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Andy Rooney, ‘60 Minutes’ commentatorMatty Alou, batting championLiz Anderson, country singer and songwriterStanley Bergstein, harness racing leaderAllen J. Bernstein, restaurant executiveDr. John F. Burke, codeveloper of artificial skinGilbert Cates, producer of 14 Oscar ceremoniesLes Daniels, comic book historianLoulou de la Falaise, muse of Yves Saint LaurentNorton Dodge, smuggled underground art out of Soviet UnionSam Fink, artist and patriotDr. James Forrester, North Carolina state senatorBob Forsch, Cardinals pitcherRichard Gordon, producer of schlock horror filmsJohn Randolph (‘Bunky’) Hearst Jr., grandson of William Randollph HearstArne Bue Jensen (‘Papa Bue’), Danish musicianTom Keith, radio sound effects manPhyllis Love, stage, film, and TV actressAllen Lutrick, Mississippi schoolboyAnnabelle Lyon, American ballerinaLou Maletta, founder of Gay Cable NetworkSid Melton, character actorA. A. (‘Bud’) Milligan, president of grandfather’s bankAlan Mootnick, authority on gibbonsJohn R. Opel, former IBM chief executiveHenry D. Owen, US diplomatHarry Pachon, Latino scholar-activistMorris Philipson, director of University of Chicago PressNorman Ramsey, Nobel physicistDorothy Rodham, mother of Hillary ClintonGeorge Rountree, musical director for Four TopsBruno Rubeo, Oscar-nominated film production designerKatherine Siva Saubel, elder of California tribeRobert A. Scalapino, scholar of Asian politicsCory Smoot, guitarist for heavy metal band GWARLeonard Stone, prolific character actorDr. David C. Utz, operated on Pres. Ronald ReaganTheadora van Runkle, costume designerDoris Walker-Smith, historian of Dana Point, Calif.Ricky Wyatt, wrongfully committed to mental hospital

Art and Literature

Les Daniels (68) one of the earliest historians of comic books—from the launching of "Superman” in 1938 through the countercultural comix movement of the ’60s—and an author of horror novels. But Daniels was best known for his 1971 book, Comix: A History of Comic Books In America. He died of a heart attack in Providence, Rhode Island on November 5, 2011.

Norton Dodge (84) former economics professor at the University of Maryland who, in the course of research trips during the Cold War to study arcana like tractors and workforce demographics, amassed the world’s largest collection of nonconformist Soviet art. Dodge died of multiple organ failure in Washington, DC on November 5, 2011.

Sam Fink (95) US calligrapher and former advertising agency art director who in a series of books inscribed the texts of four historical documents—each a beacon of liberty—and illustrated them with memorable drawings. A grandson of Jewish immigrants to the US from Russia and Poland, Fink died of kidney failure in Jerusalem, Israel on November 1, 2011.

Business and Science

Allen J. Bernstein (65) restaurant executive who greatly expanded the high-end Morton’s of Chicago steakhouse chain during his 17 years (1988-2005) as chairman: from nine to 69, including restaurants in Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Bernstein died in Manhasset, Long Island, New York on November 1, 2011.

Dr. John F. Burke (89) surgeon who, over 11 years ending in 1980, codeveloped artificial skin for the treatment of burn patients, with Ioannis V. Yannas, a professor of fibers and polymers. Burke died of pancreatic cancer in Lexington, Massachusetts on November 2, 2011.

LouLou de la Falaise (63) muse of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (d. 2008). A jewelry designer herself, De la Falaise symbolized the bohemian Left Bank world of Saint Laurent and his ‘70s-era entourage. She died in the Vexin region of northwest France on November 5, 2011.

A. A. (Bud) Milligan (94) former president (1955-82) of the Bank of A. Levy, founded by his grandfather in the early 1880s and once the largest independent bank in Ventura County, Calif. The bank was sold to First Interstate in 1994. Milligan died of pneumonia in Santa Barbara, California on November 3, 2011.

Alan Mootnick (60) self-taught primate specialist, a leading authority on gibbon biology and conservation. Mootnick founded the nonprofit Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, Calif. in 1976. He died of complications after heart surgery, in Los Angeles, California on November 4, 2011.

John R. Opel (86) business executive who presided over IBM in its final period of dominance in the information-processing industry and oversaw the company’s move into personal computers. Opel joined IBM as a salesman in 1949 as the computer age was just dawning and was the company’s chief executive in 1981-85. He died in Fort Myers, Florida on November 3, 2011.

Norman Ramsey (96) US physicist and emeritus professor of physics at Harvard University who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in physics for his research into molecules and atoms that led to the creation of the atomic clock. Ramsey died in his sleep in Wayland, Massachusetts on November 4, 2011.

Dr. David C. Utz (87) urological surgeon at the Mayo Clinic who drew attention when he performed prostate surgery on President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Utz died of congestive heart failure in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 30, 2011.


Harry Pachon (66) scholar-activist, longtime president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, who helped to focus national attention on the needs and traits of a growing Latino population, particularly in politics and education. Pachon died of lung failure in Ontario, California on November 4, 2011.

Morris Philipson (85) director (1967-2000) who guided the University of Chicago Press as it became the largest and one of the nation’s most important publishers of monumental scholarly works, modern fiction, and postwar European philosophy. Philipson died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 2011.

Robert A. Scalapino (92) scholar of Asian politics who achieved prominence during the Vietnam War for his strong defense of American policy as opposition to it was growing. Scalapino taught at UC Berkeley (1949-90) and founded its Institute of East Asian Studies in 1978. He died of a respiratory infection in Oakland, California on November 1, 2011.

Doris Walker-Smith (78) transplanted Clevelander, author of several books on the history of her adopted California hometown, Dana Point. Walker-Smith died from trauma sustained in an accidental fire that destroyed her home the day before, in an Orange, California hospital on October 31, 2011. The fire also claimed the life of her second husband, Jack Pierson Smith (81), a retired Marine Corps major.

News and Entertainment

Liz Anderson (81) songwriter and singer who wrote breakthrough hits for Merle Haggard and other country singers and recorded songs of her own about faithless men and beleaguered women. The mother of country singer Lynn Anderson, Liz Anderson died of heart and lung disease in Nashville, Tennessee on October 31, 2011.

Gilbert Cates (77) producer and director, uncle of actress Phoebe Cates, who oversaw a record 14 Academy Awards ceremonies, the last in 2008. Gilbert Cates founded UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, of which he was dean (1990-98). He collapsed and died on the campus in Los Angeles, California on October 31, 2011.

Richard Gordon (85) B-moviemaker whose credits as a producer and executive producer of science fiction and horror films included Fiend Without a Face and The Haunted Strangler (both 1958). Gordon had been hospitalized with heart problems and died in New York City on November 1, 2011.

John Randolph Hearst Jr. (77) grandson of media titan William Randolph Hearst (d. 1951) and heir to the family fortune. The younger Hearst was a board member and trustee of the Hearst Family Trust and a director of the Hearst Foundations. He died in New York City on November 4, 2011.

Arne Bue Jensen (81) Danish trombonist and bandleader known as Papa Bue. Jensen was chiefly associated with Dixieland jazz. He led his own New Orleans Jazz Band and later the Papa Bue Viking Jazz Band—the only non-American ensemble to play at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 1969. He died in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 2, 2011.

Tom Keith (64) longtime sound effects man, source of creaking doors, clucking chickens, and more on the radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. Keith died suddenly of a heart attack after collapsing at his home in Woodbury, Minnesota on October 30, 2011.

Phyllis Love (85) stage, movie, and TV actress whose roles included Rosa Delle Rose in the 1951 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo and Mattie Birdwell in the ‘56 Gary Cooper film Friendly Persuasion. From the early ‘50s to the mid-‘70s, Love appeared on dozens of TV shows, from anthology programs like The Philco Goodyear Television Playhouse, Playhouse 90, and Studio One to episodes of Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, The FBI, and Bonanza. She died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Menifee, California on October 30, 2011.

Annabelle Lyon (95) American ballerina who danced with some of the most important companies in the early years of 20th-century American ballet, including, in 1935, George Balanchine’s first American company, American Ballet, and Ballet Caravan, a troupe organized by Lincoln Kirstein in ‘36 to promote American choreography. Lyon died in Mansfield, Massachusetts on November 4, 2011.

Lou Maletta (74) founder of the Gay Cable Network in 1982, when the gay rights movement was not receiving broad media attention. Maletta died of liver cancer in Kingston, New York on November 2, 2011.

Sid Melton (94) character actor perhaps best known for his roles on the hit TV shows Green Acres and The Danny Thomas Show. During a career that spanned nearly 60 years, Melton appeared in about 140 TV and film projects. He died of pneumonia in Burbank, California on November 2, 2011.

Andy Rooney (92) curmudgeonly commentator who opined about everything from shoelaces to the existence of God on CBS’s 60 Minutes news show for more than 30 years. Rooney’s words sometimes landed him in hot water; CBS suspended him for three months in 1990 for allegedly making racist remarks in an interview, which he denied. A four-time Emmy winner, he died of complications from surgery one month after he had retired from the show, in New York City on November 4, 2011.

George Rountree (61) key behind-the-scenes associate of the Four Tops who worked as the Motown quartet’s musical director for more than 30 years and played keyboard. Rountree suffered from kidney disorders but died of heart failure in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 30, 2011.

Bruno Rubeo (65) Italian-born production designer nominated for an Oscar in 1990 for the art direction on Driving Miss Daisy. Rubeo died of pneumonia in Trevi, Italy on November 3, 2011.

Cory Smoot (34) lead guitarist for the heavy metal band GWAR. Smoot had performed since 2002 under the name "Flattus Maximus” with the band known for its grotesque sci-fi/fantasy-based costumes, stage antics, and vulgar lyrics. He was found dead on the band’s tour bus after a concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 3, 2011.

Leonard Stone (87) veteran character actor best known for his role as the indulgent father of gum-smacking Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Stone appeared on at least 119 TV programs, including many of the top-rated shows of the last 60 years. He died of cancer one day before his 88th birthday, in San Diego, California on November 2, 2011.

Theadora van Runkle (83) self-taught costume designer who earned an Oscar nomination for her first picture, Bonnie & Clyde (1967). Van Runkle died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California on November 4, 2011.

Politics and Military

Dr. James Forrester (74) North Carolina state senator, a physician known for regularly proposing a bill that would allow voters to decide whether to add a same-sex marriage ban to the state Constitution. The Democrat-controlled Legislature repeatedly blocked the measure until Republicans won both houses in the 2010 elections. Forrester died just weeks after finally winning his battle to put the question on the state ballot next spring, in Gastonia, North Carolina on October 31, 2011.

Henry D. Owen (91) diplomat who helped to institutionalize global economic summitry in the ‘70s and was considered an intellectual framer of the Trilateral Commission, officially founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller and foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski, to make Japan a full economic and political partner with the US and Europe. Owen died in Washington, DC on November 5, 2011.

Dorothy Rodham (92) mother of US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and a strong influence in the life of the former first lady, senator from New York, and candidate for the Democrat Presidential nomination in 2008. Dorothy Rodham died in Washington, DC on November 1, 2011.

Society and Religion

Allen Lutrick (10) fifth-grade pupil struck by a hit-and-run driver while boarding a school bus on Nov. 1. Raymond Watts (82) turned himself in the next day and was charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident, hours before Allen Lutrick died of his injuries, in Jackson, Mississippi on November 2, 2011.

Katherine Siva Saubel (91) elder of the Cahuilla Indian tribe of southern California and one of the last fluent speakers of the Cahuilla language. Saubel died on the Morongo Reservation near Banning, California on November 1, 2011.

Ricky Wyatt (57) former rambunctious Alabama teenager committed to a mental institution in 1968 and given large doses of psychoactive drugs although he was never found to have any illness. Wyatt later was the lead plaintiff in a landmark class-action federal lawsuit protesting conditions at Bryce State Hospital in Tuscaloosa, leading to a 1971 judgment that set national guidelines for mental care known as the Wyatt Standards. Wyatt died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on November 1, 2011.


Matty Alou (72) part of an all-Alou outfield for the San Francisco Giants in 1963 with his brothers Felipe and Jesus. A two-time All-Star, Alou later became the 1966 National League batting champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates when he hit .342. He died of complications from diabetes in Santo Domingo, in his native Dominican Republic on Nov. 3, 2011.

Stanley Bergstein (87) longtime leader of Harness Tracks of America. Bergstein was also a TV analyst, columnist, historian, auctioneer, race announcer, and racing secretary and the only person inducted twice into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame as a member of both the Living Hall of Fame and the Communicator’s Corner. He died of heart failure in Tucson, Arizona on November 2, 2011.

Bob Forsch (61) pitcher who threw two no-hitters (1978, ‘83) for the St. Louis Cardinals and was the third-winningest pitcher in team history. Forsch died less than a week after he threw out the first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series. The Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Oct. 28 to win the championship. Forsch died near Tampa, Florida on November 3, 2011.

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