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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Axel Axgil, Danish gay rights advocateBob Beaumont, electric car boosterSwami Bhaktipada, former Hare Krishna leaderNusrat Bhutto, widow and mother of two Pakistani prime ministersMargit Brandt, Danish fashion designerDaniel B. Burke, media executiveLiviu Ciulei, Romanian film and theater directorBeryl Davis, British big-band singerGreg Gantt, football punterJim Harris, longtime high school basketball coachHerbert Hauptman, Nobel winnerFlorence Parry Heide, author of children’s booksJames Hillman, Jungian therapistMary Hunt Kahlenberg, authority on antique textilesWyatt Knight, ‘Porky’s’ actorHarry Lawenda, interior designerWilliam F. Lee 3rd, innovative music school deanAllen Madelbaum, translator of Italian poetryYvonne McCain, once-homeless motherJohn McCarthy, pioneer in artificial intelligenceTom McNeeley, boxer who challenged Floyd PattersonWilliam A. Niskanen, Reagan economistRobert Pritzer, Chicago billionaireSir Jimmy Savile, British entertainerMace Siegel, owner of thoroughbred racehorsesMarco Simoncelli, MotoGP starPolka, Oregon’s famed Northern Spotted OwlElizabeth Winship, columnist of teen angstHoward Wolpe, former US congressman

Art and Literature

Florence Parry Heide (92) prolific children’s book author whose work was illustrated by such notable artists as Edward Gorey, Jules Feiffer, and Lane Smith. Heide was the author of more than 100 children’s books. She died unexpectedly in her sleep in Kenosha, Wisconsin on October 23, 2011.

Mary Hunt Kahlenberg (71) authority on antique and ethnic textiles and a former curator and head of the Department of Costume & Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Kahlenberg died of carcinoid cancer in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 27, 2011.

Allen Mandelbaum (85) translator whose sensitive English version of Dante’s Divine Comedy in the early ‘80s made his reputation as one of the world’s foremost translators of Italian and classical poetry. Mandelbaum died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on October 27, 2011.

Business and Science

Bob Beaumont (79) US auto dealer who thought every home should have an affordable electric vehicle in its driveway and sold more than 2,000 of them, the tiny CitiCar, decades before General Motors and Nissan came up with their own versions. Beaumont died of emphysema in Columbia, Maryland on October 24, 2011.

Margit Brandt (66) fashion icon whose simple cuts and ‘60s miniskirts marked one of the first international breakthroughs for Danish designs. Brandt died of lung disease in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 24, 2011.

Herbert Hauptman (94) mathematician awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1985 for his work uncovering the structure of molecules. Hauptman recently suffered a stroke. He died in Buffalo, New York on October 23, 2011.

James Hillman (85) therapist and best-selling author whose theories about the psyche helped to revive interest in the ideas of Carl Jung, inspiring the so-called men’s movement in the ‘90s. Hillman died of bone cancer in Thompson, Connecticut on October 27, 2011.

Harry Lawenda (87) interior designer, creative force behind the Kneedler Fauchere design firm founded in 1948 by his late wife, Dorothy Kneedler Lawenda (d. 2008). Harry Lawenda died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma one day before his 88th birthday, in Los Angeles, California on October 27, 2011.

John McCarthy (84) pioneer in artificial intelligence technology, coining the term in a 1955 research proposal, and creator of the computer programming language often used in that field. A longtime professor at Stanford University, McCarthy died of heart disease in Palo Alto, California on October 24, 2011.

Robert Pritzker (85) billionaire industrialist and one of three brothers who built the Pritzker family’s business empire. The Pritzker clan is among America’s wealthiest, worth more than $19 billion combined. Robert Pritzker died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Chicago, Illinois on October 27, 2011.


William F. Lee 3rd (82) former dean (1964-82) of the University of Miami’s School of Music who created a jazz program in the mid-‘60s that grew into a full-fledged department. Lee died in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on October 23, 2011.

News and Entertainment

Daniel B. Burke (82) media industry veteran who helped to create Capital Cities/ABC Inc. before it was sold to the Walt Disney Co. in 1996. Burke built Capital Cities from a TV station in Albany, NY into a company with newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio operations. With Warren Buffett’s backing, Capital Cities Communications bought ABC for $3.5 billion in 1986, in what was then the largest nonoil company merger in corporate history. Burke died of complications from diabetes, in Rye, New York on October 26, 2011.

Liviu Ciulei (88) Romanian film and theater director whose career spanned 50 years and included winning the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for The Forest of the Hanged (1965). Ciulei died in Munich, Germany on October 24, 2011.

Beryl Davis (87) British-born singer who became a star in America performing with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman during the big-band era. The daughter of English bandleader Harry Davis, Beryl Davis began performing with her father at age 3. She died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Los Angeles, California on October 28, 2011.

Wyatt Knight (56) actor who played bad boy Tommy Turner in the Porky’s trilogy in the ‘80s. In 2003 Knight underwent a bone-marrow transplant for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and the resulting radiation therapy left him in physical and emotional pain. He committed suicide by gunshot on Maui, Hawaii on October 25, 2011.

Sir Jimmy Savile (84) cigar-chomping disk jockey and entertainer, a star of British TV and radio for decades. Savile was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1990 for his charity work. He was found dead at his home in Leeds, northern England, on October 29, 2011.

Elizabeth Winship (90) for 35 years (1963-98) author of the "Ask Beth" column in the Boston Globe, of which her husband, Thomas Winship, was editor (1965-84; d. 2002). Aimed at young readers, the column eventually appeared in 70 newspapers across the country, offering advice on things "you can’t ask your mother." Elizabeth Winship died in Roseville, Minnesota on October 23, 2011.

Politics and Military

Nusrat Bhutto (82) widow and mother of two prime ministers of Pakistan. Her late husband, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was founder of the Pakistan People’s Party that controls the government in Pakistan today and was both prime minister and president in the ‘70s until he was hanged after what many believed was a politically motivated conspiracy and murder trial. Her daughter, Benazir Bhutto, killed in a suicide bomb attack in 2007, twice was prime minister. Nusrat Bhutto died in exile in Dubai on October 23, 2011.

William A. Niskanen (78) libertarian economist dismissed by the Ford Motor Co. after opposing the company’s embrace of trade protection. Niskanen later was a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers and for 23 years was chairman of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, until he retired in 2008. He died of a stroke in Washington, DC on October 26, 2011.

Howard Wolpe (71) former seven-term US congressman (D-Mich., 1979-92) who helped to pass the federal antiapartheid act in 1986. Wolpe had recently been ill with a heart condition and died in Saugatuck, Michigan on October 25, 2011.

Society and Religion

Axel Axgil (96) Dane whose struggle for gay rights helped to make Denmark the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships. Axgil died of complications from a fall, in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 29, 2011.

Swami Bhaktipada (74) former US-born (as Keith Ham) leader of the American Hare Krishna movement who built a sprawling paradise for his followers in Appalachia but later pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges including conspiracy in the murders-for-hire of two devotees. Released from prison in 2004 after serving eight years of a 12-year sentence, Bhaktipada moved to India in ’08. He died of kidney failure near Mumbai, India on October 24, 2011.

Yvonne McCain (63) once-homeless mother of four whose years of living in a welfare hotel in midtown Manhattan led to a landmark court ruling requiring New York to provide decent shelter for homeless families. McCain died of cancer at her rent-subsidized, middle-income apartment on Staten Island, New York on October 29, 2011.

Polka, the Spotted Owl (26) famed northern spotted owl at Oregon’s High Desert Museum. Polka and his mate, Dot, who died in 2010, drew attention whenever Dot laid eggs; their owlets were released into the wild or sent to other programs to breed the threatened species. Spotted owls typically live about 16 years in the wild. Polka died in Bend, Oregon on October 27, 2011.


Greg Gantt (59) former punter for the University of Alabama and later the New York Jets, who might have been best known for having two punts blocked in a 17-16 loss to Auburn in 1972. Gantt died of heart disease and diabetes in Birmingham, Alabama on October 26, 2011.

Jim Harris (67) first and only boys’ basketball coach for 33 years at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach (Calif.), winning 19 Golden West League championships and three Southern Section titles. For five years Harris also coached girls’ basketball, winning four league titles. He died of liver cancer in Huntington Beach, California on October 23, 2011.

Tom McNeeley (74) boxer who challenged Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight championship in 1961, losing a four-round bout after at least nine knockdowns. McNeeley fought professionally (1958-66), compiling a 37-14 record with 28 knockouts, although he was better known for his losses. He died of complications from a seizure in Weymouth, Massachusetts on October 25, 2011.

Mace Siegel (86) owner of thoroughbred racehorses considered a godfather of southern California horse racing for his role as an advocate for the sport. Siegel was also a leading developer of regional shopping centers. He died in Beverly Hills, California on October 26, 2011.

Marco Simoncelli (24) Italian rider, a rising MotoGP star. Simoncelli was predicted by many to be a future MotoGP world champion. He lost control of his Honda four minutes into the Malaysian MotoGP and was killed at the same circuit where he won the 250cc world title in 2008, in Malaysia on October 23, 2011.

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