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Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of IsraelBernie Anderson, Nevada state legislatorAmiri Baraka, provocative poet, playwright, and criticSam Berns, Massachusetts teen who suffered from rare diseaseRoy Campbell Jr., jazz trumpeterRay Clark, lawyer who defended ‘Night Stalker’Jerry Coleman, NY Yankee player and combat pilotBill Conlin, Philadelphia sportswriter and columnistEusebio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese soccer starSharon Lee Ensign, mother of former US senator from NevadaSally Fox, Vermont state legislatorVugar Gashimov, chess grandmaster from AzerbaijanMadeline Arakawa Gins, US architectMonica Spear and ex-husband Henry Thomas BerryRichard Inskeep, Fort Wayne newspaper publisherSteven James, organizer of annual Monster Shark TournamentThomas V. Jones, longtime head of Northrop Corp.Eric Lawson, actor who played Marlboro ManScott Lewis, US stage hypnotistLarry D. Mann, character and voice actorRoger Jean-Claude Mbede, Cameroon gay manFranklin McCain, helped to spark ‘60s sit-in protestsThom McGarvey Jr., longtime director of Miss Hawaii pageantDale Mortensen, Nobel-winning economics professorDr. Donald Morton, pioneering cancer surgeonNelson Ned, Brazilian singerJ. R. (‘Snapp’) Oakes, Louisiana US Marshall and sheriffMaj. Gen. Thomas Olsen, oversaw allied air operations in first Gulf WarRobert A. Pastor, scholar who worked for better inter-American relationsJudy Protas, ad executive who created memorable ad campaignElaine Redfield, spurred construction of Orange County concert hallSir Run Run Shaw, Hong Kong media mogulAlex Shear, collector of American pop-culture artifactsLarry Speakes, Reagan’s press secretaryJames Walter Strobel, former Mississippi college presidentRev. Jack Tuell, retired Methodist bishopIris Wagner, great-granddaughter of composer Richard WagnerDave Walker, track coach at East Tennessee StateTodd Williams, former NFL and Florida State offensive tackleCarmen Zapata, Emmy-nominated Hispanic actress

Art and Literature

Amiri Baraka (79) militant man of letters and tireless racial agitator whose provocative poems, plays, and criticism made him a force in American culture. Born in New Jersey as LeRoi Jones, Baraka was named that state’s poet laureate in 2002 but soon angered many with a poem blaming Jews for 9/11. Finding he couldn’t lawfully be fired, the state eliminated the office. Baraka died in Newark, New Jersey on January 9, 2014.

Madeline Arakawa Gins (72) US poet-turned-painter-turned-architect whose buildings, by her own account, were designed to prevent death for those living in them. Shown above is an apartment house in Tokyo, Japan built by Gins and her late husband, Shusaku Arakawa (d. 2010). Gins died of cancer in New York City on january 8, 2014.

Business and Science

Thomas V. Jones (93) former head (1960-90) of Northrop Corp. who guided a secondary aerospace company to the top ranks of the defense industry during the Cold War. Jones died of pulmonary fibrosis in Los Angeles, California on January 8, 2014.

Dr. Donald Morton (79) US cancer surgeon who developed surgical techniques that save lives and money in the treatment of melanoma and breast cancer. Morton died of heart failure in Santa Monica, California on January 10, 2014.

Judy Protas (91) retired advertising executive at Doyle Dane Bernbach who in 1961 came up with an ad slogan to sell rye bread that has endured in New Yorkers’ memories for more than 50 years: "You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye." Combined with photographs of conspicuously non-Jewish New Yorkers—a black boy, Asian and Native American men, and a robed choirboy among them—enjoying the product, the ads drew a national following and were sold individually as posters. Protas died of cancer in New York City on January 7, 2014.


Dale Mortensen (74) Nobel laureate and longtime Northwestern University economics professor who shared the economics prize in 2010 with two other Americans for explaining how unemployment can remain high despite a large number of job openings. Mortensen died in Wilmette, Illinois on January 9, 2014.

James Walter Strobel (80) president of Mississippi University for Women (1977-88). Strobel was instrumental in founding the Mississippi School for Mathematics & Science, a residential program for high-achieving high school students. He was killed when a tractor-trailer hit the van in which he was a passenger, in Nassau County, Florida on January 8, 2014.

News and Entertainment

Roy Campbell Jr. (61) jazz trumpeter who took be-bop into avant-garde. As a composer and bandleader Campbell favored strong rhythm and folkloric texture, putting those elements together in Tazz, an energetic quartet featuring piano, bass, and drums, and Pyramid Trio. He died of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in the Bronx, New York on January 9, 2014.

Monica Spear and Henry Thomas Berry (29, 39) Venezuelan actress who won the 2004 Miss Venezuela pageant. Spear and her ex-husband, Henry Thomas Berry, were shot to death and their 5-year-old daughter Maya was wounded when armed robbers ambushed their broken-down car during a vacation in Venezuela on January 7, 2014.

Richard N. Inskeep (89) former Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette publisher (1973-97) who fought for public access to government and helped to ensure that Fort Wayne remained a two-newspaper city by seeking a more equitable arrangement under a joint operating agreement signed in 1950 with the rival News-Sentinel. Inskeep died in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 8, 2014.

Eric Lawson (72) actor who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late ‘70s. A smoker since age 14, Lawson later appeared in an antismoking commercial that parodied the Marlboro man and in an Entertainment Tonight segment to discuss the negative effects of smoking. He died of respiratory failure owing to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in San Luis Obispo, California on January 10, 2014.

Scott Lewis (50) US stage hypnotist who appeared at Las Vegas’s Riviera Hotel for nine years. Lewis was in Sydney performing his hypnosis act along with six other performers in the show The illusionists 2.0, which opened at the Sydney Opera House on Jan. 9. His body was found on a fourth-floor balcony, having fallen from his 11th-floor balcony, in Sydney, Australia on January 11, 2014.

Larry D. Mann (91) character actor who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Canadian-born Mann had small roles in movies including The Sting and In the Heat of the Night; on TV his appearances included Gunsmoke, Bewitched, and Hill Street Blues. He died in Los Angeles, California on January 6, 2014.

Thom McGarvey Jr. (70) executive director of the Miss Hawaii pageant for 30 years, during which he helped to establish a foundation to give scholarships to women hoping to win the Miss America crown. McGarvey also helped to lift the state pageant from a competition struggling for visibility to a TV broadcast with a live audience. He died of liver cancer in Oahu, Hawaii on January 8, 2014.

Nelson Ned (66) Brazilian singer of small stature and large voice who was hailed throughout Latin America as the "Little Giant of Song." Ned had diabetes and was said to be experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease when he died of pneumonia in São Paolo, Brazil on January 5, 2014.

Elaine Redfield (96) transplanted New Yorker who helped to bring metropolitan culture to Orange County, Calif. by promoting and fundraising for the construction of the 3,000-seat Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, which opened in 1986. Redfield died in Fullerton, California on January 5, 2014.

Sir Run Run Shaw (106) media mogul who built a Hong Kong movie and TV empire that nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, and produced the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Shaw was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. He died in Hong Kong on January 7, 2014.

Iris Wagner (71) great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner. A painter, photographer, filmmaker, and translator, Iris Wagner sat on the board of trustees of the Richard Wagner Foundation, formed in 1973 to oversee the estate of the composer. She died in Berlin, Germany on January 9, 2014.

Carmen Zapata (86) Emmy-nominated actress who started the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce. Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical Oklahoma! and later performed in Bells Are Ringing, Guys & Dolls, and many other musicals. She died of heart problems in Van Nuys, California on January 5, 2014.

Politics and Military

Bernie Anderson (71) longtime Nevada assemblyman and retired civics teacher. The Sparks Democrat served in the Assembly from 1991 through 2010 and was chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and a fierce supporter of children and education. Anderson had been hospitalized since Dec. 26 for pulmonary problems and died in Reno, Nevada on January 10, 2014.

Sharon Lee Ensign (75) mother of former US Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev., 2001-11). Sharon Lee had three children with her first husband before marrying Mike Ensign, who adopted her children and became a casino executive in Las Vegas. Sharon Ensign died in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 9, 2014.

Sally Fox (62) Vermont state senator, a longtime Democrat lawmaker who served in both the state House and Senate and was known for helping the most vulnerable. A lawyer, Fox served in the House representing Essex from 1987-2000 and returned to the Senate in ’11. She died of cancer in Burlington, Vermont on January 10, 2014.

J. R. (Snapp) Oakes (84) former US Marshal and Claiborne Parish (La.) sheriff. Known by his nickname "Snapp,” Oakes was sheriff from 1968-93 when he was appointed US Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana by President Bill Clinton. He died in Ruston, Louisiana on January 9, 2014.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Olsen (79) former head of the Ninth Air Force who oversaw allied air operations in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. Olsen died in Sumter, South Carolina on January 5, 2014.

Robert A. Pastor (66) scholar and policymaker who spent decades working for better inter-American relations and democracy and free elections in the Western Hemisphere. Pastor was President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean. He died of cancer in Washington, DC on January 8, 2014.

Ariel Sharon (83) controversial prime minister of Israel (2001-06) until a stroke sent him into a coma from which he never recovered. Sharon was a former military commander, a champion of an iron-fisted, territory-expanding Zionism for most of his life, who stunned Israel and the world in 2005 when he withdrew all Israeli settlers and troops from Gaza. He died of heart failure near Tel Aviv, Israel on January 11, 2014.

Larry Speakes (74) former President Ronald Reagan’s acting press secretary for six years after James Brady was wounded in John Hinckley’s attempt to assassinate Reagan in 1981. Speakes died of Alzheimer’s disease in Cleveland, Mississippi, where he had lived for the past several years, on January 10, 2014.

Society and Religion

Sam Berns (17) Massachusetts teenager whose battle with progeria, a rare and fatal genetic condition that accelerates the aging process, was the subject of an HBO documentary, Life According to Sam. Sam Berns died of complications from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, commonly known as progeria, in Foxborough, Massachusetts on January 10, 2014.

Ray Clark (82) Los Angeles attorney who in 1989 defended Richard Ramirez, accused of being the brutal serial killer known as the Night Stalker. Clark lost the case, and Ramirez got the death penalty but died of cancer on Death Row 24 years later because of pending appeals. Clark died of Parkinson’s disease in Los Angeles, California on January 7, 2014.

Roger Jean-Claude Mbede (34) gay Cameroon man jailed for sending a suggestive text message to another man. Mbede was arrested in March 2011 and convicted in April under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts; he received a three-year sentence. Released on medical grounds, he died after his family removed him from a hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia, in Cameroon on January 10, 2014.

Franklin McCain (73) one of four black freshman students from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro who sat down at the local Woolworth’s "whites only” lunch counter on Feb. 1, 1960 and sparked a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South. Later a research chemist, McCain served on his alma mater’s board of trustees, then spent four years on the governing board of the 17-campus system. He died of respiratory complications in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 9, 2014.

Alex Shear (73) collector of pop-culture artifacts whose assemblage of consumer products, folk art, and kitsch once spanned 11 storage facilities in three states. Shear was killed when he was struck by a tour bus in Manhattan, New York on January 10, 2014.

Rev. Jack Tuell (90) retired Methodist bishop of Portland, Oregon who late in his career changed his mind on issues of gay ordination and gay marriage. A former practicing attorney, Tuell died in Des Moines, Washington on January 10, 2014.


Jerry Coleman (89) Hall of Fame broadcaster, a former major league ballplayer whose pro career was interrupted by World War II and the Korean War, during both of which he was a Marine Corps pilot and flew a total of 120 missions. Coleman spent more than 70 years in pro baseball, a career that included four World Series titles with the New York Yankees. He died in San Diego, California on January 5, 2014.

Bill Conlin (79) longtime Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter and columnist (since 1965) who retired in 2011 after allegations surfaced that he had abused four children decades ago. Three more accusers later came forward. Authorities said no criminal charges could be filed because the alleged abuse occurred so long ago. Conlin suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and a colon infection when he died in Largo, Florida on January 9, 2014.

Eusebio da Silva Ferreira (71) Portuguese soccer star, known mainly as Eusebio, who was born into poverty in Africa, became an international sporting icon in the ‘60s, and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time. Eusebio had been hospitalized several times over the past year for the treatment of heart and respiratory problems. He died of heart failure in Lisbon, Portugal on January 5, 2014.

Vugar Gashimov (27) chess grandmaster from Azerbaijan, one of the world’s top players for 10 years who helped to lead his team to the gold medal in the European Team Chess Championship in 2009. Gashimov died in Germany, where he had reportedly been receiving treatment for a brain tumor, on January 10, 2014.

Steven James (53) outdoorsman who organized the controversial Monster Shark Tournament on Martha’s Vineyard for the past 15 years. James was one of two duck hunters who died after they fell into the frigid waters of the Westport (Massachusetts) River when their boat capsized on January 7, 2014. The water temperature was about 35 degrees, and the air temperature was about 8 degrees at the time.

Dave Walker (82) coach of East Tennessee State’s track program for about 50 years (1963-2012). The school named its home track after Walker in 1995. He died in Johnson City, Tennessee on January 11, 2014.

Todd Williams (35) former NFL and Florida State offensive tackle. Williams was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2003 NFL draft and later played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers. He had reportedly complained to his mother of feeling sick on Jan. 3; his body was found three days later in a Tampa Bay, Florida-area hotel room, on January 6, 2014.

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