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Hildegarde, legendary cabaret singerKay Ameche, late-blooming artistBetty Astell, British variety artistGary Belkin, Emmy-winning comedy writerChristopher Bunting, noted British cellistRev. Harry R. Butman, Congregational ministerArt Collins, longtime manager of Iggy PopRay Crist, chemist who worked on A-bombJair da Rosa Pinto, Brazilian soccer playerMills Dean 3rd, president of trolley museumHarry J. Dodson, British gardener who hosted gardening show on TVRichard Doll, scientist who first established a link between smoking and lung cancerPavel Dostal, Czech minister of cultureWim Duisenberg, former head of European Central BankLeonard L. Farber, pioneering shopping center developerMichael Gearin-Tosh, British tutor famous for  alternative cancer treatmentsAlexander Golitzen, art director on over 300 filmsTed Greene, guitarist and teacherAl Held, American abstract painterJohn Herald, bluegrass musicianSonny Hertzberg, scoring leader for NY KnicksPeter V. Hobbs, scientific adventurerJean Bond Hubbard, director of Pasadena Council on AlcoholismHugh D. Jascourt, running enthusiast and lawyerCharles Ellsworth Kern Jr., businessman turned part-time opera extraVardan Kushnir, king of Internet spamPat McCormick, comedianAl McKibbon, leading jazz band bassistJohn Michael Montias, foremost scholar on Dutch painter VermeerDerrick Morris, Europe's longest-surviving heart transplant patientJerry Oberle, Panther Racing Transport OperatorJoe O'Brien, former NYC deejayFrancis Ona, Papua New Guinea secessionist leaderRalph Prator, first president of Cal State NorthridgeFord Rainey, prolific character actorJudy Showalter, Kansas state legislatorDanny Simon, comedy writer and brother of playwright Neil SimonArthur E. Teele Jr., former Miami city commissioner recently indicted on corruption chargesLucky Thompson, legendary saxophonistAnthony Walker, racial attack victimBen White, arborist turned animal rights activistCatherine Woolley, children's book authorRobert Wright, Broadway musical composer and lyricistCharles Young, fourth oldest man in the USArthur Zankel, financier who gave $10 million to Carnegie Hall

Art and Literature

Kay Ameche (101) artist sometimes likened to Grandma Moses because she began to paint in her 60s. Ameche worked for many years in Hollywood-area hospitals, often caring for entertainment industry celebrities. Her first two paintings sold for $250, and by the early '90s they were going for $5,000-10,000 each. Ameche sold paintings to such buyers as Ronald Reagan, Nelson Rockefeller, George Burns, Katharine Hepburn, and Elton John. She died in Los Angeles, California on July 26, 2005.

Al Held (76) American abstract painter known for his large-scale works. Held's works include colossal paintings and canvasses filled with colored geometric shapes. He was found dead in the swimming pool at his house in the Umbrian countryside of Italy on July 27, 2005.

John Michael Montias (76) economist who became one of the foremost scholars on Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer and a pioneer in the economics of art. Montias promoted a new form of history by replacing the examination of major leaders and events with the microstudy of ordinary people and occurrences. He died of melanoma in Branford, Connecticut on July 26, 2005.

Catherine Woolley (100) author of 87 children's books under her own name and the pen name Jane Thayer, whose books include the Ginnie & Geneva series about the adventures of two girls. Woolley often drew on her own experiences and world travels in her writings. She died in Truro, Massachusetts on July 24, 2005.

Business and Science

Ray Crist (105) chemist who helped to produce the atomic bomb as a member of the Manhattan Project but later turned to environmental science and researched ways to remove toxic metals from water and soil. Crist was named America's Oldest Worker by Experience Works when he was 102. He died of a stroke in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on July 25, 2005.

Richard Doll (92) leading British epidemiologist and one of the world's most highly regarded professors, who first established that smoking was a major cause of lung cancer with his 1950 study. Doll later affirmed a link between smoking and 18 other serious diseases, including coronary thrombosis. He died in Oxford, England on July 24, 2005.

Wim Duisenberg (70) former head of the European Central bank who oversaw the introduction of the euro and coins, history's biggest cash changeover that involved the distribution of 15 billion banknotes and 50 billion coins. He was found dead in the swimming pool at his villa in Faucon, France on July 30, 2005. An autopsy showed he had drowned after an unspecified heart problem.

Leonard L. Farber (89) Florida civic leader and philanthropist, one of the pioneering developers who contributed to the proliferation of suburban shopping centers in the post-World War II era. Farber was the first president of the International Council of Shopping Centers, overseeing the group for three years and serving as a longtime board member. He died of Parkinson's disease in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 28, 2005.

Peter V. Hobbs (69) scientific adventurer who flew over Mount St. Helens within hours of the 1980 explosion and ventured into thunderstorms and cyclones trying to understand how rain and snow form. Hobbs published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and several books and was honored as an outstanding lecturer and researcher. He died of pancreatic cancer in Seattle, Washington on July 25, 2005.

Charles Ellsworth Kern Jr. (75) son of a Washington, DC zookeeper and owner of Kern Co., a Washington heating and air-conditioning company, who served as a supernumerary for three opera companies, including the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. Kern died of a stroke in McLean, Virginia on July 26, 2005.

Vardan Kushnir (35) undisputed Russian king of spam, who had become notorious in Russia after bombarding Internet users in the country with unsolicited advertisements for his American Language Centre. Kushnir's companies sent millions of advertising e-mails every day, and his spamming was so irritating that he got a stern warning from the Communications Minister in 2003. He was found bludgeoned to death in his apartment, apparently after being drugged and robbed by three women he brought home from a club, in Moscow, Russia on July 28, 2005.

Derrick Morris (75) longest-surviving heart transplant patient in Europe. Morris was given only a 15% chance of survival but lived 25 years after receiving his transplanted heart from a female victim of an automobile accident. He was later involved in campaigns to fight heart disease and urged people to sign up as potential organ donors. He died in Swansea, Wales on July 30, 2005.

Arthur Zankel (73) financier who gave $10 million for the Carnegie Hall recital space that bears his name. Zankel was Carnegie Hall's vice chairman and a member of the Citigroup Inc. board of directors (1986-2004) and was a comanaging partner of First Manhattan Co. for almost 20 years. He jumped to his death from his ninth-floor Fifth Avenue apartment in an apparent suicide, in New York City on July 29, 2005.


Michael Gearin-Tosh (65) Oxford professor who challenged the medical establishment after he was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and elected to participate in only a series of alternative treatments instead of chemotherapy. Gearin-Tosh survived years longer than doctors expected, and chronicled his experiences in the 2002 book Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny. His great admirers included former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He died of a blood infection on July 29, 2005.

Jean Bond Hubbard (83) executive director of the Pasadena Council on Alcoholism for 13 years who raised public awareness about alcohol abuse. Hubbard went from being an up-and-coming executive in the fashion business to an alcoholic and prescription drug abuser. She talked openly about her struggles with addiction before becoming active in community efforts to combat alcoholism. She died of congestive heart failure and emphysema in Pasadena, California on July 28, 2005.

Ralph Prator (97) educator whose 10-year term as first president of what later became Cal State Northridge was characterized by tremendous growth and tension within the student body. Prator died in Camarillo, California on July 25, 2005.

News and Entertainment

Hildegarde (Sell) (99) cabaret singer known simply as "The Incomparable Hildegarde," whose career spanned almost 70 years. Hildegarde appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1939 and made recordings that sold in the hundreds of thousands. She even had a shade of Revlon lipstick and nail polish named for her. She died in New York City on July 29, 2005.

Betty Astell (93) British actress, dancer, singer, lyricist, writer of pantomimes, and the wife and costar of comedian Cyril Fletcher, who first sang on BBC radio at age 12 and appeared in numerou films including Double Dealing, This Is the Life, That's My Wife, and Strike it Rich. Astell died in England on July 29, 2005.

Gary Belkin (78) Emmy-winning comedy writer whose first job was writing for Sid Caesar’s Caesar’s Hour. Belkin later wrote for The Danny Kaye Show, spent eight years with The Carol Burnett Show, and wrote for Get Smart, Sesame Street, Three's Company, and Newhart and won an Emmy in 1985 for his PBS sex education program VD Blues. He died of emphysema in Los Angeles, California on July 28, 2005.

Christopher Bunting (80) British cellist, teacher, and composer with an international reputation who gave the first performances of the concertos by Gerald Finzi and Alan Rawsthorne. Bunting was best known as an exceptionally demanding but generous and inspirational teacher who even adapted Beatles music for his young students. He died in England on July 28, 2005.

Art Collins (52) manager of rock star Iggy Pop for the last 20 years and a former president of Rolling Stones Records (the label started by the rock supergroup), who also managed such artists as Joe Jackson, Marianne Faithfull, and Marshall Crenshaw. Collins died suddenly in Pine Bush, New York on July 27, 2005.

Harry J. Dodson (85) British gardener who became a household name in 1987 when the 13-part series The Victorian Kitchen Garden was first shown on BBC 2. Dodson won 10 Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals for displays of vegetables and was a former member of the Council of the Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society (1961-2003). He died in England on July 25, 2005.

Alexander Golitzen (97) art director and production designer who shared Oscars for his work on Phantom of the Opera (1943), Spartacus (1960), and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) during a career that spanned decades. Golitzen worked on more than 300 movies and earned more than a dozen Oscar nominations for art direction. He worked on several Abbott & Costello films in the '50s and designed the set for the Academy Awards show itself several times. He died of congestive heart failure in San Diego, California on July 26, 2005.

Ted Greene (58) guitar teacher, arranger, and noted theoretician who was called a living encyclopedia of the guitar. Greene recorded the 1977 album Solo Guitar and instructed hundreds of students over a 30-year career. He was considered one of the most influential guitar teachers in Los Angeles. He died of a heart attack in Encino, California on July 25, 2005.

John Herald (65) noted bluegrass musician who recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt and was best known as a guitarist and lead vocalist for the Greenbriar Boys. Herald toured with Joan Baez and wrote the song "Stewball," recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary. He died in West Hurley, New York on July 25, 2005.

Pat McCormick (78) comedian and comedy writer for Phyllis Diller and Merv Griffin who made Tonight Show history by once streaking naked across the stage during Johnny Carson's monologue. McCormick was also known for playing Big Enos Burdette alongside Burt Reynolds in Smokey & the Bandit and its sequels. He also appeared in numerous other movies and TV shows. He died after suffering a debilitating stroke in 1998, in Woodland Hills, California on July 29, 2005.

Al McKibbon (86) bassist who anchored some of the leading jazz bands of the '40s and '50s. McKibbon was admired by fellow musicians for his big sound and his impeccable sense of timing. He worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis and in the staff orchestras of CBS and NBC, on film soundtracks, and on albums by Frank Sinatra, Randy Newman, and many others. He died in Los Angeles, California on July 30, 2005.

Joe O'Brien (90) former deejay and one of the WMCA Good Guys on WMCA Radio in New York, who began his career in 1935 and was the No. 1 morning radio man in the city in the '60s. O'Brien was killed in a car crash in Lenox, Massachusetts on July 24, 2005.

Ford Rainey (96) character actor best known for playing presidents, judges, and other authority figures in film and on TV. Rainey had numerous small roles in movies and dozens of appearances on TV shows, including Bonanza, Perry Mason, and The Fugitive. He continued working into his 90s, including an occasional role as Mickey on TV's The King of Queens. He died after a series of strokes, in Santa Monica, California on July 25, 2005.

Danny Simon (86) comedy writer who together with his brother, Neil, wrote for such classic '50s TV series as Your Show of Shows, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Red Buttons Show, and The Phil Silvers Show. Simon also was head writer for NBC’s Colgate Comedy Hour, Make Room for Daddy, Diff’rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life and provided material for many of Joan Rivers' appearances on The Tonight Show. He died of a stroke in Portland, Oregon on July 26, 2005.

Eli ("Lucky") Thompson (81) legendary tenor and soprano saxophonist who took his place among the elite improvisers of jazz ('40s-'60s). Thompson connected the swing era to the bebop style and was a member of the Count Basie Orchestra but later found himself homeless or hospitalized for more than 10 years. He died in Seattle, Washington on July 30, 2005.

Robert Wright (90) composer and lyricist who collaborated with George Forrest on the scores for such Broadway musicals as Kismet, Song of Norway, and Grand Hotel. Wright also worked on dozens of films including Maytime, Sweethearts, and I Married an Angel. His Hollywood hit tunes included "The Donkey Serenade," sung by Allan Jones in the film The Firefly (1937). He died in Miami, Florida on July 27, 2005.

Politics and Military

Mills Dean 3rd (80) naval engineer and president of the National Capital Trolley Museum for 17 years, who during his youth rode Washington, DC's streetcars to school and to downtown movie theaters and formed a lifelong fascination with trolleys and travel by rail. Dean traveled the world to study streetcar systems and trains before becoming president of the Maryland-based museum. He died of cancer in High Point, North Carolina on July 27, 2005.

Pavel Dostal (62) Czech Republic's minister of culture and a Social Democrat who was also a playwright and theater director. Dostal was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and died near Prague, Czech Republic on July 24, 2005.

Francis Ona (52) charismatic leader of a bloody secessionist movement in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville that claimed more than 10,000 lives. Ona emerged a few weeks before elections on May 20, 2005 to proclaim Bougainville already independent from Papua New Guinea. He had begun referring to himself as king of the province within the past few years. He died of malaria in Bougainville on July 24, 2005.

Judy Showalter (61) Kansas state legislator (D-Winfield) since 1997 and a former nurse, well known for her work on the Health & Human Services Committee. Showalter died of kidney cancer in Wichita, Kansas on July 24, 2005.

Arthur E. Teele Jr. (59) former Miami city commissioner indicted on corruption charges in July for lying to get more than $20 million in contracts at Miami International Airport that were supposed to go to minority-owned businesses. Teele was also convicted in March of threatening a police officer as part of an unrelated corruption investigation. He shot himself to death in the lobby of the Miami Herald building on July 27, 2005.

Ben White (53) arborist who became an animal rights activist after an encounter with a dolphin in the waters off Hawaii. White was known internationally for his idea of having activists don turtle costumes during the 1999 Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization. He also worked to stop the capture of dolphins, scaled New York skyscrapers to hang antifur banners, cut underwater dolphin-holding nets in Japan, broke into a rundown zoo in Grenada to free monkeys, and chained himself to a cage of captured sea lions at Ballard Locks in Seattle. He died of abdominal cancer in Friday Harbor, Washington on July 30, 2005.

Society and Religion

Rev. Harry R. Butman (101) Congregational church minister for 72 years and a prolific writer about theology and the spiritual life. Butman was pastor of the Congregational Church of the Messiah in Westchester, California for 25 years until he retired in 1978. He helped to found the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, which includes about 440 churches and 100,000 members. He died of complications from a fall, in Acton, Californis on July 29, 2005.

Anthony Walker (18) black teenager who was followed through a park by a group of men shouting racist taunts near his home, then beaten and left with an axe embedded in his skull. Walker died as a result of his injuries, in Liverpool, England on July 30, 2005.

Charles Young (110) Minnesota man believed to be the fourth-oldest man in the US and the sixth-oldest in the world. Young died in Albany, Minnesota on July 27, 2005.


Jair da Rosa Pinto (84) former Brazil soccer star better known as Jair, part of the Brazil team that lost the 1950 World Cup final 2-1 to Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in front of what is still a world-record crowd for a stadium-based sports event (199,584 attendees). Da Rosa Pinto played for numerous other teams including Santos alongside legendary soccer stasr Pele. H died of a lung infection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 28, 2005.

Sonny Hertzberg (82) scoring leader for the New York Knicks basketball team in their inaugural 1946-47 season in the Basketball Association of America, forerunner of the NBA. Hertzberg scored a team-leading 515 points in the 60-game season. He died of heart failure in Woodmere, New York on July 25, 2005.

Hugh D. Jascourt (70) Washington, DC lawyer and a cross-country star at the University of Pennsylvania in the '50s. Jascourt became a running advocate and a race promoter, organizing the first Road Runners clubs in Philadelphia in 1956 and in Detroit in '58 and organizing the DC Road Runners Club in '61, where he promoted local races year-round. He died after returning from an extended speed walk around Greenbelt Lake on one of the hottest days of the summer, in Greenbelt, Maryland on July 27, 2005.

Jerry Oberle (68) Panther Racing Transport Operator whose job duties included the transportation of Indy Racing League cars to the racing events. Oberle died of a heart attack en route to Michigan International Raceway on July 28, 2005.

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