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Jane Russell, WWII pinupDuke Snider, Dodgers center fielderFrank Alesia, character actor and TV directorKrishna Prasad Bhattarai, Nepalese prime ministerAlfred Brittain 3rd, Bankers Trust CEOFrank Buckles, last surviving US WWI veteranFrank Chirkinian, CBS golf producerSam Chwat, speech therapist ‘to the stars’James Elliot, MIT astronomer who discovered rings of UranusNecmettin Erbakan, Turkish politicianAnnie Girardot, French film actressRev. Peter J. Gomes, Harvard theologianAlberto Granado, friend of Che GuevaraJohn Gruber, last founding member of gay rights groupJohn Haines, Alaskan poetKim Hill, inspired first Ronald McDonald houseCharles Jarrott, British film and TV directorChester Kahapea, former Hawaiian newsboyEddie Kirkland, blues performerE. B. Leisenring Jr., led industry negotiators in 1978 coal miners’ strikeJohn M. Lounge, US astronautAl Morgan, novelist and screenwriterJohnny Preston, Texas singerFateh Singh Rathore, Indian forest ranger and wildlife wardenHazel Rowley, British biographerMiguel Alejandro Sanchez, candidateMoacyr Scliar, Brazilian authorMikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designerEdward Stephenson, TV production designerSimon van der Meer, Nobel-winning physicistGary Winick, film producer and directorPeter Wood, Stanford professor of medicineWally Kaname Yonamine, played pro baseball in postwar JapanDoyald Young, logotype designerWalter Zacharius, paperback publisher

Art and Literature

John Haines (86) poet whose experiences with hunting, trapping, and surviving as a homesteader in the Alaskan wilderness inspired his poetry about cold nights, howling wolves, and primitive dreams. Haines’s health declined after he had a bad fall in December. He died in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 2, 2011.

Al Morgan (91) novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and TV producer probably best known for writing The Great Man, a 1955 novel that became the basis for a ‘57 movie of the same title starring Jose Ferrer. Based on Morgan’s years in the radio business, The Great Man tells the story of a popular radio personality: a folksy humorist behind the mike but a drunken, lecherous sadist in real life. Morgan died in Brattleboro, Vermont on March 3, 2011.

Hazel Rowley (59) British biographer whose subjects ranged from novelists to French philosophers to an American Presidential couple and their (possible) romantic entanglements. Rowley died after a series of strokes resulting from an undiagnosed infection, in New York City on March 1, 2011.

Moacyr Scliar (73) one of Brazil’s most celebrated novelists and short-story writers. Scliar died of complications from a stroke in Porto Alegre, Brazil on February 27, 2011.

Doyald Young (84) logotype designer and teacher whose three books on letterforms and alphabets reintroduced classical design principles to designers at a time when inelegant lettering was in vogue. Young created corporate typefaces and logotypes for GE, Sony, Hilton International, John Deere, and other businesses. He died of complications after heart surgery, in Sherman Oaks, California on February 28, 2011.

Walter Zacharius (87) founder in the ‘50s and chief executive of Kensington Publishing Corp., a leading publisher of romance fiction and among the last independent publishers of mass market paperbacks. Zacharius died of cancer in New York City on March 2, 2011.

Business and Science

Alfred Brittain 3rd (88) chairman and chief executive who reshaped the giant Bankers Trust New York Corp. in the ‘70s and ’80s. Brittain died of heart failure in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 5, 2011.

Sam Chwat (57) speech therapist whose Manhattan Speech Center helped thousands of clients, including actors like Tony Danza, Marcia Gay Harden, Robert De Niro, and Julia Roberts, to lose—or gain—regional accents. Chwat died of lymphoma in Manhasset, Long Island, New York on March 3, 2011.

James Elliot (67) Massachusetts Institute of Technology astronomer who used light from distant stars to study planetary objects throughout the solar system, leading to his discovery of the rings of Uranus. Elliot died of complications from cancer treatment, in Wellesley, Massachusetts on March 3, 2011.

E. B. Leisenring Jr. (85) scion of a Pennsylvania coal family who led industry negotiators during a long and bitter mine workers’ strike in 1978, ignoring pleas by President Jimmy Carter and helping to win a settlement that largely favored mine owners. Leisenring died of heart failure in Aiken, South Carolina on March 2, 2011.

Fateh Singh Rathore (73) forest ranger, wildlife warden, and (1978-88) field director at Ranthambhore National Park, perhaps the best known of more than 30 tiger preserves in India. Rathore died of cancer on his farm outside the 116-square-mile tiger preserve in northwest India on March 1, 2011.

Simon van der Meer (85) Dutch physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1984 for a technological advance crucial to the discovery of fundamental building blocks of the universe. Van der Meer died in Geneva, Switzerland on March 4, 2011.

Peter Wood (81) British-born Stanford University professor of medicine whose research helped to explain the benefits of diet and exercise on human health. Wood died of bile duct cancer in Palo Alto, California on March 3, 2011.


John Gruber (82) high school and college teacher, last surviving founding member in the ‘50s of the Mattachine Society, a pioneering gay rights group that grew into a national organization, with major objectives including fighting antigay discrimination. Gruber had been in poor health after a stroke and breaking his hip; he died in Santa Clara, California on February 28, 2011.

News and Entertainment

Frank Alesia (65) character actor in the beach party movies of the ‘60s and a director of Captain Kangaroo who was nominated for a daytime Emmy in 1979. Alesia also appeared on such TV series as That Girl, Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Odd Couple, Room 222, The Flying Nun, and Laverne & Shirley. He died in Carlsbad, California on February 27, 2011.

Annie Girardot (79) film actress whose sensitive ‘70s portrayals of downtrodden women made her one of France’s most enduring and acclaimed modern stars. Girardot had suffered for years from Alzheimer’s disease and died in Paris, France on February 28, 2011.

Charles Jarrott (83) British film and TV director best known for the Hal Wallis productions Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Mary, Queen of Scots (1971). Jarrott died of prostate cancer in Woodland Hills, California on March 4, 2011.

Chester Kahapea (65) grinning newsboy who became forever linked to Hawaii’s 1959 statehood in an iconic photo. In 1959 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran a picture of Kahapea smiling and holding a newspaper with the headline, STATEHOOD!The picture also ran in numerous other US publications. Kahapea died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 4, 2011.

Eddie Kirkland (88) blues legend known as the "Gypsy of the Blues." Kirkland died in a Tampa, Florida hospital after his car turned into the path of a Greyhound bus on US 98 in Dunedin, on February 27, 2011.

Johnny Preston (71) Texas singer who had a No. 1 hit with the song "Running Bear” in 1960, written by J. P. ("Big Bopper") Richardson, who died in the ‘59 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Preston had bypass surgery late in 2010 and suffered from lingering health problems. He died in Beaumont, Texas on March 4, 2011.

Jane Russell (89) dark-haired siren whose sensational debut in the 1943 film The Outlaw inspired producer Howard Hughes to challenge the power and strict morality of Hollywood’s production code. Russell later appeared with Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). She died of respiratory failure in the central coast city of Santa Maria, California on February 28, 2011.

Edward Stephenson (94) TV producer, production designer, and art director who won Emmys for his work on Soap, The Andy Williams Show, and the 1958 live variety special An Evening with Fred Astaire. Stephenson suffered from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. He died three weeks after his 94th birthday, in the Hollywood Hills, California on February 28, 2011.

Gary Winick (49) producer or director of more than two dozen movies including the 2006 live-action version of Charlotte’s Web with Dakota Fanning. Winick both produced and directed Tadpole, which won the 2002 director’s award at the Sundance Festival. He also produced episodes of TV’s Ugly Betty and Lipstick Jungle. He died of brain cancer in New York City on February 27, 2011.

Politics and Military

Krishna Prasad Bhattarai (87) Nepal’s former prime minister (1990, ‘99) who led a popular movement to restore multiparty democracy in 1990. Bhattarai was hospitalized in February with multiple health complaints. He had suffered mainly from kidney problems but died of multiple organ failure in Katmandu, Nepal on March 4, 2011.

Frank Buckles (110) US doughboy who enlisted in the Army for World War I at 16 after lying about his age. Buckles made it home again and ultimately became that war’s last surviving US veteran, campaigning for greater recognition for his comrades-in-arms. He died in Charles Town, West Virginia on February 27, 2011.

Necmettin Erbakan (85) longtime leader of Turkey’s Islamic political movement and briefly (1996-97) the country’s prime minister in the first Islamic-led coalition in Turkey’s modern history. Erbakan was suffering from respiratory problems and a chronic vein infection in his left leg but died of heart failure in Ankara, Turkey on February 27, 2011.

John M. Lounge (64) US astronaut, a crew member on three space shuttle missions, including the first after the Challenger disaster in 1986. Lounge died of liver cancer in Houston, Texas on March 1, 2011.

Miguel Alejandro Sanchez (34) longtime Bell, Calif. resident who protested against the inflated salaries of local officials and was campaigning for a seat on the City Council. Sanchez recently said he wanted to drop out of the race because of the stress. On Feb. 28 he complained of flulike symptoms. He died just four days before the election, in Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2011.

Mikhail Simonov (81) aircraft designer whose maneuverable, heavily armed, and far-flying Sukhoi fighter jet became an icon of the Soviet defense industry and a cash cow for post-Communist Russia. Simonov died in Moscow, Russia on March 4, 2011.

Society and Religion

Rev. Peter J.. Gomes (68) Harvard minister, theologian, and author who announced that he was gay a generation ago and became one of America’s most prominent spiritual voices against intolerance. Gomes died in Boston, Massachusetts on February 28, 2011.

Alberto Granado (88) Argentine childhood friend and companion of Ernesto ("Che”) Guevara on a 1952 journey of discovery across Latin America immortalized in Guevara’s memoir and on-screen in The Motorcycle Diaries (2004). Guevara was killed by soldiers in Bolivia in 1967 as he tried to foment revolution in the Andean nation. Granado had lived in Cuba since 1961. He died in Havana on March 5, 2011.

Kim Hill (44) woman whose childhood battle with leukemia inspired the first Ronald McDonald House for families of cancer patients in Philadelphia in 1974. The daughter of Fred Hill, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969, then-3-year-old Kim was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia. Although she survived, radiation treatments caused brain tumors as an adult and she died in Orange, California on March 5, 2011.


Frank Chirkinian (84) longtime golf producer for CBS who helped to turn the Masters into one of the most watched events in sports TV. Chirkinian produced the first PGA Championship in 1958, at Llanerch Country Club near Philadelphia, and in ‘60 produced the first televised Winter Olympics from Squaw Valley. He was also credited with the idea of putting cameras on blimps to cover college football games. He died of lung cancer in North Palm Beach, Florida on March 4, 2011.

Duke Snider (84) Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer” who helped the Dodgers bring their only World Series crown to Brooklyn in 1955. "The Duke of Flatbush” hit .295 with 407 career home runs, played in the World Series six times, and won two titles. He died in Escondido, California on February 27, 2011.

Wally Kaname Yonamine (85) first American to play professional baseball in Japan after World War II after a season as a running back with the San Francisco 49ers in 1947. With a .311 career batting average, the seven-time All-Star won three batting titles and was 1957 Central League MVP before serving decades as a manager. Yonamine died of prostate cancer in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 28, 2011.

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