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June Haver, star of '40s musicalsPeter Boenisch, German journalist turned political spokesmanRev. Charles D. Brophy, founder of Catholic shrine in northern MichiganChris Bunch, coauthor of novel on Vietnam WarChuck Cadman, Canadian Member of ParlimentDavid Cannon, farmer who sprayed banks with manureRay Davis, singer with the ParliamentsBig Al Downing, noted country and rockabilly artistKarim Emami, Iranian translator and editorJohn J. Ford Jr., coin dealer and collectorBert F. Given, developer of Waste King garbage disposalMilton P. Gordon, pioneer of genetic engineering in plantsL. Patrick Gray 3rd , former FBI chief under NixonBaloo Gupte, Indian cricketerKevin Hagen, prolific character actorTom Halliday, aspiring jockeyJim Haskins, author of The Cotton ClubRonald W. Haughton, labor arbitratorEvan Hunter, author of The Blackboard JungleNan Kempner, NYC socialiteAlberto Lattuada, versatile Italian film directorMarga López, Mexican film actressJudy Mann, former Washington Post columnistGeorge C. McGhee, geophysicist and State Department troubleshooterPierre Michelot, French jazz bassistGaylord Nelson, Wisconsin governor who founded Earth DayW. Pauline Nicholson, Elvis Presley's cookByron C. Preiss, digital publishing pioneerRichard Reese, cofounder of Tacala LLC, parent company of Taco BellJocelyn Rickards, British costume designerGeorge M. Seignious, former president of The CitadelJohn Seitz, off-Broadway actorAlex Shibicky, NY Rangers hockey starAbdul Majid Shoman, chairman of Jordan's oldest financial institutionClaude Simon, French novelist and Nobel laureateGustaf Sobin, expatriate writerHarold W. Stevenson, child psychologistVice Adm. James Stockdale, former Perot running mateHank Stram, Hall of Fame football coachJohn Stubblefield, jazz saxophonistGrace Thaxton, oldest living KentuckianCharles R. Thomson, ATF investigator who helped to solve Oklahoma City bombingVito J. Titone, NY judgeDonald Townsend, sprint car driverRafiq Zakaria, Indian Islamic scholar and politician

Art and Literature

Chris Bunch (61) coauthor of a novel on the Vietnam War and several works of fantasy science fiction. Bunch joined his writing partner, Allan Cole, to create the well-received novel A Reckoning for Kings, about the Tet Offensive of 1968. He later turned to scripting TV series and earned credits on such shows as Magnum PI, Quincy, Hunter, and The A-Team. He died of a lung ailment in Ilwaco, Washington on July 4, 2005.

Karim Emami (75) prominent Iranian translator and editor who for more than 50 years devoted his life to Persian literature and art. Emami was best known for his translations from English into Persian and of contemporary Persian poetry into English. He died of leukemia in Tehran, Iran on July 9, 2005.

Jim Haskins (63) English professor and prolific author whose book, The Cotton Club, inspired the 1984 movie of the same title. Haskins wrote more than 100 books, from counting books for children to biographies on Rosa Parks, Stevie Wonder, and Spike Lee. He died of emphysema in New York City on July 6, 2005.

Evan Hunter (78) noted author of the Ed McBain 87th Precinct detective series and novels including The Blackboard Jungle. Hunter wrote more than 50 titles for the series and won the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986. He became the first American to win the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers’ Association in 1999 and helped Alfred Hitchcock to adapt the screenplay for the film The Birds (1963). Hunter died of laryngeal cancer in Weston, Connecticut on July 6, 2005.

Byron C. Preiss (52) president of Byron Preiss Visual Publications & Ibooks, one of the first publishers to release CD-ROMS and electronic books. Preiss specialized in graphic novels, science fiction, and illustrated books by celebrities, including Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, LeAnn Rimes, and Jay Leno. He was killed in a traffic accident in East Hampton, New York on July 9, 2005.

Claude Simon (91) French novelist who won the 1985 Nobel Prize in literature for his novel Les Georgiques (The Georgics), which he cited as perhaps his most important work. At the time, Simon was the first Frenchman to win the Nobel since playwright and author Jean-Paul Sartre refused the award in 1964. Simon was the author of more than 20 works. He died in Paris, France on July 6, 2005.

Gustaf Sobin (69) US-born writer who for more than 40 years wove the history, sensations, and language of his adopted Provence into his poetry and prose. Sobin's greatest popularity came with the 2000 novel The Fly-Truffler. He published more than a dozen books of poetry, four novels, a children's story, and two compilations of essays. He died of pancreatic cancer in Cavaillon, Vaucluse, France on July 7, 2005.

Business and Science

John J. Ford Jr. (81) coin dealer and collector known for catalogues that brought new clarity to numismatics whose collections, including the earliest American coins and prized Confederate pennies, have dazzled recent auction-goers. Ford's collections included medals that US Presidents gave to Indian chiefs, the badges slaves wore when they were rented out for day work, Civil War revolvers, and an ashtray owned by Hitler. Ford died in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 7, 2005.

Bert F. Given (88) appliance innovator who developed the Waste King garbage disposal in 1945 and later added dishwashers to his line after deciding that a way to hide dirty dishes and sanitize them was almost as important as getting rid of food scraps. Given then added barbecue grills and cooking ranges to the line and later became active in charitable causes. He died of heart failure in Ashland, Oregon on July 7, 2005.

Milton P. Gordon (75) scientist who documented the cleansing effects of trees on the environment and became a pioneer of genetic engineering in plants. Gordon was editor of the journal Biochemistry for more than 30 years and was one of the first scientists to publish significant research on phytoremediation, the ability of trees and other plants to absorb and neutralize ground-based contaminants. He died of Shy-Drager syndrome in Green Lake, Washington on July 5, 2005.

Ronald W. Haughton (88) innovative mediator and arbitrator whose work put him in the forefront of major national labor disputes over 40 years. Haughton's efforts to resolve disputes took him back and forth around the country—from California vineyards to Detroit auto plants. He was codirector of a joint Institute of Labor & Industrial Relations at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit. He died of a stroke in Palm Harbor, Florida on July 4, 2005.

Richard Reese (68) CEO and cofounder of Tacala LLC based in Birmingham, Alabama, who started with one Taco Bell restaurant in Columbiana, Alabama and became the largest operator of Taco Bell franchises in the country. Reese died in Birmingham, Alabama on July 8, 2005.

Abdul Majid Shoman (94) chairman of the Arab Bank, one of the Middle East's oldest and biggest financial institutions and a symbol of Palestinian nationalism. Shoman's family founded the bank in 1930, and he led its intervention in currency markets several times to support the Jordanian economy. He died in Amman, Jordan on July 5, 2005.

Harold W. Stevenson (80) psychologist specializing in child development who produced the first comprehensive study highlighting the difference between the academic achievement of American children and those overseas. Stevenson's work gained attention in the '80s with surveys he directed for the Center for Human Growth & Development at the University of Michigan. He died of dementia in Palo Alto, California on July 8, 2005.

News and Entertainment

Peter Boenisch (78) former spokesman for then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the '80s and a leading German journalist. Boenisch launched his career in journalism shortly after World War II and wrote for Newsweek and the New York Times before starting in German media. He died in Tegnersee, southern Germany on July 8, 2005.

Ray Davis (65) singer with the band the Parliaments, which later became the flamboyant '70s funk group Parliament-Funkadelic. Davis provided bass vocals on songs such as "Give Up the Funk," "One Nation Under a Groove," and "Flashlight." He died of respiratory complications in New Brunswick, New Jersey on July 5, 2005.

("Big") Al Downing (65) singer-songwriter and pianist who had success in country, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, and even disco and was one of the few successful black country artists. Downing was a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and had songs recorded by Fats Domino, Bobby Blue Bland, and Tom Jones. He died of leukemia in Massachusetts on July 4, 2005.

Kevin Hagen (77) veteran TV actor best known as Doc Baker on the long-running series Little House on the Prarie. Hagen had a career with the US State Department before becoming an actor and later appeared in numerous film and TV roles, including appearances on Rawhide, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza, often in the roles of Western bad guys. He died of esophageal cancer in Grants Pass, Oregon on July 9, 2005.

June Haver (79) sunny, blonde star of '40s musicals who was promoted as the next Betty Grable but gave up her career to briefly enter a convent. Haver appeared in numerous frothy musicals that appealed to wartime audiences, including Three Little Girls in Blue, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, and Oh, You Beautiful Doll. She was the widow of actor Fred MacMurray, star of TV's My Three Sons, to whom she was married for 37 years until his death in 1991. Haver died of respiratory failure in Brentwood, California on July 4, 2005.

Alberto Lattuada (90) Italian film director noted for his explorations of social customs whose career spanned the golden years of Italian cinema from the '50s to the early '80s. Lattuada's best-known works include La Spiaggia (1954). He was credited with writing some of the more complex feminine roles in Italian film. He died in Rome, Italy on July 3, 2005.

Marga López (81) star of Mexico's golden age of films in the '40s and '50s who appeared in films like Salón México and Soledad. López was known lately for her work on TV series like El Privilegio de Amar and Lazos de Amor. She died of a heart attack in Mexico City, Mexico on July 4, 2005.

Judy Mann (61) former columnist for the Washington Post whose columns dealt with issues facing women in American society. Mann included many of her columns in a collection entitled The Difference: Growing Up Female in America (1994). She died of breast cancer in Palm Springs, California on July 8, 2005.

Pierre Michelot (77) French jazz bassist who recorded with Miles Davis and arranged music for Chet Baker. Michelot recorded with artists including Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Kenny Clarke and was considered Europe's best jazz bassist in the second half of the '50s. He died of Alzheimer's disease in Paris, France on July 3, 2005.

W. Pauline Nicholson (76) Elvis Presley's personal cook who prepared the King's favorite peanut butter and fried banana sandwiches. Nicholson also worked as a housekeeper for Presley and sometimes looked after a young Lisa Marie Presley. She continued cooking for the Presley family after Elvis died, including Christmas 2004, when Lisa Marie and her mother, Priscilla, came to Memphis and requested that Nicholson cook for them. She died of cancer in Memphis, Tennessee on July 7, 2005.

Jocelyn Rickards (80) well-known British costume designer for both stage and screen who also won a certain notoriety as the mistress, consecutively, of philosopher A. J. Ayer, novelist Graham Greene, and, finally, playwright John Osborne. Rickards designed the costumes for the films of Osborne's plays Look Back in Anger (1959) and The Entertainer (1960) and for such leading ladies as Glenda Jackson and Shirley MacLaine. She died in London, England on July 7, 2005.

John Seitz (67) mainstay of the off-Broadway stage for 40 years who often portrayed father figures, businessmen, and recognizable society types. Seitz won two Obie awards and appeared on Broadway in productions including The Merchant of Venice. He died of congestive heart failure in Baltimore, Maryland on July 4, 2005.

John Stubblefield (60) tenor saxophonist who worked with Mary Lou Williams, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Anthony Braxton, Abdullah Ibrahim, and other well-known artists for more than 30 years. Stubblefield played with the Mingus Big Band for 13 years. He died of prostate cancer in the Bronx, New York on July 4, 2005.

Politics and Military

Chuck Cadman (57) Canadian Member of Parliment whose vote was crucial in helping Canada's Liberal party to survive a confidence vote in 2005. Cadman became a crusader for victims' rights after his 16-year-old son was stabbed to death in a random street attack by a teenage gang in 1992. He died of melanoma in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on July 9, 2005.

L. Patrick Gray 3rd (88) former acting FBI chief whose turbulent year at the agency was sullied by the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon's resignation. Gray was nominated as permanent director but saw his nomination withdrawn after he admitted to destroying documents given to him by White House counsel John Dean. Gray ended more than 30 years of silence about his role in the scandal after the recent revelation that his former deputy, W. Mark Felt, was the secret Washington Post source known as "Deep Throat." Gray died of pancreatic cancer in Miami, Florida on July 6, 2005.

George C. McGhee (93) geophysicist who led a small prospecting group that found new oil wells in Louisiana and became a millionaire before he turned 30. McGhee later became a top-ranking State Department troubleshooter, serving as undersecretary of political affairs during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was an ambassador to West Germany in the Cold War era, a consultant to the National Security Council, and a member of the President's commission on the military assistance program. He died in Leesburg, Virginia on July 4, 2005.

Gaylord Nelson (89) longtime Democrat senator from Wisconsin and former governor best known for founding Earth Day in 1970. Nelson won a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 for his environmental efforts from then-President Bill Clinton. He became only the second Democrat during the 20th century to be elected governor of Wisconsin. He died of heart failure in Kensington, Maryland on July 3, 2005.

George M. Seignious (84) former president of The Citadel and a senior Defense Department official appointed by President Lyndon Johnson as military advisor at the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam in 1968. Seignious later became director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency. He was also named to the US delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) negotiations in Geneva by President Jimmy Carter and was president of The Citadel (1975-79) before becoming director of the US Arms Control & Disarmament Agency. He died of complications from surgery in Charleston, South Carolina on July 3, 2005.

Vice Adm. James Stockdale (81) highly decorated Navy pilot and US Presidential candidate Ross Perot's vice presidential running mate in 1992. Stockdale was known for his rhetorical questioning as he debated Dan Quayle and Al Gore on national TV in some of the most enduring moments of the campaign. He spent over seven years in a North Vietnamese prison and won the Medal of Honor for valor. He died of Alzheimer's disease in San Diego, California on July 5, 2005.

Charles R. Thomson (61) leading federal firearms and explosives investigator and special agent in charge of the New York office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, who helped to track down the people who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993 and those who blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in '95. Thomson also headed a task force that solved a rash of bombing attacks on women's clinics that performed abortions. He died of a heart attack in Alexandria, Virginia on July 3, 2005.

Vito J. Titone (76) New York judge and long a firm liberal voice on the New York State Court of Appeals. Titone counted among his most important cases the 1996 overturn of a family law precedent in the state and a decision that courts must focus on the best interests of the child when ruling on a custodial parent's wish to relocate. He twice ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate but enjoyed a 14-year term on the Court of Appeals. He died on Staten Island, New York on July 6, 2005.

Rafiq Zakaria (86) prolific author and one of the best-known Islamic scholars in India. Zakaria wrote several books including The Struggle Within Islam and was a member of the Indian delegation at the United Nations. He complained of chest pains and died before reaching the hospital in Bombay, India on July 9, 2005.

Society and Religion

Rev. Charles D. Brophy (91) Roman Catholic chaplain at Villa Maria in Grand Rapids, Michigan, instrumental in establishing a Catholic shrine in northern Michigan that attracts tourists from around the world. Brophy's shrine features a 55-foot crucifix and statues of other Christian figures and is tucked into a state forest near the tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. He died in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 7, 2005.

David Cannon (76) British farmer who sprayed banks with manure during a 10-year legal battle in which he fought the NatWest Bank over how his accounts were handled, spurring him to spray a Newcastle branch several times and dumping tons of manure outside a branch near his Northumberland home. Cannon was found hanging at his home in South Dissington, England, after recently being diagnosed with cancer, on July 5, 2005.

Nan Kempner (74) socialite and hostess whose invitations were among the most coveted in New York and an unapologetic clotheshorse particularly dedicated to designer Yves Saint Laurent. Kempner epitomized the female New Yorkers that author Tom Wolfe dubbed "social X-rays"—so thin they look like an X-ray picture. She died of emphysema in New York City on July 3, 2005.

Grace Thaxton (114) oldest living Kentuckian who recently celebrated her 114th birthday and was the fourth-oldest person in the US and the sixth-oldest in the world. Thaxton died after contracting an infection, in Winchester, Kentucky on July 6, 2005.


Baloo Gupte (70) former Indian cricket star, who made his debut against Pakistan at Madras in the 1960-61 series and played the last of three Tests against New Zealand in 1964-65. Gupte represented Bombay, Bengal, and Railways in Indian domestic cricket. He died in Mumbai, India on July 5, 2005.

Thomas Halliday (20) fledgling jockey whose short career had seen him win three hurdle races, one last December at Wetherby and one National Hunt Flat race. He died in Lincoln, England from injuries suffered in a heavy fall at Market Rasen, the first death on a racecourse in Britain or Ireland in two years, on July 3, 2005.

Alex Shibicky (91) first hockey player to use a slap shot and a member of the New York Rangers' 1940 Stanley Cup team. Shibicky was vice president of the first players’ association in 1942. He died in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on July 9, 2005.

Hank Stram (82) legendary football coach who led the Kansas City Chiefs to two Super Bowls and was known for his inventive game plans and sideline antics, which helped to bring the NFL into the video age. Stram held records for the most AFL titles (3), coaching for the most victories (87), and the most postseason appearances (6). He was the first coach to wear a microphone during a Super Bowl and later enjoyed a successful second career as an analyst for CBS- TV and Monday Night Football radio. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He died of diabetes in Covington, New Orleans on July 4, 2005.

Donald Townsend (70) driver of the #77 Hoosier Outlaw Sprintcar Series sprint car and one of the oldest competitors in the US Auto Club (USAC)/HOSS event. Townsend died after crashing into a concrete wall at full speed during a prerace practice session at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio on July 9, 2005.

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