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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, March 31, 2007

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Beniamo Andreatta, Italian politicianDr. Robert Austrian, vaccine developerBangla Bhai, Bangladeshi militantShawn Bridges, former meth addictLloyd Brown, last WWI Navy veteranJohnny Castaneda Jr., rapperAbe Coleman, professional wrestlerMichael Dibdin, British crime novelistJerry Girard, NYC sportscasterVincent Gutierrez, Texas killerHans Hedberg, Swedish sculptorMaria Julia Hernandez, Salvadorean activistTrenton Jackson, sprinter and football playerBernard Jule, French runnerMorton A. Kornreich, former UJA chairmanPaul C. Lauterbur, Nobel winner for MRI technologyMimi Lerner, opera singerCalvin Lockhart, Bahamian-born actorAndranik Margarian, Armenian prime ministerLynn Merrick, ’40s Western leading ladyTom Moore, former ABC-TV presidentRansom A. Myers, marine biologistTosiwo Nakayama, first president of MicronesiaFaustino Oramas (aka El Guayabero), Cuban musicianKirk Osborn, defense attorney in Duke lacrosse caseFranco Cosimo Panini, Italian businessmanRoy Lee Pippin, Texas death-row inmateShaykh Abdur Rahman, Bangladesih Islamist militant leaderElizabeth Kals Reilley, horticultural librarianFather Cormac Rigby, British radio personality turned priestMarshall Rogers, Batman cartoonistAxel G. Rosin, former president of Book-of-the-Month ClubDiane Rothschild, advertising executiveBill (the Beerman) Scott, former sports beer vendorTony Scott, jazz clarinetistJ. Paul Sticht, former R. J. Reynolds chairmanErnest van Leeuwen, oldest LA Marathon runnerPaul Watzlawick, family therapistCharlotte Winters, last American female WWI veteran

Art and Literature

Michael Dibdin (60) internationally acclaimed British crime novelist whose best-known books feature the brooding Italian police detective Aurelio Zen. Dibdin died in Seattle, Washington on March 30, 2007.

Hans Hedberg (89) Swedish artist known for his outsized fruit and egg ceramic sculptures, and for having worked with Marc Chagall. Hedberg studied painting and ceramics in Denmark, Paris, and Italy before settling in France in the ’50s. He died of a kidney ailment in Cannes, France on March 27, 2007.

Marshall Rogers (57) comic book artist whose landmark work on "Batman’’ in the ’70s was celebrated for its bold flair and stylish grace. Rogers died unexpectedly in Fremont, California on March 25, 2007.

Business and Science

Dr. Robert Austrian (90) physician who developed a pneumococcal vaccine that has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The vaccine can prevent the pneumonia, meningitis, and blood system and other infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. Austrian died of a stroke in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 25, 2007.

Morton A. Kornreich (82) former national chairman (1988-90) of the United Jewish Appeal, formed during World War II to aid Holocaust survivors. Morton and his twin brother Matthew were partners in a Manhattan insurance brokerage that their father started in 1917. Morton Kornreich died of pulmonary fibrosis in Boca Raton, Florida on March 27, 2007.

Paul C. Lauterbur (77) University of Illinois chemistry professor since 1985 who shared the 2003 Nobel Prize for his work in developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. Lauterbur died of kidney disease in Champaign, Illinois on March 27, 2007.

Ransom A. Myers (54) Canadian scientist renowned for his ground-breaking research and blunt warnings about the extinction of marine species. In a study published in 2003, Myers found that global industrial fishing had cut populations of large fish, such as tuna, swordfish, and marlin, to a mere 10% of 1950 levels. He died of an inoperable brain tumor in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 27, 2007.

Franco Cosimo Panini (75) Italian whose family company produced and sold the soccer player stickers collected by generations of fans. Panini and his brothers began printing and selling stickers of soccer player photographs in 1961. The stickers—later extended to other sports and to other fields, such as cartoon characters—became a worldwide success. Panini died of cancer in Modena, Italy on March 30, 2007.

Axel G. Rosin (99) former president of the Book-of-the-Month Club (1960-73), designed to allow millions of readers to receive in the mail recent books chosen by a panel of prominent judges. Rosin died in New York City on March 27, 2007.

Diane Rothschild (63) advertising executive and copywriter who headed her own firm and created pithy and amusing ad campaigns, including some for the Range Rover off-road vehicle and J&B Scotch. A lifelong nonsmoker, Rothschild died of lung cancer in New York City on March 31, 2007.

J. Paul Sticht (89) former chairman (1979-84) of the tobacco company R. J. Reynolds Industries, now called Reynolds American. Sticht led the company through a time of rapid diversification, pushing into new markets overseas and adding consumer-product companies like Heublein and Del Monte. He had been in poor health for months and died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on March 27, 2007.

Paul Watzlawick (85) Stanford University family therapist and communications theorist who believed people create their own suffering by trying to fix their emotional problems. Watzlawick gained fame for parting with Freudian psychoanalysis in favor of an approach to therapy that emphasized relationships over introspection. He died of cardiac arrest in Palo Alto, California on March 31, 2007.


Elizabeth Kals Reilley (99) horticultural librarian, scholar, and book collector who amassed a major private collection of rare books on landscape design. In 2002 Reilley donated her collection, consisting of more than 400 books, prints, engravings, and other materials, to the New York Botanical Garden. She died in Muttontown, New York on March 29, 2007.

News and Entertainment

Johnny Castaneda Jr. (25) rapper known as "Johnny Ca$h’’ and "Tha Fast Gunna’’ who had released several albums and signed with the late rap legend Andre ("Mac Dre’’) Hicks’s record label Thizz Entertainment. Castaneda died of a gunshot wound to the head after being shot multiple times in the parking lot of his Richmond, California apartment building, in a hospital in Walnut Creek, California on March 29, 2007.

Abe Coleman (101) Polish-born professional wrestler promoted as the "Hebrew Hercules’’ and "Jewish Tarzan’’ and credited in the ’30s with popularizing the dropkick move, likened to a flying kick in the jaw. Starting in the late ’20s, Coleman had more than 2,000 matches during a 25-year career. He died of kidney failure in Queens, New York on March 28, 2007.

Mimi Lerner (61) mezzo-soprano opera singer who had perfomed with several opera companies throughout Europe and the US. Lerner died of cancer in Oakland, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, on March 29, 2007.

Calvin Lockhart (72) strikingly handsome Bahamian-born actor whose on-screen heyday in the ’70s included prominent roles in Cotton Comes to Harlem and Uptown Saturday Night. Lockhart died of a stroke in Nassau, Bahamas on March 29, 2007.

Lynn Merrick (85) Republic and Columbia Pictures contract player in the ’40s and best remembered by western film fans as one of Don ("Red’’) Barry’s frequent leading ladies at Republic. The blonde, blue-eyed actress appeared in more than 40 films in the ’40s, beginning with Two-Gun Sheriff (1940), starring Barry. Merrick moved to Columbia Pictures in 1943, where she costarred with Bob Crosby in Meet Miss Bobby Socks and with Chester Morris in two Boston Blackie films. She died in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 25, 2007.

Tom Moore (88) former president of the ABC-TV Network in the ’60s who helped it to narrow the ratings gap with NBC and CBS and later won five Emmys as head of his own production company. Moore was head of programming at ABC (1958-62) and network president (1962-69). He died near Palm Springs, California on March 31, 2007.

Faustino Oramas (95) popular traditional singer and among the last original members of Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club. Popular for the double meanings and ribald humor of his songs, Oramas, known as "El Guayabero,’’ was the oldest surviving member of the original Buena Vista group of elderly musicians who became international stars when American guitarist Ry Cooder brought them together in the ’90s. Oramas died of cancer in Havana, Cuba on March 27, 2007.

Tony Scott (85) distinguished jazz clarinetist who in the ’50s helped to steer his instrument out of the swing era and into the sax-infested waters of bebop. Over the years, Scott ranged through bebop and what today would be called New Age and world music. He died of prostate cancer in Rome, Italy on March 28, 2007.

Politics and Military

Beniamo Andreatta (78) former Christian Democrat minister in several Italian governments who emerged unscathed from the corruption scandals of the early ’90s. Andreatta had been in a coma for several years after collapsing in 1999 during a vote in the Chamber of Deputies. He died in Bologna, Italy on March 26, 2007.

Bangla Bhai (37) Bangladeshi militant and commander of the radical pseudo-Islamist organization Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) who gained worldwide notoriety for his terrorist activities. Bhai was responsible for a series of suicide bomb attacks around Bangladesh in late 2005. He was executed by hanging in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 30, 2007.

Lloyd Brown (105) last known surviving World War I Navy veteran. Brown died in Charlotte Hall, Maryland on March 29, 2007.

Andranik Margarian (55) prime minister of Armenia since May 2000. Margarian was appointed in a politically tense period that followed an October 1999 armed attack on parliament that killed eight politicians, including then-Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkisian. Margarian died of heart failure in Yerevan, Armenia on March 25, 2007.

Tosiwo Nakayama (75) first president of the Federated States of Micronesia who helped his country to emerge from US control. Formerly part of the US-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Micronesia officially became an independent nation in 1986. With a population of about 107,000, it consists of 607 islands extending 1,800 miles across the archipelago of the Caroline Islands. Nakayama died in Ewa Beach, Hawaii on March 29, 2007.

Shaykh Abdur Rahman (??) spiritual leader and administrative head of the banned Islamic terrorist organization Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh. Rahman had been blamed for masterminding several more bomb attacks, including the first suicide bombing in Bangladesh in 2005. He was executed by hanging in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 30, 2007.

Charlotte Winters (109) last known surviving American female World War I veteran and a refined Civil War buff who in 1916 met face-to-face with then-Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to fight for women in the military. Winters’ death leaves just five known surviving American WWI veterans. She died near Boonsboro, Maryland on March 27, 2007.

Society and Religion

Shawn Bridges (35) Missouri man who attracted global attention in 2006 with No More Sunsets, a 29-minute documentary shot at Bridges’ request, about how methamphetamine hopelessly ravaged his body. The documentary shows Bridges bedridden, his constant companions the catheter that funneled urine out of his body and the feeding tube that protruded from his stomach—fallout from the poor decisions he admitted he made. He died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on March 26, 2007.

Vincent Gutierrez (28) Texas man convicted of the slaying of an Air Force officer, Capt. José Cobo (39), shot and killed during a carjacking near San Antonio, Texas in 1997. Gutierrez was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on March 28, 2007.

Maria Julia Hernandez (68) renowned human rights activist who aided victims of El Salvador’s civil war. Hernandez was best known as director of the Roman Catholic Church-sponsored group Legal Protection, which aids impoverished victims of El Salvador’s 12-year civil war, and had worked alongside the late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero on some of the conflict’s first rights cases. Hernandez died of a second heart attack in three days, in San Salvador, El Salvador on March 30, 2007.

Kirk Osborn (64) lead defense attorney in the Duke University lacrosse sexual assault case. Osborn represented Reade Seligmann, one of three Duke lacrosse players charged in the case stemming from a dancer’s allegation that she was sexually assaulted at a team party. Osborn had a massive heart attack on March 23 and died two days later in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 25, 2007.

Roy Lee Pippin (51) Texas death-row inmate who had vowed not to go willingly to the death chamber. Pippin set a fire in his cell the day he was to be executed, but when the time came he walked to his death without a fight. He was executed by lethal injection for the deaths of two Florida men gunned down in a dispute over missing drug money, in Huntsville, Texas on March 29, 2007.

Cormac Rigby (67) original ’60s voice of Radio 3, the BBC’s classical music network, and—as presentation editor for 14 years—the station’s single most influential on-air figure. By the mid-’80s, Rigby had become a Roman Catholic priest. He died of prostate cancer in Oxford, England on March 27, 2007.


Jerry Girard (74) popular sports broadcaster for WPIX-TV in New York City (1974-95). Girard’s nightly TV appearances to describe the day’s sports happenings were characterized by frequent acidic commentary, invariably delivered with a straight face. He died of esophageal cancer in Hawthorne, New York on March 25, 2007.

Trenton Jackson (65) sprinter during the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, a player in that year’s Rose Bowl, and later an NFL player. Jackson had a quadruple bypass in 2000. He died of a heart attack in Rochester, New York on March 25, 2007.

Bernard Jule (49) French distance runner competing in the Marathon des Sables, considered the toughest foot race in the world, covering a distance equivalent to six marathons over six days through the southern Moroccan desert. Jule was found dead of cardiac arrest in his tent at a campsite west of Jebl Kfiroune, Morocco on March 29, 2007.

Bill Scott (58) former beer vendor who entertained Seattle sports crowds as "Bill the Beerman" and later worked as a professional cheerleader and superfan across the country. Scott died of colon cancer in Seattle, Washington on March 25, 2007.

Ernest van Leeuwen (94) for the last several years the oldest man in the field at the Los Angeles Marathon. Van Leeuwen took up distance running in his 50s after reading a magazine article about the health benefits of physical fitness. He had a stroke several weeks earlier, causing him to miss the 2007 race on March 4, which would have been his 13th. He died in his sleep in Encino, California on March 30, 2007.

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