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Pete Fountain, Dixieland jazz clarinetistChris Amon, New Zealand race driverHelen Delich Bentley, US congresswoman from MarylandPhilip Bialowitz, Polish Jew who escaped Sobibor, Nazi extermination campRandy Budd, husband of injured Ohio womanFranciszek, Cardinal Macharski, former archbishop of Krakow, PolandForbes Carlile, Australian swimming coachGordon T. Danby, coinventor of superconducting magnetic-levitation trainArt Demmas, longtime NFL officialCarol Druga, AP editorJane Eskind, Tennessee Democrat Party activistBernard ('Midget') Farrelly, Australian surfer and surfboard designerScott Folsom, longtime PTSA figure in Los AngelesElio Guaiolino, Manhattan restaurateurSeena Hamilton, founder and director of Easter Bowl junior tennis tournamentLouis Herman, oceanographer who studied dolphinsJames Houghton, director of Off-Broadway theater companyDavid Huddleston, versatile character actorSteve LaTourette, former US congressman from OhioRicci Martin, youngest son of singer Dean MartinPatrice Munsel, operatic sopranoJohnny Nicholson, owner of NYC's Café NicholsonJim Northrup, American Indian writerFrank Palopoli, chemist who developed Clomid, fertility drug for womenSeymour Papert, proponent of computers as tools for learningDr. Ivo Pitanguy, Brazilian plastic surgeonAnne, Queen of RomaniaRobert Rosencrans, first board chairman of C-SPANMaj. Gen. John Rossi, US military leaderAngelika Schrobsdorff, German-Jewish writerEdwin ('Rip') Smith, first tenured black professor at USCElliot Tiber, helped to facilitate staging of Woodstock music festival in 1969Joseph Wilf, cofounder of Garden Homes, among US's largest real estate development firmsAhmed Zewail, Nobel-winning chemist

Art and Literature

Jim Northrup (73) born storyteller who began his writing career by necessity. Sent to a government boarding school as a 6-year-old American Indian boy, Northrup resisted assimilation by regularly exchanging letters with his family on the Minnesota reservation that became his home again. He was a published author, columnist, playwright, poet, performer, and commentator with crossover appeal beyond Indian country, his books winning state and regional awards. Northrup died of cancer in Sawyer, Minnesota on August 1, 2016.

Angelika Schrobsdorff (88) German-Jewish writer whose best-selling works included a book about her mother growing up in Germany, then having to flee when the Nazis came to power. Schrobsdorff was born in Freiburg in 1927 and escaped from Germany to Bulgaria with her mother and sister in ’39. After the war she lived in Munich and Paris, where she was married to Jewish filmmaker Claude Lanzmann for several years. In 1983 Schrobsdorff immigrated to Israel; she moved back to Germany in 2006. Her books were translated into several languages. Schrobsdorff died in Berlin, Germany on July 31, 2016.

Business and Science

Gordon T. Danby (86) physicist who with a colleague, James R. Powell, invented superconducting magnetic-levitation trains in the ‘60s, then spent decades in largely futile efforts to get them built. The idea was for a futuristic train without tracks or an engine, but with strong electromagnets that would keep the cars elevated and propel them, providing a very high-speed and nearly friction-free ride. But despite the pair’s efforts at promotion—speaking at conferences, testifying at hearings, and collaborating on books with titles like The Fight for Maglev—the concept has never caught on widely. Danby died in Stony Brook, New York on August 2, 2016.

Elio Guaitolini (83) restaurateur whose namesake restaurant on the Upper East Side, Elio’s, has served as an informal clubhouse for Manhattan’s social and media elite since opening in 1981. Guaitolini served apprenticeships at two celebrity hot spots, Portofino in Greenwich Village and Elaine’s on the Upper East Side, before striking out on his own in 1977 with Parma, a successful venture that he abandoned when relations with his business partner, John Piscina, became rocky. Then came Elio’s on Second Avenue near 84th Street, created in partnership with Anne Isaak, a former sous-chef at Chez Panisse. The concept was simple: classic Italian dishes served in clubby surroundings, with a come-as-you-are atmosphere that Manhattan’s power players found congenial. Guaitolini died of pneumonia in New York City on July 31, 2016.

Louis Herman (86) oceanographer whose research demonstrated that dolphins could understand and respond to language transmitted by sound and visual signals. Herman's research survived the criminal release of two trained dolphins by disgruntled former employees. Early in his career he made the shift from a behavioral psychologist studying decision-making to an expert in animal language and oceanography. More than 20 years of experiments at his Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu proved that dolphins were as intelligent as chimpanzees, perhaps more advanced. Herman died of bile duct cancer in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 3, 2016.

Johnny Nicholson (99) former antiques dealer and interior designer whose tiny Midtown Manhattan restaurant, the Café Nicholson, was a gathering place for artists and celebrities known as “the New Bohemians” in the ‘50s and ’60s. Nicholson opened the first Café Nicholson in 1948 on 59th Street near Third Avenue. Over the years, at its several locations, the Café Nicholson hosted cartoonist Charles Addams, Marlon Brando, Truman Capote, Marlene Dietrich, and, on one enchanted evening, Gloria Vanderbilt with Frank Sinatra. The cafe appeared in the Woody Allen film Bullets over Broadway (1994), but in 1999 Nicholson closed it. He died in New York City on August 4, 2016.

Frank Palopoli (94) chemist whose team of researchers invented Clomid, the world’s most widely prescribed fertility drug for women. Over nearly 50 years, millions of women have become pregnant because of the relatively inexpensive drug clomiphene citrate, which the William S. Merrell Co. began marketing as Clomid in 1967. The pill that Palopoli and his organic chemistry research team synthesized and patented is now sold generically and under other brand names, including Serophene. Palopoli died of heart failure in Montgomery, Ohio on August 6, 2016.

Dr. Ivo Pitanguy (93) one of the world's top plastic surgeons who helped to make Brazil a popular destination for the rich and famous to get work done. One of Pitanguy’s signature surgeries earned the nickname the “Brazilian butt-lift.” His skills with the scalpel helped to turn beauty-obsessed Brazil into a leading international destination for plastic surgery tourism and one of the countries where the most cosmetic operations are performed. Pitanguy's death came one day after he carried the Olympic flame that later lit the cauldron at the Games' opening ceremony in Rio's Maracana Stadium. Suffering from various health problems, Pitanguy carried the flame while sitting in a wheelchair. He died of a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 6, 2016.

Joseph Wilf (91) Holocaust survivor who, along with his brother Harry, founded one of the nation's largest real estate development firms. Joseph was born in Jaroslaw, Poland. When World War II started, he was deported to a Siberian labor camp with his brother and their parents. All four survived, although the couple's daughter, Bella, died in the Warsaw ghetto. Joseph and his wife immigrated to the US in 1950. In 1954 Joseph and Harry founded Garden Homes, now one of the largest real estate companies in the US and in Israel. Joseph’s sons, Zygi and Mark, are owners of the Minnesota Vikings. Joseph Wilf died in Hillside, New Jersey on August 3, 2016.

Ahmed Zewail (70) Nobel Prize-winning chemist who was a dual US-Egyptian citizen. Zewail was a pioneer in the study of chemical reactions over very short periods of time. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999 in recognition of his research in the field of laser science. He died in Pasadena, California on August 2, 2016.


Scott Folsom (69) free-lance Hollywood producer who never made a big splash in show business but found his true calling as official and unofficial watchdog over the Los Angeles Unified School District. His involvement began more than 20 years ago, soon after his daughter Alana enrolled at Mt. Washington Elementary. Folsom served in just about every capacity possible in the state and local Parent Teacher Student Association. In 2001 the Board of Education appointed him to the Bond Oversight Committee, which oversaw the nation’s largest school-construction program. He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on August 4, 2016.

Seymour Papert (88) educator and mathematician who, well before the advent of the personal computer, foresaw children using computers as instruments for learning and enhancing creativity. Born in South Africa, Papert was one of the leading educational theorists of the last 50 years and a codirector of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In some circles he was considered the world’s foremost expert on how technology can provide new ways for children to learn. Papert died of complications from a series of kidney and bladder infections in Blue Hill, Maine on July 31, 2016.


Edwin ('Rip') Smith (66) first black professor to receive tenure at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. As a high school student, Smith aspired to attend West Point and become the first black general, but a football injury changed his plans. An accomplished scholar whose intellectual curiosity led him from environmental law to international law, while on the USC faculty he was a policy advisor to the US Arms Control & Disarmament Agency and lectured internationally on United Nations-NATO cooperation in peacekeeping. Smith died in Los Angeles, California on August 2, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Carol Druga (50) veteran Associated Press editor, a newsroom mentor with an acerbic wit and a deep affection for Pittsburgh sports. Druga began her AP career in the Indianapolis bureau in 2004 before moving to Atlanta to work on the AP's South Regional Desk in ’08. While there she worked several years as a shift supervisor, juggling countless breaking stories from the Upper Big Branch mine explosion to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She moved to the sports desk in 2015. Druga had been treated for cancer over the past several months and died in Atlanta, Georgia after being sickened by an infection, on August 1, 2016.

Pete Fountain (86) clarinetist whose Dixieland jazz virtuosity and wit endeared him to his native New Orleans and earned him decades of national TV fame. Fountain was well known to TV fans through his appearances on the Lawrence Welk and Johnny Carson shows. In New Orleans he had a club on Bourbon Street for many years. His annual trek through the French Quarter with his “Half-Fast Walking Club” was a raucous New Orleans ritual. Fountain started playing professionally on Bourbon Street in his teens. In his early years he toured nationally with the Dukes of Dixieland and late trumpeter Al Hirt, but his real fame came in 1957 when he joined The Lawrence Welk Show as a headliner. His recording of “Closer Walk” sold more than a half million copies in 1959. Fountain died of heart failure in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 6, 2016.

James Houghton (57) founder and, until recently, artistic director of the Signature Theater Company, one of Off-Broadway’s essential nonprofit theaters and perhaps the US's leading safe house for playwrights. A former actor, Houghton was in his early 30s when he started Signature in 1991 with the idea of presenting annual season-long programs featuring the work of just one playwright. Over the next 25 years, playwrights as famous as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, August Wilson, and John Guare had their careers showcased in multiple productions. Houghton died of stomach cancer in New York City on August 2, 2016.

David Huddleston (85) character actor best known for portraying the title roles in The Big Lebowski and Santa Claus: The Movie. Huddleston portrayed the blustery millionaire whose identity Jeff Bridges' character is mistaken for in the 1998 cult comedy The Big Lebowski, personified a jolly St. Nick alongside Dudley Moore in Santa Claus: The Movie, and played the mayor in Blazing Saddles. Other credits in his 55-year career include guest appearances on such TV series as Gunsmoke, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, and The Wonder Years. He began his career in the theater, acting in national tours of such Broadway musicals as Music Man, Mame, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Huddleston died of advanced heart and kidney disease in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 2, 2016.

Ricci Martin (62) musician, the youngest son of entertainment legend Dean Martin. Ricci Martin became an entertainer himself. In the ‘90s he joined the band Dino, taking the place of his late brother Dean Paul Martin. Ricci later performed a touring tribute show to his father, singing his hits and telling stories. In 2002 he wrote a memoir, That's Amore, about growing up in Beverly Hills, California as a member of the famous family. He died in Utah on August 4, 2016.

Patrice Munsel (91) coloratura soprano who as a teenager became one of the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest stars and later crossed over into TV and musical theater. Munsel was 17 when, in March 1943, she won a Met contract and $1,000 after tying for first place in the eighth annual Metropolitan Auditions of the Air, a precursor to the Met’s National Council Auditions, a program to discover promising young opera singers and nurture their careers. On December 4, at 18, she made her Met debut as the temptress Philine in Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon. Munsel performed a total of 225 times at the Met, excelling as the maid Adele in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and did a star turn on movie screens as Dame Nellie Melba, the 19th-century Australian soprano, in the 1953 biopic Melba. She died in Schroon Lake, New York on August 4, 2016.

Robert Rosencrans (89) first board chairman of C-SPAN who helped to steer the public affairs network through its opening years in the late ‘70s–early ‘80s and worked for the organization for almost 40 years. As then-president of UA-Columbia Cable, Rosencrans and business partner Ken Gunter became the first cable operators to support the idea of Brian Lamb, who envisioned C-SPAN as a public affairs channel. At that time, less than 20 per cent of US homes were wired for cable. Rosencrans wrote a check for $25,000 and convinced other cable industry people to contribute to what proved to be the seed money that helped to create the infrastructure to transmit the first live broadcasts of the US House of Representatives on March 19, 1979 to roughly 3.5 million homes served by 350 cable systems. He died after a recent stroke in Greenwich, Connecticut on August 3, 2016.

Elliot Tiber (81) artist, screenwriter, and designer best known as the businessman who helped to enable the staging of the landmark 1969 Woodstock music festival. Tiber’s Woodstock experience coincided with his coming of age as a gay man. He had been leading a double life, managing his parents' motel in Bethel, New York and heading the town's chamber of commerce, while spending his free time in the gay community in Manhattan. He died of a stroke in Boca Raton, Florida on August 3, 2016.

Politics and Military

Helen Delich Bentley (92) former Maryland congresswoman, an expert on the maritime industry. A Republican, Bentley served in the US House of Representatives from the state's 2nd Congressional District for 10 years from 1985–95. She was known for a tenacious and gruff political style that produced results, especially when it came to her beloved Port of Baltimore, which was named after her in 2006. Bentley died of brain cancer in Timonium, Maryland on August 6, 2016.

Jane Eskind (83) first woman to win a statewide election in Tennessee and a longtime Democrat Party activist. Eskind's landmark victory came when she was elected to the Public Service Commission in 1980. In 1978 she was the Democrat nominee for the US Senate but lost to Howard Baker Jr. in the general election. She also lost races for governor and Congress. In 1994 Eskind became the first woman to chair the Tennessee Democrat Party. She died in Nashville, Tennessee on August 4, 2016.

Steve LaTourette (62) former US congressman (R-Ohio) who served nine terms in the House of Representatives before retiring out of frustration with partisan gridlock. LaTourette was elected to Congress during the GOP wave in 1994 when the party seized control of the House after decades in the minority. He represented northeast Ohio's 19th, then the 14th Congressional District from 1995–2013. He died of pancreatic cancer in McLean, Virginia on August 3, 2016.

Maj. Gen. John Rossi (55) two-star general, a respected leader who had served 33 years in uniform. Rossi had just moved onto Redstone Arsenal, a military base in Alabama, and was scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant general and assume command of Army Space & Missile Defense Command. He was found dead at his home in what has been ruled a suicide, on July 31, 2016.

Society and Religion

Philip Bialowitz (90) Polish Jew who escaped Sobibor, a secret Nazi extermination camp, in a prisoner uprising and bore witness to the horrors of the Holocaust in a memoir and in courtroom testimony. Bialowitz had spent much of the past 18 months in a hospital after being hit by a car. He died of congestive heart failure in Delray Beach, Florida on August 6, 2016.

Randy Budd (55) husband of an Ohio schoolteacher critically injured when a rock was dropped on her car from a highway overpass. Sharon Budd suffered catastrophic head injuries when a 5-pound rock dropped from an overpass crashed through the windshield of her family's moving car on Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania in July 2014. Four young men were convicted and sentenced to prison in a case that attracted national attention. Randy Budd became an advocate for requiring fencing on overpasses. Earlier this year, the Budd family helped to push through new rules in Ohio requiring any new or rebuilt bridges over most busy highways to be topped with chain-link fencing to deter vandals. Randy Budd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at his Uniontown, Ohio home on August 6, 2016.

Franciszek, Cardinal Macharski (89) Polish prelate who served for many years as archbishop of Krakow, inheriting the position opened by the election of Pope John Paul II. Macharski held one of the top positions in Poland's Catholic church in an era when the church played a leading role in opposing the Communist system—action that helped to undermine the regime's authority in the eyes of many Poles. He was appointed Krakow archbishop in 1978 by John Paul, who had held the position himself until he was elected pope earlier that year. Macharski was archbishop until 2005, retiring two months after John Paul died after a 27-year pontificate. Macharski died in Krakow, Poland on August 2, 2016.

Anne, Queen of Romania (92) wife of Romania’s last monarch, King Michael, who spent most of his life in exile. Born Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma in Paris in 1923, Anne met Michael in November ‘47 when both were in London for the wedding of future Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Mountbatten. Michael returned to Romania and was forced to abdicate by the Communists on December 30, 1947, then went into exile. The couple were married in an Orthodox ceremony in Athens in 1948 after Pope Pius XII refused to give Anne, who was half French and half Danish, dispensation to marry a non-Catholic. Michael returned to Romania after the fall of communism, and Anne’s first visit was in 1992. She died in Morges, Switzerland on August 1, 2016.


Chris Amon (73) New Zealand motor racing driver considered one of the best Formula One drivers of his generation. Amon competed in Formula One between 1963–76, starting 95 races, taking five pole positions, and finishing on the podium 11 times without winning. He refuted the “unlucky” tag that was attached to his career, saying he was lucky to have survived in one of motor racing’s most dangerous eras. He died of cancer in Rotorue, New Zealand on August 3, 2016.

Forbes Carlile (95) pioneering influence in the sport of swimming and the only person to have represented Australia at an Olympics first as a coach, then as an athlete. Carlile was credited with developing elite training techniques in his era, starting Australia's first commercial swimming school and coaching 52 swimmers to an elite international level—a collection of athletes, including Shane Gould, who combined for 12 Olympic gold medals and set 31 individual world records. Carlile was a swimming coach for Australia at the 1948 Olympics in London and in ’52 became the first Australian to compete in modern pentathlon at the Olympics. He later worked with the Australian swim teams at the 1956 and '60 Olympics. He died after three weeks in a Sydney, Australia hospital, on August 2, 2016.

Art Demmas (82) longtime National football League official who worked four Super Bowls. Demmas was a pro football official from 1967–96. He started in the American Football League and moved to the NFL after the AFL-NFL merger. He officiated at Pittsburgh's 1979 Super Bowl victory over Dallas, Washington's ‘83 Super Bowl win over Miami, the New York Giants' ‘91 Super Bowl win over Buffalo, and Dallas's '94 Super Bowl victory over Buffalo. Demmas played tackle at Vanderbilt from 1952–53 and ‘55–56; his 1955 Vanderbilt team beat Auburn in the Gator Bowl, the Commodores' first bowl appearance. He died in Nashville, Tennessee on August 6, 2016.

Bernard ('Midget') Farrelly (71) Australian who won surfing's first world championship and was a pioneering surfboard designer. Farrelly became the first Australian to win a major surfing title when he won the Makaha Invitational in Hawaii in 1963. He won the first official world championship off Sydney's Manly beach in 1964 and was world championship runner-up in ‘68 and ’70. Farrelly's success boosted surfboard sales in Australia, and he became an influential designer of short boards. He died of stomach cancer on August 6, 2016.

Seena Hamilton (92) tennis mom who in the '60s founded and directed the junior tennis tournament known as the Easter Bowl, a leading testing ground for young players on their way to college and pro careers. Hamilton died of cardiac arrhythmia, a complication of Alzheimer’s disease, in Kingston, New York on August 6, 2016.

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