Art and LiteratureTeodoro González de León
(90) architect who combined the legacy of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past with European Modernism to design some of his country’s most distinctive public buildings. Over 70 years, González de León expressed his vision in plans for museums, government buildings, universities, and office complexes. The size of many of his structures evokes the pyramids and platforms of Mesoamerica’s ancient cities and the palaces and churches of the region’s Spanish conquerors. At the same time, as one of a generation of Latin American architects influenced by the Swiss-French master known as Le Corbusier, González de León reimagined Modernism in a Mexican context. His light-filled public buildings, made of exposed concrete hammered or chiseled to suggest Mexico’s volcanic rock, draw visitors through a sequence of open spaces on different levels. He died of a heart attack in Mexico City, Mexico on September 16, 2016.W. P. Kinsella
(81) Canadian novelist who blended magical realism and baseball in the book that became the smash hit film Field of Dreams.
In the 1982 novel Shoeless Joe,
a farmer hears a voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfields. When he does, Shoeless Joe Jackson and other baseball players of yesteryear come to play. The book became the blueprint for the 1989 Oscar-nominated movie, which starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liotta. Kinsella's death in Hope, British Columbia, Canada was physician-assisted on September 16, 2016.Leland Kinsey
(66) Vermont poet whose volumes of poetry detailed his understanding of the state and his experiences farming in the Northeast Kingdom. The seventh-generation Vermonter wrote eight volumes of poetry, and his most recent collection, Galvanized: New & Selected Poems,
was published last spring. A new Kinsey book will be published in 2017. Kinsey was described as a dedicated farmer and “renaissance man.” Besides writing poetry, he taught it in schools in Vermont and New Hampshire through a program of the Vermont Arts Council. He died of lymphoma in Barton, Vermont on September 14, 2016.D. Keith Mano
(74) author whose novels explored the problems and passions of Christianity in the modern world, to remarkable effect in his black comedy Take Five.
Mano was an unpredictable figure on the literary scene. A conservative Christian with a deep interest in human sexuality, he made an immediate splash with his first novel, Bishop’s Progress
(1968), in which the Episcopal bishop of Queens, New York enters the hospital and engages in a moral struggle with his surgeon, who turns out to be Beelzebub. More novels followed in rapid succession, one a year. Mano died of Parkinson’s disease in New York City on September 14, 2016.
Business and ScienceDuane Acklie
(84) Nebraska businessman who built Crete Carrier into one of the nation's largest privately owned trucking companies and played a significant role in the state's Republican party. Acklie was a key fund-raiser for GOP candidates and served in behind-the-scenes roles in the party. He also led the Lincoln and Nebraska Chambers of Commerce and the American Trucking Association. Acklie died in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 17, 2016.Theodore W. Anderson
(98) statistician whose work brought a new mathematical rigor to economics and social science in the postwar years and helped to pave the way for modern econometrics and data analysis. A retired professor at Stanford University, Anderson died of heart failure in Stanford, California on September 17, 2016.Michel C. Bergerac
(84) French-born dealmaker who ran the cosmetics giant Revlon for roughly 10 years, diversifying its holdings before losing a battle for control of the company in 1985. Bergerac was recruited to join Revlon in 1974 by the company’s founder, Charles H. Revson. At the time Bergerac was president of the European unit of International Telephone & Telegraph and knew very little about perfume and makeup. But he was an astute dealmaker and used that expertise to expand Revlon beyond its core cosmetics business, transforming it into a major player in the health-care industry. He died in New York City on September 11, 2016.Joe Coors Jr.
(74) member of Colorado’s beer-brewing family, onetime congressional candidate, and business executive. Coors was a great-grandson of brewery founder Adolph Coors. He was president, chief executive, and board chairman of CoorsTek Inc., a technical ceramics manufacturing company with operations in more than a dozen countries. In 2012 Coors, a Republican, made his first foray into politics at age 70 when he mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Democrat US Rep. Ed Perlmutter in a key suburban Denver swing district. He died in Golden, Colorado on September 15, 2016.Dorothy Cann Hamilton
67) food aficionado who started a vocational course that evolved into one of the world’s leading culinary schools. The International Culinary Center, located in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, counts more than 15,000 chefs as graduates. Hamilton was also the host of Chef’s Story,
a PBS-TV and Heritage Radio Network series that profiled chefs. In 2015 she became one of only four Americans (the others were Julia Child, Thomas Keller, and Alice Waters) to receive the Legion of Honor from the French government for promoting French cuisine in the US. She died of injuries sustained when her SUV and a truck hauling a camper collided on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on September 16, 2016.Deborah S. Jin
(47) physicist who created and explored matter that exists only at a sliver of a degree above absolute zero—or minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit. Jin worked for 20 years at JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado/Boulder and the National Institute of Standards & Technology. In 2005 she became the second-youngest woman ever elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Her other honors included a 2003 MacArthur fellowship—the so-called genius award, with a no-strings-attached grant of $500,000— and the 2013 L’Oreal/UNESCO for Women in Science award for North America. Jin died in Boulder, Colorado on September 15, 2016.Bruno Travalja
(52) architect and co-owner with his wife Alexis of Crowne Architectural Systems in North Bergen, New Jersey. Bruno Travalja fell to his death after apparently getting dizzy while working on the roof of a New York City skyscraper. He took off his harness and knelt down to take some measurements when he became dizzy and plunged from the roof of the 42-story building in Manhattan. He fell onto a second-floor landing between 52nd and 53rd Streets and suffered severe trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene on September 15, 2016.Dean White
(93) real estate, hotel, and outdoor advertising magnate. The World War II veteran joined his father's billboard company in 1946 and turned it into “a real estate and hotel empire” with holdings nationwide. Forbes
magazine said White, one of Indiana's wealthiest residents, sold Whiteco Industries to Chancellor Media Corp. for $960 million in 1998 and had a net worth of $2.5 billion at his death in Merrillville, Indiana on September 14, 2016.Dr. Yutaka Yoshida
(104) native Hawaiian and a son of Japanese immigrants. Yoshida was working as a police officer in Honolulu when Japan bombed the US naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, plunging America into World War II. The Territory of Hawaii was placed under martial law that day, and constitutional rights were suspended out of fear of a possible Japanese invasion, sabotage, or espionage. Yoshida joined the newly formed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a Japanese-American unit remembered today for extraordinary bravery in fighting the Germans in Italy and France. He was wounded during the Italian campaign and, in separate engagements, received a Silver Star and a Bronze Star for bravery under fire. He later became a surgeon and practiced in Hawaii for 35 years. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 13, 2016.
(44) corrections officer at Holman Prison in Alabama. Holman prison has been the site of multiple outbreaks of violence. Inmates stabbed the warden, set fires, and seized control of the dormitory during a March 2016 uprising. On September 1, an inmate serving a 20-year sentence for robbery stabbed Bettis after being denied an extra tray of food. Bettis died two weeks later of his wounds, in Atmore, Alabama on September 16, 2016.Julio Gonzalez
(61) man who started a fire that killed 87 people at a New York nightclub in 1990. Gonzalez set fire to the illegally operated Happy Land social club in the Bronx in March 1990 after getting into an argument with his former girlfriend and being thrown out of the club. Only six people inside the two-story club escaped, including his ex-girlfriend. Gonzalez had been serving a 25-years-to-life sentence in the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in nearby Dannemora. He was taken to a hospital in Plattsburgh, New York after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack and died there on September 13, 2016.
News and EntertainmentTarik Akan
(66) Turkish actor who won praise for the controversial 1982 film Yol.
Akan starred in over 100 films and directed documentaries and TV series in a career spanning more than 40 years. He was among the country's leading actors in the ‘70s and ‘80s and earned an Honorable Mention at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival in 1985 for the film Pehlivan.
He was imprisoned for 2½ months after Turkey's 1980 military coup for giving a political speech in Germany and chronicled his days in prison in a book, Mother, I Have Lice. Yol,
which won the top prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, dealt with the coup's aftermath and was banned in Turkey until 1999. Akan had been receiving treatment for lung cancer in Istanbul, Turkey when he died on September 16, 2016.Edward Albee
(88) three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Albee challenged theatrical convention in masterworks such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
and A Delicate Balance.
He had been arguably America’s greatest living playwright after the deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson in 2005. Sharp-tongued humor and dark themes were the hallmarks of Albee’s style. In more than 25 plays he skewered such mainstays of American culture as marriage, child-rearing, religion, and upper-class comforts. He died in Montauk, Long Island, New York on September 16, 2016.Alexis Arquette
(47) transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond, and Patricia Arquette. Born Robert Arquette in Los Angeles in 1969, she was a performer from a young age, appearing in a music video for The Tubes’ “She’s a Beauty” at age 12 and occasional other projects. A versatile performer, Arquette got her big break in the 1989 adaptation of Last Exit to Brooklyn,
in which she played trans sex worker Georgette. She died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on September 11, 2016.Don Buchla
(79) pioneer and maverick of electronic music who had a lifelong fascination with the ways that humans, technology, and sounds interact. Buchla was an instrument builder, musician, and composer. He conceived his instruments, including a voltage-controlled modular synthesizer, as tools for creating previously unheard sounds and gave them names like the Music Easel, Thunder, or simply the Buchla Box. His inventions were prized for the flexibility and richness of the sounds they produced and the possibilities they suggested. He died of cancer in Berkeley, California on September 14, 2016.Charmian Carr
(73) actress best known for portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.
At age 21 the actress portrayed Liesl von Trapp in the 1965 film version of the musical, in which she performed the song “16 Going on 17.” After that film, Carr's only other major Hollywood role was starring with Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim TV musical Evening Primrose,
in which she played a mysterious young woman who lived in a department store. Carr died in Los Angeles, California of complications from a rare form of dementia on September 17, 2016.Bob ('Cowboy Bob') Glaze
(73) children's TV show personality known around Indiana as “Cowboy Bob.” The guitar-strumming cowboy and animal lover was an after-school fixture on Indianapolis’s WTTV Channel 4 throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. Glaze, who started out as a camera operator, became host of the children's variety show Chuckwagon Theater,
which later became Cowboy Bob's Corral.
He used the show to engage children in lessons about such things as fire safety and animals. He died of a suspected heart attack in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 16, 2016.Jack Hofsiss
(65) stage and screen director who won a Tony Award in his first outing on Broadway for The Elephant Man
and kept working despite a 1985 diving accident that left him without the use of his arms and legs. Hofsiss also directed several TV films, including a 1982 adaptation of The Elephant Man,
a version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
starring Jessica Lange, and The Oldest Living Graduate
with Henry Fonda. He was best known for shepherding The Elephant Man
to Broadway from off-Broadway and in 1979, at 28, became the youngest man at the time to win the Tony for best direction. He died at his New York City home after recently being hospitalized for respiratory distress, on September 13, 2016.John Kelly
(88) longtime Detroit TV personality known for shows including Kelly & Co.
Kelly was a newscaster at WJBK and was hired away from the station with weathercaster Marilyn Turner. They married in the ‘70s and eventually moved into hosting shows Kelly & Co.
and Good Afternoon Detroit.
The broadcaster, who was a fixture on TV station WXYZ, died in Southfield, Michigan on September 17, 2016.Kim McGuire
(60) actress who played the character known as “Hatchet-Face” in the John Waters film Cry-Baby.
McGuire acted on several TV shows and in films in the ‘90s but was best known for playing opposite Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby
(1990) as grotesque Mona (“Hatchet-Face”) Malnorowski, a member of a teenage gang headed by Depp's character. She later became an attorney specializing in family law and children's issues. She also wrote several books on topics ranging from bullying to her and her husband’s experiences in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home in 2005. McGuire died of pneumonia in Naples, Florida on September 15, 2016.Domingos Montagner
(54) well-known Brazilian actor. Montagner starred in the Velho Chico
soap opera as a farmer who often had to fight off gunmen. The crew had been shooting in Caninde, a small town in the northeastern state of Sergipe, Brazil, when some of the actors went swimming in the Sao Francisco River. Montagne was carried away by a strong current. His body was found several hours later, lodged between two rocks, 60 feet below the surface and 1,000 feet from where he was last seen, on September 15, 2016.Lyn Wilde
(93) half of a twin-sister act who charmed moviegoers in the ‘40s. Lyn and her sister Lee were known as the Wilde Twins. They began their show business career singing hymns on the radio and eventually appeared together in nine movies. Lee left show business in 1949 to start a family, and Lyn later appeared in several films by herself. The Wildes were probably best known for befuddling Mickey Rooney in the 1944 movie Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble.
Lee Wilde died on September 7, 2015. Lyn Wilde died in Michigan City, Indiana on September 11, 2016.
Politics and MilitaryJohn Buzbee
(50) veteran US Foreign Service officer who served across the Middle East, including two stints in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion. Buzbee served in Iraq during the effort to rebuild that nation after the ouster of Saddam Hussein—first in Tikrit, under the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2004, and later as a political officer in Baghdad in ‘08–09. In Tikrit he worked closely with local Iraqi officials, visiting schools and promoting democracy and economic and education efforts as the US sought to rebuild the devastated country before a violent insurgency took hold. He died of metastatic colon cancer in Washington, DC on September 15, 2016.Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
(95) former Italian prime minister and president, a respected economist who helped to usher in the euro as treasury minister. Ciampi was premier of Italy in 1993–94, when he headed postwar Italy's first technocratic government during the sweeping Clean Hands corruption probe that reshaped the country's political landscape. He also held the presidency from 1999–2006 and was governor of the Bank of Italy for 14 years. He had recently been hospitalized in Rome, Italy and died on September 16, 2016.Larry Cohen
(83) former St. Paul mayor who led the Minnesota capital in the ‘70s and was a Ramsey County commissioner and chief district judge. A Democrat, Cohen served two terms as St. Paul’s mayor, from 1972–76. He implemented an affirmative action program for St. Paul city employees and worked to integrate the city’s workforce. While on the bench he worked to assimilate Hmong into the criminal justice system by developing sentencing circles, aimed at reaching agreement with all parties on a sentence, and restorative justice programs, both issues important to the Hmong community. He was instrumental in renovating and finding a new use for the old federal courthouse in downtown St. Paul, now called Landmark Center. Cohen died of lung cancer in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 11, 2016.Ed Edelman
(85) longtime Los Angeles County supervisor whose crusading policymaking influenced many aspects of local life including child welfare, health services, and environmental preservation. During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Edelman championed efforts to improve the way county government treated its most vulnerable citizens while also fighting to protects parts of the Santa Monica Mountains from development. He was a Democrat who represented some of the county’s wealthiest communities such as Brentwood and Bel Air. He died of atypical Parkinson’s disease in Westwood, California, two weeks before his 86th birthday, on September 12, 2016.Judith Jacobs
(77) longtime Long Island, New York county legislator. Jacobs had been an 11-term Democrat representing Woodbury. She had served in the county legislature since it was created in 1996 and was legislative leader through 2008. She had been diagnosed in May with a bone marrow disorder and form of cancer. She had been weakened by anemia, and recently her platelet levels had been low. Jacobs died at a Manhasset, Long Island, New York hospital after falling and hitting her head at her Woodbury home, on September 13, 2016.Rose Mofford
(94) first female governor of Arizona. Known for her beehive hairdo, Mofford was secretary of state in 1988 when she was thrust into the top office after Gov. Evan Mecham was impeached. She faced a budget deficit and economic repercussions because Arizona voters had refused to enact the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It wasn't until 1992, when Mofford was out of office, that a ballot initiative enacting the holiday was approved. A Democrat, she was the first of four female governors to lead the conservative state over the next 20 years, including Republican Jane Hull, Democrat Janet Napolitano, and Republican Jan Brewer. Mofford died in Phoenix, Arizona a month after suffering a fall, on September 15, 2016.M. E. ('Mickey') Nelson
(71) embattled Lewis & Clark County (Mont.) coroner. Nelson had been coroner for 42 years. He was recently criticized for being behind on updating death certificates in cases where the initial cause of death was listed as “pending.” In some cases, final certificates were needed to settle estates and apply for life insurance payments. Former employees also complained about a lack of organization in his office. The county removed staff members from his supervision in late July over allegations that they were being subjected to a hostile work environment owing to derogatory, discriminatory, sexually inappropriate, and racially insensitive comments. Nelson said staff members never complained to him. He died of cancer in Helena, Montana on September 11, 2016.Peter Pettalia
(61) three-term Michigan state lawmaker. A longtime resident of Presque Isle, Pettalia was elected to his first term in 2010. He had a long career of service that also included work as a volunteer firefighter and a township supervisor. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on M-33 South in Montmorency County near Alpena, Michigan on September 12, 2016.Joe Seng
(69) Iowa state senator from Davenport who sometimes sang and played the accordion on the Iowa Senate floor. A Democrat and veterinarian, Seng had been in the Iowa Senate since 2003. He previously served in the Iowa House and as a Davenport city alderman. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in his left parietal lobe in 2014 but vowed to undergo treatment and continue his legislative career. He remained in office until his death and was chairman of the Iowa Senate Agriculture Committee. Seng died in Davenport, Iowa on September 16, 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 12, 2016.
Society and ReligionRev. Gabriele Amorth
(91) Roman Catholic exorcist. Exorcism in the Catholic Church received more attention after Pope John Paul II repeatedly sought to convince skeptics that the devil was very much active in the world. During his papacy the Vatican issued guidelines for driving out devils and stressed the power of evil. Amorth, who began serving as an exorcist for the Rome diocese in 1986, published several books exploring the theme of good and evil. He suffered from various respiratory and circulatory problems and died in Rome, Italy on September 16, 2016.Howard E. Butt Jr.
(89) billionaire heir apparent to H-E-B, his family’s Texas supermarket empire, who gave up the business to spread a Christian message about the dignity of work and its connection with faith and built a nationwide following. Butt advocated a role for the laity in improving the world through personal renewal within the professions, the family, and the local church. He died of Parkinson's disease in San Antonio, Texas on September 11, 2016.Dalton Prager
(25) Missouri man whose wish to see his wife one last time before she died from cystic fibrosis ended with his own death from the same disease. Prager and his 26-year-old wife, Katie, were married in 2011 despite their struggles with the life-threatening genetic disease that clogs the lungs with mucus and forces patients to struggle to breathe. The median survival age is about 40. Dalton moved back to suburban St. Louis after a lung transplant in 2014 so his parents could care for him. Katie received a lung transplant in 2015 and has since developed lymphoma and kidney failure. She remains in hospice care in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. The couple were last together for their fifth wedding anniversary in July. Dalton had hoped to get well enough to visit Katie again but died in St. Louis, Missouri on September 17, 2016.
(65) defensive line coach with the Baltimore Ravens for 11 years. Brooks joined the Ravens in 2005 and coached the defensive line until this spring, when he underwent treatment for his illness. His 24-year career as an NFL coach began in 1993 with the Chicago Bears. He also was an assistant with Cleveland in 1999 and at Miami from 2000–04. During his 11-year run as overseer of Baltimore's defensive front, the Ravens allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns and second-fewest rushing yards per game. Brooks died of esophageal and stomach cancer in Weston, Florida on September 17, 2016.Ben Byrd
(91) former Knoxville sportswriter and editor inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Byrd worked at the Knoxville Journal
as a sports reporter and sports editor from 1947 until its closing in ‘91. He was named Tennessee sportswriter of the year five times. The father of Belmont men's basketball coach Rick Byrd, the elder Byrd died in Knoxville, Tennessee on September 12, 2016.Brandon Jackson
(20) sophomore cornerback at West Point. Jackson, who grew up in Queens, New York and watched Army football games as a kid, earned a starting job as a freshman and had played in all 14 games since his arrival in 2014. An impact player, he finished with 68 career tackles and three interceptions in his brief college career. He was killed in a one-car crash about 20 miles south of the West Point, New York campus on September 11, 2016.Fred Quillan
(60) former San Francisco center who played on the 49ers' first two Super Bowl champion teams. Quillan played all 10 seasons of his NFL career with the 49ers after being drafted in the seventh round out of Oregon in 1978. He appeared in 143 games and made 129 starts in the regular season. He also appeared in 11 playoff games, including Super Bowl wins after the 1981 and '84 seasons. Quillan was named to Pro Bowls in 1984–85. He died in Santa Clara, California on September 12, 2016.Previous Week
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