrate the phenomena of reoxygenation, where radiation to fight tumors works better when the cancer cells have higher levels of oxygen, and who later became head of the radiobiology division at Stanford, died August 8 of lung disease in Palo Alto, CA at age 81.
Milton Konvitz - Influential constitutional scholar who served as principal assistant to Thurgood Marshall on the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1940's, whose writings were often cited in Supreme Court cases, and who helped write a constitution for the country of Liberia, died Sept. 5 in Monmouth, NJ at age 95.
Fred Kort - Founder, president and chairman of the Los Angeles-based Imperial Toy Corp., which produces more than 800 different toys, ranging from jacks and bubble-blowing kits to stuffed animals and makeup kits for girls, and who was one of the few Jews to survive the Treblinka Nazi death camp during WW2, later testifying against the Nazis at Nuremburg and other war crimes tribunals, died Sept. 6 in Beverly Hills of a heart attack at age 80.
Walter Lappert - Founder of the Lappert's Ice Cream chain, which he started in Hawaii in 1983 and which quickly grew to include dozens of stores on the U.S. west coast and Japan, died Sept. 1 in Lihue, HI at age 82.
Jesse Rabinowitz - Biochemist and a foremost expert on how the body uses folic acid, who spent his career tracking down, identifying and characterizing the enzymes that require folic acid to function, and whose work was essential in the development of certain anti-cancer drugs and vitamin regiments for pregnant women to help prevent birth defects, died Sept. 9 of melanoma in Kensington, CA at age 78.
Dr. James Rachels - Philosopher and medical ethicist who wrote some of the earliest and most influential essays and texts on euthanasia, whose 1975 article "Active and Passive Euthanasia" was the first essay in the philosophical community that openly advocated active euthanasia, and whose textbook "Moral Problems" has sold 100,000 copies over three editions and is a staple of many college philosophy courses, died Sept. 5 of cancer in Birmingham, AL at age 62.
Edward Teller - Esteemed U.S. scientist and member of the Manhattan Project that created the first atomic bomb, who later headed the project to create the more destructive hydrogen bomb, earning him the moniker "father of the H-bomb", who was a tireless advocate over the years for a vigorous defense policy, promoting the anti-missile shield known as "Star Wars", and who received numerous honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Albert Einstein Award, the Enrico Fermi Award and the National Medal of Science, died Sept. 9 in Palo Alto, CA at age 95.
C. Robertson Trowbridge - Publisher and editor who headed Yankee Publishing, Inc., who helped Yankee Magazine grow to a circulation of more than one million, and who served in the New Hampshire legislature from 1967 to 1980, died Sept. 8 in Peterborough, NH at age 71.