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Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, radiologist who helped to publicize health consequences of atomic warfareLeila Alaoui, French-Moroccan photographerPeggy Anderson, author of book about nursing  professionJohnny Bach, longtime NBA coachRabbi Eugene B. Borowitz, leading theologian of Reform JudaismJohn Stewart Bryan, chairman of Media General Inc.Edmonde Charle-Roux, magazine editor turned book authorGlenn Frey, cofounder off Eagles bandArnold Greenberg, New York travel writer and bookshop ownerDale Griffin, drummer with Mott the HoopleDavid G. Hartnell, book editor who specialized in horror, fantasy, and sci-fiAndrew Hatch, possibly oldest person on earthDarrell Holmes, West Virginia state legislatorBill Johnson, Olympic skierBraden Joplin, volunteer for Ben Carson's presidential campaignMustafa Koc, Turkish businessmanYasutaro Koide, world's oldest manForrest McDonald, presidential and constitutional scholarHarrison McInrosh, southern california ceramicistSylvia McLaughlin, San Francisco Bay Area activistR. Clayton McWhorter, Nashville businessman and philanthropistLou Michaels, Kentucky football All-AmericanCecil Parkinson, British politicianGulch the Racehorse, '80s sprint championStephanie Rader, US WWII spy belatedly honoredClarence ('Blowfly') Reid, soul singer, songwriter, and record producerMrinalini Sarabhai, Indian classical dancerFrancia B. Schulte, retired archbishop of New OrleansEttore Scola, Italian film directorMichel Tournier, late-blooming French novelistBobby Wanzer, Rochester Royals guardGeorge Weidenfeld, British publisher and philanthropistWalt ('No Neck') Williams, major league outfielderRik Wilson, St. Louis Blues defenseman

Art and Literature

Peggy Anderson (77) former newspaper reporter, daughter of a nurse, who believed that nurses were not portrayed accurately in films and on TV shows. Anderson wrote Nurse, a 1978 best-selling book, to correct stereotypes about the profession. The book sold millions of copies in hardcover and paperback and inspired a TV movie and a series starring Michael Learned, who had played Olivia Walton on the CBS show The Waltons. Learned won an Emmy in 1982 for her role in Nurse. Anderson died of cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 17, 2016.

Edmonde Charles-Roux (95) French writer among the founding editors of Elle magazine and a longtime editor of Vogue before turning to literature. Charles-Roux's novel To Forget Palermo (1968) won the Academie Goncourt prize. She died in Marseille, France on January 20, 2016.

David G. Hartwell (74) editor who brought a literary sensibility to genres like horror, fantasy, and science fiction, working with Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, and other notable authors. Hartwell worked at several publishing houses before starting as a consulting editor at Tor/Forge Books in the early ‘80s; at his death, he was a senior editor there. Also known for his collection of plaid sports jackets and loud ties, Hartwell was nominated more than 40 times for Hugo Awards, among the most prominent prizes in sci-fi, and won three times for editing. He was declared brain-dead at a Plattsburgh, New York hospital a day after falling down stairs at his home in Westport, New York, on January 20, 2016.

Harrison McIntosh (101) southern California ceramicist who produced an internationally revered body of work that exemplifies a classical vein of the postwar crafts movement. Macintosh's elegant ceramic vases, bowls, and jars are in hundreds of collections, including those of such prestigious places as the Louvre's Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery in Washington, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He died near his hometown of Claremont, California on January 21, 2016.

Michel Tournier (91) French novelist who blended myth and philosophy in prize-winning novels that revisited Robinson Crusoe, Goethe’s elf king, and the biblical tale of the Three Magi. Tournier was a late bloomer—his first novel, Friday, was published in 1967, when he was 43. The Académie Française awarded its grand prize to that novel, his retelling of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, in which the English castaway, rather than imposing civilization on his desert island, finds enlightenment in the worldview of his friend Friday. Tournier died in Choisel, France, near Paris, on January 18, 2016.

Business and Science

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams (95) radiologist at Stanford and Harvard Universities and a founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its work in publicizing the health consequences of atomic warfare. Abrams died in Palo Alto, California on January 20, 2016.

Arnold Greenberg (83) travel writer with his wife, Harriet, owners (1984–2015) of Complete Traveller, a small New York bookshop. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which shrank American appetites for travel, the store shifted its focus from contemporary travel publications toward mostly rare books and maps. Arnold Greenberg died from complications after a severe fall that left him immobile, in Coronado, California on January 22, 2016.

Mustafa Koc (55) prominent Turkish businessman who succeeded his father and grandfather in running one of the world’s largest conglomerates, Koc Holding. Educated in Switzerland and the US, Mustafa Koc had been chairman since 2003, when he took over from his father, Rahmi Koc. The conglomerate, based in Istanbul and founded by Vehbi Koc, Mustafa Koc’s grandfather, comprises more than 100 companies and has 90,000 employees. It is the only Turkish company listed in the Fortune 500. Mustafa Koc had a history of heart disease and had undergone weight-loss surgery. He died of a heart attack in Istanbul, Turkey on January 21, 2016.

R. Clayton McWhorter (82) businessman and philanthropist who helped to pioneer health care in Nashville. McWhorter led Hospital Corp. of America as chief executive officer from 1985–87, the same year he cofounded HealthTrust Inc., where he was CEO until '95. In 1996 he launched Clayton Associates, an investment firm that provides venture capital to startup companies. The McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University was named after him in 1995. McWhorter died in Nashville, Tennessee on January 23, 2016.


Forrest McDonald (89) presidential and constitutional scholar who challenged liberal shibboleths about early American history and lionized the founding fathers as uniquely intellectual. As a Pulitzer Prize finalist in history and a professor at the University of Alabama, McDonald declared himself an ideological conservative and an opponent of intrusive government. He died of heart failure in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on January 19, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Leila Alaoui (33) French-Moroccan photographer whose photographs chronicled the themes of migration, cultural identity, and displacement. Alaoui had been on assignment in Burkina Faso for Amnesty International for less than a week, working on a series of photographs focused on women’s rights. She was shot twice, in the leg and thorax, after gunmen opened fire January 15 at a hotel and at the Cappuccino Cafe in the capital, Ouagadougou, and suffered a heart attack after she had been taken to a hospital. She died three days later, on January 18, 2015. The North African affiliate of Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the rampage, which killed at least 29 people and wounded dozens more.

John Stewart Bryan (77) Media General Inc. chairman and former publisher (1978–2004) of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch. Bryan's great-grandfather acquired the newspaper in 1887, and his father was publisher for more than 30 years. The fourth and final generation of his family to work in the media business, Bryan grew the publicly traded company that his father had created in 1969 into a multimillion-dollar corporation that now owns 71 TV stations. He died eight days after suffering a fall at his home on January 15, in Richmond, Virginia on January 23, 2016.

Glenn Frey (67) Eagles cofounder (with Don Henley in 1971), singer, and songwriter who mastered the mix of rock 'n' roll and country music. The band's hits—including “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy,” both cowritten by Frey—helped to define the '70s. He died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia in New York City on January 18, 2016.

Dale Griffin (67) drummer for British glam-rock stalwarts Mott the Hoople, which took its name from a British novel of the '60s and featured singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ralphs. In 1972 they scored their biggest hit with the David Bowie anthem “All the Young Dudes.” The group's songs also included “All the Way from Memphis” and “Roll Away the Stone.” The band split by the mid-'70s, and Griffin later worked as a producer for BBC live music sessions, with artists including Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Pulp. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2006 and died on January 17, 2016.

Clarence ('Blowfly') Reid (76) soul singer, songwriter, and producer who under the alias Blowfly was a proto-rap innovator and a leading light of American outsider music, thanks to decades of sexual and scatological parody songs. Reid led a musical double life beginning in the mid-'60s. Under his birth name he was a mildly successful singer—one of his songs, “Nobody but You Babe,” went to No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100—and a well-known songwriter and producer on Miami’s soul scene. But as Blowfly he released more than two dozen albums—including Porno Freak, Blowfly’s Party, and Blowfly for President. He died of liver cancer and multiple organ failure in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida on January 17, 2016.

Mrinalini Sarabhai (97) Indian classical dancer educated in Switzerland and Kolkata, where she began her training. Sarabhai did a short stint at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before returning to India and learning two classical Indian dance forms. She began her career as a dancer of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam but also mastered Kathakali, a stylized form of Indian dance-drama from her home state of Kerala. In 1948 Sarabhai set up the Darpana Academy of Performing Art in Ahmadabad, now a leading center for training young dancers, musicians, and puppeteers. She died of age-related problems in Ahmadabad, India on January 21, 2016

Ettore Scola (84) one of the last greats of Italian film. Scola, who started out as a screenwriter, won best director in 1976 at the Cannes Film Festival for Brutti, Sporchi, Cattivi (Ugly, Dirty & Bad). But he was perhaps best known for We All Loved Each Other So Much, his 1977 tableau about postwar Italy, and the Oscar-nominated A Special Day featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren as neighbors who meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in 1938. Scola died in Rome, Italy two days after falling ill, on January 19, 2016.

Politics and Military

Darrell Holmes (81) former West Virginia legislator and retired State Senate clerk. Holmes was elected clerk in 1989 and served until his retirement in January 2013. He oversaw a Senate staff of about 40 full-time and 120 part-time employees during a transition from a mostly paper operation into the electronic age. A Democrat, he served eight years each in the House of Delegates and in the State Senate representing Kanawha County. He died in Charleston, West Virginia on January 22, 2016.

Braden Joplin (25) volunteer for Ben Carson's presidential campaign. Joplin died after being hospitalized with injuries suffered in a car accident in western Iowa that hurt three other campaign workers. The crash occurred when a van carrying three Carson volunteers and a paid staffer flipped onto its side on an icy road and was hit by another vehicle. Joplin died in Atlantic, Iowa on January 19, 2016.

Cecil Parkinson (84) politician who held senior posts in the British government under Margaret Thatcher until forced to resign amid a sex scandal. Parkinson served former Prime Minister Thatcher in several senior positions. He managed the Conservative Party's successful 1983 election campaign. He was made Secretary of State for Trade & Industry but stepped down after it was revealed that he had got his former secretary pregnant. Parkinson served in the House of Lords until his retirement in 2015. He died of cancer in London, England on January 22, 2016.

Stephanie Rader (100) Virginia woman who did groundbreaking work as a spy for America in post-World War II Poland and finally received US government honors—but not until after her death. Rader was the daughter of Polish immigrants and served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during WWII. Her fluency in Polish caught the attention of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency. She was recommended for the Legion of Merit in 1946 for her intelligence on Soviet troop movements in Poland, but her nomination was not acted upon for 70 years. Rader died in Alexandria, Virginia on January 21, 2016 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Society and Religion

Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz (91) leading theologian of Reform Judaism who argued that the modern emphasis on reason and self-imposed ethics needed the undergirding of what he called a covenantal relationship with God. Borowitz died of congestive heart failure in Stamford, Connecticut on January 22, 2016.

Andrew Hatch (117) California man whose family says he was 117 years old. His age would have likely made him the oldest person on earth when he died. The lack of a birth certificate, which was common for poor black children born when Hatch was, in 1898 in Louisiana, kept him from being officially recognized as the oldest person alive. Guinness World Records currently recognizes 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York, as the oldest person alive. Hatch said he never cared about the recognition, saying when he turned 111 that he didn't like a fuss. He died in Oakland, California on January 18, 2016.

Yasutaro Koide (112) world's oldest man, a Japanese who would have turned 113 in March. In 1903, the year Koide was born, the Wright brothers made their historic first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and a modernizing Japan was embroiled in a dispute with Russia over Manchuria that erupted into the Russo-Japanese War in early '04. Koide worked as a tailor when he was younger. He died after suffering chronic heart problems, in Nagoya, Japan on January 19, 2016.

Sylvia McLaughlin (99) San Francisco Bay Area environmentalist who along with two friends founded Save the Bay in 1961 to protect the shorelines from development. Because of the women's activism, the California Legislature in 1965 created the Bay Conservation & Development Commission to regulate development and shoreline access. McLaughlin died in Berkeley, California on January 19, 2016.

Francis B. Schulte (89) retired archbishop of New Orleans (1989–2001). Schulte was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1952 and was a bishop in Philadelphia and West Virginia before he became the 12th archbishop in New Orleans. He raised millions of dollars for schools, priests, and Notre Dame Seminary during his tenure. In 1992 he created the archdiocese's first formal process for dealing with complaints of sexual abuse by priests or other church employees. He died in his native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 17, 2016.

George Weidenfeld (96) British publisher and philanthropist who in his later years devoted himself to improving understanding between faiths and peoples. Weidenfeld was a member of the House of Lords who had recently launched an initiative to help save Christians facing persecution at the hands of Islamic State extremists in the Middle East. He established a “safe havens” fund that made it possible for Christians to relocate. He died in his sleep in London, England on January 20, 2016.


Johnny Bach (91) assistant coach to Phil Jackson whose defensive expertise helped the Chicago Bulls to win three NBA titles from 1991–93. Bach was head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 1983-86 before joining the Bulls as an assistant. He also worked as an assistant for Charlotte, Detroit, and Washington. He returned to the Bulls in 2003 and retired in '06 after more than 50 years in coaching. He died in Chicago, Illinois on January 18, 2016.

Bill Johnson (55) daredevil skier, first American to capture the Olympic downhill title, in 1984. Johnson lived life on the edge, with a swagger and a rebellious attitude that instantly made him a favorite among fans. He suffered a series of strokes in recent years, after incurring brain damage in a skiing accident in 2001, and died in Gresham, Oregon on January 21, 2016.

Lou Michaels (80) two-time All-America tackle at Kentucky and College Football Hall of Famer. Michaels was an Associated Press All-American first team selection in 1956 and '57 during the era of one-platoon football. Besides playing on the offensive and defensive lines, he was also a placekicker and punter for the Wildcats. Kentucky retired Michaels' No. 79 jersey in 1990. He died of pancreatic cancer in Swoversville, Pennsylvania on January 19, 2016.

Gulch the Racehorse (32) sprint champion in the late '80s and sire of 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Thunder Gulch. Gulch won the 1988 Breeders' Cup Sprint and earned the Eclipse Award for top sprinter. He won 13 of 32 starts and earned more than $3 million. Among his wins were the Hopeful Stakes as a 2-year-old, the Wood Memorial as a 3-year-old, and the Metropolitan Mile two years in a row. He died of cancer at Old Friends, a home for retired racehorses in Georgetown, Kentucky, on January 17, 2016.

Bobby Wanzer (94) former Seton Hall basketball guard who later helped to propel the Rochester Royals to the 1951 NBA championship, the only league title in the history of that franchise. Playing nine seasons in the NBA, all with the Royals, Wanzer appeared in five consecutive All-Star Games, from 1952–56, and was named to the second-team all-league squad in three straight seasons, from 1952–54. He died in Pittsford, New York on January 23, 2016.

Walt ('No Neck') Williams (72) outfielder who played for four major league teams in the '60s and '70s and was best known for his nickname, “No Neck.” A contact hitter who rarely walked or struck out, Williams made it to the big leagues with the Houston Colt .45s in 1964, was sent back to the minors, and returned in '67 with the White Sox. He spent six seasons in Chicago, moved to Cleveland in 1973, and closed his big league career with two seasons with the New York Yankees. He died of a heart attack in Abilene, Texas on January 23, 2016.

Rik Wilson (53) former St. Louis Blues defenseman. Wilson was the 12th overall pick in 1980 by St. Louis. He played 235 regular season games and 22 postseason games with the Blues and had brief stints with the Flames and the Blackhawks, retiring after the 1987–88 season. He died in St. Louis, Missouri on January 22, 2016.

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