Ron Burton - Star football player at Northwestern, who became the very first player drafted by the New England Patriots (then the Boston Patriots) when they entered the NFL in 1960, who played in six seasons for the Patriots as a running back, and who was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990, died Sept. 13 of bone cancer in Boston at age 67.
James Farkas - Member of the Hungarian Olympic gymnastic team, who defected to Germany in 1953 and later came to the U.S. where he became the longtime gymnastics coach for the Milwaukee Turners, and who founded the United States Gymnastics Federation, died Sept. 5 of a heart attack in Hales Corners, WI at age 75.
Allen Lewis - Sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer who covered baseball for the paper for 30 years, who was inducted into the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, died Sept. 14 in Clearwater, FL at age 86.
Donnie Parsons - Freshman football player at South Dakota State, who was three-year letter winner as a star high school player in Omaha, and who had made his college debut on Sept. 13 against Winona State, died after an asthma attack following the game at a hospital in Brooking, SD at age 19.
Yetunde Price - Older half-sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, who served as their personal assistant, was shot to death on Sept. 14 in Compton, CA after getting into an argument that erupted into gunfire. She was 31 years old (24-year-old Aaron Hammer has been arrested in the shooting).
Bryan Randall - Star basketball player for Dartmouth in the 1980's, who was the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year in 1985, was a first-team all-Ivy selection in 1988, and finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time assists leader, and who played in the CBA for one season, killed himself on Sept. 15 in Orlando, FL by swerving his car into the path of a tractor trailer after he had drowned his 2-year-old daughter Yanna and attempting to drown his 4-year-old son after an argument with his ex-wife. He was 38 years old.
Tommy Rawson - Well-known figure in the world of boxing, who held several amateur titles as a boxer in the 20's and 30's, and who went on to become a state boxing commissioner, a referee and a coach at Harvard, died Sept. 16 in Boston at age 94.
Donald Reese - Defensive lineman in the NFL with from 1974 to 1981 with the Dolphins, Saints and Chargers, who was Miami's number one draft pick out of Jackson State in 1974, died Sept. 18 of liver cancer in Mobile, AL at age 52.
John Welaj - Outfielder with the Senators and Athletics from 1939 to 1943, who worked in the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers organization in some capacity until 1999, including stints as director of stadium operations and spring training director, died Sept. 13 in Arlington, TX at age 89.
Don Weiss - Senior surviving founding father of the Super Bowl, who under the direction of his boss Pete Rozell created a blueprint and an organization that still guides the U.S.'s no. 1 annual sports spectacle, and who served as director of game-day operations for 34 of the 36 Super Bowls, died Sept. 14 of a heart attack in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL at age 77.
Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) - Eight team women's U.S. soccer league started in 1999 and filled with the world's best female soccer players, including U.S. stars Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, whose signature moment occurred after the 1999 Women's World Cup when Brandy Chastain ripped off her shirt after scoring the championship-winning goal against China, suspended operations on Sept. 16 due to lack of funds, just five days before the Women's World Cup .
Art and Literature
Helmut Eisendle - Prolific Austrian author known for his radical science criticism, who in his in 1971 novel "Walder oder die Stilisierte Entwicklung einer Neurose", formulated a new brand of science called "suicidology", died Sept. 19 in Vienna after a long illness at age 64.
Herbert Gentry - American artist who was part of the expatriate art community in Paris in the 1940's and 50's, whose paintings are part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum, and many European museums, died Sept. 8 in Stockholm after a long illness at age 84.
Paul Granlund - Sculptor best known for his bronze images of exuberant human figures, especially dancing lovers and families lifting children into the air, whose commissions can be found throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, died Sept. 15 in Mankato, MN of respiratory failure brought on by the long-term exposure to the chemicals and dust involved in sculpting bronze. He was 77 years old.
Rabbi Emil Fackenheim - Leading Jewish philosopher and author of numerous books on Jewish philosophy and the Holocaust including "God's Presence in History" and "To Mend the World", who argued that the Holocaust must be understood as an imperative requiring Jews to carry on Jewish existence, died Sept. 19 in Jerusalem at age 87.
Peter Hacks - One of the best-known contemporary German dramatists, who wrote more than 50 plays, who considered himself a Marxist, but whose plays like "Die Sorgen und die Macht (The Anxieties and the Power)" were considered controversial and often banned, died August 28 in Berlin at age 75.
Garrett Hardin - Ecologist and prolific author best known for his landmark 1968 essay "The Tragedy of the Commons" where he argued that humanity must curtail some of its freedoms to stave off overpopulation and environmental disasters, which influenced debates on abortion, immigration, foreign aid and other controversial issues, and who also penned the divisive book "Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor", committed suicide Sept. 14 along with his wife, 81-year-old Jane Hardin at their home in Santa Barbara, CA at age 88. The Hardins belonged to the Hemlock Society and made it clear they wanted to choose their own times of death.
Frederick Hetzel - Director of the University of Pittsburgh Press from 1964 until 1994, who made it a leading publisher of short fiction, poetry and academic books during his tenure, died Sept. 13 in Pittsburgh from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at age 73.
Errol Hill - Playwright, director and expert on black dramatists in the United States and the Caribbean, who produced and directed 120 plays and pageants in the United States, West Indies, Nigeria and England, who wrote 11 plays and 15 books including "Cambridge Guide to African and Caribbean Theater" and who became the first African American professor to earn tenure at Dartmouth College, died Sept. 15 of cancer in Hanover, NH at age 82.
John 'J.R.' Humphreys - Author of fiction ("Subway to Samarkand") and nonfiction ("The Last of the Middle West") books, who founded the writers' program at Columbia University, died August 25 in Santa Fe, NM at age 85.
Dolores Martin - Latin American scholar at the Library of Congress who edited the annually published Latin American Handbook, and who also was a freelance writer whose historical articles and essays appeared in publications like the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Review, died Sept. 3 of cancer in Washington, DC at age 68.
Margaret Wettlin - American author and translator of Russian literature into English who wrote about her many years spent in Russia in books like "Russian Road" and "Fifty Russian Winters", died Sept. 1 in Philadelphia at age 96.
Politics and Military
Louis Goodman - One the nation's oldest members of Jewish War Veterans, who served as a medic in France during World War I, died Sept. 16 of cancer in Atlanta at age 106.
General Howard Graves - Army brigadier general who served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, who won praise for his openness during the investigation of improprieties on the West Point football team in the 1990's, and who retired from the Army in 1996 and became chancellor at Texas A&M in 1999, died Sept. 13 in College Station, TX of cancer at age 64.
Theodore Kupferman - U.S. congressman from New York who served as a Republican from 1965 to 1968, who was probably better known as a New York state appellate judge who was famous for his numerous dissenting opinions, died Sept. 19 in New York City of complications from urological surgery at age 83.
Col. Byron Pepitone - Director of the Selective Service appointed by Richard Nixon at the end of the Vietnam War, who oversaw the transition of the military back to an all-volunteer force after the draft ended, died Sept. 11 of abdominal bleeding in Port St. Lucie, FL at age 85.
Robert Ryan - Assistant secretary general to the United Nations, who served as U.S. ambassador to Niger during the 1960's under Lyndon Johnson, died Sept. 17 in Daytona Beach, FL at age 89.
Patricia "Sam" Udall - Mother of Colorado congressman Mark Udall and former wife of Arizona congressman Mo Udall, died Sept. 12 in Boulder, CO from complications from a broken hip at age 77.
Janet Wentz - Speaker of the North Dakota state House since 2002, who had built a reputation as an advocate for education and human services as a moderate Republican during a 28-year legislative career in the state, and who was only the third woman House speaker in North Dakota's history, died Sept. 15 of colon cancer in Minot, ND at age 66.
Social and Religion
Garner Ted Armstrong - Controversial TV evangelist who hosted the "World Tomorrow" program on TV and radio for many years, who wrote dozen of articles and booklets on world, social, economic and religious conditions, who was known as much for his moral lapses as for his intense preaching (he had been charged over the years with fathering one or more illegitimate children, philandering, gambling and sexual abuse of students at Ambassador College), and who was ex-communicated from the Worldwide Church of God by his father, Herbert W. Armstrong, in 1978, only to start his own ministry, the Church of God International, died Sept. 15 of pneumonia in Tyler, TX at age 73.
Toni-Ann Byfield - British girl who was a ward of the court in London, but whose father, gang member and drug dealer Bertram Byfield, was allowed to bring her home for weekend visits, and who was visiting her father on Sept. 13 in north London when an intruder broke in and gunned down her father in an apparent gangland slaying, was shot in the back and "executed" as she tried to flee the gunman. She was 7 years old.
Mabie "Neva" Eggsman - A Modoc Indian tribal elder who was instrumental in preserving the Klamath language, who helped develop a Klamath language phrase book and allowed herself to be recorded speaking the ancient tongue, died Sept. 14 in Klamath Falls, OR at age 95.
The Rev. Kenneth Hagin - TV evangelist who hosted "Rhema Praise", who founded the Rhema Bible Training Centers in 14 nations and Rhema churches in more than 110 countries, and whose Faith Library Publications has more than 65 million books in print, died Sept. 19 in Tulsa, OK of undetermined causes after collapsing at home the previous week. He was 86.
Harold Kilpatrick - Memphis man who several months ago lost his job and the insurance that paid for the medications to control his bi-polar disorder, who recently moved in with his sister in Dyersburg, Tennessee until he could get back on his feet, who on Sept. 17 took a gun and entered a classroom where a math class was being taught at Dyersburg State Community College and took 15 people hostage, and who had left a note behind saying he wanted to commit suicide and take some people with him, was shot to death by police after he began firing his gun randomly in the classroom. He was 26 years old.
Arthur Kinoy - Prominent civil rights attorney who was best known as one of the lawyers for the Chicago Seven, defending the seven anti-war activists on charges they had conspired to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, who also was a defender for convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and who founded the Center for Constitutional Rights, a legal center dedicated to using the law to advance human rights and fight oppression in many areas, died Sept. 19 in Montclair, NJ at age 82.
Margaret McLaughlin - Oldest person in Northern Ireland, who was just 3 weeks from her 109th birthday, died Sept. 16 at age 108.
Robert Schmalz - Senior psychology major who was scheduled to graduate in December 2003 from Bradley University, a school which had just received its sixth consecutive award from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse for efforts to curb binge drinking, was found dead on Sept. 14 in his on-campus room after an all night party where he reportedly had been drinking for 12 straight hours. He was 22 years old.
Jean Sutton - Managing editor of the Linden Democrat-Reporter, a tiny Alabama weekly newspaper, who was in the news in 1998 with her husband Goodloe Sutton for exposing a corrupt sheriff and his deputies, amid threats and vicious harassment, whose article eventually led to their indictments, and whose story was the subject of several TV newsmagazines and an article in People, died Sept. 16 in Linden, AL of complications from cancer surgery at age 62.
Business and Science
Shannon Bybee - CEO of several Atlantic City casinos who became a pioneer in gaming regulation and integrity, who was executive director of the UNLV International Gaming Institute, who had served as president of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, and who was one of the first casino executives to support problem gambling research and treatment, died Sept 18 in Las Vegas at age 65.
Donald Clifton - Chairman of the public opinion Gallup Organization after it was acquired by his company Selection Research Inc. in 1988, who saw the company grow beyond public opinion polling to the field of management consulting, died Sept. 14 in Lincoln, NE at age 79.
Dr. Donald Dahlsten - Insect biologist and expert on biological control of pest problems without the use of pesticides, whose most noted success was importing a species of Australian wasps to eradicate psyllids that were killing eucalyptus plants in California, died Sept. 3 in Berkeley, CA of skin cancer at age 69.
Volker Dolch - Founder of Dolch Logic Instruments, who pioneered a line of microprocessor logic analyzers used to design digital electronic circuits, who later founded Dolch Computer Systems for the design and manufacture of portable instrumentation computers, died August 21 of cancer in Belvedere, CA at age 59.
Dr. J. Christian Gillin - Psychiatrist and expert on sleep and mood disorders, who researched the antidepressant effects of sleep deprivation as well as bright light treatment for depression, and who was editor in chief of the medical journal Neuropsychopharmacology, died Sept. 13 of esophageal cancer in San Diego at age 65.
Ray Jordan - President of J.C. Penny from 1964 until 1968, who led the retail store's move into catalog sales and through a period of rapid expansion and diversification, died Sept. 16 in Vero Beach, FL at age 98.
Dr. Paul LoGerfo - One of the world's leading thyroid and parathyroid surgeons, who developed the thyroglobulin assay method for detecting recurrent thyroid cancer, who developed the first technique for outpatient thyroid operations and was the only surgeon authorized to perform the neck operation without hospitalization, and who co-wrote "The Thyroid Guide", a self-help book for patients with thyroid problems, died Sept. 16 of melanoma in New York City at age 64.
Esther Menaker - Clinical psychologist and author trained by Anna Freud, who was one of the first female American Freudian psychoanalysts and one of the first to psychoanalyze children, who made important contributions to the understanding of masochism, self-psychology, and the history of psychology, and who wrote numerous books including "Ego in Evolution" and her auto-biography "Appointment in Vienna", died August 20 in New York City at age 95.
Robert Neathery - Founder of the Ozark Radio Network in 1947 which established radio station KWPM in West Plains, Missouri, which became the first radio station between Memphis and Springfield, Missouri, died Sept. 15 in West Plains, MO at age 95.
Dr. David Robbins - Mathematician who broke codes and cryptological problems for the government and who devised a noted formula for predicting numbers of alternating-sign matrices that has had applications in fields like quantum mechanics, computational algebra and abstract mathematical symmetry, died Sept. 4 in Princeton, NJ of pancreatic cancer at age 61.
Otis Singletary - President of the University of Kentucky from 1969 until 1987 who saw the school through reductions in state education money by finding other sources of funding, died Sept. 20 in Lexington, KY at age 82.