Jerry Bogle - Half of the Crimson Tide (University of Alabama) duo "Roll Tide Boys" (two longtime friends who, since the late 1970's, were known for showing up at almost every Alabama game in outlandish outfits-including suspenders, giant ties and elephant trunks, to bolster team and fan spirit), died June 18 in Scottsboro, Alabama at age 66 as the result of bladder cancer.
George Hausmann - Infielder for the New York Giants baseball team in the 1940's, who in 301 career games hit .268 with 3 home runs and 78 RBI, who was suspended from baseball in 1946 by baseball commissioner Happy Chandler when he and several other players signed contracts to play in the Mexican League (the suspension was later lifted), died June 16 of cancer in Boerne, Texas at the age of 88.
Gerry McNeil - Goaltender with the great Montreal Canadian teams of the 1950's, who won Stanley Cups with the team in 1953 and 1957, who had a 2.36 goals-against average with 28 shutouts in 276 career regular-season NHL games, and who played three times in the All-Star game during his career, died June 17 in Montreal at the age of 78.
Leif Odmark - Cross country skiing legend considered the father of the sport in central Idaho's Sun Valley resort area, who founded the country's first cross-country ski school and was a member of the Swedish national cross country and jumping ski teams, and who in 1982 ran the fastest marathon of any person in the United States in the 60-64 age category, died Monday in Boise, Idaho at the age of 84.
Bobbye Sloan - Wife of Coach Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz, who used her high-profile marriage to help promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer and became a national spokeswoman for The Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure (she'd successfully battled the disease in 1997), died on June 18 in Evansville, Indiana at age 61 after a battle with pancreatic cancer that was unrelated to her previous cancer.
Art and Literature
Seymour Britchky - Restaurant critic who covered a formative period of New York dining from 1971 to 1991 in the monthly newsletter "The Restaurant Reporter," who was known for his distinctive and sometimes acid-toned restaurant reviews which were later compiled into a book, "The Restaurants of New York", died of pancreatic cancer on June 18 in New York. He was 73 years old.
William Graves - Writer and editor who spent 38 years with National Geographic magazine and was known for his dedication, high energy and his many adventures while working for the magazine, which included visiting all seven continents and the North Pole, and deep-sea diving in most of the world's oceans, who was also known for improving the literary quality of the lavishly photographed magazine, died of asphyxiation as a complication of a stroke on June 12 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. He was 77 years old.
Don Hong-Oai - Photographer whose unique and poetic images of the Chinese landscape were created by blending photo negatives, who began showing his photographs at street fairs after moving to San Francisco's Chinatown and went on to see his work exhibited throughout the world and sought after by private, corporate and museum collectors, died on June 8 in San Francisco, having undergone heart surgery in December. He was 74 years old.
Spencer Klaw - Journalist and author who helped expand the scope of the Columbia Journalism Review in the 1980's, taking over as editor of the magazine and expanding its coverage beyond just press criticism to include topics such as repetitive stress injury and labor relations in news organizations, who also was an editor at The New York Herald Tribune and Fortune magazine and taught magazine writing at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, died on June 3 in West Cornwall, Connecticut at the age of 84.
Paul Neagu - Artist considered one of the most important Romanian artists in modern history, whose abstract sculptures, paintings, drawings, performances and three-dimensional works often reflect movement and the human form and have been exhibited and acclaimed all over the world, and whose work influenced a number of successful artists, particularly those in Britain, where he taught and lived much of his life, died on June 21 in London after suffering from a host of illnesses in recent years. He was 66 years old.
Gérard de Sède - French historian and author of the real life historical detective story "The Accursed Treasure of Rennes-le-Château", who introduced the world to the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau, a hilltop village in southwest France where a priest discovered something that enabled him to amass and spend a fortune, and which today has become a major tourist attraction and is considered the site of the world's great unsolved mysteries (there are now more than 500 books on the topic), died on May 29 at the age of 83.
Don Tatro - Graphic artist best known for creating the endearing "Creepy Clown" character and website (www.creepyclown.com), whose work appears in numerous web galleries, died of a heart attack on June 19 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 69.
Ruthe Winegarten - Historian, social activist and author who wrote 18 books documenting the histories of Texas women, including the award winning "Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators 1923-1999" and "Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trial and Triumph," died on June 14 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at an assisted-living facility in Austin, Texas, having suffered from depression and the onset of dementia. She was 74 years old.
Politics and Military
Manuel A. Armijo - Veteran of the Bataan Death March of World War II, in which tens of thousands of U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced to march 65 miles from the Bataan Peninsula to a prison camp and faced starvation, beatings and heat-related deaths, who helped found the Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library in Santa Fe and was considered the oldest living survivor of the ordeal, died on June 22 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 92 years old.
Jim Bacon - Popular premier of the Australian island state of Tasmania, who was elected premier in 1998, forming the state's first majority Labor Government in 20 years, who was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2002, and who was credited with turning around the state's economy and infusing citizens with a renewed optimism about the future, died June 20 of lung cancer at a hospital in Hobart, Tasmania at the age of 54.
Leonel Brizola - One of Brazil's most notable leftist politicians and fierce opponent of military rule in Brazil, who served as governor of Rio de Janeiro state during the 1980s and ran several times for president of Brazil, who founded the Democratic Labor Party and was rumored to be the real target of the 1964 coup by the armed forces, which ushered in a military dictatorship that lasted 21 years, died June 21 at age 82 in Rio de Janeiro as the result of a heart attack (he had checked into the hospital earlier in the day with a serious cold).
James Daniels III - Navy captain and the last of the three pilots who survived a barrage of friendly fire several hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, who was the only U.S. pilot in the air when World War II was declared and also in the air off Tokyo Harbor in the days the war ended in 1945, died on June 20 in Honolulu at the age of 88.
Ralph S. Locher - Mayor of Cleveland from 1962 to 1967, who later became an Ohio Supreme Court justice in 1976, died June 18 at his home in Beachwood, Ohio at the age of 88.
Nathan Note - Outspoken crusader from Bikini Island, the site of 23 U.S. atomic and hydrogen bomb tests from 1946 to 1958, who convinced many fellow islanders that it was unsafe to return home after the testing even as the U.S. claimed the area was safe for resettlement (those who did return were later found to have ingested the largest amount of radioactive cesium by any human population), and who led a campaign that produced multi-million dollar nuclear test compensation trust funds U.S. government, died of natural causes on June 19 in the Marshall Islands, where many Bikinians still live in exile. He was believed to be about 85 years of age.
Claudia "Sue" Powers - CIA psychometrist (person who uses intuitive gifts while holding an item of some sort, such as a picture, watch, ring, etc., and gives information regarding that individual) and widow of famous spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers (whose plane went down in 1960 in Russia where he was tried for espionage and later released in exchange for a Russian prisoner), who worked diligently to have her husband awarded the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross and the Department of Defense Prisoner of War Medal posthumously, and who was an advocate of preserving cold war history, died June 17 in Las Vegas of respiratory failure. She was 68.
Ted Smout - One of Australia's last remaining World War I veterans, who served as a medical officer in France between 1916 and 1918, and who in 1998 was one of three Australians to travel to France to receive the Legion of Honor, France's highest military honor, died June 22 in Brisbane, Australia at the age of 106. Only 5 Australian World War I veterans are known to survive.
Kim Sun-il - South Korean man, Arabic speaker and evangelical Christian, who was in Iraq serving as a translator to earn tuition money to study Arabic at a translation graduate school, with the goal of becoming a Christian missionary in the Middle East, and who was kidnapped on June 17 in Fallujah, Iraq by insurgents demanding that South Korea cancel plans to send 3,000 troops to Iraq, was found beheaded on June 21 beside a road west of Baghdad. He was 33 years old.
Social and Religion
Kevin Amde and children Tesla and Davinci - Chicago man, apparently depressed over his family's financial woes and imminent eviction from their Chicago apartment, who disappeared with his two small sons, Davinci, 6, and Tesla, 3, on May 6, was found dead on the shore of Lake Michigan on June 20, bound to his sons with rope and tied to sand bags, an apparent murder-suicide. Police are baffled as to how and where Amde, 45, entered the water.
Emma Buck - Frontierswoman who lived in a log cabin and ran a pre-Civil War family farm that was named one of Illinois' 10 most endangered species, remaining virtually unchanged into the 21st century (complete with outhouse, a well instead of running water, a blacksmith's shop and a rare outdoor oven), who pulled her own teeth and sharpened axes on a foot operated grinding wheel well into her 90s while her contemporaries embraced modern machinery, died of breast cancer on June 5 at her home in Monroe County, Illinois on the sleigh bed she had slept in for the last 98 years. She was estimated to be 100 or 101 years old.
Rev. Robert Bullock - Parish priest and the president of the Boston Priests' Forum, who was one of the earliest and sharpest critics of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for its slow reaction to the sexual abuse scandal there, who became a national spokesman for priests when the allegations of misconduct became public and was one of the first to call for the resignation of the Boston archbishop, died of liver cancer on June 19 in Sharon, Massachusetts at the age of 75.
Nikolai Girenko - Russian human rights defender, anthropologist, expert on racism and outspoken critic of Neo-Nazi groups, who served as an expert witness on extremism in several high-profile cases and in the past two years had done nearly twenty studies on neo-Nazi and skinhead groups for Moscow and St. Petersburg authorities, was shot and killed through his closed front door on the morning of June 19 as he went to answer his doorbell at his home in St. Petersburg, Russia, a killing that some think was committed by those he testified against, but an official suspect has yet to be detained. He was 64.
Pir Vilayat Inayat-Khan - Religious leader and head of the Sufi Order International, an offshoot of Islam that is based in mysticism and allows followers to keep practicing their own religions, who is credited with bringing Sufism to the West and creating the Sufi order, and who wrote numerous books including "Toward the One" and "The Call of the Dervish", died June 17 at his home in Paris at the age of 87.
Joan Olaizola - New York City resident who suffered from epilepsy and fainted on June 23 while waiting for a subway, falling onto the tracks of a lower Manhattan subway train, who desperately tried to pull herself to safety in front of frantic and horrified bystanders, was struck and killed by a subway train. She was 39 years old.
Amber Rogers - Bank teller at First Fidelity Bank in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was working at the bank on June 22 when two men entered the bank with guns demanding money, who emptied the drawers of cash as instructed, but was shot to death when she was unable to open the bank vault. She was 26 years old. Four men have been arrested in the robbery and killing.
Seaman - 140-lb Newfoundland dog who was part of the crew involved in a 2-year recreation of Lewis and Clark's journey, who was playing the role of Seaman (a dog purchased by Lewis and Clark for food, but who was loved to the point that even when the explorers were reduced to eating tallow candles as they headed west through the mountains, the dog avoided the stew pot), who to date had made his way 1,500 miles on America's river system with the re-enactors to much fanfare along the way, was found dead of unknown causes on June 16 at the crew's campsite near Waverly, Missouri. He was 20 months old.
Matthew Sheridan - 20-year old Wisconsin man who died in police custody on June 19 after an officer placed a high-tech protective hood over the man's head, mistakenly thinking it was a "spit bag", which would shield the officer from saliva, when in fact it was a SURVIVAIR Quick2000 escape hood respirator (popularized after the 9/11 attacks), which protects against chemical and biological agents and can prevent the breathing of fresh air if used incorrectly. Officials would not say whether Sheridan suffocated and no official cause of death has been released.
Charlene Singh - Florida woman thought to be the only U.S. resident to have contracted the human form of mad cow disease, which sent hysteria throughout England several years ago, who is believed to have contracted it eating infected beef when she lived in Britain, and who was diagnosed in March, 2002 and given 3 months to live, but defied the odds by living with the disease over 2 years, died June 20 at her father's home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the age of 25.
Rev. Wayne Smith - Minister who founded the international cultural exchange organization Friendship Force International with President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, which encouraged friendships between people of different backgrounds and promoted goodwill with week long homestays by volunteer "ambassadors" in different countries (including war-torn and Cold War countries), whose organization was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has grown to over 350 chapters in more than 50 countries, took his own life on June 16 in Big Canoe, Georgia after suffering from myasthenia gravis, a nerve disease, for some time. He was 69 years old.
Mattie Stepanek - Child poet and author who began writing at the age of three and became a national celebrity after the publication of his volume of inspiration poems, "Heartsongs," which became a best-seller and led to the publication of four more poetry books, who served as the goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and acted as a tireless advocate for the disease from which he suffered and that took the lives of his three older siblings, and who touched lives and gained a host of supporters and admirers, including Oprah Winfrey and President Jimmy Carter, with his optimism, spirit, and messages of peace, died Tuesday in Washington, D.C. of complications from his disease. He was 13 years old.
Business and Science
Bernard Baker - Pioneering chemical researcher and leading champion of efforts to develop a high-temperature fuel cell to be used as a reliable, economical power source for buildings and the electrical grid (fuel cells create electrical current with almost no air pollution through chemical reactions that combine hydrogen with air), who co-founded and was chairman/CEO of FuelCell Energy, which researches and designs fuel cells and advanced battery technologies, died June 21 from the effects of cancer at a hospital in Bethel, Connecticut at the age of 67.
Bob Bemer - Early figure in the development of computer programming known as the "father of ASCII" (encoding system that allows computers to see text as numbers), who helped develop the COBOL programming language in the 1950's and coined the word 'COBOL', who was one of the first to warn of the Y2K bug in the early 70's and was one of the primary media figures in 1999, and who was awarded the Computer Pioneer Award from the IEEE in 2003, died of cancer on June 22 at his home in Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas at the age of 84.
Edmund Crelin - Anatomist and expert in the field of infant anatomy, whose book "Anatomy of the Newborn" is considered the first atlas of human infant anatomy and whose "Functional Anatomy of the Newborn" is also considered a leading text in the field, and who also studied the history of vocal cords to determine which early humans could speak, died June 21 in New Haven, Connecticut at age 81.
Herman Goldstine - Highly regarded mathematician and computer scientist, who was instrumental after World War II in the development of the ENIAC, the first electronic digital computer, and unwieldy device, 18,000 vacuum tubes, filling a room 30 feet by 50 feet and using 150 kilowatts of power, which was used by the army to develop faster and more accurate artillery and bombing tables, and who later worked at IBM and wrote "The Computer From Pascal to von Neumann", an account of the history of mathematics and the way it influenced the development of computer science, died June 16 of Parkinson's disease at a retirement community in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania at the age of 90.
Thomas Gold - Astrophysicist and one of the great celestial thinkers of the last century, who rose to prominence during the Space Age with his theories on the creation of the universe, the moon's surface, pulsars, and the origins of oil and gas reserves, many of which rivaled the theories of his contemporaries, died of heart disease on June 22 at a hospital Ithaca, N.Y. He was 84 years old.
Don Grawert - Creative advertising guru who was involved in some of the most creative TV commercials of the 1950s, including campaigns for Hamm's Beer, Northwest Airlines, Pillsbury, Charmin, and Malt-O-Meal, and who served as the vice-president of Campbell-Mithun advertising agency, died on June 1 in Minneapolis at the age of 80.
Clayton Kirkpatrick - Editor of the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 1979, who ushered in vast changes in the newspaper, which the newspaper itself said was the "Republican bible for the first half of the 20th century," who in his time as editor called for Nixon's resignation and increased the use of photos and graphics to give the paper a more modern look, died June 19 at his home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois at age 89 as the result of congestive heart failure.
Al Lapin - Restauranteur and entrepreneur, who founded the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) chain with his brother Jerry, opening the first store in Toluca Lake, California in 1958, whose signature restaurants featured a blue roof, and served unusual pancakes (e.g. chocolate chip) with pitchers of numerous syrup flavors and a "never empty" pot of coffee at each table, died June 23 of cancer at a hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 76.
George F.F. Lombard - One of the founders of the field of organizational behavior, the academic discipline of studying and directing the behavior of organizations, who, for research, once observed mothers search through racks of girls' dresses and watched 20 clerks ring up sales at Macy's and who was a former dean of Harvard Business School, died in Weston, Massachusetts June 17 at age 93.
Bobb Schaeffer - Curator at the American Museum of Natural History and expert on fossil fish who, in his forty years with the museum, probed the development of fish and how they related to other vertebrates, using his focus on fossils to see the relevance beyond fish, and who is responsible for the museum's display of fossil fish, which explains their history for the past 500 million years, died June 2 at the age of 90 in Rochester, New York, as the result of kidney failure.
Bernie Vonderschmitt - Electrical engineer and computer industry pioneer, who was instrumental in designing semiconductor chips known as field programmable gate arrays, who developed the semiconductor manufacturing process known as complementary metal-oxide-silicon, who co-founded Xilinx Corporation in 1984, which became the first business to separate chip design and manufacturing, and who, earlier in his career, was head the development of a color television project at RCA, died June 9 from stroke complications at his home in Jasper, Indiana at the age of 80.
Theodora Zavin - Music industry executive and one of the industry's most respected copyright attorneys, who founded the non-profit BMI Foundation and was a senior executive for almost 50 years at BMI, the performing rights that represents hundreds of thousands of songwriters, composers and music publishers, who led the company during one of its most dramatic periods of growth and signed representation agreements with such artists as Simon and Garfunkel, Billy Joel, and Carole King, died on June 21 at a hospital in New York City after a brief illness. She was 82 years old.