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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Julie Harris, stage, film, and TV actressVanoye Aikens, dancer with Katherine Dunham companyDorothy Antritter, oldest resident of South DakotaSathima Bea Benjamin, South African jazz singerJean Berkey, Washington state senatorSid Bernstein, music promoter who brought The Beatles to Shea StadiumJim Brothers, sculptor of US historical monumentsGerald Buck, California art collectorRed Burns, NYU communications educatorStephen Crohn, gay man resistant to AIDSDr. Narendra Dabholkar, Indian physician who fought his country’s superstitionRussell S. Doughten Jr., producer of evangelical filmsWilliam Froug, writer and TV producerC. Gordon Fullerton, former astronautDavid Gilhooly, ceramic sculptor of frogsDr. William Glasser, psychiatrist who emphasized personal responsibilityMartin L. Gross, writer who criticized government spendingWilliam Kieschnick, former CEO of ArcoRobert S. Kraemer, NASA director of planetary explorationElmore Leonard, crime novelistCharles Lisanby, TV production designerDr. Jesse Marcel Jr., believer in Roswell UFO incidentStephenie McMillan, British set designerMarian McPartland, jazz pianistDean Meminger, basketball playerRoger Miller, scion of influential Salt Lake City familyThomas (‘Cozy’) Morley, New Jersey shore entertainer and club ownerRon Motley, lawyer who sued tobacco and asbestos industriesAlbert Murray, novelist and criticPaul Poberezny, founded experimental aircraft organizationCharles Pollock, designer of office furnitureTed Post, TV and film directorMario Richard, BASE jumperJay Perry Richardson, son of ‘Big Bopper’Irwin Russell, entertainment lawyerJosé Sarria, drag performer and gay rights advocateMuriel Siebert, first woman on NYSEElaine Sortino, UMass women’s softball coachGilbert Taylor, British cinematographerDick Thien, helped to start ‘USA Today’Jerry Vondas, Pittsburgh obituary writerCedar Walton, jazz pianistNorman Winter, Hollywood publicistLew Wood, CBS correspondent and ‘Today’ news anchorLee Thompson Young, former Disney starTatyana I. Zaslavskaya, Russian economic sociologist

Art and Literature

Jim Brothers (72) Kansas artist whose bronze sculptures are on display in the nation’s capital and at historical monuments around the US. Brothers was best known for two projects—creating a statue of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Capitol in Washington and as chief sculptor for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. He died of cancer in Lawrence, Kansas on August 20, 2013.

Gerald Buck (73) Newport Beach developer and art collector who over 25 years amassed what is probably the largest private collection of works by California artists. Buck died while being treated for throat cancer at a medical clinic near Tijuana, Mexico on August 24, 2013.

David Gilhooly (70) northern California ceramic sculptor of fanciful frogs, a founder of the Bay Area funk art movement at UC Davis in the early ‘60s. Gilhooly is shown above with "Frog Shortcake," one of several of his food sculptures involving frogs. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer and died after collapsing at his home in Newport, Oregon on August 21, 2013.

Elmore Leonard (87) former adman who later in life became one of America’s foremost crime writers. Leonard’s books were populated by pathetic schemers, clever con men, and casual killers; and many—notably Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Be Cool—were made into films. He died of complications from a stroke in Detroit, Michigan on August 20, 2013.

Albert Murray (97) novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism, and was once praised by Duke Ellington as the "unsquarest man I know." Among other books, Murray wrote an acclaimed history of music, Stomping the Blues, and several books of criticism. He died in his sleep in New York City on August 18, 2013.

Charles Pollock (83) furniture designer who created an executive chair that became ubiquitous in offices in the mid-20th century and is still in production. Pollock died in a fire at his Queens, New York home on August 20, 2013.

Business and Science

Dr. William Glasser (88) psychiatrist, education reform advocate, and best-selling author whose unorthodox emphasis on personal responsibility for mental problems sold millions of books, caught the attention of educators, and earned him an international following. Glasser died of pneumonia that led to respiratory failure in Los Angeles, California on August 23, 2013.

William Kieschnick (90) chemical engineer who in the ‘80s led the Atlantic Richfield oil company (now Arco) and used his executive skills to help stabilize the fledgling Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Kieschnick had Parkinson’s disease and recently suffered a stroke. He died in Napa, California, his home since 1990, on August 21, 2013.

Robert S. Kraemer (84) NASA’s former director of planetary exploration, also an expert on rocket engines. Kraemer died of complications from a fall, in Catonsville, Maryland on August 20, 2013.

Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr. (76) physician who said he handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, New Mexico when he was 10. Marcel’s father was reportedly the first military officer to investigate the Roswell wreckage and brought home some debris for him to see. Jesse Marcel Jr. wanted people to know that the Roswell incident was real and the cover-up needed to stop. He was found dead at his home in Helena, Montana on August 24, 2013.

Muriel Siebert (84) first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Siebert was founder and president of the brokerage firm that bears her name, Muriel Siebert & Co. Inc.; the company went public in 1996 as Siebert Financial Corp. She died of cancer in New York City on August 24, 2013.


Red Burns (88) educator who gained wide recognition for pushing for more creative uses of modern communications, helping to lead the movement for public access to cable TV and starting a celebrated New York University program to foster Internet wizards. Burns died in New York City on August 23, 2013.

News and Entertainment

Vanoye Aikens (96) star dancer for the great black choreographer Katherine Dunham. Aikens toured more than 50 countries over 20 years with Dunham and her company, until it was dissolved in 1963. Years later he helped Dunham to recreate her dances for the Alvin Ailey Dance Co. Aikens died in Los Angeles, California on August 24, 2013.

Sathima Bea Benjamin (76) internationally recognized jazz singer who became both an ambassador for her South African homeland and a beacon of principled objection to apartheid. Benjamin died in Cape Town, South Africa on August 20, 2013.

Sid Bernstein (95) music promoter who booked such top acts as Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland, and the Rolling Stones and hit the heights when he masterminded the Beatles’ historic concerts at Shea Stadium and Carnegie Hall in the mid-‘60s. Bernstein died in his sleep in New York City on August 21, 2013.

William Froug (91) writer and producer who worked on some of the hallmark TV shows of the ‘60s, including Twilight Zone, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, and Adventures in Paradise. In 1967 Froug won an Emmy for Bewitched, which received the award for outstanding comedy series. He died of gastrointestinal bleeding in Sarasota, Florida on August 23, 2013.

Julie Harris (87) one of Broadway’s most honored performers, winner of six Tony Awards, whose stage roles ranged from a lonely 12-year-old tomboy in The Member of the Wedding (1950) to a solo tour de force as reclusive poet Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst (1976). TV viewers knew Harris as the free-spirited Lilimae Clements on the prime-time soap opera Knots Landing; in the movies, she was James Dean’s romantic costar in East of Eden (1955). Harris suffered a stroke in 2010. She died of congestive heart failure in West Chatham, Massachusetts on August 24, 2013.

Charles Lisanby (89) Emmy-Award winning production designer known for his lavish sets during the golden age of TV variety specials. Lisanby had recently fallen. He died of sepsis in Los Angeles, California on August 23, 2013.

Stephenie McMillan (71) British set designer whose meticulous eye for detail brought the world of Harry Potter to life and won her an Oscar for The English Patient (1996). McMillan died of ovarian cancer in Norfolk, England on August 19, 2013.

Marian McPartland (95) jazz pianist and host of the NPR show Piano Jazz. Over a career that spanned more than 60 years, McPartland became a fixture in the jazz world as a talented musician and well-loved radio personality. The widow of jazz cornetist Jimmy McPartland (d. 1991), Marian McPartland died in Port Washington, Long Island, New York on August 20, 2013.

Thomas (Cozy) Morley (87) longtime New Jersey shore entertainer and club owner who helped to put the Wildwoods on the map and was known for his rendition of "On the Way to Cape May." Morley died of complications from late-onset diabetes, in Camden, New Jersey on August 23, 2013.

Ted Post (95) veteran TV and film director who directed a young Clint Eastwood on TV’s Rawhide and later in the hit movies Hang ‘em High and Magnum Force. Post also directed segments of series such as Armstrong Circle Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Medic, Waterfront, Perry Mason, The Rifleman, and Gunsmoke. He died in Santa Monica, California on August 20, 2013.

Jay Perry Richardson (54) son of J. P. ("The Big Bopper”) Richardson, who spent his life tending the legacy of his early rock-‘n’-roll performing father, killed with rock legends Buddy Holly and Richie Valens in a 1959 plane crash. The younger Richardson died in Houston, Texas on August 21, 2013.

Irwin Russell (87) entertainment lawyer whose clients included such industry heavyweights as former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner, puppeteer Jim Henson, and film and TV producer David Wolper. Russell died of leukemia in Los Angeles, California on August 23, 2013.

José Sarria (90) drag performer and gay rights advocate who many historians contend was the first openly gay person to campaign for public office in the US when he ran (unsuccessfully) for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961. Sarria died of adrenal cancer in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19, 2013.

Gilbert Taylor (99) British cinematographer known for his work on George Lucas’s first Star Wars film in 1977 and projects for directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Roman Polanski. Taylor died on the Isle of Wight on August 23, 2013.

Dick Thien (73) veteran journalist who played a pivotal role in developing USA Today for Gannett Co. Inc. In 1981 Thien was chosen as one of five prototype editors for the US’s first national general-interest newspaper that debuted in ‘82. A two-time cancer survivor, he died in suburban St. Louis, Missouri on August 23, 2013.

Jerry Vondas (83) feature obituary writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review who had a knack for celebrating the lives of those he wrote about. Vondas died of an infection stemming from an automobile accident in March, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 20, 2013.

Cedar Walton (79) jazz pianist who played in a hard bop style and composed the modern classics "Bolivia,” "Mosaic,” and "Ugetsu." Walton won the US’s highest jazz honor—a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship—in 2010. He died in Brooklyn, New York on August 20, 2013.

Norman Winter (85) veteran Hollywood publicist who crafted successful campaigns for such music superstars as Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Michael Jackson. Winter died of Lewy body disease in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 22, 2013.

Lew Wood (84) former correspondent for CBS News who in 1963 covered President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and in ‘75 held the news anchor’s chair on the Today show. Wood died of kidney failure in Riverside County, California on August 21, 2013.

Lee Thompson Young (29) former Disney star best known for his lead role in the ‘90s series The Famous Jett Jackson. The actor most recently starred as Detective Barry Frost on the hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, just renewed for a fourth season. Young was found dead, an apparent suicide, at his North Hollywood home on August 19, 2013.

Politics and Military

Jean Berkey (74) former Washington state senator. An advocate for seniors, open government, affordable health care, and education, Berkey served 10 years in the Legislature before losing in a 2010 primary election. She died one day before her 75th birthday, near Deception Pass, Washington on August 21, 2013.

C. Gordon Fullerton (76) former US astronaut who flew on two space shuttle missions and had an extensive career as a research and test pilot for NASA and the US Air Force. Fullerton suffered a severe stroke in 2009 and had been confined to a long-term care facility in Lancaster, California for most of the past three years. He died there on August 21, 2013.

Martin L. Gross (88) writer whose books criticizing government spending and taxation became best-sellers in the ‘90s and were embraced more recently by supporters of the Tea Party. Gross had suffered several strokes recently and died in Ocala, Florida on August 21, 2013.

Tatyana I. Zaslavskaya (86) Russian economic sociologist known for telling harsh truths about the state of the Soviet Union and a researcher whose views came to influence Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s economic policies in the early ‘90s. Zaslavskaya died of complications from a brain injury after a fall, in Moscow, Russia on August 23, 2013.

Society and Religion

Dorothy Antritter (108) South Dakota’s oldest living resident. Antritter was the 2012 and ‘13 State Centenarian of the Year and would have celebrated her 109th birthday on Nov. 25. Her sister, Ruby Antritter, also lived to 108 but died in June 2012. Dorothy Antritter died in Watertown, South Dakota on August 24, 2013.

Stephen Crohn (66) gay man whose resistance to AIDS helped to lead to a deeper understanding of HIV, the virus that causes the disease, and its treatments. Crohn committed suicide in New York City on August 23, 2013.

Dr. Narendra Dabholkar (67) Indian physician who traveled from village to village in his country, waging a personal war against the spirit world. Dabholkar’s goal was to drive a scientist’s skepticism into the heart of India, a country still teeming with gurus, babas, astrologers, godmen, and other mystical entrepreneurs. He was shot to death by two men who escaped on a motorbike, in Pune, India on August 20, 2013.

Russell S. Doughten Jr. (86) film producer whose series of evangelical films about a postrapture Earth was screened to millions of Christians in churches around the world. Doughten died of a kidney ailment in Carlisle, Iowa on August 20, 2013.

Ron Motley (68) trial lawyer who built a fortune out of high-risk cases against the asbestos and tobacco industries, leading the litigation team that helped to bring about the largest civil settlement in American history—$246 billion. Motley died of respiratory complications in Charleston, South Carolina on August 22, 2013.


Dean Meminger (65) former Marquette guard who played a reserve role on the New York Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team. Meminger averaged 6.1 points in six seasons with the Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks. He was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room on August 23, 2013.

Roger Miller (44) son of the late Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller (d. 2009). Besides owning the NBA team, the Miller family owns the Salt Lake Bees AAA-baseball team, the Tour of Utah bike race, Miller Motorsports Park, Megaplex Theaters, Fanzz sports apparel store, and several car dealerships. Roger Miller died three days before his 45th birthday, in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 18, 2013.

Paul Poberezny (91) founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which draws tens of thousands of pilots to Wisconsin each year for a convention that includes one of the US’s largest air shows. Poberezny died of cancer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on August 22, 2013.

Mario Richard (47) leader in the extreme sport of BASE jumping, in which participants leap from fixed objects on the ground and use a parachute to break their fall. Richard was killed while wingsuit flying (wearing a suit webbed under the arms and between the legs to slow the fall); he hit a cliff wall minutes after his wife had jumped successfully, in the Dolomites in Italy on August 19, 2013.

Elaine Sortino (64) coach who led the University of Massachusetts women’s softball team to 23 conference titles, 21 trips to the NCAA regionals, and three trips to the Women’s College World Series in 34 years at the helm. Sortino died of cancer in Amherst, Massachusetts on August 18, 2013.

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