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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, April 2, 2005

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Pope John Paul II, leader of Roman Catholic ChurchGayleen Aiken, folk artistBengt Bedrup, Swedish journalist and TV personalityTom Bevill, former US congressmanMary Ann Bisio, choral conductorGwydion Brooke, British bassoonistBob Casey, Minnesota Twins PA announcerJohnny Cochran, O. J. Simpson's defense attorneyColin Craig, promoted British financial interests in Middle EastEmil Dimitrov, Bulgarian pop singerPaul G. Dye, ran world-famous wild bird sanctuaryTrevor Foster, Rugby League playerJetseta Gage, missing Iowa girlRalph D. Gardner, writer and advertising executiveLavinia Gelineau, Iraq War widowRaul Gibb Guerrero, newspaper directorEdward Head, bishop of Buffalo Roman Catholic dioceseHowell Heflin, former US senatorPhillip Horvitz, artist and choreographerJohn Howe, Vietnam veteran who fought for unrecognized soldiersGrant Johannesen, classical pianistDr. Stanley J. Korsmeyer, Harvard cancer researcherSamuel Krachmalnick, veteran Tony-nominated Broadway conductorArmand J. Labbe, California curator and museum directorMarilyn Levine, ceramic sculptorPal Losonczi, former president of Communist HungaryJohn McTernan, activist lawyer who fought landmark civil rights and labor casesWilson Carey MacWilliams, political scientist and professorEddie Moss, former basketball playerCharles Palmer, British cricketerHenry O. Paynter, oldest competitive badminton playerDr. Don Rose, popular San Francisco deejayEula Pearl Carter Scott, pioneer woman pilotConstantine L. Seferlis, stone carver and sculptorRobert F. Slatzer, author of two books on Marilyn MonroeRigo Tovar, Mexican music pioneerJim Wiwa, chief of Nigeria's Ogoni tribeRobert Coldwell Wood, Massachusetts education authorityAhmed Zaki, Egyptian actorLarry Zelina, Ohio State U football star

Art and Literature

Gayleen Aiken (71) folk artist who captured a national audience with neon-bright imaginings of childhood friends. Aiken was a developmentally disabled woman whose formal education ended before high school. She began drawing and painting at age 2 but never showed her work until she was discovered by a Vermont grass-roots arts organization in the early '80s. Today her works hang in galleries in Boston and New York and in the permanent collection of the Rockefeller Museum of American Folk Art in Williamsburg, Va. Aiken cowrote and illustrated a book, Moonlight & Music, and was the subject of a movie. An Internet art gallery offered two of her paintings for $2,200 each. She died in Barre, Vermont on March 29, 2005.

Phillip Horvitz (44) performance artist and choreographer noted for his satiric musicals and one-man performances, including a 1993 solo show, Yes, I Can, based on the life of Sammy Davis Jr. Horvitz cofounded a performance trio and was artistic director of the Karidian Players, which developed and performed his work. He died of cardiac arrhythmia while flying from New York to Oakland, California on March 30, 2005.

Samuel Krachmalnick (79) veteran Tony-nominated Broadway conductor who concluded his career as director of the UCLA Symphony and campus opera productions. Krachmalnick studied with Leonard Bernstein and earned his Tony nomination as musical director of Bernstein’s Broadway musical production of the French classic Candide. He also had stints as musical director of the American Ballet Theater, the Boston Arts Festival, and the Metropolitan Opera National Co. and was on the conducting staff of the New York City Opera. He died of a heart attack in Burbank, California on April 1, 2005.

Armand J. Labbe (60) chief curator and director of research and collections at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts in Santa Ana, Calif. whose scholarship in ancient and native cultures of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands was manifested for 27 years in dozens of exhibitions. Labbe's leadership helped to gain prestige for the museum and led to a $12-million renovation and expansion. He died of cancer in Costa Mesa, California on April 2, 2005.

Marilyn Levine (69) prominent ceramic sculptor known for deceptively realistic renditions of leather goods, whose "Funk" phase included sculptures of shoes and sneakers oozing bright glaze (the "leather" jacket in the picture is ceramic). Levine saw old leather objects as metaphors for the passage of time and the scars of life. She died of mucosal melanoma in Oakland, California on April 2, 2005.

Constantine L. Seferlis (76) sculptor and stone carver whose work graces Washington National Cathedral, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Capitol, and other sites in the Washington, DC area. Seferlis's work was featured in the Oscar--winning documentary The Stone Carvers (1984). He created more than 200 works for the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s exterior and interior over 18 years, including flowers, sculptures, animals, and other Gothic decorations. He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Washington, DC on March 27, 2005.

Robert F. Slatzer (77) author of two books on Marilyn Monroe, The Life & Curious Death of Marilyn Monroe (1974) and The Marilyn Files (1992), who contended that he and Monroe were married secretly in Mexico in 1952 but that the relationship was ordered dissolved by 20th Century-Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck because he was worried about her reputation. Slatzer died in Los Angeles, California on March 28, 2005.

Business and Science

Colin Craig (63) well-respected promoter of British financial interests in the Middle East, where his success was achieved by building warm personal relationships with key figures in government and business for 30 years. Craig was a director for 12 years of Schroder Asseily, a partnership established by the Schroder investment banking group in London with a prominent Lebanese business family, to provide financial advice and money market facilities for clients in the Arab world. He was killed in a car accident in Morocco on April 1, 2005.

Paul G. Dye (68) former Boeing engineer who founded the Northwest Wildlife Farm, a wild bird sanctuary and breeding center for endangered species that he built into a destination for waterfowl breeders and conservationists. Founded in 1971, the operation includes 32 ponds, eight acres of grain fields, four miles of trails, a salmon stream, nesting sites installed for wood ducks, flying squirrels, bats, chickadees, and flickers, and forestry improvements for grouse and other woodland species. Dye died in Everett, Washington on March 30, 2005.

Dr. Stanley J. Korsmeyer (54) cancer researcher at Harvard who helped to discover and investigate a gene that interferes with the natural regeneration of body tissue and creates conditions that often lead to cancer. Korsmeyer's research was said to help spur a revolution in cancer treatments. He died of lung cancer in Boston, Massachusetts on March 31, 2005.


Wilson Carey McWilliams (71) political scientist who took a special interest in the moral basis of politics and was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick, and at the university’s Institute for the Study of Civic Values, which he helped to found in 1973. McWilliams also wrote The Idea of Fraternity in America (1973), in which he examined the contributions of political and literary commentators and institutions concerned with that concept. He died of a heart attack in Flemington, New Jersey on March 29, 2005.

Robert Coldwell Wood (81) academic, writer, and bureaucrat whose acumen in domestic issues like housing and education prompted Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B.Johnson to seek his advice and the University of Massachusetts (of which he was president, 1970-78) and the Boston school system to name him their leader. For much of his career Wood played an important part in developing the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibited racial discrimination in real estate sales. He then succeeded Daniel Patrick Moynihan as director of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies. He died of stomach cancer in Boston, Massachusetts on April 1, 2005.

News and Entertainment

Bengt Bedrup (76) one of Sweden’s best-known journalists and TV personalities. Bedrup hosted a series of sports, health, and entertainment programs on radio and TV and was an active campaigner against alcohol abuse. He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, outside Stockholm, Sweden on March 27, 2005.

Mary Ann Bisio (50) singer, voice instructor, and Seattle Symphony Chorale conductor. Bisio conducted the chorale in Mozart’s Requiem a year after the 9-11 disaster. She died of cancer in Seattle, Washington on March 30, 2005.

Gwydion Brooke (93) British bassoonist, last survivor of the exceptionally gifted team of wind players assembled by Sir Thomas Beecham when he founded the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946. At age 16 Brooke won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music; after a year he left to gain experience in the Hastings Municipal Orchestra conducted by his father's friend, Basil Cameron. Brooke died in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England on March 27, 2005.

Emil Dimitrov (64) pop singer loved by generations of Bulgarians and the first Bulgarian pop star to become internationally known as a performer and composer. Dimitrov wrote more than 400 songs that have been performed at festivals across Europe. He enjoyed a 45-year career and released more than 30 albums. He died from the effects of a 2001 stroke, in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 30, 2005.

Ralph D. Gardner (81) writer. advertising executive, and biographer best known for his biographies of Horatio Alger. Gardner enjoyed a long career with the New York Times and later started his own agency, Ralph D. Gardner Advertising. He died of diabetes in New York City on March 30, 2005.

Raul Gibb Guerrero (53) director of a newspaper on Mexico’s Gulf coast. Guerrero was shot to death in an apparent ambush by drug hit men, the second attack on Mexican journalists in a week. He died in Veracruz, Mexico on April 1, 2005.

Grant Johannesen (83) classical pianist best known for his performances of music by French composers such as Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud, and Gabriel Fauré. Despite being based in New York for most of his life, Johannesen always maintained close ties to his hometown of Salt Lake City and the Utah Symphony, He died at a friend's home near Munich, Germany on March 27, 2005.

Dr. Don Rose (70) deejay who entertained San Francisco Bay Area radio listeners for nearly 20 years and was the area's No. 1 deejay known for his wacky sound effects and jokes. Rose died in his sleep in Concord, California on March 30, 2005.

Eula Pearl Carter Scott (90) Oklahoma aviation pioneer who at age 13 became one of the youngest US female pilots. Scott's love of flying began with her first plane ride in 1927. Her pilot that day was Oklahoma aviation legend Wiley Post. A year later, Scott soloed and earned her pilot's license. She spent several years performing in air shows, then retired to raise a family. She was the first woman elected to the Chickasaw legislature. She died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 28, 2005.

Rigo Tovar (58) singer credited with fueling Mexico’s fascination with cumbia and "grupero" tropical music. Tovar was known for his long hair and the dark glasses he wore because of a degenerative eye ailment and was considered a musical pioneer who started fusing electric guitars, synthesizers, and rock melody with traditional Mexican music. He died of a heart attack in Mexico City, Mexico on March 27, 2005.

Ahmed Zaki (55) one of Egypt's most acclaimed actors who portrayed former Egyptian presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat. Zaki was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2004. He had been hospitalized since March 8 and suffered a brain hemorrhage almost two weeks later. He slipped into a coma earlier in the month and died in Cairo, Egypt on March 27, 2005.

Politics and Military

Tom Bevill (84) former US congressman (D-Ala., 1967-97) who became known as "The King of Pork" over 30 years in Congress for his ability to bring federally funded public works projects into Alabama. Bevill's death came a day after he celebrated his 84th birthday on Easter Sunday with his family, in Jasper, Alabama on March 28, 2005.

Howell Heflin (83) former US senator (D-Ala., 1979-97), a popular politician who served three terms in Washington, DC. Heflin was elected to the US Senate in 1978 and retired after 18 years. He served on the Judiciary and Ethics committees and the panel that investigated the Iran-Contra scandal. He had undergone heart procedures in recent years and died in Montgomery, Alabama on March 29, 2005.

John Howe (58) Vietnam veteran who led an unsuccessful effort to get a posthumous Medal of Honor awarded to a black World War I soldier. Howe was instrumental in getting recognition for Henry Johnson of Albany, who served in the all-black 369th Regiment—known as the Harlem Hellfighters—in France. Howe died in his sleep in Albany, New York on March 30, 2005.

Pal Losonczi (85) former president of Communist Hungary best remembered for donating in 1990 gifts he had received as head of state to the Somogy County museum and his library of 5,000 volumes to the high school in the small town of Barcs, where he lived after retirement. He died of cancer in Kaposvar, Hungary on March 28, 2005.

Jim Wiwa (101) chief of the Ogoni tribe of southern Nigeria who became a symbol of his embattled people after the 1995 execution of his son (dissident environmentalist and playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa). Jim Wiwa was an outspoken critic of Nigeria's military government and remained vocal about the persistent poverty among the Ogoni. He died in Bane, Nigeria on April 1, 2005.

Society and Religion

Johnny Cochran (67) defense attorney whose legal career representing both victims of police abuse and celebrities in peril converged under the media glare when he successfully defended former football hero and actor O. J. Simpson from murder charges in 1995. Cochran was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in December 2003 and died in Los Angeles, California on March 29, 2005.

Jetseta Gage (10) Iowa girl missing since Mar. 24. Police said a family friend, Roger P. Bentley (31), a registered sex offender, snatched Jetseta as he was repairing her mother's van. She was found strangled in an abandoned mobile home near the small town of Kalona, about 45 miles south of the girl's home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 27, 2005.

Lavinia Gelineau (25) widow of a Maine National Guard soldier killed when a roadside bomb destroyed his Humvee in Iraq on April 20, 2004. Lavinia Gelineau accepted a diploma for her husband in May during her own graduation from the University of Southern Maine and spoke out against the war that took his life. She was found strangled along with her father, Nicolae Onitiu (51), found hanged in what was ruled a murder-suicide in Westbrook, Maine on April 1, 2005.

Edward Head (85) bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for 22 years. Head became the diocese's 11th bishop in 1973 and retired in '95. Catholic Charities grew under his leadership, more than doubling its budget and the number of people it served to $8.6 million and 180,000 by 1995. The bishop also founded the Diocesan Council for Those with Disabilities, the Link Program for divorced Catholics, and the diocesan Office of Black Ministry. He died in Tonawanda, New York on March 29, 2005.

John McTernan (94) activist lawyer who fought landmark civil rights and labor cases and defended witnesses summoned by the House Un-American Activities Committee. McTernan argued several times before the US Supreme Court on the constitutionality of government policies during the Cold War, including the policy of forcing workers to take loyalty oaths. One of his most important cases came in 1957 when the US Supreme Court concluded that defendants have the right to know about evidence the government says it gained from informers and to examine and challenge that evidence. McTernan died in his sleep in Los Angeles, California on March 28, 2005.

Karol Joseph Wojtyla (84) leader of the Roman Catholic Church who helped to topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he led for almost 27 years. Pope John Paul II became the first non-Italian pope in 455 years when Karol, Cardinal Wojtyla of Poland was elected to the post at age 58. He survived a 1981 assassination attempt and had the third-longest reign in the history of the Papacy. He died in his Vatican apartment, ending a long public struggle against several illnesses including Parkinson’s disease, on April 2, 2005.


Bob Casey (79) only public-address announcer in the history of the Minnesota Twins. Casey worked 44 seasons and more than 3,000 games for the Twins. He started announcing Twins games when the franchise moved to Minnesota from Washington, DC in 1961 and was inducted into the Twins’ Hall of Fame in 2003. He died of liver cancer and pneumonia in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 27, 2005.

Trevor Foster (90) one of the best-known Rugby League players for Wales and Great Britain of his era. Foster spent an almost unbroken 67-year period with the Bradford Bulls of Wales as a player, member of the ground staff, team coach, manager, youth development coach, and president of the players’ association. He died in Bradford, Wales on April 2, 2005.

Edwin ("Eddie") Moss (45) former basketball player who played point guard for Syracuse University's basketball team (1977-81). Moss averaged 6.4 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.5 steals as a senior; his 539 career assists rank fifth in Syracuse history, and he ranked third in steals with 230. Moss was a second-round pick in the 1981 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks and played for two teams in the Continental Basketball Assoc. He earned a law degree from Syracuse in 1986 and founded and operated The Pride, a black-oriented newspaper, in both Syracuse and Durham, North Carolina. He died of cancer in Syracuse, New York on April 2, 2005.

Charles Palmer (85) former Worcestershire, Leicestershire, and England all-rounder cricketer who spent more than 50 years in the game as a player and administrator. Palmer was Leicestershire chairman, an MCC committee member, MCC president, and chairman of the Test & County Cricket Board. He died on March 31, 2005.

Henry O. Paynter (98) Canadian listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest competitive badminton player in the world. Also an orchardist, Paynter was a farmer and a beekeeper since age 12. He discovered badminton when he was 19, and in 2003, at age 95, he was still competing with his 50-year-old son, Henry A. Paynter, as a partner in the Canadian open masters badminton championships. The elder Paynter died after suffering a mild stroke three weeks earlier, in Westbank, British Columbia, Canada on March 30, 2005.

Larry Zelina (55) former Ohio State University halfback, a member of three Big Ten title teams, including the squad that won the 1968 national championship. Zelina died suddenly after collapsing at the insurance office where he worked in Columbus, Ohio on March 31, 2005.

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