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Celeste Holm, Oscar-winning actressKitty Wells, ‘Queen of Country Music’William Asher, TV director and producerBob Babbitt, Motown bassistBarbara Jean Carnegie Berwald, ex-wife of sports mogulA. Lee Chandler, former SC chief justiceAlexander Cockburn, political columnist and editorStephen R. Covey, motivational speaker and authorRobert W. Creamer, sports biographerJack Davis, Olympic hurdlerTom Davis, TV comedy writer and performerHarry Eisen, founded SoCal’s Norco RanchRabbi Y. S. Elyashiv, rabbinic authorityRaul O. Garces, AP correspondentAntonin Holy, Czech scientistRajesh Khanna, Bollywood’s first superstarArcher King, Broadway agentJon Lord, British rock keyboardistMike Lynn, Minnesota Vikings executiveNelson Lyon, TV comedy writerFrank (‘Pancho’) Martin, thoroughbred horse trainerMasaharu Matsushita, former Panasonic presidentLt. Gen. Forrest McCartney, Kennedy Space Center directorIlhan Mimaroglu, composer of electronic musicFioravante G. Perrotta, New York political aideJacqueline Piatigorsky, widow of classical cellistWalter Pichler, Austrian architectWilliam Raspberry, Pulitzer-winning columnistJack Reyna, son of soccer star Claudio ReynaJoe Sarra, longtime Penn State assistant coachWilliam Staub, mass-produced exercise treadmillOmar Suleiman, former Egyptian spy chiefSimon Ward, actor who played young Winston ChurchillFrank Wetzel, died in NC prisonSylvia Woods, founder of Harlem soul food restaurant

Art and Literature

Stephen R. Covey (79) motivational speaker and author of the best-selling The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (1989), which sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages. Covey suffered a head injury in an April bicycle accident but apparently recovered. His health suddenly deteriorated at a family gathering, and he died in Idaho Falls, Idaho on July 16, 2012.

Walter Pichler (75) architect who became a leading artist in Austria’s postwar avant-garde movement, eventually distancing himself from the art establishment by moving to a farm and creating works mainly to please himself. Pichler liked designing buildings that were never going to be built. He died of cancer in Burgenland, Austria on July 16, 2012.

Business and Science

Harry Eisen (95) Polish-born Holocaust survivor who founded Norco Ranch Inc. in western Riverside County in the ‘50s and built it into one of California’s leading egg producers, processors, and distributors. Eisen died of lung disease in Beverly Hills, California on July 19, 2012.

Antonin Holy (75) Czech scientist whose research significantly contributed to the development of antiviral drugs. A research professor of nucleic acid chemistry, Holy helped to discover substances that are part of such drugs as Viread and Vistide, used for treatment of HIV-infected patients, and Hepsera for treatment of hepatitis B. He died in Prague, Czech Republic on July 16, 2012.

Masaharu Matsushita (99) son-in-law of Panasonic’s founder who helped to lead the Japanese electronics company for 50 years as it grew into a global brand. Matsushita died in Osaka, central Japan on July 16, 2012.

William Staub (96) mechanical engineer who took the treadmill—that ubiquitous piece of exercise equipment loved and loathed by millions—into homes and gyms. Staub built and marketed his first treadmill in the late ‘60s. He died in Clifton, New Jersey on July 19, 2012.

Sylvia Woods (86) founder of Sylvia’s Restaurant, the famed Harlem soul food eatery that is a must-stop for locals, tourists, and politicians. Woods had been dealing with Alzheimer’s disease for the past few years and died in Mount Vernon, New York on July 19, 2012.

News and Entertainment

William Asher (90) director and producer behind the TV classic I Love Lucy, on which he directed Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for 100 of the show’s 181 episodes (1952-57). Asher also produced and directed Bewitched, which starred his then-wife, actress Elizabeth Montgomery (d. 1995). He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Palm Desert, California on July 16, 2012.

Bob Babbitt (74) Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member whose bass playing can be heard through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion” and Marvin Gaye’s "Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology).” Babbitt died of brain cancer in Nashville, Tennessee on July 16, 2012.

Tom Davis (59) writer who with his childhood friend, comedian (now US Senator) Al Franken (D-Minn.), helped to develop some of the most popular skits in the early years of Saturday Night Live. Davis was best known as the thinner, taller partner in Franken & Davis, the off-kilter comedy duo who performed in the early years of the show. He died of throat and neck cancer in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City, on July 19, 2012.

Raul O. Garces (73) veteran Associated Press correspondent who defied military censors and leftist guerrillas as he covered many of the tumultuous events of South America for more than 50 years. Garces died in Montevideo, Uruguay of a massive heart attack at the city’s Spanish Hospital, where he had gone for a checkup, on July 21, 2012.

Celeste Holm (95) actress who soared to Broadway fame as Ado Annie in the original production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (1943) and won an Oscar for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). Holm was nominated for an Oscar twice more over the years, for Come to the Stable (1949) and All About Eve (1950), and did a rare musical turn with Frank Sinatra in High Society (1956). She had been hospitalized for about two weeks with dehydration and died in her New York City apartment on July 15, 2012.

Rajesh Khanna (69) romantic lead in scores of Indian movies whose success made him Bollywood’s first superstar. Khanna began his career in the mid-‘60s in romantic films; he played the lead role in 120 of the 170 movies in which he appeared and won scores of awards. After a nearly 30-year reign, Khanna saw his popularity dim when action films became the rage and younger stars rose to the top. He died in Mumbai, India on July 18, 2012.

Archer King (95) longtime Broadway agent and producer who’s credited with discovering a slew of famous actors including James Dean and Ron Howard. King died in New York City on July 19, 2012.

Jon Lord (71) British rocker, a keyboardist whose powerful tones helped to turn Deep Purple and Whitesnake into two of the most popular hard rock acts in a generation. Lord died of a pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, in London, England on July 16, 2012.

Nelson Lyon (73) former Saturday Night Live writer long known for a darker connection: Lyon went on a drug-fueled binge with the show’s star, John Belushi, during the comedian’s final days in 1982. He was also writer/director of an X-rated sex comedy, The Telephone Book (1971), now considered a neglected masterpiece. Lyon died of liver cancer in Los Angeles, California on July 17, 2012.

Ilhan Mimaroglu (86) Turkish-born composer best known for his electronic music and a record producer best known for his work with jazz bassist Charles Mingus (d. 1979). Mimaroglu died of pneumonia in New York City on July 17, 2012.

William Raspberry (76) Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for the Washington Post who for 39 years (1966-2005) in more than 200 newspapers brought a moderate voice to social issues, including race relations. Raspberry died of prostate cancer in Washington, DC on July 17, 2012.

Simon Ward (70) British car dealer’s son who gave moviegoers an enduring image of Winston Churchill as a callow aristocrat, playing the British bulldog in Richard Attenborough’s 1972 film, Young Winston. Ward died in London, England on July 21, 2012.

Kitty Wells (92) first female country music superstar, dubbed the "Queen of Country Music." Wells scored the first country No. 1 hit by a solo female artist with "It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (1952), breaking sexist barriers for those to follow: Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Taylor Swift. Wells died of complications from a stroke in Madison, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb, on July 16, 2012.

Politics and Military

A. Lee Chandler (89) former chief justice of the South Carolina State Supreme Court. Chandler was a judge in the state for more than 20 years but served just 10 months as chief justice in 1994 before he reached the mandatory retirement age. He was a graduate of The Citadel, from the class of 1944 that skipped its senior year to fight in World War II. He died in Darlington, South Carolina on July 18, 2012.

Alexander Cockburn (71) radical writer, a longtime columnist for The Nation and editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch. Cockburn had been receiving treatment for cancer in Bad Salzhausen, Germany for two years and died there on July 20, 2012.

Lt. Gen. Forrest McCartney (81) retired US Air Force officer, a former director of Kennedy Space Center who was crucial in getting NASA’s shuttles flying again after the 1986 Challenger tragedy. McCartney died near Cape Canaveral, Florida on July 17, 2012.

Fioravante G. Perrotta (80) New York lawyer who in the ‘60s moved between influential jobs with Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller (1959-62) and Mayor John V. Lindsay (1968-70). Perrotta ran Republican campaigns in heavily Democrat New York City and worked as a high-level state insurance regulator. He died of oral cancer in New York City on July 20, 2012.

Omar Suleiman (76) Egypt’s former spy chief, deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s top lieutenant and keeper of secrets. Suleiman had suffered from lung and heart problems for months, and his health had sharply deteriorated over the past three weeks. He was treated at a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and died there on July 19, 2012.

Society and Religion

Rabbi Y. S. Elyashiv (102) rabbi revered by Jews worldwide as the top rabbinic authority of his generation for his scholarship and rulings on complex elements of Jewish law. Elyashiv died in Jerusalem, Israel on July 18, 2012.

Frank Wetzel (90) man who served more than 50 years in prison for killing two North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers. Wetzel maintained his innocence, saying he was the victim of a law enforcement conspiracy. After living his last years in a state of dementia, he died behind bars in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 21, 2012.


Barbara Jean Carnegie Berwald (94) first of four wives of media and sports mogul Jack Kent Cooke (d. 1997) whose then-record $41 million divorce settlement in 1977 forced Cooke to sell the Los Angeles Lakers, the Sacramento Kings, and the Forum, the sports arena he built in Inglewood in ‘66. Berwald died of heart failure in Purchase, New York on July 20, 2012.

Robert W. Creamer (90) one of Sports Illustrated’s first writers. Creamer was the author of two hallmark sports biographies: Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (1974), about New York Yankee slugger Babe Ruth, and Stengel: His Life & Times (1984), about the quotable Yankees manager Casey Stengel. Creamer died of prostate cancer four days after his 90th birthday, in Saratoga Springs, New York on July 18, 2012.

Jack Davis (81) champion hurdler who won two Olympic silver medals in the ‘50s, in Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). A USC track star, Davis was ranked the world’s top hurdler six times; in 1956 he set a world record of 13.4 seconds at the national Amateur Athletic Union championships in Bakersfield. He died of complications from a fall in San Diego, California on July 20, 2012.

Mike Lynn (76) longtime (1975-90) Minnesota Vikings general manager who in 1989 traded five players and seven draft picks to the Dallas Cowboys for Herschel Walker, a running back Lynn considered the missing link to a Super Bowl run. But Walker never panned out, and Dallas used the windfall to lay the groundwork for three Super Bowl wins in the ‘90s. Lynn died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 21, 2012.

Frank (Pancho) Martin (86) Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer who oversaw 1973 Kentucky Derby and Preakness runner-up Sham. Martin-trained horses won 3,240 races and had purse earnings of $47,586,039. He died in Garden City, New York on July 18, 2012.

Jacqueline Piatigorsky (100) French-born widow of classical Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (d. 1976), herself a member of the Rothschild banking family and a US chess champion. Jacqueline Piatigorsky died of pneumonia in Brentwood, California on July 15, 2012.

Jack Reyna (13) son of soccer Hall of Famer Claudio Reyna, who played for the US team in three World Cups and for several European clubs. The elder Reyna is now youth technical director for US Soccer. Jack Reyna died of brain cancer in Bedford, New York on July 19, 2012.

Joe Sarra (75) former Penn State assistant coach. Sarra coached the linebackers and the defensive interior line across a Nittany Lions career that spanned 21 seasons (1983-2004). The team won nine bowls during his tenure. Sarra died in State College, Pennsylvania on July 19, 2012.

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