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Lennie Baker, singer and saxophonist with Sha Na NaAndy Bathgate, Canadian-born New York Rangers hockey playerSam Beall, restaurateurDick Bradsell, British bartender who revived and reinvented cocktailsEric ('Winkle') Brown, Britain's greatest pilotTony Burton, appeared in 'Rocky' filmsRamon Castro, oldest of three Cuban Castro brothersJohn Chilton, British musician and jazz historianBarbara Clark, New York state legislatorWesley A. Clark, physicist who designed first modern personal computerHenry Diamond, first US state environmental commissionerDavid Douglas, offensive lineman with Bengals and PatriotsRonnie Edwards, Louisiana state legislatorEddie Einhorn, helped to make college basketball popular on TVYolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951Steve Harris, University of Tulsa basketball starHarry Hulmes 3rd, NFL executiveSonny James, country singer, songwriter, and musicianSarah Kershaw, former NY Times reporterDr. Holbrook Kohrt, hemophiliac inspired by his chronic condition to look for medical curesOliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis ('Bernie Baby')Gillis Lundgren, designer of Ikea productsNabil Maleh, Syrian filmmakerAlfred E. Mann, entrepreneur and inventorMike C. McCoy, Green Bay Packers defensive backSteven Melhorn, Pennsylvania supermarket employeeScott Miller, voice of Bison football and basketballGeorge C. Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley's doctorJeremiah ('Jerry') Nixon, father of Missouri governorRegina Otter, mother of Idaho Gov. C. L. OtterRev. Robert Palladino, Trappist monk responsible for Apple fontsClaude Parent, French architectDouglas Slocombe, British cinematographerDebbie Smith, Nevada state senator

Art and Literature

Rev. Robert Palladino (83) Trappist monk who made Apple computer displays look the way they do today. A Roman Catholic priest who began his vocation in a monastic order, Palladino was also a world-renowned master of calligraphy and taught the art at Reed College in Portland, Oregon from 1969 until his retirement in ’84. Apple cofounder Steve Jobs (d. 2011) briefly attended Reed in 1972 and audited Palladino's class, later often crediting his company’s elegant onscreen fonts to what he had been taught there. Palladino died in Sandy, Oregon on February 26, 2016.

Claude Parent (93) French architectural visionary who in the ‘50s broke with his traditional Beaux-Arts training, then orthodox Modernism to take a radical course, designing buildings on the oblique instead of the vertical and horizontal. Parent died a day after his 93rd birthday at a Paris, France hospital after his heart had stopped while he was being fitted for a pacemaker, on February 27, 2016.

Business and Science

Sam Beall (39) son of Samuel E, Beall 3rd, founder of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant chain. Young Sam Beall turned Blackberry Farm, his parents’ country inn in Walland, Tennessee, into a national destination for fine dining and a leader in the farm-to-table culinary movement. He was killed in a skiing accident in Vail, Colorado on February 23, 2016.

Dick Bradsell (56) career bartender considered the father of the cocktail revival that took root in London in the ‘90s and continues to flourish today. Bradsell took up mixology as a teenager in the ‘70s. By the turn of the 21st century, his influence was felt not just in London but throughout Britain and as far away as Australia, thanks to bartenders either trained by him or inspired by his cocktail creations. Several of his concoctions became modern classics around the world, in particular the bramble—a mix of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and crème de mûre, with a blackberry garnish—and the vodka espresso, more commonly known as the espresso martini, made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and fresh espresso. He died of brain cancer in London, England on February 27, 2016.

Wesley A. Clark (88) physicist who designed the first modern personal computer. Clark’s computer designs built a bridge from mainframe systems, which were inaccessible to the general public and programmed with stacks of punch cards, to personal computers that respond interactively to a user. He achieved his breakthroughs working with a small group of scientists and engineers at the Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Early on they knew that the cost of computing would fall and lead to computers then unimaginable. Clark was one of the first to understand the consequences of the falling cost and shrinking size of computers. He died of severe atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in Brooklyn, New York on February 22, 2016.

Dr. Holbrook Kohrt (38) hemophiliac who transformed his own chronic condition into a personal and public crusade for medical cures. Kohrt was undergoing treatment in the Caribbean when he developed an infection and was flown to a Miami, Florida hospital, where he died of complications from hemophilia, a disorder in which blood does not clot normally, on February 24, 2016.

Gillis Lundgren (86) designer of some of Ikea’s best-selling furniture who played a role in developing the company’s self-assembly concept. Lundgren joined Ikea as its fourth employee in 1953 when it was just a small mail-order business in the Swedish town of Almhult. Working closely with its founder, Ingvar Kamprad, Lundgren saw the company grow into a multinational corporation with more than 100,000 employees. He designed scores of Ikea products, including the popular “Billy” bookcase in the late ‘70s. He died in Stockholm, Sweden on February 25, 2016.

Alfred E. Mann (90) philanthropist, entrepreneur, and inventor whose wide-ranging business endeavors included aerospace, pharmaceuticals, electronic circuitry, and biomedical research. Mann was chairman of MannKind Corp., a Valencia, Calif.-based company, from 2001 to earlier this month. His pioneering work included development of the first rechargeable pacemaker and inhalable insulin. He started out in aerospace, where his firms developed solar cells, semiconductors, and other technologies for America’s military and space programs. Mann later earned hundreds of millions of dollars by producing pacemakers for heart patients and insulin pumps to help treat diabetics. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 25, 2016.

Steven Melhorn (56) supermarket employee who died after he fell from a ladder at a store in central Pennsylvania earlier in the month. Melhorn died of multiple blunt force trauma a week after the accident, in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, on February 21, 2016.

George C. Nichopoulos (88) Elvis Presley’s former personal doctor for 11 years before the singer’s death from heart disease on Aug. 16, 1977. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners later suspended and ultimately revoked Nichopoulos’s medical license after it ruled he had overprescribed potentially addictive drugs to 13 patients, including Presley and fellow singer Jerry Lee Lewis. A jury in 1981 acquitted him of criminal charges of indiscriminately and negligently prescribing drugs to Presley. Known as “Dr. Nick,” Nichopoulos died in Memphis, Tennessee on February 24, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Lennie Baker (69) longtime member of Sha Na Na who sang lead on the rock and doo-wop group’s hit, “Blue Moon.” Baker spent 30 years touring with Sha Na Na as a vocalist and saxophone player. He sang lead on “Blue Moon,” which he performed at Carnegie Hall and around the world, and often said it was his favorite tune. Baker left the group in 2000 and was living on Martha’s Vineyard at his death. He had been hospitalized after developing an infection and died in Weymouth, Massachusetts on February 24, 2016.

Tony Burton (78) veteran character actor best known for brief but memorable turns as a tough, no-nonsense trainer and cornerman in Sylvester Stallone’s first six Rocky films. Failing health had prevented Burton from appearing in Creed, the seventh Rocky movie and the one for which Stallone was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar this year. Burton was a top Golden Gloves boxer in his youth and had a brief professional boxing career. He died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 2016.

John Chilton (83) jazz historian and one of the few jazz writers to have a successful parallel career as a musician. A trumpet and fluegelhorn player, Chilton was active for almost 50 years on the British traditional-jazz scene, most notably as leader of the Feetwarmers, the backing band for eccentric vocalist George Melly. Chilton worked throughout Britain with Melly from 1974 until Melly’s death in 2007. But Chilton was better known as a writer of jazz biographies, including those of saxophonists Sidney Bechet and Coleman Hawkins. Chilton had Parkinson’s disease but died of pneumonia in London, England on February 25, 2016.

Yolande Betbeze Fox (87) convent-educated Alabamian who defied convention and set new standards by refusing to tour the country as Miss America of 1951 in revealing bathing suits. When Yolande Betbeze won her title on September 9, 1950, in Atlantic City, pageant officials, trying to balance propriety and sex appeal amid changing mores, had already decided to stop crowning Miss America in a swimsuit, so she was crowned wearing a gown. But the competition’s chief sponsor, Catalina, manufactured swimwear, and Betbeze was still expected to model bathing suits as the reigning Miss America. When she refused, Catalina withdrew as the pageant sponsor and began the rival Miss USA contest. Later a social activist, Yolande Betbeze Fox died in Washington, DC on February 22, 2016.

Sonny James (87) country singer who recorded romantic ballads like “Young Love” and turned pop songs into country hits. James was known as the “Southern Gentleman” because of his gentle, respectable demeanor. He was also a songwriter and a guitarist and fiddler. In 1956 he scored his biggest hit, “Young Love,” which sold 3 million copies and became a No. 1 hit on the country and pop charts. In 1966 he started an impressive run on top of the country charts with 16 consecutive No. 1 songs between ‘67–71. James retired in the mid-‘80s because of vocal issue. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on February 22, 2016.

Sarah Kershaw (49) former reporter for the New York Times who covered real estate, the Pacific Northwest, and New York city schools. Kershaw joined the Times in 1995 as a news clerk, writing articles about city schools and New Jersey on a free-lance basis. She was known for her ability to spot trends and produce quirky feature articles. In recent years she experienced chronic pain from occipital neuralgia, a neurological condition, and moved to the Caribbean in 2014 to focus on her health and free-lance journalism. Kershaw was found with a plastic bag tied over her head and pill bottles beside her; she had told friends that she planned to end her life because she suffered from a debilitating illness. She died in Sosúa, a beach town in the Dominican Republic, on February 22, 2016.

Nabil Maleh (79) father of Syrian cinema who used social realism to challenge authority. Maleh’s 1972 film, The Leopard, based on a novel by Syrian author Haydar Haydar, was the first feature film released by the state-run National Film Organization and won first prize at the Locarno Film Festival that year. It tells the story of a lone rebel who defends his village against corrupt local authorities. Maleh left Syria in 2011 as a government crackdown on mostly peaceful protests was intensifying but never returned to his homeland, the subject and setting of almost all his films. He died of lung cancer in Dubai on February 24, 2016.

Douglas Slocombe (103) British cinematographer who filmed the Nazi invasion of Poland, the adventures of Indiana Jones, and the madcap farce of classic Ealing comedies like Kind Hearts & Coronets, The Man in the White Suit, and The Lavender Hill Mob. Slocombe died after a recent fall, in London, England on February 22, 2016.

Politics and Military

Eric ('Winkle') Brown (97) British pilot who flew more kinds of aircraft than anyone in history and was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier. Often dubbed Britain’s greatest pilot, Brown held the world record for the most types of aircraft flown—487—and for the most carrier deck landings, at 2,407. In December 1945 he landed a de Havilland Sea Vampire on the deck of HMS Ocean, the first jet landing on an aircraft carrier. He died in southern England on February 21, 2016.

Ramon Castro (91) lifelong rancher and farmer who bore a strong physical resemblance to his younger brother Fidel Castro. Widely known by his nickname “Mongo,” Ramon Castro preferred tending crops and livestock to the revolutionary political life embraced by his younger siblings Fidel and Raul, who replaced Fidel as Cuba’s president in February 2008. Two years older than Fidel, Ramon was long used to getting double-takes from people who insisted he looked just like his famous brother. He died in Havana, Cuba on February 23, 2016.

Barbara Clark (76) longtime New York state lawmaker from Queens. First elected in 1986, Clark served on several committees during her legislative career, including those focused on education, labor, and children. she was a former chairwoman of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. She died in New Hyde Park, Long Island, New York on February 22, 2016.

Henry Diamond (83) former New York environmental commissioner, original head of the US's first state environmental protection department. In 1970 Gov. Nelson Rockefeller named Diamond commissioner of the newly created Department of Environmental Conservation. In 1972 Diamond led a 533-mile statewide bicycle tour to support passage of the Environmental Bond Act. He was DEC commissioner until 1973. He died in Washington, DC on February 21, 2016.

Ronnie Edwards (63) newly elected Louisiana state lawmaker from Baton Rouge. A Democrat who took office in January, Edwards was a Baton Rouge city council member when she was elected to the position. During her campaign, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported that Edwards’ battle with pancreatic cancer prevented her from signing up for the election in person and from attending council meetings. Her opponent made her health a campaign issue. Edwards represented a portion of East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge parishes. She died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on February 24, 2016.

Oliver Jack Carter ('Bernie Baby') Lomas-Davis (4 months) infant who won the affections of people of all political stripes and became known across the Internet universe as Bernie Baby after his mom posted photos on Facebook and Twitter of him greeting Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a political rally in Las Vegas, dressed in a lookalike white-haired wig, oversized glasses, and plaid tie. Oliver Lomas-Davis died of sudden infant death syndrome in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 2016.

Jeremiah ('Jerry') Nixon (90) father of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Jerry Nixon was a World War II and Korean War veteran who later was an assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County before establishing his own law practice in Hillsboro. He also was De Soto mayor and a municipal judge. He died in St. Louis, Missouri on February 26, 2016.

Regina Otter (101) mother of Idaho Gov. C. L. (“Butch”) Otter. The Republican governor regularly mentioned his mother in his annual address to lawmakers and affectionately described his parents as tough and hardworking. Regina and her husband, Ben Otter, who died several years ago, had nine children, including the governor. Regina Otter died in southwest Idaho on February 27, 2016.

Debbie Smith (60) longtime Nevada state senator. Smith was first elected to the state Assembly in 2000 and won a seat in the Senate in ’12. She won several lawmaker-of-the-year awards and was president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Smith died in Reno, Nevada a year after doctors started treating her for a malignant brain tumor, on February 21, 2016.


Andy Bathgate (83) hockey Hall of Famer whose scoring gave New York Rangers fans something to cheer about while watching usually lackluster teams in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Playing with the Rangers for 12-plus seasons, Bathgate was named to the all-National Hockey League squad four times in an era when his rival right wings included Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion of the Montreal Canadiens, Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, and Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Rangers made the playoffs only four times during Bathgate’s years, although they played in a six-team league, but he pressed on, a graceful skater and a superb puck-handler and passer who had one of hockey’s hardest slap shots and a highly accurate wrist shot. He died of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases in Brampton, Ontario, Canada on February 26, 2016.

David Douglas (52) former offensive lineman who played five seasons in the NFL. Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the eighth round of the 1986 draft, Douglas played with the Bengals from ‘86–88 and with the New England Patriots from ‘89–90. He was part of the 1988 Bengals team that reached the Super Bowl. He played at Tennessee and lettered in 1984–85 after arriving as a walk-on. He was a starter on the 1985 Tennessee team that won the Southeastern Conference title and defeated Miami in the Sugar Bowl. Douglas was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013. He died in Maryville, Tennessee on February 27, 2016.

Eddie Einhorn (80) minority owner of the Chicago White Sox who helped to put college basketball on TV 50 years ago and set the stage for the wall-to-wall coverage common today. Einhorn was founder and chairman of TVS Television Network, which broadcast the so-called “Game of the Century” between the Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins from the Astrodome in 1968. That game is widely credited for the growth in popularity of college basketball on TV, and Einhorn was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 for his work. He spent the past 25 years as vice chairman of the White Sox and was the team’s president and chief operating officer from 1981–90. He died of a stroke in New Jersey on February 23, 2016.

Steve Harris (52) University of Tulsa Hall of Fame basketball player. Harris played at TU from 1981–85. He set the Golden Hurricane scoring record with 2,272 points, later broken by current Tulsa assistant coach Shea Seals. Harris was a first-round NBA draft choice by the Houston Rockets in 1985 and played for Golden State, Detroit, and the Los Angeles Clippers before retiring in 1991. He died in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on February 22, 2016.

Harry Hulmes 3rd (88) former New York Giants executive who spent more than 50 years in professional football. Hulmes joined the Giants in 1984 as an assistant to then-general manager George Young and later became a special assistant to the general manager but left that post in 1998, becoming a player personnel scout. He retired after the 2008 season. Most of his personnel experience was in the NFL, including 12 years with the Baltimore Colts and 13 with the New Orleans Saints. Hulmes also was chief operating officer of the Arizona Wranglers. He died in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 21, 2016.

Mike C. McCoy (62) former defensive back who intercepted 13 passes in an eight-year career with the Green Bay Packers. McCoy played his entire NFL career with Green Bay after being drafted in the third round in 1976 from Colorado. He recovered five fumbles in his career and averaged 22.0 yards as a kickoff returner. He was diagnosed with dementia in the last 10 years and died in Thornton, Colorado on February 21, 2016.

Scott Miller (57) longtime play-by-play broadcaster of North Dakota State University athletics. Miller was the voice of Bison football and basketball for the last 20 years, including the last six at KFGO radio. He also did play-by-play for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team. Miller was a three-time Sportscaster of the Year winner, including twice in North Dakota and once in Montana. He was known for his signature phrase “My oh my!” after big plays by Bison athletes. He died of cancer in Fargo, North Dakota on February 25, 2016.

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