Art and LiteratureFlorence King
(80) columnist, author, and professional misanthrope who criticized anything that smacked even slightly of what she decried as “touchy-feely late-20th-century liberalism.” A longtime contributor to the conservative magazine National Review,
for which she wrote the column “Misanthrope’s Corner” for more than 10 years until her retirement in 2002, King was read by conservatives and liberals alike for her acerbic wit. She was also known for several books, including Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady,
a 1985 memoir. She died in Fredericksburg, Virginia one day after her 80th birthday, on January 6, 2016.
Business and ScienceRobert H. B. Baldwin
(95) Wall Street maverick who presided over the transformation of Morgan Stanley from a prestigious but staid old investment bank into a modern, competitive financial services corporation in the ‘70s and early ’80s. An often polarizing leader, Baldwin was widely credited with pulling the firm out of its gentlemanly rut into an era of enormous growth and painful change, less focused on exclusive services for blue-chip clients and more on the rough-and-tumble of securities trading, mergers and acquisitions, and money management. He died in Skillman, New Jersey, near his alma mater Princeton, on January 3, 2016.André Courreges
(92) French designer who laid claim to the invention of the ‘60s miniskirt. Courreges launched his fashion house in 1961. His label set the trends for such stars as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve, who admired the designer’s ground-breaking geometry, plastic miniskirts, space-age silhouettes, and futuristic textiles. The house’s designs returned to the Paris catwalk in 2015 after decades away. Courreges died in Paris, France after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, on January 7, 2016.Richard Hendrickson
(103) eastern Long Island chicken and dairy farmer who reported climate conditions to the National Weather Service for 80 years. In 2014 the NWS named its 80-year service award in his honor. Hendrickson was estimated to have tallied more than 150,000 weather observations. His data helped meteorologists to analyze impending storms and information that tracks long-term climate change and other trends. He died in Westhampton, Long Island, New York on January 9, 2016.Harry F. Mariani
(78) wine importer and later wine producer who with his brother John made a fortune introducing Americans to Italian wines, first through the chilled, sparkling sweet red Riunite promoted with the slogan: “Riunite on ice; that's nice!” In 1967 the Mariani brothers' New York family firm, Banfi Vintners, imported the first 100 cases of Riunite Lambrusco, produced by an Italian cooperative. By 1973 it was the US's largest-selling imported brand. In the late ‘70s the brothers decided to branch out and buy their own vineyards. They began distributing finer wines, and by the mid-‘90s Banfi was the nation’s leading wine importer. Harry Mariani died in Huntington, New York, on Long Island, on January 5, 2016.Ted Stanley
(85) businessman and philanthropist who made one of the largest private donations for scientific research. Stanley made a fortune selling collectibles, beginning with a series of medals commemorating the moon landing in 1969. His Norwalk, Conn.-based company, MBI, specializes in marketing consumer products. In 2014 Stanley donated $650 million to the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center in Cambridge, Mass., for the study of psychiatric disorders. The cause was embraced by Stanley and his late wife, Vada Stanley, after their son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was in college in 1988. When the gift was announced, Ted Stanley said that after a few years his son responded to medication and was able to enjoy a normal life. The elder Stanley said he wanted a similar outcome for other families. He died in New Canaan, Connecticut on January 3, 2016.Ellen Stovall
(69) three-time cancer survivor and, as president of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, a prominent advocate for patients dealing with a host of problems during and after their cancer treatment. Stovall was a founding member of the National Cancer Policy Forum, which gathered experts from government, industry, academic, and advocacy groups to discuss cancer policy. She died in Rockville, Maryland of complications from cardiac disease associated with her early cancer treatment, on January 5, 2016.
LawJudith S. Kaye
(77) former chief judge, first woman appointed to New York state's top court, who handed down important decisions on a range of issues, including juvenile justice, rights for gay couples, capital punishment, domestic violence, chemical addiction, and mental health. First appointed to the bench in 1983, Kaye was named chief judge of the Court of Appeals by Democrat Gov. Mario Cuomo in '93 and served until 2008. She died of cancer in New York City on January 6, 2016.Maynard B. Reid Jr.
(69) Randolph County (NC) sheriff who had served in the post since 2006. Reid was first elected sheriff that year and won his third four-year term in November 2014. He had been hospitalized with pneumonia since December 18 and died in Asheboro, North Carolina on January 5, 2016.Norm Wolfinger
(70) former central Florida prosecutor who recused himself from the George Zimmerman case in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. That case sparked protests and a debate about race relations. Wolfinger was first elected state attorney in 1984. He held that job until he decided in 2012 not to seek another term. He died of bone marrow cancer in Viera, Florida on January 5, 2016.
News and EntertainmentAlfredo ('Chocolate') Armenteros
(87) talented Cuban trumpeter. Armenteros earned the moniker “Chocolate” after he was mistaken for Cuban boxer Kid Chocolate. He was also known as the Cuban Louis Armstrong. He backed Nat (“King”) Cole and even played on the legend’s 1958 album, Cole Espanol.
Armenteros also performed with Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria throughout his long career. He was married eight times and had seven children. He died of prostate cancer in Mohegan Lake, New York on January 6, 2016.Paul Bley
(83) Canadian-born pianist, a pivotal figure in the avant-garde jazz movement known for his innovative trio and solo recordings. Bley challenged the bebop orthodoxy, adapting the free jazz of saxophonist Ornette Coleman for the piano, offering a quieter, moodier version. Later he pioneered experiments with synthesizers. His groundbreaking piano trios—notably with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian—liberated rhythm instruments from their traditional supporting roles, making everyone equal as improvisers. Bley died in Stuart, Florida on January 3, 2016.Pierre Boulez
(90) French composer and conductor who had a reputation as a hard-core modernist steeped in the dissonances of 20th-century music. But that didn't stop Boulez from turning in brilliant performances of decidedly Romantic composers such as Mahler and Wagner as he forged a career as one of the leading figures in contemporary classical music. He traveled a long path from avant-garde composer to recording star who won 26 Grammy awards. He had been unable to conduct recently owing to eye trouble. He died in Baden-Baden, Germany on January 5, 2016.Nicholas Caldwell
(71) cofounder and singer with the California rhythm and blues group The Whispers. Caldwell was an original member of the group, formed in the San Francisco Bay area in 1963, that included brothers Walter and Wallace Scott, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon. Their first top 10 R&B hit was in 1970 with “Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong.” Their first album to go platinum was The Whispers
(1980); it included the disco hit “And the Beat Goes On.” Caldwell also wrote some of their songs, including the fan favorite “Lady.” The group also had an R&B and pop hit, “Rock Steady,” with Kenneth (“Babyface”) Edmonds. Caldwell died of congestive heart failure in San Francisco, California on January 5, 2016.Myra Carter
(86) award-winning stage actress who in 1994 originated the role of Edward Albee’s dying mother in his autobiographical play Three Tall Women,
which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama that year. The performance brought Carter a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award (for off-Broadway), an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award. She died of pneumonia in New York City on January 9, 2016.Otis Clay
(73) Chicago soul, blues, and gospel singer whose career spanned decades and a range of musical influences. Born in Mississippi, Clay arrived on the Chicago music scene in the mid-‘50s. His first national rhythm-and-blues hit, “That’s How It is (When You’re in Love),” came in 1967, with another single, “She's About a Mover,” hitting the charts in '68. In the mid-‘70s, Clay launched his own Echo Records. His album Walk a Mile in My Shoes
earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2008. He died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois on January 8, 2016.Pat Harrington Jr.
(86) actor and comedian who in the ‘50s got attention as a member of Steve Allen’s fabled TV comic troupe but secured lasting fame decades later as Dwayne Schneider, the cocky handyman on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time
(1975–84). The show starred Bonnie Franklin (d. 2013) as a divorced mother of two teenage daughters (Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips) who returns to her hometown of Indianapolis to begin life anew as a single woman. Harrington won a 1984 Emmy for best supporting actor in the part. The son of vaudeville and Broadway song-and-dance man Pat Harrington Sr., Harrington also had guest or recurring roles on such shows as The Munsters, The Man from UNCLE, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, Love, American Style,
and The Love Boat.
He died of Alzheimer’s disease in Los Angeles, California on January 6, 2016.Richard Libertini
(82) character actor best known for his antic turn as a deranged Latin American general in the 1979 film comedy The In-Laws,
which starred Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. Libertini delighted critics as General Garcia, the vulgar and delirious dictator of a banana republic whose “political adviser” was formed by his own lipsticked thumb and forefinger, reminiscent of ventriloquist Señor Wences. The comic actor made his early career with Second City, the Chicago improvisational troupe, and later was ubiquitous on stage, screen, and TV. He died of cancer in Venice, California on January 7, 2016.William Nangle
(70) executive editor of the Munster
for 20 years. Nangle was also chairman of the Hoosier State Press Association’s Freedom of Information Committee and helped to lead an effort by the state's seven largest newspapers to cooperate on a project that audited all 92 Indiana counties for compliance with state open records laws in the late ‘90s. He suffered from heart disease and cancer and died in Crown Point, Indiana on January 8, 2016.Silvana Pampanini
(90) voluptuous postwar Italian diva who starred in more than 50 films and reigned as Italy’s sex symbol in the ‘50s when she worked with Vittorio De Sica, Marcello Mastroianni, Buster Keaton, and Vittorio Gassman, among others. Although she never married and had no children, Pampanini was said to have cavorted with a string of famous men including Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Egypt’s King Farouk, Orson Welles, and Omar Sharif. She died in Rome, Italy on January 6, 2016.Angus Scrimm
(89) actor who played The Tall Man, a supernatural mortician, naturally up to no good—in the cult classic horror movie Phantasm
(1979) and four sequels. Before his signature role, for years Scrimm had a day job at Capitol Records, writing notes for classical music albums. He won a Grammy for best notes on a classical album in 1974, for Korngold: The Classic Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Scrimm died in Tarzana, California on January 9, 2016.Troy Shondell
(76) rock ‘n’ roll singer who had a hit song in 1961 with “This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up).” Shondell started singing and writing as a teenager; one of his earliest songs, “Kissin’ at the Drive-In,” became popular at drive-in movie theaters. His biggest hit was “This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up),” which spent four months on the Billboard
Top 100 chart in 1961 and charted on the United Kingdom singles chart. Shondell later became a songwriter and publisher in Nashville. He died of complications related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, in Nashville, Tennessee on January 7, 2016.Red Simpson
(81) songwriter and singer of the Bakersfield sound in country music who made a career out of truck-driving songs like the 1971 hit “I’m a Truck.” The genre was a country staple, but the expansion of the Interstate highway system and the growing popularity of Citizens' Band radio further romanticized the trucking life. Simpson first reached the country charts in 1966 with “Roll Truck Roll,” then followed up with “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves” before breaking into the Top 10 with “I’m a Truck,” which rose to No. 4. That song, the lament of a tractor-trailer tired of seeing truckers get all the glory, opened with the simple line, “Hello, I’m a truck.” Simpson died of complications from a heart attack he suffered in December, in Bakersfield, California on January 8, 2016.Brett Smiley
(60) Indiana-born musician and songwriter who as a child appeared on Broadway in the original musical Oliver!
in 1965 and later became a glam rocker and achieved cult fame. Two of Smiley's songs, “Va Va Va Voom” and “Space Ace,” were first recorded in England in 1974. He was also the subject of Nina Antonia's book, The Prettiest Star: Whatever Happened to Brett Smiley?
In recent years Smiley fronted a series of small bands in New York City, where he died on January 8, 2016.Robert Stigwood
(81) Australian impresario who managed the Bee Gees and produced the ‘70s blockbusters Grease
and Saturday Night Fever,
both starring John Travolta. Stigwood later moved into theater—bringing the Broadway hit Hair
to the London stage—and film, producing cinema versions of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar
and The Who’s rock opera Tommy.
He died on January 4, 2016.Craig Strickland
(29) lead singer of country/rock band Backroad Anthem. Strickland was reported missing December 27 while on a duck hunting trip on Kaw Lake, north of Tulsa, with his friend, Chase Morland. Severe weather struck, and a search party later found their boat capsized. State troopers recovered Morland's body from the lake the next day. Strickland's body was found a week later in the original search area of Kaw Lake, Oklahoma, on January 4, 2016.Elizabeth Swados
(64) composer, writer, and director who created a unique style of socially engaged musical theater, drawing on global musical styles and the politics of the dispossessed. In 1978 she had a breakout hit with Runaways,
a musical revue about runaway teenagers that originated at the Public Theater’s Cabaret and made the move to Broadway, personally earning four Tony nominations. Swados wrote and directed the play, whose cast was made up of 18 troubled young people she had interviewed while researching broken families. She also composed the music, wrote the lyrics, and played guitar offstage. Swados died in New York City of complications after surgery for esophageal cancer that she had undergone last April, on January 5, 2016.
Politics and MilitaryStephen W. Bosworth
(76) former US ambassador to Tunisia, the Philippines, and South Korea under Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Bosworth's most celebrated act of diplomacy came in 1986 Manila, where Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos ruled by martial law in the face of a Communist insurgency, mounting political opposition, and an eroding economy, all of which threatened not only the Marcos government but the survival of American military bases in the Philippines. Bosworth pulled off a diplomatic coup by persuading Marcos to allow free elections, then personally delivered Pres. Reagan's message to leave when he refused to accept defeat. Bosworth died of pancreatic cancer in Boston, Massachusetts on January 4, 2016.Billy O'Dell
(77) longtime South Carolina state senator. Entering the Senate in 1989, O’Dell served on several powerful committees including Senate Finance and Labor, Commerce & Industry. He also chaired the General Committee, a catch-all for special projects, such as the panel that investigated the Department of Social Services over the past two years. He died of an apparent heart condition in Columbia, South Carolina on January 7, 2016.Ashraf Pahlavi
(96) Iranian Princess, the twin sister of her country’s deposed shah whose glamorous life epitomized the excesses of her brother’s rule. Many in Iran before the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution believed Princess Ashraf was the true power behind her brother, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (d. 1980), and pushed him into taking power in a ‘53 coup engineered by the US. After decades in exile, she died in Monte Carlo, Monaco on January 7, 2016.Mufti Mohammed Sayeed
(79) top elected pro-India leader of Kashmir who tried to win over insurgent groups in the troubled region. Sayeed took over as top elected official of the region in March 2015. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over control of Kashmir, the Himalayan region that has been divided between them since 1947. Sayeed advocated a dialogue with Pakistan to settle the dispute and sought to promote trade and travel between Kashmiris on both sides. He was hospitalized two weeks earlier and died of pneumonia in New Delhi, India on January 7, 2016.Col.-Gen. Igor Sergun
(58) head of the Russian military's main intelligence service. The military intelligence service, widely known by the acronym GRU, is believed to be Russia's largest foreign intelligence operation. Ukraine has alleged that soldiers connected with the GRU have taken part in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where government forces and Russia-backed separatists have been fighting since April 2014. Sergun was appointed to head the GRU in 2011. Previously the career officer had been Russia's military attaché in Tirana, Albania. He died suddenly on January 3, 2016.
Society and ReligionAnton Srholec
(86) Slovak Roman Catholic priest, a member of the Slovak branch of the Salesians of Don Bosco, who was persecuted by the Communist regime. Srholec was not allowed to study theology by the Communist authorities in the former Czechoslovakia and spent 10 years in prisons, serving most of his time in the notorious uranium mines in Jachymov. He was ordained by Pope Paul VI in 1970 but was banned under communism. After the anti-Communist Velvet Revolution, he focused on charity and created a center for homeless people. He died in Bratislava, Slovakia a year after he was diagnosed with lung cancer, on January 7, 2016.
SportsMaria Teresa de Filippis
(89) first woman to race in Formula One. DeFilippis made three starts for the Maserati team in 1958, finishing 10th at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in her best result. She died in Rome, Italy on January 9, 2016.Bill Foster
(86) basketball coach who specialized in reviving underperforming college teams and achieved success at a handful of programs, most notably Duke, whose team he guided to the national final in 1978. In Foster’s final three seasons at Duke, from 1977–80, his Blue Devil teams went 73-24, twice won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but, in ‘78, fell 7 points short of a national championship, losing to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament final, 94-88. He died in Chicago, Illinois on January 7, 2016.John Johnson
(68) two-time All-Star forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers who helped the Seattle SuperSonics to win the 1979 NBA title. The former University of Iowa star was drafted seventh overall by Cleveland in 1970 and made All-Star appearances for the Cavaliers in 1971–72. He averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 12 seasons with Cleveland, Portland, Houston, and Seattle and career highs of 17.0 points and 7.7 rebounds for Cleveland in 1971–72. Johnson died in San Jose, California on January 7, 2016.George MacIntyre
(78) football coach at Vanderbilt from 1979–85. MacIntyre’s best season was in 1982 when the Commodores went 8-4, 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference and finished with a win at the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. That was Vanderbilt's lone eight-win season between 1956–2011, and MacIntyre was named SEC coach of the year. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than 20 years ago. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on January 5, 2016.Christy O'Connor Jr.
(67) Irish golfer who produced the shot of his career to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup in 1989. The crowning moment of O’Connor's career came at The Belfry in his second appearance for Europe at the Ryder Cup. He hit a 2-iron from the fairway to about 3-1/2 feet at the 18th, helping him to win the hole and secure a 1-up victory over Fred Couples. The point helped Tony Jacklin’s European team to earn a 14-14 draw to retain the trophy as defending champions. O'Connor died in his sleep while on holiday in Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, on January 6, 2016.Jimmy ('Red') Parker
(82) former Clemson and Citadel coach who continued coaching at the high school level until retiring in December 2015. Parker coached at Clemson from 1973–76 and finished with a record of 17-25-2. He coached for seven seasons before that at the Citadel, where he was 39-34, and was an assistant at Vanderbilt and Mississippi besides working as head coach at several lower-level colleges. His final collegiate coaching stop came at Ouachita Baptist from 1996–98, but he coached the last six seasons in high school at Harmony Grove—where he started the school's football program. Parker died in Benton, Arkansas on January 4, 2016.Previous Week
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