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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Conrad Bain, father on ‘Diff’rent Strokes’Stan (‘The Man’) Musial, St. Louis Cardinals starPauline Friedman Phillips, aka ‘Dear Abby’Tanya Angus, suffered from acromegalyYang Baibing, Chinese revolutionaryMehmet Ali Birand, Turkish journalistAndre Cassagnes, French inventor of Etch A SketchJesus (‘Chucho’) Castillo, Mexican boxerRobert F. Chew, actor in gritty TV dramasRobert L. Citron, disgraced Orange County treasurerBurhan Dogancay, Turkish painterLady Natalie Douglas-Hamilton, started Bundles for BritainDaniel J. Edelman, pioneer in public relationsJoseph Eger, French horn player and conductorEvelyn Freeman, therapist in field of agingProspero Gallinari, Italian terroristDavid Gibbs, Mississippi legislatorGeorge Gund 3rd, first owner of San Jose SharksEnzo Hernandez, former major league playerJames Hood, defied Alabama segregation in 1963Allan K. Jonas, LA real estate developer and civic leaderJadwiga Kaczynska, mother of twin Polish politiciansBalthazar Korab, architectural photographerRobert H. Levenson, advertising executiveSteve Lynn, Iowa State track coachJim Maloof, former mayor of Peoria, Ill.Hans Massaquoi, former ‘Ebony’ editorGussie Moran, pioneered short tennis skirtsSteven Muller, president of Johns HopkinsRon Nachman, mayor of West Bank settlementKoki (‘Taiho’) Naya, champion Japanese sumo wrestlerClara Jane Nixon, President’s sister-in-lawJohn Nkomo, second of two Zimbabwe vice presidentsNagisa Oshima, Japanese film directorKi Suh Park, Korean-American architectMary Jane Phillips-Matz, biographer of opera composersFrank Pooler, mentor of The CarpentersAndrée Putman, French interior designerJoel Schaeffer, longtime high school football coachRalph Shamas, 5th Judicial District Court judgeQuentin Smith, former Tuskegee AirmanJohn Thomas, US high jumperMichael Triplett, president of NLGJARichard Turnley Jr., Louisiana legislatorEarl Weaver, longtime manager of Baltimore OriolesJoe Webster, Mississippi county judge

Art and Literature

Burhan Dogancay (83) Turkish painter whose work has been exhibited in some 70 museums worldwide. Much of Dogancay’s art was inspired by graffiti, torn posters, and banners found on city walls. One of his paintings sold for $1.7 million at an Istanbul auction in 2009. He died in Istanbul, Turkey on January 15, 2013.

Balthazar Korab (86) one of the leading architectural photographers in the period after World War II when Modernist design remade the American landscape. Korab died in Royal Oak, Michigan on January 15, 2013.

Mary Jane Phillips-Matz (86) biographer of Italian opera composers Giuseppe Verdi (Rigoletto, etc.) and Giacomo Puccini (Madama Butterfly, etc.) whose work tried to reveal the flesh-and-blood men behind the music. Phillips-Matz died of congestive heart failure 11 days before her 87th birthday, in New York City on January 19, 2013.


Business and Science

Andre Cassagnes (86) French inventor of the Etch A Sketch, the famous red toy that generations of children drew on, shook up, and started over. Cassagnes came upon the Etch A Sketch idea in the late ‘50s. An Ohio Art Co. executive discovered it at the 1959 Nuremberg Toy Fair and bought the rights for $25,000; it became the best-selling toy of the 1960 Christmas season. Cassagnes died in a suburb of Paris, France on January 16, 2013.

Daniel J. Edelman (92) founder and chairman of one of the largest public relations firms in the world and a groundbreaker in the field. Edelman pioneered celebrity endorsements and media tours and was credited with developing many of the PR methods now standard in the field. He died of heart failure in Chicago, Illinois on January 15, 2013.

Evelyn Freeman (96) pioneer in the field of aging who helped people to cope with the challenges of getting older. Freeman died in Brentwood, California on January 14, 2013.

Allan K. Jonas (91) Los Angeles real estate developer and a longtime leader and volunteer with the American Cancer Society, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other civic and political groups in southern California. Jonas died of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California on January 13, 2013.

Robert H. Levenson (83) advertising executive with Doyle Dane Bernbach for 25 years (1959-85) who helped to produce some of the mid-20th century’s most memorable ad campaigns for clients like Volkswagen, El Al, and Sara Lee. Levenson was a nephew of the late comedian Sam Levenson (d. 1980). Robert Levenson died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in New York City on January 16, 2013.

Andrée Putman (87) Parisienne who rediscovered and reissued early Modernist French furniture, then later enjoyed a renowned global career as an interior designer. Putman died in Paris, France on January 19, 2013.


Education

James Hood (70) one of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama 50 years ago in defiance of racial segregation. Then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace made his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door” in a failed effort to prevent Hood and Vivian Malone (d. 2005) from registering for classes at the university in 1963. Hood died in Gadsden, Alabama on January 17, 2013.

Steven Muller (85) president of Johns Hopkins University (1972-90) and its hospital (1972-83) during a period of tremendous growth. Under Muller, the university broke off nursing and engineering studies into stand-alone schools, brought the Space Telescope Science Institute to Baltimore, and established the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. He died of respiratory failure in Washington, DC on January 19, 2013.

Frank Pooler (86) longtime choral director at Cal State Long Beach credited with helping the ‘70s pop duo The Carpenters to develop their signature sound. Pooler died of lung cancer in Los Alamitos, California on January 19, 2013.


News and Entertainment

Conrad Bain (89) Canadian-born stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young black brothers on the TV sitcom Diff’rent Strokes (1978-86). The show touched on serious themes but was known better as a family comedy that drew most of its laughs from its standout child actor, Gary Coleman (shown above with Bain; d. 2010). Bain died in his hometown of Livermore, California on January 14, 2013.

Mehmet Ali Birand (71) Turkish journalist who advocated minority rights and democracy in Turkey during a career spanning 48 years. Birand suffered from cancer but died of an infection in Istanbul, Turkey on January 17, 2013.

Robert F. Chew (52) actor best known for his roles in gritty HBO dramas like The Corner and The Wire. As Proposition Joe Stewart, the relatively civil drug kingpin on The Wire (2002-08), Chew preferred to broker deals between rival drug factions rather than resort to violence. He died of a heart attack in Baltimore, Maryland on January 17, 2013.

Joseph Eger (92) French horn player, conductor, and advocate for progressive causes whose work sought to promote harmony. A distinguished horn soloist in the mid-20th century, Eger later turned to conducting. He died in Durham, North Carolina on January 13, 2013.

Hans Massaquoi (87) former managing editor of Ebony magazine who wrote a memoir about his unusual childhood growing up black in Nazi Germany. Massaquoi died on his 87th birthday, in Jacksonville, Florida on January 19, 2013.

Nagisa Oshima (80) Japanese director known for the internationally acclaimed films Empire of Passion (1978) and In the Realm of the Senses (1976). Oshima died of pneumonia near Tokyo, Japan on January 15, 2013.

Pauline Friedman Phillips (94) columnist who as "Dear Abby” dispensed advice on love, marriage, and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil, and Oprah. Phillips was the identical twin sister of advice columnist Ann Landers (Esther Friedman Lederer; d. 2002). Her daughter Jeanne Phillips took over the column in 2002. Pauline Phillips died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 16, 2013.

Michael Triplett (48) assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA and president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Triplett died of cancer in Alabama, where he was visiting family, on January 17, 2013.


Politics and Military

Yang Baibing (92) veteran Chinese revolutionary and strong proponent of economic liberalization. Along with his more famous half-brother, former Chinese president Yang Shangkun, Yang Baibing had been among the most powerful leaders in China but was forced into retirement in 1992 by former top leader Deng Xiaoping. Yang died in Beijing, China on January 15, 2013.

Robert L. Citron (87) Orange County (Calif.) treasurer whose bad bets on exotic Wall Street investments resulted in what at the time (1994) was the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, with losses of $1.64 billion. A grand jury investigation found that Citron relied on a mail order astrologer and a psychic for interest rate prediction. His lawyer submitted medical testimony indicating that Citron was in the early stages of dementia. He died of a heart attack in Orange, California on January 16, 2013.

Prospero Gallinari (62) member of the Italian terrorist group the Red Brigades, convicted in the kidnapping and assassination in 1978 of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. Gallinari had a history of heart trouble and died after collapsing at his home in Reggio Emilia, in northern Italy on January 14, 2013.

David Gibbs (76) Mississippi state representative recalled by colleagues as a common-sense lawmaker who preferred to keep a low profile and make things happen behind the scenes. Gibbs died of cancer in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 13, 2013.

Jadwiga Kaczynska (86) mother of Poland’s late President Lech Kaczynski (killed in a 2010 plane crash) and his identical twin brother Jaroslaw—an unusual political duo who shaped public life in Poland for many years. Jadwiga Kaczynska died in Warsaw, Poland on January 17, 2013.

Jim Maloof (93) former mayor of Peoria, Illinois (1985-97). Maloof was a business leader and board chairman of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, Methodist Medical Center; he was often called "the cheerleading mayor” because of his efforts to boost the city’s economy. He died in Peoria, Illinois on January 19, 2013.

Ron Nachman (70) mayor of Ariel, one of Israel’s largest settlements in the West Bank. Known for his fiery personality and commanding media presence, Nachman helped to establish Ariel in 1978. He died of cancer on January 18, 2013.

Clara Jane Nixon (93) former US President Richard Nixon’s sister-in-law, who maintained the history of the Nixon family in southern California. Clara Jane Nixon was married to the President’s brother, Donald Nixon (d. 1987). She died in Irvine, California on January 17, 2013.

John Nkomo (79) vice president of Zimbabwe. A former opponent of President Robert Mugabe, in recent years Nkomo was not seen as a political heavyweight with influence over Mugabe. He died in Harare, Zimbabwe on January 17, 2013.

Ralph Shamas (65) Fifth Judicial District Court judge since 2005. Shamas had a varied law practice that focused on representing individuals before being appointed a judge by then-Gov. Bill Richardson. He died after a month-long battle with cancer, in Roswell, New Mexico on January 17, 2013.

Quentin Smith (94) Indiana member of the Tuskegee Airmen, who broke the military color barrier during World War II. Smith spent much of his wartime service as a flight instructor; after the war he was a school principal in Gary and served on the city council. He died in Gary, Indiana on January 15, 2013.

Richard Turnley Jr. (79) first black member elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from Baton Rouge in modern times and a founder of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Turnley died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 19, 2013.

Joe Webster (65) former Coahoma County (Miss.) judge for 20 years (1982-2002). Webster died of injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Clarksdale, Mississippi on January 16, 2013.


Society and Religion

Tanya Angus (34) Las Vegas woman who suffered a rare disorder that made it impossible for her to stop growing. Angus was 5 feet 8 as a teenager and had modeled on runways before she was diagnosed with acromegaly, or gigantism, at age 22. She stood 7 feet 2 and weighed about 400 pounds when she died in Las Vegas, Nevada, apparently from a tear in her heart, on January 14, 2013.

Lady Natalie Douglas-Hamilton (103) American socialite, widow of Scotsman Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton (d. 1964) and founder of Bundles for Britain in 1940, nearly two years before the US entered World War II. The organization grew to 1.5 million volunteers in 1,900 branches in every state in the union and began shipping hundreds of thousands of knitted items to Britain. Lady Natalie died in Andover, New Jersey on January 14, 2013.

Ki Suh Park (80) Korean-American architect who helped to rebuild Los Angeles after the 1992 riots. Park died of pancreatic cancer in Stanford, California on January 16, 2013.


Sports

Jesus (Chucho) Castillo (68) Mexican bantam-weight champion celebrated in Los Angeles for four epic title fights at the Forum (1968-71). Castillo retired from the ring in 1975 with a record of 47-18-2 with 22 knockouts. He died from complications of surgery in Mexico City, Mexico on January 15, 2013.

George Gund 3rd (75) original owner of the San Jose Sharks. Gund and his brother Gordon gave up their ownership stake in the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 in exchange for the rights to an expansion team in the Bay Area. The Sharks played their first game in 1991 but were sold in 2002. Famous for his bushy eyebrows, Gund died of stomach cancer in Palm Springs, California on January 15, 2013.

Enzo Hernandez (63) former major leaguer who played for the San Diego Padres (1971-77) and finished his big league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1978. Hernandez was found dead in his home in El Tigre in eastern Venezuela, an apparent suicide, on January 13, 2013.

Steve Lynn (61) former Iowa State Cyclones track coach. Lynn spent 14 years as head of the track program, and his sprinters and hurdlers combined to earn 56 All-America nods. He died of injuries sustained in a fall five days earlier, in Ames, Iowa on January 16, 2013.

Gussie Moran (89) US player who shocked the modest mid-20th century tennis world when she took the court at staid Wimbledon wearing a short skirt and ruffled underwear in 1949. Moran’s striking fashion statement appeared on magazine covers around the world, and the British press dubbed her "Gorgeous Gussie.” She died of colon cancer in Los Angeles, California on January 16, 2013.

Stan Musial (92) Stan the Man, St. Louis Cardinals star, all-around good guy, and one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. A Midwest icon with too many batting records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque, Musial was so revered in St. Louis that two statues in his honor stand outside Busch Stadium. He won seven National League batting crowns, was a three-time Most Valuable Player, and helped the Cardinals to capture three World Series championships in the ‘40s. He spent his entire 22-year (1941-63) career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24 times (there were two games each summer for a few seasons). He died in Ladue, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb, on January 19, 2013.

Koki (Taiho) Naya (72) former sumo grand champion whose 32 championships are the most in the history of Japan’s ancient sport. Taiho won 32 Emperor’s Cups in a sumo career that started in 1956 and lasted until ’71. He twice won six tournaments in a row. He also won eight tournaments with unbeaten records and had a 45-match unbeaten streak. He died of heart disease in Tokyo, Japan on January 19, 2013.

Joel Schaeffer (70) football coach at Reseda High School for 23 years who taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 40. Schaeffer’s teams won a City Section 2-A championship in 1986 and a 3-A title in ’95. He died of cancer in Canoga Park, California on January 13, 2013.

John Thomas (71) spectacular US high jumper, the first to jump 7 feet indoors, in 1959. Thomas won four national collegiate championships and seven American Athletic Union championships. He held the world outdoor record three times, cleared 7 feet 191 times, and lost in only eight competitions. He died while undergoing vascular surgery in Brockton, Massachusetts on January 15, 2013.

Earl Weaver (82) Hall of Fame manager who saw the Baltimore Orioles to four American League titles and a World Series championship. "The Earl of Baltimore" had two stints as the club’s skipper (1968-82, ‘85-86). He died of an apparent heart attack on a Caribbean cruise associated with the Orioles, on January 19, 2013.


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