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Nancy Davis Reagan, former actress and widow of President Ronald ReaganKen Adam, British production designer for James Bond filmsDr. Barbara Almond, psychiatrist who wrote of women's ambivalence toward childbearingKathryn Reed Altman, widow of film director Robert AltmanJerry Amato, chef and co-owner of New Orleans' Mother's RestaurantErnestine Anderson, Grammy-nominated jazz and blues singerGen. Sergio Arellano Stark, Chilean general who helped to depose President Salvador AllendeBen H. Bagdikian, journalist, media critic, and professorIolanda Balas, first Romanian woman to win Olympic gold medalAnita Brookner, British author and art historianKeith Emerson, keyboardist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer rock bandJim Freeman, auto racing media relations officialBill Gadsby, hockey Hall of Fame defensemanElliot Gant, last of two brothers who popularized button-down shirtElizabeth Garrett, first woman president of Cornell UniversityGogi Grant, '50s pop singerJohn H. Gutfreund, Salomon Brothers CEORobert Horton, star of TV's 'Wagon Train'William Houck, retired Catholic bishop of Jackson, Miss.Gary Jeter, NFL defensive linemanRalph S. Larsen, retired chairman and CEO of Johnson & JohnsonClyde Lovellette, basketball star who won Olympic goldGeorge Martin, music producer who collaborated with and mentored The BeatlesLana Meisner, wife of Eagles rock band bassist Randy MeisnerLouis Meyers, cofounder of SxSWKathryn Popper, last surviving actor to have appeared in 'Citizen Kane'Harold H. Saunders, diplomat under six US presidentsLloyd S. Shapley, researcher of game theoryJames Sheldon, TV directorElwyn L. Simons, evolutionary anthropologist who searched for fossils of earliest primatesRuth Terry, among last of '40s 'screen cowgirls'Lawrence van Gelder, NYC newspaper critic, columnist, and editorJulius ('Juke') van Oss, Michigan radio hostNana Vasconcelos, Brazilian jazz percussionistBill Wade, quarterback for Bears and RamsJanice Comfort Walsh, adopted daughter of novelist Pearl S. BuckMichael White, British theater producer of 'Oh! Calcutta!' and stage and film versions of 'Rocky Horror Show'Dr. Quentin Young,

Art and Literature

Anita Brookner (87) Booker Prize-winning British author and art historian. Brookner began her career as an art historian and wrote on that subject before turning to fiction, publishing her first novel in her 50s. Her spare, unflinching portrayals of loneliness and isolation won praise, especially from other writers. She wrote some 25 books and won the Booker Prize in 1984 for her novel Hotel Du Lac. She died in London, England on March 10, 2016.

Janice Comfort Walsh (90) adopted daughter of Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck (d. 1973) who wrote an afterword to one of her mother's books. Walsh was one of seven adopted children and was inspired by a sister's mental illness to train as an occupational therapist. She wrote an afterword to her mother's book The Child Who Never Grew, which chronicled the struggles of raising a disabled child. Walsh served on the board at Pearl S. Buck International and cared for her mother's National Historic Landmark home outside Philadelphia. Buck's novel The Good Earth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and helped to earn her the Nobel for Literature in ’38. Walsh died in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on March 11, 2016.

Business and Science

Dr. Barbara Almond (77) psychiatrist who lifted the veil on the ambivalence some women feel about childbearing and on society’s expectations about motherhood. Almond’s 2010 book, The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood, drew on literature, her clients’ cases, and her own experience in her 20s, when she gave birth to three sons and studied psychiatry. She died of bladder cancer in Palo Alto, California on March 6, 2016.

Jerry Amato (65) chef and co-owner of Mother’s Restaurant, a very popular restaurant in downtown New Orleans where long lines to get in are common. Amato helped to turn Mother’s Restaurant from a small corner po-boy shop to a New Orleans dining destination with international reach. Jerry Amato and his brother John purchased the restaurant in 1986. They preserved the laid-back, mom-and-pop atmosphere of the 76-year-old restaurant. Its reputation is built upon classic Louisiana dishes such as jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, and bread pudding. Thousands of visitors flock to the restaurant every year. Jerry Amato died of cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 12, 2016.

Elliot Gant (89) last of two brothers who, beginning in the late '40s, popularized the button-down shirt as a de rigueur garment for Ivy League and Madison Avenue men. Elliot and Martin Gant (d. 1998) did not invent the button-down; the venerable Brooks Brothers haberdashery had borrowed the style from British polo players decades earlier, and it had been romanticized here and there in popular culture. Elliot Gant died in Boston, Massachusetts on March 12, 2016.

John H. Gutfreund (86) executive whose aggressive leadership of Salomon Brothers and extravagant lifestyle personified the rise and fall of Wall Street moguls in the heady ‘80s. As chairman and chief executive of Salomon, the giant investment firm, Gutfreund was called “the king of Wall Street” for having transformed his company into one of the world’s largest securities traders. Under his guidance, Salomon became the leading dealer in US Treasury bonds, the predominant underwriter of corporate securities, and a pioneer in turning ordinary home mortgages into traceable securities. But his Wall Street career abruptly ended in 1991 when he was forced to resign after Salomon became embroiled in a major scandal involving illegal bids for Treasury bonds. Gutfreund died of pneumonia in New York City on March 9, 2016.

Ralph S. Larsen (77) retired Johnson & Johnson chairman and chief executive. Under Larsen’s 13-year tenure, Johnson & Johnson pioneered minimally invasive, or “keyhole,” surgery through its Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit and acquired several companies that helped to grow J&J’s three businesses: consumer health products, prescription drugs, and medical devices and diagnostic products. Those acquisitions included skin-care company Neutrogena Corp.; Cordis Corp., a maker of devices and products for heart surgery that was sold in 2015; and biotech company Centocor, now called Janssen Biotech, which became a top maker of biologic drugs including blockbuster immune disorder drug Remicade. Larsen died of cardiac arrest in Naples, Florida on March 9, 2016.

Lloyd S. Shapley (92) researcher of strategic decision-making called game theory who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in economics. Shapley was 89 and professor emeritus at UCLA when he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work 50 years earlier that analyzed match-making in markets. He shared the prize with Alvin Roth, who teaches economics at Harvard and Stanford. Shapley came up with formulas to match supply and demand in markets where prices don't do the job; Roth put Shapley's math to work in the real world. Lloyd Shapley died in Tucson, Arizona on March 12, 2016.

Elwyn L. Simons (85) scientist known as the father of modern primate paleontology for his discovery of some of humankind’s earliest antecedents. Although Simons’ career took in myriad fossils, including whales’s feet, he was concerned in particular with the earliest primates. In leading more than 90 expeditions—to Egypt, India, Iran, Libya, Madagascar, Wyoming, and elsewhere—he braved badlands, weathered sandstorms, dodged unexploded World War II land mines, and crawled through limestone caves in pursuit of his quarry. An emeritus professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, he died in Peoria, Arizona on March 6, 2016.

Dr. Quentin Young (92) longtime health advocate, a personal physician to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights leader’s stay in Chicago. A former president of Physicians for a National Health Program, Young pushed for decades to promote single-payer national health insurance. Before that, the Chicago native worked to desegregate Chicago hospitals in the ‘50s and marched with civil rights workers in the ‘60s. Young founded the Medical Committee for Human Rights, a group of health professionals who provided medical care during the civil rights and antiwar protests of the ‘60s. He was personal physician to Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and author Studs Terkel and was former Gov. Pat Quinn’s doctor, becoming his adviser and friend. Young died in Berkeley, California on March 7, 2016.


Elizabeth Garrett (52) Cornell University president, first woman to hold that position. Garrett became president of the Ivy League school on July 1, 2015. She was previously a provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of Southern California. A lawyer, she served from 2009–13 as commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission. She died of colon cancer in Ithaca, New York after less than a year on the job, on March 6, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Ken Adam (95) British film production designer who gave Dr. Strangelove its cavernous War Room and James Bond supervillains their futuristic lairs. Berlin-born Adam won two Oscars in a career that lasted into his 70s and spanned more than 70 films. He was revered for his indelible set artistry, including that for seven Bond movies. He was behind the Fort Knox vaults of Goldfinger, the iconic volcano hideaway of You Only Live Twice, and Bond’s gadget-filled Aston Martin. Adam died in his sleep in London, England on March 10, 2016.

Kathryn Reed Altman (91) helped to safeguard and enhance the artistic legacy of her husband, film director Robert Altman (d. 2006). Kathryn Reed was a former showgirl and movie extra who met her future husband in 1959, long before he became successful and famous as the innovative director of M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, California Split, Nashville, A Wedding, The Player, Short Cut, and many other movies. She died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California on March 9, 2016.

Ernestine Anderson (87) jazz vocalist who earned four Grammy nominations during a 60-year career. A jazz and blues singer, Anderson performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to festivals in South America and Europe. She toured widely and sang with bands led by Johnny Otis and Lionel Hampton. Her friend and producer Quincy Jones once described Anderson's voice as the sound of “honey at dusk.” She recorded her first single in 1948, “K.C. Lover/Good Lovin’ Babe.” Her debut album Hot Cargo was released in 1958 to rave reviews. Anderson died in Shoreline, Washington on March 10, 2016.

Ben H. Bagdikian (96) Turkish-born US journalist, newspaper executive, media critic, and professor who helped to publish the Pentagon Papers—a secret history of US strategy and involvement in Vietnam—and for decades was a voice for journalistic integrity. In the ‘50s Bagdikian covered the civil rights struggle, including the Little Rock, Ark. school integration crisis, and rode with an Israeli tank crew during the Suez crisis. In 1953 he and other reporters on the Providence (RI) Journal shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a bank robbery and police chase. In the ‘70s, while serving as ombudsman for the Washington Post, he posed as a convicted murderer to get inside a Pennsylvania maximum-security prison for articles about problems and abuses in the prison system. Later dean of the UC Berkeley graduate school of journalism, Bagdikian retired in 1990. He died in Berkeley, California on March 11, 2016.

Keith Emerson (71) British-born keyboardist of the ‘70s progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Emerson was a keyboardist for several groups in the ‘60s, including The Nice, but was best known as a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, a so-called super group of well-known rock musicians formed in 1970. Besides Emerson, the band included bassist Greg Lake, formerly of King Crimson, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer, a veteran of several famous English bands. The band released nine studio albums during the ‘70s, including its debut self-titled album and its follow-up, Tarkus (1971), which reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Emerson later worked as a solo artist. His body was found by police at his Santa Monica, California home, where he died from a self-inflicted single gunshot to the head on March 11, 2016.

Gogi Grant (91) pop singer whose rendition of “The Wayward Wind” replaced Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” on top of the Billboard singles chart in 1956. In the early ‘50s, Grant released three RCA Victor records before she made her first hit, “Suddenly There’s a Valley,” in 1955. She recorded “The Wayward Wind,” a ballad about a woman yearning for her wandering beloved, as an afterthought in the final minutes of a long recording session devoted to the single “Who Are We.” That song failed to climb higher than No. 62 on the Billboard chart, but “The Wayward Wind,” the flip side, overtook “Heartbreak Hotel.” The song was later recorded by Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, and many others. Grant died in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 2016.

Robert Horton (91) actor who found TV stardom in 1957 as scout Flint McCullough on Wagon Train but resisted being typecast in westerns as he pursued a parallel career as a singer. Horton recorded albums and sang at the London Palladium, but he was never entirely successful in shedding the frontiersman image. In his later years, he appeared at film-western events around the country. He played Flint from the first episode of Wagon Train, in 1957, until the show moved from NBC to ABC in ’62. He was injured in a fall in November 2015 and had recently been placed in hospice care, where he died, in Los Angeles, California on March 9, 2016.

George Martin (90) known as “the fifth Beatle” for his work in shaping the band that became one of the world’s most influential music forces. Martin was considered the most successful music producer ever, cited in the Guinness Book of Records for having more than 50 No. 1 hit records over 50 years in the US and Britain alone. He helped to score, arrange, and produce many of the band’s biggest hits, including “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “A Day in the Life,” “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Love Me Do.” Martin was producer, collaborator, and mentor to Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. He died on March 8, 2016.

Lana Meisner (63) wife of former Eagles rock band bassist Randy Meisner, one of the original members of the Eagles who played bass for the band from 1971–77. Lana Meisner was killed when a gun she was removing from a case went off accidentally at their home after a domestic violence call earlier in the day. She was pronounced dead at 7:10 p.m. from a single gunshot wound. About 90 minutes earlier, police officers had gone to the Meisners’ home in response to a woman’s call for help because of a drunken man. The police wrote up a domestic violence incident report and left the home but later were called back there. Lana Meisner was moving a rifle stored inside a case in a closet. As she lifted the weapon, another item in the case shifted, hitting the trigger of the gun, which fired and killed her, in Los Angeles, California on March 6, 2016.

Louis Meyers (60) cofounder of South by Southwest (SxSW) Folk Alliance International music festival. Meyers helped to start SxSW in 1987 with the hope of bringing more exposure to Austin musicians. He left the festival in the mid-‘90s before SxSW grew into one of the biggest annual music events in the world. Meyers died in Austin, Texas on the day the major entertainment festival opened for its 30th year, on March 11, 2016.

Kathryn Popper (100) former 25-year-old personal assistant to Orson Welles (d. 1985) when he cast her as a photographer in the closing scene of Citizen Kane and fed her the immortal line, “What’s Rosebud?” Popper was believed to be the last surviving actor to have appeared in the film, released in 1941. Citizen Kane, Welles’s classic biographical drama about a cold-blooded newspaper mogul, has ranked at the top of many lists of the world’s greatest movies. It was said to have been inspired by the life of William Randolph Hearst. Popper died of pneumonia 12 days before her 101st birthday, in New York City on March 6, 2016.

James Sheldon (95) versatile TV director whose career spanned the industry’s first 40 years and reflected the evolution of TV programming. Sheldon directed episodes of some 100 series in virtually every genre, including classic episodes of The Twilight Zone and 44 episodes of the hit series The Millionaire. The series he worked on ranged from Death Valley Days to The Patty Duke Show. In 1967 alone he directed episodes of Ironside, The Man from UNCLE, Petticoat Junction, My Three Sons, That Girl, The Fugitive, and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Sheldon died of cancer in New York City on March 12, 2016.

Ruth Terry (95) one of the last of the ‘40s “screen cowgirls” who starred alongside such Hollywood stars as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Blonde, blue-eyed Terry attracted attention for her close friendship with billionaire Howard Hughes just before his affair with actress Jane Russell. In the late ‘30s Terry was signed to 20th Century-Fox, and in her two years there appeared in a handful of films, including Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) with Tyrone Power and Alice Faye. She then moved to Warner Bros. to make An Angel from Texas (1940) with Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan. During World War II, Terry appeared in a series of morale-boosting films, mostly B-musicals, and became a pin-up of GIs. She then moved to Republic, where she starred in several B-westerns. She died in Rancho Mirage, California on March 11, 2016.

Lawrence van Gelder (83) critic, columnist, and editor who worked in the newsrooms of five New York newspapers over 55 years, most of them at the New York Times. Van Gelder accumulated more than 5,200 bylines as a reporter, film critic, and obituary writer and worked as an editor on the culture and metropolitan desks, retiring in 2010. He died in New York City of leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, on March 11, 2016.

Julius ('Juke') van Oss (92) western Michigan radio host who talked about the town of Holland and beyond with listeners for more than 60 years. Van Oss joined the station in 1951 as an engineer, and his on-air work started shortly thereafter. He started cohosting Talk of the Town in 1959 and went solo in ’81. His last show was on March 4. Van Oss died in Holland, Michigan on March 7, 2016.

Nana Vasconcelos (71) Brazilian percussionist. The eight-time Grammy Award-winner was a master of the single-string percussion instrument known in Portuguese as the berimbao. The American jazz magazine DownBeat named Vasconcelos percussionist of the year every year from 1983–91. He rose to national prominence after he moved to Rio de Janeiro in the ‘60s and started playing with Milton Nascimento. Vasconcelos died of lung cancer in the northeastern city of Recife, Brazil, his birthplace, on March 9, 2016.

Michael White (80) British producer who brought the racy Oh! Calcutta! to the London stage and the outrageous Rocky Horror Picture Show to the screen. The Glasgow-born impresario produced his first West End show in his mid-20s and later had a megasuccess with the sexy musical revue Oh! Calcutta! White’s stage credits included the London premieres of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line, and The Rocky Horror Show. His films included the 1975 movie version of Rocky Horror, starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, and Monty Python & the Holy Grail. White died of heart failure in Ojai, California on March 7, 2016.

Politics and Military

Gen. Sergio Arellano Stark (94) Chilean general whose airborne “Caravan of Death” murdered opponents of the 1973 coup that deposed Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. Arellano Stark was a principal architect of the coup of September 11, 1973, that installed Augusto Pinochet, a fellow army general, as president. Arellano later provided the muscle that brutally consolidated Pinochet’s power in the early days of what became a 17-year reign. He died of dementia in Santiago, Chile on March 9, 2016.

Nancy Davis Reagan (94) helpmate, backstage adviser, and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan (d. 2004) in his journey from actor to US president—and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy Reagan's best-known project as first lady was the “Just Say No” campaign to help kids and teens stay off drugs. When she swept into the White House in 1981, the former Hollywood actress partial to designer gowns and pricey china was widely dismissed as a pre-feminist throwback, concerned only with fashion, decorating, and entertaining. By the time she moved out in 1989, she was fending off accusations that she was a behind-the-scenes “dragon lady” wielding unchecked power over the Reagan administration—and doing it on the basis of astrology. She died of congestive heart failure in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, California on March 6, 2016.

Harold H. Saunders (85) diplomat who helped to draft the Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt in 1978 and helped to negotiate the release of American hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran in ’81. Saunders served under six presidents, including Richard M. Nixon, for whom he shuttled among Middle East capitals with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger in the ‘70s. He died of prostate cancer in McLean, Virginia on March 6, 2016.

Society and Religion

William Houck (89) retired Roman Catholic bishop of Jackson, Miss. Houck led the diocese covering 65 counties in central and northern Mississippi from 1984–2003. A native of Mobile, Ala., he was ordained there in 1951 and served in Alabama before being ordained an auxiliary bishop of Jackson in ‘79. As bishop, Houck supported improved children’s services, evangelization efforts, and a new state flag but opposed the death penalty. His tenure was marred by lawsuits against the diocese over sexual abuse by priests. Houck led the Chicago-based Catholic Extension Society from 2001–07; the group supports missions in American regions with few Catholics. He died in Jackson, Mississippi of complications after heart surgery, on March 9, 2016.


Iolanda Balas (79) two-time Olympic high jump champion from Romania. The first Romanian woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Balas took first at the 1960 Rome Games and the ‘64 Tokyo Games. She set her first world record of 1.75 meters in 1956. In 1961 she set a world record of 1.91, which stood for 10 years. She retired in 1967 and was chairman of the Romanian track federation from '88–2002. She died of gastric complications in Bucharest, Romania on March 11, 2016.

Donnie Duncan (75) former Oklahoma athletic director and Iowa State football coach. Duncan was on Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma football staff from 1973–78 and helped the Sooners to go 62-6-2. He went 18-24-2 in four seasons at Iowa State. His 1980–81 Cyclone squads were ranked, and the ‘81 Cyclones began 5-1-1 and were ranked as high as No. 11 in the Associated Press poll. Duncan’s squads went 3-1 against Iowa, including three straight wins in 1980–82. Duncan was executive director of the Sun and Gator Bowls before returning to Oklahoma, where he was athletic director from 1986–96. He became Big 12 director of football operations when the conference formed in 1996. He died in his sleep in Dallas, Texas on March 12, 2016.

Jim Freeman (73) former media relations official for both the Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Freeman worked as Daytona’s stock car media coordinator from 1979–82 before becoming Talladega’s public relations director, a position he held for 14 years. He also was assistant director of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame for 10 years before taking over as executive director in 2000; he retired from that job in 2006. He died in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on March 6, 2016.

Bill Gadsby (88) Hall of Fame defenseman who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League for Chicago, Detroit, and the New York Rangers. Gadsby played 1,248 games from 1946–66 for the Blackhawks, Rangers, and Red Wings, reaching the Stanley Cup finals with Detroit in '63–64 and ‘66. He later coached the Red Wings for just over a season, going 35-31-12. Gadsby had 130 goals, 438 assists, and 1,539 penalty minutes. In 1958-59, with the Rangers, he set what was then a record for assists by a defenseman with 46. He died in Farmington Hills, Michigan on March 10, 2016.

Gary Jeter (61) defensive lineman who played for the Giants and the Rams during a 13-year NFL career. Jeter was drafted in 1977 by the New York Giants in the fifth overall selection. He played six seasons for them, then another six for the Rams and one in New England. Knee and back problems plagued him, but in his final season, 1989, with the Patriots, he had seven sacks and finished with 52 sacks for his career, with a high of 11.5 in '88. At USC Jeter was a member of the Trojans’ 1974 national championship team. He recorded 234 career tackles and earned all-conference first-team honors in his last three seasons, playing in the Rose Bowl in 1974–75 and '77 and in the ‘75 Liberty Bowl. He died in Plainsboro, New Jersey on March 10, 2016.

Clyde Lovellette (86) Hall of Fame forward who led Kansas to the 1952 national championship before helping the US to win gold at the Helsinki Olympics. A two-time All-American, Lovellette had 33 points and 17 rebounds in the Phog Allen-coached Jayhawks’ victory over St. John’s in the NCAA title game. That performance helped him to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors. The 6-foot-10 Lovellette led the nation in scoring as a senior with a 28.4 average. He later played 11 seasons in the NBA, averaging 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in 704 regular-season games with Minneapolis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Boston. He died of cancer in North Manchester, Indiana on March 9, 2016.

Bill Wade (85) former No. 1 overall draft pick who played 13 seasons in the NFL and helped the Chicago Bears to win the 1963 championship. The Los Angeles Rams selected the former Vanderbilt quarterback with the top overall pick in the 1952 draft. Wade threw for 124 touchdowns and 18,530 yards while playing for the Rams from 1954–60 and for the Chicago Bears from ‘61–66. He threw for 2,301 yards and 15 touchdowns in that 1963 championship season and rushed for the Bears’ two touchdowns as they defeated the New York Giants 14-10 in the championship game. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on March 9, 2016.

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