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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Donald (‘Duck’) Dunn, bass player and songwriterDonna Summer, ‘70s Queen of DiscoJim Abdnor, former US senatorWarda Aldjazairia, Algerian singerKatie Beckett, helped to change Medicaid regulationsWillard Bond, marine artistBob Boozer, basketball starHerbert Breslin, manager of classical starsChuck Brown, ‘godfather of go-go’Henry Denker, prolific novelist and scriptwriterDoug Dillard, bluegrass banjoistDietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German lieder singerCarlos Fuentes, Mexican novelistTom Fuentes, Orange County GOP leaderPeter Fuller, owner of disqualified Derby winnerJean Craighead George, author of novels for young peopleMitchell Guist, ‘Swamp People&rquo; cast memberDavid Helpern, half of Joan & David, apparel designersKevin Hickey, left-handed pitcherMaude Aimee Humbard, widow of first televangelistAda Maria Isasi-Díaz, dissident theologianMary Richardson Kennedy, wife of Robert Kennedy Jr.Frank Knight, tried to save tree from diseaseArno Lustiger, Holocaust survivor and scholarMike McGrady, mastermind of collaborative porn novelArchie Peck, Palm Beach croquet playerFrank Edward Ray, Chowchilla school bus driverLee Richardson, British motorcycle racer(‘Big’) Willie Robinson, LA drag racing promoterMichael Rosenbaum, CBS News producerAlfredo Villatoro, Honduran radio news directorLed Zeppelin II (formerly George Blackburn), fan of British rock band

Art and Literature

Willard Bond (85) marine artist whose hundreds of oil and watercolor paintings of yachts in the heat of racing on a roiling sea portray the passion of those who sail for sport. Bond died of congestive heart failure in Yountville, California on May 19, 2012.

Henry Denker (99) lawyer who gave up his practice to write Broadway plays about, among other things, Sigmund Freud and the Korean War; radio scripts based on the Bible; TV movies about war crimes and vigilantism; and novels about boxers, doctors, lawyers, movie people, and various social issues. He died of lung cancer in New York City on May 15, 2012.

Carlos Fuentes (83) author who played a dominant role in Latin America’s novel-writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution. Fuentes died in a Mexico City, Mexico hospital where he was being treated for heart problems, on May 15, 2012.

Jean Craighead George (92) Newbery Award-winning writer for young people whose books brought to life the natural world from the Catskill Mountains to the Alaskan tundra. The author of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction titles, George was best known for two novels, My Side of the Mountain (1959) and Julie of the Wolves (1972). She died in Mount Kisco, New York on May 15, 2012.

Mike McGrady (78) prize-winning reporter for Newsday, best known as the mastermind behind one of the juiciest literary hoaxes in America—the best-selling collaborative novel Naked Came the Stranger, whose publication in 1969 made Peyton Place look like a church picnic. McGrady died of pneumonia in Shelton, Washington on May 13, 2012.

Business and Science

David Helpern (94) business side of the husband-and-wife apparel design team known as Joan & David, who popularized elegant, comfortable—and nonhigh-heeled—shoes for working women in the ‘60s before expanding their line internationally to include clothing. David Helpen died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Westwood, California on May 14, 2012.

News and Entertainment

Warda Aldjazairia (72) Algerian singer whose voice and range helped to make her one of the giants of Arab song. Known professionally as "Warda," or "the Algerian Rose," Aldjazairia died in Cairo, Egypt on May 17, 2012.

Herbert Breslin (87) manager of classical stars who helped to propel operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (d. 2007) to international fame during the 36 years (1967-2002) they worked together. Breslin’s first three clients were sopranos Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Joan Sutherland, and Marilyn Horne. He collapsed at his hotel and died of an apparent heart attack in Nice, France on May 16, 2012.

Chuck Brown (75) musician who used a unique mix of funk, soul, and Latin party sounds to create go-go music in Washington, DC. Brown was widely acclaimed as the "Godfather of go-go” for his pioneering sound. He died of pneumonia in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 2012.

Doug Dillard (75) banjo player who helped to shape country rock and introduced the US to bluegrass music during a popular run on The Andy Griffith Show in the mid-‘60s. Dillard died of a lung infection in Nashville, Tennessee on May 16, 2012.

Donald (Duck) Dunn (70) bass player and songwriter, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. & the MGs and the Blues Brothers band. Dunn was in Tokyo, Japan for a series of shows when he died in his sleep on May 13, 2012.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (86) German baritone who performed for more than 50 years on stages in Berlin, Vienna, London, and New York. Fischer-Dieskau’s recordings of songs by composers such as Mozart, Schubert, and Richard Strauss set benchmarks for generations of singers to come. The art songs and opera singer died in the southern German city of Starnberg on May 18, 2012.

Mitchell Guist (48) cast member of the reality TV show Swamp People on the History cable TV channel, which features residents of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya swamp country during alligator hunting season. Guist fell while aboard his boat on the Intracoastal Waterway, near Pierre Part, La., and was pronounced dead at a hospital in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana on May 14, 2012.

Michael Rosenbaum (64) Emmy-winning CBS News producer, Tel Aviv bureau chief (1989-95) during the first Palestinian uprising against Israel. Rosenbaum’s field producing played a major role in coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, which won a Peabody award and two Emmys. He died of a brain tumor in New York City on May 17, 2012.

Donna Summer (63) disco queen whose pulsating anthems such as "Last Dance,” "Love to Love You Baby,” and "Bad Girls” became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance, and flashy clothes. Summer’s hits captured both the hedonism of the ‘70s disco era and the feminist solidarity of the early ‘80s. She died of cancer in Naples, Florida on May 17, 2012.

Alfredo Villatoro (47) news director for one of Honduras’ most important radio stations, RHN radio, who had presented a morning news broadcast for 20 years. Villatoro was found shot to death nearly a week after he was kidnapped May 9 on his way to work, in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on May 15, 2012. The government said 22 journalists have been killed in Honduras since the start of 2010.

Politics and Military

Jim Abdnor (89) former US senator who gained fame nationally as the South Dakota Republican who ousted George McGovern from the Senate in 1980. Abdnor died after being in hospice care since May 6, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on May 16, 2012.

Tom Fuentes (63) former leader (1985-2004) of the Orange County (Calif.) Republican Party, an epicenter of GOP fund-raising and political clout. Fuentes had liver cancer that had spread to his lungs and lymph system. He died in Lake Forest, California on May 18, 2012.

Arno Lustiger (88) Holocaust survivor and scholar known for his research on Jewish resistance to the Nazis and of non-Jews who helped to save Jews from the Holocaust. Lustiger died in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on May 15, 2012.

Society and Religion

Katie Beckett (34) Iowa woman whose struggles with childhood disease and federal bureaucracy brought landmark changes to the federal-state Medicaid program allowing children with disabilities to live at home. Beckett spent most of the first three years of her life in the hospital after encephalitis infected her brain; doctors predicted she would live to age 10. She died after suffering digestive problems, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 18, 2012.

Maude Aimee Humbard (89) widow of the late Rev. Rex Humbard, the world’s first televangelist. Maude Humbard died after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, in Lantana, Florida on May 14, 2012.

Ada Maria Isasi-Díaz (69) Cuban-born theologian who would have become a Roman Catholic priest if not for the church’s ban on ordaining women. Instead Isasi-Díaz became a dissident theologian who spoke for those she considered the neglected spiritual core of the church’s membership: Hispanic women like herself. She died of cancer in New York City on May 13, 2012.

Mary Richardson Kennedy (52) estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr. A mother of four, Mary Kennedy was known to have drug and alcohol problems. She was found dead at her home; her body was discovered hanging in a barn behind the house, in Bedford, New York, a New York City suburb, on May 16, 2012.

Frank Knight (103) volunteer tree warden who spent decades trying to save New England’s tallest elm, a 217-year-old tree nicknamed "Herbie," from Dutch Elm disease. The massive tree finally succumbed and was cut down in 2010; unknown to Knight, some of its wood was made into a casket for him. He died in Scarborough, Maine on May 14, 2012.

Frank Edward Ray (91) driver of the Chowchilla school bus carrying 26 children who were kidnapped in July 1976 and herded into a buried moving van in a rock quarry by three men (now serving life in prison) who planned to demand a $5 million ransom. Ray and several of the older children were able to climb out of an opening in the top of the van, and the victims were freed after 16 hours underground. Ray died of cirrhosis of the liver in Chowchilla, California on May 17, 2012.

Led Zeppelin II (64) man known as George Blackburn for most of his life who changed his name to Led Zeppelin II after a divorce in 2011. Released in 1969, Led Zeppelin II was the iconic British band’s first album to reach No. 1 in the US. Zeppelin died of a heart attack in Bethalto, Illinois on May 18, 2012.


Bob Boozer (75) basketball star at Kansas State, a 1960 Olympic gold medalist, and an 11-year professional who finished his playing career after winning the 1971 NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks. Boozer died of a brain aneurysm in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 2012.

Peter Fuller (89) owner of the thoroughbred Dancer’s Image, winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby but disqualified days later when traces of the drug phenylbutazone, given to alleviate chronic pain and joint soreness, were found in the horse’s postrace urinalysis; it was legal on race days in most jurisdictions in 1968, but not in Kentucky. Fuller died of cancer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 14, 2012.

Kevin Hickey (56) pitcher in six major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox (1981-83) and the Baltimore Orioles (1989-91). A left-hander, Hickey compiled a 9-14 record, 3.91 ERA, and 17 saves in 231 relief appearances and had been the White Sox’s pregame instructor since 2004. He died in Chicago, Illinois on May 16, 2012.

Archie Peck (76) one of the most celebrated players in a sport of cutthroat gentility—croquet. A champion player in the ‘70s, ’80s, and afterward, Peck was for decades a familiar presence in the croquet circles of Palm Beach and beyond. He died of cancer in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 16, 2012.

Lee Richardson (33) British international motorcycle speedway rider, captain of the Lakeside Hammers team. Richardson was featured in several World Cups and was a Grand Prix rider (2003–06). He was killed in a race in Wroclaw, Poland when his motorcycle flipped over after crashing into a safety fence, on May 13, 2012.

(Big) Willie Robinson (69) founding president of the National & International Brotherhood of Street Racers, a Los Angeles drag racing group that promoted the sport to ease racial tensions and build unity. Robinson’s nonprofit group organized street races after the 1965 Watts riots and later created a drag strip on Terminal Island (1974–84, ‘93-95). He died of an infection that led to heart failure, in Los Angeles, California on May 19, 2012.

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