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Jack Riley, comic actor on 'The Bob Newhart Show'Marion Christopher Barry, son of late Washington, DC Mayor Marion BarryJim Bennett, journalist turned Alabama secretary of state and legislatorMark R. Chellgren, AP reporter who covered Kentucky state government for 20 yearsThomas Cholmondeley, Kenyan killerClarence ('Choo Choo') Coleman, catcher with early NY MetsJoel Cornette, former Butler University basketball starGeorge E. Curry,  journalist and syndicated columnistRonald DeLuca, created '80s ad campaign that saved Chrysler Corp.John Ellenby, British-born computer engineer who helped to pave way for laptopsIrving Fields, songwriter who added Latin rhythms to old standardsFyvush Finkel, character actor on stage and TVJay Fishman, former CEO of Travelers Group InsuranceChristodoulos ('Chris') Floudas, director of Texas A&M's Energy InstituteDeborah Foland, former AP administrative assistant in NY StateJoao Havelange, longtime FIFA presidentDr. Donald A. Henderson, led medical team that eradicated smallpoxStefan Henze, German canoe slalom coachArthur Hiller, director of 'Love Story' and many other films and TV showsBobby Hutcherson, jazz vibraphonistRev. T. Frank Kennedy, Jesuit musicologistKevin Ketchum, died after trying to save sons from drowningJohn McLaughlin, host of TV's 'McLaughlin Group'Joe W. Miner, Arizona State University journalism professor emeritusErnst Nolte, German historianJoseph Palaia, New Jersey state legislatorLou Pearlman, creator of boy-band crazeGervaise Perdue, mother of US senator from GeorgiaNina Ponomareva, champion Russian discus throwerFrank Quan, last resident of San Francisco Bay's Chinese shrimping villageSir Brian Rix, British comic actorMatt Roberts, rock guitaristRobert ('Bobby') Sansone, longtime head of St. Louis Teamsters unionMorton Schindel, Oscar-nominated filmmakerJohn F. Timoney, police official in New York, Philadelphia, and MiamiGen. John W. Vessey Jr., former chairman of US Joint Chiefs of StaffJames Woolley, keyboardist for Nine Inch Nails

Business and Science

Ronald DeLuca (91) creator of the advertising campaign that spared the Chrysler Corp. from insolvency in the ‘80s and transformed Lee Iacocca, the ailing automaker’s chief executive, into a national brand himself. DeLuca and Iacocca forged a bond in 1967, when Iacocca was in the last phase of his 32-year career with the Ford Motor Co. and DeLuca was a creative director at the ad agency Kenyon & Eckhardt. Almost exactly the same age—DeLuca was 13 days younger—both men were born in Pennsylvania, sons of Italian immigrants. In 1978, when Iacocca joined Chrysler at a salary of $1 a year to salvage the company, which was nearly bankrupt, he wooed Kenyon & Eckhardt away from its $75 million account with Ford. DeLuca died of myelodysplastic syndrome in Oneonta, New York on August 16, 2016.

John Ellenby (75) British-born computer engineer who played a critical role in paving the way for the laptop computer. Ellenby’s pioneering work came to fruition in the early ‘80s after he founded Grid Systems, a company in Mountain View, California. As chief executive, he assembled an engineering and design team that produced a clamshell computer with an orange electroluminescent flat-panel display that was introduced as the Compass. It went to market in 1982. The Compass is now widely acknowledged to have been far ahead of its time. Ellenby died in San Francisco, California on August 17, 2016.

Jay Fishman (63) former Travelers Group insurance company chief executive who became a national advocate for research into Lou Gehrig’s disease after being diagnosed with it. Fishman became CEO of Travelers’ predecessor company in 1998 and assumed the same title after the merger of the St. Paul Cos. Inc. with Travelers Property Casualty Corp. in 2004. He was diagnosed in 2014 with a form of Lou Gehrig’s disease, a terminal neurodegenerative condition also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He stepped down as CEO in December 2015 but stayed on as executive board chairman and spearheaded philanthropic efforts related to ALS research. He died in New Jersey on August 19, 2016.

Christodoulos ('Chris') Floudas (56) professor of chemical engineering and director of the Texas A&M University Energy Institute. A native of Greece, Floudas was a chemical engineering expert who joined A&M in 2015 after 29 years of teaching at Princeton. His research addressed fundamental problems on multiscale systems engineering for energy, environment, and health. He died of an apparent heart attack while visiting family and friends on vacation in Paliouri, Greece on August 14, 2016.

Dr. Donald A. Henderson (87) leader of one of mankind’s greatest public health triumphs, the eradication of smallpox. Starting in 1966, Henderson, known as D. A., led the World Health Organization's war on the smallpox virus. He achieved success astonishingly quickly; the last known case was found in a hospital cook in Somalia in 1977. Long after the disease was officially declared eradicated in 1980, Henderson remained in the field as a dean of what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and as an adviser on bioterrorism to several US presidents. He died in Towson, Maryland of complications from a hip fracture, including infection with antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus, a dangerous pathogen he had himself researched and raised alarms about, on August 19, 2016.


Joe W. Milner (87) longtime Arizona State University professor credited with laying the foundation for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication in 1984. Milner taught at ASU from 1967 until his retirement in ’91, when he became a professor emeritus at the Cronkite School. As department chair from 1970–79, he transformed ASU’s Department of Mass Communication into a nationally accredited program. Before going to ASU, Milner headed the journalism department at the Mississippi State College for Women and was a professor at the University of Wyoming. Before that he was a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald and the Greenville Herald. He died in Tempe, Arizona on August 14, 2016.

Ernst Nolte (93) German historian who set off a dispute among his peers by arguing 30 years ago that Nazism was a reaction to an “existential threat” to Germany from the Russian revolution. Opponents argued that Nolte and other conservative historians were trying to lessen the magnitude of Nazi crimes through such comparisons. Nolte died in Berlin, Germany on August 18, 2016.

Gervaise Perdue (90) mother of US Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). Gervaise Perdue worked as a teacher for more than 30 years in Houston County. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and later studied at Mercer University. She was married to David A. Perdue for 49 years. The couple had three children, including the sitting senator. Gervaise Perdue died in Macon, Georgia on August 14, 2016.


Thomas Cholmondeley (48) scion of one of Kenya‘s richest and most fabled white families. Thomas Cholmondeley was a great-grandson of Hugh Cholmondeley, the 3rd Baron Delamere, a British aristocrat who came to Kenya more than a century ago on a lion-hunting safari, fell in love with the country, and became one of its most powerful settlers. But many Kenyans knew the younger Cholmondeley as a killer. He was implicated in two deadly shootings of black men: the first was an undercover wildlife officer whom Cholmondeley mistook for a robber in 2005; the second was a poacher who trespassed on his estate in 2006. He was not prosecuted for the first shooting but was convicted of manslaughter for the second and spent three years in an overcrowded Kenyan prison. He died of an apparent heart attack in Nairobi, Kenya while undergoing hip-replacement surgery, on August 17, 2016.

John F. Timoney (68) blunt Irish-born cop who could outrun crooks and quote Yeats and, as a ranking police official in New York, Philadelphia, and Miami, plotted innovative strategies that helped to reverse years of skyrocketing crime. A Bronx street kid with an antipathy toward the police, Timoney grew up to become, at 46, the youngest chief of department in New York, holding the city’s top uniformed post as third in command in 1994 and later becoming commissioner in Philadelphia and chief in Miami, presiding over decreases in crime in all three cities. He died of lung cancer in Miami, Florida on August 16, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Mark R. Chellgren (62) journalist who covered Kentucky state government for about 20 years for the Associated Press. Chellgren was named AP Frankfort correspondent in 1983. Before that he was correspondent in the Evansville, Indiana office of the AP and was responsible for coverage of western Kentucky and southern Indiana. He retired from the AP in 2006, saying he thought 26 years in the journalism field was enough. He died in Ashland, Kentucky on August 20, 2016.

George E. Curry (69) journalist, civil rights activist, and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the US. Curry’s syndicated column was carried in more than 200 black-owned newspapers, and he served two stints as editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a news service for black papers. He also was editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine in the ‘90s and within the past year had been raising money to relaunch it as a digital magazine covering racial injustice and other issues important to the black community. Curry was the first black president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. He died suddenly in Takoma Park, Maryland after he was taken to a hospital emergency room there, on August 20, 2016.

Irving Fields (101) piano player and songwriter who wrote “Miami Beach Rhumba,” a combination of Latin dance rhythms and musical inflections from the shtetl and ghettos of eastern Europe. It became a staple of ‘50s and ‘60s bar mitzvahs. Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat turned it into a hit in 1947; 50 years later, Woody Allen used it in his film Deconstructing Harry. Other Fields collaborations included “Managua, Nicaragua,” a hit for Guy Lombardo. Fields specialized in Latinizing standards. With a trio, he started with an album for Decca Records called Bagels & Bongos, which transformed melancholy Yiddish chestnuts like “Raisins & Almonds” and “My Yiddishe Momme” into cha-chas or mambos. Fields died in New York City on August 20, 2016.

Fyvush Finkel (93) character actor whose career on stage and screen started in Yiddish theater and led to memorable roles in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway and on TV on Boston Public and Picket Fences. Known for his mischievous smile and an ability to prop his ears at an angle for optimum comic effect, Finkel was a comedian, a singer, a stage actor, a film actor, and a noted TV performer, from Fantasy Island to Blue Bloods. He celebrated his 80th birthday on the set of Boston Public, playing history teacher Harvey Lipschultz. Finkel had suffered heart problems for months. He died in New York City on August 14, 2016.

Deborah Foland (61) former longtime administrative assistant for the Associated Press in New York state. Foland was hired by the AP’s Albany bureau in 1984 and spent the next 25 years handling duties such as coordinating the annual awards contests for the news agency’s New York state membership. She left the AP in 2009, then spent seven years working for a law firm in her suburban Albany hometown of Halfmoon. Foland died of lung and brain cancer in Schenectady, New York on August 14, 2016.

Arthur Hiller (92) film director who received an Oscar nomination for the hugely popular romantic tragedy Love Story during a career that spanned dozens of popular movies and TV shows. Although since dismissed by some as overly syrupy, Love Story, with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal as star-crossed Ivy League lovers, was one of the most popular movies of 1970. Based on the popular novel of the same title by Erich Segal, the film reduced thousands of moviegoers to tears and created a national catch phrase: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Hiller directed TV shows in the '50s and nearly two dozen feature films, comedies and dramas, between 1970–90. He died in Los Angeles, California on August 17, 2016.

Bobby Hutcherson (75) one of the most admired and accomplished vibraphonists in jazz. Hutcherson’s career took flight in the early ‘60s. He released more than 40 albums and appeared on many more, including some regarded as classics, like Out to Lunch, by alto saxophonist, flutist, and bass clarinetist Eric Dolphy, and Mode for Joe, by tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. Hutcherson had long been treated for emphysema. He died in Montara, California on August 15, 2016.

Lou Pearlman (62) credited with starting the boy-band craze and launching the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSync. Pearlman's $300 million Ponzi scheme through his Trans Continental companies was uncovered in 2006. He was convicted of fraud in 2008. Hundreds of lawsuits were filed in the mogul's case, including one by the Backstreet Boys. Pearlman died in Texarkana, Texas while serving a 25-year prison sentence, on August 19, 2016.

Jack Riley (80) actor who played a counseling client on The Bob Newhart Show and voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s animated Rugrats. Besides portraying grumpy, self-absorbed Mr. Carlin on the ‘70s Newhart sitcom and providing the voice for absent-minded dad Stu Pickles on Rugrats and its spinoff, All Grown Up!, Riley appeared in the Mel Brooks films History of the World: Part I, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs. The Cleveland native also voiced commercials and made guest appearances on numerous TV series including Seinfeld, Night Court, and Different Strokes. He died in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 2016.

Sir Brian Rix (92) British comic actor who used his fame to draw attention to the struggles of people with learning disabilities. A senior figure in the Mencap mental health charity, Rix became a household name in theater and TV in the ‘50s and ‘60s with the Whitehall Farces, comedies named after the theater where they were performed. When his oldest daughter, Shelley, was born with Down's syndrome in 1951, Rix refused the advice of doctors to put her away and forget about her and instead used his celebrity to promote charitable work. In 1980 he became secretary general of Mencap and became the organization's chairman in ’88. He was awarded a knighthood in 1986 and was elevated to the House of Lords in ’92. He spoke regularly on mental health issues in the House of Lords, voicing his frustration that he was unable to do more for his daughter, who died in 2005. Sir Brian died in London, England on August 20, 2016.

Matt Roberts (38) guitarist, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down. Roberts helped to found the band with vocalist Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell, all natives of Escatawpa, Mississippi. The band’s biggest hit was the 2000 song “Kryptonite,” nominated for a Grammy Award. Roberts left 3 Doors Down in 2012 for health reasons. He was in West Bend, Wisconsin to perform at a benefit. When someone called authorities to report an unconscious man in a hotel hallway, police and firefighters found Roberts dead, on August 20, 2016.

Morton Schindel (98) Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children’s books into moving images for films. Schindel’s filmmaking technique involved using cameras to make original artwork from books move across the screen. It was used in the 1973 film Where the Wild Things Are, based on Maurice Sendak’s children’s book of the same title. Schindel produced more than 300 movies and 450 recordings. In 1986 he received an Oscar nomination for Doctor De Soto, based on the children’s book by William Steig. Schindel died in Weston, Connecticut on August 20, 2016.

James Woolley (49) former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist who played with the industrial rock band from 1991–94. Woolley was part of the band in 1991 when the group recorded its album The Downward Spiral. He died in Los Angeles, California of injuries he suffered after falling from a ladder, on August 14, 2016.

Politics and Military

Marion Christopher Barry (36) son of late District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry. The elder Barry served four terms as mayor of the US capital before representing the poorest section of the city on the DC Council during the last 10 years of his life. He died in November 2014. Marion C. Barry unsuccessfully ran for his late father's seat on the DC Council in a special election in 2015. He also ran a small construction business. He died of a drug overdose in Washington, DC on August 14, 2016.

Jim Bennett (76) one-time journalist who covered civil rights protests in Birmingham in the ‘60s. Working for the now-defunct Birmingham Post-Herald, Bennett was there when the city's public safety commissioner, Eugene (“Bull”) Connor, had firefighters turn their hoses on young black demonstrators in 1963. Bennet later entered politics and became Alabama’s longest-serving secretary of state. He spent more than 30 years in the State Legislature or Cabinet-level agencies. He died of cancer in Birmingham, Alabama on August 17, 2016.

John McLaughlin (89) conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running TV show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics. Since its debut in April 1982, The McLaughlin Group upended the soft-spoken and nonconfrontational style of shows such as Washington Week in Review and Agronsky & Co. with a raucous format that largely dispensed with politicians. It instead featured journalists quizzing, talking over, and sometimes insulting one another. In recent years the show billed itself as “The American Original”—a nod to all the shows that copied its format. A former Roman Catholic priest, McLaughlin died in Washington, DC after missing the taping for last weekend’s show—his first absence in the series’ 34 years, on August 16, 2016.

Joseph Palaia (89) longtime New Jersey state lawmaker, a leading voice for children with disabilities. The Republican legislator was a teacher and school administrator for several years before he first sought elected office in the late ‘60s. Palaia served on the Ocean Township Council and the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders before he was elected to the Assembly in 1982 and served there until he won a state Senate seat in '89, a post he held until he retired in 2008. Palaia sought to expand educational and medical services for children with disabilities; he also was a gun control advocate who cosponsored the state's Childproof Handgun Law. He died in Ocean Township, New Jersey on August 20, 2016.

Robert ('Bobby') Sansone (78) former longtime head of St. Louis’s Teamsters union during the ‘80s. Sansone served for a dozen years as president of the Teamsters’ Joint Council 13, which represented St. Louis’s 35,000 members; he retired in 1998. Bobby Sansone got a Teamsters union card at 16 to drive a dump truck at a St. Louis concrete plant. In 1991 he lost a bid to become vice president of the 1.4-million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In 1993 he was banned from the organization for failing to look into an aide’s alleged mob ties. Sansone died of respiratory failure in St. Louis, Missouri on August 19, 2016.

Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. (94) retired US Army general who rose through the ranks in a 46-year military career to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to help oversee President Ronald Reagan’s military buildup. Vessey enlisted as a private in the Minnesota National Guard in 1939, fought in World War II and Vietnam, and was the nation’s top military officer when he retired to his home state of Minnesota in 1985. He died in North Oaks, Minnesota on August 18, 2016.

Society and Religion

Rev. T. Frank Kennedy (67) former director of the Boston College Jesuit Institute whose research helped to revive the Jesuit religious order's musical tradition. Kennedy was most recently a visiting fellow at London's Oxford University, where he had been since 2014. He was a musicologist who edited, produced, and professionally recorded four baroque operas associated with the early Jesuits. He was a founding member of Boston College's music department and director of the Jesuit Institute from 2002–14. He died of advanced pancreatic cancer in Weston, Massachusetts on August 19, 2016.

Kevin Ketchum (53) Detroit-area man who suffered injuries on August 4 when he rushed into Lake Michigan to help rescue his two sons, who were struggling in the water. Authorities also responded and rounded up the boys. Ketchum was transferred to a Detroit, Michigan-area hospital, where he died two weeks later, on August 17, 2016.

Frank Quan (90) last remaining resident of a shrimping village established by Chinese immigrants on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay. Quan was born and lived most of his life in China Camp Village, which once thrived near San Rafael in Marin County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He played a key role in transforming China Camp into a state park in the ‘70s after a developer donated the 36-acre village to be preserved as a living memorial to the Bay Area’s Chinese-American history. Until his death, Quan fished in the waters, maintained historic buildings and equipment, and ran a small diner his family had operated for generations. He died at China Camp State Park, California on August 15, 2016.


Clarence ('Choo Choo') Coleman 80) catcher on the expansion 1962 New York Mets who spent four seasons in the major leagues with New York and the Philadelphia Phillies. Coleman was selected by Philadelphia at the 1960 winter meetings draft and hit .128 in 47 at-bats over 34 games with the Phillies. The Mets took him in that expansion draft. He batted .250 with six homers and 17 runs batted in, in 55 games for the ‘62 Mets, who went 40-120, the second-most losses in major league history behind only the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20-134). Coleman also played for the Mets in 1963 and ‘66, finishing with a .197 career average, nine homers, and 30 RBIs in 462 at-bats over 201 games. He died of cancer in Orangeburg, South Carolina on August 15, 2016.

Joel Cornette (35) former Butler University basketball star. Cornette demonstrated his passion on the basketball court by knocking over a water cooler during the school's 2003 NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16, or soaring over other players for a game-winning dunk against Indiana in 2001. He proved it off the court with his love for his school, his teammates, and fellow Bulldog alums. In four seasons Cornette scored 1,100 points, grabbed 721 rebounds, played on teams that compiled a record of 100-30, and helped Butler to reach its first Sweet 16 in 41 years. He was the first player in school history to score 1,000 points and celebrate 100 victories, and his 144 career blocks and field goal percent of 54.4 are still among the school’s top 10. After graduating in 2003, Cornette returned as director of basketball operations in 2006–07. He coached the Iowa Hawkeyes for three seasons, then joined Priority Sports & Entertainment as director of basketball recruiting in 2012. He was found dead in his Chicago, Illinois apartment on August 16, 2016.

Joao Havelange (100) president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association for more than 20 years (1974–98) who transformed soccer’s governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation. In 2009 Havelange led off Rio’s bid presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen by inviting the members to vote to “join me in celebrating my 100th birthday” at the 2016 Games in Brazil. He expanded the World Cup from 16 to 32 teams and made it one of sports’ most important events by securing lucrative broadcast deals, bringing nations into FIFA, and creating the women’s World Cup. With more cash for football also came widespread financial wrongdoing by its top officials, including Havelange. He resigned in December 2011 as a member of the IOC just days before its leadership was expected to suspend him and rule on claims that he took a $1 million kickback. Suffering from a respiratory infection, he died in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the city was hosting the Olympic Games, on August 16, 2016.

Stefan Henze (35) canoe slalom coach from Germany. Henze won a silver medal in canoe slalom at the 2004 Athens Games. He had been in a Rio hospital since undergoing emergency surgery after a taxi accident on August 12, in which he sustained head injuries. He died four days later in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 16, 2016.

Nina Ponomareva (87) champion discus thrower who earned the Soviet Union its first Olympic gold medal when she competed in the 1952 Helsinki Games and touched off a diplomatic crisis in ‘56 when she shoplifted five hats in a London store. Already a national champion in the USSR, Ponomareva took the gold with a throw of 168 feet 8 inches, shattering the Olympic record of 156-2, set by Gisela Mauermayer at the 1936 Games in Berlin. In 1956, two store detectives at C&A Modes, a low-priced clothing store on Oxford Street, London, testified that Ponomareva had stuffed one hat in the sleeve of her overcoat and concealed four others between two paper bags that she was carrying. She was taken into custody, charged with theft of goods valued at $4.68 ($42.50 today), and ordered to appear in court the next day; instead she disappeared. Ponomareva died in Moscow, Russia on August 19, 2016.

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