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Mike Connors, actor who played private eye 'Mannix' on TVBarbara Hale, actress who played Perry Mason's secretarySir John Hurt, memorable British actorMary Tyler Moore, popular TV and film actressDan Adamescu, Romanian businessman imprisoned for briberySteve Andrews, Michigan state legislatorRuth and William Bauer, Long Island couple married 70 years, died hours apartJ.S.G. Boggs, artist who made art from moneySaloua Raouda Choucair, Lebanese artist and sculptorStephen P. Cohen, secret Mideast mediatorKaren Cummins, Mississippi College Board trusteeAnn Dandrow, Connecticut state legislatorHenry-Louis de la Grange, French authority on composer Gustav MahlerBuchi Emecheta, Nigerian novelistEarl Foreman, brought Virginia Squires basketball team to Hampton RoadsBobby Freeman, singer who wrote 'Do You Wanna Dance?'Robert Garcia, former US congressman from New YorkKevin Geer, on- and off-Broadway character actorGwendolyn Gillen, sculptor of Minneapolis's Mary Tyler Moore statueHoward Graves, former AP bureau chiefMike Greely, Montana attorney generalRalph Guglielmi, Washington Redskins quarterbackBarbara Harlow, scholar and authorKen Hartle, former US Navy salvage diverHarold Hayes, last survivor of WWII secret rescueDr. Daein Kang, LA Koreatown oral surgeonJaki Liebezeit, German rock drummerHarry Mathews, idiosyncratic novelistBharati Mukherjee, Indian-born novelistMasaya Nakamura, 'father of Pac-Man'Lev Navrozov, Russian literary translatorLennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer who took pictures of developing fetusesLee O'Denat, founder of video website WorldStarHipHop.comBrunhilde Pomsel, secretary to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph GoebbelsRichard Portman, award-winning film sound engineerJo Lynn Queener, recently elected New Mexico county clerkMichael Rainey, owner of Hung on You, '60s British men's boutiqueBernard Redmont, veteran foreign correspondentEmmanuelle Riva, award-winning French actressArthur Rosenfeld, father of energy efficiencyRuth Samuelson, North Carolina state legislatorCharles Shackleford, North Carolina basketball starAllan H. Steinfeld, former NYC Marathon organizerStuart Timmons, journalist, activist, and historian of gay life in LAButch Trucks, drummer with Allman Brothers rock bandYordano Ventura, Dominican pitcher for KC RoyalsHenry Austin Wood 3rd, New England architect who restored Clingstone mansion

Art and Literature

J.S.G. Boggs (62) artist who reproduced British pounds, Swiss francs, and American dollars, with quirky deviations. On American currency, for example, Boggs might use the signature “J.S.G. Boggs, Secret of the Treasury,” or inscribe “Kunstbank of Bohemia” on a $5,000 bill, or append the motto “In Fun We Trust.” He presented his currency to merchants as payment for goods and services. If the bills were accepted, he asked for a receipt, then noted the details of each transaction on the backs of his “Boggs bills,” which were blank, and sold the receipts to collectors, who could then track down the merchants and negotiate purchase of the notes. Considered artworks by Boggs and his admirers, some were exhibited as such in galleries around the world and included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. Tampa, Florida police discovered Boggs’s body in a motel near the Tampa airport, six days after his 62nd birthday, on January 22, 2017.

Saloua Raouda Choucair (100) Lebanese artist and one of the first abstractionists in the Arab world, whose sense of line and form—derived from Islamic art—brought a new kind of modernism. It was not until she was in her 90s that Choucair, who lived and worked nearly all her life in Beirut, gained recognition outside Lebanon as an unsung hero of the modernist story, an artist relegated to the margins of a traditionally Western standard. She died in Beirut, Lebanon on January 26, 2017.

Buchi Emecheta (72) British-based Nigerian writer who, in Second-Class Citizen, The Joys of Motherhood, and other novels, gave voice to African women struggling to reconcile traditional roles with the demands of modernity. Emecheta died of dementia in London, England on January 25, 2017.

Gwendolyn Gillen (76) Wisconsin artist whose bronze sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat became a downtown Minneapolis landmark. Gillen’s life-size statue of Moore was dedicated in April 2002 in the outdoor Nicollet Mall, near where Moore threw her tam in the opening credits of her long-running sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The sculpture was commissioned by the cable channel TV Land, which at the time had reruns of the show on its schedule. The channel paid $55,000 for the sculpture, plus all costs to the city for overseeing the project. Gillen died two days after Moore’s death, in Madison, Wisconsin on January 27, 2017.

Barbara Harlow (68) scholar and author who brought issues of human rights and postcolonialism into the classroom through her studies of African, Arab, and Latin American fiction and the writing of women in prison. Harlow's seminal study, Resistance Literature (1987), was one of the first works in English to examine the fiction produced during national liberation struggles in the third world. A professor at the University of Texas since 1985, she died of esophageal cancer in Austin, Texas on January 28, 2017.

Harry Mathews (86) novelist, poet, essayist, translator, and self-described refugee from an upper floor of an apartment building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Half of Mathews’ novel The Sinking of the Odradek Stadium was written in unintelligible pidgin English, which may explain why 25 publishers rejected it. His novel The Conversions, otherwise in English, concluded with nine pages in German. Mathews died of an intracerebral hemorrhage in Key West, Florida after decades of confounding critics and captivating readers, on January 25, 2017.

Bharati Mukherjee (76) Indian-born American writer who explored the internal culture clashes of her immigrant characters in the award-winning collection The Middleman & Other Stories and in novels like Jasmine. Mukherjee died in New York City of rheumatoid arthritis and takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a stress-induced heart condition, on January 28, 2017.

Lev Navrozov (88) literary translator in the Soviet Union who smuggled out his study of Lenin and Stalin’s campaigns of terror when he emigrated to the US in 1972. Navrozov’s contempt for Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, and Stalin, his brutal successor, arose out of intellectual loathing, not of a personal history of exile or repression. In his book, The Education of Lev Navrozov: A Life in the Enclosed World Once Called Russia (1975), he described Lenin as a “barbarian” unworthy of his country’s deification. Navrozov died of Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York on January 22, 2017.

Lennart Nilsson (94) Swedish photographer whose pictures of fetuses developing in the womb illustrated a 1965 book that was translated into several languages. Nilsson’s photos of the developing fetal stages first appeared in Life magazine and eventually in the book A Child Is Born. He started as a free-lance photographer in the ‘40s but later experimented with photographic techniques to take extreme close-ups. By combining that with very thin endoscopes that became available in the mid-’60s, he was able to take the photos that made him famous. He died in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 28, 2017.

Arthur Rosenfeld (90) physicist who became widely known as the father of energy efficiency for championing energy-saving requirements for appliances and buildings. Rosenfeld’s work with the California Energy Commission, embraced by Gov. Jerry Brown during his first tenure in the '70s–'80s, gained national attention and helped to lay the foundation for federal energy-efficiency rules that are in place today. Rosenfeld died of pneumonia in Berkeley, California on January 27, 2017.

Henry Austin Wood 3rd (87) New England architect who helped to design several modern Boston landmarks including Boston City Hall. Wood helped to design City Hall, Back Bay Station, and the Hynes Convention Center, among others as a partner with Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood Architects. He also restored the Clingstone mansion in Jamestown, Rhode Island. The 23-room mansion was built by distant relatives on a rock in Narragansett Bay in 1905; it had been abandoned for more than 20 years and fallen into disrepair when Wood purchased it in 1960. He died in Boston, Massachusetts on January 27, 2017.


Business and Science

Dan Adamescu (68) one of Romania’s richest businessmen who was serving a prison sentence for bribery. The newspaper he owned, Romania Libera, said Adamescu had been in an induced coma since December 2016 and was suffering from septicemia. He had been in ill health for some time and was wheelchair-bound. His lawyers’ requests for his early release on health grounds were not granted. His paper called that unjust and asked for a postmortem inquiry. He also had a majority stake in a shopping center and various upscale hotels. He died in a private hospital in Buchrest, Romania, where he had been transferred from prison for treatment for an infection, on January 24, 2017.

Dr. Daein Kang (66) Los Angeles Koreatown oral surgeon whose activism in his homeland put him front and center in efforts to forge a relationship between South and North Korea. Kang was one of the first oral surgeons in Koreatown and later had a life of activism in South Korea, where he founded medical centers, became a confidant of then-President Kim Dae-jung, and pressed for improved human rights and normalized relations between the two Koreas. He died in San Mateo, California on January 28, 2017.

Masaya Nakamura (91) “father of Pac-Man” who in 1955 founded the Japanese video game company Namco, featuring the hit creature-gobbling game. Namco, now part of Bandai Namco, started out as just two mechanical horse rides on a department store rooftop but later pioneered game arcades and amusement parks. Bandai Namco was formed in 2005 from a merger of two game companies. Pac-Man, designed by Namco engineer and video game maker Toru Iwatani, went on sale in 1980, at a time when there were few rival games. The plucky yellow circle with the big mouth was a huge hit; it's estimated to have been played more than 10 billion times. Guinness World Records has named it the world's most successful coin-operated arcade game. Nakamura died in Tokyo, Japan on January 22, 2017.

Michael Rainey (76) haberdasher who dressed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in flamboyant, boldly colored designs from his avant-garde London men’s boutique and briefly became part of the city’s swinging fashion scene in the ‘60s. When Rainey opened Hung on You in 1965, the store flourished as part of a vanguard of hip London shops like Granny Takes a Trip. His frilly shirts, jackets with velvet cuffs, kipper ties, yellow sharkskin suits, “Great Leap Forward” Mao jackets, and reworked military uniforms turned customers into peacocks. Rainey died of emphysema in Granada, Spain on January 28, 2017.


Education

Karen Cummins (59) College Board trustee in Mississippi. Cummins had risen through the ranks with Atmos Energy, starting as an office clerk in 1979 and becoming a vice president for the natural gas utility in 2012. She oversaw northern Mississippi operations for Atmos. Gov. Phil Bryant named Cummins in 2012 to the College Board, which oversees Mississippi’s eight public universities. Her term had more than four years remaining. She was past chairwoman of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council. She died of cancer in Oakland, Mississippi on January 22, 2017.


News and Entertainment

Mike Connors (91) actor who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running TV series Mannix. The show ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were intrigued by the tall, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs and leap on the hood of a racing car to prevent an escape. Episodes normally climaxed with a brawl that left the culprits bruised and beaten. Another highlight was the theme music by legendary screen composer Lalo Schifrin. Connors also starred in the TV series Tightrope! and Today’s FBI; each lasted one season. His movie and TV career stretched from the ‘50s to 2007, when he had a guest role on Two & a Half Men. He died in Los Angeles, California of leukemia diagnosed only a week earlier, on January 26, 2017.

Henry-Louis de la Grange (92) musicologist, the son of a French politician who was once held prisoner by the Nazis and an American heiress to a furniture-store fortune. De La Grange inherited the title of baron on his 21st birthday but dispensed with it. He was so captivated by a Mahler symphony he heard at Carnegie Hall in 1945 that he devoted the rest of his life to researching the Viennese composer’s biography. In 1973, after 15 years of research, he published Vol. I of his biography, simply titled Gustav Mahler. It became a 3,600-page saga, still being revised, that distinguished him as the dean of Mahler biographers. He later directed or collaborated on concerts, exhibitions, festivals, and film and TV documentaries—including one in 2015 on his own obsession with Mahler—that prompted a critical rediscovery of the composer and a popular appreciation of his music by contemporary audiences. De La Grange died in Lonay, Switzerland, near Lausanne, on January 27, 2017.

Bobby Freeman (76) singer and songwriter whose “Do You Wanna Dance?“ climbed the pop charts in 1958 and endured long afterward in covers by the Beach Boys, the Ramones, Bette Midler, and others. Freeman was still a teenager when he wrote and recorded the song that became his signature. Featuring a Latin rhythm and a guitar solo, “Do You Wanna Dance?” reached No. 5 on the Billboard singles chart. A showman and dancer, Freeman was soon touring with Fats Domino and Jackie Wilson and appearing on TV shows like American Bandstand and The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show. He died of a heart attack in Daly City, California on January 23, 2017.

Kevin Geer (64) character actor best known for his work in theater, including roles on Broadway as one of the squabbling jurors in the 2004 revival of Twelve Angry Men and as a drug-addicted jazz trombonist in Warren Leight’s family drama Side Man. A lanky actor with sharp features, Geer was an off-Broadway fixture who could command a stage. He died in New York City of an apparent sudden heart attack on January 25, 2017.

Howard Graves (90) bureau chief and reporter for the Associated Press during a 41-year career that included directing coverage in several Western states and across much of the Pacific region. Graves worked as a reporter and editor for three newspapers before joining the AP in 1952. He worked for the news service in Little Rock, Arkansas., Helena, Montana, and Denver, Colorado before becoming a regional membership executive based in Portland, Oregon in 1957. He was chief of bureau in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1962–77; Portland, Ore. from ‘77–82; and Honolulu, Hawaii from ‘82–93, when he retired. While a bureau chief, Graves oversaw coverage of such major news events as former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, going into exile in Hawaii and the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in southwestern Washington. He died of health issues related to age and Alzheimer's disease in Prescott, Arizona on January 25, 2017.

Barbara Hale (94) movie actress who found her most famous role on TV as steadfast secretary Della Street on the long-running Perry Mason series. Hale appeared on Perry Mason on CBS from 1957–66, winning an Emmy as best actress in ‘59. When the show was revived in 1985 on NBC as an occasional TV movie, she again appeared in court at the side of the ever-victorious lawyer played by Raymond Burr. She continued her role after Burr died in 1993 and was replaced by Hal Holbrook for the movies that continued into ‘95. Hale was the mother of actor William Katt, best known as the star of the TV series The Greatest American Hero (1981–83). She died in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2017.

Sir John Hurt (77) British actor who had a 50-year career highlighted with memorable performances, two Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe, and four British BAFTA awards. Knighted in 2015, Hurt was described as inspirational, legendary, incomparable. His Oscar nominations were for playing the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man and heroin addict Max in Midnight Express. His breakout came in 1966 as Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann’s A Man for All Seasons, followed by his portrayal of Caligula in the BBC miniseries I, Claudius in ‘76. Hurt brought an uneasy humor to Kane in Ridley Scott’s Alien, immortalized by his disturbing death scene, which Mel Brooks later satirized with Hurt’s help in Spaceballs. Hurt died of pancreatic cancer in London, England on January 27, 2017.

Jaki Liebezeit (78) drummer with the German rock band Can. A key player in the so-called German “krautrock” movement of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, Liebezeit devised inventive beats that informed the sound of punk, hip-hop, and electric dance music. His work with Can has been sampled on recordings by artists including Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, the Flaming Lips, Earl Sweatshirt, and many others. Liebezeit died of pneumonia on January 22, 2017.

Mary Tyler Moore (80) actress best remembered for two hit TV sitcoms in the '60s and '70s. On The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66), Moore played Laura Petrie, frazzled wife of a TV comedy writer. On her own vehicle, the Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–77), her character Mary Richards, a Minneapolis TV news producer, combined work, friends, and lovers into an alternative version of a modern young woman’s full but single life, with no desperation for marriage or family, showing America that an independent woman could be admired and embraced. The series ran for seven seasons and won 29 Emmys, a record that stood for a quarter century until Frasier broke it in 2002. A longtime sufferer of diabetes, Moore died in Los Angeles, California of cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia, on January 25, 2017.

Lee O'Denat (43) founder of the popular “R-rated” website WorldStarHipHop.com. The video content aggregator offers hip-hop and viral videos, often of outrageous, tabloid-style events. The site has taken heat for sexual and violent content, but it has been immensely popular with urban teenagers and young adults. At one point it was counted as having a million or more visitors daily. A TV series based on the site was scheduled to debut in February on MTV2. O’Denat was at a massage parlor when he became unresponsive. Paramedics couldn’t save him, and he died at the scene of heart disease—specifically atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease—with obesity a contributing factor, in San Diego, California on January 23, 2017.

Richard Portman (82) veteran sound engineer who won an Oscar for his work on The Deer Hunter and later became a film school professor at Florida State University. Portman, who worked on films such as Star Wars and The Godfather, was nominated 11 times for an Oscar. He won a British Academy Award for his work on Robert Altman's Nashville. He died in Tallahassee, Florida after a recent fall that left him with a broken hip and other complications, on January 28, 2017.

Bernard Redmont (98) veteran former foreign correspondent for CBS News and other news organizations. Redmont enlisted in the US Marines in 1943, serving as a combat correspondent in the Marshall Islands and receiving the Purple Heart. He was Argentina bureau chief for World Report, forerunner to US News & World Report, during Juan Peron’s dictatorship in the late ‘40s and later was assigned to Paris. He was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and lost his job, joining the English desk of Agence France-Presse in Paris. Redmont later reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Co., Westinghouse Broadcasting Corp., and CBS News in Moscow. He died in Canton, Massachusetts on January 23, 2017.

Emmanuelle Riva (89) French star of screen and stage who was nominated for an Oscar for best actress in 2013 for her role in Amour, Michael Haneke's brutal depiction of an aging couple. Costarring another French movie legend, Jean-Louis Trintignant, the film won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. The actors played a loving, elderly Parisian couple, one of whom has a stroke. Amour also won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In her 60-year career, Riva made an early splash in filmmaker Alain Resnais's acclaimed Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). She died in Paris, France on January 27, 2017.

Butch Trucks (69) drummer, one of the founding members of the Southern rock legend, the Allman Brothers. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny (“Jaimoe”) Johanson, who helped to form the rhythms and the drive for the Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped to define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country, and jazz. Trucks died in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 24, 2017.


Politics and Military

Steve Andrews (67) former Michigan state legislator. Andrews joined the US Navy in 1967 and served at the US Naval Hospital in Guam and as a medic in the 1st Marine Division and Marine 1st Force Reconnaissance Company in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal for his combat and service. He later represented the 106th Michigan House District for two terms until retiring in 1982. He died on January 28, 2017.

Stephen P. Cohen (71) Canadian-born professor who secretly brokered peace talks between Arab and Israeli officials for 30 years. Cohen's academic credentials and Canadian citizenship lent him the credibility to arrange the first direct and informal (but sanctioned) talks between the Israeli government and Yasir Arafat, then leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, early in 1986. Cohen also met with Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat in Alexandria before Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel signed the Camp David accords in 1978. He was credited with advancing other Israeli peace initiatives with Egypt and Jordan. Cohen died of advanced breast cancer in Teaneck, New Jersey on January 25, 2017.

Ann Dandrow (80) longtime Connecticut lawmaker who spearheaded the state’s baby Safe Haven law that became a national model. Dandrow started her political career with election to the Southington Board of Education and became the town council’s first woman chairman in 1982. As a Republican, she served in the state House of Representatives from 1986–2002. The Safe Haven bill passed in 2000 allows mothers to anonymously surrender their newborns at hospitals and other designated places without fear of prosecution. Dandrow was also an advocate for people with disabilities. She died in Southington, Connecticut on January 25, 2017.

Robert Garcia (84) US congressman from New York who represented a South Bronx district for 12 years until a jury convicted him and his wife of extortion in an ‘80s corruption scandal involving Bronx Democrats, Reagan administration Republicans, and a military contractor in his district. Garcia resigned from the House of Representatives in January 1990, shortly after the verdicts in the federal trial of him and his wife, but an appeals court overturned the convictions later that year. He died in San Juan, Puerto Rico of a bacterial infection related to emphysema, 16 days after his 84th birthday, on January 25, 2017.

Mike Greely (76) former Montana attorney general who previously served in both houses of the state legislature. Greely was elected attorney general in 1976 and served three four-year terms. During that time he established a statewide criminal investigations unit, modernized the state crime lab, improved law enforcement training, and pioneered a program that provides skilled prosecutors for major felony cases. He successfully defended Montana's 30 per cent coal severance tax before the US Supreme Court and argued other cases as well. A Democrat, Greely ran for governor in 1988 and for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court in '92 but lost both races. He died unexpectedly at his family cabin on the Missouri River, on January 26, 2017.

Ken Hartle (103) US Navy diver who during World War II had the grim task of retrieving bodies from ships sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Hartle may have been the oldest surviving Pearl Harbor salvage diver. He and his fellow Seabees worked in the days before scuba diving equipment was commonplace. Hartle's heavy canvas diving suit and brass helmet weighed more than 200 pounds. Japan’s December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor sank or beached 18 ships. Among them was the battleship Arizona, which went down with 1,177 crew members. Hartle died of Alzheimer's disease in Escondido, California on January 24, 2017.

Harold Hayes (94) last surviving member of a band of airborne American medics and nurses who crashed-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania in 1943 and survived German attacks, blizzards, and horrific privations on a 600-mile trek to their rescue on the Adriatic coast. The survival of the 30 noncombatants was a long-held secret of World War II: the story of 13 female nurses, 13 male medics, and the four-man crew of a medical evacuation plane who were stranded behind enemy lines for nine weeks, hiding in villages and caves in wintry mountains, afflicted with lice and dysentery, often near starvation and hunted by German patrols. Hayes died in Medford, Oregon after an operation to remove a blood clot from his leg, on January 22, 2017.

Brunhilde Pomsel (106) former secretary to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Pomsel lived most of her life in relative obscurity until a German newspaper published an interview with her in 2011, prompting a flurry of interest in one of the last surviving people who had access to the Nazi leadership's inner circle. In a documentary, Pomsel talked about her three years working for the man responsible for spreading Adolf Hitler's ideology in newspapers and across the airwaves. She described Goebbels as a vain man whose hate-filled public speeches were difficult to reconcile with what she said was his considerable charm when not in the spotlight. Pomsel died in Munich, Germany on January 27, 2017.

Jo Lynn Queener (48) recently elected county clerk in eastern New Mexico. Queener worked from mid-2015 to December 31, ‘16 in the County Assessor's office as a county services specialist. She took office as the elected county clerk on January 1, 2017. She suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and was transported to a Lubbock, New Mexico hospital on January 24, where she died two days later, on January 26, 2017.

Ruth Samuelson (57): former North Carolina state representative who rose through the General Assembly leadership ranks while building professional and personal relationships with colleagues from both parties. Samuelson was a Mecklenburg County commissioner before being elected in 2006 to the NC House, where she rose to Republican Conference Leader. She was a strong fund-raiser and candidate recruiter for House Republicans. She died in Charlotte, North Carolina seven months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, on January 23, 2017.


Society and Religion

Ruth and William Bauer (92, 97) Long Island couple married for 70 years. The New York City natives and longtime New Hyde Park residents met in the early ‘40s at a bank where they both worked. They married in 1946 after William Bauer returned from serving with the US Navy in the Pacific during World War II. They died just hours apart at their assisted living residence: Ruth died around 7 a.m., and William died 11 hours later, at 6 p.m., in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York on January 23, 2017.

Stuart Timmons (60) journalist, activist, and authority on the role of gays and lesbians in Los Angeles history. Timmons was best known as the author of two books on gay history. With Lillian Faderman, he cowrote Gay LA: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, & Lipstick Lesbians (2006), which traces more than 200 years of gay and lesbian life in LA, beginning with Spanish missionaries' encounters with cross-gendered Native Americans in the late 1700s. Timmons also wrote The Trouble with Harry Hay (1990), a biography of the founder of the Mattachine Society, the nation's first gay political organization, launched in LA in 1950. Timmons, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2007, died in Los Angeles, California on January 28, 2017.


Sports

Earl Foreman (92) man who brought the Virginia Squires professional basketball team to Hampton Roads. Foreman gave Hampton Roads its only taste of a major professional sports team in the early ‘70s. The Squires were part of the American Basketball Association, which later merged with the National Basketball Association. Foreman had taken the Squires from Washington, DC to Norfolk; they played there for six seasons before folding. He also had ownership stakes in other professional sports teams, including the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and the NBA’s Baltimore Bullets. He died in Chevy Chase, Maryland on January 23, 2017.

Ralph Guglielmi (83) former Notre Dame and Washington Redskins quarterback. Guglielmi was a consensus All-American as a senior in 1954 and placed fourth in Heisman Trophy voting that year after throwing for 1,160 yards and leading the Fighting Irish (9-1) to a No. 4 final national ranking. The Redskins drafted him in 1955 with the third overall pick, and he played a total of seven professional seasons with Washington, the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Guglielmi died in Wallace, North Carolina on January 23, 2017.

Charles Shackleford (50) North Carolina State basketball star in the ‘80s who spent six seasons in the NBA. At 6-feet-10, Shackleford averaged 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds a game in three seasons at NC State. He earned first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 1988 after leading the league in rebounding at 9.6 per game that season. He was a second-round draft pick by New Jersey in 1988. He averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in his NBA career while also making stops in Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Charlotte through the 1998–99 season. He also played professionally in Italy, Turkey, and Greece during that time. Shackleford was found dead at his home in Kinston, North Carolina on January 27, 2017.

Allan H. Steinfeld (70) sprinter who modernized the technical operations of the New York City Marathon, then succeeded Fred Lebow (d. 1994) as head of its parent organization, New York Road Runners. Steinfeld was an operations-oriented complement to Lebow, an impulsive and inspirational entrepreneur. Their talents were necessary to cope with a race that, after beginning in 1970 with a field of 127 running entirely in Central Park, grew to one with tens of thousands of people moving through the city’s five boroughs like a great army in shorts. Steinfeld died of multiple system atrophy, a neurological disease, in Allentown, Pennsylvania on January 24, 2017.

Yordano Ventura (25) Dominican pitcher with an electric fastball who helped the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series championship in 30 years. The Royals nicknamed Ventura “Ace,” not as a label but as a reference to the movie Ace Ventura, yet they always anticipated he would harness a fastball that reached 100 miles per hour and blossom into an elite pitcher. Ventura had a 38-31 record and 3.89 earned run average in four years at Kansas City. He started nine postseason games before he turned 25, including seven scoreless innings in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series. He was driving in heavy fog and was not wearing a seat belt when he was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Reoublic on January 22, 2017.


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