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Will Eisner, cartoonist who created “The Spirit”Antonio Benitez-Rojo, Cuban-born award-winning authorSusan Bragato, helped to start California’s first charter schoolBud Brooks, Arkansas football starHumphrey Carpenter, British biographerShirley Chisholm, first black woman elected to US CongressJesse Lanier Cooper, son of actor Chris CooperH. David Dalquist, creator of Bundt cake panGuy Davenport, award-winning author, poet, and criticArnold Denker, former US chess championBuddy Diliberto, New Orleans Saints radio commentatorJ. N. Dixit, India’s National Security AdviserDr. S. Paul Ehrlich Jr., former acting US surgeon generalCyril Fletcher, British comedianSuzie Frankfurt, interior decorator and cohort of Andy WarholFrank Kelly Freas, sci-fi illustrator who also drew for ‘Mad’Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr., wrote of WWII prison camp escapeRonald (“Bo”) Ginn, US congressman from GeorgiaJoanne Grant, civil rights activist who document movement’s historyRobert Haag, board of trustees president at El Camino Community CollegeJanet Hargrave, WWII pilotRobert Heilbroner, educator and economistSarah Jewler, managing editor of ‘New York’ magazineRosemary Kennedy, eldest sister of JFKBobby Brooks Kramer, Montana cowgirlJohn F. Lawrence, created ‘LA Times’ business sectionAntoine Makdessi, Syrian writer and criticMakgatho Mandela, last surviving son of Nelson MandelaDr. Maclyn McCarty, pioneer in genetic researchHerman Platt, cofounder of and fund-raiser for LA’s University of JudaismBud Poile, Canadian hockey Hall of FamerJames Porter, Texas killerSong Renqiong, Chinese Communist Party veteranRichard W. Reuter, executive at US relief agenciesRicky Rodriguez, man raised in religious cultRobert (“Texas Bob”) Smith, ‘50s Detroit Lions fullbackGarrard (“Babe”) Smock Jr., third-generation Pullman porterWarren Spears, dancer with Alvin Ailey’s American Dance TheaterJohn A. Speziale, retired Connecticut judgeDanny Sugerman, former manager of The DoorsMichel Thomas, linguist who founded foreign language schoolAlton S. Tobey, artist who painted portraits and muralsA. Hays Town, Louisiana architectFrank E. Vandiver, military historian

Art and Literature

Antonio Benitez-Rojo (73) award-winning author and Spanish professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts. A native of Cuba who came to the US in 1980, Benitez-Rojo won one of Latin America’s most prestigious literary awards, the Casa de las Americas Prize, in 1967 for his collection of short stories, Tute de Reyes. He died in Northampton, Massachusetts on January 5, 2005.

Humphrey Carpenter (58) accomplished but controversial British biographer whose readiness to probe and reveal the sex lives of his subjects was regarded as either honest and unflinching or prurient and attention-seeking. Carpenter died of a pulmonary embolism in Oxford, England on January 4, 2005.

Guy Davenport (77) award-winning author, poet, and critic recognized nationally and internationally by educational and professional institutions for his academic and intellectual achievements in literature. Davenport arrived at the University of Kentucky as a young English professor in 1963 and stayed for nearly 30 years, retiring in ‘90. He died of lung cancer in Lexington, Kentucky on January 4, 2005.

Will Eisner (87) artist who revolutionized comic books, helped to popularize the graphic novel, and taught generations of soldiers how to maintain their equipment with the "Joe Dope” series. In 1940, Eisner created a gritty weekly newspaper supplement entitled The Spirit, which at its height had a circulation of 5 million in 20 Sunday newspapers. The supplement was a comic book with three self-contained stories, and "The Spirit” became the most popular; its title character was a detective named Denny Colt, believed murdered by a mad scientist’s potion but actually buried alive. Eisner died of complications from quadruple heart bypass surgery he underwent in December 2004, in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida on January 3, 2005.

Suzie Frankfurt (73) interior decorator who popularized 18th- and 19th-century Russian furniture among corporate raiders of the ‘70s and ‘80s and was an early collaborator of Andy Warhol (d. 1987). Within a year after meeting in 1959, Frankfurt and Warhol produced Wild Raspberries, a spoof of haute cuisine cookbooks; the title was a tongue-in-cheek allusion to Wild Strawberries, the ‘57 Ingmar Bergman film. Frankfurt died of a brain tumor in Riverdale, The Bronx, New York on January 7, 2005.

Frank Kelly Freas (82) illustrator who produced images for sci-fi and fantasy books and helped to shape Mad magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Freas illustrated the covers or the pages of books by writers including Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. van Vogt, Poul Anderson, and Frederik Pohl and won 11 Hugo awards. Beginning in the ‘50s, he spent seven years as main cover artist of Mad magazine. He died in Los Angeles, California on January 2, 2005.

Alton S. Tobey (90) muralist, portraitist, and illustrator whose renderings of famous events and faces hang in museums, libraries, public buildings, corporate offices, and private collections. Tobey was best known for portraits and floor-to-ceiling murals. He died in Mamaroneck, New York on January 4, 2005.

Business and Science

H. David Dalquist (86) creator of the aluminum Bundt pan, the top-selling cake pan in the world. Dalquist’s Nordic Ware company has sold more than 50 million of the pans, which he designed in 1950 at the request of members of the Minneapolis Chapter of the Hadassah Society. He died of heart failure in Edina, Minnesota on January 2, 2005.

Dr. S. Paul Ehrlich Jr. (72) epidemiologist and public health officer, US acting surgeon general for four years (1973-77) under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter who lobbied against cigarette smoking. Ehrlich later held teaching appointments at Georgetown University, the University of Texas, and UC Berkeley. He retired in 1984 after learning that he had multiple sclerosis. He died of pneumonia in Delray Beach, Florida on January 6, 2005.

Dr. Maclyn McCarty (93) pioneer in genetic research who in the ‘40s helped to demonstrate that genes are composed of DNA. McCarty died in New York City on January 2, 2005.

A. Hays Town (101) architect who shaped Baton Rouge’s residential aesthetic in the second half of the 20th century. Town designed many buildings at Louisiana State University and Southern University and later devoted much of his career to residential design. He died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 6, 2005.


Susan Bragato (47) founder and former executive director of the California Network of Education Charters (precursor to the California Charter Schools Assoc.). In 1994, Bragato helped to start California’s first public charter school, the San Carlos Charter Learning Center; there are now more than 180,000 California students attending charter schools. She died of breast cancer in the Bay Area city of San Carlos, California on January 5, 2005.

Joanne Grant (74) activist who documented the grass roots efforts behind the civil rights movement through her journalism, filmmaking, and commentary. Grant wrote Black Protest (1968), a documentary analysis of black resistance from 1619 on that remains required reading in many black history classes. She died of heart failure in New York City on January 8, 2005.

Robert Haag (73) president of the board of trustees of the El Camino Community College District, an influential figure in the cultural life of the South Bay communities that the college serves. Haag was in the third year of a second four-year term at his death in Torrance, California on January 4, 2005.

Robert Heilbroner (85) economist and author of the best-selling book The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times & Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers (1953), a history of world economists from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes. Heilbroner had suffered from Lewy body disease, which causes dementia similar to Alzheimer’s disease, but died of a stroke in New York City on January 4, 2005.

Antoine Makdessi (91) Syrian writer and critic who produced a large body of writing and criticism but never published an anthology. Makdessi taught Greek philosophy at Damascus University for 20 years. He died of a heart attack in Damascus, Syria on January 5, 2005.

Herman Platt (95) past president of Los Angeles’s Sinai Temple (1962-64) and a founder of and major fund-raiser for the University of Judaism in LA, where he and his wife endowed the Marjorie & Herman Platt Art Gallery. Platt died in Los Angeles, California on January 2, 2005.

Michel Thomas (90) Polish-born linguist whose rapid-learning method for teaching foreign languages attracted some of Hollywood’s most glamorous names. Thomas won the prestigious Silver Star for bravery during World War II. He died of heart failure in New York City on January 8, 2005.

Frank E. Vandiver (79) noted military historian and former finalist for the National Book Award. Vandiver had a special interest in the Civil War and taught history at several universities, among them Washington University in St. Louis, the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, and Oxford. He was a professor and administrator at Rice University for 24 years. He had been ill with heart and lung problems and died in College Station, Texas on January 7, 2005.

News and Entertainment

Jesse Lanier Cooper (17) son of Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper (best supporting actor for Adaptation [2002]) and his actress-wife Marianne Leone. Jesse Cooper died of causes related to cerebral palsy in Kingston, Massachusett on January 3, 2005.

Cyril Fletcher (91) British comedian and broadcaster whose career spanned 70 years of theater, radio, and TV. Fletcher was perhaps best known for his appearances on the BBC’s That’s Life, where he recited his witty "Odd Odes." He died in Guernsey, England on January 2, 2005.

Sarah Jewler (56) managing editor of New York magazine. A former rock ‘n’ roll drummer, Jewler was hired by the magazine in 1994 and worked under several editors. She was responsible for drafting the magazine’s budgets and coordinating payments and contracts for writers. She died of a rare blood disorder in New York City on January 5, 2005.

John F. Lawrence (70) former assistant managing editor for economic affairs at the Los Angeles Times who created one of the first separate business sections in a general-interest newspaper. Lawrence died of lung cancer in New York City on January 3, 2005.

Warren Spears (50) Detroit-born dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1974-77) and a modern-dance choreographer. Spears later started his own dance companies. He died of multiple myeloma in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 8, 2005.

Danny Sugerman (50) man who went from a teenage fan of The Doors to manager of the rock group in its later years. Sugerman died of lung cancer in West Hollywood, California on January 5, 2005.

Politics and Military

Shirley Chisholm (80) first black woman elected to Congress (D-NY, 1969-83) and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during seven terms in the House. Chisholm had suffered several strokes and died in Ormond Beach, Florida, near Daytona Beach, on January 2, 2005.

J. N. Dixit (68) India’s National Security Adviser and the nation’s pointman for peace initiatives with rival Pakistan. Dixit died of a heart attack in New Delhi, India on January 3, 2005.

Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr. (92) New Jersey veteran whose memoir, Passages to Freedom, chronicled his escape from a prison camp in Italy during World War II. Born to a prominent New Jersey family whose members had served in the military since the Revolutionary War, Frelinghuysen was the son of a former US senator (R-NJ). He died of pneumonia in Morristown, New Jersey on January 8, 2005.

Ronald (Bo) Ginn (70) former US congressman (D-Ga.), one of south Georgia’s biggest political names of the ‘70s and ‘80s who made an unsuccessful run for governor in 1982. Ginn died of cancer in Augusta, Georgia on January 6, 2005.

Janet Hargrave (84) one of only 1,074 female pilots who earned their wings as members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a group that flew noncombat missions across the US during World War II. Hargrave died after a series of strokes, in Malibu, California on January 4, 2005.

Rosemary Kennedy (86) eldest sister of President John F. Kennedy and the inspiration for the Special Olympics. The third child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, Rosemary was born mentally retarded and was forced by her father to undergo a frontal lobotomy, which effectively rendered her a zombie, in 1941 when she was 23. Since then she had lived in a Wisconsin convent. She died in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin on January 7, 2005.

Makgatho Mandela (54) eldest and only surviving son of former South African President Nelson Mandela. An attorney, Makgatho was admitted to Linksfield Park Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2004 and died there of AIDS-related complications on January 6, 2005.

Song Renqiong (96) veteran of the Communist Party of China. Song often was considered one of the "Eight Immortals,” a phrase borrowed from Chinese folklore to describe eight elderly veterans of the Communist revolution who set policy from behind the scenes through the ‘80s. He died in Beijing, China on January 8, 2005.

Richard W. Reuter (86) executive at relief agencies who helped to shape the US’s foreign relief efforts at CARE USA, then at the Food for Peace program. Reuter died of cardiac arrest in Lake Bluff, Illinois on January 7, 2005.

Society and Religion

James Porter (33) condemned Texas killer executed for the fatal prison beating of a convicted child molester. Porter already was serving a 45-year term for the 1995 shooting death of a transient when he attacked Rudy Delgado (40) in May 2000 with a rock wrapped in a pillowcase at a prison near Texarkana. He was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on January 4, 2005.

Ricky Rodriguez (29) Arizona man reared in a religious cult—formerly known as the Children of God, now called Family International—by a collection of often-topless young nannies. Rodriguez recorded a videotape the night before he stabbed to death one of his former nannies, Angela Smith, and committed suicide by gunshot. He said he saw himself as a vigilante avenging children like himself and his sisters who had been subjected to rapes and beatings. His murder-suicide revived accusations by former cult members about routine physical, emotional, and sexual abuse that they said they experienced as children. Rodriguez died in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2005.

Garrard (Babe) Smock Jr. (86) third-generation Pullman porter who won recognition as a living symbol of the thousands of black men who catered to passengers during the golden age of luxury train travel. In the late ‘30s when three Smock brothers and their father found themselves working together on the Lark—the Southern Pacific’s first-class sleeper train from Los Angeles to San Francisco—it landed them in "Ripley’s Believe It or Not." Garrard Smock died of pneumonia in Glendale, California on January 8, 2005.

John A. Speziale (82) retired judge who helped to modernize the Connecticut court system and was its chief justice in the ‘80s. Speziale died of cancer in Torrington, Connecticut on January 3, 2005.


William Thomas (Bud) Brooks (74) former All-American defensive lineman for Arkansas who won the Outland Trophy in 1954. Brooks was one of the leaders of the team known as the 25 Little Pigs of 1954, winner of the Southwest Conference title. He died in Bauxite, Arkansas on January 8, 2005.

Arnold Denker (90) former US chess champion (1944-46) who also had some spectacular setbacks at the chess board and later chronicled the lives of some of the game’s most colorful characters. Denker died of brain cancer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 2, 2005.

Bernard (Buddy D) Diliberto (73) New Orleans Saints radio commentator who listened to loyal fans praise and berate the team and often offered a little colorful advice of his own for the coaches. In 1997, Diliberto had bypass surgery after a series of heart attacks. He died of an apparent heart attack in Metairie, Louisiana on January 7, 2005.

Bobby Brooks Kramer (91) nationally renowned cowgirl, one of the first women to ride rodeo broncos for prize money. Kramer died in Billings, Montana on January 5, 2005.

Bud Poile (80) hockey Hall of Famer, father of Nashville Predators general manager David Poile. Bud Poile, who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup in 1947, was the first general manager of both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks. He died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on January 4, 2005.

Robert (Texas Bob) Smith (74) football running back who helped the Detroit Lions to win the 1953 NFL championship. A fullback who played in the Detroit backfield with Hall of Famer Doak Walker, Smith was a fourth-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1951. The former Texas A&M star was the first player in the Southwest Conference to run for 1,000 yards in a season. He died in Dallas, Texas on January 5, 2005.

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