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George Kennedy, Oscar-winning character actorHassan al-Turabi, Sudanese Islamist and politicianAlice Arlen, Oscar-nominated coscreenwriter of 'Silkwood'Ralph Baruch, developer of ViacomStuart J. Beck, Palau's ambassador to UNDelmer Berg, last American survivor of '30s Spanish civil warWilliam E. Bratton, father of New York police commissionerBud Collins, tennis historian and broadcasterPat Conroy, novelist who wrote about his dysfunctional familyMartin Crowe, New Zealand cricketerCoca Crystal, NYC countercultural figureRichard Del Belso, movie marketerRobert J. Del  Tufo, former New Jersey attorney general and federal prosecutorTony Dyson, special-effects designer and builder of robots for filmsJoey  Feek, half of country music duo Joey + RoryJames Figgs, Mississippi civil rights activistDavid M. Gates, ecologist who warned of environmental crisisBram Goldsmith, former CEO of LA's City National BankCharles ('Chuck') Granby, New York high school basketball coachNikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian orchestral conductorGil Hill, Detroit detective who appeared in 'Beverly Hills Cop' and sequelsJohn Johnson, longtime NY Giants athletic trainerFrank Kelly, Irish actorThanat Khoman, former Thai foreign minsterJim Kimsey, cofounder of AOLMargaret Lavigne, muscular dystrophy patientJack Lindquist, first president of DisneylandJace Malek, University of Idaho football recruitAubrey McClendon, head of Chesapeake EnergyGayle McCormick, former lead singer with short-lived group SmithJoseph J. McGowan, third president of Bellarmine UniversityHarriet Mills, imprisoned by Communist ChinaHubert Mizell, Florida sports columnistEarl Nordby, South Dakota businessman and philanthropistLee Reherman, former costar of 'American Gladiators'Louise Rennison, British author of young-adult novelsJohn Resetar, Pennsylvania school security guard stabbed by studentWilliam H. Schaap, radical lawyer, author, and publisherSarah Tait, Australian Olympic rowerRay Tomlinson, inventor of modern emailKalsang Wangdu, Tibetan monkRetta Ward, New Mexico state health officialTony Warren, creator of long-running British soap opera 'Coronation Street'Trentavious White, rapper known as 'Bankroll Fresh'Craig Windham, NPR reporterAl Wistert, Philadelphia Eagles tackleMartha Wright, singer who twice replaced Mary Martin in Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musicals

Art and Literature

Pat Conroy (70) author who turned tales of his dysfunctional family into best-selling novels such as The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides. Much of Conroy’s work was inspired by his father, US Marine Col. Donald Conroy, a fighter pilot who fought in four wars—World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the long-running conflict with his family. The elder Conroy was a tyrant who beat his wife and children. Four of Pat Conroy's books were made into successful movies: The Water Is Wide, The Prince of Tides, Lords of Discipline, and The Great Santini, which starred Robert Duvall as the abusive father. Pat Conroy died of pancreatic cancer in Beaufort, South Carolina on March 4, 2016.

Louise Rennison (64) British writer, author of the hit young-adult novel Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging. Rennison was best known for the humor-packed series The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, about a teenager grappling with puberty and embarrassing parents. The first two books in the series—Angus, Thongs... and It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers—were turned into a 2008 movie by Bend It Like Beckham director Grinder Chadha. Rennison based several episodes in the books on her own childhood in Leeds, northern England. She died in Brighton, England on February 29, 2016.


Business and Science

David M. Gates (94) ecologist who sounded early warnings that fossil fuels, fertilizers, and pesticides posed a potentially fatal threat to the global environment. Even before the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency by President Richard M. Nixon in 1970, Gates was among scientists who raised the alarm about an ecological crisis that would culminate in global warming from greenhouse gases. He died of heart failure in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 4, 2016.

Bram Goldsmith (93) builder and banker who helped to turn City National Bank into Los Angeles's biggest lender. Goldsmith ran the institution, known as the “bank to the stars,” as chairman and chief executive for 20 years until his son, Russell, took over as CEO in 1995. The elder Goldsmith stayed on as chairman until 2013. During his tenure as CEO, City National's assets grew from $600 million to more than $3 billion. By the time he stepped down as chairman, the bank’s assets topped $27 billion. Bram Goldsmith died in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2016.

Jim Kimsey (76) cofounder of Web pioneer AOL. In the early ‘80s Kimsey, a Vietnam veteran, was a Washington, DC-area restaurateur. A venture-capitalist friend of his asked him to take a look at a video game download company called Control Video. That company was reorganized into one called Quantum Computer Services, with Kimsey at the helm. In 1991 that company was renamed America Online, famous for its “You’ve got mail” greeting. It grew to connect millions of early Internet users with its dial-up service. Kimsey died of cancer in McLean, Virginia on March 1, 2016.

Aubrey McClendon (56) face of the US's natural gas boom, a swashbuckling innovator who pioneered a shale revolution. McClendon built a fortune as head of Chesapeake Energy, whose embrace of new production techniques unlocked previously untapped deposits and helped to wean the US from ever-increasing dependence on imports. But late on March 1, he was indicted on federal bid-rigging charges accusing him of conspiring to suppress prices for oil and natural gas leases, and the next day he was killed in a crash after his car hit a bridge at high speed. McClendon was to have appeared in court later in the day. He died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 2, 2016.

Earl Nordby (85) Huron, South Dakota businessman and philanthropist. Nordby made his money in the soft drink bottling industry and later donated millions of dollars for public projects. The Nordby Exhibit Hall on the State Fairgrounds is named for him. Nordby was inducted into the state Hall of Fame in 1997 and into Beverage World magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2011 Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed May 6 Earl Nordby Day. Nordby died in Huron, South Dakota on March 1, 2016.

Ray Tomlinson (74) inventor of modern email while employed by Raytheon Corp. in Sunnyvale, California. Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson: Electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework. But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email, there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address. Tomlinson chose the “@” (“at”) symbol to connect the username with the destination address, and it has now become a cultural icon. Surprisingly, he was not a frequent checker of email. He died on March 5, 2016.


Education

Joseph J. McGowan (71) third president of Bellarmine University, in office since 1990. The school grew under McGowan’s leadership, changing its name from Bellarmine College to Bellarmine University in 2000. In 2006 McGowan and Bellarmine’s Board of Trustees embarked on a plan to improve the institution by transforming the campus in a variety of ways, including adding new schools, new majors, and new buildings. McGowan died in Louisville, Kentucky on February 29, 2016.


Law

William E. Bratton (89) father of New York Police Commissioner William Bratton. The elder Bratton was one of four brothers raised in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood. He served in the Navy as a gunner on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph during World War II. Bratton and his wife, June, who died nearly 10 years ago, raised two children in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood as he worked at the post office and at a metal plating shop. He died in Weymouth, Massachusetts on March 3, 2016.

Robert J. Del Tufo (82) former New Jersey attorney general and federal prosecutor who offered a dissent in the FBI’s corruption investigation known as ABSCAM. As US attorney for New Jersey from 1977–80, Del Tufo prosecuted several high-profile cases against organized crime figures but was probably best remembered for challenging the federal ABSCAM investigation. The sting operation, in which politicians were videotaped taking bribes from an Arabian company that was actually an FBI front, resulted in the conviction of six congressmen and Sen. Harrison A. Williams, a New Jersey Democrat. Del Tufo died of lung cancer in Princeton, New Jersey on March 2, 2016.

Gil Hill (84) former police detective and Detroit city councilman who played a police inspector in three Beverly Hills Cop films. Hill spent 30 years with the Detroit Police Department and about a dozen years on the City Council. In 1980 he was one of five veteran homicide detectives from police departments around the country chosen to help investigate the murders of 11 black children and the disappearance of four others in Atlanta; the investigation ended in 1982 with the conviction of Wayne Williams in two of the murders. Hill was head of the Detroit PD's homicide division when he landed a role in the 1984 action-comedy Beverly Hills Cop as Eddie Murphy’s boss, Inspector Douglas Todd. He died in Detroit, Michigan on February 29, 2016.

John Resetar (71) security guard wounded while trying to stop a student who had just stabbed 20 others at a western Pennsylvania high school. Resetar was stabbed in the abdomen as he and others subdued Alex Hribal, who slashed his way through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville before classes began on April 9, 2014. Hribal’s attorney has acknowledged that Hribal—then 16—stabbed Resetar and 20 students. He was charged as an adult in Westmoreland County, although his attorney was trying to get the case moved to juvenile court. Resetar died of an unrelated heart attack in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on March 3, 2016.

William H. Schaap (75) radical lawyer, author, and publisher who fought against investigative abuses by government agencies at home and abroad. Schaap began his activism in law school, counseling students arrested in Chicago for protesting segregated housing. As a lawyer he defended Columbia University students arrested in 1968 for occupying campus buildings to protest the war in Vietnam. In the late ‘60s he left a Wall Street law firm where he was an associate and moved to Japan and Germany with his wife, Ellen Ray (d. 2015), to counsel resisters to the war in Vietnam. In 1976 they formed what became CovertAction, a publication that reported on illegal CIA activities; it also identified CIA agents by name, from unclassified sources, a practice outlawed by Congress in 1982. A younger brother of the late sports broadcaster Dick Schaap (d. 2001), William Schaap died of pulmonary disease in New York City on February 28, 2016.


News and Entertainment

Alice Arlen (75) screenwriter who collaborated with Nora Ephron (d. 2012) on the 1983 Mike Nichols film Silkwood, the story of a lab worker killed in a suspicious car crash en route to meet a reporter to expose what she considered life-threatening dangers at a nuclear plant. Arlen and Ephron were nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay. The screenplay, which centered on Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), left open the question of whether she died accidentally or was murdered, although the film implied that she and others handling highly radioactive plutonium were being exposed to contamination at a nuclear fuel recycling plant in Oklahoma. Arlen died in New York City on February 29, 2016.

Ralph Baruch (92) refugee from Nazi Germany who turned Viacom, a small cable and syndication company that CBS spun off in 1971, into a communications and entertainment giant. Baruch was a CBS vice president and general manager of CBS Enterprises, the company’s cable TV and syndication division, when the Federal Communications Commission ruled that TV networks could no longer own cable systems or syndicate programs in the US. To comply, CBS created a new publicly owned company with Baruch as its president and chief executive. He died in New York City on March 3, 2016.

Richard Del Belso (76) pioneer of public test-screenings for Hollywood studio films, a veteran movie marketer. Born in Albany, New York, Del Belso came to Los Angeles in 1976 to work for Universal Pictures. In 1980 he moved to Warner Brothers, where he spent the next 25 years conducting test screenings and other audience research for such Oscar winners as Chariots of Fire and Million-Dollar Baby and hit franchises including Lethal Weapon, The Matrix, and Harry Potter. He died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California on March 5, 2016.

Tony Dyson (68) special-effects designer who built R2-D2, the robot sidekick that beeped and whirred through seven Star Wars films. Robots built by Dyson appeared in several movies, including Superman II and Dragon Slayer, but it was the creation of R2-D2 and the robot’s worldwide popularity that brought him the most satisfaction. Dyson’s White Horse Toy Co. built eight R2-D2 models, some operated by remote control and two fitted with a seat inside for actor Kenny Baker. Dyson died on the Maltese island of Gozo, on March 4, 2016.

Joey Feek (40) singer who, with her husband Rory, formed the award-winning country duo Joey + Rory. The Feeks found success when they paired up on the Country Music Television singing competition Can You Duet? in 2008. Joey sang lead, and her husband, known for his sideburns and blond flaptop, provided harmonies on such traditional country songs as “That’s Important to Me.” Diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, Joey Feek died in Alexandria, Indiana on March 4, 2016.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (86) Austrian conductor, a luminary on Europe’s classical music scene for decades. Known to millions from performances including the annual New Year’s concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the musician born in Berlin and raised in Graz had retired late last year. A cellist famed for conducting both orchestral works and opera in Europe’s musical capitals, Harnoncourt also collected historical instruments and wrote extensively on the performance of early music. He died in the village of St. Georgen in Attergau, west of Salzburg, Austria, less than three months after taking his last bow, on March 5, 2016.

Frank Kelly (77) Irish actor best known for playing a foul-mouthed priest with a fondness for spouting the words “Feck! Drink! Girls!” on the TV series Father Ted. Kelly’s most memorable role was as Father Jack, the swearing alcoholic priest in the Father Ted sitcom, which poked fun at the Roman Catholic church. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease but had said he was determined to keep working. He died on February 28, 2016.

George Kennedy (91) tough-guy character actor who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the ‘60s classic Cool Hand Luke. Kennedy played tough guys, oafs, GIs, and a bonanza of cowboys as one of Hollywood’s most versatile and durable character actors. One of his strongest supporting roles was in the hit 1970 film Airport, which spurred the run of ‘70s disaster pictures. The film spawned several sequels (Kennedy was in all of them) and landed him a Golden Globe nomination. He underwent emergency triple bypass surgery in 2002; that same year, Kennedy and his wife moved to Idaho to be closer to their daughter and her family, although he still was involved in occasional film projects. He died in Boise, Idaho on February 28, 2016.

Jack Lindquist (88) longtime Disney executive who became the first president of Disneyland. Lindquist started as the park’s first advertising manager before taking on other roles, including head of marketing and entertainment for Disney parks in the US and abroad. He was named president of Disneyland in 1990 and retired in '93 after 38 years with Disney. He helped to create several promotional ideas for the park, including Disney Dollars and grad nights, and lobbied for the expansion of Disneyland and for the development of a second park at the Anaheim resort. He died in Anaheim, California on February 28, 2016.

Gayle McCormick (67) lead singer of the group Smith, which recorded the 1969 Top-10 song “Baby, It’s You.” McCormick left Smith in 1971 and released three solo albums. Her single, “It’s a Cryin’ Shame,” reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in November 1971. She died of cancer in suburban St. Louis, Missouri on March 1, 2016.

Lee Reherman (49) former Ivy League football star who shot to fame as the towering, muscular Hawk on the popular ‘90s TV show American Gladiators. Reherman followed Gladiators with a successful career as an actor-producer. A standout offensive tackle at Cornell University who also had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins, he was a scholar as well. After graduating with honors from Cornell, he earned a master’s degree in business administration and was pursuing a doctorate in economics at UCLA when American Gladiators came calling. Reherman hadn’t been feeling well in recent days after undergoing hip replacement surgery. He died in Manhattan Beach, California on March 2, 2016.

Tony Warren (79) British writer who created the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. The show is 55 years old, a national cultural fixture whose fans have included royalty, poets, rappers, and millions of TV viewers. Warren was a 24-year-old actor when he had the idea for a TV series set in a working-class street in northwestern England, where he had grown up. He wrote the initial 13-episode run of what was originally called Florizel Street but renamed before it was first broadcast in December 1960. But its workaday setting, memorable characters, dramatic story lines, and tart northern humor was a hit. Corrie—as it is popularly known—set the model for British TV soaps, which to this day offer grit rather than the gloss of their American counterparts. Warren died in London, England on March 1, 2016.

Trentavious ('Bankroll Fresh') White (28) up-and-coming rapper. White was signed to rapper 2 Chainz’s Street Execs record label. He was known for his single “Hot Boy” and “Walked In” featuring Travis Porter, Boochie, and Street Money. White was found shot to death outside Street Execs Studio. Police collected more than 50 shell casings inside and outside the recording studio, in Atlanta, Georgia on March 4, 2016.

Craig Windham (66) veteran National Public Radio reporter known for delivering bite-size reports for top-of-the-hour newscasts in a familiar tone to millions of Americans. Windham joined NPR in 1995 and worked as a reporter, and sometimes as an anchor, in Washington. His reports on the events of the day, in roughly 40-second segments, covered topics ranging from natural disasters to hearings on Capitol Hill. He died of a pulmonary embolism in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had been visiting his brother, on February 28, 2016.

Martha Wright (92) singer who played well over 1,200 performances in leading musical roles on Broadway, nearly all of them as a replacement for Mary Martin (d. 1990). A coloratura soprano who personified the pert appeal of a ‘50s ingénue, Wright appeared on Broadway in only a handful of shows, but twice she followed Martin in a Tony-winning musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein. In June 1951, Wright took over as Navy nurse Ensign Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and closed the show in January 1954. In 1961, after Martin bowed out of the role of Maria Rainer, postulant turned governess in The Sound of Music, Wright filled the role from the fall of ‘61 into the summer of ‘62. She died in Newburyport, Massachusetts on March 1, 2016.


Politics and Military

Hassan al-Turabi (84) Sudanese Islamist who played a central role in the 1989 coup that brought President Omar al-Bashir to power and once hosted Osama bin Laden. Turabi championed radical Islam in the early ‘90s, inviting Bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, to Sudan. He once called the US the “incarnation of the devil” and hailed Bin Laden as a hero. But shortly after Sudan, under pressure from the US and other countries, expelled Al Qaeda in 1996, Turabi began to remake himself as a mainstream politician. Bashir dismissed him as Parliament speaker after Turabi backed legislation aimed at curbing the president’s powers in 1999. He lost consciousness at his office and died in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, on March 5, 2016.

Stuart J. Beck (69) lawyer and TV executive. For 10 years (2003–13) Beck was ambassador to the United Nations from the remote Western Pacific island nation of Palau. He became not only an advocate for Palau’s 21,000 residents (a population barely three times as great as that of his suburban hometown, Bronxville, New York) but also an honorary citizen. He took on the job as the island’s $1-a-year UN ambassador after he had persuaded Palau, then a newly independent nation, to claim a seat in the General Assembly. Beck died of renal cancer in New York City on February 29, 2016.

James Figgs (72) longtime Mississippi civil rights activist. Figgs was a community organizer known for playing crucial supporting roles in the ‘60s civil rights movement and afterward. In his youth he led activist groups in Marks and Quitman County, including the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Freedom Riders, who rode interstate buses to protest segregation. Figgs later became one of the first high-ranking blacks in the Mississippi state auditor’s office. He died in Oxford, Mississippi on February 29, 2016.

Thanat Khoman (101) Thailand’s former foreign minister who helped to cement his country’s close relations with the US during the Vietnam War. US diplomats who dealt with Thanat described him as shrewd and dedicated to seeking advantage for his country. Shifting international politics saw Thanat move from being an advocate of close links to Washington to a promoter of regional balance by establishing relations with China, a Cold War bogeyman. He died in Bangkok, Thailand on March 3, 2016.

Harriet Mills (95) Fulbright scholar from New York who was imprisoned as an American spy in Communist China for more than four years and was widely believed to have been a victim of brainwashing. When she was released in 1955, Mills described herself as an unpaid “espionage agent” for the US and Britain, called Americans “warmongers,” and said she believed that the US had engaged in germ warfare during the Korean War. She died of dementia in Mitchelville, Maryland on March 5, 2016.

Retta Ward (62) secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. Ward was tapped to lead the department by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2013. She had previously been secretary of the state’s Aging & Long-term Services Department; before that she managed the arthritis program for the Arizona Department of Health Services and worked as a health educator for Albuquerque Public Schools. Ward was found alone and unresponsive in a Toyota Camry that apparently had veered off a road on the outskirts of Santa Fe. The car went down an embankment and came to a rest; there was no apparent physical trauma. Attempts to revive the Cabinet secretary were unsuccessful as she was transported to a local hospital. The accident may have been linked to a medical episode. Ward died in a single-car accident near Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 3, 2016.


Society and Religion

Delmer Berg (100) last known American survivor who fought Fascists in 1930s Spain. Berg was among about 2,800 members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who sought to defend an elected government from a military rebellion led by Gen. Francisco Franco. The revolt was successful, and Franco led Spain for decades. Born in Anaheim, Calif. in 1915, Berg later lived in Modesto and worked on housing discrimination and other issues. He was a Communist for most of his life, drawing inquiries from the FBI, and an activist against nuclear weapons and US involvement in Central America. He died in Columbia, California on February 28, 2016.

Coca Crystal (68) countercultural celebrity, a onetime fixture at the alternative New York newspaper, the East Village Other, and a Yippie provocateur. With members of the militantly feminist Emma Goldman Brigade (named after one of America’s most notorious anarchists), Crystal once infiltrated the Waldorf to disrupt a Republican luncheon honoring Pat Nixon, wife of President Richard M. Nixon; on cue, two of Crystal’s associates released white lab rats that had been concealed in their handbags, touching off pandemonium. Crystal later gained cult celebrity as host of If I Can’t Dance, You Can Keep Your Revolution, a variety show on public-access cable TV that ran for nearly 20 years. She had received treatment for lung cancer for several years but died of respiratory failure in Rochelle Park, New Jersey on March 1, 2016.

Margaret Lavigne (44) Massachusetts-born woman who at age 7 learned she had muscular dystrophy, a group of inherited diseases that result in progressive muscle weakness. Lavigne spent much of her life working on behalf of people with disabilities. In 2008 her worsening condition forced her to move into the Hospital for Special Care in Connecticut, where she met and married another MD patient, Chris Plum. In 2014 the New York Times produced a short documentary about the couple entitled Good Night Margaret. Lavigne died in New Britain, Connecticut on February 29, 2016.

Kalsang Wangdu (18) Tibetan monk who set himself on fire in Sichuan Province to protest Chinese rule. It was the first known act of self-immolation in a Tibetan area of China since August 2015. Kalsang set himself on fire at 4 p.m. outside his monastery, Retsokha Aryaling, in what Tibetans call Kardze Prefecture. Kardze, whose Chinese name is Ganzi, has been a prominent site of protests against the Chinese authorities. Kalsang had called for “Tibet’s complete independence” while self-immolating. Passers-by doused him with water before he was taken to a county hospital and later to one in Chengdu, the provincial capital, but he died en route, on February 29, 2016.


Sports

Bud Collins (86) tennis historian and American voice of the sport in print and on TV for decades. Collins was well known for creative player nicknames and turns of phrase as colorful as his trademark bow ties and one-of-a-kind pants created from cloth he collected around the world. He contributed to tennis’s popularity and paved the way for newspaper reporters moving into broadcasting, becoming a familiar face to US TV audiences waking up for Breakfast at Wimbledon on NBC. Collins spent 35 years on that network’s annual coverage from the All England Club and worked as a tennis analyst for PBS, CBS, ESPN, and Tennis Channel. He died in Brookline, Massachusetts after suffering from Parkinson’s disease and dementia, on March 4, 2016.

Martin Crowe (53) cricketer of prodigious talent who made batting appear effortless while struggling with the burden of being a world-class player on otherwise modest New Zealand teams. A cousin of NZ-born actor Russell Crowe, Martin Crowe played 77 tests and 143 one-day internationals for NZ in a 13-year career and scored 5,444 test runs at an average of 45.36 with 17 centuries. He was first diagnosed with aggressive follicular lymphoma in 2012, and after chemotherapy he was thought to be in remission but announced in September '14 that the cancer had returned. He died in Wellington, New Zealand on March 3, 2016.

Charles ('Chuck') Granby (81) New York basketball coach who amassed 722 career victories over 45 years at the same Queens high school, coached several future NBA players, and was a father figure for hundreds of young men. Granby ran his practices with a whistle and a pacifier around his neck—a reminder to his players that cry-babies would not be tolerated. Coaching at Campus Magnet High School (formerly Andrew Jackson HS) in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, Granby captured 24 division titles and seven borough titles during his run in New York's Public Schools Athletic League. His teams did not lose a home game from 1972–85, the year he won his only PSAL championship. He died in Queens, New York on March 1, 2016.

John Johnson (98) athletic trainer in the New York Giants organization for 60 years. Johnson was on the Giants’ staff for 874 regular-season and 34 postseason games and worked for 12 head coaches, beginning with Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Owen and ending with Tom Coughlin. He was a part of four championship teams, including three Super Bowl winners, and retired after the Giants' victory in the Super Bowl in January 2008. He died in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 29, 2016.

Jace Malek (18) University of Idaho football recruit. Malek played fullback on the football team at West Valley High School in Spokane, Wash. He had bone cancer and underwent several sessions of chemotherapy; his right leg was amputated in July 2015. Idaho Coach Paul Petrino honored a scholarship offer to Malek that the school had made before his cancer diagnosis and put him on the coaching staff as a student assistant last season. Malek died in Spokane, Washington on February 28, 2016.

Hubert Mizell (76) longtime St. Pete Times sports columnist. Mizell covered 40 Masters, 50 major championships in golf, 32 Super Bowls, 30 Final Fours, 25 World Series, 23 Daytona 500s, 22 Kentucky Derbies, nine Wimbledon tennis championships, and a host of college football bowl games. He also worked for the Associated Press during his 40-plus-year career. He battled diabetes during his retirement and died in Gainesville, Florida on March 3, 2016.

Sarah Tait (33) winner of a silver medal in rowing at the London Olympics. A mother of two, Tait won her silver medal with Kate Hornsey in the women’s pairs at London in 2012. She was a three-time Olympian, competing in the women’s eights at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in ’08. At the London Games she was the first mother to row for Australia at the Olympics after the birth of her first child, Leila, in 2009. Tait was diagnosed with cancer after the birth of her second child, Luca, in March 2013. She died in Sydney, Australia on March 3, 2016.

Al Wistert (95) star tackle for Philadelphia Eagles teams that won two consecutive NFL championship games by shutouts in the late ‘40s, and last survivor of the three Wistert brothers inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Al Wistert mowed down opponents on both offense and defense and covered punts and kickoffs as well. He was named a first-team All-Pro six times by major national news agencies and was considered one of the finest players to miss out on election to the Pro Football Hall in Canton, Ohio. Al and his brothers, Francis (known as Whitey) and Alvin, were all-American tackles at the University of Michigan, which retired the No. 11 worn by each of them. Al Wistert died in Grants Pass, Oregon on March 3, 2016.


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