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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, July 7, 2012

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Andy Griffith, TV’s Sheriff Andy TaylorEric Sykes, British comedy actor and writerJimmy Bivins, ‘40s-‘50s boxerRev. John E. Brooks, longest-serving president of Holy CrossBen Davidson, Oakland Raiders player turned TV pitchmanPhilip L. Fradkin, environmental historianLoyd (‘Boo’) Gentry, thoroughbred horse trainerJulian Goodman, former NBC presidentDr. Joseph Kirsner, pioneer researcher in digestive system disordersDonald D. Kummerfeld, former NYC deputy mayorEvelyn Lear, US operatic sopranoVincent R. Mancusi, Attica wardenSir Colin Marshall, led British Airways to privatization in ‘80sSergio Pininfarina, headed car design firmRobert Reno, brother of former US attorney generalJack Richardson, early ‘60s playwrightEstelle Ellis Rubinstein, marketing executiveLeon Schlumpf, former president of SwitzerlandAnthony Sedlak, Canadian celebrity chefWatson Sims, AP foreign correspondentMartin L. Swig, rare car aficionadoMichael J. Ybarra, extreme-sports reporterDaphne Zepos, authority on cheese

Art and Literature

Philip L. Fradkin (77) native New Yorker whose fascination with the US West turned him into a chronicler of the region’s history and environmental legacy in 13 books on such topics as the great San Francisco earthquake, nuclear test fallout in Nevada, and the survival of the Colorado River. Fradkin died of cancer in Point Reyes Station, California on July 7, 2012.

Business and Science

Dr. Joseph Kirsner (102) pioneer in the field of digestive system disorders and a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. Kirsner published more than 750 research papers and 18 books and was among the first to show the increased risk of colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis. He died of kidney failure in Chicago, Illinois on July 7, 2012.

Sir Colin Marshall (78) British business executive who guided British Airways on its transition from state ownership to privatization (1983-87), after which he was knighted. Marshall was named chairman of BA in 1993 and retired in 2004. He died of cancer in London, England on July 5, 2012.

Sergio Pininfarina (85) head of an Italian family company known for its designs of sleek Ferraris and other cars. The company founded in 1930 has designed cars for Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Cadillac, and Volvo but is most closely associated with Ferrari, designing nearly all its models since the ‘50s. Pininfarina died in Turin, Italy on July 3, 2012.

Robert Reno (72) former Newsday business columnist (1968-2003) and brother of former US Attorney General Janet Reno. Robert Reno died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Miami, Florida on July 7, 2012.

Daphne Zepos (52) internationally known authority on cheese whose expertise included buying it, selling it, making it, and above all, eating it. Zepos was also a writer, teacher, consultant, importer, chef, and cheese-competition judge. She died of lung cancer in San Francisco, California on July 3, 2012.

News and Entertainment

Julian Goodman (90) former NBC president who helped to establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a well-known news team and led the network from 1966-74. Goodman later gave Johnny Carson a long-term contract to stay on the Tonight show and helped to make the AFL a force by broadcasting the upstart league’s football games. He died in Juno Beach, Florida on July 2, 2012.

Andy Griffith (86) actor whose portrayal of a small-town sheriff made The Andy Griffith Show one of American TV’s most enduring comedies. Griffith created another memorable character, the folksy defense lawyer on Matlock, in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it was his portrayal of Sheriff Andy Taylor in the ‘60s that gave him a place in US TV history. The show portrayed life in the friendly, slow-moving fictional town of Mayberry, NC, widely believed to have been based on Griffith’s own hometown, Mount Airy, NC. He died of a heart attack on Roanoke Island, North Carolina on July 3, 2012.

Evelyn Lear (86) American soprano who became an opera star in Europe while singing some of the most difficult contemporary operas before returning to the US. Lear had been ailing for months after suffering a mild stroke. She died in Sandy Spring, Maryland on July 1, 2012.

Jack Richardson (78) playwright who burst onto the New York theatrical scene in the early ‘60s, then almost as quickly vanished from it. Richardson’s first play, The Prodigal, a reimagining of Euripides’ drama Orestes, was produced off-Broadway in 1960 and won Obie and Drama Desk awards. He suffered from heart attacks and cancer and died in New York City on July 1, 2012.

Estelle Ellis Rubinstein (92) pioneering marketing executive who in 1944 helped to start Seventeen magazine and later Charm, ultimately incorporated into Glamour. Rubinstein conducted early market research studies that established working women and teenage girls as distinct markets. She died of lung cancer in New York City on July 1, 2012.

Anthony Sedlak (29) Canadian celebrity chef. Sedlak was best known as host of Food Network Canada’s show The Main, as a judge on Family Cook Off, and author of the Canadian best-selling cookbook, The Main. He collapsed from an undiagnosed medical condition, and his body was found later that day in his North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada apartment, on July 6, 2012.

Watson Sims (90) recipient of a Silver Star for helping to rescue Gen. Douglas MacArthur from Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. Sims later became a foreign correspondent and World Services editor for the Associated Press. He died of pneumonia in Asheville, North Carolina on July 6, 2012.

Eric Sykes (89) widely acclaimed British comedy actor and writer. Sykes was one of the most popular comic actors of his generation, appearing in shows in London’s West End into his 80s. He began his career writing scripts for BBC shows, cowriting 24 episodes of the classic radio comedy The Goon Show with the late Spike Milligan (d. 2002). He later wrote and acted in theater shows and movies, including an appearance in the film Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (2005). Sykes died in London, England on July 4, 2012.

Politics and Military

Donald D. Kummerfeld (78) budget director and first deputy mayor whose insistence on financial discipline and deft political touch helped to steer New York away from the brink of bankruptcy in the ‘70s. Kummerfield became ill while gardening in intense heat and died in a hospital emergency room in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 5, 2012.

Leon Schlumpf (87) former government minister and later president of Switzerland in 1984 for the traditional one-year term. Schlumpf’s daughter, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, also a former government minister, assumed Switzerland’s rotating presidency earlier this year. Leon Schlumpf died in Chur, Switzerland on July 7, 2012.

Society and Religion

Rev. John E. Brooks (88) longest-serving president (1970-94) of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., who as a theology professor there after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 set out to integrate what was then an all-male and virtually all-white institution. Brooks died of lymphoma in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 2, 2012.

Vincent R. Mancusi (98) warden of the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York when inmates rebelled against prison conditions in 1971, sparking a riot that left scores of guards and prisoners dead or injured. Mancusi died in Springfield, Virginia on July 5, 2012.


Jimmy Bivins (92) heavyweight boxer in the ‘40s and ‘50s who defeated some of the greatest fighters of his time. Bivins never was able to compete for a world title but was once ranked as the No. 1 contender in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. He retired from boxing in 1955 after more than 100 professional fights. He died of pneumonia in Garfield Heights, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, on July 4, 2012.

Ben Davidson (72) hulking defensive end who starred for the Oakland Raiders in the ‘60s before becoming a famous TV pitchman in Miller Lite commercials. Davidson spent 11 years in pro football, starting with the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins in the NFL before joining the Raiders in the AFL in 1964. He was being treated for prostate cancer when he died in the San Francisco Bay Area on July 2, 2012.

Loyd (Boo) Gentry (87) thoroughbred trainer who saddled 1967 Kentucky Derby winner Proud Clarion; the horse ran one of the fastest times in the Derby. Gentry also trained Kauai King as a 2-year-old before the horse won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 1966, and Graustark, undefeated until his last race. Gentry died of heart failure in Lexington, Kentucky on July 1, 2012.

Martin L. Swig (78) rare car aficionado who in 1991 founded the California Mille, a tour for automobiles built in 1957 or earlier. It lasts four days, starting on the last Sunday in April, and for many miles winds along the strikingly scenic northern California coastline. About 75 vehicles from all over the world join the tour every year. Swig suffered a stroke on July 1 and died two days later in Greenbrae, California on July 3, 2012.

Michael J. Ybarra (45) author and reporter who had been covering extreme sports like rock climbing and kayaking for the Wall Street Journal since 2007. Ybarra was killed in a fall from a cliff in Yosemite National Park in California while on a two-day solo climb, on July 1, 2012.

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