Art and LiteratureDavid Budbill
(76) poet whose pared-down poems about his remote corner of northern Vermont found a national audience thanks to National Public Radio's Garrison Keillor. Budbill, who lived in a small cabin in Wolcott, Vermont for more than 40 years, created the fictional town of Judevine, named after a local mountain, and populated it with an assortment of local folk, in poems that were dark, lyrical, and funny. He died in Montpelier, Vermont of progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare form of Parkinson’s disease, on September 25, 2016.Shirley Jaffe
(93) American painter working in Paris whose brilliantly colored geometric forms found an appreciative new audience when she began exhibiting in New York in the ‘90s. New Jersey-born Jaffe moved to Paris in 1949 and became a fixture on the scene. But in the early ‘60s, breaking with Abstract Expressionism, she created a highly individual geometric style that arranged single-color swirls, arabesques, and hard-edged shapes in a formal pattern, often against a white ground. She died in Louveciennes, France, near Versailles, on September 29, 2016.Gloria Naylor
(66) author whose debut novel, The Women of Brewster Place
(1982), became a best-seller, a National Book Award winner, and a TV miniseries released through Oprah Winfrey's production company. Naylor's other books included Linden Hills, Mama Day,
and Bailey's Café. The Women of Brewster Place
is Naylor's self-described love letter to a determined community of seven black women in a decaying housing project. She died of heart failure near Christiansted, Saint Croix, Virgin islands, on September 28, 2016.
Business and ScienceJoseph L. Birman
(89) physics professor honored for his humanitarian work with scientists facing repression in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere, helping scores of them to come to the US. A theoretical physicist whose specialty was condensed-matter theory, Birman was widely known for his work with organizations like the Committee of Concerned Scientists. With French-American theoretical physicist Pierre Hohenberg, Birman set up the committee’s Program for Refugee Scientists, which helped more than 100 émigrés to restart their scientific careers in the US in the ‘90s. Birman died of cancer in New Rochelle, New York on October 1, 2016.Mary Weber Novak
(84) widow who took over Spottswoode, her family’s Napa Valley vineyard, after her husband’s death in 1977 and turned it into one of California’s top producers of cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc. Mary Novak died of cancer in St. Helena, California, eight days after her 84th birthday, on September 25, 2016.Dr. Allen Roses
(73) researcher whose team of scientists identified two genes that put healthy people over 65 at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In the early ‘90s, Roses and his collaborators at Duke University rejected prevailing assumptions that the buildup in the brain of a protein plaque called amyloid directly caused memory loss and other mental impairments in Alzheimer’s patients. Instead, they maintained that the plaque largely resulted from the disease and that the deterioration of brain function actually originated from the variation of a single gene. Roses died of a heart attack at Kennedy International Airport in New York City on his way to a medical conference in Greece, on September 30, 2016.Dale B. Schenk
(59) scientist and industry leader whose discoveries opened new paths into research on Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. It affects 5.4 million people in the US and is the sixth-leading cause of death. There is no cure or means of prevention, and current treatments cannot stop its progression. Schenk made a major contribution in the ‘90s by proposing and testing the idea that the body’s immune system—which normally fights infection—might be enlisted to fight Alzheimer’s through the use of vaccines and other immune-based treatments. He died of pancreatic cancer in Hillsborough, California on September 30, 2016. Schenk and Dr. Allen Roses, both of whom studied Alzheimer's but approached it differently, died on the same day.Charles L. Schultze
(91) economist who was President Lyndon B. Johnson’s budget director and President Jimmy Carter’s chief economic adviser. Schultze was a research scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington for 45 years. He spent nearly his whole career working on national economic and fiscal policy, either from the inside as a government economic adviser or from the outside as a university professor and research fellow. He came to be regarded as a leading expert on the workings of the federal government and its budget and was credited with devising a powerful new way of analyzing the effects of the federal deficit on the larger economy but often met with frustration in persuading political leaders to act on his advice. He died in Washington, DC on September 27, 2016.Ronald P. Stanton
(88) refugee from Nazi Germany who made a fortune in petrochemicals, then gave or pledged more than $300 million to various charities, most of them in New York. Stanton founded Trammo Inc. as Transammonia Inc. in 1965. By 2009 it was one of the largest privately owned companies in New York. Trammo markets, trades, distributes, and transports ammonia, fertilizers, liquefied petroleum gases, petrochemicals, coal, sulfuric acid, and sulfur. Stanton died in New York City on September 25, 2016.
EducationBenjamin F. Payton
(83) civil rights advocate who was instrumental in transforming the historically black Tuskegee Institute in Alabama into Tuskegee University over nearly 30 years (1981–2010) as its fifth president. Overcoming alumni objections and hoping to broaden its appeal, Payton enlarged the scope and identity of Tuskegee by pushing to give it university status. His plan was adopted in 1985, and soon afterward he established Tuskegee’s first doctoral program, created a College of Business & Information Science, the General Daniel (“Chappie”) James Center for Aerospace Science & Health Education, and the Continuing Education Program. He also oversaw fund-raising campaigns that generated about $240 million. Payton died in Estero, Florida on September 28, 2016.
(39) South Carolina circuit judge. Gee earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina, where she received some of its highest alumni and student honors. For years she had been chief staff attorney and clerk of court for the State Court of Appeals. She also clerked for several judges and did civil litigation and appellate work in private practice. Gee was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and was elected to the bench in '15. She died in Columbia, South Carolina on September 28, 2016.John F. Good
(80) former FBI agent, then running the Bureau’s first Long Island, New York office in Hauppauge, who developed and directed its ABSCAM investigation, resulting in grainy black and white videotapes on the evening news that showed elected officials accepting bags and envelopes of cash from what appeared to be an Arab sheikh. ABSCAM was a two-year inquiry in the late ‘70s and early ’80s in which agents of the FBI posed as representatives of wealthy Arabs willing to pay bribes for influence. The investigation resulted in bribery and conspiracy charges against a US senator, Harrison A. Williams Jr. of New Jersey; six members of the House of Representatives; and a dozen others, including Camden, New Jersey Mayor Angelo J. Errichetti. All were convicted. The sting operation was fictionalized in the 2013 film American Hustle.
Good died in Island Park, New York on September 28, 2016.Malcolm Lucas
(89) former California Supreme Court chief justice who took the court's helm after three justices were voted out during a stormy period in the ‘80s. A federal judge, Lucas was appointed in 1984 to the state's high court by Gov. George Deukmejian, his former law partner. Lucas became a dissenting voice in the liberal court. In 1986 and for the first time in the court's history, three of its members were voted out after a campaign that focused on their opposition to the death penalty. Chief Justice Rose Bird and Justices Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso had been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Lucas was named chief justice in 1987 and was credited with shifting the tribunal rightward before stepping down in ’96. He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on September 28, 2016.Zymere Perkins
(6) New York boy who died after what prosecutors say was months of abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. Both have been arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child. City officials have acknowledged that the mother, Geraldine Perkins, was investigated five times for abuse allegations. Zymere Perkins died on September 26, 2016.Carroll L. Wainwright Jr.
(90) nephew of Loudon Wainwright (grandfather of singer and songwriter Loudon Wainwright 3rd) who achieved his greatest fame as an 8-year-old boy in 1935 when he successfully stowed away on the SS Queen of Bermuda.
Unhappy with his mother and stepfather in Hamilton, Bermuda, young Carroll longed to return to his grandmother in New York. After earning a law degree from Harvard, he specialized in trusts and estates for clients including the Rockefeller family; he was lead lawyer overseeing the sale of a controlling interest in Rockefeller Center to the Mitsubishi Estate Co. in 1989. Carroll Wainwright died in East Hampton, Long Island, New York on September 26, 2016.
News and EntertainmentGeorge Barris
(94) photographer who took the last professional photographs of Marilyn Monroe, just weeks before her death in 1962. Barris published his photographs of Monroe in a 1995 book, Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe’s Revealing Last Words & Photographs.
He died in Thousand Oaks, California on September 30, 2016.Jef Billings
(71) costume designer who directed some of figure skating's biggest names with Stars on Ice.
Billings was with the skating show since its inception. He also was a costume designer for Peggy Fleming: An Evening on Ice
and won several Emmy Awards for his TV work. He died in Los Angeles, California on September 27, 2016.Oscar Brand
(96) folk singer and songwriter whose weekly on-air hootenanny was the longest-running radio show in history with a single host. Besides performing and recording, Brand wrote books, articles, and the scores for Broadway musicals and documentary films. He also hosted TV shows. But it was his radio show, Folksong Festival,
for which he was best known. Every week for more than 70 years Brand invited listeners of the New York public radio station WNYC to his informal combination of American music symposium, barn dance, cracker-barrel conversation, songwriting session, and verbal horseplay. His last show aired on September 24, six days before he died of pneumonia in Great Neck, Long Island, New York on September 30, 2016.Gary Glasberg
(50) executive producer of TV’s NCIS
and creator of NCIS: New Orleans.
Glasberg joined NCIS
as a producer and writer in 2009 and became its showrunner in ‘11. He launched the New Orleans version of the show in 2014. His other TV credits include Shark, The Mentalist, Crossing Jordan,
Glasberg died in his sleep in Los Angeles, California on September 28, 2016.Herschell Gordon Lewis
(87) horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore.” Lewis was the director of such films as Blood Feast
and Two Thousand Maniacs.
He pioneered the horror genre in the ‘60s known as the “splatter film,” which focused on gore and gruesomeness. His other horror films included A Taste of Blood, The Wizard of Gore, The Gruesome Twosome, She-Devils on Wheels,
and Scum of the Earth!
He worked in advertising and financed most of his own films. John Waters, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and James Gunn are among filmmakers inspired by his work. Lewis died in his sleep in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 2016.Milt Moss
(93) comic actor who delivered the rueful catch-phrase, “I can’t believe I ate that whole thing,” in a memorable TV commercial for Alka-Seltzer in 1972. Moss was a nightclub comedian and master of ceremonies in the tradition of Henny Youngman. His comedy was based on well-trodden one-liners, bits, and imitations. He opened for performers like singer Robert Goulet and appeared on TV with Milton Berle, Merv Griffin, and Johnny Carson. Moss was also known as a master of the put-on, convincing unwitting audiences at official events that he was a legitimate speaker, like a chief executive or ambassador, then slowly veering from the reasonable into the absurd before revealing that he was a comedian. He died in New York City on September 26, 2016.Agnes Nixon
(93) grande dame
of daytime TV drama, the creative force behind the popular but now defunct TV soap operas One Life to Live
and All My Children.
Nixon created, wrote, and produced the long-running ABC daytime serials. She died in Haverford, Pennsylvania on September 28, 2016.Kashif Saleem
(59) singer, songwriter, and producer who crafted dance-funk hits in the ‘80s and produced Whitney Houston’s first big hit, “You Give Good Love,” which became a worldwide hit in 1985. It reached No. 3 on the main Billboard chart
and No. 1 on the Rhythm & Blues chart, becoming Houston’s first breakout hit song. Saleem also worked on dance-floor hits for Evelyn (“Champagne”) King in the ‘80s, including “Love Come Down,” ‘‘I’m In Love,” and “Betcha She Don’t Love You.” His biggest hit as an artist was a remake of “Love Changes” (1978) by R&B group Mother’s Finest. He died in Los Angeles, California on September 25, 2016.Jean Shepard
(82) “grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry
” who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music. Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry
in 1955 and helped to set the standard for women in country music, choosing to tour as a solo act rather than as part of a group. She presented a strong female point of view on songs like “Twice the Lovin’ in Half the Time” and “The Root of All Evil (Is a Man),” influencing such key figures in country music as Loretta Lynn, who came along 10 years later. Shepard also was credited with releasing country music’s first concept album, Songs from a Love Affair
(1956). Shepard died in Nashville, Tennessee on September 25, 2016.
Politics and MilitaryMichael Fahy
(44) New York City fire battalion chief, son of a fire chief. A 17-year fire department veteran, Fahy was directing operations from the street when he was struck by debris when a house in the Bronx exploded. Authorities say a tampered gas main may be to blame; they’re lasso ooking into whether the building was used to grow marijuana. Two people have been arrested in connection with the explosion. Fahy was posthumously promoted to deputy chief by the New York Fire Department. He died in the Bronx, New York on September 27, 2016.Raymond Haerry
(94) one of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona
during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Haerry was one of six remaining Arizona
survivors. Hundreds of sailors and Marines are entombed in the ship's sunken hull. Then 19 years old, Haerry ran to an antiaircraft gun after the first explosions, but the ammunition was in storage. He tried to get ammunition, but a large bomb detonated first, igniting fuel and powder magazines. Most of the bow was instantly separated, and the ship was lifted out of the water. Haerry swam through flaming waters, sweeping his arms in front of him to push the flames away. He shot at Japanese planes from shore and later helped to retrieve corpses from the harbor. The ship lost 1,177 men, nearly four-fifths of its crew. Raymond Haerry died in Providence, Rhode Island on September 27, 2016.Joyce Hazeltine
(81) former Republican South Dakota secretary of state. Hazeltine, who was assistant chief clerk of the state House and secretary of the state Senate, was elected secretary of state in 1986 and served through 2002. She also was a National Association of Secretaries of State president. She was born in 1935 in Pierre, earned a teaching degree from Huron College, and taught for years in Aberdeen, Custer, and Eureka. Hazeltine died in Custer, South Dakota on September 30, 2016.Trinh Thi Ngo
(85) radio announcer known as Hanoi Hannah who entertained American forces during the Vietnam War while trying to persuade them that the conflict was immoral. Ngo, who broadcast in English, was a propaganda weapon for North Vietnam as it battled the US and the South Vietnamese government. Her work was in the tradition of Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally, whose radio broadcasts were intended to damage the morale of American troops during World War II. Ngo died of liver ailments in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 30, 2016.Shimon Peres
(93) former Israeli president and prime minister celebrated around the world as a Nobel Prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace. Peres was the elder statesman of Israeli politics, one of the country’s most admired leaders and the last surviving link to its founding fathers. In an unprecedented 70-year political career, he filled nearly every position in Israeli public life and was credited with leading the country through some of its most defining moments, from creating its nuclear arsenal in the ‘50s to disentangling its troops from Lebanon and rescuing its economy from triple-digit inflation in the ‘80s to guiding a skeptical nation into peace talks with the Palestinians in the ‘90s. He suffered a major stroke two weeks ago that led to bleeding in his brain. He was sedated and on a respirator during most of his hospitalization and died in Jerusalem, Israel on September 28, 2016.Joseph Verner Reed Jr.
(78) United Nations undersecretary-general, former US ambassador and chief of protocol under President George H. W. Bush. Reed served in the UN for 25 years under four secretaries-general, traveling the globe as an envoy. At his death, he was special adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Reed died suddenly and unexpectedly in Greenwich, Connecticut on September 30, 2016.Curtis Roosevelt
(86) grandson of former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Curtis Roosevelt was a son of FDR's only daughter, Anna Roosevelt Dall Boettiger Halsted. Born Curtis Roosevelt Dall in 1930, he legally dropped the last name in adulthood. After earning a master’s degree from Columbia University in public law and government, he worked in advertising and was vice president of public affairs for the New School for Social Research in New York and United Nations chief of liaison with nongovernmental organizations. He died of a heart attack in St.-Bonnet-du-Gard, France on September 26, 2016.Lowell Thomas Jr.
(92) former Alaska lieutenant governor (1974–78), author, adventurer, and glacier pilot. Thomas was the son of legendary broadcaster and World War I correspondent Lowell Thomas, author of the best-selling With Lawrence in Arabia
(1924), who died in 1981. The younger Thomas was a flight instructor during World War II, and flying and skiing became his lifelong passions. He died in Anchorage, Alaska, five days short of his 93rd birthday, on October 1, 2016.
Society and ReligionNorma Jean Bauerschmidt
(91) Michigan woman who decided to take a cross-country RV trip instead of undergoing cancer treatment. More than 400,000 people followed Baurschmidt’s journey with her son and daughter-in-law on her “Driving Miss Norma” Facebook page. Her final stop was San Juan Island, Washington. Bauerschmidt’s daughter-in-law wrote on the page that she decided to take the trip in 2015 after being told that surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy were the likely treatment for her tumor. She began hospice care after arriving in the San Juan Island town of Friday Harbor in August and died there on September 30, 2016.Joseph Sitruk
(71) former grand rabbi of France, spiritual leader of Europe’s largest Jewish community, for more than 20 years (1987–2008) who oversaw a growth in synagogues and Jewish schools. Sitruk was active internationally and led efforts encouraging French Jews to attend synagogue and embrace Judaism. He died in Paris, France on September 25, 2016.
(79) former Iowa All-American quarterback. Duncan was perhaps the best quarterback the Hawkeyes ever had. He was a two-time All-Big 10 selection, winning the Walter Camp Trophy as the nation’s player of the year in 1958. He capped his career by helping the Hawkeyes to beat Washington 38-12 in the 1959 Rose Bowl and was later named to the College Football Hall of Fame. Duncan, who was 15-2-2 in two years as a starter, was also one of just nine former Iowa players inducted into the Kinnick Stadium Ring of Honor. In 1992 he cofounded a law firm in Des Moines, Iowa, where he died of cancer on September 27, 2016.Jose Fernandez
(24) ace pitcher for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball’s brightest stars. Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a US citizen in 2015 and was enormously popular in Miami, thanks to his backstory, success, and exuberant flair. He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times—landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries—before eventually getting to the US. The Marlins drafted him in 2011, and Fernandez was in the majors in ’13. He was killed in a boating accident. Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, Florida; the boat was found shortly after 3 a.m. on September 25, 2016.Andre Jackson
(17) high school football player from suburban Cleveland. The junior was involved in a collision during a punt play a week ago. He was hit in the abdomen during a game on September 23 and walked to the team's sideline afterward. He was hospitalized in Beachwood and released the next day. Jackson died of peritonitis two days later from a problem caused by a lacerated small intestine, in Cleveland, Ohio on September 25, 2016.Jim Kilroy
(94) California real estate developer who gained even wider renown for his exploits at sea, as a champion yachtsman sailing the largest class of racing boats. In real estate, Kilroy, a former aircraft company executive, developed many of the properties that provided a home to southern California’s booming aviation, aerospace, defense, and technology industries after World War II, beginning with Hughes Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, and Rockwell Manufacturing. Developing large commercial properties in and around Los Angeles as well, he built a multibillion-dollar company. But it was as a yachtsman that he drew international attention, captaining teams that won five Maxi Yacht World Championships from 1981–87. He died in Los Angeles, California on September 29, 2016.Jack Kirrane Jr.
(88) captain of the US hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics. Kirrane first played for the Olympic hockey team in 1948 at age 17. At the 1960 Squaw Valley Games, the 31-year-old defenseman led a squad of mostly college players to upsets of Canada and the Soviet Union before beating Czechoslovakia for the gold. He died of Alzheimer’s disease in Quincy, Massachusetts on September 25, 2016.Suzanne Mitchell
(73) administrative assistant to Tex Schramm, the Dallas Cowboys’ original president and general manager, who in the late '70s replaced a squad of high school bobbysoxers with a scantily clad chorus line that became a choreographed global brand called the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The Cowboys’ revamped cheerleading squad kicked off the 1978 season of Monday Night Football
with a TV special titled The 36 Most Beautiful Girls in Texas.
They later appeared on the TV series The Love Boat
and in a commercial for Fabergé shampoo. They inspired two TV movies and a 1978 pornographic riff, Debbie Does Dallas,
which prompted a lawsuit from team officials. Mitchell died of pancreatic cancer in Fredericksburg, Texas on September 27, 2016.Arnold Palmer
(87) champion golfer whose aggressive style of play, thrilling tournament victories, and magnetic personality inspired an American golf boom, attracted a following known as Arnie’s Army, and made him one of the most popular athletes in the world. At ease with presidents and the public, Palmer was on a first-name basis with both. Through his remarkable life, he never lost that personal touch; that’s what made him the King. Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 Professional Golf Association Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin, and hard-charging style of play made the elite sport appealing to one and all. It also helped that he arrived about the same time as TV moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity. Palmer died of heart problems in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, two weeks after his 87th birthday, on September 25, 2016.Milt Tenopir
(76) former Cornhuskers offensive line coach. Tenopir coached the “Pipeline” lines that paved the way to three national championships in four seasons in the ’90s. He retired in 2003 after 29 years at Nebraska but was often at practices and had a close relationship with current line coach Mike Cavanaugh. Tenopir died of cancer in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 26, 2016.Roger Theder
(77) former California football coach. Theder spent 10 seasons on the UC Berkeley coaching staff, including a four-year stretch as head coach from 1978–81. He led the Golden Bears to their first bowl game in 21 years when they made it to the Garden State Bowl in 1979 and finished with an 18-27 career record. Theder later was an assistant coach with the Baltimore Colts and the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. He also had assistant coaching stints at Stanford and San Jose State. He died of Parkinson’s disease in Berkeley, California on October 1, 2016.Mike Towell
(25) Scottish boxer who died after suffering severe bleeding and swelling in his brain during a televised fight. Towell had to be carried from the ring on a stretcher after a fifth-round loss to Dale Evans in Glasgow on September 29. He had been undefeated going into the fight—an eliminator for the British welterweight title—with 11 wins and one draw on his professional record. He died in Glasgow, Scotland, 12 hours after being taken off life support, on September 30, 2016.Max Walker
(68) former Australian cricketer whose awkward and unorthodox bowling action earned him the nickname Tangles. Walker played 34 test matches between 1972–77, taking 138 wickets at an average of 27.47, including six five-wicket hauls. He also took 20 wickets in 17 one-day internationals from 1974–81. He was a useful batsman who scored 586 runs at 19.53, including an unbeaten 78 in his final test against England at the Oval. After retiring from cricket, Walker became a commentator, a popular raconteur, and a best-selling author. He died of cancer in Melbourne, Australia on September 28, 2016.Previous Week
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