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Anthony C. Beilenson, former US congressman and California state legislatorJohn Claw Sr., designed Navajo Nation SealLloyd H. Conover, inventor of tetracyclineFiora Corradetti Contino, opera conductorHans Dehmelt, Nobel-winning physicistRon Drever, Scottish physicist who helped to confirm Einstein predictionLou Duva, acclaimed boxing manager and trainerBoots, South Carolina's first dogCarol Field, author of classic Italian cookbookWilliam J. Genego, lawyer who fought unfair criminal justice systemChristopher Gray, architectural historianDouglas Henry, Tennessee state senatorSir Howard Hodgkin, British painterBill Hougland, Kansas basketball starBen Jobe, Southern University winning basketball coachDan Lilley, Maine defense attorneyDr. Henry S. Lodge Jr., coauthor of health-advice booksJay Lynch, underground comics cartoonist and satiristMickey Marvin, Tennessee Super Bowl championMike McCarville, Oklahoma political journalist, broadcaster, and authorKurt Moll, German opera bassJonathan Moore, US government aideJoseph Nicolosi, psychologist who tried to make gay men straightGeorge A. Olah, Nobel Prize-winning chemistRobert Osbourne, host of TV's Turner Classic MoviesJoni Sledge, one of four singing sisters billed as Sister SledgeAndrew Steele, Wisconsin sheriff's deputy who killed his wife and sister-in-lawLynne F. Stewart, lawyer who helped convicted terrorist to overcome prison rulesJohn Surtees, British racer of cars and motorcyclesRev. Keith Tonkel, Mississippi Methodist ministerDave Valentin, Grammy-winning Latin jazz flutistRichard Wagamese, Canadian Ojibwe writerRobert James Waller, author of 'Bridges of Madison County'John W. Walsh, crusader against COPDBill Webb, director of TV baseball broadcastsFred  Weintraub, former owner of Bitter End comedy club

Art and Literature

John Claw Sr. (82) man who created the iconic Navajo Nation Seal. In 1952 while attending Ganado High School, Claw entered a competition to design the Navajo Nation Seal. His winning design incorporated arrowheads, a rainbow, cornstalks, the Four Sacred Mountains, and livestock. He died of heart-related complications in Gallup, New Mexico on March 9, 2017.

Christopher Gray (66) architectural detective and social historian whose “Streetscapes” column in the New York Times opened readers’ eyes to the richness of buildings all around them. “Streetscapes,” which ran from 1987–2014, was the first thing many readers turned to in the Times’s Sunday “Real Estate” section. Gray's columns, many of them collected in New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan’s Significant Buildings & Landmarks (2003), were narratives of creation, abandonment, and restoration that highlighted quirky design and backstairs gossip from decades past. He died of pneumonia in New York City on March 10, 2017.

Sir Howard Hodgkin (84) British artist whose paintings fused abstraction with the beauty of nature. Hodgkin's work has been shown in solo exhibitions around the world, including major retrospectives at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and Tate Britain, London. Many of his bold, colorful works were inspired by the landscapes of India, which he visited often. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992, Hodgkin died in London, England on March 9, 2017.

Jay Lynch (72) artist, writer, and satirist, a central figure in the underground comics revolution of the ‘60s and ’70s. Lynch, who had a deadpan sense of humor, held strong views about the importance of underground comics, which differentiated themselves from the mainstream through raunchy and grotesque depictions of sex, drugs, and violence. He created comics like “Nard ‘n’ Pat,” about a conservative man who bickers with a hip cat. He died of lung cancer in Candor, New York on March 5, 2017.

Richard Wagamese (61) Canadian Ojibwe writer, one of four children abandoned by their parents, whose search for his own identity inspired articles, essays, and more than a dozen books. Wagamese, who had recently had pneumonia, died in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada on March 10, 2017.

Robert James Waller (77) author whose best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel The Bridges of Madison County was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and later into a Broadway musical. A literary phenomenon that Waller famously wrote in 11 days, the novel reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list and stayed on it for over three years, longer than any work of fiction since The Robe, a novel about Jesus’s crucifixion published in the early ‘50s. The Eastwood-directed 1995 movie grossed $182 million worldwide. Waller died of multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, in Fredericksburg, Texas on March 10, 2017.

Business and Science

Lloyd H. Conover (93) chemist whose breakthrough invention of one of the most effective and widely prescribed antibiotics, tetracycline, led to a whole new approach to developing such drugs. Conover started his research at Pfizer in Brooklyn in 1950, when pharmaceutical companies, spurred by the success of penicillin against battlefield infections during World War II, were racing to find new antibiotics. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 11, 2017.

Hans Dehmelt (94) German-born physicist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in physics for developing methods to trap a single ion or electron, allowing for a more precise way to measure their properties. Dehmelt devised a configuration of magnetic and electric fields known as an ion trap that serves as a cage for charged particles like ions and electrons. Once the particle was trapped, scientists could study it. In 1973 Dehmelt used the technique to observe a single isolated electron and was later able to observe single ions in the trap. He died in Seattle, Washington on March 7, 2017.

Ron Drever (85) Scottish-born physicist whose ingenuity helped scientists to detect vibrations of the void known as gravitational waves—space-time ripples that were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago but had never before been seen. Drever was a cofounder of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, a pair of L-shaped antennas in Washington state and Louisiana with headquarters at CalTech in Pasadena. When scientists from the observatory announced in 2016 that they had detected such waves from a pair of black holes that had collided a billion light years from Earth, the news mesmerized the scientific world. Drever died of dementia in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 7, 2017.

Carol Field (76) authority on Italian cuisine whose classic cookbook The Italian Baker (1985) introduced Americans to regional breads like ciabatta and focaccia, and to desserts. It was named the best book in its category by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 1986, and in 2010 the James Beard Foundation included it in its “Baker’s Dozen,” a list of 13 indispensable baking books. Field died of a stroke in San Francisco, California on March 10, 2017.

Dr. Henry S. Lodge Jr. (58) physician whose series of health-advice books, Younger Next Year, written with his patient Chris Crowley, sold in the millions. Readers were told to work out daily and stop eating junk food. A grandson of former Massachusetts senator and United Nations ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (d. 1985), Dr. Lodge died of prostate cancer in New York City on March 10, 2017.

Joseph Nicolosi (70) psychologist and major figure in the “ex-gay” movement that promotes a therapy designed to “cure” people of their homosexuality. Nicolosi cofounded the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality in 1992. He was a major proponent of what he called “reparative therapy,” a treatment usually aimed at gay men that seeks to transform their behavior to heterosexual. It’s a treatment that has come to be widely denounced by the gay community and disavowed by much of the psychological community. Nicolosi died of influenza in California on March 8, 2017.

George A. Olah (89) founding director of the University of Southern California's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute whose work won a 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry and paved the way for more effective oil refining and ways of producing less polluting forms of gasoline. Olah’s research brought him the Nobel for his groundbreaking study of the unstable carbon molecules known as carbocations. Honored by numerous scientific societies and his native country, Hungary, Olah wrote or cowrote nearly two dozen books, published nearly 1,500 papers, and held 160 patents from seven countries. He died in Beverly Hills, California on March 8, 2017.

John W. Walsh (68) leader of a national campaign for a cure for a form of lung disease that killed his mother and afflicted his sister, twin brother, and himself. Walsh was cofounder of three groups whose mission was to heighten public awareness of the illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), improve patient care, and develop a remedy. He died in Miami, Florida of complications from a brain injury he sustained last year when he fell on an icy street in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2017.


William J. Genego (66) trial and appellate attorney who successfully fought to overturn the wrongful murder convictions of at least five people serving life sentences. Genego was drawn to cases in which he felt the criminal justice system failed to treat a defendant fairly. He won acquittals in cases involving federal fraud prosecutions and first-degree murder. He also had a reputation for securing appellate reversals in cases including bank fraud, conspiracy, controlled substances, and entrapment. He died of cancer in Santa Monica, California on March 8, 2017.

Dan Lilley (79) defense lawyer who was involved in many of Maine's highest profile cases including a prostitution scandal at a Zumba fitness studio and the case of a restaurateur who shot her husband 15 times. Lilley was known as a tough, old-school defense attorney and was sometimes called a maverick in the courtroom. He died in Portland, Maine on March 11, 2017.

Andrew Steele (42) former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy who killed his wife and sister-in-law but was found not legally responsible because of his ailing health. Steele fatally shot his wife, Ashlee Steele, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol of Minnesota, at the couple's Wisconsin home in 2014, then tried to kill himself. His attorneys said he suffered from a neurocognitive disorder resulting from Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which attacks nerve cells that control muscles. The Michigan native was released from a mental hospital in 2016 and into the custody of his parents after a judge ruled he no longer posed a threat. Steele died in Madison, Wisconsin on March 7, 2017.

Lynne F. Stewart (77) New York civil rights lawyer who represented small-time criminals and radicals alike before losing her license to practice law after she was convicted in a terrorism case. Stewart received a “compassionate release” from prison on December 31, 2013 after serving more than four years of a 10-year sentence. She served time for letting blind Egyptian Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman overcome strict prison rules meant to cut off contact with the outside world while he served a life sentence for his 1995 conviction in conspiracies to assassinate Egypt’s president and bomb five New York landmarks. Stewart was projected to live less than 18 months; the sheik died in February. Stewart had long fought cancer and recently suffered strokes. She died of cancer in Brooklyn, New York three years after her release from prison, on March 7, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Fiora Corradetti Contino (91) Long Island-born opera conductor who founded her first opera company when she was only 27 and conducted for 50 years, until she was 81. The daughter of La Scala baritone Ferrucio Corradetti, Fiora Contino specialized in the unsentimental realism of Italian verismo opera. She was also a music professor and vocal coach but was best known as an acclaimed conductor. She died of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease in Carmel, Indiana on March 5, 2017.

Mike McCarville (76) longtime Oklahoma political journalist, broadcaster, and author. McCarville’s career included work for various Oklahoma newspapers and broadcast stations, including as assistant news director of KWTV television and as program director, reporter, and conservative talk show host on KTOK radio. He created the online political blog “The McCarville Report. McCarville died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after suffering complications from emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), on March 8, 2017.

Kurt Moll (78) German bass whose theatrical flair and deep low notes allowed him to portray the serenity, humor, and ferocity of a wide array of operatic characters created by Mozart, Strauss, and Wagner. Moll sang with leading companies in Munich, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, London, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he sang 128 times. He died in Cologne, Germany on March 5, 2017.

Robert Osbourne (84) genial face of Turner Classic Movies and a walking encyclopedia of classic Hollywood. Osborne, who began his career as an actor, was a columnist for the Hollywood Reporter. He was on-air host of Ted Turner's fledgling classic movie network from its inception in 1994 and remained Turner Classic's primary—and often sole—host since. For TCM viewers, Osborne was a constant and calming presence, introducing films with bits of history and trivia and conducting interviews with stars about their favorite old films. Osbourne died in New York City on March 6, 2017.

Joni Sledge (60) singer who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family.” Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim, and Kathy formed the Sister Sledge in 1971 in Philadelphia, their hometown, but struggled for years before success came. While it celebrated their sisterhood, the 1979 hit also became an anthem for female empowerment and unity. It became their signature hit and was nominated for a Grammy. Both the song and its album sold more than a million copies. The sisters also had a hit with a cover of the Mary Wells song “My Guy” in 1982 but never duplicated the success they had in the ‘70s. Joni Sledge was found dead at her home in Phoenix, Arizona on March 10, 2017.

Dave Valentin (64) Grammy-winning Latin jazz flutist who recorded dozens of albums and performed on six continents. Born in the Bronx, New York, Valentin was playing conga and timbales professionally by the time he was 10. As a teenager he became attracted to a girl who played the flute and, to better court her, switched instruments and taught himself to play. He later became one of the preeminent flutists in Latin jazz, winning a Grammy for best Latin jazz album in 2003 for The Gathering, by the Caribbean Jazz Project, an album that also featured vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Valentin died in the Bronx of a stroke and Parkinson’s disease on March 8, 2017.

Bill Webb (70) whose direction of baseball broadcasts nationally for Fox Sports and locally for the New York Mets featured exceptional anticipation and rapid camera cuts to heighten tension. As a director at Fox and for SNY, the local cable home of the Mets, Webb made split-second decisions as he stitched the narrative of a game from live action, replays, and graphics on dozens of screens in a production truck. He died of cancer in Morristown, New Jersey on March 7, 2017.

Fred Weintraub (88) club owner, Hollywood producer, and self-described showman who left a legacy that included founding the storied New York folk and comedy club The Bitter End, green-lighting a music festival shoot that became the documentary Woodstock, and signing young martial arts expert Bruce Lee to star in the Weintraub-produced movie Enter the Dragon. Among those who performed at The Bitter End when Weintraub owned it were Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Joan Rivers. On their debut album, the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary posed in front of the Bitter End’s famous brick wall, an iconic backdrop that has since become the de facto standard for comedy clubs. Weintraub died of Parkinson’s disease in Pacific Palisades, California on March 5, 2017.

Politics and Military

Anthony C. Beilenson (84) veteran Democrat politician from southern California who advocated abortion rights, environmental protection, and gun control as a state legislator and 10-term congressman. Over his 20 years representing congressional districts that included the San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Agoura Hills, Beilenson championed affordable health care, environmental safeguards like the Clean Air Act, and cuts to defense spending. Among his proudest achievements was sponsoring the 1978 legislation that created the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area that protected a wilderness that extends from the Hollywood Hills to Point Mugu. He later helped to secure federal funding that created Lake Balboa Park, which now bears his name, and the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge. Beilenson had been recovering from a heart attack in February when he died in Westwood, California on March 5, 2017.

Boots the English Bulldog (6) South Carolina's first dog. Most South Carolinians first learned about Boots in Gov. Henry McMaster's campaign ads. Boots became top dog when McMaster became governor after Nikki Haley resigned upon being confirmed as US ambassador to the United Nations. Boots died of lymphatic cancer at the Governor's Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina on March 5, 2017.

Douglas Henry (90) former Tennessee state senator, a larger-than-life former state lawmaker with the longest tenure in the history of the Tennessee General Assembly. Henry was an attorney from a wealthy Nashville family who was famous for his Southern manners, seersucker suits, and a cigar chomped between his teeth—although he never smoked around women because it would be very discourteous.” A Democrat, Henry presided over the powerful Senate Finance Committee for 30 years until Republicans took over the upper chamber in 2007. He retired in 2014 and died in West Meade, Tennessee on March 5, 2017.

Jonathan Moore (84) public servant and academic who saved refugees, reduced nuclear proliferation, and made government more responsive. Moore served six US presidents, mostly in the State, Defense, and Justice Departments and at the United Nations. He was the first full-time director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and was involved in establishing the school’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy. He died in Weston, Massachusetts of complications from a degenerative muscle condition, on March 8, 2017.

Society and Religion

Rev. Keith Tonkel (81) one of 28 white United Methodist ministers who signed a statement condemning segregation and racism in the Deep South in 1963. Tonkel had been pastor at Wells United Methodist Church in Jackson, Miss. since 1969. He was pastor of the small Guinn Memorial Methodist Church in Gulfport when he and 27 other young ministers signed the “Born of Conviction” statement against racism. It appeared in a Mississippi Methodist publication in January 1963, near the height of white resistance to the civil rights movement. It was released three months after a mob rioted because of the court-ordered integration of the University of Mississippi in Oxford and about five months before Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers was assassinated outside his Jackson home. Tonkel died after experiencing a heart problem in Jackson, Mississippi, where he had been hospitalized for pneumonia and blood clots in his lungs, on March 8, 2017.


Lou Duva (94) Boxing Hall of Famer who handled the careers of 19 champions including heavyweight Evander Holyfield. A down-to-earth manager and trainer, Duva had a career that spanned 70 years. He also handled fellow 1984 Olympians Pernell Whitaker and Meldrick Taylor. His first titlist was middleweight Joey Giardiello, who won his crown in 1963. The son of Italian immigrants, Duva and his family built the promotional company Main Events (founded in 1978) into one of boxing’s powerhouses. Duva was voted “Manager of the Year” in 1985 by the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 1987 the World Boxing Association chose him as “Trainer of the Year.” He died in Paterson, New Jersey on March 8, 2017.

Bill Hougland (86) Kansas standout who led the Jayhawks to the 1952 national title before becoming the first player to win two Olympic basketball gold medals. Hougland played in 77 games for coach Phog Allen during his three-year college career. Along with a national title, he helped the Jayhawks to win Big Seven titles in 1950 and ’52. He was among seven Kansas players who helped the US to win gold at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, then was part of the team that repeated its golden performance at the ‘56 Melbourne Games. After his playing career, Hougland served in the US Air Force and worked in the oil industry. He also remained close to his alma mater, donating more than $1.2 million to the school. He died in Lawrence, Kansas on March 6, 2017.

Ben Jobe (84) coach who turned Southern University into one of the highest-scoring college basketball programs in the nation and led them to an upset victory over Georgia Tech in the 1993 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. Jobe joined Southern, a historically black college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1986 and coached the team for 12 seasons. He favored a rapid-fire offense, demanding that in every game his Jaguars shoot every 8 seconds, take at least 93 shots, and try to score more than 100 points. His teams responded, leading the nation in scoring for three seasons and earning the nickname the “runnin’ and gunnin’ Jaguars.” He died of lung cancer in Montgomery, Alabama, eight days after his 84th birthday, on March 10, 2017.

Mickey Marvin (61) former Super Bowl champion and Tennessee player. Marvin was drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders in 1977, started at right guard from ‘78–86, and was part of Super Bowl-winning teams in the ‘80 and ‘83 seasons. He played for the Volunteers from 1973–76 and helped them to win the ‘74 Liberty Bowl. Marvin was a native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, on March 6, 2017.

John Surtees (83) British race driver who won the 1964 Formula One championship to become the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels. Besides winning the F1 title for Ferrari, Surtees also won four 500cc motorcycle world titles in 1956 and ‘58–’60. He also became the first man to win the Senior TT on the Isle of Man for three years in succession. He started over 100 F1 grands prix, winning six, in a career that took him to Ferrari, Cooper, and Honda. During the ‘70s Surtees also designed, built, and raced his own Team Surtees F1, F2, and F5000 cars. He died in London, England after being treated for an existing respiratory condition, on March 10, 2017.

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