Art and LiteratureSteve Dillon
(54) British-born comic book artist best known for Preacher,
a long-running series, recently adapted for TV, about three companions who literally search for God. Dillon was a legend among comic book fans and considered a master of his craft by colleagues. Known for a deeply expressive, often humorous style that leaped off the page, he created characters that could communicate volumes with a single expression. Dillon, who lived in England, had been in New York City to attend Comic Con, the annual industry convention for comic book fans. He died there of a ruptured appendix that he at first assumed was food poisoning, on October 22, 2016.Edgar Munhall
(83) art scholar who, as first curator of the Frick Collection in New York, oversaw its acquisitions and inaugurated and expanded its exhibitions for nearly 35 years. At the Frick, housing old masters, European sculpture, and decorative arts assembled by Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (d. 1919), Munhall was responsible for acquisitions, publications, conservation, lectures, gallery exhibitions, and the catalogues accompanying them. The Frick’s holdings now include about 1,100 works, overseen by a curatorial staff numbering more than two dozen. Munhall, who retired in 2000, died of pancreatic and lung cancer in New York City on October 17, 2016.Lucia Perillo
(58) award-winning poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Perillo wrote several collections of poetry, including Inseminating the Elephant
(2009), a finalist for the Pulitzer and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. Perillo was a former professor at Syracuse University. She also taught at Southern Illinois, St. Martin's, and in the Warren Wilson College master of fine arts program. The MacArthur Genius Fellow was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988 and published her first book a year later, entitled Dangerous Life.
She died in Olympia, Washington on October 16, 2016.Robert Maxwell Weber
(92) cartoonist whose witty cartoons about the rich were staples of the New Yorker
for 45 years. From 1962–2007, Weber drew 1,481 cartoons for the magazine and art for 11 covers. Over those decades the well-dressed people he depicted, often at parties or entertaining at home, were overachievers. A young man sitting with his girlfriend on the beach says, “I see myself going into some form of public service, like banking.” Weber died in Branford, Connecticut on October 20, 2016.
Business and SciencePhil Chess
(95) Chess Records cofounder who with his brother Leonard (d. 1969) helped to launch the careers of Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and others and amassed a catalogue of rock and electric Chicago blues that profoundly influenced popular music in the ‘50s and beyond. Started in Chicago by Leonard and Phil in 1950, Chess Records was home to many of the major blues artists of the next 20 years and took on such musical pioneers as Berry, Etta James, and Ike Turner, whose “Rocket 88” is considered one of the earliest rock songs. Phil Chess died in Tucson, Arizona on October 18, 2016.Gordon Hamilton
(50) climate scientist who studied glaciers and their impact on sea levels in a warming climate. Hamilton was an associate research professor in the glaciology group at the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, in Orono. He was killed in Antarctica when the snowmobile he was riding plunged into a 100-foot-deep crevasse on White Island in the continent’s Ross Archipelago, on October 22, 2016.Annemarie Huste
(73) German-born cook whose career as private chef to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis came to an abrupt and much-publicized end in April 1968 when she was fired for talking to the press. Huste later worked as executive chef for the Saturday Evening Post
magazine, opened a cooking school at her Murray Hill townhouse in Manhattan in 1972, and wrote several cookbooks. She died of Alzheimer’s disease in East Islip, New York on October 19, 2016.Richard Nicoll
(39) British-born fashion designer. Nicoll's 2002 graduate collection was purchased by Dolce & Gabbana. He later worked as creative director of Parisian label Cerutti, designed under his own name, and for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. His modernist designs have been worn by celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, and Julianne Moore. Nicoll was found dead of a suspected heart attack in Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia on October 21, 2016.Stanley Silverstein
(91) designer of fashionable but affordable shoes that helped Nina Footwear, the company he founded with his brother and named after his daughter, to become a force in the international women’s footwear industry. Silverstein and his brother Mike, who died in 2012, founded the company that became Nina Footwear in 1953. Stanley designed the shoes while Mike handled sales and promotion. Nina shoes are sold in more than 20 countries worldwide, and most retail for $89–$129. The company has sold more than 250 million pairs since its founding. Silverstein died in Manhasset, New York on October 20, 2016.Dr. Irwin Smigel
(92) pioneer of aesthetic dentistry who brightened the smiles of celebrities. A second-generation dentist, Smigel advanced two techniques that transformed the appearance of teeth in countless patients beginning in the ‘70s. One was laser whitening, in which a laser beam activates a chemical bleaching agent applied to the teeth. Smigel helped to develop and popularize it. The other was a bonding technique, which had been used for fillings. Smigel applied it to dental imperfections using layers of laminates and veneers. He died of pneumonia in New York City on October 17, 2016.
EducationSandra Lee Bartky
(81) feminist philosopher who argued that women were subconsciously submitting to men by accepting an unnatural cultural standard for the ideal female body—what she called the “tyranny of slenderness.” Bartky, who taught philosophy and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago (1963–2003), contended that women suffer from self-loathing, shame, and guilt—internalized oppression, she called it —fostered by cultural cues about their bodies that devalue them if they do not meet the prescribed standard. She died in Saugatuck, Michigan from complications after intestinal surgery, on October 18, 2016.William G. Bowen
(83) Princeton University's 17th president. Bowen was 38 and a professor of economics and public affairs when he became Princeton’s president in 1972. He created new departments, with emphasis on arts and life sciences, and tripled the school’s endowment by the time his term ended in 1988. He died of colon cancer in Princeton, New Jersey on October 20, 2016.
News and EntertainmentEddie Applegate
(81) actor best known for playing Patty Lane’s high school sweetheart on the ‘60s sitcom The Patty Duke Show.
Applegate was the third cast member from the show to die this year: Duke died in March, and William Schallert, who played her father, died in May. On the show, which ran on ABC from 1963–66, Applegate played Richard Harrison, Patty’s hapless but devoted boyfriend, in 88 episodes. He also appeared on TV series like The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Daktari,
Applegate had been living in a care facility after a stroke in 2013. He died in Los Angeles, California on October 17, 2016.David Bunnell
(69) journalist and publisher who helped to create PC Magazine, Macworld,
and other consumer publications that chronicled and contributed to the explosive growth of the personal computer industry. The power and influence of the PC industry press has largely been forgotten in the Internet era, but at the time the magazines Bunnell published were as authoritative and read as eagerly as Vogue
or Women’s Wear Daily
were in the fashion world. He died of pancreatic cancer in Berkeley, California on October 18, 2016.Yvette Chauviré
(99) one of the 20th century’s outstanding ballerinas and the most lustrous star of French ballet from the ‘40s through the ‘60s. Originally a child prodigy at the Paris Opera Ballet, Chauviré was acclaimed as a national symbol of French culture by an adoring public and by the French government, which bestowed its highest honors on her. She made the 19th-century classic Giselle,
in which she danced the title role, her signature piece. Chauviré died in Paris, France on October 19, 2016.Nicole Haran
(47) writer, director, and cocreator of a four-episode web series about life in a Brooklyn apartment house. Haran was still in graduate school when she and three classmates founded the Barefoot Theater Co., whose off-Broadway productions have included the New York premiere of Israel Horovitz’s The Sins of the Mother
and a stage version of the film Dog Day Afternoon.
Her web series, Ocean Parkway,
began in 2014 as an idea of her writing partner, Maccabee Montandon, who envisioned a Brooklyn building filled with neighbors trapped together after an apocalyptic disaster. Haran died in New York City of a recurrence of breast cancer on October 16, 2016.Gavin MacFadyen
(76) American investigative journalist who became an early mentor and defender of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Since the ‘70s MacFadyen had produced and directed scores of TV documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including neo-Nazi violence, child labor, nuclear proliferation, and industrial accidents. He also cofounded the nonprofit Center for Investigative Journalism in London in 2003, a training program in skeptical reporting, and WhistleblowersUK, a support group for tipsters. MacFadyen died of lung cancer in London, England, where he lived and spent much of his professional life, on October 22, 2016.Michael Massee
(64) character actor who played villains on TV and in film and fired the gun on the set of The Crow
that accidentally killed Brandon Lee, son of the late martial arts star Bruce Lee, in 1993. Devastated, Massee took a long sabbatical but eventually returned to acting. He played a terrorist on the first season of the hit Fox action series 24
and a Satanist murderer on the NBC miniseries Revelations
in 2005. He also appeared in several high-profile films released in 1997: David Lynch’s Lost Highway,
Steven Spielberg’s Amistad,
and Wim Wenders’ The End of Violence.
More recently he played a mysterious gentleman in The Amazing Spider-Man
(2012) and its 2014 sequel. Massee died of stomach cancer in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 2016.Kevin Meaney
(60) comic's comic who worked the standup circuit, was a staple on late-night TV, and starred in the short-lived ‘90s CBS series Uncle Buck.
Meaney's career spanned 30 years. The native New Yorker had a small role as an executive in the 1988 film comedy Big,
starring Tom Hanks, and helmed the CBS version of Uncle Buck,
which ran just one season, from 1990–91. It was his first HBO special, in 1986, that launched Meaney’s comedy career after he did standup in San Francisco and Boston. One of his favorite topics was his judgmental, high-strung parents. Meaney was found dead at his home in Forestburgh, in upstate New York, on October 21, 2016.Ted V. Mikels
(87) producer and director of dozens of ultralow-budget horror and exploitation films, notably the ‘60s cult favorites The Astro-Zombies
and The Corpse Grinders.
In the grand tradition of schlockmeisters like Edward D. Wood Jr. and Herschell Gordon Lewis (who died in September), Mikels cranked out an endless stream of bloody shockers, sci-fi thrillers, action films, and jiggle-fests like The Doll Squad.
He died of colon cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 16, 2016.Juda Ngwenya
(65) former South African photographer for the Reuters news agency. Ngwenya was remembered for recording some of the most pivotal moments in his country's transition from white racist rule to multiracial democracy. He died in Johannesburg, South Africa after suffering a stroke, on October 19, 2016.C. K. ('Pat') Patterson
(77) longtime general manager at the East Oregonian
newspaper in Pendleton. Patterson started at the East Oregonian
in 1984 and worked as general manager there until ’93. He was later corporate general manager in Salem and general manager of the Capital Press
until 1996, then retired in 2005. He was president of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce in 1991 and helped to launch the Round-Up City Development Corp. He died in Pendleton, Oregon on October 16, 2016.Janet Patterson
(75) Australian costume designer, a four-time Oscar nominee for period films like Bright Star, Portrait of a Lady,
and The Piano.
Patterson frequently collaborated with directors Jane Campion and Gillian Armstrong and became known for her sumptuous 19th century costume creations. Her last credited work was on Far from the Madding Crowd
(2015). She died in Australia on October 21, 2016.Barry Socher
(68) classical violinist who played in the Los Angeles Philharmonics' first violin section for 35 years. Socher had also been concertmaster for the LA Master Chorale Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, and the Ojai Festival and Oregon Bach Festival orchestras. He founded the Armadillo String Quartet, taught at Idyllwild School of Music and the LA Philharmonic Institute, and served on the faculties of Pomona College and the University of Southern California. A successful composer as well, his “FinTango” was performed by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015 at his final concert with the orchestra. Recently retired, Socher died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on October 22, 2016.
Politics and MilitaryBelle Bowers
(94) mother of US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who was the middle of three daughters born to Ivan and Belle Bowers. Ivan Bowers (d. 1982) worked his way up to a management position in a shoe company, and Belle worked as a secretary in their local church. Shaheen said she was the “thankful daughter of two hardworking and caring parents” in her 1997 inaugural address as the first woman elected governor of New Hampshire. Belle Bowers was a native of Washington state. She died in Somersworth, New Hampshire on October 20, 2016.Clyde Holloway
(72) chairman of Louisiana's Public Service Commission and a former US congressman. A Republican who owned a nursery business, Holloway served three terms in the US House from 1987–93, when the 8th District seat was eliminated in congressional redistricting. A staunch conservative, he argued in Congress to shrink the size of the federal government, cut federal regulations, and reduce taxes. In the PSC, he represented all or part of 17 parishes in central and southwest Louisiana. He died in Forest Hill, Louisiana on October 16, 2016.Kigeli V, King of Rwanda
(80) Rwandan king who spent less than two years on the throne and more than 50 years in exile, living in poverty as he lamented the atrocities visited upon his people and seeking a restoration that never came. Kigeli had lived for the past 24 years in the US, where he obtained political asylum. He died of an apparent heart ailment in the Washington, DC area on October 16, 2016.Juras Pozela
(34) Lithuania's health minister. Pozela was the youngest member of the Social Democratic-led Cabinet. He was reelected on October 9 in the first round of the elections. He died in Vilnius, Lithuania after having been hospitalized for two months in intensive care with acute pancreatitis and just a week after being reelected to the Baltic country's parliament, on October 17, 2016.Stu Tudor
(56) Ohio firefighter struck by lightning in 2014. Tudor was off-duty when he was struck in June 2014 at what is now MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. He was attending a charity event there while serving with an organization that raises funds for emergency responders injured in the line of duty. He lost the use of his legs and had limited arm use. Hundreds of Columbus firefighters filled in at work or donated vacation days so that Tudor could get 25 years of service and collect his pension. He died in Columbus, Ohio from an infection attributed to his injuries, less than two months after his official retirement, on October 20, 2016.
Society and ReligionJia Jia the Panda
(38) world's oldest-ever panda in captivity. Guinness World Records
recognized Jia Jia, who lived at Ocean Park, a Hong Kong theme park, as the oldest giant panda to live in captivity. The average lifespan for a panda in the wild is 18–20 years; while in captivity it's 30 years. Jia Jia, who celebrated her 38th birthday in August, had shown signs of poor health in her old age, including high blood pressure and arthritis, which required regular medication. Over the past two weeks her condition had worsened significantly, with her weight falling as she stopped eating. She was euthanized in Hong Kong on October 16, 2016.
(88) coach of the Florida men's basketball team for seven seasons. Bartlett had a 95-85 record at Florida from 1966–73. He also coached Chattanooga from 1958–62 and was 56-38. Before coaching he lettered at Tennessee from 1949–52. He also played tennis at Tennessee, where he won six Southeastern Conference individual titles and led the Volunteers to an SEC team championship in 1951. Bartlett coached men's tennis at Tennessee from 1963–66 and later coached men's and women's tennis at Chattanooga. He led the Chattanooga women to three straight Division II national titles from 1983–85. He died in Chattanooga, Tennessee on October 19, 2016.Gail Cogdill
(79) star receiver for the Detroit Lions and NFL rookie of the year in 1960. Cogdill was named the NFL’s top rookie in 1960 after catching 43 passes for 642 yards and a touchdown. He played 11 seasons, including nine with Detroit, and held the team record for career receiving yards—5,221—until Herman Moore passed him in the ‘90s. Cogdill died of organ failure and dementia in Spokane, Washington on October 21, 2016.Anthony Foley
(42) Ireland-born rugby player and coach, one of the most popular and respected figures in European rugby. Foley had been Munster’s head coach since 2014. His father, Brendan, played for Munster, most notably in its 1978 victory over New Zealand, the only time an Irish team has beaten the famed All Blacks in 111 years. Anthony Foley was best known for his role in the emergence of Munster, the southernmost of Ireland’s four historic provinces, as a European rugby power. He was found dead at the hotel in Paris, France where Munster Rugby, the team he coached, was staying before a scheduled match, two weeks before his 43rd birthday, on October 16, 2016.Trinity Gay
(15) daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay. Trinity Gay was a sprinter at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky. and finished fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the state Class 3A high school track meet in May. She also ran on a 4x200 relay team that finished fourth. Lexington police officers were called to the parking lot of a restaurant near the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington about 4 a.m. after gunfire had been exchanged between two vehicles. Officers located one of the vehicles and stopped two people for questioning. Trinity Gay was not believed to have been in either of the vehicles involved. She was struck at the scene, was taken by private vehicle to the UK Hospital, and later pronounced dead, in Lexington, Kentucky on October 16, 2016.Seiji Hirao
(53) Japanese rugby star who played in three rugby world cups for Japan and was coach in another. With Hirao at its core, the Kobe Kobelco Steelers were one of the most successful teams in Japan's domestic league, winning seven successive corporate and national titles between 1989–95. Hirao won 35 caps for his country and represented Japan at the 1987, ’91, and ‘95 Rugby World Cups. After retiring as a player, he coached Kobe and the Japan national team, which he led at the 1999 World Cup. Japan will host the next world cup in 2019. Hirao died in Tokyo, Japan on October 19, 2016.Monarchos the Racehorse
(18) racehorse whose Kentucky Derby-winning time in 2001 was second only to that of Secretariat. The grey son of Maria's Mon and Regal Band by Dixieland Band won four races with a second and three thirds in 10 starts from 2000–02 and earned more than $1.72 million. Monarchos's greatest triumph came in the 2001 Derby at Churchill Downs, where he was bumped by Point Given at the start and came from the outside at the stretch to catch Congaree and win by 4 3/4 lengths over Invisible Ink with Congaree third. His time of 1:59.97 with Jorge Chavez aboard was just behind the 1973 Triple Crown champion's record 1:59.40. Monarchos died in Midway, Kentucky a day after emergency surgery to repair a ruptured intestine, on October 22, 2016.Simone Schaller
(104) American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and ‘36 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian. Schaller tied Babe Didrikson Zaharias for the world record in the first round of the 80-meter hurdles at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. She finished fourth in the final behind Didrikson, who set another record. Schaller had taken up hurdling only three months earlier. At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, she made it to the semifinals. She won the hurdles at the 1933 US championships and was an avid tennis player. She died in the home she and her husband built when they married in the ‘30s, in Arcadia, California on October 20, 2016.Drew Sharp
(56) sports columnist. Sharp spent decades at the Detroit Free Press,
joining the paper as a sportswriter in 1983. He died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a Detroit
suburb, on October 21, 2016.Junko Tabei
(77) first woman to climb Mount Everest. Tabei reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain in 1975. In 1992 she also became the first woman to complete the “Seven Summits,” reaching the highest peaks of the seven continents. She scaled peaks in more than 60 countries and continued climbing even after being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. She died outside Tokyo, Japan on October 20, 2016.Taylor Watzel
(16) lineman and linebacker on the Winner (SD) High School football team. A junior, Watzel died in a farm accident, one day after becoming trapped in a grain bin, in Winner, South Dakota. His team displayed his No. 66 jersey on the sideline during an Oct. 20 win over Jones County/White River. Fans also signed a large poster in his memory, and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff. Watzel died on October 19, 2016.Previous Week
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