Dee Andros - Football coach from 1965 to 1975 at Oregon State University, who was known as "the Great Pumpkin" because he was overweight and wore a jacket in the bright orange of Oregon State, who was perhaps best-known for his 1967 team that beat both eventual national champion USC and second-ranked Purdue, and who served as the school's athletic director until 1985, died Oct. 22 in Corvallis, OR after a long illness at age 79.
Hank Beenders - Holland-born basketball player who played on the 1941 NIT champion Long Island U. team, who then became one of the first international basketball players in the NBA and the first to reach the NBA finals, who played for the champion Philadelphia Warriors in 1947, and who later played for the Boston Celtics, died Oct. 24 in Somerset, NJ at age 87.
Ernie Calverley - Star basketball player at Rhode Island University who was best known for "the shot heard round the world", a half court shot at the buzzer that beat Bowling Green in a first round NIT tournament game (then a championship tournament) in 1946, who then led his team to the championship game against Kentucky (they lost), who was named tournament MVP, and who years later became head basketball coach and then athletic director at the school, died Oct. 20 in Providence, RI after a brief illness at age 79.
Veikko Hakulinen - Finnish cross-country skier who won three Olympic gold medals in the 1952 Games in Oslo, Norway, who also won three silver and one bronze medal at those games, was killed after being hit by a car on Oct. 25 in Helsinki, Finland at age 78.
Garnet "Sugar" Hart - Amateur boxer who was the national Amateur Athletic Union welterweight champ in 1954, who had 52 consecutive victories as an amateur welterweight, and who became a protégé of Sugar Ray Robinson, but whose career as a professional (he turned pro at age 16) was less stellar after such high expectations, finishing with a career 29-7-2 record (that doesn't sound too awful to me), died Oct. 15 of diabetes complications in Philadelphia at age 65.
Clarita Heath - Pioneering female skier who was part of the very first U.S. Olympic Women's Ski Team at the 1936 games, who competed successfully for several years at venues around the world, who was married to Olympic skier Alexander Bright, and who was elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1968, died Oct. 13 in Brookline, MA at age 87.
Harold "Hal" Lahar - Star football player at Oklahoma University in the 1930's, who played three seasons in the pros with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills in the 1940's, and who later became head football coach at Colgate University and the University of Houston, died Oct. 20 in Dallas at age 84.
William Berge Phillips - President of world swimming governing body FINA from 1964 to 1968 who was one of the pillars of the development of aquatic sports in Australia and worldwide, who was a member of the Australian Olympic Committee from 1946 to 1977, and who is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, died Oct. 20 in Sydney, Australia at age 90.
Tony Renna - Race car driver who filled in for Al Unser, Jr. during the 2002 IRL season, and notched five top-10 finishes, including a seventh place finish at the Indianapolis 500 and a career-best fourth in 2002 at Michigan, and who was just named to replace Tomas Scheckter at the formidable Target/Ganassi team for 2004, was killed in a crash during a test run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Oct. 22, becoming the 67th person and 40th driver to lose his life at Indianapolis. He was 26 years old and was scheduled to be married in November.
Heather Wilbur - LPGA golfer who had competed for four years on the LPGA's developmental tour, who played in the 2001 U.S. Women's Open, becoming the first golfer from New Brunswick, Canada to play in any LPGA event, died Oct. 21 of leukemia in Moncton, New Brunswick at age 27.
Frank Zela - Professional wrestler who was known as Boris Volkoff and wrestled with his partner Nicoli (an actual Russian) as the despised Volkoff Brothers, who won National Wrestling Alliance tag team titles in 1956, 1958 and 1965, and who with the red scare hysteria of the Cold War at its peak were popular villains in the ring, died Oct. 15 in Las Vegas of congestive heart failure at age 76.
Art and Literature
Vera Berdich - Surreal printmaker and etcher who is often credited with introducing a method to transfer photographs from magazines and newspapers to etching plates, and whose work is featured in Printworks, a Chicago gallery, and a number of museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, died Oct. 12 in Chicago at age 88.
Yehuda Elberg - Internationally renowned Yiddish author who turned his Holocaust experience in Poland into award-winning literature, including the novels "The Empire of Kalman the Cripple" and "Ship of the Hunted", died Oct. 18 in Montreal at age 91.
Vance Jordan - Leading American art dealer who owned Vance Jordan Fine Art in New York City, who was one of the first art dealers to deal with artwork from the American Arts and Crafts Movement, died of cancer on Oct. 20 in New York at age 60.
Cesar Adib Majul - Prominent Muslim-Filipino historian, author and academic luminary, who founded the Institute of Islamic Studies in the Philippines serving as its first dean, who authored numerous journal articles and many books including "Islam and Conflict Resolution: Theories and Practices", "The Contemporary Muslim Movement in the Philippines", and "Apolinario Mabini: Revolutionary", died of cancer on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles at age 79.
John O'Brien - Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune who covered several crime stories including the Tylenol murders, the John Wayne Gacy killings and heiress Helen Brach's disappearance, and who authored several books including "Getting Away With Murder", died Oct. 18 of cancer in Skokie, IL at age 66.
Mukta Venkatesh - Indian artist known for her dozens of paintings of flowers, which have been exhibited in galleries all over the world, including permanent collections in galleries in Delhi, died Oct. 19 in Mysore, India at age 101.
Politics and Military
Timothy Costello - Psychologist and professor of psychology turned politician, who published the still-used psychology text "Abnormal Psychology" in 1960, who became chairman of the Liberal Party in New York and was appointed as deputy mayor of New York City under John Lindsay, and who later served as president of Adelphi University, died Oct. 20 in New York City at age 87.
William C. Cramer - U.S. Congressman from Florida known as "Mr. Republican", whose victory in the 1954 election was the first for a Republican in Congress in Florida since 1882, who then proceeded to be elected to 8 consecutive terms in the House, died Oct. 18 in St. Petersburg, FL at age 81.
James "Lee" Edwards - Governor of the 2,900-member Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, who is credited with bringing gaming to Oklahoma, died Oct. 21 of a heart attack in Oklahoma City at age 66.
Luis Ferre - Governor of Puerto Rico from 1969 to 1972, who was a member of the assembly that produced Puerto Rico's 1952 constitution, who founded the pro-statehood New Progressive Party prior to winning the governorship, and who continued to fight for statehood as Puerto Rico's Senate president, died Oct. 21 in San Juan of respiratory failure at age 99.
James M. Hanley - U.S. Congressman from New York, who served eight terms as a Democrat in the House from 1964 until 1980, who was known for authoring a successful amendment to the historic bill that created Medicare and for battles against opponents of legalized abortion, died Oct. 16 in Geddes, NY at age 83.
Louise Day Hicks - Boston public school official and later city council member who was in the national limelight in the 1960's for fighting a Massachusetts law ordering districts to desegregate or lose state financing, whose anti-busing crusade made her a national symbol of racial division, and who lost an election for mayor of Boston in 1968, died Oct. 21 in Boston at age 87.
Alija Izetbegovic - President of the Bosnia-Herzegovina collective presidency from 1990 to 2000, who was a staunch anti-communist and was imprisoned for campaigning against Communist rule of Yugoslavia during the 1980's, who became one of the crucial figures during the 1992-1995 war in the country, who was a noted scholar and author of such works as "Islamic Declaration" and "Islam Between East and West", and who had previously been reported as dead on Sept. 19 (including here), died Oct. 19 in Sarajevo after a long illness at age 78.
Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong Mei-ling) - Widow of the Nationalist Chinese president, who was educated in the West graduating with honors from Wellesley in 1917, who married Chiang Kai-shek in 1926 becoming one of the world's most famous couples, who used her charm and fluent English to lobby Washington and become a driving force in Taiwan's Nationalist government, and who moved to New York after her husband died in 1975, died Oct. 23 in New York City at age 105.
Myer "Jerry" Lewis - War veteran who holds the distinction of serving under the Canadian flag in World War I and the U.S. flag in World War II, died Oct. 15 in Los Gatos, CA of problems associated with aging at age 104.
Manolo Ortega - Well-known television announcer in Cuba who became a major figure in Cuba's Communist Party and confidante of President Fidel Castro, who presented Castro at major events for more than 30 years, died Oct. 21 in Havana of a heart attack at age 81.
Miguel Angel Burelli Rivas - Diplomat who served as Venezuela's ambassador to the U.S. and England, who was Venezuela's foreign minister from 1994 to 1999, and who unsuccessfully ran for president of Venezuela in 1968, died Oct. 22 in Washington, DC of a pulmonary infection at age 82.
Ralph Salerno - Authority on organized crime, who as a detective for the New York City police was close to the investigations of some of the mob's most notorious figures, who later became a consultant to the Department of Justice in Washington, and who wrote numerous magazine articles and the book "The Crime Confederation", died Oct. 15 in Scranton, PA of congestive heart failure at age 78.
Preston Smith - Two-term Democratic governor of Texas who served from 1968 until 1973, who pushed for the first comprehensive drug abuse program in Texas and worked for passage of the state's first minimum wage law, and who was known for his trademark polka-dot ties and shirts, died Oct. 18 in Lubbock of pneumonia at age 91.
Lance Cpl. Sok Khak Ung - Marine combat engineer who was involved in the rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch in Iraq, who was part of a "diversion force" that on April 1 attacked the enemy to distract them while a special force unit went into the hospital to rescue Lynch, who earned a Purple Heart after he was hit by shrapnel from a land mine later that month, and had returned to the U.S. in July and was set for discharge at the end of October, was gunned down in Long Beach, CA at a family barbeque on Oct. 18 by an unknown gunman. He was 22 years old and police have no motive in the shooting.
Robert Wolfe - Intelligence specialist and training officer with the famous African-American pilot group Tuskegee Airmen, who was stationed in Italy during WW2 teaching airmen how to identify enemy aircraft and weapons, died Oct. 10 in Detroit of prostate cancer at age 87.
Social and Religion
Adele Carmichael - One of the oldest and longest-serving ministers in the country, who was ordained by the evangelistic Assemblies of God church in 1918, who led evangelical tent revival meetings in what is known as Shepherd of the Hills country around Branson, Mo in the early 1920's, and who was one of the first ministers to utilize radio for preaching the Gospel in those years, died Oct. 14 in Thousand Oaks, CA after collapsing on her way to teach Bible class. She was 101 years old.
Alice Hoppes - Civil rights advocate and director of the state Office of African-American Affairs in New Mexico, who served as president of the NAACP chapter in Albuquerque from 1984 to 1996, among whose numerous awards included the 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award from the NAACP and the 1995 Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, died Oct. 20 of cancer in Albuquerque at age 64.
John Hunter - Ohio man who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2002 and was told by the Social Security Administration that he could still work and was not eligible for Social Security benefits, but who fought that decision by taking his plight to the news media and lobbying members of Congress, which prompted the SSA to change its rules governing the disease and give coverage to anyone with the ailment, succumbed to the disease on Oct. 21 at his home in Litchfield Township, OH at age 40.
Pundit Krishna Maharaj - Spiritual leader of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha of Trinidad and Tobago and considered the most revered Hindu pundit on the island, who was considered to be the Guru for thousands not only in Trinidad but also to Hindus in the Caribbean, Europe, and North America, who caused controversy in 1995 by refusing to accept the Trinity Cross, the highest award conferred by the government of Trinidad and Tobago, saying it is inappropriate to have a cross of any kind placed around his neck, died Oct. 15 in Trinidad at age 78.
Archbishop Gilbert McDowell - U.S. leader of the traditionalist United Anglican Church, a conservative branch which cut ties to the Episcopal Church in the early 70's feeling they had become too liberal, who had been working on rapprochement with the Roman Catholic Church, and had visited the Vatican several times to discuss the matter, died Oct. 24 in Rome of undetermined but natural causes at age 66.
Margaret "Mardy" Murie - Pioneering conservationist considered by many to be "the mother of the modern conservation movement", who with her late husband Olaus, played a pivotal role in the enactment of the 1964 Wilderness Act and creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 from President Clinton, died Oct. 19 at her home in Grand Teton National Park, WY at age 101.
Justyn Rosen - 79-year-old retired Denver car dealer, who had recently ended a 7-year affair with 40-year old Teresa Perez, who on Oct. 3 was carjacked by Perez who forced him to drive around under the threat of being shot, who made a sudden turn into a Denver police station where he jumped out and started screaming "Help! She's got a gun!", was shot 15 times in that police parking lot, 2 of the bullets which turned out to be from the gun of one of the policemen. Perez apparently fired the rest of the shots before killing herself, and the case is under investigation as to why the police shot Rosen.
Business and Science
Roy A. Anderson - Chairman of aerospace giant Lockheed Corp. from 1977 to 1985, who led the company's recovery from near-fatal political and financial scandals of the 1970s, where the company was charged with bribing political officials in Japan, the Netherlands and Italy (Japan's prime minister was ousted as a result of the scandal) leaving them on the brink of bankruptcy, died Oct. 18 in La Canada, CA after a long illness at age 82.
William John Dyer - Scientist and expert on fish quality, who developed freezing methods to keep fish fresh during processing and shipping, and who develop what became known in the late 1950s as the Bligh and Dyer method for extracting fats from biological tissue, both leading to his most notable creation during the 1950's of the processed fish stick, died Sept. 22 of Alzheimer's disease in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at age 89.
William Goldberg - One of New York's best known diamond dealers, whose greatest fame came from buying and selling some of the world's biggest and best gems, including the Queen of Holland diamond during the 1970's, and who served three terms as president of the Diamond Dealers Club, died Oct. 20 of pancreatic cancer in New York City at age 77.
John T. Gurash - Chairman and chief executive officer of INA Corp., who helped implement the merger of INA and Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. to create insurance giant Cigna Corp., died Oct. 21 in Pasadena, CA from injuries sustained in a fall at the age of 92.
Luise Hanson - Co-founder in the late 1950's with her husband John Hanson (died 1996), of recreational vehicle giant Winnebago Industries, a company that revolutionized the manufacture of motor homes thru mass production, and became the world's leader, died Oct. 12 in Stewart, FL at age 90.
Ching Chun Li - Human genetics pioneer who was the founder of population genetics, the study of how genes behave in populations, who wrote several textbooks including "First Course in Population Genetics", died Oct. 20 in Pittsburgh at age 91.
Howard Lund - Founder and owner of the Lund Boat Co., which he started in 1947 making aluminum duck boats by hand, and which grew into the million dollar Lund Metal Craft Inc., died Oct. 22 in New York Mills, MN at age 91.
Charles E. F. Millard - CEO and chairman of Coca-Cola Bottling from 1967 to 1986, who saw sales at the company grow from $60 million per year to $500 million, died Oct. 20 in Fenwick, CT of pulmonary fibrosis at age 71.
Peter M. Morgan - Head of the family firm that makes Morgan sports cars, a British custom carmaker that is one of the oldest in the world, having been started by his father in 1910, who served as company chairman from 1959 until 1999, who was responsible for building up the company's export market during his tenure, and who turned the reigns over to his son Charles upon retirement, died Oct. 20 after a brief illness at age 83.
Verne F. Ray - Anthropologist who pioneered a field known as ethnohistory, the merging of anthropology and its procedures with history and historical documentation, who studied American Indian histories and published several notable works, whose research established the history and territory Indian tribes once occupied, and who became a frequent expert witness on their behalf in court after Congress passed the Indian Claims Commission Act in 1946, allowing Indians to sue to regain lands taken by the U.S. government, died Sept. 28 in Port Townsend, WA at age 98.
H. William "Bill" Sargent - Entertainment impresario and electronics expert who pioneered pay-per-view television, who introduced the concept with his Los Angeles-based Home Entertainment Co. when he presented a closed-circuit boxing match of Cassius Clay versus George Logan in 1962, who produced numerous other entertainment and sporting events on a pay-per-view basis over the years, and who held about 400 patents on various electronics inventions, died Oct. 19 in Caddo, OK of a heart attack at age 76.
Dr. Beatrice Blyth Whiting - Noted anthropologist who with her late husband John Whiting conducted extensive research on the influence of culture on personality, who began the Six Cultures Study of Socialization, a project that involved field studies in locations throughout the world, and who wrote several books of her own including "Children of Different Worlds: The Formation of Social Behavior" and the upcoming "Ngecha: A Kenyan Community in a Time of Rapid Social Change", died Sept. 29 in Cambridge, MA at age 89.