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Annette Funicello, former TV MouseketeerMargaret Thatcher, Britain’s first and only female prime ministerJonathan Winters, improvisational comedianAnne Firestone Ball, heiress to tire company fortuneFrank Bank, actor who played Lumpy on ‘Leave It to Beaver’Mikhail Beketov, Russian journalistFranco Biondi Santi, Tuscan winemakerMarty Blake, longtime NBA director of scoutingLes Blank, documentary filmmakerRobert Byrne, chess champion and columnistChi Cheng, bassist for rock band DeftonesJimmy (‘Fast Fingers’) Dawkins, Chicago bluesmanEdward de Grazia, fought bans on booksDean Drummond, composer and musicianRobert Edwards, codeveloper of in vitro fertilizationEdward A. Frieman, directed Scripps Institution of OceanographyJohn Galardi, opened first Wienerschnitzel hot dog standConnie Hansen, wife of Idaho congressmanMarv Harshman, Washington state basketball coachGrady Hatton, major league third basemanAdolph Herseth, longtime Chicago Symphony principal trumpeterAndy Johns, sound engineer and producerRam Karmi, Israeli architectPhilip Koch, CEO of Christmas-themed businessDr. Hilary Koprowski, pioneering virologistJames Elbert Lewis Sr., publisher of Birmingham TimesFrançois-Wolff Ligondé, Haitian bishopLynn Lundquist, former Oregon statehouse speakerErrol Mann, Oakland Raiders place kickerGeorge McArthur, AP foreign correspondentRobert (‘Bob’) McCord, Arkansas journalistChelone Miller, snowboarder brother of Olympic gold medalistJim Miller, championship-winning coachDwike Mitchell, pianist half of jazz duoSara Montiel, Spanish actressDempsey Wesley Morgan Jr., former Tuskegee AirmanR. D. (‘Dan’) Musser Jr., owner of Michigan’s Grand HotelBob Perry, Texas Republican megadonorMcCandlish Phillips, reporter who exposed KKKlansman’s secretLilly Pulitzer, designed ‘60s tropical print dressesMickey Rose, TV comedy writerEdith Schaeffer, author and cofounder of Swiss communeErnie Schneider, former Orange County executivePaolo Soleri, Italian-born architectLessadolla Sowers, serving time for voter fraudMaria Tallchief, prima ballerinaMarcel Vercoutere, special effects designerCarmen Weinstein, leader of Egypt’s Jewish communityFrosty Westering, football coach and motivatorCarl Williams, former heavyweight champion boxerPeter Workman, founder of publishing companyZao Wou-ki, Chinese abstract painter

Art and Literature

Ram Karmi (82) leading Israeli architect whose work is both celebrated and controversial. Karmi won the Israel Prize, the country’s highest honor, in 2002 for his architecture. He died in Jerusalem, Israel on April 11, 2013.

Paolo Soleri (93) Italian-born architect who began building a futuristic community called Arcosanti about 70 miles north of Phoenix more than 40 years ago but never completed it. Soleri died in Paradise Valley, Arizona on April 9, 2013.

Peter Workman (74) founder of a publishing company known for such best-sellers as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Workman was founder, president, and chief executive of Workman Publishing Co., one of the largest independent publishers of nonfiction trade books and calendars. He died of cancer in New York City on April 7, 2013.

Zao Wou-ki (93) Chinese abstract master whose works routinely fetch millions of dollars at auction. Zao, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, died in Switzerland 10 days after being hospitalized, on April 9, 2013.

Business and Science

Franco Biondi Santi (91) patriarch of Tuscan wine estate Il Greppo who played a leading role in creating the reputation of Brunello di Montalcino wines. Biondi Santi died in Italy on April 7, 2013.

Robert Edwards (87) Nobel Prize-winning British physiologist, a pioneer of in vitro fertilization. With Dr. Patrick Steptoe (d. 1988), Edwards developed IVF, which resulted in the birth in 1978 of the world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown. He died in his sleep near Cambridge, England on April 10, 2013.

Edward A. Frieman (87) leading figure in American science for decades as a researcher with wide-ranging interests, a top-level governmental advisor on defense and energy issues, and director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego (1986-96). Frieman died of a respiratory illness in La Jolla, California on April 11, 2013.

John Galardi (75) Kansas City native who opened a Wienerschnitzel hot dog stand in Los Angeles in 1961 and expanded it into a chain with more than 300 outlets in 10 US states. Galardi died of pancreatic cancer in Irvine, California on April 13, 2013.

Philip Koch (47) chief executive of the family-owned HO HO Holdings, which developed Holiday World, Splashin’ Safari, and several other Christmas-themed businesses in and around the southern Indiana town of Santa Claus. Koch died of cardiac arrest in Evansville, Indiana on April 9, 2013.

Dr. Hilary Koprowski (96) pioneering Polish-born virologist who developed the first successful oral vaccination for polio. Although not as well known as fellow researchers Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, Koprowski in 1950 became the first to show it was possible to vaccinate against polio, the crippling and sometimes fatal disease that’s now all but eradicated. Also an accomplished pianist, Koprowski died in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania on April 11, 2013.

R. D. (Dan) Musser Jr. (80) owner of Michigan’s most famous summer resort, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The elegant hotel, with nearly 400 rooms and a 660-foot-long veranda, has been in Musser’s family for 80 years. The romantic and fanciful 1980 film Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, was partly filmed there. Dan Musser died of congestive heart failure in Lansing, Michigan on April 13, 2013.

Lilly Pulitzer (81) Palm Beach socialite whose tropical print dresses became a sensation in the ‘60s when then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore one of her sleeveless shifts in a Life magazine photo spread. Pulitzer died in Palm Beach, Florida on April 7, 2013.


Edward de Grazia (86) lawyer and teacher who in the ‘50s and ’60s helped to defeat US government bans on sexually explicit books. A fierce civil libertarian who taught for 30 years at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York, DeGrazia died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Potomac, Maryland on April 11, 2013.

News and Entertainment

Frank Bank (71) actor who as Clarence ("Lumpy”) Rutherford was the dim-witted foil to "Beaver” Cleaver and his brother Wally on the classic TV comedy Leave It to Beaver (1957-63). Bank died one day after his 71st birthday, in Los Angeles, California on April 13, 2013.

Mikhail Beketov (55) Russian journalist who suffered brain damage and lost a leg in 2008 after a brutal assault that followed his campaign against a highway project outside Moscow. Beketov died after choking on food, in Moscow, Russia on April 8, 2013.

Les Blank (77) documentary maker who focused his camera on cultural themes ranging from blues music to garlic lovers to gap-toothed women. Blank’s 42 films earned him a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute. He died of bladder cancer in Berkeley, California on April 7, 2013.

Chi Cheng (42) bassist for the Grammy-winning rock band the Deftones. Cheng was ejected from a car that collided head-on with another vehicle on Nov. 4, 2008 in Santa Clara, Calif.; after four years in a coma, he died in Sacramento, California on April 13, 2013.

Jimmy Dawkins (76) Chicago bluesman known for his stellar guitar playing and mellow singing voice. Dawkins performed a style of music known as the West Side Chicago blues—a mellower sound that reflected his Mississippi roots. He died in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 2013.

Dean Drummond (64) composer and musician whose ensemble, Newband, performed on a combination of standard and newly invented instruments. Drummond died of multiple myeloma in Princeton, New Jersey on April 13, 2013.

Annette Funicello (70) most popular Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club in the ‘50s who matured to a successful career in records and ‘60s beach party movies but struggled with illness in middle age and after. Funicello died of complications from multiple sclerosis in Bakersfield, California on April 8, 2013.

Adolph Herseth (91) principal trumpeter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 53 years (1948-2001) and one of the most accomplished and influential orchestral trumpeters of his time. Herseth died in Oak Park, Illinois on April 13, 2013.

Andy Johns (62) British-born sound engineer and producer who worked with Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, and the Rolling Stones. Johns died after a brief hospital stay to treat complications from a stomach ulcer, in Los Angeles, California on April 7, 2013.

James Elbert Lewis Sr. (68) publisher of the historically black newspaper, the Birmingham Times. Lewis was the son of the paper’s founder, Jesse J. Lewis Sr., who started it in 1964 to give blacks a voice during the civil rights era. The younger Lewis died in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7, 2013.

George McArthur (88) former Associated Press foreign correspondent who reported all over the world and spent years in Saigon covering the Vietnam war. McArthur died of a stroke in Fairfax County, Virginia on April 12, 2013.

Robert (Bob) McCord (84) journalist who helped to craft Arkansas’s open records law and spent decades defending it. McCord retired as an editor at the Arkansas Gazette before its acquisition by the Arkansas Democrat in 1992 and for years owned the North Little Rock Times. He died in North Little Rock, Arkansas on April 13, 2013.

Dwike Mitchell (83) classically trained pianist who performed for 56 years as half of the Mitchell-Ruff Duo, an ensemble considered unusual—not just because its other half, Willie Ruff, played the French horn. Their thousands of concerts (1955-2011) at schools and colleges and in foreign countries where jazz was taboo served as music appreciation classes for the young. Mitchell died of pancreatic cancer in Jacksonville, Florida on April 7, 2013.

Sara Montiel (85) one of Spain’s most important film actresses and the first to have crossed the Atlantic to become a Hollywood star. Montiel died in Madrid, Spain on April 8, 2013.

McCandlish Phillips (85) former reporter for the New York Times who in 1965 wrote one of the most famous articles in the newspaper’s history—exposing the Orthodox Jewish background of Daniel Burros, a senior Ku Klux Klan official—before forsaking journalism to spread the Gospel. Burros committed suicide the day the article appeared. Phillips died of pneumonia in New York City on April 9, 2013.

Mickey Rose (77) childhood friend of Woody Allen who cowrote his movies Bananas and Take the Money & Run. Rose became a TV comedy writer and wrote for Johnny Carson and Sid Caesar and for shows including The Smothers Brothers, All in the Family, and The Odd Couple. He died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California on April 7, 2013.

Maria Tallchief (88) one of America’s first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as The Nutcracker, Firebird, and other balletic masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine (d. 1983), at one time her husband (1946-50). Tallchief was one of five Oklahoma natives of American Indian descent who rose to prominence in the ballet world (‘40s-‘60s). She died in Chicago, Illinois on April 11, 2013.

Marcel Vercoutere (87) creator of the life-size robot whose head twists completely around, used as a stand-in for actress Linda Blair in the Oscar-winning film The Exorcist (1973). A self-taught welder, carpenter, set designer, and explosives expert, Vercoutere also designed special effects and stunts for car crashes, exploding bridges, gun battles, and other scenes for several films. He died of complications from dementia in Burbank, California on April 13, 2013.

Jonathan Winters (87) comedian whose improvisations and misfit characterizations inspired the likes of Robin Williams and other comic actors. Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities, and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy: facial contortions, sound effects, tall tales. He is shown above as Maudie Frickert, one of his most popular characterizations. He died in Montecito, California on April 11, 2013.

Politics and Military

Connie Hansen (79) wife of former Idaho Congressman George Hansen. Connie Hansen was active in political campaigns and as a volunteer while her husband was in the US Congress (1965-69, ‘75-85). Later she owned and operated a printing and copying business in Pocatello, Idaho, where she died on April 9, 2013.

Lynn Lundquist (78) former speaker of the Oregon House. Lundquist was elected to the State House in 1994 and became speaker in ’96. After one term as speaker, he was ousted by fellow Republican Rep. Lynn Snodgrass. Lundquist died suddenly and unexpectedly in Crook County, Oregon on April 9, 2013.

Dempsey Wesley Morgan Jr. (93) member of the famed all-black World War II unit, the Tuskegee Airmen. Morgan’s citations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, and the Certificate of Valor. He died in Roanoke, Virginia on April 11, 2013.

Bob Perry (80) Republican megadonor who financed one of the most famous TV ads ever in a Presidential campaign. A wealthy Houston homebuilder, Perry (no relation to Texas Gov. Rick Perry) gave $4.4 million in 2004 to the Swift Boat Veterans campaign that sought to discredit then-Democrat Presidential nominee John Kerry. He died in his sleep on April 13, 2013.

Ernie Schneider (66) chief administrative officer of Orange County (Calif.) when it declared bankruptcy in 1994 because of disastrous investment practices. Schneider was the top appointed officer when Treasurer Robert L. Citron was discovered to have lost $1.64 billion in the value of the county’s investment portfolio. Schneider was fired for not urging the Board of Supervisors to look into warnings about Citron and his investment strategies. He died of liver and kidney problems in San Juan Capistrano, California on April 13, 2013.

Margaret Thatcher (87) former Conservative British prime minister who presided for 11 years (1979-90), revived a fractious, rundown nation—breaking the unions, triumphing in a far-off war, and selling off state industries at a record pace. Thatcher left behind a leaner government and more prosperous nation by the time a mutiny ousted her from No. 10 Downing Street. She died of a stroke in London, England on April 8, 2013.

Society and Religion

Anne Firestone Ball (79) tire company heiress and philanthropist. Ball’s grandfather was Harvey Firestone, who founded the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio in 1900. Ball died from complications after surgery for injuries she sustained a week earlier in a kitchen fire at her Greenwich home, in Bridgeport, Connecticut on April 12, 2013.

François-Wolff Ligondé (85) Haitian bishop who presided over the lavish wedding of former dictator Jean-Claude ("Baby Doc”) Duvalier and was viewed as an ardent supporter of the regime. Ligondé had suffered from heart complications and diabetes. He died in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 8, 2013.

Edith Schaeffer (98) founder with her husband, Francis Schaeffer (d. 1984), of a Swiss commune considered the theological birthplace of the American religious right and author of many popular books that helped to define conservative Christian family values for a worldwide evangelical audience. Edith Schaeffer died in Huemoz, Switzerland on April 7, 2013.

Lessadolla Sowers (69) Mississippi inmate serving a five-year sentence for voter fraud. Sowers was convicted in Tunica County in 2011 on 10 counts of voter fraud involving phony absentee ballots in the August ‘07 primary. She died of a possible stroke at the state penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi on April 7, 2013.

Carmen Weinstein (82) leader of Egypt’s dwindling and aging Jewish community, known for her tireless work preserving synagogues and a once-sprawling Jewish cemetery. Weinstein had been suffering from knee problems and poor circulation. She died in the upscale Zamalek neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt on April 13, 2013.


Marty Blake (86) the NBA’s longtime director of scouting. Blake worked in the NBA for more than 50 years and was considered the "Godfather of scouting." He died in Alpharetta, Georgia on April 7, 2013.

Robert Byrne (84) international grandmaster and US chess champion who, as chess columnist for the New York Times, analyzed top-flight matches from 1972-2006, the eras of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. Byrne died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Ossining, New York on April 12, 2013.

Marv Harshman (95) college basketball coach who spent 40 years in Washington state, most recently at the University of Washington, and retired in 1985 with more than 600 victories. Harshman died in Seattle, Washington on April 12, 2013.

Grady Hatton (90) former major league third baseman who managed the Houston Astros in the ‘60s. Hatton hit .254 with 91 home runs and 533 runs batted in, in 1,312 major league games in 12 seasons (1946-60) with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs. He died in Warren, Texas on April 11, 2013.

Errol Mann (71) place kicker for the Oakland Raiders team that won the 1977 Super Bowl. Mann spent 11 years in the NFL, converting 177 of 276 field-goal attempts and 315 of 333 extra-point attempts. Later a financial broker, he died of a heart attack in Missoula, Montana on April 11, 2013.

Chelone Miller (29) snowboarder, the younger brother of Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller. Chelone Miller was found dead in his van in the area of Mammoth Lakes, California on April 7, 2013.

Jim Miller (81) championship-winning former Kilgore College football coach. Miller, who had the longest tenure as football coach in the college’s history, joined the staff as an assistant coach in 1967, was named head coach in ‘76, and retired in ‘92 with a record of 97-66-2 after winning a national championship and seven conference titles. He died in his sleep in Kilgore, Texas on April 13, 2013.

Frosty Westering (85) former football coach at Pacific Lutheran who won four national titles and was among a select group of coaches to win more than 300 college football games. Westering was just as well known for his positive teachings and his success as a motivational speaker and author. He died in Tacoma, Washington on April 12, 2013.

Carl Williams (53) former heavyweight champion who built a reputation for climbing into the ring with the best fighters of his era, including Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. Williams died of throat cancer in Valhalla, New York on April 7, 2013.

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