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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, October 26, 2013

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K. S. (‘Bud’) Adams Jr., owner of Tennessee TitansJohn Arthur, challenged Ohio’s gay marriage banLee Bandy, political journalistWes Bialosuknia, Connecticut basketball record-setterJack Bierman, founder of ‘LA Parent’ magazineAntonia Bird, British film directorAllan Block, sandal maker and fiddlerTony Brevett, Jamaican musicianJovanka Broz, widow of Yugoslavia’s dictator TitoSir Anthony Caro, British sculptorArthur Danto, philosopher and art criticManna Dey, Bollywood playback singerPaul L. Dickstein, NYC budget directorManolo Escobar, Spanish singerRodney Fernandez, developed affordable housing for farmworkersGeorge Frazier, early Clinton supporterSamuel Goetz, Holocaust survivor who advocated Holocaust educationStephen Gottlieb, NY state officialGail Hamm, Connecticut state legislatorWilliam Harrison, writer who adapted his own fiction into filmsDoug Ireland, left wing activist, journalist, and bloggerDon James, winningest U of Washington football coachJamalul Kiram III, Philippine sultanLawrence R. Klein, predicted post-WWII prosperityFrancisco (‘Pachico’) Mayoral, Mexican whale-watching guideBill Mazer, New York sports-talk radio pioneerHal Needham, Hollywood stuntman and director of action filmsSomdet Phra Nyanasamvara, Thailand’s Supreme PatriarchAugusto Odone, developed Lorenzo’s Oil to save his son’s lifeMajor Owens, US congressman from Brooklyn, NYPaul Reichmann, Canadian real estate developerBrig. Gen. Robinson Risner, American hero of two warsElaine Rivera, NYC journalistBill Sharman, basketball player and coachDonald D. (‘D. D.’) Smith, winning jockeyDeborah Turbeville, pioneering fashion photographerMarcia Wallace, voice of schoolteacher on ‘The Simpsons’Emily Ware, LA schoolteacher who cofounded high school cultural enrichment programSid Yudain, creator of Congressional weekly newspaper

Art and Literature

Sir Anthony Caro (89) British sculptor whose metal creations helped abstract sculpture to gain global acclaim. Caro was one of Britain’s best-known artists, and his large steel sculptures stand in galleries, parks, and museums around the world. He died of a heart attack in London, England on October 23, 2013.

Arthur C. Danto (89) philosopher and critic who championed Andy Warhol and other avant-garde artists and upended the study of art history by declaring that the history of art was over. Danto died of heart failure in New York City on October 25, 2013.

William Harrison (79) writer who adapted his fiction into the films Rollerball (1975) and Mountains of the Moon (1990). Harrison died of renal failure one week before his 80th birthday, in Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 22, 2013.

Deborah Turbeville (81) photographer who almost single-handedly turned fashion photography from a clean, well-lighted thing into something dark, brooding, and strange. Turbeville’s 1975 photo (above) from a Vogue magazine shoot is one of the most famous fashion photos of the mid-20th century. She died of lung cancer in New York City on October 24, 2013.

Business and Science

Jack Bierman (71) founder in 1980 of LA Parent, a southern California magazine written from a child’s perspective. Bierman died of septic shock in Pasadena, California on October 24, 2013.

Allan Block (90) leather craftsman and fiddler who made sandals and music in his Greenwich Village shop—which became a hub of folk music during the ‘50s and ’60s. The Allan Block Sandal Shop was just a few minutes’ walk from the Folklore Center on Macdougal Street, where musical performances made Greenwich Village the red-hot center of the so-called folk revival. Block died in Francestown, New Hampshire on October 23, 2013.

Rodney Fernandez (68) advocate who fought for affordable housing for farmworkers in Ventura County (Calif.) and whose nonprofit agency has developed more than 1,700 homes. Fernandez founded the Ventura-based Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. in 1981 and retired in 2012. He died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Santa Paula, California on October 23, 2013.

Lawrence R. Klein (93) economic theorist who predicted America’s economic boom after World War II and was awarded the 1980 Nobel Prize in economic science for developing statistical models used to analyze and predict global economic trends. Klein died in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania on October 20, 2013.

Augusto Odone (80) former World Bank economist who invented Lorenzo’s Oil, a treatment to try to save the life of his son, wasting away from a neurological disease, and to give hope to other children afflicted with the same genetic defect. Derived from natural cooking oils, Lorenzo’s Oil also became the title of a 1992 movie depicting the efforts by Odone and his late wife, Michaela, to find a cure. Augusto Odone died in Acqui Terme, Italy on October 24, 2013.

Paul Reichmann (83) Canadian real estate developer who made and lost billions of dollars while transforming the skylines of Toronto, New York, and London. Reichmann and his brothers, Albert and Ralph, led Olympia & York, their family’s real estate development firm, which counted among its greatest projects the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan and Canary Wharf in London’s East End. He died in Toronto, Canada on October 25, 2013.


Samuel Goetz (85) Polish-born Holocaust survivor, an early advocate of Holocaust education in the US. Goetz became a prime force behind the creation of a Holocaust studies chair at UCLA, the first at a public university in the US. An optometrist for 50 years, he died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles, California on October 24, 2013.

Emily Ware (97) cofounder in 1963 of a cultural enrichment program at Jordan High School in Watts, Calif. that guided and financially supported college-bound students. Ware taught elementary school for 21 years in Los Angeles, California, where she died on October 25, 2013.

News and Entertainment

Antonia Bird (54) British director known for films such as Face, Priest, and Mad Love. Bird worked for several years at the Royal Court Theater before switching to TV in the mid-‘80s, where she racked up a string of credits on shows such as Spooks and EastEnders. She had been suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer and died in her sleep in London, England on October 25, 2013.

Tony Brevett (60s) Jamaican musician who launched the popular rocksteady band The Melodians, best known for their hit, "The Rivers of Babylon." The song was included on the soundtrack of the 1972 movie The Harder They Come. Brevett was on a US tour commemorating The Melodians’ 50th anniversary when he fell ill and died of cancer in Miami, Florida on October 26, 2013.

Manna Dey (94) famed playback singer who recorded nearly 4,000 songs and whose voice can be heard on scores of Bollywood film soundtracks. Dey was hospitalized in May and was being treated for a kidney infection when his organs failed; he died in Bangalore, India on October 24, 2013.

Manolo Escobar (82) singer whose "Y Viva Espana” became a best-selling single during Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy in the mid-‘70s. Escobar died in the eastern coastal town of Benidorm, Spain on October 24, 2013.

Hal Needham (82) top Hollywood stuntman who turned to directing rousing action films, including Smokey & the Bandit and The Cannonball Run in the ‘70s. Needham appeared in thousands of TV episodes and hundreds of movies, performing and designing stunts. He died in Los Angeles, California on October 25, 2013.

Elaine Rivera (54) veteran New York journalist who often wrote about the marginalized and the voiceless. Rivera had been on health leave from a teaching position at Lehman College. She was found dead at her Bronx, New York apartment after struggling with liver disease, on October 26, 2013.

Marcia Wallace (70) TV actress, the voice of schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, whose wise-cracking characters on The Bob Newhart Show and other prime-time hits endeared her to generations of TV viewers. Wallace died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California on October 25, 2013.

Sid Yudain (90) creator in 1951 of Roll Call, a weekly newspaper for members of the US Congress that became a chronicle of the personal activities of the locals, with need-to-know tidbits about births and deaths, retirements and weddings, and personnel changes to Congressional staffs. Yudain died of cancer in Arlington, Virginia on October 20, 2013.

Politics and Military

Lee Bandy (78) reporter who covered South Carolina politics and its congressional delegation for 40 years, including nearly the entire careers of US Sens. Strom Thurmond and Ernest ("Fritz”) Hollings, before retiring in 2006. Bandy died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Columbia, South Carolina on October 21, 2013.

Jovanka Broz (89) fourth wife and widow of the former Yugoslavia’s Communist dictator, Josip Broz Tito (d. 1980). Jovanka Broz died of heart failure in Belgrade, Serbia on October 20, 2013.

Paul L. Dickstein (70) New York budget czar who enforced stern fiscal discipline during the administration (1978-89) of Mayor Edward I. Koch. First as a top aide in the city’s budget bureau, then as its chief, Dickstein rode herd over city finances at a time when the fiscal crisis of the ‘70s still haunted policymakers. He died of an aortic aneurysm in New York City on October 21, 2013.

George Frazier (94) early backer of Bill Clinton and a key organizer in the effort to preserve the former president’s boyhood home in Hope, Ark. as a National Historic Site. Frazier died in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 20, 2013.

Stephen Gottlieb (77) former New York state lawmaker, commissioner, and judge. Gottlieb died of heart failure in Scarsdale, New York on October 20, 2013.

Gail Hamm (62) longtime (1999-2012) Connecticut state representative, an attorney known for her advocacy on behalf of children. Hamm died in East Hampton, Connecticut on October 24, 2013.

Doug Ireland (67) left-wing activist, journalist, and blogger who in the ‘60s-‘70s managed the successful congressional campaigns of New York liberal candidates Allard K. Lowenstein and Bella Abzug and wrote about politics, the media, and gay issues. Ireland survived two strokes and had been treated for diabetes and complications of a childhood bout with polio. He died of a probable third stroke in New York City on October 26, 2013.

Jamalul Kiram III (75) Philippine sultan whose Muslim sultanate, based in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, had been largely forgotten until his younger brother and about 200 armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region last February, sparking a security crisis that left dozens of people dead. Kiram died of multiple organ failure in Quezon City, Philippines on October 20, 2013.

Major Owens (77) Brooklyn Democrat who served 12 terms in the US House of Representatives (1983-2007). Owens helped to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. He died of renal and heart failure in New York City on October 21, 2013.

Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner (88) one of the US’s most decorated fighter pilots in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, who spent over seven years in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton” prison after being shot down in 1965. Risner died after a series of strokes, in Bridgewater, Virginia on October 22, 2013.

Society and Religion

John Arthur (47) gay man who with his longtime partner helped to lead a legal challenge to Ohio’s ban on gay marriage. With Arthur terminally ill from Lou Gehrig’s disease, he and James Obergefell (47) flew to Maryland in June to marry; they then sued in federal court in Cincinnati for recognition of their marriage in Ohio. Arthur died in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 22, 2013.

Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara (100) Thailand’s Supreme Patriarch, who headed that country’s order of Buddhist monks for more than 20 years. Nyanasamvara died of septicemia, a severe blood infection, at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, where he had been treated since being admitted for an illness more than 10 years ago, on October 24, 2013.


K. S. (Bud) Adams Jr. (90) Tennessee Titans owner. The son of an oil executive, Adams built his own fortune and used it to found the Houston Oilers in the upstart American Football League. He moved the team to Tennessee after the 1996 season when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston. The franchise, renamed the Titans, in 2000 reached the Super Bowl. Adams died in Houston, Texas on October 21, 2013.

Wes Bialosuknia (68) basketball player who averaged 28 points a game for Connecticut in the 1966-67 season to set a school record. The native of Poughkeepsie, New York, known as the "Poughkeepsie Popper,” starred for the Huskies between 1964-67. Bialosuknia scored 30 points or more in 17 games, also a school record. He died in Hartford, Connecticut on October 23, 2013.

Don James (80) former University of Washington football coach (1975-92) who led the Huskies to a perfect season and a share of the national championship in 1991. James won more games than any other coach in the school’s 128-year football history. He died in Seattle, Washington on October 20, 2013.

Francisco (Pachico) Mayoral (72) noted defender of Mexico’s gray whales and one of that country’s earliest and most experienced whale-watching guides. Mayoral died of a stroke on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on October 22, 2013.

Bill Mazer (92) sports-talk radio pioneer, a fixture on New York TV during a 60-year career. Mazer went to New York in 1964 at WNBC-AM after 16 years in radio and TV in Buffalo and had a long run as WNEW-TV’s sports anchor. He also worked at WOR-AM, on CBS-TV’s NHL and NFL coverage, on ABC- and NBC-TV game broadcasts, and in radio at WFAN, WEVD, and WVOX-AM, retiring in 2009. He died in Danbury, Connecticut on October 23, 2013.

Bill Sharman (87) Hall of Famer who won NBA titles as a player for the Boston Celtics and a coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Sharman died in Redondo Beach, California on October 25, 2013.

Donald D. Smith (69) longtime jockey who won more than 1,500 races. Smith began his riding career in the early ‘60s and retired in 1989. He rode in 15,612 races, mostly at Penn National, Charles Town, Laurel Park, and Pimlico Race Course, and finished with 1,505 victories and more than $4 million in total purses. He died in Grantville, Pennsylvania on October 24, 2013.

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