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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Carmen Basilio, ‘50s middleweight championLawrence Beaupre, former editor of Cincinnati EnquirerSamuel Becker, ‘Mr. University of Iowa’Lucille Bliss, voice of SmurfettePanbanisha, female bonobo, a species of chimpanzeeOlympe Bradna, French-born dancer and actressCharles Vernon Bush, one of first black graduates of USAF AcademyElliott Carter, classical composerCecilia Chang, St. John’s U dean on trial for theftHenry Colman, TV producer and executiveTed Curson, jazz trumpeterEllen Douglas, Mississippi novelistJames R. Dumpson, NYC welfare commissionerCleve Duncan, lead singer of PenguinsClive Dunn, British actorJoseph Early Sr., Massachusetts congressmanValerie Eliot, widow of poet T. S. EliotLt. Col. Herbert Eugene Carter, Tuskegee AirmanLeonardo Favio, Argentine film director, actor, and singerJim Flick, golf instructorSamuel Freedman, Connecticut judge and legislatorDean R. Gits, LA public defenderMajor Harris, soul singer with DelfonicsFrances Hashimoto, LA business and civic leaderTheodore T. Jones Jr., NY State juristBeryl Kapaun, oldest resident of South DakotaJane Holtz Kay, advocated giving up cars to stop global warmingReis Leming, US hero in 1953 British superstormCornel Lucas, British portrait photographer of starsLee MacPhail, baseball executive and oldest Hall of FamerPatriarch Maxim of BulgariaForrest Morgan, bobsled championFrank Peppiatt, cocreator of ‘Hee Haw’Frank J. Prial, longtime wine columnistRichard Robbins, Oscar-nominated film composerDarrell K. Royal, Texas football coachJoseph Sargent, cofounder of Vermont’s Killington ski areaErnie Seneca, NC public information officerIsaiah Sheffer, founder of Symphony Space in NYCArthur K. Snyder, LA City CouncilmanCol. James L. Stone Sr., US Medal of Honor recipientBirger Stromsheim, WWII Norwegian patriotBill Tarmey, British actorDavid Taub, wine importerCrockett J. (‘Tiny’) Thompson, Virginia TV newsmanLarry van Nostran, longtime SoCal city councilmanConnie Wald, Hollywood hostessVirgil Wallace, Bataan Death March survivorCarmen H. Warschaw, California Democrat stalwartGlen Morgan Williams, US District judgeBertram Wyatt-Brown, historian of US South

Art and Literature

Ellen Douglas (91) Mississippi native whose novel Apostles of Light was a 1973 National Book Award nominee. Douglas died in Jackson, Mississippi on November 7, 2012.

Valerie Eliot (86) second wife and widow of T. S. Eliot (d. 1965) and guardian of the US-born poet’s literary legacy for almost 50 years. Valerie Eliot died in London, England on November 9, 2012.

Cornel Lucas (92) British portrait photographer who created defining images of Brigitte Bardot, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and a host of other celebrities during the ‘50s and ’60s, when publicity photos were the lifeblood of the star-making process. Lucas died in London, England on November 8, 2012.

Business and Science

Panbanisha the Bonobo (26) bonobo considered one of the best at communicating with humans. Panbanisha had lived at the Great Ape Trust Bonobo Hope, an ape sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, since 2005. She could communicate with humans via symbols on a display and understood some spoken English. Panbanisha likely died of complications from a cold on November 6, 2012.

Frances Hashimoto (69) Little Tokyo business and civic leader whose Los Angeles company Mikawaya popularized the Japanese-style treat known as mochi ice cream. Hashimoto died of lung cancer in Pasadena, California on November 4, 2012.

Frank J. Prial (82) New York Times columnist whose "Wine Talk” introduced many Americans to the world of wine in the ‘70s, when a new passion for fine food and drink was taking hold in the country. Prial’s column ran for more than 30 years, until 2004. He died of prostate cancer two days after his 82nd birthday, in West Orange, New Jersey on November 6, 2012.

David Taub (72) wine importer whose company, Palm Bay International, made Pinot Grigio the top-selling Italian wine in the US, part of an international surge in popularity that helped Italy to surpass France in the ‘80s as Europe’s largest wine exporter. Taub died of kidney disease in Glen Head, Long Island, New York on November 8, 2012.


Samuel Becker (89) "Mr. University of Iowa," a professor emeritus of communications studies who earned three degrees at the university. Becker’s name is on the Communications Studies Building, and he was famous for his signature bow tie and suspenders. He died in Iowa City, Iowa on November 8, 2012.

Cecilia Chang (59) dean at St. John’s University in New York, on trial for stealing more than $1 million from the school and using foreign scholarship students as her personal servants. Chang was found dead in her Queens, New York home a day after taking the stand in her own defense, against the advice of her lawyers, a suicide by hanging on November 6, 2012.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown (80) historian of the American South who documented how honor and the sometimes violent means by which people sought to preserve it were central forces in Southern culture and in the region’s embrace of slavery. Wyatt-Brown died of pulmonary fibrosis in Baltimore, Maryland on November 5, 2012.

News and Entertainment

Lawrence Beaupre (68) editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1998 when it was forced to renounce articles questioning the business practices of the Chiquita banana company in Central America. The newspaper agreed to pay Chiquita more than $10 million to avoid a lawsuit. Beaupre died in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 10, 2012.

Lucille Bliss (96) actress who provided the voice of the cartoon character Crusader Rabbit in the early days of TV and gained recognition a generation later as the voice of Smurfette on the ‘80s TV hit The Smurfs. Bliss died in Costa Mesa, California on November 8, 2012.

Olympe Bradna (92) French-born dancer and actress who charmed Broadway as a child star of Paris’s touring Folies Bergère and appeared in Hollywood films opposite Gary Cooper and Ronald Reagan before trading stardom for life as a wife and mother. Bradna died in Stockton, California on November 5, 2012.

Elliott Carter (103) classical composer whose complex works won him widespread admiration and two Pulitzer Prizes. Carter died in New York City on November 5, 2012.

Henry Colman (89) TV producer and executive whose credits include The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-O, and Green Acres. Colman also produced the ‘80s series Hotel. He died in Los Angeles, California on November 7, 2012.

Ted Curson (77) trumpeter who moved between soulful postbop and volatile free jazz, both as a leader and as a sideman with Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, and Archie Shepp. Curson died of heart failure in Montclair, New Jersey on November 4, 2012.

Cleve Duncan (78) lead singer for the Penguins whose tenor voice helped to propel the 1954 doo-wop ballad "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” to rock ’n’ roll immortality. Duncan died in Los Angeles, California on November 7, 2012.

Clive Dunn (92) British actor best known as a bumbling old butcher on the popular World War II sitcom Dad’s Army, a hit TV series in the ‘60s and ‘70s about a group of local volunteer members of the Home Guard. Dunn died in Portugal, where he had lived for many years, on November 6, 2012.

Leonardo Favio (74) movie director, actor, and singer, one of Argentina’s most important cultural figures. Favio was known for his romantic ballads, helping to establish a genre later filled by many Latin American crooners. He died after suffering from chronic illnesses, in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 5, 2012.

Major Harris (65) former member of the "Philadelphia sound” soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit "Love Won’t Let Me Wait." Harris died of congestive heart and lung failure in Richmond, Virginia on November 9, 2012.

Frank Peppiatt (85) cocreator, -writer, and -producer (with business partner John Aylesworth [d. 2010]) of Hee Haw, a landmark CBS variety show mixing country music with "corny” humor that became one of TV’s most unlikely and longest-running hits (1969-93, including more than 20 years in syndication). Peppiatt became one of TV’s top producers during the ‘60s and ‘70s in the variety show genre. He died of bladder cancer in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on November 7, 2012.

Richard Robbins (71) composer who created scores for such films as A Room with a View, Howards End, and The Remains of the Day during a 25-year collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant. Robbins earned back-to-back Oscar nominations (1992-93) for his original music for the latter two films. He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Rhinebeck, New York on November 7, 2012.

Isaiah Sheffer (76) theatrical librettist, playwright, director, and impresario who turned a grimy, derelict movie theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side into Symphony Space, a palace of performing arts known for its broadcasts of actors reading short stories. Sheffer died of a stroke in New York City on November 9, 2012.

Bill Tarmey (71) British actor who for 30 years (1979-2010) played lovable rogue Jack Duckworth on the British soap opera Coronation Street. Tarmey died in Tenerife, Spain on November 9, 2012.

Crockett J. (Tiny) Thompson (80) longtime Bluefield, Va. TV newsman. Thompson was news anchor and news director for WHIS-TV, now WVVA-TV, for more than 30 years. He died in Tazewell, Virginia on November 6, 2012.

Connie Wald (96) widow of Hollywood producer Jerry Wald (d. 1962), a Beverly Hills hostess whose dinner parties began during Hollywood’s Golden Age and became an enduring social institution that attracted a parade of movie stars. A former model, Connie Wald died in Beverly Hills, California on November 10, 2012.

Politics and Military

Charles Vernon Bush (72) one of the first black graduates, in 1963, of the US Air Force Academy who later served in Vietnam and as an executive at several companies. After resigning his commission, Bush graduated from Harvard Business School and was an executive at companies including Hughes Electronics Corp. and Max Factor & Co. He had suffered from colon cancer and died in Lolo, Montana on November 5, 2012.

Joseph Early Sr. (79) former US congressman (D-Mass., 1975-93). Early helped to establish the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and to get federal money for health and science research in the state. He died in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 9, 2012.

Lt. Col. Herbert Eugene Carter (95) one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who broke color barriers in World War II as the first black aviators in the US military. After the war Carter was a professor of air science and US Air Force ROTC commander at Tuskegee University (1950-55) and later professor of aerospace studies (1965-69). He died near Opelika, Alabama on November 8, 2012.

Samuel Freedman (85) Connecticut judge and legislator who helped to create the state’s public defender system. Freedman died in Bridgeport, Connecticut on November 4, 2012.

Reis Leming (81) US airman stationed in England when the country was hit by its worst peacetime disaster of the 20th century. Fueled by winds exceeding 100 miles an hour, the North Sea roared over seawalls on Jan. 31, 1953, trapping thousands along the coast and demolishing homes. Leming single-handedly saved 27 people in the Norfolk resort town of Hunstanton by loading them onto a dinghy in repeated trips along flooded streets. He died in Bend, Oregon on November 4, 2012.

Ernie Seneca (51) chief public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety only since last January. A former journalist who had held several state communications posts, Seneca died of cancer in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 9, 2012.

Arthur K. Snyder (79) former Los Angeles City Councilman, a famously colorful figure who spent nearly 20 years (1967-85) in office while contending with an array of personal, legal, and political troubles. Snyder died in his sleep three days before his 80th birthday, in Huntington Beach, California on November 7, 2012.

Col. James L. Stone Sr. (89) retired US Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for bravery under fire in Korea. Stone died in Arlington, Texas on November 9, 2012.

Birger Stromsheim (101) one of six Norwegians who parachuted into the cold, remote Telemark region of their home country during World War II to destroy equipment that the Nazis were using to produce heavy water, a crucial ingredient in making a nuclear weapon. Stromsheim died in Oslo, Norway on November 10, 2012.

Larry van Nostran (79) city councilman in the southern California city of Lakewood for 37 years. Van Nostran was the city’s mayor nine times. He died of lung disease in Lakewood, California on November 10, 2012.

Virgil Wallace (99) New Mexico’s oldest survivor of World War II’s infamous Bataan Death March. Wallace died in Idalou, Texas on November 8, 2012.

Carmen H. Warschaw (95) prominent Democrat Party figure in California for decades, also a generous donor to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and USC. A lifelong, often fiercely partisan Democrat, Warschaw made certain she could take part in her final election by casting an absentee ballot the preceding week. She died in Los Angeles, California on election day, November 6, 2012.

Glen Morgan Williams (92) former US District Judge of Jonesville, Va. Williams was a federal magistrate when President Gerald Ford nominated him as a judge for the Western District of Virginia in 1976. Among his accomplishments was the reopening of the federal courthouse in Big Stone Gap. Williams died in Roanoke, Virginia on November 5, 2012.

Society and Religion

James R. Dumpson (103) New York commissioner of welfare in the ‘60s who defended relief payments as both necessary and moral. A former social worker, Dumpson served in various posts under five NYC mayors—from Wagner to Dinkins. He died of a stroke in New York City on November 5, 2012.

Dean R. Gits (68) public and private defense attorney who won an acquittal for his client Peggy McMartin Buckey in the infamous child molestation case of the ‘80s and early ‘90s and represented thousands of other clients during a lengthy career. Gits died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on November 6, 2012.

Theodore T. Jones Jr. (68) one of seven jurists on New York State’s top court. Jones became a state Supreme Court Justice in Brooklyn in 1990 and joined the Court of Appeals in 2007 after being nominated by Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He suffered an apparent heart attack at home in Rockland County, New York on November 5, 2012.

Beryl Kapaun (113) South Dakota’s oldest resident for the past four years. Born in 1899, Kapaun was the last South Dakotan to live in the 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s. She died in Salem, South Dakota on November 7, 2012.

Jane Holtz Kay (74) architecture critic who calculated in her 1997 book, Asphalt Nation, that every few seconds Americans riding around in cars and trucks dump 180,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—and thereby accelerate global warming and hasten the advent of catastrophic flooding in coastal cities like New York. Kay died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Boston, Massachusetts on November 5, 2012.

Patriarch Maxim (98) spiritual leader of Bulgaria’s Orthodox Christians who weathered a revolt over his Communist-era ties to head the church for more than 40 years. The patriarch died of heart failure at a Sofia, Bulgaria hospital, where he had been for a month, on November 6, 2012.


Carmen Basilio (85) onion farmer’s son who won the world middleweight boxing crown from Sugar Ray Robinson in 1957 and lost a rematch six months later. Basilio was among the first class of Boxing Hall of Fame inductees in 1990, a group that includes Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, and Jake LaMotta. He died of pneumonia in Rochester, New York on November 7, 2012.

Jim Flick (82) golf instructor for more than 50 years whose clients included Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus upon joining the Champions Tour. Flick died of pancreatic cancer in Carlsbad, California on November 5, 2012.

Lee MacPhail (95) longtime baseball executive who ruled in the celebrated Pine Tar case in 1983, restoring a disputed ninth-inning home run to Kansas City Royals slugger George Brett. MacPhail was part of the only father-son Hall of Fame pairing. His father, Larry MacPhail, introduced night baseball to the major leagues in 1935 when he ran the Cincinnati Reds. Lee MacPhail died in Delray Beach, Florida on November 8, 2012.

Forrest Morgan (90) US 1959 bobsled champion and manager of the US Olympic team in ‘76. Morgan never made the Winter Olympics as a competitor, although he was in the running for the 1960 team when it was decided there would be no bobsled competition in Squaw Valley. He died in Lake Placid, New York on November 10, 2012.

Darrell K. Royal (88) former Texas football coach (1956-76) known for his creative wishbone offenses and two national championships. Royal never had a losing season, with his teams boasting a 167-47-5 record, the best in the nation over that period. He died of cardiovascular disease in Austin, Texas on November 7, 2012.

Joseph Sargent (83) financier and avid skier, cofounder of Vermont’s Killington ski area, now the largest in the eastern US. In 1956 Sargent worked with Preston Leete Smith to found the Sherburne Corp., which carved the resort out of the Calvin Coolidge State Forest. In late 1958, Killington opened with seven trails, two surface lifts, and a Depression-era building serving as a base lodge. Sargent died of pancreatic cancer in West Hartford, Connecticut on November 7, 2012.

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