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Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest'Mohamed Abdelaziz, Algerian independence leaderGene Cavallero Jr., last owner of NYC's Colony restaurantHenry Childs, NFL tight end who played in Pro Bowl with New Orleans SaintsJan Crouch, widow of televangelist Paul Crouch and cofounder of TBNWalter Curley, venture capitalist, former NYC official greeter, and US ambassadorVerna Dauterive, LA school district principal and USC donorRoger Enrico, former CEO of PepsiCoLouis B. Garippo, retired judge involved in two sensational Chicago-area murder trialsT. Marshall Hahn Jr., president who transformed Virginia TechRobert Hebert, longtime president of Louisiana's McNeese State UniversityAntonio Imbert Barrera, former Dominican president and generalCharles Kelly, longtime AP photographerRalph Ketner, started Food Lion supermarket chainTom Kibble, British physicistAnatol Kovarsky, 'New Yorker' artist and illustratorWendy Leigh, British celebrity biographerTom Lysiak, hockey All-StarRick MacLeish, leading hockey scorerBoyce F. Martin Jr., federal appellate judgeDr. Dennis McCullough, pioneer of 'slow medicine'Rupert Neudeck, German humanitarianLee Pfund, former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcherBill Richmond, jazz drummer turned comedy writer for Jerry Lewis and othersRon Rosenbaum, Twin Cities attorney and radio hostCol. Thomas E. Schaefer, ranking officer among American hostages held by Iran in 1979–81James Seacrest, Nebraska newspaper publisher and philanthropistArcenio Smiley, Navajo Code TalkerGuido Stempel 3rd, directed Ohio University School of JournalismDave Swarbrick, British folk-rock fiddlerSteve Szkotak, AP editor and reporter in VirginiaJohn Virtue, journalist who taught his craft in Latin AmericaAileen Ward, author of award-winning Keats biographyWilliam Wright, biographer of Lillian Hellman

Art and Literature

Anatol Kovarsky (97) artist and illustrator whose sense of whimsy and the absurd made him a fixture at the New Yorker from the late ‘40s through the ‘60s as both a cartoonist and a cover artist. A master of the wordless visual gag, Kovarsky produced nearly 300 cartoons for the magazine. Some cartoons had captions, others did not; all had a subtle, intellectual twist. Kovarsky died in New York City on June 1, 2016.

Wendy Leigh (65) prolific celebrity biographer. Leigh was known for her books about David Bowie, John F. Kennedy Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Kelly, and other major figures. She died in a fall from her riverside apartment in London, England on May 29, 2016.

Aileen Ward (97) scholar whose biography of Romantic poet John Keats won the National Book Award in 1964. Ward spent nine years researching John Keats: The Making of a Poet, the first major account of his life since the publication of Amy Lowell’s two-volume Keats in 1925. Ward died in Santa Monica, California on May 31, 2016.

William Wright (85) biographer who produced the first full-length life of author Lillian Hellman (d. 1984), written despite her fierce opposition to the project. Wright drew critical praise for his biography Lillian Hellman: The Image, the Woman, a 1986 life of the playwright, screenwriter, memoirist, and left-wing activist who was long celebrated and castigated in equal measure in literary circles. (Mary McCarthy [d. 1989], author of The Group [1963], famously said about Hellman: “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the,’” during a 1979 interview on The Dick Cavett Show.) Wright died in Branford, Connecticut on June 4, 2016.

Business and Science

Gene Cavallero Jr. (92) restaurateur who took over his father’s fabled Manhattan restaurant, the Colony, and maintained it as a gilt-edged gathering place for the social elite and the international jet set. Cavallero teamed up with his father at the Colony in the early ‘50s, sharing the task of indulging a demanding clientele that regarded the restaurant, at the corner of Madison Avenue and 61st Street, as an extension of their living rooms and its owners as their personal concierges. The Colony occupied a lofty perch on New York's dining scene, but Cavallero closed it in 1971 as tastes began to change. He died in Phoenix, Arizona on June 4, 2016.

Walter Curley (93) venture capitalist, American ambassador to Ireland and France, and New York's official greeter under two mayors, John V. Lindsay and Abraham D. Beame. Prominent in Republican fund-raising circles, especially for the presidential campaign of George Bush, Curley also wrote four books, served on numerous boards, and was a trustee of the New York Public Library. From 1960–74 he was a partner in J. H. Whitney & Co., the venture capital investment firm that, he once recalled, helped to introduce Minute Maid frozen orange juice, with a plug on the radio from Bing Crosby, who had invested in the company. Curley died in New York City from a head injury he sustained in a fall, on June 2, 2016.

Roger Enrico (71) former PepsiCo chief executive who helped to lead the soda company during the Cola Wars advertising battle with Coca-Cola in the ‘80s. Enrico was with PepsiCo for more than 30 years and retired in 2001. He was credited with signing pop star Michael Jackson and other celebrities for Pepsi ads and pressuring rival Coca-Cola. In his book, The Other Guy Blinked, Enrico recalled how the company tried to capitalize on Coke's disastrous introduction in 1985 of New Coke, which was supposed to be sweeter than Pepsi. He died while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands, where he had a home, on June 1, 2016.

Ralph Ketner (95) man who helped to turn $50 investments in a North Carolina grocery store into the Food Lion chain with more than 1,100 stores across the Southeast. Ketner successfully gambled that getting bigger sales by lowering prices to where profit margins were razor-thin was the best path to success. In 1957 he opened the Food Town grocery store in Salisbury, NC, with two friends, calling people in the phone book and asking for $50 or $100 investments. About 125 people gave him money, and that one store grew into the Food Lion chain with stores across the Southeast. With stock splits over the years, an investor who originally bought $28 in stock ended up with $1 million. Ketner died in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 29, 2016.

Tom Kibble (83) British physicist whose research was at the root of at least three seminal discoveries that earned others the Nobel Prize. Kibble was long associated with Imperial College London. His research spanned the scales of physics, explaining fundamental interactions among the building blocks of matter and theorizing about the topology of the cosmos. Most notably, Kibble helped to discover the Higgs mechanism, which explains why particles have mass. The discovery helped to lay the foundation for the so-called Standard Model of particle physics, a theory that classifies and describes the interactions of subatomic particles. Kibble died in London, England on June 2, 2016.

Dr. Dennis McCullough (72) pioneer of the “slow medicine” movement, which advocates palliative care over invasive regimens for older patients suffering from the inevitable and irreversible decline of aging. Slow medicine, which is akin to palliative and hospice care, has been increasingly available in nursing homes. McCullough’s involvement in the movement was inspired by a medical ordeal he endured, then reinforced six years later by his mother’s lingering debility before her death, which inspired him to write My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing ‘Slow Medicine,’ the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones (2008). He died of a heart attack in Bar Harbor, Maine on June 3, 2016.


Verna Dauterive (93) University of Southern California donor and longtime Los Angeles Unified School District principal. Dauterive was hired by LA schools in 1943, one of only four black teachers in the district at the time. In 1983 she and her husband, Peter, endowed the first scholarship for minority doctoral students in education at USC, where Verna had completed graduate work. Over time the couple committed a total of $30 million toward scholarship funds, libraries, and other functions there. Verna Dauterive’s 2008 donation in memory of her husband, who died in 2002, was considered one of the largest gifts at the time from a black American to a US college. She died in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 2016.

T. Marshall Hahn Jr. (89) president of Virginia Tech who transformed it from a regional military college with a mostly white, mostly male student body into a diverse, internationally renowned research university. A physicist by training, Hahn assumed the presidency of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, as it was then known, in 1962. In his more than 12 years as president, he created 30 new undergraduate majors, added some 20 graduate programs, and established the colleges of arts and sciences, architecture, and education. He also oversaw the construction of more than two dozen campus buildings. He died outside Blacksburg, Virginia on May 29, 2016.

Robert Hebert (77) retired McNeese State University president. Hebert came to McNeese in 1969 as an associate professor of history. He was vice president of academic affairs from 1980–87 and became the fifth president of McNeese in ’87. He served 23 years as president, retiring in June 2010, and was named President Emeritus by the University of Louisiana System Board of Trustees. At his retirement, he was one of the longest-serving university presidents in the US. Hebert died of a brain hemorrhage while vacationing in Italy with his family, on May 30, 2016.

Guido Stempel 3rd (87) Ohio University professor instrumental in shaping the curriculum of the journalism school and the careers of hundreds of students. Stempel was the son of John E. Stempel, former chairman of the School of Journalism at Indiana University from 1938–68, who died in ’82 at age 78. Guido Stempel joined the Ohio U faculty in 1965 and was director of the School of Journalism for eight years. He also was director of the graduate program and the journalism honors program. He died of cancer in Columbus, Ohio on May 31, 2016.

John Virtue (81) Canadian-born foreign correspondent and longtime journalism teacher throughout Latin America under a Florida International University program. Virtue spent 25 years as director of Florida International’s International Media Center, and under a program sponsored by the US Agency for International Development he held workshops teaching journalists throughout Latin America. He died of bladder cancer in Miami Beach, Florida on June 3, 2016.


Louis B. Garippo (84) former judge involved in the trials of convicted killers John Wayne Gacy and Richard Speck. Garippo presided over the 1980 trial of Gacy, who was convicted of killing 33 men and boys and burying 26 of them around his suburban Chicago home. Garippo also was a supervisor in the Cook County state's attorney's office during Speck's murder trial; Speck was convicted in the 1966 killings of eight student nurses in Chicago. Garippo died in Glenview, Illinois, outside Chicago, on May 31, 2016.

Boyce F. Martin Jr. (80) liberal federal appellate judge whose rulings in two seminal cases—on favoring minority applicants in college admissions and on upholding President Barack Obama’s requirement that Americans buy health insurance—were upheld by the US Supreme Court. Martin died of brain cancer in Louisville, Kentucky on June 1, 2016.

Ron Rosenbaum (68) prominent Twin Cities attorney and local radio host. Rosenbaum was known for his wit and was a regular on The Dan Barreiro Show. The pair also cohosted a local TV show called Enough Said. Rosenbaum hosted the Holding Court radio show from 1998–2006. He and his wife later cohosted a podcast with that title. As an attorney, Rosenbaum worked on several high-profile cases; among them, he represented a former North Stars worker who accused owner Norm Green of harassment. Rosenbaum died of cancer in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 29, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Charles Kelly (84) retired Associated Press photographer who documented more than 30 years of history and captured iconic images of the Civil Rights movement and legends from sports and politics. Kelly covered the Atlanta Braves franchise for 32 years, beginning when the team was the Milwaukee Braves and continuing after it moved to Georgia. He also photographed former presidents Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter and newsmakers such as coaches Vince Lombardi and Paul (“Bear”) Bryant and singer Ray Charles. He also covered 18 Super Bowls, four Kentucky Derbies, and the funerals of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, and author William Faulkner. Kelly died of lung cancer in Atlanta, Georgia on June 3, 2016.

Bill Richmond (94) jazz drummer who became a comedy writer, collaborating with comic Jerry Lewis on the screenplays for The Ladies Man, The Nutty Professor, and a half-dozen other Lewis films before establishing a successful TV career writing for Carol Burnett and others. Richmond died in Calabasas, California on June 4, 2016.

James Seacrest (78) longtime Nebraska newspaper publisher and Lincoln philanthropist. Seacrest was active in the newspaper industry for 40 years and was president and chairman of Western Nebraska Publishing Co. in North Platte from 1968–2000. The company published daily, weekly, and shopper newspapers in western Nebraska. Seacrest and his wife Rhonda were awarded the Lincoln Community Foundation’s Charity Award in 2014 for their participation in several Lincoln nonprofit organizations, fund-raising efforts, and donations to arts and education programs. In North Platte, Seacrest helped to raise $1.3 million as vice chairman of the Great Plains Regional Medical Center expansion campaign. He died in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 2, 2016.

Dave Swarbrick (75) fiddler who electrified the British folk tradition as a member of the band Fairport Convention. Swarbrick and Fairport Convention were prime movers in trad-rock, which connected the ‘60s ferment of folk-rock and psychedelia to a deep British heritage of storytelling ballads and dance tunes. Swarbrick also sang, wrote songs, and played viola, mandolin, mandola, and guitar. He died of emphysema on June 3, 2016.

Steven Szkotak (65) Associated Press journalist who covered the environment and a host of other issues. Szkotak worked as an editor and reporter at the AP bureau in Richmond for 14 years, putting a human face on stories about Civil War buffs, criminals and crime victims, public figures, and regular folks. He died of cancer in Richmond, Virginia on May 31, 2016.

Politics and Military

Mohamed Abdelaziz (68) head and cofounder of the Polisario Front independence movement in the Western Sahara for 40 years. Abdelaziz’s group is based in Tindouf, in southern Algeria. His death came at a time of growing tensions over the fate of the Western Sahara. The Polisario Front has fought for 40 years for independence for the mineral-rich territory on Africa’s Atlantic coast, which was annexed by Morocco after Spain withdrew in 1975. Morocco now considers the territory its “southern provinces” and has pumped funds into the area’s development over the years. Abdelaziz died of lung cancer on May 31, 2016.

Antonio Imbert Barrera (95) former Dominican president and general, last survivor of a group that toppled a brutal dictator. Imbert was a top government official during the reign of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, but he and 10 other men plotted Trujillo’s assassination in 1961 and helped to end 31 years of bloody dictatorship. Only Imbert and Luis Amiama Tio (d. 1980) survived the persecution that ensued. Imbert was declared a national hero after Trujillo was killed, and in 1963 he participated in a US-backed coup against President Juan Bosch. He formed part of a military junta established after the coup and helped to fight off a 1965 insurrection to reestablish Bosch that sparked a US invasion. Imbert died in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on May 31, 2016.

Col. Thomas E. Schaefer (85) retired US Air Force colonel, ranking military officer among the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days before being released in 1981. Schaefer was a military attaché at the US embassy in Tehran when militants seized the compound on November 4, 1979, and 66 people were taken hostage. From the first day of the takeover, Schaefer was singled out for special attention. As ranking US military officer at the embassy, he was accused of running a “nest of spies.” His captors paraded him blindfolded in front of TV cameras and threatened repeatedly to put him on trial and execute him. Schaefer spent 150 days in solitary confinement and began his captivity enduring 14 days of relentless interrogation in a freezing prison cell with damp floors and only a thin blanket. He died of congestive heart failure in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 31, 2016.

Arcenio Smiley (90) Navajo Code Talker. Smiley was born in New Mexico and served in the US Marine Corps from 1944–46, helping to use the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II. He earned the marksman level qualification with the rifle in March 1944 and received the Congressional Silver Medal for his service as a Navajo Code Talker, then worked for the Navajo Service Warehouse (1949–51), the Gallup Navajo Clinic (1951–53), and the Gallup Indian Medical Center’s Office of Environmental Health, from which he retired after 30 years of service in 1981. He died in Phoenix, Arizona on June 1, 2016.

Society and Religion

Jan Crouch (78) televangelist who cofounded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband, Paul Crouch (d. 2013), in 1973. Jan Crouch was instantly recognizable for her voluminous blonde hair, warm smile, and long eyelashes. TBN, whose rogramming is now carried by over 5,000 TV stations, bills itself as the world's largest Christian TV network. In 2012 the New York Times chronicled the lavish living of the Crouches with ministry money. Their lifestyle included multiple homes, corporate jets, and thousand-dollar dinners. Jan Crouch suffered a stroke last week in the Orlando, Florida area, where TBN owns the Holy Land Experience theme park, and died days later, on May 31, 2016.

Rupert Neudeck (77) cofounder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur, which helped to rescue more than 10,000 Vietnamese “boat people.” Neudeck was a former journalist who founded the Cologne-based organization with his wife Christel in 1979 in response to the Vietnamese refugee crisis. Later Cap Anamur expanded to provide humanitarian aid globally, focusing on medical care and education. In 2004 it clashed with the Italian government when it tried to dock in the country after rescuing 37 Africans from the Mediterranean. It eventually landed in Sicily after a three-week standoff, but the boat was immediately seized and most of the refugees were deported. Neudeck died in Germany on May 31, 2016.


Muhammad Ali (74) three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who was fast of fist, foot, and lip. Ali promised to shake up the world and did. He floated, stung, but mostly thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest, and so he told the world. He fought in three different decades, finished with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts, and was the first man to win heavyweight titles three times. He whipped Sonny Liston twice, toppled George Foreman with the rope-a-dope in Zaire, and nearly fought to the death with Joe Frazier in the Philippines. His fights were so memorable that they had titles—”Rumble in the Jungle” and “Thrilla in Manila.” But it was as much his antics—and his mouth—outside the ring that transformed the man born Cassius Clay into a household name as Muhammad Ali. With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to “whup” opponents, Ali dominated sports for 20 years before time and Parkinson’s disease, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his body, muted his voice, and ended his storied career in 1981. He was hospitalized with respiratory problems and died in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 3, 2016.

Henry Childs (65) former NFL tight end, a Pro Bowl player with the New Orleans Saints who also had stints with Atlanta, the Los Angeles Rams, and Green Bay. Childs was remembered as one of the top tight ends in Saints history. He played seven seasons with New Orleans and was selected for the Pro Bowl after the 1979 season, when he led NFL tight ends with 846 yards receiving on 51 catches, including five touchdowns. Drafted by Atlanta out of Kansas State in 1974, Childs was acquired by New Orleans as a rookie and played for the Rams in '81 and the Packers in ’84. He died in his native Thomasville, Georgia on June 3, 2016.

Tom Lysiak (63) former National Hockey League All-Star. Lysiak played 13 NHL seasons with the Atlanta Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks, putting up 292 goals and 551 assists in 919 career games. Lysiak made the All-Star Game in 1975–77. He died of leukemia in Atlanta, Georgia on May 30, 2016.

Rick MacLeish (66) hockey player who starred for the Broad Street Bullies teams of the Philadelphia Flyers that won the Stanley Cup in 1974–75. MacLeish was the leading scorer in the playoffs when the Flyers won back-to-back titles and scored the Cup winner against the Boston Bruins in 1974. He had 349 goals and 410 assists for 759 points in 846 National Hockey League games over 14 seasons for the Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, and Detroit Red Wings, with 22 points in the 1974 playoffs and 20 in ‘75. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 30, 2016.

Lee Pfund (96) former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher. Pfund was the father of former Los Angeles Lakers coach and Miami Heat general manager Randy Pfund. Lee Pfund was with the Dodgers for only part of the 1945 season, making 15 appearances. He was 3-2 with a 5.20 earned run average, and the Dodgers won eight of the 10 games he started. His final appearance for Brooklyn was on July 5, 1945, his season cut short by a knee injury. Pfund later became baseball and basketball coach at Wheaton College in his native Illinois. Wheaton’s baseball stadium is named in his honor, and his basketball team there won the 1957 NCAA Collegiate Division national championship. He died in Carol Stream, Illinois on June 2, 2016.

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