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Anne Jackson, widow and acting partner of Eli WallachDoug Banks, syndicated radio hostHector A. Cafferata, Medal of Honor recipientPaul Carey, Detroit Tigers radio broadcasterJackie Carter, promoted racial diversity in children's booksGianroberto Casaleggio, Italian antiestabishment figureGene Cryer, Florida newspaper editorRod Daniel, movie and TV director known for light comedyJohn Edwards, US Army veteran of three warsJohn Ferrone, book editorHoward Gajan, radio broadcaster for New Orleans SaintsDavid Gest, music promoter and TV producer briefly married to Liza MinnelliJames Cross Giblin, author of children's nonfictionBill Gray, pioneer in hurricane forecastingJon Hansen, Oklahoma City assistant fire chiefFred Hayman, 'godfather of Rodeo Drive'Dr. Peter J. Jannetta, Pittsburgh neurosurgeonCharles ('Chuck') Jonkel, bear researcher and advocateBryce Jordan, former president of Penn StateMaurice Kenny, NY State poet who drew on his own Native American heritageBalls Mahoney, pro wrestlerHoward Marks, drug smuggler turned authorFrederick Mayer, survivor of Nazi Germany who became US spy in WWIIRichard Ransom, founder of Hickory FarmsH. B. ('Spec') Richardson, MLB managerWalter Rosen, Brooklyn restaurateurPhil Sayer, British voice actorMalick Sidibe, Malian photographerRichard Smith, British painterEd Snider, founder of Philadelphia Flyers hockey teamJeremy Steig, jazz flutistRay Thornton, former US congressman, college president, and Arkansas Supreme Court justiceCarl Vogel, Missouri state legislator and senatorSir Arnold Wesker, British playwrightNera White, pioneer in women's basketballHarold L. Wood, former NY State Supreme Court justice

Art and Literature

Jackie Carter (62) publishing executive who promoted in children’s books the racial diversity she had missed growing up in a mostly white neighborhood. Carter started at Sesame Street magazine, then joined Scholastic in 1985 as editorial director of the early childhood division. She later worked for Hyperion, Dorling Kindersley, Global Educational Books, Marvel Comics, and Disney Global Children’s Book Division, where she published the Winnie-the-Pooh Nature Encyclopedia and was editorial director of Jump at the Sun, an imprint celebrating black culture. She died of lymphoma in New York City on April 13, 2016.

John Ferrone (91) editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich who shepherded Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple (1982) into print, encouraged Anaïs Nin to publish her erotic fiction, and was James Beard’s dining and cooking companion and literary executor. Ferrone spent more than 35 years in publishing in a variety of editorial roles, retiring in 1990. He died of Parkinson’s disease in Old Bridge, New Jersey on April 10, 2016.

James Cross Giblin (82) award-winning writer of nonfiction for children whose books ranged from topics like cutlery and why we use it, windows and why we have them, and walls and why we need them to clear-eyed biographies of Hitler, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, and John Wilkes Booth. For many years also a prominent children’s-book editor and publisher, Giblin was known most recently for his biographies for middle-grade and older readers, among them The Life & Death of Adolf Hitler (2002), Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth & John Wilkes Booth (2005), and The Rise & Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy (2009). He died in New York City on April 10, 2016.

Maurice Kenny (86) poet who explored his Mohawk heritage in verse, often through the voices of historical figures in the forests and settlements of colonial New York State. Kenny, who taught literature and poetry at colleges in his native New York State, was best known for two works, published 10 years apart, in which he gave voices to historical figures, both white and Native American. In the collection Blackrobe: Isaac Jogues (1982), he recounted the tribulations of the proselytizing Jesuit missionary of the poem’s title and his eventual death at the hands of his Mohawk captors in 1646 in what is now the Albany area. Kenny died of a heart ailment and kidney failure in Saranac Lake, New York on April 16, 2016.

Howard Marks (70) convicted Welsh-born drug smuggler who reinvented himself as an author, raconteur, and drug-reform campaigner after publishing the best-selling autobiography Mr. Nice. One of Marks's preferred routes was to smuggle drugs in the equipment of touring rock bands—without the bands' knowledge. He claimed to have lived under 43 aliases and worked as a spy for Britain's MI6 intelligence agency. Marks died of cancer in his sleep in London, England on April 10, 2016.

Malick Sidibe (80) Malian photographer whose black and white images captured popular culture in ‘60s Bamako. Sidibe's photographs depicted the night life, music, youth, fashion, and culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s in Bamako after Mali gained independence from France. His work was exhibited internationally, and he was recognized for his photography by the Hasselblad Foundation in 2003. He also received the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2007. He died of diabetes in Bamako, Mali on April 14, 2016.

Richard Smith (84) British painter whose explorations of form and color embraced both Pop Art and Color Field painting, making him one of the most distinctive artists of the ‘60s and ’70s. Smith was widely regarded as one of the most original and accomplished British artists of his generation, with a sense of color and formal restraint that stood in marked contrast to the more emphatic American style. He died of heart failure in Patchogue, Long Island, New York on April 15, 206.

Business and Science

Bill Gray (86) pioneer in hurricane forecasting. Gray began researching hurricanes in 1984, long before national hurricane forecasters began publishing their forecasts. Besides his research, Gray also published seasonal hurricane forecasts, predicting the number and severity of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. He retired in 2005 from his faculty post at Colorado State University, where he was head of the Tropical Meteorology Project, but continued hurricane and climate research as a professor emeritus until his death in Fort Collins, Colorado on April 16, 2016.

Fred Hayman (90) entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript southern California street into one of the world's preeminent fashion districts, earning him the sobriquet “Godfather of Rodeo Drive.” Hayman had been a Beverly Hills hotelier when he and partners opened the luxury clothing boutique Giorgio Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive in 1964. At the time, the street's businesses included a gas station, a hardware store, and a grocery store. Hayman quickly upped the neighborhood's style and sophistication. His clientele included movers and shakers from politics and entertainment whom he had met during his time running Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel and supervising banquet facilities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. He died in Malibu, California on April 14, 2016.

Dr. Peter J. Jannetta (84) neurosurgeon who as a medical resident 50 years ago developed an innovative procedure to relieve a devastating type of facial pain. A specialist in cranial nerve disorders, Jannetta was renowned for having identified the culprit responsible for trigeminal neuralgia (formerly called “tic douloureux”)—a condition causing agonizing facial pain—and for developing a way to vanquish it through microsurgery on the brain. A retired faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he died of complications from a brain injury suffered in a recent fall, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 11, 2016.

Richard Ransom (96) Ohio businessman who started the specialty food company Hickory Farms, which sells sausage sticks and cheese trays. Ransom started selling cheeses at home shows and fairs in 1951 and soon began Hickory Farms, adding sausage, crackers, and mustards to its product line. Hickory Farms opened its first retail store outside Toledo in 1959. It grew steadily and once had 600 stores, mainly in shopping malls in the US and Canada. Sales dropped steadily during the ‘90s in its year-round stores, and the company has since focused on catalogue and Internet sales. Ransom sold the company in 1980 and later started an adoption agency for children with special needs. He died in Toledo, Ohio on April 11, 2016.

Walter Rosen (81) Brooklyn restaurateur who took over Junior's Restaurant, founded by his father in 1950, as it grew to become one of New York's most famous, a 17,000-square-foot neighborhood fixture known for its signature cheesecake and red-and-white menus. Junior’s eventually expanded, opening branches in Times Square and Grand Central Terminal and selling its cheesecakes by mail order and online. Rosen, who retired in 1996, died of bladder cancer in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, 10 days before his 82nd birthday, on April 14, 2016.


Charles ('Chuck') Jonkel (85) pioneering bear researcher and advocate. Jonkel led the Border Grizzly Project shortly after the bears were placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in 1975. He founded the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Mont., which sought scientifically accurate films. He also was a former president of the Great Bear Foundation, which works to protect grizzly, black, and polar bears across North America. Jonkel’s career included polar bear research in the Canadian Arctic and teaching as a faculty member of the University of Montana's Environmental Studies program. He died in Missoula, Montana on April 12, 2016.

Bryce Jordan (91) former Penn State University president. The Bryce Jordan Center arena on the State College campus is named for Jordan, who was president of the university from 1983–90. During his tenure, he was credited with having launched a fund-raising campaign that raised hundreds of millions of dollars, strengthened recruitment of students, faculty, and staff, and helped to support economic development in the commonwealth. He died in Austin, Texas on April 12, 2016.


Harold L. Wood (96) first black member of the legislative body of Westchester County, New York and later first black New York State Supreme Court justice in the county. A Republican lawyer, Wood was elected to the county’s 45-member Board of Supervisors in 1958, representing Mount Vernon, a city of about 75,000. He died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 14, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Doug Banks (57) nationally syndicated radio host, a longtime fixture in Chicago radio and TV. Besides working for WVAZ-FM, Banks appeared for more than 10 years on the news feature show 190 North on WLS-TV, an ABC affiliate in Chicago. He died in Florida of complications from diabetes, on April 11, 2016.

Gene Cryer (80) former editor of what is now the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Cryer came to what was then the Fort Lauderdale News in 1979 from Rockford, Illinois. He became editor of two newspapers—the News and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel— when both merged in 1982. The combined newspaper, owned by the Tribune Co., grew quickly and expanded to open bureaus in Washington, Atlanta, Miami, and West Palm Beach. Cryer died of a stroke in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 16, 2016.

Rod Daniel (73) movie director known for light comedy films such as Michael J. Fox’s Teen Wolf. Daniel began his Hollywood career in TV, where he produced and directed several episodes of the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. He later directed episodes of several TV series, including Newhart, Caroline in the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Magnum, PI. Besides Teen Wolf, Daniel directed The Super starring Joe Pesci, the Kirk Cameron-Dudley Moore body-swap comedy Like Father Like Son, Beethoven’s 2nd, and the made-for-TV Home Alone 4. He retired from filmmaking in 2003. Daniel died in Chicago, Illinois on April 16, 2016.

David Gest (62) music producer, reality TV star, and former husband of Liza Minnelli. Gest worked as a music promoter and TV producer and was introduced to Minnelli by Michael Jackson when he produced the King of Pop’s 30th anniversary tribute concert for TV in 2001. The couple married in 2002 at a celebrity-studded ceremony with Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honor. They separated with headline-grabbing acrimony in 2003. Gest was found dead at the Four Seasons Hotel in London’s Canary Wharf on April 12, 2016.

Anne Jackson (90) half of one of America’s best-known acting couples, sharing much of a long and distinguished career with her husband, Eli Wallach (d. 2014). If not quite on the same level of stardom as Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne or Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Jackson and Wallach came close. From the early ‘50s to 2000, when they starred off-Broadway in Anne Meara’s comedy Down the Garden Paths, they captivated audiences with their onstage synergy, displaying the affections and battles of two old pros who knew both how to love and how to fight. Jackson carved out an impressive stage career of her own. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as the daughter of a manufacturer, played by Edward G. Robinson, in Paddy Chayefsky’s Middle of the Night (1956), but was best known for her work with Wallach. They appeared together 13 times on Broadway, seven times off-Broadway, and occasionally in movies and on TV. Anne Jackson died in New York City on April 12, 2016.

Balls Mahoney (44) pro wrestler. Mahoney (born Jonathan Rechner) became famous as a wrestler for Extreme Championship Wrestling, taking part in several pay-per-view events and becoming best known for using a steel chair as a weapon. He was a tag-team specialist and won the ECW tag titles three times with different partners. After ECW folded, Mahoney moved on to World Wide Entertainment when it tried to revive the ECW brand. He last wrestled for WWE in 2008. Mahoney died in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, one day after his 44th birthday, on April 12, 2016.

Phil Sayer (62) voice actor whose warning to “mind the gap” is heard every day on the London Underground. Sayer worked as a radio presenter for the BBC in northwest England before moving into voiceover work. His reminder to travelers to mind the gap between the train and the platform is used on several London subway lines. Other announcers have also recorded the message, but Sayer's version is one of the most widely used. His voice is also heard on trains and at railway stations around Britain, often apologizing for cancellations and delays. He died of cancer in Bolton, England on April 14, 2016.

Jeremy Steig (73) jazz flutist and leader of one of the first jazz-rock bands. Steig was the son of William Steig, New Yorker cartoonist and writer of popular children’s books including Shrek. The band Jeremy Steig assembled in 1966 evolved into Jeremy & the Satyrs, which incorporated jazz ideas into a rock context. It was a new approach but not a unique one: jazz musicians like vibraphonist Gary Burton and rock groups like Blood, Sweat & Tears were working along similar lines. Jeremy Steig died of cancer in Yokohama, Japan on April 13, 2016.

Sir Arnold Wesker (83) British playwright who drew on his heritage as a working-class Jew to create plays that captured the dialogue and struggles of the common man. Wesker, who wrote more than 40 plays that were translated into 18 languages, first gained prominence with a trilogy about the lives of Jewish Socialist intellectuals: Chicken Soup with Barley (1958), Roots (1959), and I’m Talking About Jerusalem (1960). He was known, together with writers including John Osborne and Brendan Behan, as one of the “angry young men” of the British stage in the ‘50s. Knighted in 2006, he died of Parkinson's disease in Brighton, England on April 12, 2016.

Politics and Military

Hector A. Cafferata (86) former US Marine private who received his nation’s highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for single-handedly holding off an enemy regiment during the Korean War and safeguarding his comrades from a live grenade until he was felled by a sniper’s bullet. In subzero weather before dawn on November 28, 1950, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, the Chinese staged an assault at Toktong Pass that caught the Americans by surprise. Then a 21-year-old private first class and armed with grenades and a rifle, Cafferata forced the enemy to retreat. His commanding officer credited him with killing as many as 100 Communist Chinese troops but reduced the number in the medal recommendation to 15 because he feared the actual count would not seem credible. Cafferata died in Venice, Florida on April 12, 2016.

Gianroberto Casaleggio (61) considered the ideological brains and technical guru behind Italy’s antiestablishment 5-Star Movement. Comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo founded the party along with Casaleggio to shake up Italy’s political establishment and saw it become the main opposition force in the country. Casaleggio suffered a brain edema in 2014. He died in Milan, Italy on April 12, 2016.

John Edwards (90) US Army veteran of three wars who became a staunch supporter of veterans' organizations and New York state's military heritage. Edwards served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was shot down on his 24th mission over Germany and was a prisoner of war before being liberated in May 1945. He also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired from the Army as a colonel in 1972. Edwards was involved with several veterans' organizations and founded a volunteer group that supports the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. He died in Niskayuna, New York on April 11, 2016.

Jon Hansen (65) assistant Oklahoma City fire chief who served as spokesman for the department after the 1995 bombing of the city's federal building. Hansen became one of the chief spokesmen in the city in the aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people. He later wrote a book about his experiences during that time. Hansen retired in 1999 after nearly 26 years with the fire department and most recently was executive director of the Council on Firefighter Training. He died of cancer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 15, 2016.

Frederick Mayer (94) German Jew who fled Nazi Germany for Brooklyn as a teenager in 1938, only to parachute back into Nazi-controlled Austria in '45 as an American spy on a secret mission. As leader of an elite operation code-named Greenup, Mayer dropped behind enemy lines in February 1945 and posed as a German soldier for more than two months in the Tyrol region of western Austria, gathering critical intelligence on Nazi troop movements as Germany teetered toward defeat. He died in Charles Town, West Virginia on April 15, 2016.

Ray Thornton (87) former US congressman (D.-Ark.) who helped to draft articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon, led two state universities, and served on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Thornton died in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 13, 2016.

Carlo Vogel (61) former Missouri state senator, a local Coca-Cola Bottling Co. president who served for 20 years in the Missouri Legislature. From Jefferson City, Vogel first was elected to the Missouri House in 1990. He won election to the State Senate in 2002 and served until term limits ended his legislative career in ’11. He became president of the family's Coca-Cola bottling company in 1983 and frequently served and displayed Coca-Cola products at his legislative office. He also was a past chairman of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce. Vogel died of pancreatic cancer in St. Louis, Missouri on April 14, 2016.


Paul Carey (88) radio broadcaster whose accounts of Detroit Tigers games captivated sports fans for nearly 20 years. Carey was Ernie Harrell’s (d. 2010) radio broadcast partner from 1973–91 and was behind the microphone during the Tigers’ '84 World Series championship season. His voice was authoritative and deep. During Tigers broadcasts, his shift spanned the middle three innings, with Harwell typically announcing the other six. Carey died in Rochester, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, on April 12, 2016.

Howard Gajan (56) color analyst of New Orleans Saints radio broadcasts and a former Saints player. Gajan played in 45 career games as fullback for the Saints and posted career totals of 252 carries for 1,358 yards (5.4 avg.) with 11 touchdowns and added 63 receptions for 515 yards with two touchdowns, also passing for a 34-yard touchdown in 1984. His yards-per-carry average ranks second all-time in Saints record books. After the 2000 NFL Draft, Gajan took over color analyst duties for WWL, where he handled the station’s coverage of the NFL Draft, off-season and training camp practices, and other club-related programming. He died of cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 11, 2016.

H. B. ('Spec') Richardson (93) former Houston Astros (1967–75) and San Francisco Giants (1976–80) general manager. Richardson was remembered for several major trades. In 1971 he traded Joe Morgan, Denis Menke, Jack Billingham, and Cesar Geronimo to Cincinnati in exchange for a package of players that included first baseman Lee May. Morgan, Billingham, and Geronimo became key players on the Reds’ championship teams. While with the Giants in 1978, the year he was named Major League Baseball's executive of the year, Richardson acquired pitcher Vida Blue from Oakland for seven players and cash. Richardson died in Columbus, Georgia on April 12, 2016.

Ed Snider (83) Philadelphia Flyers founder whose Broad Street Bullies became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. Snider was arguably the most influential executive in Philadelphia sports. He was chairman of the 76ers, was once a part-owner of the Eagles, and had a hand in founding both Comcast's local sports channel and the city's largest sport-talk radio station. Chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectator, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. He died of cancer in Montecito, California on April 11, 2016.

Nera White (80) one of the first female basketball players inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. A pioneer of women's basketball, White was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. Playing in an era decades before Title IX or the dawning of the Women's National Basketball Association, she made her impact on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit. She was selected the most outstanding player in 10 different AAU national tournaments and was named an AAU All-American 15 times. She also led the US team to a title in the 1957 World Basketball Championship and was named most valuable player of that event. She died in Gallatin, Tennessee on April 13, 2016.

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