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Richard Dawson, host of ‘Family Feud’Dick Beals, voice of Speedy Alka-SeltzerBarton Lidice Benes, US sculptorJoe Benvenuti, Sacramento developerAdolfo Calero, leader of Nicaragua’s contra rebelsDon Campbell, popularized ‘Mozart effect’Dudley Clendenin, journalist and authorPete Cosey, blues guitaristLeRoy Ellis, basketball starEdgar (‘Buddy’) Freitag, Broadway theater producerFriedrich Hirzebruch, German mathematicianSir Andrew Huxley, British scientistKathryn Joosten, Emmy-winning actressJohnie Kirton, football fullbackRichard W. Lyman, former president of Stanford UMichael O’Neill, former editor of NY Daily NewsRandy Paar, lawyer daughter of ‘Tonight Show’ host Jack PaarJim Paratore, TV producer and executiveDr. David L. Rimoin, studied skeletal abnormalitiesMarion Sandler, business executiveKaneto Shindo, oldest active Japanese filmmakerEarl Shorris, social critic, author, and educatorJohnny Tapia, boxing championJack Twyman, basketball starJim Unger, cartoonist of ‘Herman’Arthel Lane (‘Doc’) Watson, folk guitaristOrlando Woolridge, ‘80s NBA starAudrey Young, widow of film director Billy Wilder

Art and Literature

Barton Lidice Benes (69) sculptor who worked in materials that he called artifacts of everyday life. Benes used mementos of childhood in his early work and later made sculptures from chopped-up, everyday American cash (purchased preshredded from the Federal Reserve). He died of complications from AIDS in New York City on May 30, 2012.

Don Campbell (65) author and entrepreneur whose best-selling books on "The Mozart Effect” helped to popularize the notion that listening to the composer’s music could enhance mental and creative abilities. Campbell died of pancreatic cancer in Colorado on June 2, 2012.

Jim Unger (75) British-born cartoonist of the offbeat panel cartoon "Herman" (1974-92), depicting a rumpled, middle-aged everyman with a bulging belly and a potato-sized nose, dealing with the frustrations and absurdities of everyday life. Unger’s "Herman” cartoons ran in more than 500 newspapers around the world and were collected in more than a dozen books. He died in Saanich, British Columbia, Canada on May 29, 2012.

Business and Science

Joe Benvenuti (91) Sacramento developer who reshaped the California capital’s skyline and brought the NBA’s Kings to town from Kansas City in 1985. Benvenuti helped to build the Hyatt Regency Sacramento hotel in 1988 and the city’s first high-rise, the Renaissance Tower, a dark-glass structure that became known as the "Darth Vader” building, in ‘89. He had been in decline since suffering a stroke last October and died in Sacramento, California on May 30, 2012.

Friedrich Hirzebruch (84) mathematician who helped to revive the German mathematical community after World War II and whose work in unifying disparate parts of mathematics gave birth to new tools and fields of research. Hirzebruch died of a brain hemorrhage, apparently brought on by a minor fall a month earlier, in Bonn, Germany on May 27, 2012.

Sir Andrew Huxley (94) British scientist from an illustrious family whose boyhood mechanical skills led to a career in physiology—"the mechanical engineering of living things,” he called it—and a Nobel Prize for explaining the electrical basis of bodily movement. Huxley was a half-brother of novelist Aldous Huxley (d. 1963). He died in Cambridgeshire, England on May 30, 2012.

Dr. David L. Rimoin (75) medical geneticist who pioneered studies of dwarfism and other skeletal abnormalities. Rimoin died just days after he had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, in Los Angeles, California on May 27, 2012.

Marion Sandler (81) business executive who ran Golden West Financial Corp. with her husband for 40 years before selling the mortgage lender to Wachovia Corp. for $24 billion in 2006. Marion Sandler died in San Francisco, California on June 1, 2012.


Richard W. Lyman (88) former president (1970-80) and provost of Stanford University who clamped down on student protests during the Vietnam War era. Lyman died of congestive heart failure in Palo Alto, California on May 27, 2012.

Earl Shorris (75) social critic and author whose interviews with prison inmates for a book inspired him to start a now nationally recognized educational program that introduces the poor and the unschooled to Plato, Kant, and Tolstoy. Shorris died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in New York City on May 27, 2012.

News and Entertainment

Dick Beals (85) radio and TV voice-over actor whose work included the animated characters Gumby and Speedy Alka-Seltzer. Beals also was the unseen pitchman in more than 3,000 commercials for such products as Oscar Mayer and Campbell’s Soup. He died in Vista, California on May 29, 2012.

Dudley Clendenin (67) journalist and author who wrote about civil rights, aging in America, the poignancy of ordinary lives, and his own approaching death as a gay alcoholic victim of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Clendenin died in Baltimore, Maryland on May 30, 2012.

Pete Cosey (68) guitarist who played on many blues and R&B records in the ‘60s but became best known for his work in Miles Davis’s electric band of 1973-75, contributing a distorted sound punctuated by the wah-wah pedal. Cosey died of complications from surgery, in Chicago, Illinois on May 30, 2012.

Richard Dawson (79) British actor and comedian who kissed all the female contestants as host (1977-85, ‘94-95) of the TV game show Family Feud. Dawson earlier had made his mark in the ‘60s sitcom hit Hogan’s Heroes, which got laughs from a Nazi PoW camp whose prisoners hoodwink their captors. He died of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles, California on June 2, 2012.

Edgar (Buddy) Freitag (80) theater producer who helped to back some of Broadway’s most buzzed-about shows, including The Drowsy Chaperone, Memphis, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?. Freitag died of a brain tumor less than two weeks before the Tony Awards, with several of his shows—including the hit revival of Porgy & Bess, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and End of the Rainbow—vying for top honors, in New York City on May 30, 2012.

Kathryn Joosten (72) Desperate Housewives actress who won two Emmys for her supporting role as Karen McCluskey, a nosy neighbor on the recently ended hit show. Like her character, Joosten died of lung cancer, in Westlake Village, California on June 2, 2012.

Michael O'Neill (89) former New York Daily News editor-in-chief who oversaw coverage of the city’s financial crisis in the ‘70s. O’Neill’s tenure included the famous headline on Oct. 30, 1975 about President Gerald Ford’s speech denying the city money during the financial crisis: FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD. He died of pulmonary fibrosis in Scarsdale, New York on May 29, 2012.

Randy Paar (63) successful Manhattan lawyer remembered by many ‘50s and ’60s TV viewers as the cute, precocious little girl whom her father, second Tonight Show host Jack Paar (d. 2004), introduced to a national audience in his monologues and home movies. Randy Paar died three days after falling off a platform at Grand Central Terminal and hitting her head, in New York City on June 2, 2012.

Jim Paratore (58) TV producer and executive. Paratore was president (1992-2006) of Telepictures, a production arm of Warner Bros. Television; during that time he was heavily involved with the creation and launching of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Bachelor. He died of a heart attack while cycling in France, on May 29, 2012.

Kaneto Shindo (100) Japanese filmmaker whose work was haunted by the wartime devastation of his native Hiroshima. The director of nearly 50 pictures—his most recent, the World War II melodrama Postcard, was released in 2010—Shindo was the oldest active filmmaker in Japan. He died in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2012.

Arthel Lane (Doc) Watson (89) Grammy-winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than 50 years. Blinded by an eye infection at age 1, Watson recently underwent abdominal surgery and died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 29, 2012.

Audrey Young (89) singer-actress in the ‘40s who donated $5 million to the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood, Calif. to create the Billy Wilder Theater in memory of her late husband, the director of classic films like The Lost Weekend and Some Like It Hot, who died in 2002. Young died in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 2012.

Politics and Military

Adolfo Calero (80) leader of the American-backed contra rebels who fought Nicaragua’s revolutionary Sandinista government in the early ‘80s and eventually achieved its ouster through democratic elections. Calero died of pneumonia in Managua, Nicaragua on June 2, 2012.


LeRoy Ellis (72) center who played 14 years (1962-76) in the NBA after a standout career at St. John’s University. Ellis appeared in 1,048 NBA games with the Lakers, Baltimore, Portland, and Philadelphia. He died of prostate cancer in Portland, Oregon on June 2, 2012.

Johnie Kirton (26) fullback with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. Kirton also played for the Chicago Rush, the Arizona Rattlers, and the SaberCats during three seasons in the AFL. He was found dead in Santa Clara, California on May 28, 2012.

Johnny Tapia (45) five-time boxing champion whose career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression, and run-ins with the law. Tapia won five championships in three weight classes: the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles, and the IBF featherweight belt. He was found dead at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 27, 2012.

Jack Twyman (78) basketball Hall of Famer, one of the NBA’s top scorers in the ‘50s who in 1958 became legal guardian of a paralyzed teammate, Maurice Stokes (d. 1970), to help him receive medical benefits. Twyman died of an aggressive form of blood cancer in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 30, 2012.

Orlando Woolridge (52) basketball forward who made a reputation over 13 NBA seasons (1981-94) as a top scorer and one of the original alley-oop artists. Known for his high-flying dunks and ability to throw down lob passes in the open court, the 6-foot-9 Woolridge played for the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, and Detroit. He died of a chronic heart condition in Mansfield, Louisiana on May 31, 2012.

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