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Maurice André, classical trumpeterRobert Temple Ayres, Hollywood set illustratorJan Berenstain, illustrator and authorFrank Carson, British comedianEdna Milton Chadwell, last madam of ‘best little whorehouse’Carl Q. Christol, taught political science at USCAnne Commire, playwrightLynn D. (‘Buck’) Compton, real-life ‘Band of Brothers’ memberDr. Renato Dulbecco, cancer researcherNoble (‘Toby’) Fleming, professional tea tasterBenedict Freedman, coauthor of novels with his wifeWilliam Gay, Southern Gothic novelistDennis Gomes, Atlantic City casino ownerKatie Hall, former US congresswomanRed Holloway, jazz saxophonistErland Josephson, Swedish actorPierre Juneau, Canadian music boosterHoward Kissel, Broadway theater criticSteve Kordeck, pinball game designerTheodore Mann, Circle in the Square founderRuth Barcan Marcus, philosophy professorTom Martinez, football coachRobert R. McElroy, photographer who shot ‘Happenings’Mike Melvoin, studio musicianDmitri Nabokov, son of ‘Lolita’ novelistRhoda Nyberg, hand-colored vintage photoShaun O’Brien, character ballet dancerKenneth Price, ceramic sculptorIverson (‘Louisiana Red’) Minter, blues guitaristMarie Colvin & Remi Ochlik, journalists killed in Syria shelling attackBarney Rosset, fearless publisherDr. Edward Shanbrom, pioneering hematologistBilly Strange, studio guitaristBruce Surtees, Oscar-nominated cinematographerJoe Thompson, North Carolina fiddler

Art and Literature


Robert Temple Ayres (98) set illustrator for Hollywood studios who created his most famous work at Paramount in 1959. Officially called "Map to Illustrate the Ponderosa in Nevada,” it was conceived just so it could burst into flames on TV screens during the opening of the long-running show Bonanza. Ayres died of heart failure in Cherry Valley, Riverside County, California on February 25, 2012.

Jan Berenstain (88) cartoonist and writer who with her husband, Stan (d. 2005), wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed preschoolers and their parents for 50 years. Jan Berenstain suffered a severe stroke on Feb. 23 and died the next day without regaining consciousness, in Solebury, Pennsylvania on February 24, 2012.

Benedict Freedman (92) coauthor with his wife Nancy (d. 2010) of the best-selling 1947 novel Mrs. Mike, made into a ‘49 movie starring Evelyn Keyes and Dick Powell. The Freedmans wrote 10 books together, including two sequels to Mrs. Mike, based on a true story. Benedict Freedman died in Corte Madera, California on February 24, 2012.

William Gay (70) self-taught novelist from rural Tennessee who emerged from obscurity in his late 50s with critically praised books in the Southern Gothic style. Gay died of a heart attack at his home, a log cabin in Hohenwald, southwest of Nashville, Tennessee on February 23, 2012.

Robert R. McElroy (84) Newsweek photographer who in his spare time snapped hundreds of images of the Happenings art movement, a free-spirited blend of art and performance in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. McElroy died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in White Plains, New York on February 22, 2012.

Dmitri Nabokov (77) only child of acclaimed novelist Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita; d. 1977) who helped to protect and translate his father’s work while also pursuing careers as an opera singer and race car driver. Dmitri Nabokov died of a lung infection in Vevey, Switzerland on February 22, 2012.

Rhoda Nyberg (95) artist who hand-colored Grace, a photo showing a white-bearded man bowed in prayer before a simple meal. Nyberg’s photographer father, Eric Enstrom, had taken the photo in 1918, but she brought it to life with her painstaking colorization. Nyberg died near Proctor, Minnesota on February 21, 2012.

Kenneth Price (77) Los Angeles-born sculptor whose work with glazed and painted clay transformed traditional ceramics while also expanding definitions of American and European sculpture. Price had struggled since 2008 with tongue and throat cancer, his food intake restricted to liquids supplied through a feeding tube. He died in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico on February 24, 2012.

Barney Rosset (89) publisher and First Amendment crusader who helped to overthrow censorship laws. As head of Grove Press and the magazine Evergreen Review, Rosset published underground works by Samuel Beckett, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Jean-Paul Sartre, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, D. H. Lawrence, and William Burroughs. He died in New York City on February 21, 2012.

Business and Science

Edna Milton Chadwell (84) last madam (1961-73) of the notorious Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas, which inspired a 1978 Broadway musical and an ‘82 movie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Chadwell suffered complications from injuries sustained in a car accident in October 2011. She died in Phoenix, Arizona on February 25, 2012.

Dr. Renato Dulbecco (97) Italian-born virologist who shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in medicine for his seminal research on the interaction between tumors and cells. Dulbecco died three days before his 98th birthday, in La Jolla, California on February 19, 2012.

Noble (Toby) Fleming (92) professional tea taster for nearly 50 years who sipped and sniffed from teaspoons and fine china cups to ensure the quality of tea for millions of Americans. An Englishman known in the industry as Toby, Fleming was head of Royal Estates Tea, the subsidiary that bought tea from around the world for the Thomas J. Lipton Co., whose brand is the biggest seller in the US. He died in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France on February 24, 2012.

Dennis Gomes (68) co-owner of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and a former mob-busting prosecutor in Las Vegas, whose exploits were chronicled in the Martin Scorsese movie Casino (1995). Gomes died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 23, 2012.

Dr. Edward Shanbrom (87) pioneering hematologist who looked for simple solutions to complex problems. Shanbrom was one of the developers of a breakthrough treatment for hemophilia and on his own devised a critical blood-cleaning process that uses detergents to remove viruses from blood plasma. He died in Tustin, California on February 20, 2012.


Carl Q. Christol (98) scholar who taught political science at the University of Southern California for decades and wrote about international space law. Christol died in Santa Barbara, California on February 22, 2012.

Ruth Barcan Marcus (90) philosopher esteemed for her advances in logic, a traditionally male-dominated subset of a traditionally male-dominated field. Marcus was hailed by colleagues for her work in quantified modal logic. At retirement in 1992 from Yale University, she was Reuben Post Halleck professor of philosophy. She died in New Haven, Connecticut on February 19, 2012.

News and Entertainment

Maurice André (78) French-born virtuoso credited with bringing classical trumpet from the back of the orchestra to the front. Specializing in Baroque repertory, notably the works of Bach, Handel, and Telemann, André was esteemed as a trumpeter for his robust tone, lightning technique, and clarion high notes. He died in Bayonne, France on February 25, 2012.

Frank Carson (85) British comedian best known for his often-repeated catch-phrases "It’s the way I tell ‘em” and "It’s a cracker." Carson, who underwent surgery for stomach cancer in July 2011, died in London, England on February 22, 2012.

Anne Commire (72) playwright who wrote about subjects that made her audiences squirm, repeatedly confronting what she called "the breaking points of women." Also an editor and author, Commire died of cancer in Waterford, Connecticut on February 23, 2012.

Red Holloway (84) tenor and alto saxophonist, one of Los Angeles’s most highly regarded jazz artists for more than 40 years. Holloway died of kidney failure, complicated by several strokes, in San Luis Obispo, California on February 25, 2012.

Erland Josephson (88) Swedish actor who collaborated with legendary film director Ingmar Bergman (d. 2007) in more than 40 films and plays. Josephson died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Stockholm, Sweden on February 25, 2012.

Pierre Juneau (89) founding chairman in 1968 of the Canadian Radio-TV Commission who helped to create Canada’s pop music industry by requiring radio stations to broadcast more Canadian music. Juneau died of heart failure in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 21, 2012.

Howard Kissel (69) longtime theater critic for the New York Daily News. Kissel had been suffering from complications of a 2010 liver transplant. He died in New York City on February 24, 2012.

Steve Kordek (100) game designer who revolutionized pinball in 1948 when he introduced a pair of flippers at the bottom of the machine; it changed the way the game was played. Kordek was credited with developing more than 100 pinball games, including the best-sellers Space Mission and Grand Prix. He died in Park Ridge, Illinois on February 19, 2012.

Theodore Mann (87) stage producer and director who, as a founder of New York’s influential Circle in the Square, was a driving force in the rise of off-Broadway theater in the ‘50s. Mann died of pneumonia in New York City on February 24, 2012.

Mike Melvoin (74) pianist/composer/arranger whose recording credits reach from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys. Melvoin died of cancer in Burbank, California on February 22, 2012.

Shaun O'Brien (86) one of America’s most celebrated character dancers, whose 40 years with the New York City Ballet included more than 30 holiday seasons as Herr Drosselmeyer, the kindly eccentric in The Nutcracker. O’Brien is shown above as an elderly suitor in a 1965 production of Harlequinade. He died in Saratoga Springs, New York on February 23, 2012.

Iverson (Louisiana Red) Minter (79) slide guitarist known professionally as Louisiana Red who left his native US for Germany in the ‘80s to find an audience more receptive to his elemental blues sound. He died after slipping into a coma brought on by a thyroid imbalance, in Hanover, Germany on February 25, 2012.

Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik (55, 28) American war reporter who covered conflicts from Sri Lanka to Syria, and French photojournalist who covered riots in Haiti and the upheaval sweeping across the Arab world. Colvin and Ochlik were killed in a shelling attack in Homs, Syria on February 22, 2012.

Billy Strange (81) not only one of the hottest guitarists but also a successful songwriter, arranger, and recording artist who worked in LA’s top recording studios. Strange contributed to hit records by artists such as Presley, the Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, the Everly Brothers, Dean Martin, Willie Nelson, and the Partridge Family. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on February 22, 2012.

Bruce Surtees (74) Oscar-nominated cinematographer (for Lenny [1974]) known as the "Prince of Darkness" for his skill at capturing sharp figures from the dark depths of prisons, nightclubs, and other badly lighted places. Surtees, who worked on more than a dozen films with actor/director Clint Eastwood, died of complications from diabetes in Carmel, California on February 23, 2012.

Joe Thompson (93) much-honored fiddler whose music offered a link to an almost-vanished tradition of black string bands that predated the blues and even the Civil War. Thompson died of pneumonia in Burlington, North Carolina on February 20, 2012.

Politics and Military

Lynn D. (Buck) Compton (90) former Los Angeles deputy district attorney known for heading the three-man team that successfully prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the 1968 assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. In 1970 then-Governor Ronald Reagan appointed Compton to the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Long after he retired from the bench in 1990, Compton became known as one of the true-life characters who gained late-in-life renown when they were portrayed in Band of Brothers, the 2001 HBO miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 best-seller. Compton suffered a heart attack on Jan. 11 and died in Burlington, Washington on February 25, 2012.

Katie Hall (73) former Indiana US congresswoman (D-Ind., 1982-84), a key sponsor of the 1983 legislation that established a national holiday for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Hall was later city clerk (1988–2003) in Gary, Ind. when she pleaded guilty to mail fraud as part of a deal with federal prosecutors on 20 felony public corruption charges. She and others had been accused of forcing workers in the city clerk’s office to raise money for her reelection campaigns to keep their jobs. Hall died in Gary, Indiana on February 20, 2012.


Tom Martinez (67) quarterbacks coach in the Bay Area who had worked with Tom Brady from his time as a high school player through his NFL career with the New England Patriots. Martinez had been awaiting a kidney transplant when he died of a heart attack while receiving dialysis treatment, in Redwood City, California on February 21, 2012.

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