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Dolla, Atlanta rapperCharles Donald Albury, copilot of plane that dropped atomic bomb on NagasakiWayne Allwine, voice of Mickey MouseMario Benedetti, Uruguayan writerJohn Brown Jr., WWII Navajo Code TalkerDaniel Carasso, businessman who popularized yogurt worldwideCarol Cole, adopted daughter of jazz crooner Nat ('King') ColeDavid Herbert Donald, Pulitzer-winning Lincoln historianJustin Doucet, Louisiana school shooting suspectArthur Erickson, Canadian architectDan Foster, longtime South Carolina sportswriterRobert F. Furchgott, Nobel Prize-winning pharmacologistSlava Giebel, German heavy metal guitaristLucy Gordon, British actressCmdr. Luther H. Hook 3rd, decorated Navy pilotMohamed Alaa Hosni Mubarak, grandson of Egpytian presidentKrishna Pattabhi Jois, yoga teacherBrig. Gen. Frederick J. Karch, US Marine Corps veteranHim Mark Lai, Chinese-American historianRev. Franklin H. Littell, pioneer in Holocaust studiesMaria Amelia Lopez, world's oldest bloggerDavid Glenn Lunceford, former Chicago Cardinals linemanSam Maloof, woodworker and furniture designerEva Martin, last daughter of Kentucky Civil War veteranRoberto Martinez, advocate for migrants' rightsNicholas Maw, British composerRolf K. McPherson, evangelist son of famed preacherThomas K. Minter, early top official in federal Education DepartmentRoh Moo-hyun, former president of South KoreaVelupillai Prabhakaran, founder of Sri Lanka's Liberation TigersElizabeth Perkins Prothro, SMU benefactorChristopher Randolph, president and CEO of Marine Corps Scholarship FoundationLarry Rice, USAC championMichael Lynn Riley, Texas killerBarbara Rudnik, German actressDr. Turkan Saylan, Turkish physicianGabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis, wife of AZ Diamondbacks’ pitcher Scott SchoeneweisBrooke Shearer, former aide to Hillary ClintonDennis Skillicorn, Missouri killerClint Smith, hockey Hall of FamerLee Solters, Broadway and Hollywood publicistJoan A. Stanton, '40s stage and radio actressDarryl Stephens, ex-football player and registered sex offenderButch Stone, singer and saxophonist with Les Brown's Band of RenownTogo W. Tanaka, journalist at WWII Japanese detention centerRalph D. Winter, Christian missionaryOleg Yankovsky, popular Russian actorHerbert York, atomic physicistYehoshua Zettler, Israeli militant

Art and Literature

Mario Benedetti (88) Uruguayan writer whose novels and poems reflect the life of Montevideo’s middle class and his own social commitment shaped by years in exile from a military dictatorship. Benedetti wrote more than 60 novels, poems, short stories, and plays. He suffered from respiratory and intestinal problems for more than a year and was released from a hospital on May 6. He died in the capital city of Montevideo, Uruguay on May 17, 2009.

Arthur Erickson (84) Canadian architect and urban planner whose structures respond to natural conditions. Erickson’s buildings include the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC (shown above); California Plaza in Los Angeles; Napp Laboratories in Cambridge, England; Kuwait Oil Sector Complex in Kuwait City; and Kunlun Apartment Hotel Development in Beijing. He died of complications from Alzheimer's disease, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 20, 2009.

Sam Maloof (93) designer and woodworker whose furniture was first prized for its simplicity and practicality by southern Californian homeowners in the ‘50s and later valued for its beauty and timelessness by collectors, museum curators, and US Presidents. Maloof died in the Alta Loma section of Rancho Cucamonga, California on May 21, 2009.

Business and Science

Daniel Carasso (103) businessman who helped to turn yogurt from an obscure ethnic food into an international staple through the Danone brand in Europe and Dannon in the US. Carasso died in Paris, France on May 17, 2009.

Robert F. Furchgott (92) pharmacologist who won a share of a 1998 Nobel Prize for his work with the gas nitric oxide, which led to new research on cardiovascular functions and the development of Viagra. Furchgott died in Seattle, Washington on May 19, 2009.

Dr. Turkan Saylan (74) Turkish physician who battled leprosy in her country and in 1989 founded a secularist association devoted to providing educational grants for poor children. Saylan died of cancer in Istanbul, Turkey on May 17, 2009.

Herbert York (87) physicist who helped to develop the atomic bomb during World War II, then later became an arms-control advocate and founding chancellor of UC San Diego. York died of leukemia in San Diego, California on May 19, 2009.


David Herbert Donald (88) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil War and the American South whose knowledge of Abraham Lincoln brought him a wide general audience. A professor emeritus at Harvard University, Donald won Pulitzers for biographies of abolitionist Charles Sumner and novelist Thomas Wolfe, but his books on Lincoln became his legacy. He died of heart failure while awaiting heart surgery in Boston, Massachusetts on May 17, 2009.

Krishna Pattabhi Jois (93) yoga teacher and practitioner famous for popularizing Ashtanga yoga in the West. Ashtanga focuses on strength, flexibility, and stamina; well-known practitioners in the West include singer Madonna and actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Jois died in Mysore, India on May 18, 2009.

Him Mark Lai (83) engineer and historian whose scholarship and treasure trove of archival documents guided generations of scholars to study the daily lives and struggles of Chinese-Americans. Lai was often called the dean of Chinese-American studies, a field that did not exist when he taught the first university-level course on Chinese-American history in 1969 at San Francisco State University. The author of more than 100 essays and 10 books in English and Chinese, Lai died of cancer in San Francisco, California, his birthplace, on May 21, 2009.

Thomas K. Minter (84) one of the first top officials in the new federal Education Department in 1980 who in '83 lost a politicized, racially charged campaign to head New York City schools. Minter died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York on May 22, 2009.

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro (89) philanthropist and longtime benefactor of Southern Methodist University, where the Perkins School of Theology bears her family’s name. Prothro's parents were founding contributors to the Dallas university in 1913 and in the early ‘40s endowed the theology school. The Perkins and Prothro families and their foundations have given more than $36.3 million to SMU. Prothro died in Wichita Falls, Texas on May 23, 2009.

Christopher Randolph (64) commander of a mortar battery with the US Marines in Vietnam and later president and chief executive of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation who helped the children of Marines to get a higher education. Randolph died of brain cancer in Melville, New York on May 22, 2009.

News and Entertainment

Roderick Anthony ("Dolla") Burton (21) Atlanta rapper whose song "Feelin’ Myself” was featured in the 2006 dance movie Step Up. Burton was shot in the head and killed outside a shopping mall while standing with a friend, in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2009. Police later arrested Aubrey Louis Berry (23) and charged him with murder.

Wayne Allwine (62) actor who voiced Mickey Mouse for more than 30 years, beginning in 1977. Allwine was the third man behind Mickey’s voice; the first was Walt Disney himself, then Jimmy MacDonald, who became Allwine’s mentor and passed him the reins after voicing the mouse for 30 years. Allwine's wife of 20 years, Russi Taylor, was the voice of Minnie Mouse. Allwine died of complications from diabetes in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2009.

Carol Cole (64) actress and adopted daughter of the late legendary jazz crooner and pianist Nat ("King") Cole (d. 1965). During her brief acting career (1966-76), Carol Cole played Ellie, daughter of title character Grady Wilson, in the short-lived '70s TV series Grady (a spinoff of the highly successful Sanford & Son), and had a minor role in the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Although considered the elder sister of jazz singer-songwriter Natalie Cole, Carol was actually Natalie's cousin; their mothers were sisters, and Carol was adopted by the Coles when she was orphaned as a child. Carol Cole had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and died on the same day that Natalie Cole underwent kidney transplant surgery, in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2009.

Slava Giebel (20) guitarist for the German Viking heavy metal band StrydegoR who had worked on the band’s debut album, Back on Ancient Traces, scheduled to be released later this month. Giebel was killed in a car accident outside Mecklenburg, Germany on May 23, 2009.

Lucy Gordon (28) British actress who appeared in a dozen films, including as reporter Jennifer Dugan in Spider-Man 3. Gordon portrayed British singer and actress Jane Birkin in the upcoming biopic Serge Gainsbourg (a heroic life) by Joann Sfar. Gordon was found dead in her apartment after apparently committing suicide by hanging, just two days before her 29th birthday, in Paris, France on May 20, 2009.

Nicholas Maw (73) one of Britain’s leading composers best known for his symphonic work "Odyssey” and his opera based on William Styron's novel, Sophie’s Choice. Maw had lived in the US since 1984 and died of heart failure in Washington, DC on May 19, 2009.

Barbara Rudnik (50) German actress whose cool demeanor and attractiveness were compared to those of American actress Lauren Bacall. Rudnik made a name for herself internationally with one of her first films, Kopfschuss, shown at the Cannes Film Festival in the early ‘80s, among many other memorable roles in several well-known foreign film productions. She died of breast cancer in Munich, Germany on May 23, 2009.

Lee Solters (89) longtime publicist who worked with some of the biggest names of Broadway and Hollywood. Solters worked on numerous legendary Broadway productions including Guys & Dolls, Funny Girl, The King & I, My Fair Lady, and plays by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Neil Simon. At one time or another, his client list included Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Cary Grant, Mae West, the Muppets, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Solters died in West Hollywood, California on May 18, 2009.

Joan A. Stanton (94) stage actress known as Joan Alexander in the ‘40s when she became the voice of Lois Lane on the radio version of The Adventures of Superman (played by Bud Collyer). Stanton performed on many radio shows, including Perry Mason, where she played secretary Della Street opposite Bartlett Robinson as the famous defense attorney. She died of an intestinal blockage in New York City on May 21, 2009.

Henry ("Butch") Stone (96) big-band singer and saxophonist who had a long association (1941-'90s) with Les Brown & His Band of Renown. That band was a fixture on Bob Hope’s TV specials and overseas tours to entertain American military personnel, and Stone took part in at least 18 Christmas tours. He died in Woodland Hills, California on May 19, 2009.

Togo W. Tanaka (93) former journalist and businessman whose reports on life inside the Manzanar internment camp exposed divisions in the Japanese-American community after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the tensions that eventually erupted in riots at the World War II-era detention center. Tanaka died in Los Angeles, California on May 21, 2009.

Oleg Yankovsky (65) versatile actor, one of Russia’s most beloved stage and screen stars. One of Yankovsky's last roles was as a religious leader and foe of Ivan the Terrible in Russian director Pavel Lungin’s film Tsar, screened earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival. Yankovsky died of cancer in Moscow, Russia on May 20, 2009.

Politics and Military

Charles Donald Albury (88) copilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Albury helped to fly the B-29 plane, named the Bockscar, that dropped the bomb on Aug. 9, 1945. He died of congestive heart failure in Orlando, Florida on May 23, 2009.

John Brown Jr. (88) Navajo Code Talker, a member of the original group recruited to develop what became an unbreakable code that confounded the Japanese during World War II. Several hundred Navajos were Code Talkers during the war, but a group of 29 that included Brown developed the code based on their native language; their role in the war wasn’t declassified until 1968. They received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2001. Brown died in Crystal, New Mexico on May 20, 2009.

Cmdr. Luther H. Hook 3rd (44) decorated Navy pilot, executive officer at western Nevada's Fallon Municipal Naval Air Station, where he had amassed over 2,700 flight hours in an F/A-18 Hornet, flying from the USS Kitty Hawk and other aircraft carriers. Hook was the No. 2 officer at the local naval airport, where he was responsible for all the administritive, disciplinary, and other detailed works on the base utility. He was killed in a small plane crash along with his three daughters, Kaitlyn (15), Rachel (12), and Mackenzie (9), near the airport outside Reno, Nevada on May 22, 2009.

Mohamed Alaa Hosni Mubarak (12) eldest grandchild of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. Mohamed Alaa Hosni Mubarak's father, prominent businessman Alaa Mubarak, is the president's elder son. The boy reportedly suffered from chronic childhood leukemia and was afflicted with food poisoning during Cairo's recent health crisis. He received treatment in Paris, France, where he died unexpectedly on May 18, 2009.

Frederick J. Karch (91) US Marine Corps brigadier general who led the first official ground combat troops into Vietnam. A Naval Academy graduate, Karch served in the Marine Corps for 27 years, from before World War II through the Vietnam War. He died of congestive heart failure in Arlington, Virginia on May 23, 2009.

Eva Martin (94) last living daughter of a Civil War veteran in Kentucky history. Martin's father, John Green Watson, was a private in the Union Army's 1st Kentucky Calvary, nicknamed the Wild Raiders, that fought in the Battle of Wildcat Mountain in the Laurel County-Rockcastle County area and later in the Battle of Perryville in October 1862. Martin was the 14th and last child born when her father was 79 in 1915 (he died when she was 5). Martin died in Bethelridge, Kentucky on May 21, 2009.

Roh Moo-hyun (62) former president (2003-08) of South Korea whose reputation as a corruption fighter was tarnished by bribery allegations that drew in his family and closest associates. Roh jumped to his death from a steep mountain cliff while hiking in the southern village of Bongha, South Korea on May 23, 2009.

Velupillai Prabhakaran (54) founder and guerrilla leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (also known as LTTE), a militant separatist group. Prabhakaran was accused of waging hundreds of suicide attacks, including the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and forcibly recruiting children for the military. He was believed to be among several LTTE rebel leaders killed in a missile attack off the coast of Mullaithivu, Sri Lanka on May 19, 2009.

Brooke Shearer (58) former journalist and personal aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton who directed the White House Fellows program and served in the Interior Department. Shearer was the daughter of Lloyd Shearer (d. 2001), who wrote Parade magazine’s "Personality Parade” feature under the pen name Walter Scott. She died of cancer in Washington, DC on May 19, 2009.

Thillaiyampalam Sivanesan (45) chief rebel leader of the militant offshoot Sea Tigers, the naval wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (also known as LTTE). Sivanesan, known by locals as Colonel Soosai, was wanted by the International Criminal Police Orginazation (Interpol) because court officials had issued an arrest warrant on several terrorism charges, including at least 29 suicide bomb attacks and sea piracy on several inshore patrol fast boats and merchant vessels on the north-eastern Sri Lankan coasts. He was among several LTTE rebels killed in a missile attack off the coast of Mullaithivu, Sri Lanka on May 18, 2009.

Yehoshua Zettler (91) one of the founding members of Irgun, a violent pre-state Jewish movement, and its more extreme faction, LEHI (Israel Freedom Fighters; aka the Stern Gang). Zettler was best known for planning the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte, a top UN envoy, in 1948. He died of a stroke in Israel on May 20, 2009.

Society and Religion

Justin Doucet (15) student at southeastern Louisiana's Larose-Cut Off Middle School who shot himself in the head after he fired a single errant shot over a schoolteacher's head in a seventh-grade classroom on May 18. Investigators said Doucet was apparently fascinated by the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and had detailed his plans in a journal to shoot four other students and himself. No one else was injured in the attack. He died in Houma, Louisiana on May 23, 2009.

Rev. Franklin H. Littell (91) pioneer in Holocaust studies who traced his interest in the subject to the revulsion he felt as a young Methodist minister while witnessing a big Nazi rally in Nuremberg in 1939. Littell was the author of more than 24 scholarly books and 1,000 articles on the Holocaust. He died in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, on May 23, 2009.

Maria Amelia Lopez (97) Spanish great-grandmother who described herself as the world’s oldest blogger and became a Web sensation as she expounded on current affairs and historicd events. Lopez started blogging in 2006 after her grandson created the site as a gift for her 95th birthday. The blog attracted a huge following, with more than 1.7 million hits, as she shared her thoughts on everything from life in Spain under Franco's dictatorship to the US-led invasion of Iraq. She died in Muxia, Spain on May 20, 2009.

Roberto Martinez (72) San Diego-born advocate for migrants’ rights at the US-Mexico border. Martinez was best known as former director of the American Friends Service Committee in San Diego. He had suffered three strokes over the last several weeks and died of complications from diabetes in Chula Vista, California on May 20, 2009.

Rolf K. McPherson (96) major figure in the Pentecostal movement who for 44 years guided the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Los Angeles, founded by his mother, charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson (d. 1944). Rolf McPherson died in Los Feliz, California on May 21, 2009.

Michael Lynn Riley (51) Texas convict who apologized repeatedly for stabbing and slashing to death young mother Wynona Harris (23) in 1986 at a store in Quitman while robbing her of about $1,000. Riley became the 15th condemned prisoner executed in the US's busiest death penalty state. He was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on May 19, 2009.

Dennis Skillicorn (49) Missouri convict condemned to death for the 1994 kidnapping, robbery, and murder of Richard Drummond, who stopped to offer help after a car carrying Skillicorn and two other men stalled along Interstate 70. At the time, Skillicorn was on parole after committing a previous murder. In the first Missouri execution since 2005, he was put to death by lethal injection in Bonne Terre, Missouri on May 20, 2009.

Ralph D. Winter (84) Christian missionary named one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals by Time magazine in 2005. In his missionary work, Winter aimed for isolated areas where people had not previously been exposed to Christianity. He died of multiple myeloma and lymphoma in Pasadena, California on May 20, 2009.


Dan Foster (80) longtime sports editor and columnist at the Greenville (SC) News. Foster retired in 2000 after 52 years at the Greenville News and the Greenville Piedmont. He annually covered the Super Bowl, World Series, Masters golf tournament, and Kentucky Derby and reported on the state’s two big sports universities—Clemson and the University of South Carolina. He also helped civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, a star athlete at segregated Sterling High School in Greenville, to get a football scholarship to Illinois. Foster died in Greenville, South Carolina on May 22, 2009.

David Glenn Lunceford (75) former Baylor and Chicago Cardinals offensive lineman. Lunceford was a two-way starting tackle at Baylor and played in the 1954 Gator Bowl and the ‘57 Sugar Bowl. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals and was one of two rookies who made the team in 1957. He was starting offensive guard for 12 games that season before injuries shortened his pro career. He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Tyler, Texas, about 100 miles east of Dallas, on May 23, 2009.

Larry Rice (63) former US Auto Club champion and 1978 Indy 500 corookie of the year with Rick Mears. Rice won the USAC Midget title in 1973 and was a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion. He started 650 USAC races over 24 years, then joined Gary Lee to host USAC’s Thunder series on ESPN in the ‘90s. Rice died of lung cancer in Brownsburg, Indiana on May 20, 2009.

Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis (39) wife of Arizona Diamondbacks left-handed relief pitcher Scott Schoeneweis. The couple had been married for 10 years and had four children, including Gabrielle’s daughter from a previous marriage. Gabrielle Schoeneweis was found unresponsive on the floor of the master bedroom at her home and died unexpectedly of an apparent aneurysm or a possible drug overdose, in Fountain Hills, Arizona on May 20, 2009.

Clint Smith (95) hockey Hall of Famer with the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers who twice won a league sportsmanship trophy. Smith played 11 years in the National Hockey League with New York (1936-43) and Chicago (1943-47) and was the only surviving member of the Rangers’ Stanley Cup-winning team in 1940. He died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 19, 2009.

Darryl Stephens (24) troubled football player who recently caused a coach’s suspension when he was allowed to play on the Pasadena City College football team despite his felon status as a registered sex offender wearing a government-issued GPS ankle bracelet. Stephens was one of two suspects wanted by the San Bernardino (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department in the May 5 slaying of Darron Henderson, shot and killed as he tried to break up a fight. Stephens was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head at his girlfriend’s apartment in Upland, California on May 18, 2009.

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