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Benazir Bhutto, polarizing former Pakistani prime ministerMichael Kidd, Broadway and Hollywood choreographerOscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianistBen Altamirano, New Mexico state legislatorTerry Armour, Chicago Tribune columnistJuan Arzube, LA Catholic bishopDale Baird, winning racehorse trainerJohn L. Batherson, longtime Maine judgeJim Beauchamp, Atlanta Braves coachEdward Brennan, former Sears CEOBob Burgreen, former San Diego police chiefJenessa Byers, Home Makeover recipientLuella Charlton, one of Oregon's oldest residentsJack Cummer, whose granddaughter was killed by Canadian serial killerSun Daolin, Chinese actor and film directorJoe Dolan, Irish pop starTom Downs, Michigan election law expertPhilip B. Dusenberry, advertising executiveSteven T. Florio, former CEO of magazine publishing companyHope Frazier, former newspaper executiveEvelyn Gandy, Mississippi politicianDr. William F. Ganong, UCSF neuroendocrinologistDaniel Bradley Gaylord, newspaper publisherAndrew Grima, Italian jewelry designerVincent Gruppuso, founder of pudding companyJoan Ingpen, British opera managerOliver Jackson, Texas track coachHaig Kehiayan, retired LA County judgeDavid N. Kennedy, former director of California water resourcesPat Kirkwood, British musical theater actressJaan Kross, Estonian novelistElmir Kuduzovic, Zorica Lazic, & Stevan Zecevic, contestants on Serbian reality showEd LaDou, pioneering pizza chefGeorge Latka, '40s LA lightweight boxerIrv Letofsky, former LA Times Sunday Calendar editorMarie-Louise L'Hullier, French supercentenarianAloisio Cardinal Lorscheider, Brazilian churchmanDr. Paul D. MacLean, developer of triune brain theoryCarol Marsden, breeder of show horses and community activistHugh Massingberd, former London Daily Telegraph obituaries editorAndreas Matzbacher, Austrian cyclistMsgr. Heliodore Mejak, Kansas City priestThomas Morgan 3rd, former president of National Association of Black JournalistsStu Nahan, LA sportscaster who appeared in filmsDr. Opendra Narayan, AIDS researcherDenis O'Connor, mosaic muralistDianne Ogden, testified at Phil Spector's trialNonja, world's oldest orangutanHans Otte, German composer and pianistMarie-Jeanne Pelus, early NYC Ballet dancerRhoda Pritzker, philanthropist and widow of hotel chain founderBilly Pugh, inventor of safety netsG. P. Sippy, Bollywood filmmakerCarlos Sousa Jr., mauled to death by tiger at zooTab Thacker, wrestler turned actorH. D. Thoreau Jr., track-and-field expertGwendolyn Tose-Rigell, principal of Sarasota schoolBryan Joseph Tutten, son of folk musician Tom TuttenShu Uemura, Japanese make-up artistFredia Ann Veitch, killed in NY Yankee Jim Leyritz's DUI crashShawn Wang, CFO of Chinese Internet search engine Baidu.comGeorge D. Warrington, former director of NJ Transit

Art and Literature

Jaan Kross (87) Estonian writer and poet whose novels portrayed the fate of that small Baltic nation. A prisoner during Nazi rule in the early '40s and a survivor of a Siberian labor camp, Kross was known for historical novels. The Czar's Madman, an epic about a Baltic-German nobleman, is considered one of his major works and was translated into English and several other languages. He died in Tallinn, Estonia on December 26, 2007.

Denis O'Connor (74) mosaic muralist who executed massive portraits of idealized California life at many Home Savings of America (now Washington Mutual) buildings in the '60s and '70s as part of an ambitious public art program. O'Connor died of a heart attack in Ontario, California on December 26, 2007.


Business and Science

Edward Brennan (73) chairman and chief executive of Sears, Roebuck & Co. in the mid-'80s who started as a sales associate at a Sears store in Wisconsin. In January 1981 Brennan was elected chairman and CEO of the company's retail group and helped to handle the acquisition of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. and Coldwell, Banker & Co. In 1986 he became board chairman and CEO. That year the company launched its Discover Card, claiming 12 million holders by year's end. Brennan retired in 1995. He died in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge, Illinois on December 27, 2007.

Philip B. Dusenberry (71) advertising executive who oversaw the '80s Pepsi commercial in which Michael Jackson's hair was accidentally set on fire. Throughout his career, Dusenberry oversaw the teams at BBDO, an ad agency that coined famous taglines like "The choice of a new generation" for Pepsi, "We bring good things to life" for GE, and "It's everywhere you want to be" for VISA. He emphasized entertainment in TV ad spots, believing that human stories were more attention-grabbing than product details. Dusenberry died of lung cancer in New York City on December 29, 2007.

Steven T. Florio (58) former chief executive (1994-2004) of Condé Nast Publications who thrived by selling advertising for expensive products in magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker. Under Florio's leadership, Condé Nast expanded from a relatively small company to the second-largest magazine publisher in the country, mostly by concentrating on slick magazines aimed at wealthy consumers of luxury goods and by aggressively selling advertising in them. He oversaw all 16 of the company's magazines, which then included Glamour, Architectural Digest, Self, GQ, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, Wired, Lucky, Teen Vogue, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker, which reach more than 70 million readers each month. He died of a heart attack in New York City on December 27, 2007.

Dr. William F. Ganong (83) one of the first scientists to trace how the brain controls important internal functions of the body. A neuroendocrinologist, Ganong was chairman of the physiology department at the University of California at San Francisco (1970-87). When he took over the department, neuroendocrinology—the science of how hormones and glands interact with the nervous system—was just becoming part of medical school curriculums. Ganong died of prostate cancer in Albany, California on December 23, 2007.

Andrew Grima (86) Italian-born jewelry designer whose creations adorned royalty and celebrities. Grima came to prominence in the '60s with a style that captured the mood of a new generation of postwar fashion designers. A friendship with Lord Tony Snowdon, then married to Britain's Princess Margaret, and numerous prizes Grima won for his work during the '60s earned him a royal warrant as a supplier of jewelry to the British royal family. He died after contracting pneumonia following a fall earlier in the month, in Gstaad, Switzerland on December 26, 2007.

Vincent Gruppuso (67) founder of Kozy Shack Enterprises, a company in Hicksville, Long Island, New York that sells millions of 4-ounce cups of pudding, particularly rice pudding, at supermarkets in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Gruppuso died from complications of diabetes in East Hampton, New York on December 29, 2007.

Ed LaDou (52) first pizza chef at Wolfgang Puck's Spago who added gourmet toppings to everybody's favorite food and gave the world such innovative creations as barbecued chicken pizza, pizza with breast of duck and hoisin sauce, and pizza with marinated shrimp. LaDou later helped to develop the menu for California Pizza Kitchen, which became a huge success, with restaurants throughout the nation. He died of cancer in Santa Monica, California on December 27, 2007.

Dr. Paul D. MacLean (94) neuroscientist and psychiatrist who developed the theory of the "triune brain" to explain its evolution and to reconcile rational human behavior with its more primal and violent side. MacLean died in Potomac, Maryland on December 26, 2007.

Carol Marsden (83) community activist who held several high-ranking offices in the Junior League, including president of the Junior Leagues of America in the mid-'60s, and later served on the California Board of Community Colleges. For some years Marsden bred Morgan show horses under the business name Marsden's Morgans. She died of cancer in Temecula, California on December 23, 2007.

Dr. Opendra ("Bill") Narayan (71) senior faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center and AIDS researcher who was developing a vaccine aimed at helping poor people around the world to fight the virus. Narayan died of a heart attack in Kansas City, Kansas on December 24, 2007.

Billy Pugh (83) inventor whose safety nets were used to pluck Apollo astronauts from the ocean on their return to Earth. Pugh developed the "Billy Pugh Net" in 1955 to make it safer to transfer workers between boats and offshore oil rigs and platforms. He became internationally known when his net was used by NASA to pick up astronauts after splashdown. Pugh died of prostate cancer in Corpus Christi, Texas on December 27, 2007.

Shawn Wang (40) chief financial officer of leading Chinese search engine Baidu.com. Wang joined Baidu in 2004 and helped to take the company public in the US on the Nasdaq stock exchange in '05. Baidu.com is the dominant search engine in China, with a 60.7% market share; US giant Google Inc. is in second place with about 23.7%. Wang was killed in an accident during a Christmas holiday vacation in China on December 27, 2007.


News and Entertainment

Terry Armour (46) longtime Chicago Tribune columnist. Armour joined the Tribune in 1980 as a copy clerk. He covered the Chicago Bulls for the paper (1995-99) before becoming an entertainment columnist. He also had been host of a midday radio show on the former WCKG-FM. He became suddenly ill and was taken to a hospital, where he died, in Chicago, Illinois on December 28, 2007.

Jenessa Byers (8) Oregon cancer patient who captured thousands of people's hearts when her battle from a rare type of childhood cancer aired on the nationally televised hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which had built the girl's family a new home this past summer. Byers died in Portland, Oregon on December 28, 2007.

Sun Daolin (86) veteran Chinese actor and director whose 70-year career included more than 100 films and plays. Sun also supplied voices for Chinese dubbing of a dozen foreign film titles and turned to directing in the '80s. He died in Shanghai, China on December 27, 2007.

Joe Dolan (68) one of Ireland's first pop music stars who entertained audiences for decades with Vegas-style showmanship. Dolan was the most celebrated survivor of Ireland's bygone "showband" era of the '60s and '70s, when homegrown rock-"n"-roll acts toured the country playing cover versions of international hits. He collapsed at his family home on Christmas night and died of a brain hemorrhage the next day after falling into a coma at a hospital, in Dublin, Ireland on December 26, 2007.

Hope Frazier (60) former executive editor of the Pasadena Star-News and other southern California newspapers. As head of the San Gabriel Newspaper Group (1992-96), Frazier oversaw the Star-News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and the Whittier Daily News and helped to expand and restructure the three papers. After leaving the newspapers, she worked as a filmmaker and artist in a studio she restored in Ojai, California, where she died of colon cancer on December 29, 2007.

Daniel Bradley Gaylord (95) former advertising representative who sold the first advertisements for the Cape Cod Standard-Times (now Cape Cod Times) in 1936, 12 years before he became its publisher. In 1953, Gaylord became general business manager of the parent company, which also owned the New Bedford Standard-Times, two radio stations, and a New Bedford TV station. He retired in 1967. He suffered a fall in September and was receiving rehabilitation when he died in Falmouth, Massachusetts on December 25, 2007.

Joan Ingpen (91) British founder of the classical artist management agency Ingpen & Williams (her pet dachshund), for decades an influential voice in the opera world. Ingpen represented legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti during the '50s before becoming artistic administrator of London's Royal Opera House in 1961. But she likely would be best remembered for bringing lyrical tenor Luciano Pavarotti to the world stage in 1963 when she hired him as a stand-in for Giuseppe Di Stefano in the role of Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohéme at Covent Garden. In the '80s, Ingpen worked at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She died in Hove, England on December 29, 2007.

Michael Kidd (92) choreographer whose athletic dances for ballet, Broadway, and Hollywood delighted audiences for 50 years and won him five Tonys and an Oscar. In the late '40s and '50s, Kidd choreographed exuberant dance numbers for Broadway shows like Finian's Rainbow, Guys & Dolls, and Can-Can and Hollywood musicals like The Band Wagon (1953), where he took Fred Astaire out of his top hat to play a private eye with Cyd Charisse in a Mickey Spillane spoof, and his most memorable, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), for which he created the spectacular barn-raising production number. As an actor, Kidd appeared and danced with Gene Kelly and Dan Dailey in It's Always Fair Weather (1955). In one of his few ventures into TV, he directed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov in Baryshnikov in Hollywood, nominated for an Emmy in 1981. Kidd died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on December 23, 2007.

Pat Kirkwood (86) actress, once a star of British musical theater. Kirkwood's career of more than 60 years included leading roles in musicals written by Noel Coward and Cole Porter. But she was dogged for years by rumors of a romantic liaison with Prince Philip—which she always denied—after the two were spotted dancing at a London nightclub in 1948. Married four times, Kirkwood had no children. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and a chest infection. She died in Ilkley, northern England on December 25, 2007.

Elmir Kuduzovic (26) former contestant on the ongoing Serbian "Big Brother" reality show, Veliki Brat. Kuduzovic was driving on an icy Serbian highway when he lost control of his car after entering a corner at too high a speed. The car flipped on its roof and flew into the Vukodraz River. Kuduzovic was killed along with his two passengers, fellow former contestants Zorica Lazic (24) and Stevan Zecevic (23), near the village of Usce, Serbia on December 28, 2007.

Irv Letofsky (76) former editor of the Los Angeles Times's "Sunday Calendar" section whose leadership during the '80s inspired a more serious approach to reporting on Hollywood, like spotlighting the film industry's excessively complicated and sometimes devious accounting practices and covering other stories that the Hollywood elite didn't want told. More recently Letofsky was a TV critic for the Hollywood Reporter. He died of liver cancer in Los Angeles, California on December 23, 2007.

Hugh Massingberd (60) former obituaries editor who developed the obituary into entertaining and irreverent brilliance at the London Daily Telegraph (1986-94). A parade of quirky characters took their last bows in the Telegraph during Massingberd's term—remarkable enough to be included in a series of anthologies. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2004. He died in London, England on December 25, 2007.

Thomas Morgan 3rd (56) former reporter and editor at the New York Times and the first openly gay president (1989-91) of the National Association of Black Journalists, who helped to expand its training programs and increase its membership and assets. Morgan died of an AIDS-related heart attack in Southampton, Massachusetts on December 24, 2007.

Dianne Ogden (61) music talent coordinator and former assistant to music producer Phil Spector, one of four women to testify at his trial in 2007 about his threatening them with guns. Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, shot to death at his Alhambra, Calif. mansion on Feb. 3, 2003. Ogden was the second woman called by the prosecution to bolster its case that Spector followed a pattern of luring women to his home, drinking, then pulling guns on them when they tried to leave. After jurors failed to reach a verdict, the judge declared a mistrial and a retrial is scheduled for 2008. Ogden died in her sleep in Park City, Utah on December 29, 2007.

Hans Otte (81) German avant-garde composer and pianist. Otte initiated and organized the Pro Musica Nova festival in the northern city of Bremen starting in 1961, making a name for himself as a promoter of modern music. His own output ranged from musical theater to video production. He died in Berlin, Germany on December 25, 2007.

Marie-Jeanne Pelus (87) American ballerina long associated with George Balanchine and a member of the New York City Ballet during its first season in 1948. Known professionally as simply Marie-Jeanne, Pelus danced sporadically with other companies over the years. Although she performed roles by many choreographers, she was always primarily associated with the Balanchine repertory. She died of congestive heart failure in Austin, Texas on December 28, 2007.

Oscar Peterson (82) Canadian jazz pianist whose dazzling keyboard artistry and improvisations made him one of the world's most famous popular musicians. During his long career, Peterson played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. He was also remembered for the trio he led with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis in the '50s. His awards included all of Canada's highest honors, such as the Order of Canada, plus eight Grammys, including one for lifetime achievement in 1997. Peterson died of kidney failure in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Canada on December 23, 2007.

G. P. Sippy (93) Indian filmmaker and director whose 1975 blockbuster Sholay (Embers) remains the most famous Hindi movie and the biggest commercial success for Bollywood. It was loosely styled after The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven, and has been called India's first "curry western." Sippy died of liver and other age-related ailments in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India on December 25, 2007.

Tab Thacker (45) NCAA championship wrestler who appeared in two Police Academy films and other movies. Before acting, Thacker was a three-time All-American wrestler at North Carolina State University. The 6-foot-4 Thacker, who once weighed almost 450 pounds, got his first movie role when Clint Eastwood saw his photograph in Time magazine and cast him as a bouncer in City Heat (1984). After his acting career ended, Thacker operated Heavyweight Bail Bonds in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he died of complications from diabetes on December 27, 2007.

Shu Uemura (79) Japanese beautician who parlayed success as a Hollywood make-up artist into an international cosmetics brand under his name. Uemura started his career as an assistant on a US movie; his big opportunity came during the filming of My Geisha (1962), starring Shirley MacLaine, when her make-up artist fell ill and Uemura stood in. Returning to Tokyo in the '60s, he launched a skin-cleansing oil followed by a range of make-up focused on fashion trends. He later opened stores in cities including Paris, New York, and London. His company became part of the L'Oreal SA group in 2004. Uemura died of pneumonia in Tokyo, Japan on December 29, 2007.


Politics and Military

Ben Altamirano (77) New Mexico State Senate president pro tem, longest-serving member of the state legislature. Altamirano had represented State District 28, which encompasses most of Catron, Grant, and Socorro counties, since 1971. During the last legislative session, he sponsored the Senate's version of a statewide minimum wage bill and supported a ban on cockfighting; both controversial measures passed. In recent years, he had suffered a heart attack, for which he underwent surgery. He died in Silver City, New Mexico on December 27, 2007.

John L. Batherson (85) decorated World War II veteran and a Maine judge for 36 years. Batherson flew 21 combat missions in Europe as a radio operator and gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. He and his crew were shot down behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia and evaded German troops for a month before making their way to safety. After the war, he earned a law degree and practiced law in Rumford, Maine. He was appointed a municipal judge by Gov. Edmund Muskie in 1958 and later was a district judge until his retirement at age 72 in '94. He died in Lewiston, Maine on December 27, 2007.

Benazir Bhutto (54) Pakistani opposition leader, the first woman ever to lead a Muslim state. Bhutto was twice elected prime minister of Pakistan, sworn in for the first time in 1988 but removed from office 20 months later under orders of then-President Ghulam Ishaq Khan on grounds of alleged corruption. She was reelected in 1993 and later removed in '95 on similar charges, that time by President Farooq Leghari. Bhutto went into self-imposed exile in Dubai in 1998, where she remained until she returned to Pakistan in late 2007 after reaching an understanding with President Pervez Musharraf by which she was granted amnesty and all corruption charges were withdrawn. She was assassinated in a combined shooting and suicide bombing attack, along with at least 12 other people, at one of a series of open rallies she had insisted on holding since her return, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on December 27, 2007.

Bob Burgreen (69) former San Diego police chief (1988-93). Burgreen was adept at managing a large police department, dealing with community groups, and pleasing the various political interests on the City Council during an era when crime was a major issue. The number of officer-involved shootings in the city dropped by half during his tenure. Stricken with a lung infection, he died a week after receiving a lung transplant, in Los Angeles, California on December 27, 2007.

Tom Downs (91) expert in election law who helped to draft Michigan's current constitution. Downs was a vice president at the constitutional convention in 1963 when the constitution was adopted and was an expert on its history. He died of pneumonia in East Lansing, Michigan on December 26, 2007.

Evelyn Gandy (87) only woman elected to three statewide offices in Mississippi. In a political career that spanned 40 years, Gandy, a Democrat, was the first woman in Mississippi ever elected to the offices of state representative, state treasurer, insurance commissioner, and lieutenant governor. Only the first post involved a local campaign. Gandy suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy, similar to Parkinson's disease, and died outside Hattiesburg, Mississippi on December 23, 2007.

Haig Kehiayan (80) retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. After 32 years in private practice as a lawyer in LA, Kehiayan was appointed to the bench by former Gov. George Deukmejian in 1988. He served for 10 years in downtown LA, San Fernando, and Lancaster and was supervising judge for three years. He stepped down in 1998 but continued to hear cases by assignment until 2001. He died in his sleep in Canyon Country, California on December 25, 2007.

David N. Kennedy (71) former director of the California Department of Water Resources in the '80s and '90s who faced the challenges of a five-year drought and three major floods during his record 15 years in office. The department operates the State Water Project, the largest state-run water and power system in the nation. As California's "water czar," Kennedy planned and managed the water resources for more than 30 million people. He died in Sacramento, California on December 23, 2007.

Bryan Joseph Tutten (34) son of St. Augustine guitarist and folk singer Tom Tutten (d. 2001). The younger Tutten enlisted in the US Army in 2001, serving as a rifleman and squad leader of an infantry company, and deployed for his second tour of duty in Iraq in November 2006. He later served with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was due to come home in 45 days. Sgt. Bryan Tutten was killed in a war-related roadside bombing incident in Baghdad, Iraq on December 25, 2007.

George D. Warrington (55) former NJ Transit executive director who led one of the nation's busiest rail and bus systems for almost five years. During Warrington's tenure, the system added 100 trains to the schedule and increased or extended trips on more than 50 bus routes. He won praise for helping to create thousands of commuter parking spaces around the state and improving its budgeting process. He also improved the rail system's on-time performance and oversaw the 2006 debut of the agency's multilevel trains, which feature wider aisles, more leg room, and added seating. Warrington, who left office last March, died of pancreatic cancer in Mendham, New Jersey on December 24, 2007.


Society and Religion

Juan Arzube (89) Catholic bishop known as an advocate of Mexican-American Catholics in Los Angeles and a social activist on their behalf. A clergyman for 53 years, Arzube fell under suspicion in 2003 when he was accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy years earlier. He denied the charges, but his case was part of the record-breaking settlement the archdiocese reached with hundreds of plaintiffs in the summer of 2007. He had been in failing health since 2002 and died in West Los Angeles, California on December 25, 2007.

Luella Charlton (109) one of the oldest residents in Oregon who remarked in an interview in 2000 about the time she drove her first car during Salem's 1918 Armistice Day celebration. Charlton died in Salem, Oregon on December 23, 2007.

Jack Cummer (??) grandfather of Andrea Joesbury (23), one of 65 victims of Canadian serial killer Robert ("Willie") Pickton, last seen in June 2001. Cummer commissioned the song, "Missing," dedicated to Vancouver's missing women, and it was played outside the courthouse when Pickton was convicted of killing six of them. Cummer slipped on an icy driveway and broke his hip, then died in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada on December 23, 2007.

Marie-Louise L'Huillier (112) second-oldest person in France and one of the 14th-oldest living people in the world who had outlived the average life expectancy of women in 1900 by over 60 years, but was still some 10 years behind Jeanne Calment, the oldest person ever, also from France. L'Huillier died in New Caledonia, France on December 28, 2007.

Aloisio Cardinal Lorscheider (83) one of Latin America's most influential cardinals. Lorscheider twice was president of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (1971-78). He also presided over the Latin American Episcopal Council, known as CELAM, in 1976. He created a stir in 1998 when he doubted the healing effects of popular tiny rice-paper pills linked to Friar Galvao, who earlier this year became Brazil's first native-born saint. Lorscheider had been hospitalized several times this year, including all this month because of a heart condition. He died in São Paulo, Brazil on December 23, 2007.

Msgr. Heliodore Mejak (98) leader of a Kansas City Catholic church for 63 years. The Archdiocese of Kansas City believes Mejak was the nation's oldest active priest. He was ordained in 1935 and served under seven popes. He said his first Mass at Holy Family Church on Aug. 1, 1944 and never left. Mejak died in Kansas City, Kansas on December 25, 2007.

Nonja the Orangutan (55) Sumatran orangutan, believed to be the world's oldest. Born on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Nonja had slowed down in recent years because of her age. A typical life span for Sumatran orangutans is 40-50 years. Nonja was found dead at the Miami Metro Zoo, her home since 1983, in Miami, Florida on December 29, 2007.

Rhoda Pritzker (93) widow of Chicago businessman and lawyer Jack Pritzker (d. 1979). a founder of the Hyatt hotel chain. Rhoda Pritzker was born in Manchester, England and worked as a journalist for several media outlets, including the BBC. She immigrated to the US, where she continued working as a journalist. She later became a philanthropist and served on many boards including the Theater School at DePaul University, the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota Bay, Fla., and the New College of Florida. She died in Casey Key, Florida on December 23, 2007.

Carlos Sousa Jr. (17) San Jose teen mauled to death by Tatiana, a 4-year-old 300-pound Siberian tiger at the San Franciso Zoo. The tiger had escaped from her pen, apparently after being taunted by Sousa and two other young men (who were critically wounded), but was shot and killed by police during the attack. Tatiana had attacked the zookeeper during a public feeding in 2006. Sousa died in San Francisco, California on December 25, 2007.

Gwendolyn Tose-Rigell (56) principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, where President George W. Bush was reading to a classroom of pupils when he learned of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Tose-Rigell died of breast cancer in Sarasota, Florida on December 26, 2007.

Fredia Ann Veitch (30) Florida mother of two ejected from her car when she was hit by another vehicle driven by former New York Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz. Investigators believed Leyritz ran a red light. He was arrested on charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, then released on $11,000 bond. Veitch died of her injuries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 28, 2007.


Sports

Dale Baird (72) thoroughbred racehorse trainer with more than 9,400 victories. Baird had trained in West Virginia since the '60s. He was killed in a crash along an icy highway when he lost control of his pickup truck while hauling a livestock trailer on Interstate 70 near Greenfield, Ind., along with two teenagers whose car broadsided the truck about 20 miles east of Indianapolis. Police said strong winds and a slick road most likely contributed to the crash, which happened after Baird's truck crossed a median and slid into oncoming traffic. He was headed to Martinsville, Illinois to spend Christmas with his mother and family, on December 23, 2007.

Jim Beauchamp (68) former major league player and longtime Atlanta Braves coach. Beauchamp was bench coach for the Braves (1991-98) during the team's transformation from last place to a perennial contender and most recently was supervisor of the club's minor-league field operations. He spent 22 years with the Braves as part of a 50-year career in the major and minor leagues. Beauchamp had a 10-year major-league career as a first baseman and an outfielder with St. Louis, Houston, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and the New York Mets, playing his last major league game with the Mets in 1973. He died of leukemia in Atlanta, Georgia on December 25, 2007.

Oliver Jackson (87) former Abilene (Texas) Christian track and field coach whose athletes won four Olympic gold medals and set 15 world records. Jackson was head track and field coach at Abilene Christian for 16 years (1948-63); his teams won three NAIA titles (1952, '54-55). He was inducted into seven halls of fame, including the US Track & Field Coaches Association, the NAIA, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He died in Abilene, Texas on December 26, 2007.

George Latka (93) former lightweight fighter in Los Angeles in the '40s who later became a boxing referee, judge, and trainer. Latka had a pro record of 26-7-9, with three knockouts (1937-42). He headlined many fight cards at the old Hollywood Legion Stadium and the Olympic Auditorium in LA. He died in Huntington Beach, California on December 27, 2007.

Andreas Matzbacher (25) Austrian cyclist who began his professional career with Italy's Saeco in 2004 and at his death was riding with Austria's Team Volksbank. Matzbacher was killed in a car crash in Graz, southern Austria on December 24, 2007.

Stu Nahan (81) longtime Los Angeles sportscaster also familiar to movie fans for his appearances in the series of Rocky films. Nahan also appeared in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the TV movie Brian's Song. A former minor league hockey goalie, he had been a sports anchor for three different TV stations in LA. He retired from TV in 1999 and most recently did pre- and postgame radio shows for the LA Dodgers. Nahan had battled lymphoma since being diagnosed in January 2006. He died in Studio City, California on December 26, 2007.

H. D. Thoreau Jr. (84) leading track-and-field expert and Olympic official known for his passion for statistics and athletics. A distant cousin of writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, H. D. Thoreau Jr. was cocommissioner for track-and-field events at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and oversaw the renovation of LA Memorial Coliseum facilities that included the installation of the composition track with new curbs for better drainage and safer running. He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease and a stroke in Palo Alto, California on December 29, 2007.


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