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Peter Allen, voice of the MetKenneth Angell, retired Catholic bishop of Vermont who lost brother in 9/11 attacksWalter Darby Bannard, Color Field painterBob Barbee, former superintendent of Yellowstone National ParkDr. Bertrand M. Bell, advocated reduction in grueling work shifts for medical traineesStephen F. Bollenbach, saved Donald Trump from bankruptcyReginald K. Brack Jr., top executive at Time Inc.Tim Camp, assistant director of sports information at NJITDon Ciccone, lead singer and songwriter of The CrittersElaine Lustig Cohen, graphic designerJames F. Colaianni, radical lay theologianPhyllis Creore, star of 'Canteen Girl,' WWII radio show for GIsGordon Davidson, director of LA's Mark Taper ForumHerschel Elkins, first head of California's Consumer Fraud UnitHerbert Irving, cofounder of Sysco Corp.Joan Marie Johnson, bottom, with fellow Dixie Cups, sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee HawkinsAustin Kalish, '70s TV script writerKlaus Kertess, art historian and curatorMichal Kovac, first president of independent SlovakiaBill Kwon, Hawaii sportswriterRoslyn Litman, civil liberties attorneyNeville Marriner, British conductor of Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsJacob Neusner, scholar of American JudaismStylianos Pattakos, last survivor of Greek coup leadersEdward G. ('Ned') Randolph Jr., former mayor of Alexandria, La.Richard J. Schwartz, head of Jonathan LoganMorton Silverstein, Emmy-winning TV documentarianFred Slaughter, UCLA basketball star who became sports attorneyLarry Stogner, North Carolina reporter and news anchorWolfgang Suschitzky, photographer and cinematographerRod Temperton, wrote hit songs for Michael JacksonBing Thom, Canadian architectSirdeaner Walker, mother who advocated antibullying laws after son's deathBrock Yates, auto racing journalist turned screenwriter

Art and Literature

Walter Darby Bannard (82) Color Field painter whose abstract paintings of the late ‘50s and early ’60s were the springboard for a lifetime’s exploration of color, form, and the physicality of paint. Bannard, whose intelligence was reflected in his many essays on art, spent more than 50 years elaborating and revising the distillation of color and form that made him an important voice in the Color Field movement, sometimes called postpainterly abstraction. He died of liver cancer in Miami, Florida on October 2, 2016.

Elaine Lustig Cohen (89) graphic designer whose career began—almost accidentally—just after her first husband, Alvin Lustig, 12 years her senior, died of diabetes in 1955 at age 40. Elaine took on the first stage of the signage project for Manhattan's celebrated Seagram building, which had been assigned to Lustig. The building opened in 1958 and was immediately hailed as a minimalist architectural masterpiece. Her clients in the years ahead included the Jewish Museum, General Motors, the Museum of Primitive Art, the Federal Aviation Agency, Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Modern Art, and the 1964 World’s Fair. She died in New York City on October 4, 2016.

Klaus Kertess (76) curator and director of New York's Bykert Gallery, where Brice Marden, Chuck Close, and other artists started their careers in the ‘60s. A Yale-educated art historian, Kertess opened the Bykert Gallery in 1966 with financial backing from a college friend, Jeffrey Byers. Its inaugural show featured Minimalist painter Ralph Humphrey. The gallery closed in 1976. Kertess had Alzheimer’s disease. He collapsed and died at his New York City apartment on October 8, 2016.

Bing Thom (75) Hong Kong-born Canadian architect whose design for the Arena Stage company’s Mead Center for American Theater enlivened Washington’s southwestern waterfront and drew critical acclaim. Thom had major commissions in the US and Asia, although he was best known for his buildings in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he lived. He took on projects ranging from private homes to opera houses, weighing how his structures would fit within a community. He died of a brain aneurysm in Hong Kong on October 4, 2016.

Business and Science

Dr. Bertrand M. Bell (86) physician instrumental in reducing the grueling shifts worked by interns and residents being trained in American hospitals. Bell’s causes went beyond hospital staffing. He advocated window guards, seatbelts in taxicabs, and better training in emergency medicine, advancing his causes through, among other things, prolific letter writing. But his greatest legacy involved a controversy about overworked and overextended medical trainees. A professor emeritus at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he died of kidney failure in New York City on October 4, 2016.

Stephen F. Bollenbach (74) executive in the hotel industry whose financial skills were credited with sparing Donald J. Trump from having to file for personal bankruptcy. The Trump Organization appointed Bollenbach its first chief financial officer in 1990, and he quickly moved to change how Trump financed his empire of buildings, Atlantic City casinos, hotels, and an airline, which was crumbling at the time. Those measures, which included debt-for-equity swaps and the sale or planned bankruptcy of some of the Trump Organization’s flagging assets, were credited at that time with helping Trump to avoid personal bankruptcy. Bollenbach was chief executive officer of the Hilton Hotels Corp. from 1996–2007, when he retired. He died in New York City on October 8, 2016.

Reginald K. Brack Jr. (79) top executive at Time Inc. who helped to shepherd the company’s transformation from a primarily journalistic enterprise into a multimedia and entertainment company. Brack began at Time Inc. as an ad salesman at Time magazine in 1962 and rose to chief executive in ’90. He was the first person to run the company who had not gone to an Ivy League college and the first who had begun his career in sales, not journalism or finance. In his nearly 40 years at Time Inc., Brack was the original publisher of Discover, and several titles dedicated to lifestyle and culture were introduced under his leadership, including Entertainment Weekly, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle, and Vibe. He died of progressive supranuclear palsy, a brain disorder, in Greenwich, Connecticut on October 4, 2016.

Herbert Irving (98) cofounder of the food services giant Sysco Corp. and a philanthropist who donated more than $300 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Irving’s philanthropy was fueled by the fortune he made at Sysco, which he founded in 1969 with John F. Baugh and Harry Rosenthal. The company first sold shares to the public in 1970 and became a major food distribution conglomerate, with sales in the last year of around $50 billion. Irving stepped down as vice chairman in 1992 but remained on Sysco’s board for another two years. He died in New York City on October 3, 2016.

Richard J. Schwartz (77) chief executive of dressmaker Jonathan Logan. At age 25 Schwartz joined Jonathan Logan shortly after graduating from college in 1960—the same year the company became the first devoted exclusively to the dress business to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Richard became the company’s president in 1964 and later its chief executive and built it into an even larger women’s clothing concern over the next 20 years or so, selling moderately priced dresses and handbags at department and specialty stores under labels like Etienne Aigner and Modern Juniors. Jonathan Logan, based in Manhattan, was best known for juniors’ dresses, marketed to young women. It also employed designer Liz Claiborne for more than 10 years before she created her own brand. Richard Schwartz died of pancreatic cancer in Upper Nyack, New York on October 3, 2016.


Herschel Elkins (87) attorney known for his sharp wit, easy intelligence, and commitment to justice. Elkins was the first head of California's Consumer Fraud Unit, formed in answer to the Watts riots of 1965, after an investigation blamed, among other things, the economic disadvantages faced by residents of the community. Random and discriminatory business practices led grocery stores to raise prices when welfare checks arrived, and companies charged more for items purchased on credit than with cash. Elkins died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on October 7, 2016.

Roslyn Litman (88) civil liberties attorney and advocate whose court victories included the removal of a holiday Nativity display from a public courthouse and an antitrust judgment against professional basketball for blackballing a player. Litman joined the American Civil Liberties Union while she was still in law school, served for 30 years on its national board, and pursued cases that other litigators had given up as lost causes. She died of pancreatic cancer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 4, 2016.

Fred Slaughter (74) basketball player who helped UCLA to win its first NCAA basketball championship as a senior under coach John Wooden in 1964. Slaughter was the Bruins' starting center from 1962–64; they were 30-0 in 1963–64, the school's first undefeated season that culminated in the first of Wooden's record 10 NCAA titles. Slaughter averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds that season. He earned an MBA degree at UCLA and a law degree from Columbia, and became a professional sports agent and attorney in 1969. He was assistant dean at the UCLA School of Law from 1972–80 and taught law and business classes. In 1980 he returned full-time to being a sports agent and attorney, representing NBA and NFL players. He died in Santa Monica, California on October 6, 2016.

News and Entertainment

Peter Allen (96) voice of the Metropolitan Opera who introduced more than 500 performances for the Met's Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts, succeeding Milton Cross ('30s–'70s). Allen presided over 29 seasons of broadcasts; his last—which ended with Wagner’s Götterdämmerung—was on April 24, 2004. He died in New York City on October 8, 2016.

Don Ciccone (70) lead singer and songwriter of The Critters. Ciccone wrote the group’s hit, “Mr. Dieingly Sad,” which reached the Billboard Top 25 in 1966. He later joined Frankie Valli’s Four Seasons from 1973–81 before becoming musical director and bassist for Tommy James & the Shondells. Ciccone began performing as a musician at age 14. He was one of the founding members of The Vibratones, but the group later changed its name to The Critters in emulation of other bands, like the Animals, that were popular at the time. A part-time resident of Sun Valley, Idaho, Ciccone died in Ketchum, Idaho on October 8, 2016.

Phyllis Creore (100) America's answer to Tokyo Rose during World War II. For 15 minutes on Fridays on the shortwave, there was Canteen Girl, starring Creole. Her show, created by NBC’s Canteen on the Air in New York and heard by US servicemen from 1942 until the war’s end, offered a young woman’s all-American voice telling an uplifting story and singing three or four musical numbers. Canteen Girl was broadcast to stateside soldiers and their families and transmitted by shortwave radio to the troops abroad. Creore died in New York City on October 3, 2016.

Gordon Davidson (83) artistic director of the Mark Taper Forum, a 745-seat theater, for nearly 40 years (1967–2005) who helped to establish Los Angeles as a West Coast capital of regional theater and challenged audiences with socially conscious plays. In a city dominated by the film and TV industries and notoriously indifferent to the stage, Davidson made it his mission to present demanding theatrical material, nurture new plays and playwrights, and build audiences. Plays that were developed at the Taper or had their premieres there include In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, The Shadow Box, Children of a Lesser God, and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America; all transferred to the Broadway stage to great acclaim, often with Davidson directing. He died after collapsing at a family dinner in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2016.

Joan Marie Johnson (72) founding member of the musical trio the Dixie Cups, whose hit “Chapel of Love” displaced the Beatles from the top of the Billboard 100 in 1964. The Dixie Cups began when Johnson invited Barbara Ann Hawkins to sing with her in a high school talent show in New Orleans. Barbara Ann’s sister, Rosa Lee Hawkins, soon joined them. They did not win the talent show, but their harmonizing made an impression on a talent scout in the audience. Soon they were in New York signing a recording contract. The trio found almost immediate success with “Chapel of Love”; it reached the top of the Billboard 100 chart in June 1964, unseating The Beatles’ “Love Me Do,” and remained there for three weeks. Johnson died of heart disease in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 2, 2016.

Austin Kalish (95) TV writer who took on sensitive social issues in his scripts in the ‘70s, including the fiercely debated abortion episode of the Norman Lear sitcom Maude. Network TV in the ‘70s was taking its first steps away from the taboo-heavy sensibilities of the ‘50s and ’60s, tentatively embracing a new social and political frankness. Kalish and his wife, Irma, wrote the All in the Family episode, for instance, in which Edith Bunker, long-suffering wife of blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker, believes she has breast cancer. They also wrote the episode in which the Bunkers' daughter, Gloria, is the victim of an attempted rape. But it was the two-part Maude episode, “Maude’s Dilemma,” broadcast in November 1972, that prompted more discussion than any of their other work. Kalish died in Woodland Hills, California on October 5, 2016.

Neville Marriner (92) British conductor who led the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to become one of the world’s most-recorded classical music groups. A violinist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Marriner joined with several other musicians in 1959 to form a chamber group intended to perform without a leader. The group’s mouthful of a name, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, was inspired by the church in central London where they performed. The Academy built its reputation with stylish performances of baroque and classical repertoire: Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Haydn. From its beginnings, with 18 players, it grew to a full-size orchestra with an affiliated chorus, and it has made more than 500 recordings. Marriner died in London, England on October 2, 2016.

Morton Silverstein (86) Emmy-winning documentarian whose TV films tackled a wide range of social injustices. Silverstein’s What Harvest for the Reaper, an exposé of Southern migrant workers’ treatment on Long Island farms, appeared in 1967. Banks & the Poor, aired in 1970, included hidden-camera footage of loan officers dealing with low-income bank customers and of a woman losing her home. The titles of his films reflected his outrage. Among them were Eye On: Industrial Cancer; America at Risk: A History of Consumer Protest, about tainted food and drugs; The Poor Pay More; and Death on the Highway. Silverstein died in New York City on October 8, 2016.

Larry Stogner (69) reporter and anchor in the Raleigh-Durham (NC) TV market for more than 40 years. Stogner began his TV career at UNC-TV, then worked as an anchor and reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh. He joined WTVD-TV in Durham in 1976 and was named anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts in ’82. He retired in 2015, announcing on air that he was battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or Lou Gehrig's disease). He became an activist, fighting to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease. A Vietnam veteran who served in the US Air Force, Stogner returned to that country in 1995 to report on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. His documentary, Back to Nam, was nominated for an Emmy. He died of ALS in Durham, North Carolina on October 2, 2016.

Wolfgang Suschitzky (104) Austrian-born photographer and cinematographer, a key figure in a British film movement of the ‘30s and ’40s that saw documentaries as a force for social good. Suschitzky started working in documentary film in the late ‘30s, when he collaborated with Paul Rotha. Along with filmmaker and critic John Grierson, widely credited with coining the term “documentary,” Rotha was a leading proponent of the genre as an instrument that could dignify and elevate everyday life. Suschitzky later won praise for feature film cinematography, notably for Joseph Strick’s 1967 version of Ulysses and the British crime film Get Carter (1971), starring Michael Caine. Suschitzky died in London, England on October 7, 2016.

Rod Temperton (66) British-born musician and songwriter with a knack for pop-funk who wrote the Michael Jackson classics “Thriller,” ‘‘Rock with You,” “Off the Wall,” and many other hits. Temperton died of cancer in London, England sometime last week, but his death was not announced until October 5, 2016.

Brock Yates (82) longtime auto racing journalist who helped to launch the popular and off-beat Cannonball Run races in the early ‘70s and wrote the hit movie of the same title. For decades Yates was an editor and columnist at Car & Driver and started the Cannonball Run to protest what he considered unduly strict traffic laws. He later became a screenwriter, working on Smokey & the Bandit II, then The Cannonball Run, which came out in 1981 and starred Burt Reynolds. Yates also wrote more than a dozen books and was a racing commentator for CBS-TV. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's and died in Batavia, New York on October 5, 2016.

Politics and Military

Bob Barbee (80) man who oversaw Yellowstone National Park during the wildfires that burned across the park in 1988. Barbee was superintendent of Yellowstone from 1983–94. The 1988 Yellowstone fires were a defining event in his 42-year career of public service. The fires burned more than 1,500 square miles inside and outside the park and transformed Yellowstone’s landscapes in ways still easily recognizable. More than 10,000 firefighters battled the fires at their peak. Barbee previously was superintendent of Hawaii Volcanoes and Redwoods national parks. He was regional superintendent of Alaska’s national parks before retiring in 2000. He died in Bozeman, Montana on October 2, 2016.

Michal Kovac (86) first president of Slovakia after it became an independent state. Kovac’s term in office was marked by clashes with Vladimir Meciar, an authoritarian prime minister who led Slovakia into international isolation. When Slovakia gained independence in 1993 after the split of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Kovac was elected president and held the mostly ceremonial position until '98. He initially sought another term but withdrew from the race and never again was involved in politics. Kovac suffered from Parkinson’s disease. He died in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he had been treated since Sept. 30 for heart failure, on October 5, 2016.

Stylianos Pattakos (103) last survivor among the leaders of a 1967 coup that ruled Greece for seven years. Pattakos was a brigadier general and commander of the armored forces stationed in Athens when he took part in the April 21, 1967 coup led by Col. George Papadopoulos. Pattakos was interior minister and, from 1971, first deputy prime minister, but was shunted aside in October '73 by Papadopoulos, who was trying to liberalize the regime, only to be overthrown a month later by military hardliners. After democracy was restored in 1974, Pattakos was arrested and, alongside Papadopoulos and Col. Nikolaos Makarezos, was sentenced to death in '75 for his role in the coup. All three had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment. Pattakos and Makarezos (d. 2009) were freed in 1990 for health reasons. Papadopoulos, who refused to ask for a discharge, died in prison in 1999. Pattakos died of a stroke in Athens, Greece on October 8, 2016.

Edward G. ('Ned') Randolph Jr. (74) former mayor of Alexandria, La. Randolph served five terms, from 1986–2006. He was a Louisiana state senator from 1976–84 and was a member of the state House from ‘72–76. He also twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress. When he became mayor in 1986, he succeeded John K. Snyder, whose political antics had made Alexandria politics a laughingstock throughout the state and beyond. Randolph died of Alzheimer's disease in Alexandria, Louisiana on October 4, 2016.

Society and Religion

Kenneth Angell (86) retired Vermont Roman Catholic bishop who lost his TV-producer brother in the 9/11 attacks. Angell’s brother, David, was the Emmy Award-winning producer of the sitcom Frasier and was aboard the first plane that struck the World Trade Center. Kenneth Angell was bishop from 1992–2005, retiring after a difficult last five years. During that period, he saw Vermont pass its first-in-the-nation civil union law for same-sex couples, which he opposed. He was outspoken against the death penalty, abortion, and physician-assisted dying. He suffered a stroke and died in Winooski, Vermont on October 4, 2016.

James F. Colaianni (94) former radical lay theologian and senior editor of Ramparts magazine in the ‘60s who crusaded against napalm as a weapon in Vietnam and celibacy as a prerequisite for Roman Catholic priests. Colaianni owned Sunday Sermons, a subscription service that sold thousands of homilies as a resource for preachers. He wrote many of them himself and produced dozens of books. One book, Married Priests & Married Nuns, a collection of essays published in 1968, included candid personal accounts and blamed celibacy, in part, for a shortage of priests. Colaianni died in Galloway, New Jersey on October 6, 2016.

Jacob Neusner (84) one of the most influential 20th-century scholars of American Judaism. Neusner pushed for a critical examination of Judaism as an important part of studying the humanities, drawing on scholarly techniques from history, anthropology, literary studies, and other disciplines. His translations of rabbinic texts made them broadly accessible, and his scholarship paved a path for non-Jews to also study the faith. He had taught at Bard College since 1994. He died of Parkinson’s disease in Rhinebeck, New York on October 8, 2016.

Sirdeaner Walker (51) Massachusetts woman who pushed for antibullying laws after her 11-year-old son committed suicide. Walker’s son, Carl Walker-Hoover, hanged himself at his Springfield, Mass. home in 2009 after being tormented by his classmates. After her son’s death, Walker became an outspoken advocate for antibullying measures. In 2015 she underwent treatment for breast cancer, which had returned after 10 years in remission. She died in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 5, 2016.


Tim Camp (59) assistant athletic director of sports information at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Camp joined the NJIT staff in August 2005 after 16 years at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, where he was assistant director of athletics for sports Information. At NJIT, Camp's responsibilities included assisting in the administration of the athletics department, publicizing the activities of the Highlanders' 19 varsity teams, development and production of all athletic publications, and overseeing the maintenance of the department's website. He died of cancer in Newark, New Jersey on October 5, 2016.

Bill Kwon (81) longtime Hawaii sportswriter who covered generations of golfers from Arnold Palmer to Michelle Wie. Kwon started at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as a clerk in 1959, but his connection with the newspaper dated back even further to '41, when he sold papers as a 6-year-old. He later became a sports reporter, columnist, and sports editor before retiring in 2001. Kwon wrote a golf column for the Honolulu Advertiser for nearly 10 years. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 5, 2016.

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