Art and LiteratureJohn Belle
(84) architect, a retired founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle, a Manhattan architectural and planning firm that has specialized in preservation, restoration, and contextual design. Belle enjoyed resuscitating the masterworks of his predecessors. Grand Central Terminal, the main building on Ellis Island, and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden—all among the greatest NYC landmarks—look better today than they have since their earliest years. Many hands were responsible, but Belle was the common denominator. He died of Lewy body disease in Remsenburg, New York on September 8, 2016.
Business and ScienceRobert E. Allen
(81) as chief executive and chairman of American Telephone & Telegraph for almost 10 years, Allen presided over major reorganizations of the company as the telecommunications industry remade itself in the late ‘80s and ’90s. He had a 40-year career with AT&T, beginning straight out of college in 1957 managing telephone operators at Indiana Bell. He took the reins in 1988, a time of great uncertainty for AT&T. The company was struggling to become a competitive computer and communications business after the federal government, in a landmark antitrust case, had broken up its telephone monopoly. Long-distance carriers were posing a challenge, and mobile phones and the Internet were coming into their own. Allen died in Chatham, New Jersey of complications from a stroke he had suffered in January, on September 10, 2016.Eddie Antar
(68) man who turned the Crazy Eddie electronics stores into a retail giant before it collapsed amid federal fraud charges. The Crazy Eddie chain was known for its ads featuring a maniacal pitchman who touted, “Our prices are insane!” Antar started working in Brooklyn, and the chain eventually grew into 43 stores. But Antar fled to Israel after being indicted on securities fraud and insider trading charges. He was extradited to the US in 1993 and was convicted on racketeering and stock fraud charges. That was overturned in 1995. Antar eventually pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and served a prison term. He died in Ocean Township, New Jersey on September 10, 2016.Duane E. Graveline
(85) physician who did pioneering research in space medicine and was awarded one of the most coveted jobs the government can bestow: astronaut. But Graveline resigned less than two months later. His tenure is believed to be the shortest of anyone in the astronaut program. He cited “personal reasons” for his resignation, but NASA officials later said he had been forced out because his marriage was coming apart, and the agency, worried about tarnishing its image at a time when divorce was stigmatized, wanted to avoid embarrassment. Graveline married five more times. In 1994 his license to practice medicine was revoked by the state of Vermont over allegations that he had sexually abused children. He had for years endured a degenerative neuromuscular condition that he attributed to cholesterol-lowering drugs and died on Merritt Island, Florida on September 5, 2016.Joseph B. Keller
(93) mathematician who figured out what makes a jogger’s ponytail swing from side to side, why teapots dribble, how earthworms (but not snakes) can wriggle even on glass, and, in his spare time, whether underwater nuclear tests could set off tsunamis. A professor emeritus of mathematics and mechanical engineering at Stanford University, Keller died of kidney cancer in Palo Alto, California on September 7, 2016.Albert Kumin
(94) one of the most celebrated pastry chefs in the US who created desserts for the Four Seasons (chocolate velvet cake, a variation on the classic bombé—a dome of chocolate cake, glazed in chocolate, containing a mousse made with chopped-up Heath bars, amaretto, and rum) and Windows on the World in Manhattan (a lemon cream tart and a Grand Marnier chocolate cake) and for Jimmy Carter’s White House. Kumin died in Stowe, Vermont on September 9, 2016.Edward Joseph Lofgren
(102) pioneering physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who helped to build a key tool for studying the universe and played a role in the project that created the first atomic bomb. Lofgren led the development, construction, and operation of the Bevatron, an early particle accelerator at the lab. A giant machine that smashes atoms, it was used to find the antiproton, a discovery that led to a Nobel Prize. That research helped scientists to study how today's universe was created and grew. Lofgren also was involved in the Manhattan project, the federal government's successful effort to build an atomic bomb. Before his retirement in 1979, he also was associate laboratory director and was the first director of the newly formed accelerator division. He died in Oakland, California on September 6, 2016.
EducationJohn R. Coleman
(95) labor economist who as president of Haverford College in Pennsylvania became a national folk hero when, on sabbatical leave, he took a series of low-wage jobs and wrote about the experience in his book Blue-Collar Journal.
Coleman became Haverford College’s first non-Quaker leader when he was appointed president in 1967. In a period of student unrest and political activism across the US, he emerged as a strong liberal voice, especially in his opposition to the Vietnam War. He died of Parkinson’s disease in Washington, DC on September 6, 2016.
(82) former chief justice of Germany’s highest court who later headed a commission that examines disputes over claims for the restitution of art looted under the Nazis. Limbach led the Karlsruhe-based court from 1994–2002 and was previously Berlin’s state justice minister. She was the first woman to head the constitutional court. After her term ended in 2002, she spent six years as president of the Goethe Institute, which promotes the German language and culture worldwide. She also headed the Limbach Commission, created to mediate disputes over the ownership of art that was looted or otherwise removed from its owners under Nazi rule; it issues nonbinding, although influential, recommendations. Limbach died in Berlin, Germany on September 10, 2016.Rudolph Randa
(76) US District Court judge in Milwaukee whose rulings included the John Doe investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. Randa was appointed to the federal bench in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush. Before that he worked in the Milwaukee city attorney’s office and as a circuit court and state appeals court judge. His ruling in 2014 blocked a secret probe into the governor’s campaign, a decision an appeals court eventually overturned and sent back to the Wisconsin courts. Randa died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after a battle with cancer that earlier this year sent him into semiretirement, on September 5, 2016.Dan Sosa Jr.
(92) former New Mexico State Supreme Court justice and one of the founders of a national Hispanic civil rights organization, the Mexican-American Legal Defense & Education Fund. Sosa served on the state’s high court from 1975–91. Born in Las Cruces, he played on the basketball team that won the 1941 state championship—the first state title won by a Las Cruces school—and later was a World War II pilot before graduating from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1951. He died in the adobe house where he was born, built by his grandfather in the 1860s, in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 4, 2016.
News and EntertainmentCecil Bustamante Campbell ('Prince Buster')
(78) ska pioneer and Jamaican music legend. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1938, Campbell became one of the island's most revered musicians as Prince Buster, performing and producing popular ska bands in the ‘60s including The Vikings and the Folkes Brothers. He recorded thousands of records, including such hits as “Al Capone,” and “Judge Dread.” He helped to ignite the ska movement in England and later helped to carry it into the rock era in the mid-’60s. During a ska revival in the late ‘70s, a group of British musicians named their band Madness after one of his hit songs. Prince Buster couldn’t walk after a massive stroke in 2009 but could still communicate and travel. He died in Miami, Florida after suffering heart problems, on September 8, 2016.Johan Botha
(51) tenor whose voice dazzled audiences at the world’s top operatic stages in a wide range of roles. Whereas many of his contemporaries focused on a relatively narrow repertoire, the South African felt at home in operas ranging from Puccini to Wagner. Over a nearly 30-year career he appeared on most of the world’s top stages including La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, New York's Metropolitan Opera, and the State Opera in Vienna, where he made his home. Botha shone in roles ranging from Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio
to leading figures in works by Verdi, Wagner, and Richard Strauss. He died of cancer in Vienna, Austria on September 8, 2016.Lady Chablis
(59) transgender performer who became a celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.
Author John Berendt chronicled an array of eccentric, real-life characters in Midnight
and said that Chablis was the most popular. Chablis played herself in the 1997 Midnight
movie directed by Clint Eastwood. That same year she published an autobiography, Hiding My Candy.
She died of pneumonia in Savannah, Georgia on September 8, 2016.Daniel H. Cohen
(64) senior vice president in charge of advertising when the New York Times
became the first publication to generate more than $1 billion in advertising in a single year. Cohen was a great-grandson of Adolph S. Ochs, family patriarch who bought the Times
in 1896, and a first cousin of Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., the company’s current chairman and publisher, and of Michael Golden, vice chairman. Cohen held several senior executive positions in the circulation and advertising departments before he left to begin a TV production company in 1999. He died of brain cancer in Zürich, Switzerland on September 9, 2016.Richard Neville
(74) Australian author and social commentator best known as founder of the ‘60s counterculture magazine Oz.
The magazine, first published on April Fool's Day 1963, mocked hypocrisy in Australian society and took on taboo subjects including abortion, homosexuality, sexism, racism, and censorship. Neville was among editors charged with breaching obscenity laws and became locked in a two-year court battle before being cleared on appeal. The public profile of Oz
grew when the editors moved to the more permissive society of London. In 1971 Neville and two of his coeditors were charged in Britain with corrupting the morals of children through an obscene publication. They were jailed but later won the case on appeal. The last issue of Oz
was published in 1973. Neville died of Alzheimer’s disease in the Australian east coast town of Byron Bay, on September 4, 2016.Hugh O'Brian
(91) actor who shot to fame as Sheriff Wyatt Earp in what was hailed as TV’s first adult Western. Until The Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp
debuted in September 1955, most TV Westerns—The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy,
the singing cowboys’ series—were aimed at adolescent boys. Wyatt Earp,
on the other hand, was based on a real-life Western hero, and some of its stories were authentic. Critics quickly praised it, and it made O’Brian a star. He also made his mark in philanthropy as founder of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization in 1959. Each year it brought together promising high school sophomores at sites around the US for leadership seminars. In 1999 O’Brian estimated that HOBY had more than 200,000 graduates from ages 16–59. He died in Beverly Hills, California on September 5, 2016.James Stacy
(79) actor who played a gun-slinging drifter on the TV western Lancer
(1968–71) and, after losing an arm and a leg in a 1973 motorcycle accident caused by a drunk driver, turned in memorable performances in specialized roles. Before Lancer,
Stacy had made a steady living with guest appearances on an assortment of TV series, including The Donna Reed Show, Gunsmoke, Cheyenne, Have Gun—Will Travel,
and Perry Mason.
He was briefly married to actresses Connie Stevens and Kim Darby. He died in Ventura, California of anaphylactic shock after having received antibiotics, on September 9, 2016.Robert R. Timberg
(76) Marine Corps veteran who survived horrific injuries in Vietnam and became a Washington reporter for the Baltimore Sun.
Timberg graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1964 and was sent to Vietnam as a Marine. In 1967 the amphibious tractor he was riding hit a land mine, burning him with fuel. He underwent 35 operations to help reconstruct his face. He joined the Annapolis Evening Capital
in 1970 and later went to work at the Baltimore Evening Sun,
covering the statehouse. After joining the Sun’s
Washington bureau in 1981, Timberg covered Capitol Hill and later became White House correspondent, covering President Ronald Reagan’s administration. He retired from the Sun
in 2005. Timber died in Annapolis, Maryland on September 6, 2016.
Politics and MilitaryFrank J. Barbaro
(88) former longshoreman and liberal New York state assemblyman from Brooklyn who was Edward I. Koch‘s chief challenger for reelection to a second term as mayor of New York City in 1981. Barbaro was a progressive Democrat who won election as a legislator 12 times. He died of congestive heart failure in Watervliet, New York on September 4, 2016.Thalia Dondero
(96) first woman elected to the Clark County (Nev.) Commission governing the Las Vegas area. Dondero was first elected Clark County commissioner in 1974 and served for more than 20 years, during which she oversaw a McCarran International Airport expansion and flood control projects. She also stood her own ground as she battled sexism during her tenure, famously refusing “The Boys’ Club” request that she act as board secretary to take meeting minutes. She was also elected to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, serving from 1996–2008, and was at one time chairwoman of the Las Vegas Valley Water District Board. Dondero died of heart failure in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 4, 2016.Joe Osteen Kellwood
(95) Navajo Code Talker. Kellwood was in the 1st Marine Division during World War II. He was trained at Navajo Code Talker’s School at Camp Elliott in San Diego, California and was the recipient of the Congressional Silver Medal for his service. The code talkers used the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in the war. Kellwood died in Phoenix, Arizona on September 5, 2016.Phyllis Schlafly
(92) outspoken conservative activist who helped to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the ‘70s and founded the Eagle Forum political group. Schlafly rose to national attention in 1964 with her self-published book, A Choice, Not an Echo,
that became a manifesto for the far right. The book, which sold 3 million copies, chronicled the history of the Republican National Convention and was credited with helping conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona to earn the 1964 GOP nomination. Schlafly later helped to lead efforts to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment that would have outlawed gender discrimination, galvanizing the party’s right wing. She was politically active into her 90s—including attending every Republican convention since her first in 1952. She spoke at this year’s convention as a Donald Trump delegate. Schlafly died of cancer in St. Louis, Missouri on September 5, 2016.Bill Wolf
(95) father of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Bill Wolf was a businessman in a family with deep roots in Pennsylvania’s York County, where the town of Mount Wolf is named after a family ancestor. The governor has continued to live there since taking office, with his parents’ home just a few blocks away. Bill Wolf attended Dartmouth College and served with the military in World War II. He was a leader in the business that Tom Wolf and his cousins eventually purchased, the Wolf Organization, which sold kitchen cabinets and building products. Bill Wolf also was the longest-serving member of the Rotary Club in York, having joined in 1948. He died in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania on September 9, 2016.
Society and ReligionGreta Friedman
(92) woman in an iconic photo shown kissing a sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II. Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old. She was a 21-year-old dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform when she became part of one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century. On August 14, 1945, known as V-J Day, the day Japan surrendered to the US, people spilled onto New York streets from restaurants, bars, and movie theaters, celebrating the news. That was when sailor George Mendonsa spotted Friedman, spun her around, and planted a kiss. The two had never met. The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt is called V-J Day in Times Square
but is known to most people simply as The Kiss.
It was years before Mendonsa and Friedman were confirmed to be the couple. Friedman died of pneumonia in Richmond, Virginia on September 8, 2016.Stanley Sheinbaum
(96) Los Angeles liberal activist who shaped decades of political dialogue. For more than 40 years Sheinbaum regularly gathered moguls, presidents, celebrities, and activists in his Brentwood living room to sip wine and debate the issues of the day. In the ‘60s he engineered the release of Andreas Papandreou, the Greek leader who had been imprisoned by a military junta. In the ‘70s he was chief fundraiser for Daniel Ellsberg’s defense in the Pentagon Papers
trial. In the ‘80s he led a delegation of American Jewish leaders who persuaded Yasser Arafat to renounce terrorism and accept Israel as a state. And in the ‘90s he headed the LA Police Commission after the beating of motorist Rodney King and helped to drive controversial police Chief Daryl Gates from office. Scheinbaum died in Brentwood, California on September 10, 2016.
(47) former Indianapolis Colts and Oklahoma State kicker. As a Colt, Blanchard was an Associated Press All-Pro in 1996 and a Pro Bowl selection in ’97. His nine-year NFL career also included stints with the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals. A three-time All-Big Eight selection (1988–90), Blanchard finished his Oklahoma State career with 331 points. He died unexpectedly of an apparent massive heart attack in Mabank, Texas, three days after his mother's funeral there, on September 6, 2016.Bobby Chacon
(64) Hall of Fame boxer. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion went 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts in a 16-year pro career. Chacon engaged in numerous memorable fights, including victories over rival Rafael (“Bazooka”) Limon, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Danny Lopez, and Ruben Olivares. He also beat future trainer Freddie Roach but lost to Alexis Arguello and Ray (“Boom Boom”) Mancini. Chacon died of dementia in Lake Elsinore, California on September 7, 2016.Chase Lightfoot
(17) high school football player from the Houston area. Lightfoot was a defensive tackle for Shadow Creek High School in the Alvin Independent School District. The teen collapsed on the field on Sept. 9 during a game against St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio. He was transported to a hospital, where he died the next day from a rare congenital heart problem. The Bexar County medical examiner determined the teen’s death was caused by an aberrant coronary artery; it's a defect of a vessel that carries blood to the heart. Shadow Creek won the game 27-14. Lightfoot died in Houston, Texas on September 10, 2016.Frank Masley
(56) three-time Olympian and first Olympic flagbearer in US luge history. Masley raced in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, was voted US flagbearer in the ‘84 Sarajavo Games, and competed in Calgary in ‘88. He won a record 10 national championships. He died of cancer in Wilmington, Delaware on September 10, 2016.Norbert Schemansky
(92) one of the world’s greatest weightlifters and the first to win medals in four Olympic Games, all while scraping to make a living in a hometown, Dearborn, Mich., that more than 60 years ago greeted his achievements with a shrug. Schemansky competed across 40 years, winning competitions, breaking records, and, with his 400-pound heaves, leaving spectators in awe. He died in Dearborn, Michigan on September 6, 2016.Shane Unger
(35) Dirt Late Model racer who died after a multicar crash at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. The crash occurred during a late restart in the second heat race at the World 100. Emergency crews quickly attended to Unger and placed him in an ambulance to transport him to a hospital in nearby Coldwater, Ohio, where he died on September 10, 2016.Previous Week
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