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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, September 4, 2010

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John Arum, son of boxing promoterLarry Ashmead, book editorLeRoy A. Beavers Jr., insurance pioneerRobert P. Biller, USC administratorVance Bourjaily, novelist who taught at Iowa Writers’ WorkhopTom Braly, racehorse ownerRita Bronowski, patron of the artsMicky Burn, British WWII commandoPaul Conrad, political cartoonistAlain Corneau, French filmmakerMike Edwards, founding cellist of ELOLaurent Fignon, two-time Tour de France championWalter Goldschmidt, UCLA anthropology professorCammie King, played Rhett and Scarlett’s daughterGail J. Koff, silent law partner in Jacoby & MeyersMick Lally, Irish actorPeter Lenz, youngest licensed expert motorcycle racerJules Edward Loh, longtime AP reporterR. W. (‘Bob’) Loveless, designer and maker of sport knivesPatrick Merrill, mixed-media artist and printmakerEileen Nearne, British WWII secret agentKen Orsatti, former SAG directorSeymour Pine, NYPD officer who raided gay bar in 1969Mario Rubio, father of US Senate candidateRobert Schimmel, standup comicLarry Totah, LA architect and designerFrancisco Varallo, Argentine footballer

Art and Literature

Larry Ashmead (78) former book editor who worked with Isaac Asimov, Tony Hillerman, and other authors. Ashmead was known for his fascination with words and wordplay. His death in Hudson, New York was announced on September 3, 2010.

Vance Bourjaily (87) novelist whose literary career, like those of Norman Mailer and James Jones, came out of World War II and whose novels explored American themes for decades afterward. Bourjaily was also a teacher who spent more than 20 years at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and five years at the University of Arizona before starting the creative writing program at Louisiana State University. He died after slipping into a coma several days after a fall, in Greenbrae, California on August 31, 2010.

Rita Bronowski (92) San Diego arts patron who since the mid-‘70s had dedicated herself to preserving the legacy of her late husband, Jacob Bronowski (d. 1974), a scientist, philosopher, and poet perhaps best known for creating the PBS-TV series Ascent of Man. Rita Bronowski died in Pacific Palisades, California on September 2, 2010.

Paul Conrad (86) political cartoonist who won three Pulitzer Prizes in a career of more than 50 years. Conrad took on US Presidents from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush, mostly in the Los Angeles Times, where he worked for 30 years and helped the newspaper to raise its national profile. He died in the LA suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, California on September 4, 2010.

Patrick Merrill (61) mixed-media artist and printmaker, a former curator of Cal Poly Pomona’s W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery (1997-2009). Merrill had a studio in Covina where he made etchings, woodcuts, collographs, and monoprints. He died of colon cancer in Diamond Bar, California on August 31, 2010.

Business and Science

LeRoy A. Beavers Jr. (87) pioneering insurance executive from a prominent Los Angeles family. In 1925 Beavers’ uncle cofounded Golden State Mutual Life Insurance, a company dedicated to serving the black community of LA. LeRoy began his career working in the family business and in 1963 became one of the first blacks hired by white-owned Equitable Insurance. He was promoted to agency manager, the first black to hold that position with Equitable. He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2010.

Larry Totah (55) Los Angeles architect and designer who created the look of retail boutiques, restaurants, furniture, and home furnishings. Totah died of lymphoma in Los Angeles, California on September 3, 2010.


Robert P. Biller (73) longtime University of Southern California administrator whose posts (1976-2001) included dean of public administration, executive vice provost, vice president for external affairs, dean of admissions and financial aid, vice president for undergraduate affairs, and interim dean of the School of Policy, Planning & Development. Biller died in La Cañada Flintridge, California on August 29, 2010.

Walter Goldschmidt (97) anthropologist and longtime UCLA professor whose studies ranged from California farmers to East African cultures. Goldschmidt died in Pasadena, California on September 1, 2010.

News and Entertainment

Alain Corneau (67) French filmmaker who leaped to international attention with the 1991 hit Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World), a period drama about 17th-century musicians. The film won seven Cesar awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign film. Corneau died of cancer three weeks after his 67th birthday, in Paris, France, overnight on August 29–30, 2010.

Mike Edwards (62) founding cellist (1972-75) of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) band. Edwards was killed when a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van; the 600-kg (1,323-lb) bale rolled down a steep field, smashed through a hedge, and careened onto the road. Edwards died instantly in the freak accident in Devon, southern England, on September 3, 2010.

Cammie King (76) former child actress who played Bonnie Blue Butler, the doomed daughter of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). King also provided the voice for the young doe Faline in Walt Disney’s Bambi (1942). She died of lung cancer in Fort Bragg, California on September 1, 2010.

Mick Lally (64) popular Irish actor who helped to found the Druid Theater, a troupe in Galway that gained international exposure with productions of native plays. Lally was an Irish (and English) speaker who taught the Irish language, advocated for its continued use, and appeared in Irish films in both languages. He died in Dublin, Ireland on August 31, 2010.

Jules Edward Loh (79) longtime Associated Press reporter who, for most of his 40-year (1958-98) career, traveled the US, reaching every state, to write about the lives of famous and obscure Americans. Loh died of complications after recent abdominal surgery, in Tappan, New York on August 29, 2010.

Ken Orsatti (78) former national executive director of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG; 1981-2000). As the union’s chief negotiator, Orsatti brokered about 20 major contracts. He died of pulmonary disease in West Hills, California on August 31, 2010.

Robert Schimmel (60) standup comic, a frequent guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Schimmel was a passenger Aug. 26 in a car driven by his 19-year-old daughter Aliyah, who swerved to avoid another car; their vehicle rolled to the side of the freeway. Schimmel suffered serious injuries in the accident and died eight days later in Phoenix, Arizona on September 3, 2010.

Politics and Military

Micky Burn (97) British journalist, novelist, and World War II commando who flirted with fascism, embraced communism, and helped to save the life of a young Audrey Hepburn (d. 1993). Burn died of a stroke near Porthmadog in north Wales on September 3, 2010.

Mario Rubio (83) father of Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio of Florida. Mario Rubio had been suffering from emphysema and lung cancer. He died in Miami, Florida on September 4, 2010.

Society and Religion

John Arum (49) missing son of top boxing promoter Bob Arum. An experienced mountain climber and Seattle environmental attorney, John Arum failed to return from a solo weekend climbing trip. A five-day search ended when a helicopter located his body on a rugged Washington state mountain in North Cascades National Park on September 3, 2010.

Gail J. Koff (65) silent partner in the national law firm Jacoby & Meyers, a legal resource for the middle class that in 1977 started the first TV advertising campaign conducted by a law firm, just weeks after the US Supreme Court ruled that law firms, like any other business, could advertise their services. Koff died of leukemia in New York City on August 31, 2010.

Eileen Nearne (89) British heroine in the story of Nazi-occupied France, one of the secret agents who helped to prepare the French resistance for the D-Day landings in June 1944 by operating a secret radio link from Paris that was used to organize weapons drops to the resistance and to shuttle messages back and forth between them and controllers in London. Nearne died in Torquay, England on September 2, 2010.

Seymour Pine (91) former deputy police inspector who led the raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, on a hot summer night in 1969—an event that helped to start the gay liberation movement. In 2004 Pine apologized for his part in the raid, ordered by his superiors, which sparked several nights of rioting. Pine died in Whippany, New Jersey on September 2, 2010.


Tom Braly (72) businessman who owned several thoroughbred horses, notably the 3-year-old filly Evening Jewel, one of the best in the country this year, with six first-place and five second-place finishes in 12 starts with $876,943 in winnings. Braly died after a battle with head and neck cancer, seven years after he was diagnosed with leukemia, in Indian Wells, California on September 3, 2010.

Laurent Fignon (50) Tour de France champion who won cycling’s most prestigious race twice (1983-84) but was defeated by Greg LeMond in arguably the event’s greatest battle—in 1989. LeMond’s 8-second margin was the narrowest winning result in the history of the Tour. Fignon announced in June 2009 that he had advanced cancer of the digestive system and was undergoing chemotherapy. He died in Paris, France on August 31, 2010.

Peter Lenz (13) American motorcyclist who competed in the US Grand Prix Racers Union, a series for adolescents who hope to eventually compete in MotoGP—motorcycling’s premier professional championship. At age 11, Lenz became the youngest licensed expert racer in American Federation of Motorcyclists history and the youngest to win a race. He was killed after falling from his bike and being struck by another rider at the Indianapolis (Indiana) Motor Speedway on August 29, 2010.

R. W. (Bob) Loveless (81) maker of some of the world’s most popular sporting cutlery who refined knife design to high art. Loveless’s knives sell for $5,000-$20,000, with a five-year waiting list for some models. He died of lung cancer in Riverside, California on September 2, 2010.

Francisco Varallo (100) former Argentine footballer, last surviving player from the first World Cup in 1930. Varallo played in the final between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo, Uruguay—a match that Argentina famously lost 4-2, which he said was his greatest disappointment. He died in La Plata, Argentina on August 30, 2010.

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