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Johnny Apple, New York Times correspondentTom Bell, British actorWinifred Bennett, amateur historianFrances Bergen, mother of actress Candice BergenFrank Beyer, German filmmakerHelen Chenoweth-Hage, former Idaho congresswomanGary C. Comer, founder of Lands' EndMarta Fernandez deBatista, widow of Cuban dictatorTamara Dobson, model-turned-actressFrantisek Fajtl, Czech WWII fighterFriedrich Karl Flick, Austrian industrialistPaul R. Halmos, mathematicianVic Heyliger, hockey coachMona Inglesby, British ballerinaGene Janson, Chicago stage actorArthur L. Jones, Boston newsmanGeorge King, college basketball coachClaude Luter, French clarinetistJ. Patrick Lyons, perennial Tennessee candidateGeorge McElroy, pioneering journalistSteven Medley, Yosemite Assoc. presidentDoris Meyer Morell, mother of Gray DavisJennifer Moss, British soap actressPeter Norman, Olympic runnerBuck O'Neil, former Negro Leagues baseball starOskar Pastior, German writerAntonio Pena, Mexican pro wrestling promoterAnna Politkovskaya, murdered Russian journalistRafael Quintero, Cuban CIA agentPaul Richardson, longtime Philadelphia Phillies organistPeter H. Rossi, sociologist who studied homelessnessDavid G. Salten, educatorTimo Sarpaneva, Finnish glassware designerDanial Shapiro, modern-dance choreographerHeinz Sielmann, German zoologistDick Wagner, baseball executiveGilbert F. White, environmental geographer

Art and Literature

Oskar Pastior (78) Romanian-born German writer celebrated for his creative use of language. After being interned in Soviet labor camps following World War II, Pastior returned to Communist Romania in 1949 and studied German at the University of Bucharest. He fled to West Germany during a study trip to Vienna, Austria in 1968. He had been working on a book about his time in Soviet labor camps when he died unexpectedly in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was visiting the annual book fair, on October 5, 2006.

Timo Sarpaneva (79) one of Finland's foremost designers of glassware. Sarpaneva's sleek and elegant glasses, vases, and kitchen utensils embodied the concept of modern Scandinavian design through more than 40 years, winning him high acclaim and prizes abroad. He died in Helsinki, Finland on October 2, 2006.

Business and Science

Gary C. Comer (78) founder of the Lands' End casual clothing company in the early '60s. Comer stepped down as president in 1990 but remained board chairman and majority stockholder until the company was sold to Sears, Roebuck & Co. in May 2002. He was known for his philanthropy. He died of cancer in Chicago, Illinois on October 4, 2006.

Friedrich Karl Flick (79) billionaire industrialist whose father was convicted at Nuremburg of using slave labor in Nazi Germany. An Austrian magazine recently named Flick the richest man in Austria, with a fortune of $8.6 billion. In 1981, he became embroiled in a major postwar political party financing scandal when it surfaced that some of his managers had given millions of German marks to German political parties. Flick died at Lake Woerther, Austria on October 5, 2006.

Paul R. Halmos (90) mathematician known for exploring the implications of probability theory and helping to simplify the expression of mathematical concepts in writing and speech. Halmos worked on probability theory, the study of randomness under differing conditions, and contributed to the field of operator theory, a branch of higher analysis related to calculus. He died of pneumonia in San Jose, California on October 2, 2006.

Heinz Sielmann (89) German zoologist and internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose works included Vanishing Wilderness and Masters of the Congo Jungle. Sielmann was best known in Germany for a 30-year TV series called Expeditions into the Animal Kingdom that made him a household name. He died in his sleep in Munich, Germany on October 6, 2006.

Gilbert F. White (94) geographer whose philosophy of accommodating nature instead of trying to master it had profound effects on policy and environmental thought. Instead of simply building dams, levees, and other flood controls that can actually encourage development in vulnerable areas, White argued, society should reduce risks by steps like discouraging such development. He died in Boulder, Colorado on October 5, 2006.


Winifred Bennett (71) amateur historian whose casual suggestion at the dinner table in 1996 that DNA testing might establish whether third US President Thomas Jefferson fathered children by his slave Sally Hemings helped to rewrite history, unsettle families, and raise enduring questions about sex, race, and the American past. In 2000, a study by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation concluded that Jefferson "most likely was the father of all six’’ of Hemings’ children. Bennett died of kidney failure in Arlington, Virginia on October 7, 2006.

Peter H. Rossi (84) prominent sociologist and University of Massachusetts professor best known for documenting the changing face of American homelessness in the '80s. Rossi's most famous book was Down & Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness (1989). In it, he chronicled the shift in the nation's homeless population from the older white male denizens of post-World War II skid rows to a younger, larger group that included many more women, children, and minorities. He died in Amherst, Massachusetts on October 7, 2006.

David G. Salten (93) innovative and influential educator who devised a desegregation plan for the New Rochelle, New York school system and, as an expert witness in 1958, urged the immediate opening of the newly integrated schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. Salten died of a disease of the heart muscle in Port Washington, New York on October 1, 2006.

News and Entertainment

R. W. ("Johnny") Apple (71) longtime New York Times correspondent who charted the fall of Richard Nixon and covered wars from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf while pursuing a parallel career as a food and travel writer. Apple joined the Times in 1963 after working for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. He died of thoracic cancer in Washington, DC on October 4, 2006.

Tom Bell (73) brooding British character actor whose pinched, unsmiling looks brought him much work in films, TV, and the theater. Bell was perhaps best known later in his career as sexist detective DS Bill Otley, tormentor of DCI Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) in ITV's Prime Suspect (1991). His breakthrough came with a starring role in a "new wave" film, The L-Shaped Room (1962), in which his hammer-faced character Toby shared digs with a gay, black jazz musician (Brock Peters) and an unmarried but pregnant Leslie Caron. Bell died in England on October 4, 2006.

Frances Bergen (84) model and actress who married ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and was the mother of actress Candice Bergen. Frances Bergen later launched a successful modeling career and became the face of the iconic "Chesterfield Girl" and "Ipana Girl" advertisements. She also appeared twice on her daughter's hit sitcom Murphy Brown. She died in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2006.

Frank Beyer (74) one of East Germany's most renowned filmmakers in its Communist era, best known for his Warsaw ghetto drama Jacob the Liar (1974). One of Beyer's most famous pictures, Traces of Stones, was banned in 1965 for its critical look at living and working conditions in the Stalinist state. He died in Berlin, Germany on October 1, 2006.

Tamara Dobson (59) tall, stunning model-turned-actress who portrayed a strong female role as Cleopatra Jones in two "blaxploitation" films. At 6 feet 2 inches tall, Dobson was striking as kung-fu fighting government agent Cleopatra Jones in 1973. She reprised the role in Cleopatra Jones & the Casino of Gold (1975). She died of pneumonia and multiple sclerosis in Baltimore, Maryland on October 2, 2006.

Mona Inglesby (88) founder and leading ballerina of the International Ballet, a rival company to the Sadler's Wells Ballet and Ballet Rambert, who played a pivotal part in the salvation of the Russian classical ballets after the Russian Revolution. Inglesby launched the International Ballet in 1940 as a vehicle to stage the classical ballets as they were given in St. Petersburg in the golden age of Tsarist ballet, brought to a brutal end with the Russian Revolution. She died in England on October 6, 2006.

Gene Janson (72) veteran Chicago stage actor whose credits also included supporting roles in the films The Blues Brothers, While You Were Sleeping, and My Best Friend's Wedding. Janson died of a heart attack after collapsing while performing in a production of Gore Vidal's play, The Best Man, in Chicago, Illinois on October 4, 2006.

Arthur L. Jones (61) former Boston newspaper and TV reporter and deputy press secretary under President Bill Clinton. Jones was part of the staff at the Boston Globe that won the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service in 1975 for the paper's coverage of school desegregation. He died of leukemia in Boston, Massachusetts on October 2, 2006.

Claude Luter (83) French clarinetist and bandleader, one of the stars of the postwar Paris jazz scene who accompanied Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong. Luter discovered New Orleans jazz in his teens and began performing in Paris during the German occupation in World War II. He died in Paris, France on October 6, 2006.

George McElroy (84) pioneering black columnist and journalism teacher. McElroy became the first black to earn a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and the first black columnist to write for the former Houston Post. He died of acute respiratory distress syndrome in Houston, Texas on October 7, 2006.

Jennifer Moss (61) British actress who played the part of rebellious teenager Lucille Hewitt in the English soap opera, Coronation Street, from its third episode until she left the program in 1974 when her drinking became a problem. Moss was married five times. She died in England on October 5, 2006.

Antonio Pena (53) Mexican pro wrestling promoter who founded AAA, a wrestling booking agency that in 1994 introduced American fans to the Mexican lucha style of wrestling. Pena had been in ill health for some time. He died of a massive heart attack in Mexico City, Mexico on October 5, 2006.

Anna Politkovskaya (48) veteran Russian journalist and author who made her name as a searing critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya. Politkovskaya was a strident critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom she accused of stifling civil society and allowing a climate of official corruption and brutality. She was found dead in her Moscow apartment building, shot in the head with a pistol on October 7, 2006.

Paul Richardson (74) organist for the Philadelphia Phillies for 35 seasons. Richardson began playing at Phillies games at Connie Mack Stadium in 1970 and was with the club until after the 2005 season at Citizens Bank Park, when he stepped away because of health problems. He died in Wilmington, Delaware on October 2, 2006.

Danial Shapiro (48) modern-dance choreographer known for his collaborations with his wife, Joanie Smith. The couple created strong abstract dances built around props like Army blankets, long benches. and dowdy, rolling footstools, but with a clear emotional subtext and, frequently, exuberant humor. Shapiro died of prostate cancer in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 3, 2006.

Politics and Military

Helen Chenoweth-Hage (68) former US congresswoman (R-Idaho, 1995-2001) who held "endangered salmon bakes" and once accused federal agents of using black helicopter gunships. Chenoweth-Hage's arch-conservative, often libertarian, and sometimes extreme views made her popular with militia movements. She was a passenger in a one-car crash near Tonopah, Nevada, 172 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and died at the scene on October 2, 2006.

Marta Fernandez deBatista (82) widow of former Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, pushed out of power by Fidel Castro's rebels more than 47 years ago, leaving Havana in the middle of the night on January 1, 1959. The former dictator, then 58, fled first to the Dominican Republic, then Portugal, and finally Spain, where he died in 1973. Marta deBatista suffered a heart attack on September 8 and was hospitalized until the week preceding her death in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 4, 2006.

Frantisek Fajtl (94) Czech fighter ace who fought in the French and British air forces against Nazi Germany in World War II. Fajtl fled Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939 and joined France's air force. After France capitulated, he fled to Britain to join the RAF. After returning home, Fajtl was arrested as an enemy of the state by the Communist regime in 1950 and spent 17 months in prison. His reputation was fully rehabilitated after the 1989 collapse of the Communist regime. He died in Prague, Czech Republic on October 4, 2006.

J. Patrick Lyons (62) Tennessean who unsuccessfully ran for Congress seven times and mounted legal challenges against opponents in those races. A veteran, Lyons most recently ran in the 6th District Democrat primary in 2006 and was defeated by US Rep. Bart Gordon. Lyons claimed in a lawsuit against Gordon that an incumbent congressman could not succeed himself. He was self-taught on legal issues but was not a lawyer. He died in Shelbyville, Tennessee on October 5, 2006.

Doris Meyer Morell (83) mother of former California governor Gray Davis who repeatedly returned to the state to campaign for her son. Morell died of lung cancer in Palm Beach, Florida on October 1, 2006.

Rafael Quintero (66) daring Cuban secret agent in the most dangerous American covert operations against Fidel Castro. In 1960, Quintero, not yet 21, signed up with the Central Intelligence Agency. He worked against Cuba side by side with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the days when the US tried to kill Castro. The central event of Quintero's life was the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961. He died after a history of kidney failure, in Baltimore, Maryland on October 1, 2006.

Society and Religion

Steven Medley (57) longtime president of the nonprofit Yosemite Association and author of a popular Yosemite National Park guidebook. During his 21 years with the organization, Medley edited and produced more than 50 publications. He was killed in a single-car accident on rain-slick California 140 while driving to Yosemite Valley for a luncheon meeting of the Yosemite Rotary Club, of which he was president, on October 5, 2006.


Vic Heyliger (87) former hockey coach at the University of Michigan, at the US Air Force Academy, and of the 1966 US National Team. Heyliger led the Wolverines to the first National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I ice hockey championship in 1948. They also won five later titles (1951-53, '55-56). Heyliger died in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 4, 2006.

George King (78) former National Basketball Association player who coached West Virginia and Purdue and had a long run as the Boilermakers' athletic director. King compiled a 102-43 record in five seasons as WVU coach, winning two Southern Conference titles and three NCAA tournament bids. He died in Naples, Florida on October 5, 2006.

Peter Norman (64) Australian sprinter who shared the medals podium with Tommie Smith and John Carlos while they gave their black power salutes at the 1968 Olympics. Norman won the silver medal in the 200 meters at the Mexico City Games. He died of a heart attack in Melbourne, Australia on October 3, 2006.

John ("Buck") O'Neil (94) good-will ambassador for the Negro Leagues who fell one vote shy of the Hall of Fame. A star in the Negro Leagues who barnstormed with Satchel Paige, O'Neil later became the first black coach in the majors. He rocketed into national stardom in 1994 when filmmaker Ken Burns featured him in his ground-breaking PBS-TV documentary, Baseball. O'Neil died in Kansas City, Missouri on October 6, 2006.

Dick Wagner (78) former president of the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros who later became a top executive in the baseball commissioner's office. Among the moves Wagner helped to engineer with the Reds were the acquisition of pitcher Tom Seaver from the New York Mets in 1977, the firing of manager Sparky Anderson in '79. and the trade of outfielder George Foster to the Mets in '82. Wagner died in Phoenix, Arizona of injuries sustained in a 1999 car accident, on October 5, 2006.

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