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Smith W. Bagley, philanthropic businessmanArthur E. Bartlett, cofounder of Century 21 real estate companyHabib Bourguiba Jr., son of Tunisia’s first presidentErica Boyer, retired porn actressJean Carroll, ‘50s TV and nightclub comedienneCahal, Cardinal Daly, Irish Roman Catholic prelateLhasa de Sela, Mexican-American singer and songwriterDavid Gerber, award-winning TV producerJ. C. Gipson, popular Harlem GlobetrotterDeborah Howell, veteran journalistDennis Jones, former FedEx chief information officerJames Kavanaugh, former Catholic priestDavid Levine, painter, illustrator, and caricaturistRuth Lilly, heiress to pharmaceutical fortuneDan Naddor, real estate broker turned crossword puzzle constructorJoe R. Nevarez, Mexican-American copy boy turned reporterGloria Nord, ‘Sonja Henie of roller skating’Bill Powell, black golfer who built his own golf courseShirley Rich, Broadway and Hollywood casting directorDale Rickards, movie horse wranglerIsaac Schwartz, Russian film composerJames Owen Sullivan (‘The Rev’), drummer with Avenged SevenfoldJeanette Scola Trapani, survived 1906 San Francisco earthquakeWilliam Tuohy, Pulitzer-winning journalistFreya von Moltke, widow of WWII anti-Nazi resistance fighterMilt Wagenheim, operated LA dry cleaning businessAbdurrahman Wahid, former president of IndonesiaClaire L. Walters, woman pilot who cofounded air raceRachel Wetzstoen, successful poetJoseph M. Wilcots, trailblazing black cinematographerJohn Wilder, former Tennessee lieutenant governorSteve (‘Dr. Death’) Williams, pro wrestlerSeymour Wittek, former US Coast GuardsmanLeo Yao Liang, imprisoned Chinese bishopEugene Zinn, Holocaust survivor

Art and Literature

David Levine (83) painter and illustrator whose satirical and rarely flattering caricatures of the famous were the visual trademark of the New York Review of Books for nearly 50 years. Levine is shown above with one of his many depictions of Richard M. Nixon, a favorite subject. He died of prostate cancer nine days after his 83rd birthday, in New York City on December 29, 2009.

Rachel Wetzstoen (42) poet whose work was known for its examination of the solitary lives of single women. The author of three poetry collections, Wetzsteon was poetry editor of the New Republic. She had been depressed in recent months, partly over the breakup of a three-year romance. She was found dead, an apparent suicide, at her home in New York City on December 28, 2009.

Business and Science

Smith W. Bagley (74) business executive, philanthropist, and major contributor to national Democrat candidates. An heir to the R. J. Reynolds tobacco fortune, Bagley was chief executive of SBI, a cellular telephone company in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado that he started in 1989. He died of a stroke in Bethesda, Maryland on January 2, 2010.

Arthur E. Bartlett (76) cofounder of the Century 21 real estate company, now a subsidiary of Realogy Corp. Bartlett and Marshall Fisher opened the first Century 21 office in Santa Ana, Calif. in 1971. The concept involved conversion franchising, in which independent real estate agents united under the same brand. Century 21 now has 7,700 franchise offices in dozens of countries. Bartlett, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses, died in Coronado, California on December 31, 2009.

Dennis Jones (57) former FedEx chief information officer. Jones retired from FedEx in 2000 after 25 years with the company. Under his guidance, FedEx launched its web site in 1994 and became the first shipping company to allow its customers to track packages online. Jones was found dead at his home in Memphis, Tennessee on December 28, 2009. Authorities said evidence at the scene pointed to suicide.

Milt Wagenheim (91) small businessman who for 32 years (1956-88) operated Civic Cleaners in downtown Los Angeles and was nicknamed the Mayor of 2nd Street. Wagenheim’s shop on 2nd Street between Broadway and Hill Street was frequented by lawyers, judges, journalists, police officers, and other downtown workers. He died in Long Beach, California on December 29, 2009.

Claire L. Walters (85) woman pilot and flight instructor who ran her own flight school for 27 years in Santa Monica and cofounded the annual Palms to Pines Air Race for women. Walters died of heart failure after surgery in Los Angeles, California on January 1, 2010.

News and Entertainment

Erica Boyer (53) retired porn actress. Boyer was killed in a traffic accident nine days after her 53rd birthday, in Panama City Beach, Florida on December 31, 2009.

Jean Carroll (98) comedienne of the ‘40s and ’50s whose wit, timing, glamour, and humor made her one of the first female stars of mainstream stand-up comedy. A frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show, Carroll was widely credited with having blazed the trail for female stand-up comics who came after her, including Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, and Lily Tomlin. She died in White Plains, New York on January 1, 2010.

Lhasa de Sela (37) Mexican-American singer and songwriter who became an international star after moving to Canada. De Sela, who performed under the single name Lhasa, sang in English, Spanish, and French. She died of breast cancer, which she had been battling for almost two years, in Montreal, Canada on January 1, 2010.

David Gerber (86) award-winning TV producer who won Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards for his TV shows, including Police Story, Police Woman, and the TV movie Flight 93. Gerber died of heart failure in Los Angeles, California on January 2, 2010.

J. C. Gipson (77) for more than 20 years (since 1952) a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Gipson was one of six Globetrotters animated in the popular Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoon series in the ‘70s. He died of a heart attack in San Bernardino, California on December 30, 2009.

Deborah Howell (68) longtime journalist and veteran editor who helped to lead two news organizations to three Pulitzer Prizes. Most recently ombudsman for the Washington Post (2005-08), Howell was a former editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press (two Pulitzers) and the Minneapolis Star and was Washington bureau chief for Newhouse Newspapers when her staff won a Pulitzer. While vacationing with her husband, Howell was struck and killed by a car as she crossed a street near Blenheim, New Zealand on January 1, 2010.

Dan Naddor (53) real estate broker who coped with cancer diagnosed in 2005 by learning to construct crossword puzzles that were regularly published in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. Naddor died of cancer in Newport Beach, California on December 28, 2009.

Joe R. Nevarez (97) copy boy turned reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the newspaper’s first Mexican-American staff writers. A founding member of the California Chicano News Media Association, Nevarez joined the Times as a copy boy in 1930 and began earning by-lines in the early ‘50s as a reporter in the business section. Over the next 26 years, he specialized in coverage of the oil industry and corporate earnings until his retirement in 1977.

 He died in Monterey Park, California on December 29, 2009.

Gloria Nord (87) theatrical skating sensation of the ‘40s and ‘50s who thrilled audiences with her agility on roller skates and later on ice. Nord died in Mission Viejo, California on December 30, 2009.

Shirley Rich (87) New York casting director who for 50 years scoured the country for little-known actors—with names like Judd Hirsch, Sean Penn, and Tom Cruise—to perform their first roles in Broadway plays and Hollywood films. Rich famously cast Yul Brynner in the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway musical The King & I (1951). She died in Greenwich, Connecticut on December 28, 2009.

Dale Rickards (88) retired Los Angeles mounted policeman who wrangled horses for Hollywood movie shoots and turned his Malibu ranch into a fake western town for location photography. Rickards died of emphysema in the hills above Malibu, California on December 29, 2009.

Isaac Schwartz (86) Russian composer whose music accompanied some of the most popular movies of the Soviet era. Schwartz wrote the music for a total of 110 movies and 35 theatrical performances. He died of a stroke outside St. Petersburg, Russia on December 27, 2009.

James Owen Sullivan (28) drummer and backup vocalist for the southern California band Avenged Sevenfold, which won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. Sullivan, who went by the stage name "The Rev,” was found dead at his home in Huntington Beach, California on December 28, 2009.

William Tuohy (83) Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent. Tuohy won his international reporting Pulitzer in 1969 for his coverage of the Vietnam War as the Los Angeles Times’s Saigon bureau chief. He also headed up the Times’s Beirut, Rome, and London bureaus during his 29 years (1966-95) at the paper. He died after open heart surgery in Santa Monica, California on December 31, 2009.

Joseph M. Wilcots (70) black cinematographer whose credits include the landmark ‘70s TV miniseries Roots and Roots: The Next Generations. Wilcots also worked on TV series such as The FBI and Mission: Impossible and on films such as The Learning Tree, The Last Picture Show, The Cowboys, and Lady Sings the Blues. He died of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2008, in Lancaster, California on December 30, 2009.

Steve (Dr. Death) Williams (49) former offensive lineman and All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma best known for his work in professional wrestling. Williams was a big star in Japan in the ‘80s and ‘90s, forming a tag team with the late Terry Gordy and holding numerous pro wrestling titles there. He died of throat cancer in Lakewood, Colorado on December 29, 2009.

Politics and Military

Habib Bourguiba Jr. (82) former foreign minister (1964-70) and only son of Tunisia’s independence leader and first president (1957-87), Habib Bourguiba (d. 2000). Habib Bourguiba Jr. also was an ambassador to Washington, Rome, and Paris and founded a Tunisian bank for economic development. He died in Tunis, Tunisia on December 28, 2009.

Freya von Moltke (98) prominent member of the German anti-Nazi resistance in World War II. Von Moltke was born in Germany but had lived in Vermont since 1960. In her writings after the war, she described her life in the resistance with her husband, Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, who cofounded the anti-Nazi Kreisau Circle and was executed for his activities in 1945. Freya von Moltke died after suffering a recent viral infection, in Norwich, Vermont on January 1, 2010.

Abdurrahman Wahid (69) former Indonesian president who ruled briefly during the nation’s first tumultuous years of democracy (1999-2001). Wahid was a proponent of moderate Islam and a democratic reformer who ultimately was unable to implement his ambitious ideas in the vast island state of 235 million people. He died of a clogged artery in Jakarta, Indonesia on December 30, 2009.

John Wilder (88) former lieutenant governor of Tennessee, a Democrat first elected to the state Senate for one term in 1958, then again in ‘66, serving through 2008. Wilder died four days after suffering a massive stroke, in Memphis, Tennessee on January 1, 2010.

Seymour Wittek (88) former US Coast Guardsman who in 1943 helped to battle a fire that threatened to destroy New York Harbor during World War II and 60 years later won recognition for his unit’s heroism. Wittek died in the Bronx, New York on December 30, 2009.

Eugene Zinn (85) Czechoslovakian-born Holocaust survivor who spent three years in Nazi death camps and later regularly lectured about the horror of that experience. Zinn was the only member of his immediate family (parents and three siblings) to survive; more than 80 of his close relatives were killed by the Nazis. He died of pneumonia in Northridge, California on December 27, 2009.

Society and Religion

Cahal, Cardinal Daly (92) Roman Catholic prelate who led the church in Ireland during some of the worst years of Irish Republican Army violence. Daly was bishop (1982-90) of Down and Connor, which includes Belfast, and frequently used that pulpit to denounce the killings and policies of the IRA and its allied Sinn Fein party. He died in hospital four days after admission for heart problems, in Belfast, Ireland on December 31, 2009.

James Kavanaugh (81) former Catholic priest who gained fame with his controversial best-seller, A Modern Priest Looks at His Outdated Church (1967), calling for reform in the church, and later wrote best-selling books of poetry and other works. Kavanaugh, who underwent surgery for an aortic aneurysm in July, died in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 29, 2009.

Ruth Lilly (94) heiress and philanthropist, the last surviving great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly. Ruth Lilly gave away much of her inheritance from the Eli Lilly & Co. fortune. Court documents showed in 2002 that she had bequeathed nearly $500 million to charitable and arts-related groups, including an estimated $100 million to Poetry magazine. She died in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 30, 2009.

Jeanette Scola Trapani (107) one of the oldest survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Trapani had clear memories of the disaster, including the terrible smell of the smoke from the burning city, even though she was only 4 years old at the time. She was born on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill in 1902 and was raised in the city. She died of pneumonia in El Dorado Hills, California on December 28, 2009.

Leo Yao Liang (87) bishop in China’s underground church imprisoned for more than 28 years under the Communists. Yao Liang died in Xiwanzi, China on December 30, 2009.


Bill Powell (93) black golfer honored last August as a racial pioneer in American golf more than 60 years after building his own golf course in Canton, Ohio in 1948 because he was barred from playing at public courses. Powell died of a stroke in Canton, Ohio on December 31, 2009.

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