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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, January 16, 2010

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Miep Gies, hid Anne Frank from NazisTeddy Pendergrass, R&B singerJuliet Anderson, first woman producer of porn filmsEarl Barthé, New Orleans plastererMina Bern, one of last Yiddish theater actorsJack Block, psychologist who studied children from preschool to adulthoodJudi Chamberlin, leader in rights for psychiatric patientsBobby Charles, Cajun songwriterShirley Bell Cole, radio’s ‘Little Orphan Annie’Florence Marie Cooper, US District Court judgeGuy Day, advertising executiveRobben W. Fleming, president of University of MichiganDonald Goerke, Campbell Soup executiveAndy Hadjicostis, Cypriot publisherTony Halme, Finnish boxer turned politicianJ. Putnam Henck, owner of Santa’s Village near Lake ArrowheadLaura Chapman Hruska, cofounder and editor of Soho PressGeorge Jellinek, music director of NYC classical music radio stationSteven Lovelady, newspaper and magazine editorAlastair Martin, tennis championSir Allen McClay, Irish founder of Almac GroupBill Mulligan, college basketball coachMarshall W. Nirenberg, Nobel-winning biologistBob Noorda, graphic designerFelice Quinto, Italian celebrity photographerJay Reatard, garage-punk artistMarika Rivera, actress daughter of Mexican artist Diego RiveraEric Rohmer, French New Wave film directorJoe Rollino, former Coney Island strongmanArt Rust Jr., radio sports talk show hostHasib Sabbagh, cofounder of international construction companyCarl Smith, country singerCody Stephens, rodeo bull riderJohn Stevenson, El Segundo High School baseball coachDennis Stock, photographer known for his James Dean photoEd Thigpen, jazz drummerMary Thomas, mother of basketball star Isiah ThomasEdgar Vos, Dutch fashion designerHarriett Wieder, first woman elected to OC Board of SupervisorsJimmy Wyble, versatile guitaristTeh Fu Yen, environmental chemist

Art and Literature

Earl Barthé (87) fifth-generation New Orleans plasterer who created cornices, friezes, and ceiling medallions whose character and workmanship drew recognition from the Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Arts. Barthé died in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 11, 2010.

Laura Chapman Hruska (74) cofounder and editor in chief of Soho Press, an independent book publisher that specializes in literary fiction and exotic crime stories. Hruska died of cancer in New York City on January 16, 2010.

Bob Noorda (82) internationally known Dutch-born graphic designer who helped to introduce a Modernist look to advertising posters (notably for Pirelli tires), corporate logos, and, in the ‘60s, the entire New York subway system, for which he designed directional signs. Noorda died from complications of head trauma suffered in a fall, in Milan, Italy on January 11, 2010.

Dennis Stock (81) photographer best known for his iconic Life magazine photo of film legend James Dean walking through a rainy Times Square in a dark overcoat, taken just months before his death in a 1955 car crash. Diagnosed with colon and liver cancer a few weeks ago, Stock developed pneumonia in recent days and died in Sarasota, Florida on January 11, 2010


Business and Science

Jack Block (85) psychologist of personality and emeritus professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, where he had taught (1957-91), who in 1968 began studying a group of California preschoolers and for decades kept watch as they moved from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. Block died of complications from a spinal cord injury he suffered in 2000, in El Cerrito, California on January 13, 2010.

Guy Day (79) adman who teamed with fellow advertising executive Jay Chiat in 1968 to cofound the acclaimed Chiat/Day advertising agency in Los Angeles. The agency is credited with turning the Super Bowl into an "advertising showcase” in 1984 with the landmark Orwellian "1984” commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh personal computer.
 Day died in his sleep in Pflugerville, Texas on January 16, 2010.

Donald Goerke (83) Campbell Soup Co. executive behind the enduring brands SpaghettiOs and Chunky Soup. Goerke was marketing research director of Campbell’s Franco-American line in the early ‘60s when his group started dreaming up pasta in shapes that would appeal to kids, and later introduced Chunky Soup. He died of heart failure in Delran, New Jersey on January 10, 2010.

Andy Hadjicostis (41) most powerful publisher on Cyprus, director of the Dias Group. The tiny Mediterranean island remains ethnically divided between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and scarred by political violence that erupted after independence from Britain in 1960. Hadjicostis was shot dead outside his home by a gunman who fled with an accomplice on a motorcycle, in central Nicosia, Cyprus on January 11, 2010.

J. Putnam Henck (91) general contractor who built Santa’s Village in the ‘50s on family land near Lake Arrowhead and was owner-operator of the theme park during its final 20 years. It closed in 1998. Henck died of kidney failure in Skyforest, California on January 15, 2010.

Sir Allen McClay (77) Irish founder of pharmaceutical giant Almac Group. McClay founded pharmaceutical sales and marketing company Galen Ltd. in 1968 and later folded the company into the Almac Group, a Craigavon, Northern Ireland-based company that employs 2,500 people in Britain and the US. He died in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hospital, where he was being treated for cancer since falling ill during a November business trip, on January 12, 2010.

Marshall W. Nirenberg (82) biologist who in 1961 deciphered the genetic code of life, establishing the rules by which the genetic information in DNA is translated into proteins, the working parts of living cells, and winning a Nobel Prize for his achievement. Nirenberg died of cancer in New York City on January 15, 2010.

Hasib Sabbagh (90) cofounder in 1952 of the Consolidated Contractors Co. International, one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East, which thrived in some of the world’s most volatile regions. Sabbagh died in Cleveland, Ohio on January 12, 2010.

Edgar Vos (78) "emperor of Dutch fashion” who built a chain of 15 stores across the Netherlands, where he sold designer clothes cut to bring out the best in all figures and tailored to most budgets. Vos died of a heart attack in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital while on vacation, a day after being admitted with suspected pneumonia, on January 13, 2010.

Teh Fu Yen (83) environmental chemist and longtime University of Southern California professor who specialized in green technologies. With a team of graduate students, Yen developed a process to safely dispose of volatile solid rocket fuel using live bacteria and fungus to digest it.

 He died three days after his 83rd birthday, in West Covina, California on January 12, 2010.


Robben W. Fleming (93) president of the University of Michigan in the late ‘60s and ’70s who steered the school through a turbulent era of student protests, using his labor negotiator’s skills to help defuse crises before they could turn violent. Fleming died in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 11, 2010.

News and Entertainment

Juliet Anderson (71) US pornographic actress and first woman producer of porn films. Anderson went into the business when she was 39, joining the "golden era” of X-rated films and appearing in more than 70 of them. She created the on-screen persona "Aunt Peg" but left the business when her video Educating Nina (1984), which she produced and directed, proved a financial disaster. Anderson died in her sleep in Berkeley, California on January 11, 2010.

Mina Bern (98) versatile Polish-born actress and singer, one of the last links to New York’s historic Yiddish theater on lower Second Avenue, where, from the early 1900s, then-budding stars like Jacob Adler, Paul Muni, and Molly Picon offered laughter and melodrama to factory workers and tenement dwellers. A relative latecomer in 1949, Bern also took roles in Hollywood movies calling for older immigrant women, among them Crossing Delancey (1988), Avalon (1990), and I’m Not Rappaport (1996). She died of heart failure in New York City on January 10, 2010.

Bobby Charles (71) Louisiana Cajun singer-songwriter who wrote such hits as Fats Domino’s "Walking to New Orleans” and "See You Later Alligator” for Bill Haley & the Comets. Charles had diabetes and was in remission from kidney cancer. He died in Abbeville, Louisiana on January 14, 2010.

Shirley Bell Cole (89) woman who from age 10 to 19 played the title role in Little Orphan Annie on the radio in the ‘30s. Cole died in Arizona on January 12, 2010.

George Jellinek (90) Budapest-born former music director of the New York classical music radio station WQXR and host of a weekly program on opera singers and singing that ran on the station for 36 years (1968-84). Jellinek died in Sleepy Hollow, New York on January 16, 2010.

Steven Lovelady (66) editor who played a significant role in award-winning journalism at the Philadelphia Inquirer and at magazines owned by Time Inc. Lovelady died of throat cancer in Key West, Florida on January 15, 2010.

Teddy Pendergrass (59) rhythm and blues singer, one of the most successful figures in music until a car crash in 1982 left him in a wheelchair. Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury in the car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down—still able to sing but without his signature power. He underwent surgery for colon cancer in May but died of the disease in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he had been hospitalized ever since, on January 13, 2010.

Felice Quinto (80) celebrity photographer and likely model for the character Paparazzo in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita. Quinto was often referred to as the "king of the paparazzi”—a term derived from the character in the movie—and pioneered some of the aggressive tactics that celebrity photographers use to this day. He died of pneumonia in Rockville, Maryland on January 16, 2010.

Jay Reatard (29) Memphis garage-punk artist known for his energy, prolific output, and outlandish stage behavior. Reatard apparently died in his sleep; he was found dead in his Memphis, Tennessee home on January 13, 2010.

Marika Rivera (90) daughter of Mexican artist Diego Rivera. A film and stage actress who had little contact with or support from her father, Marika Rivera was the product of his tempestuous affair with Russian-born artist Marevna Vorobieff. She died of advanced dementia in Charlton Down, England on January 14, 2010.

Eric Rohmer (89) French New Wave film director internationally known for the long, philosophical conversations in My Night at Maud’s, Claire’s Knee, and other films about romantic relationships and modern love. Rohmer died in Paris, France on January 11, 2010.

Joe Rollino (104) strongman who once lifted 3,200 pounds at Coney Island during its heyday and was still bending quarters with his fingers at age 104. Rollino was struck by a minivan as he crossed Bay Ridge Parkway in Brooklyn, New York and suffered a broken pelvis, head trauma, and broken ribs. He died a few hours later at an area hospital on January 11, 2010.

Carl Smith (82) country music hitmaker of the ‘50s and ‘60s known for his dynamic voice and good looks. Smith had 41 chart singles during the ‘50s, including the hits "Are You Teasing Me,” "Back Up Buddy,” and "Hey Joe!” He was the first husband of singer June Carter, who later married Johnny Cash, and the father of singer Carlene Carter. Smith died in Franklin, Tennessee on January 16, 2010.

Ed Thigpen (79) jazz drummer often described as "Mr. Taste” for his sensitive accompaniment of instrumentalists and singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, and Billy Taylor. Thigpen, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, was hospitalized before Christmas with heart and lung problems and died in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 13, 2010.

Jimmy Wyble (87) guitarist of great range who played with country-western swing bandleader Bob Wills and with the Benny Goodman and Red Norvo jazz combos. Wyble died of heart failure in Altadena, California on January 16, 2010.

Politics and Military

Tony Halme (47) Finnish former lawmaker and boxer known as "The Viking” for his 6-foot-6 (195-cm) stance. Halme was a heavyweight boxer, pro wrestler, and bodyguard in the US before entering politics in Finland, where he served in the Finnish parliament (2003-07) for the radical True Finns Party. He was found dead, an apparent suicide, in his apartment in Helsinki, Finland on January 10, 2010.

Harriett Wieder (89) longtime assistant to former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty who later became the first woman elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, a male-only bastion for almost 100 years until her election in 1978. Wieder had been in poor health since a car accident in July. She was being treated for pneumonia and died of heart failure in Newport Beach, California on January 11, 2010.

Society and Religion

Judi Chamberlin (65) woman whose involuntary confinement in a mental hospital in the ‘60s inspired her to join a movement to guarantee basic human rights to psychiatric patients. After her release, Chamberlin began working with several organizations in the budding rights movement for mental health patients. She died of pulmonary disease in Arlington, Massachusetts on January 16, 2010.

Florence Marie Cooper (69) US District Court judge who presided over such high-profile cases as the Winnie the Pooh 20-year copyright dispute and a wrongful death suit brought against the city of Los Angeles by the family of rapper Christopher ("Notorious B.I.G.') Wallace. She died of lymphoma in Santa Monica, California on January 15, 2010.

Miep Gies (100) Dutch secretary who defied Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years (1942-44) during World War II and saved the teenager’s diary, later published as The Diary of Anne Frank (1947). Gies was the last of the non-Jews who supplied food and books to the secret annex behind the canal warehouse where Anne, her parents, sister, and four other Jews hid until they were discovered on an anonymous tip. Anne Frank died of typhus at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, just two weeks before the camp was liberated. Gies died from a neck injury sustained in a fall at her home shortly before Christmas, in Amsterdam, Netherlands on January 11, 2010.


Alastair Martin (94) longtime amateur tennis champion who helped to transform the game by opening major tournaments to professionals. Martin died in Katonah, New York on January 12, 2010.

Bill Mulligan (79) longtime college basketball coach in Orange County including 11 seasons at the University of California at Irvine, where he was 163-156 (1980-91). One of Mulligan’s former players, Scott Brooks, is now coach of the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder. Mulligan died of pneumonia in San Clemente, California on January 12, 2010.

Art Rust Jr. (82) pioneering figure in New York radio sports talk shows and a sports historian whose books focused on the interplay of race and athletics. In the ‘80s, Rust became a familiar voice with his Sportstalk show on WABC Radio. He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, in New York City on January 12, 2010.

Cody Stephens (23) Kansas City rodeo bull rider. For five straight years, Stephens made the American Cowboys Rodeo Association bull-riding finals. Eight seconds at a time, he won 48 champion belt buckles and two saddles and made a living on the rodeo circuit. Diagnosed last April with acute myeloid leukemia, he died in Kansas City, Kansas on January 16, 2010.

John Stevenson (76) baseball coach at El Segundo (Calif.) High School who racked up more victories than any other high school baseball coach in California history. Stevenson’s success was unrivaled in the state, with 1,059 victories and seven Southern Section titles. His teams made the playoffs in 42 of 50 seasons—including in 2009—and featured a handful of eventual major leaguers, including Hall of Famer George Brett.

 Stevenson suffered an apparent heart attack while driving; he was able to pull his vehicle over but was dead when paramedics arrived, near Marina del Rey, California on January 11, 2010.

Mary Thomas (86) mother of Hall of Fame basketball star and Florida International coach Isiah Thomas. Mary Thomas’s struggle to raise and protect her children from gang violence and drugs on Chicago’s West Side was turned into a TV movie, A Mother’s Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989), starring Alfre Woodard. Thomas died in suburban Chicago, Illinois on January 13, 2010.

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