Art and LiteratureFrank De Felitta
(94) author of Audrey Rose,
a best-selling horror novel about reincarnation. De Felitta was acclaimed for his scripts for TV dramas and documentaries in the ‘60s, including an NBC film about segregation in the Deep South, but was probably best known for Audrey Rose,
his 1975 book about a couple who learn that their 11-year-old daughter, Ivy, might embody the reincarnated soul of Audrey Rose, a girl killed in a car crash in Pittsburgh that coincided with Ivy’s birth in New York. The book sold an estimated 3.5 million copies in paperback. De Felitta also wrote the screenplay for the 1977 film of the same title. He died in Los Angeles, California on March 29, 2016.Peggy Fortnum
(96) British illustrator who, beginning in 1958, depicted Paddington, a lonely immigrant bear, in a series of children's books by Michael Bond, a BBC-TV cameraman. The character was soon immortalized, along with Winnie-the-Pooh, Little Bear, and the Berenstain Bears. Fortnum died of dementia in Colchester, England, northeast of London, on March 28, 2016.Dame Zaha Hadid
(65) Iraqi-British architect whose modernist, futuristic designs included the swooping aquatic center for the 2012 London Olympics. Hadid left a string of bold, often beautiful, and sometimes controversial buildings around the world. She is shown above with her Edifici Torre Espiral, or “spiraling tower,” designed in partnership with Patrik Schumacher, in Barcelona, Spain. In 2012 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). Hadid had contracted bronchitis earlier in the week and died of a heart attack while being treated in Miami, Florida on March 31, 2016.Imre Kertesz
(86) Hungarian writer who won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature for a body of fiction largely drawn from his experience as a teenage prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Fateless,
the novel that together with other works brought Kertesz the Nobel, finally appeared in 1975 after a 10-year struggle to have it published. It was largely ignored, both by the Communist authorities and the public, in a country where awareness of the Holocaust remained negligible, despite the murder of around 500,000 Hungarian Jews by the Nazis and their Hungarian henchmen. Kertesz died in Budapest, Hungary on March 31, 2016.
Business and ScienceDr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette
(89) Jamaican-born medical pioneer in treating children with sickle cell anemia. Dr. Francis, as she was known professionally, was a high achiever from the time she was a teenager, after immigrating with her parents to New York from Jamaica. In 1946, when she was 19, Francis became the second black woman to enroll in the Yale School of Medicine. While directing a clinic at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, she was credited with successfully using antibiotics to treat children with sickle cell anemia 15 years before the effectiveness of those drugs was confirmed. She died in Alexandria, Virginia on March 28, 2016.Toni Grant
(73) Los Angeles-based radio psychologist who reminded listeners in the ‘80s that “life is not a dress rehearsal” and inspired a movie called Choose Me.
Grant was among the early voices in radio psychology; her on-air debut in 1975 on the KABC-AM graveyard shift followed the path blazed by Dr. Joyce Brothers, already a household name by then. Grant said she was inspired by a show on a San Francisco radio station then seeking to capitalize on the popularity of airwave therapy. Her LA version of the call-in genre quickly moved to prime time, and by 1981 it was nationally syndicated, reaching more than 180 stations at its peak. On her KABC show, which later moved to KFI-AM, Grant tackled social issues of the day, such as the proliferation of divorce and the shifting dating scene. She died in Beverly Hills, California on March 27, 2016.Richard Jacobson
(79) longtime Iowa philanthropist who donated millions of dollars to the state’s three universities and other organizations. Jacobson was founder of Des Moines-based shipping and logistics company Jacobson Cos. He donated $100 million to the Mayo Clinic in 2011, the largest gift Mayo had ever received from a living donor. He also gave the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Education $15 million, the largest donation in the school’s history. Jacobson died in Largo, Florida on April 1, 2016.Paul Pontallier
(59) French winemaker who helped to restore celebrated Bordeaux producer Château Margaux to preeminence. Pontallier was just 27 in 1983, barely out of viticultural school, when he applied for a job as technical director at Margaux, an important position for someone so inexperienced. Fashions in wine came and went during his tenure. Many producers in Bordeaux tried to make their wines more concentrated and powerful, but for Pontallier, elegance and balance were the hallmarks of Margaux. He died of cancer on March 27, 2016.Mostafa Tolba
(93) Egyptian scientist who played a key role in the foundation of the United Nations environmental agency and was its executive director for 17 years. In 1972 Tolba led Egypt's delegation to the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It was there that his calls for “development without destruction” helped to spur the establishment of the agency he later led. He was appointed director of the agency in 1975 and fostered the UNEP's most widely acclaimed success, the Montreal Protocol, a historic '88 agreement to protect the ozone layer. Tolba died in Geneva, Switzerland on March 28, 2016.
(89) Michigan State University's 18th president (1992–93). After earning bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Michigan State, Guyer joined the faculty in 1953 and later was chairman of the entomology department. He also helped to establish a university center for pesticide research and was director of MSU Extension from 1973–85. He wrote about 70 papers on aquatic ecology, insect control technology, integrated pest control, public policy, and international agriculture. He died in East Lansing, Michigan on March 30, 2016.William L. O'Neill
(80) provocative 20th-century historian who examined America’s political radicals and its not always wise behavior in war. O’Neill began teaching at Rutgers University in 1971 and retired as a professor emeritus in 2006. He died of septic shock and pneumonia in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 29, 2016.Steven Browning Sample
(75) 10th president of the University of Southern California. Sample served for 19 years (1991–2010), during which the school rose to international prominence. Under his presidency, the number of endowed chairs and professorships rose from 152 to 403 and faculty member George Olah won the school's first Nobel Prize in 1994 for his work in chemistry. Sample also promoted the school's overseas outreach, especially in Asia, where he opened international offices, and developed closer ties to the local community, including a program that aimed to prepare low-income students to apply to the university. He died on March 29, 2016.
(73) longtime St. Martin Parish (Louisiana) sheriff. Fuselier was sheriff from 1980 until he retired in 2003. He oversaw the completion of a new parish jail and a parish-wide 911 system, the creation of a sheriff's substation, and the construction of a facility for juveniles. He died while on a trip, in LaGrange, Texas on March 27, 2016.Shirley Hufstedler
(90) former federal appellate court judge, the US’s first education secretary. Congress established the Department of Education as a Cabinet-level agency under President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and he appointed Hufstedler secretary. Although her tenure was short-lived after Carter lost the 1980 election to Ronald Reagan, Hufstedler defended the department against Reagan's vows to dismantle it. She suffered from cerebrovascular disease and died in Glendale, California on March 30, 2016.Seymour Lazar
(88) entertainment lawyer, stock trader, and serial litigator whose lifetime of adventures took him from the legal tangle surrounding the estate of Howard Hughes to involvement in a colossal fraud case that threatened to bring down Milberg Weiss, one of the biggest shareholder class-action law firms in the US. Lazar was a flamboyant renegade. As a hip young lawyer in Los Angeles in the ‘50s and ‘60s he represented a colorful list of clients that included comedian Lenny Bruce, jazz musicians Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley, and emerging pop stars like Johnny Rivers. Lazar died in Palm Springs, California on March 30, 2016.Winston Moseley
(81) psychopathic serial killer and necrophiliac who stalked, raped, and killed Kitty Genovese in a prolonged knife attack in New York in 1964 while neighbors failed to act on her cries for help—a nightmarish crime that came to symbolize urban apathy in America. Moseley had been imprisoned for almost 52 years, since July 7, 1964, and was one of New York state’s longest-serving inmates. He was condemned to die in the electric chair, but in 1967, two years after the state abolished most capital punishments, he won an appeal that reduced his sentence to an indeterminate life term. He died at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, near the Canadian border, on March 28, 2016.W. Ward Reynoldson
(95) former Iowa Supreme Court chief justice. Reynoldson served 16 years on the Iowa Supreme Court, including nine as chief justice, and left the court in 1987. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1948. He died in Des Moines, Iowa on March 28, 2016.J. Thomas Rosch
(76) lawyer who spent years defending corporations from government antitrust actions before taking the other side as a member of the Federal Trade Commission. A Republican, Rosch was nevertheless a proponent of energetically applying antitrust laws. He died of Parkinson’s disease in Lake Forest, Illinois on March 30, 2016.
News and EntertainmentPratyusha Banerjee
(24) Indian TV actress. Banerjee was best known for her role in India’s longest-running TV show, the serial Balika Vadh (Child Bride),
in which she played a grown-up former child bride. Still on the air, the show has had over 2,100 episodes. Banerjee also appeared on Bigg Boss,
the Indian version of the reality show Big Brother.
Her body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a suspected suicide at her Mumbai, India apartment on April 1, 2016.Leandro ('Gato') Barbieri
(83) Argentine saxophonist whose playing helped to expand the audience for Latin jazz and whose score for the film Last Tango in Paris
(1972) won a Grammy Award. Barbieri recorded 35 albums between 1967–82. He earned the nickname Gato, which means “cat,” in the ‘50s because of the way he scampered between clubs in Buenos Aires with his saxophone to make it to his next gig. He died of pneumonia in New York City on April 2, 2016.Ronnie Corbett
(85) British entertainer with exquisite comic timing, half of the much-loved duo The Two Ronnies
and hailed as a giant of comedy by fans and fellow stars. Thanks to reruns, the TV comedy show starring Corbett and the late Ronnie Barker (d. 2005) has been a staple on British TV for more than 40 years. Starting in 1971, their show ran for a dozen series over 16 years and at its peak had 17 million viewers. Ronnie Corbett died in London, England on March 31, 2016.Patty Duke
(69) actress who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker,
then maintained a long career while battling personal demons. Duke astonished audiences as the young deaf-and-blind Keller first on Broadway, then in the acclaimed 1962 film version, appearing in both alongside Anne Bancroft as Helen's teacher, Annie Sullivan (who won an Oscar of her own). Then in 1963, Duke starred in her own sitcom, The Patty Duke Show,
which aired for three seasons; she played dual roles as identical cousins. She won three Emmy Awards, for the TV film My Sweet Charlie,
the miniseries Captains & the Kings,
and the 1979 TV remake of The Miracle Worker,
in which she played Annie Sullivan with Little House on the Prairie
actress Melissa Gilbert as Keller. Patty Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, where she had lived for the past 25 years, on March 29, 2016.Eric Engberg
(74) former CBS News correspondent who hosted the CBS Evening News
segment “Reality Check,” aimed at keeping politicians honest. Engberg spent 27 years with CBS, mostly at the Washington bureau. He covered five presidential campaigns and international events, including the fall of the Berlin Wall. “Reality Check” began during the 1992 presidential campaign as a way to verify candidates’ statements. Engberg retired in 2002. He died in Palmetto, Florida on March 27, 2016.Bill Green
(91) former small-town journalist, a respected public affairs expert teaching at Duke University in 1981 when the Washington Post
asked him to take a year’s sabbatical to be its independent watchdog. As ombudsman, Green delivered a blistering verdict on journalistic lapses in response to a Post
article by reporter Janet Cooke about an 8-year-old heroin addict that was debunked the day after it won a Pulitzer Prize. Cooke eventually confessed that she faked not only the story but also her résumé. Green died from complications of surgery in Durham, North Carolina on March 28, 2016.Frankie Michaels
(60) youngest person to win a Tony Award—which he earned in 1966, at age 11, for his featured role in the Broadway musical Mame.
With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Mame
also won a Tony for Angela Lansbury in the title role. After leaving the show at 12, Michaels had a brief adolescent career as a nightclub singer and later worked as a lounge singer, voice and piano teacher, and electronics repairman. He was so gifted, Herman later said, that he learned all his numbers, among them “My Best Girl“ and “We Need a Little Christmas,” in a single day. He died of a heart attack in Chittenango, New York on March 30, 2016.James Noble
(94) Broadway-seasoned actor who appeared on soap operas and in films like 10
and Being There
but perhaps was best known for playing the absent-minded governor to Robert Guillaume's director of household affairs in the ‘80s sitcom Benson.
Noble's Broadway credits include A Far Country, Strange Interlude, The Runner Stumbles,
and, most notably, 1776.
He also appeared in the movie version of 1776
and played Bo Derek's father in Blake Edwards' hit film 10.
Noble died of a stroke in Norwalk, Connecticut on March 28, 2016.Douglas Wilmer
(96) British actor who played detective Sherlock Holmes in a ‘60s TV series. Wilmer played the pipe-smoking sleuth in a series of TV dramas in 1964–65. He returned to the role in the 1975 TV movie The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’s Smarter Brother.
He also appeared alongside Christopher Lee in the Fu Manchu
movies and with Roger Moore in the ‘60s TV adventure series The Saint
and in the James Bond film Octopussy.
One of his final screen appearances was a 2012 cameo as a grumpy member of the Diogenes Club on the BBC’s Sherlock,
which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the great detective. Wilmer died in Ipswich, eastern England, on March 31, 2016.
Politics and MilitaryBela Biszku
(94) only high-ranking Communist-era official to be tried for his role in the repression after the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Biszku was part of the Communist Party’s ruling interim executive committee after the October 1956 uprising was crushed by Soviet forces. The committee created armed militias to carry out the repression, killing dozens. Biszku, who also was interior minister between March 1957 and September ‘61, denied any involvement but was sentenced in 2014 to five years and six months in prison for war crimes and other charges, including his role in nearly 50 deaths. A higher court voided the verdict and ordered a retrial, which concluded in December 2015, with Biszku given a suspended sentence on lesser charges, including the denial of crimes committed by the Communist regime. He died in Budapest, Hungary on March 31, 2016.Hans-Dietrich Genscher
(89) longest-serving German foreign minister, one of the key architects of that country’s 1990 reunification between east and west. Genscher was foreign minister, first of West Germany, then of the reunited nation, for 18 years under chancellors Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl. He died outside Bonn, Germany, 10 days after his 89th birthday, on March 31, 2016.Curtis Hertel Sr.
(63) former Michigan Democrat Speaker of the State House. Hertel was first elected to the Michigan House in 1980 and served his Detroit district until ’98. He was cospeaker from 1993–94 with Republican Paul Hillegonds in an unusual power-sharing arrangement, and sole speaker from ‘97–98. Hertel came from a family of lawmakers: two brothers also served in the state House, state Senate, or US House. After leaving the statehouse, Hertel’s jobs included executive director of the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority and deputy director in the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth under former Democrat Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He died in southeastern Michigan on March 27, 2016.Bill Rosendahl
(70) former Los Angeles city councilman. Rosendahl served on the council from 2005–13, retiring to fight cancer that was diagnosed in ’12. Near the end of his tenure he was an outspoken supporter of medical marijuana, which he used to counter pain. He was a public affairs broadcaster and a cable TV executive before winning office. He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on March 30, 2016.
Society and ReligionMother Mary Angelica
(92) Roman Catholic nun who used a monastery garage to begin a TV ministry that grew into a global religious media empire. Mother Mary Angelica was known to millions of viewers simply as Mother Angelica, founder of the Eternal Word Television Network. She had been in declining health since suffering a severe cerebral hemorrhage on Christmas Eve 2001 and never regained her full speaking ability. She suffered other, less severe strokes through the years and had been bedridden for months. She died at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama, about 45 miles north of Birmingham, on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.
(89) former player, coach, and general manager in the NBA. Boryla orchestrated a blockbuster deal with Portland in 1984 that brought Wayne Cooper, Fat Lever, and Calvin Natt to town for Kiki Vandeweghe. Denver made it to the Western Conference finals that season, and Boryla was named the NBA's Executive of the Year. He played five seasons for the New York Knicks in the ‘50s and averaged 11.2 points, later taking over as their coach for three seasons, going 80-85. He also was a member of the US team that won a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics. Boryla was the only consensus All-American from the University of Denver in men's basketball history. He died in Denver, Colorado on March 27, 2016.Tom Butters
(77) former Duke athletic director. Butters was best known for hiring Mike Krzyzewski to coach the Blue Devils’ men’s basketball team in 1980. He stuck with Krzyzewski after consecutive 17-loss seasons. The coach later led Duke to five national championships and set the Division I men’s record with 1,040 victories. Butters pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1962–65, coached Duke’s baseball team from ‘68–70, was the school’s athletic director for 20 years, and founded the university’s Iron Dukes fund-raising organization. He died in Durham, North Carolina on March 31, 2016.Daan Myngheer
(22) Belgian cyclist. Myngheer suffered a heart attack during the first stage of the Criterium International race in Corsica and was airlifted to Ajaccio hospital, where he was placed in an artificial coma. He died two days later in Ajaccio, Corsica on March 28, 2016.Eugene Parker
(60) football agent who represented Hall of Fame players. Parker was a tough negotiator and one of the more active NFL agents. His company, Relativity Sports, represented three of the top seven picks in the 2015 draft. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Parker played basketball at Purdue. He was drafted in 1978 by San Antonio but did not play in the NBA. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. He died of cancer in Atlanta, Georgia on March 31, 2016.Previous Week
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