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Bob Hoskins, versatile British character actorEfrem Zimbalist Jr., handsome TV actorGary Becker, U of Chicago economics professorJohn Booth-El, Maryland death row inmateFrank Budd, Olympic sprinterIsabelle Fiske Calhoun, cofounder of Vermont ‘hippie commune’Peter G. Callas Jr., Trenton Times managing editorDan Colchico, former 49er linemanAssi Dayan, Israeli actor and directorNellie, oldest bottlenose dolphin in human careAnthony Drexel Duke, scion of three of America’s richest familiesAl Feldstein, longtime editor of Mad magazineJuan Formell, Cuban musicianIsaac Greggs, led Southern U’s marching bandJuanita Hammons, widow of philanthropist developerBen Hoberman, brought all-talk format to LA radioWilliam H. Honan, ‘80s NY Times arts editorHerbert Hyman, founded Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chainDennis Kamakahi, Hawaiian musicianEdgar Laprade, Canadian hockey playerClayton Lockett, Oklahoma death row inmateMoni Maker, two-time Trotter of the YearCharles Marowitz, playwright, director, and theater criticNicholas Martin, stage actor and Tony-winning directorElliott (‘Spike’) Maynard, former W. Va. Supreme Court justiceMarsha Mehran, Iranian-born authorJean Norris, developer of Twin Vision for blind parentsJim Oberstar, former US congressman from MinnesotaRev. Robert Osborne, accused priestLarry Ramos, Hawaiian-born singer and guitarist‘Dr.’ Jack Ramsay, basketball coach and broadcasterNan Rosenthal, art curatorBassem Sabry, Egyptian political bloggerRaymond Sarlot, revived Chateau MarmontFrederic Schwartz, NYC architectGavin Smith, missing film distribution executiveNigel Stepney, former Ferrari mechanic involved in spying scandalDavid Stoliar, only survivor of worst WWII civilian maritime disasterKenneth Tomlinson, conservative journalistMichael Travis, Liberace’s costume designerWalter R. Walsh, longest-lived OlympianCharles Frederick Young 3rd, Tennessee probation violator

Art and Literature

Marsha Mehran (36) Iranian-born author who wrote a hugely successful debut novel centered on Iranian expatriates in Ireland. Mehran said her own experiences had inspired her first novel, Pomegranate Soup, the story of three sisters who escape Iran during the revolution of 1979 and open a Persian cafe in a small town in the west of Ireland. She was found dead at her home in the village of Lecanvey in County Mayo, on Ireland’s northwest coast, on April 30, 2014.

Nan Rosenthal (76) curator who helped to bring the 20th century to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Over 30 years, Rosenthal organized exhibitions and oversaw the acquisition of contemporary art. She died of heart failure in New York City on April 27, 2014.

Frederic Schwartz (63) architect whose plan to rebuild the World Trade Center site finished second among hundreds of entries. Schwartz later created memorials in New Jersey and Westchester County to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He died of prostate cancer in New York City on April 28, 2014.

Business and Science

Juanita Hammons (96) philanthropist widow of Springfield (Mo.) businessman and hotel developer John Q. Hammons (d. 2013), who developed more than 200 hotels nationwide, along with golf courses, restaurants, and convention centers. The couple donated millions of dollars to arts, sports, education, and health care. Juanita Hammons died in Springfield, Missouri on April 29, 2014.

Herbert Hyman (82) founder of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the ‘60s who saw the premium coffee chain grow to hundreds of stores around the world. Hyman had heart problems and died in Camarillo, California on April 28, 2014.

Raymond Sarlot (89) developer looking for a tax write-off when he and an associate paid $1 million for a down-on-its-luck Hollywood landmark, the Chateau Marmont, in 1975. Long a haven for privacy-loving celebrities such as Greta Garbo and Roman Polanski, the old Normandy-style hotel was on the verge of foreclosure; the most notorious event in the Marmont’s history occurred in 1982, when comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in one of the guest bungalows. Sarlot, who sold the Marmont in 1991, died in Los Angeles, California on April 27, 2014.


Gary Becker (83) University of Chicago professor who received the Nobel Prize in economic sciences and was credited with pioneering the approach to economics as the study of human behavior. Becker died in Chicago, Illinois on May 3, 2014.

Jean Norris (96) sighted volunteer for the blind who developed Twin Vision, children’s storybooks with both printed and Braille text so that blind parents could read to their sighted children. Norris had several strokes in recent years and died of heart failure in Reseda, California on her 96th birthday, April 30, 2014.

News and Entertainment

Peter G. Callas Jr. (54) former managing editor (1997-2009) of the Trenton (NJ) Times. Callas had suffered from muscular dystrophy for more than 40 years and was a strong advocate for people with disabilities. He died in Allentown, New Jersey on May 3, 2014.

Assi Dayan (68) actor and director, an Israeli cultural icon known for both his trailblazing films and troubled personal life. Scion of one of Israel’s most prominent families, Dayan was the youngest son of famed military chief and defense minister Moshe Dayan (d. 1981). Assi Dayan died in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 1, 2014.

Nellie the Dolphin (61) oldest Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in human care. Nellie was born at Marineland in 1953; she starred in several TV shows filmed at Marineland in the ‘50s and was featured in a Timex watch commercial in 1961. She was euthanized in Marineland, Florida on April 30, 2014.

Al Feldstein (88) editor whose 28 years (1956-84) at the helm of Mad magazine transformed the satirical publication into a pop culture institution. Feldstein died in Livingston, Montana on April 29, 2014.

Juan Formell (71) Cuban musician who for more than 40 years was the driving force behind the big band salsa orchestra Los Van Van. Formell won a Latin Grammy in 2013 for excellence, on top of another in 1999 recognizing the album Llego ... Los Van Van. He died in Havana, Cuba on May 1, 2014.

Isaac Greggs (85) bandmaster who headed Southern University’s marching band for 36 years. The Southern marching band became known as the "Human Jukebox” during Greggs’s tenure and played at six Super Bowls, four Sugar Bowls, and three presidential inaugurations. Greggs retired in 2005. He died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on April 28, 2014.

Ben Hoberman (91) Los Angeles radio executive who brought an all-talk format to KABC in 1960. The format gained traction as the station added call-in shows, including one hosted by highly confrontational Joe Pyne. Hoberman died of lung cancer in Westwood, California on May 3, 2014.

William H. Honan (83) author and journalist who directed coverage of the arts at the New York Times as its culture editor in the ‘80s. When he started at the Times in 1969, Honan had been an associate editor at Newsweek and an assistant editor at the New Yorker. He died of cardiac arrest in Norwalk, Connecticut on April 28, 2014.

Bob Hoskins (71) British actor whose varied career ranged from Mona Lisa to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? A versatile character actor capable of menace, poignancy, and Cockney charm, Hoskins appeared in some of the most acclaimed British films of the past few decades, including the gangster classic The Long Good Friday. In 2012 he announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was retiring from acting. He died of pneumonia in London, England on April 29, 2014.

Dennis Kamakahi (61) prolific Hawaiian songwriter, an influential slack-key guitarist, and a central figure in the ‘70s cultural movement known as the Hawaiian renaissance. With his music, Kamakahi formed a bridge between ancient and modern cultures. He died of lung cancer in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 28, 2014.

Charles Marowitz (80) playwright, director, and theater critic known for his blunt manner and cutting-edge work, including controversial reworkings of classics by Henrik Ibsen and Shakespeare. Marowitz died in Agoura Hills, California of complications from Parkinson’s disease, on May 2, 2014.

Nicholas Martin (75) actor-turned-director who ran two important Massachusetts theater companies and earned a Tony Award nomination for directing Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike on Broadway in 2013. Martin, who had been battling throat cancer, died in New York City on April 30, 2014.

Larry Ramos (72) Hawaiian-born singer and guitarist who harmonized on the hit songs "Windy” and "Never My Love” for the Association in the ‘60s. Ramos died in Clarkston, Washington on April 30, 2014.

Gavin Smith (57) Hollywood studio executive who investigators said may have been murdered. A film distribution executive for 20th Century-Fox, Smith was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012, driving his black Mercedes Benz away from a friend’s house in Oak Park, northwest of Los Angeles. He was declared legally dead on the second anniversary of his mysterious disappearance, in Los Angeles, California on May 1, 2014.

Kenneth Tomlinson (69) conservative journalist who used his leadership role in federal communications agencies to counter what he regarded as liberal bias. A former top editor at Reader’s Digest, Tomlinson was director of Voice of America in the early ‘80s and, from 2002-07, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. He died of melanoma in Winchester, Virginia on May 1, 2014.

Michael Travis (86) costume designer who created famously over-the-top outfits for Liberace’s stage extravaganzas. Travis was previously costume designer for the frenzied ‘60s TV comedy hit Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and for several specials. He died in Studio City, California on May 1, 2014.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (95) handsome, debonair TV actor blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing. The son of concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist (d. 1985), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was the father of actress Stephanie Zimbalist (Remington Steele). He became a household name in 1958 as Stu Bailey, the wisecracking private investigator who was a copartner in a swinging Hollywood detective agency located at the exclusive address of 77 Sunset Strip. When that show ended in 1964, Zimbalist became an even bigger star playing the empathetic, methodical G-man Lewis Erskine on The FBI. He died in Solvang, California on May 2, 2014.

Politics and Military

Elliott (Spike) Maynard (71) former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice who lost a 2006 reelection bid a few months after photos surfaced of him vacationing on the French Riviera with former Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship before voting with the majority in a 3-2 decision reversing a $76 million judgment against Massey. Maynard had been hospitalized for a month when he died in Charleston, West Virginia on May 1, 2014.

Jim Oberstar (79) former US congressman who represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years (1975-2011) and brought millions of dollars to the state as chair of the powerful House Transportation Committee. Oberstar died unexpectedly in his sleep in Potomac, Maryland on May 3, 2014.

David Stoliar (91) witness to the worst civilian maritime disaster of World War II, the only survivor among nearly 800 Jews fleeing the Holocaust in Romania aboard a refugee ship that was barred from Palestine, interned by Turkey for months, set adrift without power, and torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in the Black Sea in 1942. The sinking of the overloaded ship, a 150-foot steamer called the Struma, was a calamity compounded by Britain’s refusal to admit the refugees into Palestine and by Turkey’s 71-day quarantine, ending with the vessel being towed out to sea. The coup de grâce was fired by the submarine as the ship lay dead in the water seven miles offshore. The loss of the ship and Stoliar’s survival were largely unknown until the turn of the 21st century, when he spoke to a reporter. He died in Bend, Oregon on May 1, 2014.

Society and Religion

John Booth-El (60) Maryland death row inmate sentenced to death for the 1983 murders of Irvin and Rose Bronstein. Booth-El was found unresponsive in his cell and was pronounced dead a short time later despite attempts to revive him, at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland on April 27, 2014.

Isabelle Fiske Calhoun (94) New York cartoonist during World War II who moved to Vermont just after the war to cofound what is now described as the state’s "oldest alternative and artist’s retreat." In 1946, Calhoun, then known as Isabella Fiske, and her husband, Irving Fiske, Bohemian intellectuals from New York City, bought a 140-acre hill farm in Rochester that later became a "hippie commune” known as the Quarry Hill Creative Center. The couple divorced in the ‘70s, and Isabelle married Dr. David Calhoun, who died in 1990. She died in White River Junction, Vermont on April 28, 2014.

Anthony Drexel Duke (95) scion of three of America’s wealthiest families who nearly 80 years ago was prompted to found what became Boys & Girls Harbor, an educational and social service agency that helped tens of thousands of New York’s disadvantaged children. Duke died of cancer in Gainesville, Florida on April 30, 2014.

Clayton Lockett (38) Oklahoma death row inmate whose execution was halted because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched. Lockett was convicted in 2000 of murder, rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, assault and battery, and burglary in the death of Stephanie Neiman (19). About 20 minutes after the first drug was administered, he was writhing on the gurney and shaking uncontrollably. He later died of a heart attack after all three drugs were administered, in McAlester, Oklahoma on April 29, 2014.

Rev. Robert Osborne (81) Marianist priest who in 2006 was removed as president of an all-boys Catholic school in Kirkwood, Missouri after a pair of sex abuse complaints. Osborne denied the accusations, and a criminal investigation ended without charges. He died at a health care facility for members of the Roman Catholic order, in Cupertino, California on April 27, 2014.

Bassem Sabry (31) one of Egypt’s most respected bloggers who campaigned for civil rights and against repression. Sabry was a well-known columnist and fluent in several languages. Security officials said he accidentally fell from a balcony under unclear circumstances, in Cairo, Egypt on April 29, 2014.

Charles Frederick Young 3rd (35) Washington County (Tenn.) Jail inmate. Young had been picked up on a probation violation charge. He died at Johnson City, Tennessee Medical Center, where he was taken from jail, on May 1, 2014.


Frank Budd (74) former Olympic sprinter who for a time was considered the world’s fastest human after he set a record in the 100-yard dash in 1961. A three-sport star in high school who overcame kidney and liver problems as a youth, Budd had a brief career as a wide receiver in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. He died in Marlton, New Jersey on April 29, 2014.

Dan Colchico (76) seventh-round draft pick by the 49ers in 1959 out of San Jose State. Colchico debuted in 1960 and played in 67 games with 64 starts during six seasons. He died of complications from heart surgery, in Concord, California on April 27, 2014.

Edgar Laprade (94) Canadian-born New York Rangers’ Hall of Fame center of the ‘40s and ’50s known for his hockey playing skills and his gentlemanly behavior on the ice. Playing all 10 of his NHL seasons with the Rangers, Laprade was a superb puck handler and penalty killer and was seemingly effortless in gliding along the ice. He died in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on April 28, 2014.

Moni Maker (21) two-time Trotter of the Year. A bay mare, Moni Maker regularly beat males and was the top trotter in 1998-99; she won $5.5 million and 67 of 109 starts in six seasons of racing in North America and Europe. She died in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania after complications from colic surgery. on May 2, 2014.

Jack Ramsay (89) basketball coach who served his country in World War II, coached the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title, was enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame, and became one of the game’s most respected and revered broadcasters. Ramsay had fought several forms of cancer for many years and more recently was diagnosed with a marrow syndrome. He died in Naples, Florida on April 28, 2014.

Nigel Stepney (56) Ferrari mechanic at the center of a spying scandal that rocked Formula One racing in 2007. Stepney leaked nearly 800 pages of confidential Ferrari information to Ferrari’s British Formula One rival McLaren Mercedes before the 2007 season; he was convicted in Italy of sabotage, industrial espionage, and sporting fraud and in 2010 was sentenced to 20 months in prison, which he did not serve, but never worked in Formula One racing again. Stepney was killed in a traffic accident in Kent, England on May 2, 2014.

Walter R. Walsh (106) longest-lived Olympian who captured gangsters as an FBI agent in the ‘30s and later trained Marine Corps snipers. In 1948 Walsh competed in the London Olympics, placing 12th in the men’s 50-meter free pistol event. He suffered a minor heart attack a few weeks ago and died in Arlington, Virginia on April 29, 2014.

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