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Shelby Foote, Civil War historianLuther Vandross, legendary Grammy-winning R&B singerRuslan Abdulgani, former Indonesian foreign ministerJames G. Baker, astronomer who designed spy plane camerasCecil Baugh, Jamaica's best-known ceramicistSteve Bell, former KTLA-TV executiveObie Benson, member of legendary Four TopsGerard C. Bond, marine geologistWilliam J. Brink, former NY Daily News editorJohn D. Burgess, bagpiperThomas Cannon, poor man's philanthropistRobert Clark, former college presidentThomas D. Clark, American frontier historianMax Coffman, founded Mammoth Mart discount store chainDick Dietz, San Francisco Giants catcherOliver Albert Swift Edel, concert cellist who taught at prestigious music schoolsLouis N. Friedland, former TV programming executiveChristopher Fry, British playwrightBrig. Gen. Robert E. Galer, WWII Marine fighter acePhilip Hobsbaum, Scottish poet and literary criticRay Holmes, RAF pilot who saved Buckingham Palace in WWIIDr. Emery A. Johnson, longest-serving director of Indian Health ServiceLillian Keil, decorated flight nurseEdna Kimbro, expert on adobe restorationErnest Lehman, Oscar-nominated screenwriterMarcia Lieberman, mother of US Sen. Joe LiebermanBruce Malmuth, actor, writer, and film directorDale Norris, big band saxophonistMsgr. Michael J. O'Connor, RC priestArvo Ojala, legendary Hollywood quick-draw expertNorm Prescott, producer of TV cartoonsArnold S. Rosenfeld, former editor of Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionRichard S. Salzman, Washington, DC judge who valued settlement over trialLouis J. Sigel, New Jersey rabbiGrete Sultan, renowned pianist and teacherTom Talbert, self-taught jazz arrangerJohn T. Walton, Wal-Mart heirMary T. Washington, first black female CPARichard Whiteley, British game show hostRowland B. Wilson, cartoonist and illustrator for  magazines and Disney filmsGu Yue, Chinese portrayer of Mao Tse-tung

Art and Literature

Cecil Baugh (96) Jamaica's best-known studio potter, who helped to found the country's school of art and was credited with inspiring a new generation of artists in the '60s and '70s. Baugh died of Alzheimer's disease in Kingston, Jamaica on June 28, 2005.

Shelby Foote (88) novelist and historian whose Southern storyteller's touch inspired millions to read his multivolume work on the Civil War. Foote wrote six novels but was best remembered for his three-volume, 3,000-page history entitled The Civil War: A Narrative and his appearance on the PBS-TV series The Civil War. His work was ranked No. 15 on the Modern Library's list of the 20th century's 100 best English-language works of nonfiction. He died in Memphis, Tennessee on June 27, 2005.

Christopher Fry (97) British Christian humanist who helped T. S. Eliot to revive verse drama in the '40s and was one of several writers credited with helping to write the screenplay for the film Ben Hur (1959). Fry's best-known plays were The Lady's Not for Burning (1948) and Venus Observed (1949). He won the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry in 1962. He died in Chichester, England on June 30, 2005.

Philip Hobsbaum (72) Scottish poet and literary critic whose workshops and criticism helped to inspire a new generation of writers, including 1995 Nobel laureate in literature Seamus Heaney. Hobsbaum taught at Queen's University and the University of Glasgow. He died of diabetes in Glasgow, Scotland on June 28, 2005.

Edna Kimbro (57) one of the nation's leading experts on the construction and restoration of historic adobe buildings, whose fierce campaigns on behalf of historic properties resulted in the creation of the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Mission State Historic Park in the '80s and the Castro Adobe State Historic Park in 2002. Kimbro died of cancer in Watsonville, California on June 26, 2005.

Rowland B. Wilson (74) illustrator whose watercolor cartoons were instantly recognizable to readers of Playboy, the Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and the New Yorker. Wilson worked as an art director at Young & Rubicam and was an animator on the Disney films The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, and Hercules. He won a daytime Emmy for his animation on Schoolhouse Rock!, and his best work appeared in a popular advertising campaign for New England Life Insurance. He died of heart failure in Encinitas, California on June 28, 2005.

Business and Science

James G. Baker (90) astronomer who designed powerful lenses and cameras for the U-2 spy plane in the '50s and became a pioneer of satellite reconnaissance in the cold war. Baker designed the Baker Super-Schmidt camera, which he developed to photograph meteors. He died in Bedford, New Hampshire on June 29, 2005.

Gerard C. Bond (65) marine geologist at Columbia University who conducted novel studies of earth's climate changes by interpreting sediments taken from beneath the sea floor. Bond was head of the Lamont-Doherty Deep-Sea Sample Repository and studied the settling of continents and its relation to changes in sea levels in the late '90s, seeking to understand the causes of the 1,500-year cycles. He died of cancer in The Bronx, New York on June 29, 2005.

Max Coffman (95) onetime grocery store delivery boy who later founded the Mammoth Mart discount store chain, which, at its peak, had nearly 90 stores along the Eastern Seaboard. Coffman's stores pioneered many practices familiar today and even advised Sam Walton (founder of Wal-Mart) when he was starting out. Coffman won the Horatio Alger award in 1987 for outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and later was a noted philanthropist. He died in Brockton, Massachusetts on June 27, 2005.

Dr. Emery A. Johnson (76) former assistant surgeon general and longest-serving director of the Indian Health Service, health advocate for 1.6 million American Indians and Alaska natives. Johnson ran the health service (1969-81) at a time of tremendous change in the agency. He was later a consultant to organizations of Indians and Alaska natives and spoke out against President Ronald Reagan's 1984 veto of a reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Act. Johnson helped to develop the John F. Kennedy National Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia and was a consultant to the Peace Corps and World Health Organization in Africa. He died of cancer in Rockville, Maryland on June 26, 2005.

John T. Walton (58) son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and heir to the Wal-Mart fortune who was No. 11 on the Forbes list of the world's richest people with a net worth of $18.2 billion. The younger Walton threw his considerable financial support behind efforts to educate low-income children, founding the Children's Scholarship Fund to provide low-income families with money to send their children to private schools. He died when his small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park on June 27, 2005.

Mary T. Washington (99) first black woman to become a certified public accountant. Washington earned a bachelor's degree in business from Northwestern University in 1941 and started her first accounting firm in her basement while a student. Her story was detailed in a book entitled A White-Collar Profession (2002). She died in Chicago, Illinois on July 2, 2005.


Robert Clark (95) former San Jose State College president best known for his support of sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos after their civil rights protest on the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics in the face of enormous pressure. Clark later was president of the University of Oregon. He died in Eugene, Oregon on June 28, 2005.

Thomas D. Clark (101) historian of the American frontier and longtime historian laureate of Kentucky who spent 75 years teaching, researching, and preserving the record of Kentucky's past. Clark edited more than 40 books and was chairman of the history department at the University of Kentucky. He died in Lexington, Kentucky on June 28, 2005.

News and Entertainment

Steve Bell (66) innovative TV executive who brought a brash new kind of local morning news to TV viewers in Los Angeles with KTLA Morning News. Bell was senior vice president and general manager of KTLA-TV Channel 5 and led the station as it became the first to go head to head in the same time slot against the network morning shows. He died of a heart attack in Pacific Palisades, California on June 28, 2005.

Obie Benson (69) baritone member of the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops and cowriter of Marvin Gaye's hit song "What's Going On," whose group sold more than 50 million records, recorded hit songs such as "Baby I Need Your Loving," and "I Can’t Help Myself." Benson remained active with the group into his 60s, spending more than a third of each year performing on the road. He died of lung cancer in Detroit, Michigan on July 1, 2005.

William J. Brink (89) former managing editor of the New York Daily News whose 1975 front-page headline FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD became an icon of American journalism and was said by Gerald Ford to have possibly cost him the Presidency in '76. The headline was Brink's interpretation of Ford's refusal to use federal money to alleviate New York City's '70s fiscal crisis. Brink died of congestive heart failure in Norwalk, Connecticut on July 1, 2005.

John D. Burgess (71) Scotsman who achieved worldwide fame as a child prodigy on the bagpipes before maturing into one of the foremost exponents of Scotland's national instrument. As a youngster Burgess inspired professional bagpipers in the '40s to travel long distances to hear him play in juvenile competitions. He died of complications from injuries he suffered in a car crash, near Invergordon, Scotland on June 29, 2005.

Oliver Albert Swift Edel (99) concert cellist who taught at the University of Michigan, the famous Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. Edel made his solo debut at Steinway Hall, across the street from Carnegie Hall, in 1926 and was a founding member of the original Manhattan Quartet. He died of a heart attack in Traverse City, Michigan on June 29, 2005.

Louis N. Friedland (92) retired broadcast executive who played a prominent role in the development of syndicated TV programming. Friedland helped build MCA-TV into a principal source of syndicated programs like serialized novels and half-hour action series while he was its chairman. He was also a past chairman of the National Hemophilia Foundation. He died in Great Neck, New York on June 29, 2005.

Ernest Lehman (89) six-time Oscar nominee whose screenwriting and production credits include such classics as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. Lehman earned nine Writer's Guild Association nominations and won the guild's prestigious Screen Laurel Award in 1972. He became the first screenwriter to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2001. He died of an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles, California on July 2, 2005.

Bruce Malmuth (71) actor and writer who directed Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawk and Steven Seagal in Hard to Kill and played bit parts in The Karate Kid and other films. Malmuth also worked on documentaries, including the Emmy-winning A Boy's Dream, and directed the New York Yankee games at WPIX radio before entering the film and TV industry. He died of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2005.

Dale Norris (68) alto saxophonist who played in the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the early '60s and toured with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Henry Mancini. Norris recorded many group and live albums, most recently completing Reflections in December 2004. He was a band director at Tucson middle schools for 32 years. He died of lung cancer in Tucson, Arizona on June 28, 2005.

Arvo Ojala (85) Hollywood quick-draw expert and gun coach who reportedly could hit his target in 1/6 of a second. Ojala appeared as the anonymous bad guy who loses the gun duel with Marshal Matt Dillon in the opening of the long-running weekly TV series Gunsmoke and counted among his latter-day students Kevin Kline, Michael J. Fox, Kevin Costner, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford. He died in Gresham, Oregon on July 1, 2005.

Norm Prescott (78) cofounder of Filmation Studios who produced animated Saturday morning children's TV series including Star Trek and Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids. Prescott started his career as a disk jockey and record producer and later produced 30 animated series beginning with Pinocchio in Outer Space (1965). He also won an Emmy for producing Star Trek in 1975. He died in Encino, California on July 2, 2005.

Arnold S. Rosenfeld (72) former editor-in-chief of Cox Newspapers and editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rosenfeld was also a former editor of Cox's Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. He was a finalist in 1984 for a Pulitzer Prize in commentary for columns he wrote in the New York Daily News. He died of cancer in Atlanta, Georgia on July 1, 2005.

Grete Sultan (99) pianist and teacher who performed Bach and Schubert and was a mentor to 20th-century composer John Cage and his contemporaries. Sultan fled the Nazi regime for the US in 1941 and later taught at New York's Vassar College in the '40s and at Masters' School for 20 years. She died of pneumonia in New York City on June 26, 2005.

Tom Talbert (80) self-taught pianist who arranged music for jazz greats such as Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, and Claude Thornhill. Talbert led his own 14-piece orchestra and toured with singer Anita O'Day. He wrote the scores for such TV shows as Serpico and Emergency. He died of a massive stroke in Los Angeles, California on July 2, 2005.

Luther Vandross (54) legendary rhythm-and-blues singer whose deep, lush voice on such hits as "Here & Now" and "Any Love" sold more than 25 million albums while providing the romantic backdrop for millions of couples worldwide. Vandross was a four-time Grammy winner, most recently winning in 2004 for his song "Dance with My Father." He suffered a stroke in April 2003, lapsed into a coma, and died more than two years later, in Edison, New Jersey on July 1, 2005.

Richard Whiteley (61) veteran TV journalist and game show presenter best known as host of Countdown, the popular British TV quiz devoted to anagrams and arithmetic that he hosted for 23 years. Whiteley made more than 10,000 TV appearances in his career (presenting more programs than anyone else in history). He appeared in a cameo (as himself) in the Hugh Grant movie About a Boy and counted Queen Elizabeth II and actor George Clooney as two of his biggest fans. He died after undergoing surgery for a damaged heart valve, in Leeds, England on June 26, 2005.

Gu Yue (68) former Chinese soldier who shot to fame because of his uncanny resemblance to Mao Tse-tung. Gu portrayed Mao in 84 movies and TV programs. He died of a heart attack in Beijing, China on July 2, 2005.

Politics and Military

Ruslan Abdulgani (91) former Indonesian government official and diplomat known for his role as a leader during the Indonesian National Revolution in the late '40s and as a key minister and United Nations ambassador in the Sukarno government during the '50s and '60s. Abdulgani's most prominent moment as a public servant came in 1955, when he was secretary-general of the Bandung Conference, a major meeting of leaders from African and Asian countries working to form what became the Nonaligned Movement as an alternative to alignment with one of the Cold War superpowers. He died of a stroke in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 28, 2005.

Brig. Gen. Robert E. Galer (91) All-American basketball player at the University of Washington who won a Medal of Honor as a World War II Marine fighter ace in the South Pacific. Galer shot down 11 enemy planes in 29 days while leading an aerial combat squadron at Guadalcanal. He won the Navy Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, and the British Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also a member of the NCAA Hall of Fame. He died of a stroke in Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2005.

Ray Holmes (90) World War II RAF fighter pilot who rammed a German plane to prevent a direct hit on Buckingham Palace in one of the most celebrated episodes during the Battle of Britain. Holmes spotted a German bomber lining up to attack the Palace and slammed into the bomber after he discovered he had run out of ammunition, for which he was honored as a national hero. He died of cancer in Wirral, England on June 27, 2005.

Lillian Keil (88) decorated flight nurse who helped to evacuate thousands of wounded US troops from the battlefields of World War II and the Korean War. Keil flew on more than 425 missions during the wars, rescuing men who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, on the beaches of Normandy, and in the Inchon invasion. She won numerous awards including four Air Medals, two Presidential Unit Citations, an American Defense Medal, an American Campaign Medal, and a WWII Victory Medal. Her war experiences provided the basis for the movie Flight Nurse (1953). She died of cancer in Covina, California on June 30, 2005.

Marcia Lieberman (90) prominent figure in the vice presidential and Presidential campaigns of her son, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), who traveled the country with him, speaking to groups of the elderly about health care and Social Security. Marcia Lieberman died in Stamford, Connecticut on June 26, 2005.

Richard S. Salzman (72) retired associate judge of Washington, DC Superior Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 for a 15-year term who retired in '96. Salzman frequently urged the lawyers before him to try to settle their clients’ differences without requiring a judgment of the court. He was assistant chief counsel of the Federal Highway Administration and a member of the Atomic Safety & Licensing Appeals Panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he wrote several decisions that changed the direction of utilities regulation. He died of autoimmune hepatitis in Washington, DC on June 30, 2005.

Society and Religion

Thomas Cannon (79) retired postal worker and self-described poor man's philanthropist, who lived like a pauper for years so he could give away more than $156,000, mostly in $1,000 checks. By his actions Cannon inspired others to set up a trust fund that helped him to buy a home and pay his living expenses. He died of colon cancer in Richmond, Virginia on July 2, 2005.

Msgr. Michael J. O'Connor (95) Roman Catholic priest and pastor of St. Mel Catholic Church in Woodland Hills, California who turned a decaying walnut grove into one of the largest Catholic parishes in the San Fernando Valley. O'Connor died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on June 26, 2005.

Rabbi Louis J. Sigel (81) Teaneck, New Jersey rabbi and a prominent voice for integration of the township's public schools in the early '60s, whose town became the first in America to vote to integrate its schools voluntarily. Sigel was the first president of Teaneck Clergy Council. He died in Hackensack, New Jersey on June 26, 2005.


Dick Dietz (63) former All-Star catcher involved with Don Drysdale in one of baseball's most disputed plays in the '60s. Dietz spent most of his career with the San Francisco Giants and later played for Los Angeles and Atlanta. He was known for almost breaking Drysdale’s scoreless inning streak in 1968. Dietz died of a heart attack in Clayton, Georgia on June 28, 2005.

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