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Hector Babenco, Oscar-nominated director of 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'Qandeel Baloch, Pakistani fashion modelJohn Brademas, former US congressman and NYU presidentBonnie Brown, part of country sibling trio, The BrownsEdmond L. Browning, former US Episcopal bishopKarl Case, Wellesley economics professor who cocreated model for tracking home valuesRobert E. Cooper Sr., former Tennessee Supreme Court chief justiceMichael Crawford, 'New Yorker' cartoonistGarry Neil Drummond, chairman and CEO of his family-owned coal companyMichael Elliott, journalist turned humanitarianPeter Esterhazy, Hungarian authorRobert Fano, computer engineerMickey Furfari, West Virginia sportswriterRat. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray, retired Episcopal bishop of MississippiGoran Hadzic, leader of rebel Serbs in CroatiaPeter Johnson, Australian rugby playerDr. Alfred G. Knudson Jr. oncologist who hypothesized ground-breaking cancer theoryDavid Margolis, US federal prosecutorJim Metzen, former Minnesota state senatorRobert Morgan, former US senator and North Carolina state legislatorDr. Nathan Narboni, Texas physician and pilotWilliam Powell, author of 'Anarchist Cookbook'Bernardo Provenzano, convicted Italian Mafia bossAntonin Ruekl, Czech astronomerSharon Runner, former California legislatorSusan Scann, Nevada state court judgeWillie Seaberry, owner of Po' Monkey's Lounge in MississippiCarolyn See, southern California novelist and criticGregg Smith, choral conductor and composerDemontez Stitt, Clemson point guardNate Thurmond, Golden State Warriors centerAlan Vega, punk pioneer of SuicideClaude Williamson, jazz pianist who fused East Coast bebop with cool West Coast jazz

Art and Literature

Michael Crawford (70) cartoonist whose works salted the pages of the New Yorker with mischievous observations of ballplayers, lovers, the art world, and the city life of people who probably read the New Yorker. Crawford sold more than 600 cartoons and drawings to the magazine after William Shawn, editor at the time, bought the first one in 1981. Like many cartoonists of a nonpolitical stripe, Crawford was something of a sociologist—a student of habits and trends, memes and fashions, and the purposes and cross-purposes of human interaction, most of which he exploited for gentle ridicule or defiant amusement. His rendering of a Swiss Army knife had all its blades extended, but they were all corkscrews; the drawing was labeled “French Army Knife.” Crawford died of cancer in Kingston, New York on July 12, 2016.

Peter Esterhazy (66) one of Hungary's most renowned contemporary authors. Esterhazy's most famous book was Celestial Harmonies (2000), a part-autobiographical account of the history of his family with aristocratic roots. While often in the middle of some of the key events and eras of European and Hungarian history, the book is nonetheless a mostly mosaiclike account of their long decline. Born in Budapest in 1950, Esterhazy earned a mathematics degree in 1974 before becoming a writer. He was very popular in Germany and won the Kossuth Prize, Hungary's highest cultural distinction, in 1996. Esterhazy, who announced in 2015 that he had pancreatic cancer, died in Budapest, Hungary on July 14, 2016.

Carolyn See (82) author, teacher, and colorful woman of letters whose humor and survivor's wisdom spiced her novels about the disaster-prone fantasyland that was her California. Awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize’s Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement in 1993, See was long established as a leading literary figure of southern California. She wrote more than a dozen books, including Golden Days (1986), and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She taught creative writing at UCLA, was a regular book critic at the LA Times and the Washington Post, served on the board of PEN Center USA West, and was the mother of best-selling novelist Lisa See (Snow Flower & the Secret Fan [2005]). Carolyn See died of cancer in Santa Monica, California on July 13, 2016.

Business and Science

Garry Neil Drummond (78) chairman and chief executive of the Birmingham-based Drummond Co. Inc. Drummond's father began Drummond Coal in Sipsey in 1935, and Garry Drummond began working in the mines in Walker County at age 15. He was named CEO in 1973 and had held the position ever since. Today family-owned Drummond has coal mines in Alabama and South America. It operates ABC Coke and a real estate division with developments in Alabama, California, and Florida. Drummond also was a longtime trustee of the University of Alabama. He died in Birmingham, Alabama on July 13, 2016.

Robert Fano (98) electrical engineer instrumental in creating instantly responsive computers. As a pioneering computer designer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fano made fundamental theoretical advances, both in the ways computers handled information and in the design of interactive software that made it possible for the machines to support many simultaneous users. Building on the idea of shared computing proposed in 1961 by John McCarthy, an artificial intelligence researcher, Fano collaborated with another electrical engineer, Fernando J. Corbato, to develop the first time-sharing computer operating system, known as Compatible Time-Sharing System, or CTSS, to run on an IBM computer. He died in Naples, Florida on July 13, 2016.

Dr. Alfred G. Knudson Jr. (93) scientist and oncologist renowned for a groundbreaking theory of how cancer develops. Knutson was renowned for his two-hit hypothesis, published in 1971 and based on his studies of children with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eye. He suggested that people with hereditary cancers inherit one copy of a damaged gene, the first hit, but develop cancer only if they develop a second hit, the loss of the good copy in a gene pair. By contrast, people who develop nonhereditary forms of cancer must get both hits, meaning such cancers often occur later in life. Knudson also predicted the presence of genes in the cell that could function to stop abnormal cell growths, now called tumor suppressor genes. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 10, 2016.

Antonin Ruekl (83) Czech astronomer, cartographer, and author of books on astronomy who was director of the Prague Planetarium for many years. Ruekl was a devoted popularizer of astronomy and was well known for his popular astronomy books, which have been translated into many languages. An expert in selenography, the science of mapping the moon, he published top books on the subject, including Atlas of the Moon. Among his other internationally known books are A Guide to the Stars, Constellations & Planets, and Constellation Guidebook. He also was vice president of the International Planetarium Directors Conference from 1996 until his retirement in ’99. A minor planet (15395) was named after him in 2000. Ruekl died in Prague, Czech Republic, on July 11, 2016.

Willie Seaberry (75) owner of Po’ Monkey’s juke joint in Bolivar County, Mississippi. Po’ Monkey’s is located just west of the town of Merigold. The lounge, which opened in 1963, got its name from Seaberry’s nickname, Po’ Monkey. Seaberry was found dead in his back bedroom at the lounge, two days after apparently suffering a heart attack in Merigold, Mississippi on July 12, 2016.


John Brademas (89) longtime Indiana congressman and former president of New York University. Brademas was a Democrat and served 11 terms in Congress. He rose to majority whip, the No. 3 position in the US House, before losing his seat in the 1980 Republican landslide when Ronald Reagan was elected to his first term as president. Less than two months after leaving office, Brademas became NYU’s 13th president. He held the position from 1981–92, leading NYU from a regional school to a research university with a global reputation. He died in New York City on July 11, 2016.

Karl Case (69) economics professor at Wellesley College who helped to revolutionize how home prices are tracked by real estate professionals and home buyers alike. While the daily ups and downs of prices for stocks and bonds have long been easy to obtain and analyze, the housing market was a lot less transparent when Case teamed up in the ‘80s with a Yale economist, Robert Shiller, to develop an economic model, the Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, to track home values. The two collected information like the price of the same property over time as it changed hands and tweaked the data to account for reliability and other quirks. That created what has become the benchmark for gauging the value of the single biggest investment most Americans own: their home. Case suffered from Parkinson’s disease and multiple myeloma and died in Wellesley, Massachusetts on July 15, 2016.

William Powell (67) author, as an angry youth in 1971, of The Anarchist Cookbook, a manifesto of the essentials of do-it-yourself warfare believed to have been used as a source in heinous acts of violence, most notably the killings of 12 students and one teacher in 1999 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The book, still in print, apparently has had an influence on several notorious criminals. One was Zvonko Busic, a Croatian nationalist who hijacked a TWA flight in 1976 while carrying phony bombs after leaving a real one at Grand Central Terminal that killed a police officer who tried to deactivate it. Others included Thomas Spinks, part of a group that bombed abortion clinics in the ‘80s; Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995; Eric Harris, one of the Columbine attackers; and Jared Loughner, who killed six people during his attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona in 2011. Powell, who became a teacher and later renounced the book, died of a heart attack while vacationing with his family near Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 11, 2016.


Robert E. Cooper Sr. (95) former Tennessee Supreme Court chief justice (1974–90), including two terms as chief justice. During Cooper's tenure, the court made many important changes, including the creation of the Board of Professional Responsibility to investigate and discipline lawyers and the adoption of a more uniform Code of Judicial Conduct. Cooper was the father of former Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. The elder Cooper died in Signal Mountain, Tennessee on July 10, 2016.

David Margolis (76) prosecutor who in more than 50 years at the US Justice Department helped it to navigate through some of its most difficult chapters. Margolis started in 1965 as a federal prosecutor in the Johnson administration and rose to become the department’s top career official as a consultant and disciplinarian for both Democrat and Republican attorneys general in nine presidential administrations. He continued working as associate deputy attorney general until his death from heart-related illness in Falls Church, Virginia on July 12, 2016.

Bernardo Provenzano (83) convicted Cosa Nostra “boss of bosses” who reputedly led the Mafia’s powerful Corleone clan. The reputed Cosa Nostra “capo dei capi” (top boss) was arrested in 2006 after 43 years as a fugitive. Provenzano had been convicted in absentia of ordering or carrying out multiple murders. In recent years he had been held under strict security measures at a Milan hospital. His lawyer, Rosalba Di Gregorio, had cited Provenzano’s increasing physical frailty and mental infirmity in several failed attempts to persuade anti-Mafia prosecutors to ease the rigid prison conditions intended to prevent mobsters from wielding power from behind bars. Provenzano died in Milan, Italy 10 years after his capture in Sicily following decades of hiding in the countryside, on July 13, 2016.

Susan Scann (70) Nevada state court judge in Las Vegas. Clark County District Court Judge Scann was elected to the court in 2010 after a 34-year career practicing civil law and 30 years as an alternate Las Vegas Municipal Court judge. She was a founding member of the Pro Bono Committee of the Clark County Bar who worked to get legal representation for those who couldn’t afford it. She died of pancreatic cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 16, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Hector Babenco (70) Argentine-born Brazilian director nominated for an Oscar for his 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman, also nominated for best picture. William Hurt won the Best Actor Oscar for that film. Babenco also directed Ironweed with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, both nominated for best actor and actress Oscars. His last film was My Hindu Friend starring Willem Dafoe. It tells the story of a film director close to death. Babenco died of a heart attack in São Paulo, Brazil on July 13, 2016.

Qandeel Baloch (26) Pakistani fashion model who stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a Muslim cleric on social media. Baloch was little known until recently, when she offended many conservatives by posting pictures of herself with Mufti Qavi, a prominent cleric. She said the two of them enjoyed soft drinks and cigarettes together during the daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan, when practicing Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. The pictures and allegations caused a scandal in conservative Pakistan, and the government removed Qavi from the official moon-sighting committee that determines when Ramadan starts and ends in accordance with the Islamic lunar calendar. Baloch’s parents told police that one of her six brothers strangled her to death as she slept in the family’s home in Multan, Pakistan on July 16, 2016. Hundreds of Pakistani women are murdered by family members each year in so-called honor killings, seen as punishment for violating conservative norms.

Bonnie Brown (77) one of three siblings whose smooth harmonies as The Browns influenced generations of singers. With older siblings Jim Ed Brown and Maxine Brown, Bonnie Brown helped to define the Nashville sound of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The group disbanded in 1968 as Jim Ed and Maxine pursued solo careers. All three reunited in the ‘80s and again in 2006 for a PBS special, Country Pop Legends. They were inducted in 2015 into the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum after Jim Ed’s death earlier that year. Bonnie Brown died of lung cancer in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 16, 2016.

Michael Elliott (65) journalist who held management positions at the world’s three major English-language newsweeklies before turning full-time humanitarian. Elliott was president and chief executive of the One Campaign, the advocacy group cofounded by rock star Bono to combat extreme poverty and preventable disease, from 2011 until he retired this year. Previously Elliott had been editor of Time International and Newsweek International, and Washington bureau chief and political editor of The Economist. He died of bladder cancer in Washington, DC on July 14, 2016.

Gregg Smith (84) choral conductor and composer whose ensemble, the Gregg Smith Singers, established new standards for professional choral singing and championed the work of contemporary American composers in performance and on recordings. Smith founded the Gregg Smith Singers in 1955, when he was still a graduate student of music at the University of California/Los Angeles, and led it for more than 50 years, maintaining its reputation as one of the finest and most adventurous professional choruses in the US and the inspiration for a host of successors. He died of a heart attack in Bronxville, New York on July 12, 2016.

Alan Vega (78) punk pioneer. Vega and Martin Rev teamed in the early ‘70s to form the duo, Suicide. The band never achieved mass popularity but is widely regarded as a forerunner of punk and electronic music. Vega, who had a stroke in 2012, died in his sleep in New York City on July 16, 2016.

Claude Williamson (89) jazz pianist who merged the bebop style of the East with the laid-back sound of the West, securing himself a seat on the cool Los Angeles jazz scene of the ‘50s. Williamson was believed to be the last surviving member of the Lighthouse All-Stars, the house band of the Hermosa Beach jazz club of the same name. The Lighthouse’s fortunes tracked the era of cool jazz, a musical movement inspired by Miles Davis and Gerry Mulligan that flowered in LA and came to be seen as an archetypical West Coast artistic style. LA musicians brought cool tones and an experimental, laid-back style to jazz, and for a while they stole the spotlight from counterparts back East. Williamson fell and broke a hip in 2015 and suffered complications afterward. He died in Sunland, California on July 16, 2016.

Politics and Military

Goran Hadzic (58) former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia. Hadzic was arrested in 2011 and faced war crimes charges for his leadership of a campaign to carve off one-third of Croatia and join it to Serbia. The United Nations war crimes tribunal in the Hague dropped the case against him because of his terminal illness and released him from jail in 2015. Hadzic had pleaded not guilty to involvement in the murder of hundreds of Croats and expulsion of tens of thousands more from their homeland during Croatia’s 1991–95 war when ethnic Serbs rebelled against independence from Serb-led Yugoslavia. Hadzic, who had brain cancer, died in Novi Sad in northern Serbia, on July 12, 2016.

Jim Metzen (72) former Minnesota Senate president. The Democrat state senator represented South St. Paul in the Legislature for more than 40 years and retired in May 2016. Metzen was first elected to the House in 1974 and the Senate in ’86. He was Senate president from 2003–11. Metzen was a former banker who said he tried to form friendships and alliances with both Republicans and Democrats. He had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer since 2015. He died in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 11, 2016.

Robert Morgan (90) former US senator (D-NC, 1975–81) who also served (1955–69) in the North Carolina State Legislature and as state attorney general (1969–74). After losing his reelection bid, Morgan was director of the State Bureau of Investigation until 1992, when he returned to his general law practice. As attorney general he established a consumer protection office and was an advocate for residents before the state Utilities Commission, which sets rates paid by consumers for electric power. He also persuaded the state General Assembly to establish a law enforcement training academy and to adopt standards for officers. In 2000 he became founding president of the state Center for Voter Education, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization. He died in Buies Creek, North Carolina on July 16, 2016.

Dr. Nathan Narboni (92) retired Texas physician and veteran pilot who flew for Israel during its war of independence. Narboni was born to a Jewish family in Algeria. He put his medical studies on hold to become a pilot in the French air force and later was honored for his role as a member of the “Mahal,” a group of volunteers who helped in Israel’s War of Independence from 1947–49. He also served in the US Air Force and later worked as an oncologist in San Antonio for 19 years. Narboni died in San Antonio, Texas on July 16, 2016.

Sharon Runner (62) California state senator who left the Legislature in 2012 after receiving a double lung transplant and in ‘15 made a dramatic return to the Senate. Runner and her husband, George Runner, a member of the state Board of Equalization, were a powerful force in the California GOP. They were the first couple to serve concurrently in the Legislature after Sharon won her husband's Assembly seat in 2002, when he moved up to the Senate. The duo cowrote California's Jessica's Law, approved by voters in 2006 to restrict sex offenders from living near parks, schools, and other places where children congregate. Sharon Runner died of respiratory complications in Lancaster, California on July 14, 2016.

Society and Religion

Edmond L. Browning (87) presiding bishop in the US who welcomed women into the hierarchy of the Episcopal Church, supported a role for gay and lesbian congregants, and lobbied aggressively for civil rights and against the nuclear arms race. When he was elected in 1985 to lead the 2.8-million-member Christian denomination, which broke from the Church of England after the American Revolution, Browning immediately set the tone for his 12-year tenure. He consecrated the church’s first female bishop (Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris of the Diocese of Massachusetts in 1989); brokered a compromise with the worldwide Anglican Communion, based in Britain, that allowed individual dioceses to decide whether to ordain women; and commissioned a report that similarly left it to the discretion of local dioceses to ordain gay Episcopalians. He also opposed apartheid in South Africa, supported legal abortions, and argued against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, maintaining that they had become victims of oppression. Browning died in Dee, Oregon on July 11, 2016.

Rgt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray (89) civil-rights advocate and retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi. As rector of St. Peter’s Church in Oxford in the autumn of 1962, Gray called for calm as violence broke out in response to the court-ordered integration of the University of Mississippi in that city. He died in Jackson, Mississippi on July 15, 2016.


Mickey Furfari (92) sportswriter who covered West Virginia University athletics during a career spanning 70 years. Furfari spent 40 years as sports editor and in other management roles at newspapers in Morgantown. After retiring from full-time work in 1989, his syndicated sports columns continued to appear in papers across the state. The Morgantown native was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the US Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame in ’11. He died in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 11, 2016.

Peter Johnson (79) former Australian rugby hooker who played 42 tests for the Wallabies, including five as captain. Johnson made his Wallabies debut in 1959 and retired in ‘71 after appearing in eight tours. His final test against France marked the first time in his test career that he was replaced because of injury. He also played 215 first-grade matches for Randwick and was named in the Sydney club’s team of the century ahead of two-time World Cup winner Phil Kearns. Johnson died of an apparent heart attack in Sydney, Australia on July 12, 2016.

Demontez Stitt (27) former Clemson point guard. Stitt played with the Tigers from 2007–11 and was the only one in program history to start on four straight NCAA Tournament teams. He averaged 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds as a senior in 2010–11. Lead investigator Eric Wheeler in the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office said in an email to the Associated Press that there was no trauma found on Stitt’s body when he was found dead at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 12, 2016. Foul play was not suspected.

Nate Thurmond (74) Hall of Fame center and longtime Golden State Warrior. In 1996 Thurmond was voted one of the best 50 players in National Basketball Association history and was considered among the most dominating centers in the game. He spent almost 40 years playing and working for the Warriors. He played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Warriors, then worked as a community liaison and broadcast analyst. He held the franchise’s record for rebounds and minutes played and was a seven-time All-Star. The Warriors drafted Thurmond out of Bowling Green with the third overall pick in 1963 and retired his number 42 in ’78. Thurmond died of leukemia in San Francisco, California on July 16, 2016.

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