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Garry Marshall, writer-director of comedy and romanceWendell Anderson, former Minnesota governor and US senatorChief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr., representative of South Dakota's Lakota tribeRadu Beligan, Romanian actorBetsy Bloomingdale, socialite friend of Nancy Reagan and widow of department store heirMarion Campbell, Philadelphia Eagles coachBilly ('Chilly Billy') Cardille, Pittsburgh TV personalityRobert Carswell, lawyer and US Treasury Department officialAnibal Chavez, brother of late Venezuelan president Hugo ChavezTyrek Coger, Oklahoma State basketball forwardJakob Dimitri, Swiss clown and mimeMelvin Durslag, longtime LA sports columnistThorbjorn Falldin, former Swedish prime ministerSam Foltz, University of Nebraska football punterWilliam Gaines, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporterDennis Green, former Minnesota Vikings coachJohn Gruen, cultural critic, composer, photographer, and authorDavid H. Horowitz, Academy Awards publicistDonald R. ('Chunk') Ishman, former chief of Pennsylvania volunteer fire departmentJohn Kerr, author of book on Freud and Jung feudSheilla Lampkin, Arkansas state legislatorVan McLeod, New Hampshire commissioner of cultural resourcesDr. Sherman Mellinkoff, former dean of UCLA School of MedicineBilly Name, photographer who decorated and documented Andy Warhol's 'Silver Factory'Gary S. Paxton, gospel musician who earlier produced 'Alley-Oop' and 'Monster Mash'Matilda Rapaport, Swedish extreme skierThomas Sutherland, Colorado State professor held captive in LebanonMark Takai, first-term US congressman from HawaiiFred Tomlinson, led vocalists on British TV showsZema Williams, Washington Redskins’ superfanErnie Zimmerman, member of Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources

Art and Literature

John Gruen (89) cultural critic known for the breadth of his artistic interests and the candor of his art-world memoir. A former critic for the New York Herald Tribune and New York magazine, Gruen wrote about music, art, dance, and theater. His work also appeared in the New York Times, Dance magazine, ARTnews, Architectural Digest, and elsewhere. A latter-day Renaissance man, he was also a composer of art songs whose music was performed by some of the most renowned singers of the postwar years, a photographer whose work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the author of more than a dozen books, including several authorized biographies. He died in New York City on July 19, 2016.

John Kerr (66) editor, literary muse, confidant for a generation of Freudian scholars, and author of A Most Dangerous Method (1993), the book that became the basis for a play and a movie about the famous feud between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Kerr was a son of New York drama critic Walter Kerr (d. 1996) and magazine writer Jean Kerr (d. 2003), author of Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1957), which inspired a 1960 movie starring Doris Day and a TV series. John Kerr died of lung cancer in Portland, Maine on July 18, 2016.

Billy Name (76) former lover, muse, and court photographer of pop artist Andy Warhol (d. 1987). Born William Linich Jr. in Poughkeepsie, NY, it was Billy Name who decorated Warhol's loft entirely in silver—creating the Silver Factory. His photographs—he took thousands in a high-contrast black-and-white—did more than just capture Warhol’s retinue, his “superstars”: Edie Sedgwick, Brigid Berlin, Gerard Malanga, Mario Montez, Mary Woronov, Ondine, and Bibbe Hansen. They also documented the larger scene around the Factory, including fellow artists like Ray Johnson, Jasper Johns, and John Cage; members of the Velvet Underground; filmmaker Barbara Rubin; and admirers like Bob Dylan and Salvador Dalí. Billy Name left New York in 1970 and spent 10 years in San Francisco before he moved back to Poughkeepsie, New York, where he died of heart failure on July 18, 2016.


Dr. Sherman Mellinkoff (96) physician who took the newly created School of Medicine at UCLA and turned it into a powerhouse of medical research and academics. Mellinkoff took over the school in 1962 when it was just 10 years old and did not yet have its own buildings. He led it for 25 years—a marathon term for a medical school dean. Under his direction it grew from a few dozen students to classes of 1,500 interns, residents, and fellows. Mellinkoff helped to establish multiple organ transplant programs, a comprehensive cancer center, and one of the first federally funded centers for research in positron emission tomography, or PET scans. He died in Westwood, California on July 17, 2016.

Thomas J. Sutherland (85) teacher held captive in Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed in 1991 and returned home to become professor emeritus at Colorado State University. Sutherland was one of several Americans in Lebanon—including Associated Press bureau chief Terry Anderson—who were kidnapped by terrorist groups in the ‘80s. Sutherland was dean of the faculty of Agriculture & Food Science at American University in Beirut when he was taken hostage by Islamic terrorists in 1985. He died in Fort Collins, Colorado on July 22, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Radu Beligan (97) one of Romania's most prolific actors whose career spanned almost 80 years. Beligan had been acting until April when he bowed out of his role as an elderly scientist in a Romanian play, The Immortal, after suffering problems with his voice. One of the best-known actors of the 20th century in Romania, Beligan was beloved by Romanians for his melodious voice, aquiline features, and stern gaze. He starred in 80 plays and acted in 30 films and on numerous TV and radio productions. He was director of the National Theater from 1960–90, and in 2006 his face appeared on a postage stamp. He died in Bucharest, Romania of a heart attack brought on by advanced age, on July 19, 2016.

Bill ('Chilly Billy') Cardille (87) Pittsburgh TV personality nicknamed “Chilly Billy” who hosted late-night Chiller Theater and Studio Wrestling. Cardille began his TV career at WICU in Erie but moved in 1962 to Pittsburgh, where he worked for WIIC, now WPXI, the city’s NBC affiliate. He cocreated and hosted Chiller Theater, which featured campy horror flicks on Saturday nights from September 1963 until January ‘84. He made public appearances and spent 19 years at WJAS-AM as a radio host until August 2014. He was diagnosed with cancer in June and died in McCandless Township, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh, on July 21, 2016.

Jakob Dimitri (80) Swiss clown and mime over nearly 60 years who studied under Marcel Marceau and spread smiles from Broadway to Congo with a traditional style that shunned high-tech theatrics. A man of few words in white-face on stage in a country with four official languages, Dimitri spoke to audiences by combining bumbling humor with acrobatics and skill in a vast repertoire of musical instruments. His was no-frills, old-school clowning that will continue with a theater, school, museum, and troupe known as La Famiglia Dimitri. Jakob Dimitri died in Borgnone, Switzerland, in the southern Ticino region next to Italy, on July 19, 2016.

William Gaines (82) investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune who won two Pulitzer Prizes. Gaines, who spent 38 years at the Tribune, was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for its work that uncovered widespread abuse in federal housing programs in Chicago and shocking conditions at two private Chicago hospitals. Twelve years later Gaines and two other reporters, won a second Pulitzer for detailed reporting on the self-interest and waste that plagued Chicago’s City Council. Gaines, who battled Parkinson’s disease for 15 years, died in Munster, Indiana on July 20, 2016.

David H. Horowitz (86) longtime Oscar publicist who helped to broker public appearances for Bill Clinton. Horowitz was a publicist for various Hollywood celebrities but was known particularly for his Academy Awards campaigns. He worked on behalf of such winning films as Dances with Wolves, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which not only swept the awards but broke new ground as a sci-fi fantasy epic best-picture winner in 2004. Called one of the publicity industry’s top veterans by the Los Angeles Times in 2003, Horowitz excelled at low-key campaigns. He died in Los Angeles, California on July 17, 2016.

Garry Marshall (81) writer-director whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley and the box-office successes Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. Marshall also had an on-screen presence, using his New York accent and gruff delivery in colorful supporting roles that included a practical-minded casino boss unswayed by Albert Brooks’s disastrous luck in Lost in America and a crass network executive in Soapdish. He was the brother of actress-director Penny Marshall, who played Laverne on Laverne & Shirley. Garry Marshall died in Burbank, California of complications from pneumonia after a stroke, on July 19, 2016.

Van McLeod (70) long-serving commissioner of New Hampshire's Department of Cultural Resources. McLeod was commissioner for 24 years after serving as producing director at the North Country Center for the Arts and founding and acting as producing director of First Night Concord. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Hampshire Theatre Awards, and in '08 the state Film Festival created the annual Van McLeod Achievement Award in his honor. McLeod died in Concord, New Hampshire on July 18, 2016.

Gary S. Paxton (77) performer who began his career as a teenager in the singing duo Skip & Flip, produced the hit pop singles “Alley-Oop” and “Monster Mash,” composed hundreds of songs, and ended his career as a Grammy-winning gospel musician who also performed as the masked Grandpa Rock. Paxton’s professional trajectory as a songwriter, record producer, and sometime performer coursed from rock ’n’ roll to contemporary Christian music. He died in Branson, Missouri of complications from heart surgery and liver disease on July 17, 2016.

Fred Tomlinson (88) singer and arranger who led a troupe of vocalists on Monty Python’s Flying Circus and other British TV shows. Tomlinson led the Fred Tomlinson Singers, who sang loudly about topics like canned meat (while wearing horned Viking helmets) in “Spam Song” and lumberjacks, led by one with a penchant for cross-dressing, in “The Lumberjack Song,” which he wrote with Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Tomlinson died on July 17, 2016.

Politics and Military

Wendell Anderson (83) former Democrat governor who won statewide accolades for embodying Minnesota’s strengths on an iconic Time magazine cover. A handsome Olympic silver medalist in hockey, Anderson gave up the office in 1976, resigning so that second-in-command Rudy Perpich could become governor and name him to fill the US Senate seat vacated by newly elected Vice President Walter Mondale. The move was deeply unpopular, and voters ousted Anderson in 1978 in favor of Republican Rudy Boschwitz. Anderson was never elected again, although friends said he longed to return to public life. He died in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 17, 2016.

Robert Carswell (87) US Treasury Department official instrumental in directing the financial negotiations that coaxed Iran into releasing 52 American hostages in 1981. As a Treasury official who served under three presidents, Carswell was also involved in the negotiations that led to federal loan guarantees to New York City during the fiscal crisis of the ‘70s and to the bankrupt Chrysler Corp., which was granted $1.5 billion in 1979 in what was then the biggest government bailout of an American company. He died in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on July 22, 2016.

Anibal Chavez (60) brother of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (d. 2013), founder of that country's current Socialist system. Anibal Chavez was mayor of Sabaneta, the rural town where the family was raised. He had been hospitalized after a sudden illness and died of a stomach ailment in Caracas, Venezuela on July 17, 2016.

Thorbjorn Falldin (90) pipe-smoking sheep farmer who became prime minister in Sweden's first non-Socialist government after World War II. As head of the agrarian party, Falldin led a center-right coalition to power in 1976, ending 40 years of Social Democratic rule. In 1978 the government collapsed amid disputes over nuclear power, which Falldin's party strongly opposed at the time. Falldin was reappointed prime minister after the 1979 election, serving until ‘82, when his government was defeated by Olof Palme's Social Democrats. He died at his farm in northeastern Sweden on July 23, 2016.

Donald R. ('Chunk') Ishman (60) former fire chief of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department in Cyclone, Pennsylvania, of which he had been a member for 43 years. Ishman was named 2006 Firefighter of the Year by the Rotary Club in nearby Bradford, Pa. Although retired, he was still active at the Fire Department and died there in an accident on July 23, 2016.

Sheilla Lampkin (69) three-time Arkansas state representative from Monticello. The Democrat began her career as a teacher and demonstrated a passion for working with special education students, dedicating more than 30 years of service to students. After retiring, Lampkin spent six years as a member of the state House of Representatives, where she was vice chairman of the House Education Committee. She died of cancer in Little Rock, Arkansas just days after announcing she wouldn't seek another term owing to her illness, on July 23, 2016.

Mark Takai (49) first-term Democrat US congressman from Hawaii. Born on Oahu, Takai served in the state House of Representatives for 20 years before he was elected to the US Congress, first winning his statehouse seat at age 27. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard for more than 10 years and was deployed to the Middle East as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In Congress he sat on the Armed Services and Natural Resources committees. Takai was first diagnosed with cancer in October 2015 and initially expressed optimism that he would recover. But in May 2016 he announced he would not seek reelection after he learned the cancer had spread. He died of pancreatic cancer in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 20, 2016.

Ernie Zimmerman (54) member of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources. Zimmerman served on the CMR for nearly three years and represented nonprofit environmental organizations. He died of cancer in Waveland, Mississippi on July 21, 2016.

Society and Religion

Chief David Beautiful Bald Eagle Jr. (97) longtime representative of South Dakota's Lakota people. Bald Eagle was born in a tepee in 1919, and for decades he was the face of the Lakota people in state tourism promotions. He served in the US Army during World War II and was wounded after parachuting into Normandy during D-Day. He later became a champion Lakota dancer, rodeo cowboy, and chief of the Minicoujou band. He also appeared in movies, including the Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves (1990). Bald Eagle's grandfather was Chief White Bull, a relative of Sitting Bull, who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Chief David Bald Eagle died on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota on July 22, 2016.

Betsy Bloomingdale (93) socialite and fashion leader, widow of department store heir Alfred S. Bloomingdale (d. 1982), and a hostess to royalty, world dignitaries, and show business luminaries. Betsy Bloomingdale was a doyenne of the Social Register whose friendships encompassed presidents and princes, tycoons and leaders of government, entertainment, publishing, and the arts. For decades the couple were friends of the Ronald Reagans. Alfred Bloomingdale was a member of Reagan's “kitchen cabinet,” which helped the movie actor ascend to the governorship of California and ultimately the US Presidency. Betsy Bloomingdale died in Los Angeles, California of complications from a heart condition on July 19, 2016.


Marion ('Swamp Fox') Campbell (87) former Eagles coach who played on Philadelphia's last NFL championship team in 1960. A two-way player and two-time Pro Bowl pick, Campbell played for the Eagles from 1956–61. He spent his first two NFL seasons with San Francisco. Nicknamed “Swamp Fox,” Campbell was defensive coordinator under Dick Vermeil from 1977–82. He was head coach from 1983–85, winning 17 games, and later coached the Falcons from '87–89. He was 34-80-1 overall. Campbell died in Plano, Texas on July 19, 2016.

Tyrek Coger (21) junior college transfer to Oklahoma State. A basketball forward, Coger had just arrived at Oklahoma State earlier this month. In an interview with the Stillwater (Okla.) NewsPress, he spoke of frequent headaches that had plagued him during his high school days. He said he underwent surgery several years ago to drain fluid from around his brain. He died after collapsing following a basketball team workout in Stillwater, Oklahoma on July 21, 2016. On July 22, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office said Coger died from an enlarged heart.

Melvin Durlsag (95) sports columnist who covered the Los Angeles scene for decades beginning in 1939. Working for the LA Examiner and later the LA Times, Durslag covered, in his long career, 10 Olympic Games, 34 World Series, and 25 Super Bowls. In his parting column, in May 1991 after 51 years on the job, he noted, with his usual tongue-in-cheek style, that despite all his years in California, he had yet to attend a Rose Parade or to camp at Yosemite. He died in Santa Monica, California on July 17, 2016.

Sam Foltz (22) University of Nebraska football player. Foltz was raised on a farm near Greeley and, starting in fourth grade, attended Grand Island public schools through his high school graduation. The punter would have been a senior this year for the Huskers. Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car crash near Merton, Wisconsin after working at a kicking clinic, on July 23, 2016.

Dennis Green (67) coach who led a Minnesota Vikings renaissance in the ‘90s before a less successful run with the Arizona Cardinals. Green spent 10 seasons in Minnesota, leading the Vikings to eight playoff appearances and two NFC championship games. He had only one losing season and compiled an overall record of 97-62, including a 15-1 regular season in 1998 spearheaded by a record-setting offense. But Green went 4-8 in the 2000 postseason, one of the reasons he was fired by Minnesota late in the '01 season. He died of a heart attack in Glendale, Arizona on July 21, 2016.

Matilda Rapaport (30) Swedish extreme skier. In 2014 Rapaport survived an avalanche in Haines, Alaska. She loved to get on top of mountains previously considered unskiable and conquer them by descending, usually alone, by the most direct route. In her own words, she “charged down” rather than skied. Her only witnesses were usually photographers or cameramen in helicopters. Rapaport was alone while descending an Andean mountain above the Chilean village of Farellones near Santiago after a snowstorm had cleared. Even beneath her crash helmet, she would have heard the roar of an avalanche, but she may have heard it too late. She was buried for at least half an hour before rescuers dug her out, unconscious. She died in a hospital in Santiago, Chile four days later, on July 18, 2016. The cause was brain damage from oxygen deprivation, said her husband of only three months, Mattias Hargin, a Swedish Alpine World Cup skier and her high school sweetheart.

Zema Williams (75) Washington Redskins’ superfan who attended games for decades in full Native American dress. Williams began attending Redskins games in a head dress in 1978. In 2000 he was recognized for his dedication to the team by being featured in an exhibit in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He died in his sleep in Washington, DC on July 18, 2016.

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