Art and LiteratureColin Dexter
(86) British mystery writer who created music-loving Oxford detective Inspector Morse. Last Bus to Woodstock
(1975) introduced Morse, a curmudgeonly detective with a love of real ale, classical music, and crosswords—and for a long time, no first name, at least not one disclosed to readers. In the 1996 novel Death Is Now My Neighbor,
his given name was revealed as Endeavour. Accompanied by the trustworthy Sgt. Lewis, Morse solved murders and mysteries in the ancient university city in more than a dozen novels until Dexter killed him off in The Remorseful Day
(1999). Morse was played by the late John Thaw (died 2002) in a successful TV series that ran from 1987–2000. That series spawned two more TV spinoffs: Inspector Lewis,
which centered on Morse's former sidekick; and Endeavour,
which depicted the beginning of Morse's career in the ‘60s. Colin Dexter died in Oxford, England on March 21, 2017.Robert Silvers
(87) editor of the New York Review of Books
who responded to private groaning over the state of criticism and helped to create a literary magazine of lasting influence. Silvers had been sole editor of the Review
after fellow founder Barbara Epstein died in 2006. The Review
was conceived in late 1962, in the midst of a newspaper strike in New York City, when poet Robert Lowell and his wife, author and critic Elizabeth Hardwick, met at the Upper West Side apartment of Barbara and Jason Epstein, a publishing executive. They shared an old lament—the dreadfulness of book reviews—and saw a chance to change it. Lowell secured a loan of $4,000, and Silvers, with Harper's at the time, was brought in as coeditor. The first issue of the Review
came out in 1963. Silvers died in New York City on March 20, 2017.Christina Vella
(75) author of several colorful works of narrative history, notably Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba,
a tale of wealth and scandal in 19th-century France and New Orleans. A historian by training, Vella found one of her richest subjects close to hand, in her native city. She died of cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana eight days after her 75th birthday, on March 22, 2017.
Business and ScienceSantiago Barberi Gonzalez
(40) president and creative director of Nancy Gonzalez, a Colombian accessories firm and one of the largest purveyors of crocodile handbags in the world. A colorful, charismatic figure known to friends as Santi, Barberi Gonzalez was considered the creative visionary and the growth engine behind the company, which he founded with his mother in 1998 while he was a student at the Savannah College of Art & Design. They received their first order for just 16 bags, he later recalled, in two styles and three patterns, from Bergdorf Goodman. Barberi Gonzalez died in New York City on March 24, 2017.Paul Novograd
(73) whose reluctant decision to shutter his family’s century-old Claremont Riding Academy in 2007 turned Manhattan into a no-horse town. Claremont’s sudden closing left New Yorkers without what had been billed as the oldest continuously operating stable in New York and Manhattan’s oldest riding school and last public livery. Claremont had been home to countless horses since it opened in 1892 on the Upper West Side, had trained generations of riders in its arena, and had supplied equine cast members to the Metropolitan Opera and other cultural institutions. Horses could be rented for upward of $55 an hour, to hoof it one block north and two blocks east from the Claremont stables, at 175 W. 89th St., to Central Park’s bridle path. Novograd saw the deterioration of that path—caused by joggers, bicyclists, and others who rediscovered the park after it was rehabilitated—as one reason for the decline in ridership that led him to his painful decision to close Claremont. He died in New York City on March 24, 2017.David Rockefeller
(101) last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. David Rockefeller was the grandson of Standard Oil cofounder John D. Rockefeller and the youngest of five sons and one daughter born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. David was also the guardian of his family's fortune and head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that ranged from environmental conservation to the arts. Unlike his brothers Nelson, former governor of New York who hungered for the White House and was briefly US vice president (1974–77) under President Gerald Ford, and Winthrop, a governor of Arkansas, David wielded power and influence without ever seeking public office. Among his many accomplishments were spurring the project that led to the World Trade Center. He died in his sleep in Pocantico Hills, New York on March 20, 2017.Dr. Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport
(104) Germany's oldest recipient of a doctorate almost 80 years after fleeing the Nazis. A specialist in newborn care, Syllm-Rapoport was widely cheered when she passed her oral exam at the University of Hamburg with flying colors at age 102 in 2015. Part-Jewish, she moved to the US in 1938 after being prevented from defending her doctoral thesis by the Nazis' race laws. She earned her medical degree in Philadelphia and returned to Berlin in 1952, becoming first head of neonatology at East Germany's prestigious Charite hospital. She died in Berlin, Germany on March 23, 2017.George Weinberg
(86) psychotherapist who, in the mid-‘60s, observed the discomfort that some of his colleagues exhibited around gay men and women and invented a word to describe it—homophobia. Weinberg used it for the first time in print in “Words for the New Culture,” an article in the newsweekly Gay
in 1971, and discussed the phenomenon at length in his book Society & the Healthy Homosexual
(1972). He died of cancer in New York City on March 20, 2017.
EducationMary Maples Dunn
(85) educator who brought a scholar’s knowledge of the history of women to her long tenure as president of Smith College and defended the role of women’s colleges in an increasingly diversifying society. Dunn spent most of her career at women’s colleges, which had been established long before women were admitted to many colleges and universities throughout the US. When she became Smith’s eighth president in 1985, the need for women’s colleges was being widely debated. In the preceding 15 years or so, many all-male universities had opened their doors to women. But Dunn maintained that all-female colleges remained essential. She died of heart failure caused by pulmonary hypertension in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on March 19, 2017.Scott McGilvray
(51) president of the National Education Association teachers union in New Hampshire and a state senator. McGilvray headed the organization for several years. He had taught social studies at Manchester Memorial High School for over 20 years and was the school’s football coach. A Democrat from Hooksett, he was elected to the State Senate last November. He had taken a leave of absence from work in February owing to illness and died in a Boston, Massachusetts hospital on March 21, 2017.
(78) judge who presided over a civil case that prompted Star Wars
creator George Lucas to drop plans for a Chicago museum. Darrah’s career included stints as a public defender and prosecutor. He issued rulings in 2016 favoring opponents of a lake-front museum, and Lucas abandoned the project. Darrah's other high-profile cases included one involving a priest accused of seeking to recover an imprisoned hit man's hidden Stradivarius violin. Chicago-born Darrah and his wife, Jeanine, had 10 children. John Darrah died in Lisle, Illinois on March 23, 2017.
News and EntertainmentLola Albright
(92) actress who was perhaps best known for her role as a sultry nightclub singer on the noirish TV detective series Peter Gunn.
Albright made her screen debut in the late ‘40s and appeared in numerous westerns and other B movies before being cast on Peter Gunn,
an adult drama that aired from 1958–61 and has become a cult classic. The series, created by director Blake Edwards, starred Craig Stevens in the title role as a debonair detective, with Albright playing his often-stood-up girlfriend, Edie Hart, who crooned a song in each episode at a shabby-chic jazz club called Mother’s, which never seemed to close. She was nominated for an Emmy for the show, which had a striking theme song that won two Grammys for its composer, Henry Mancini. Albright’s languorous singing and beauty contributed to the moody aura of Peter Gunn,
which ran for 114 episodes on NBC and later ABC. Her second of three ex-husbands was actor Jack Carson (died 1963). Albright died in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2017.Chuck Barris
(87) whose game show empire included The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game,
and that infamous cheese factory, The Gong Show.
Barris made game show history right off the bat in 1966 with The Dating Game.
The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date. Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females. But in all cases, the questions were designed to elicit sexy answers. At one point Barris was supplying the TV networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows. He became a familiar face as creator and host of The Gong Show,
which aired from 1976–80. Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour
show that was a radio hit in the ‘30s, the program featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all. Barris sold his company for a reported $100 million in 1980. He died in Palisades, New York on March 21, 2017.Jimmy Breslin
(88) columnist and author who scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy’s gravedigger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear. In a writing career that spanned 60 years, Breslin became the brash embodiment of the street-smart New Yorker, chronicling wise guys and big-city power brokers but always coming back to the toils of ordinary working people. He was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News,
and won a Pulitzer Prize for pieces that, among other things, exposed police torture in Queens and took a sympathetic look at the life of an AIDS patient. Breslin was a best-selling author, too. The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight
was his comic account of warring Brooklyn mobsters that was made into a 1971 movie. Damon Runyon: A Life
was an account of another famous New York newsman and storyteller, and I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me
was a memoir. Breslin died of pneumonia in New York City on March 19, 2017.Don Carter
(99) newspaper reporter, editor, and executive whose career spanned nearly 50 years. Carter became a reporter for the Atlanta Journal
after graduating from the University of Georgia in 1938. He was the newspaper's city editor after serving in the Army during World War II. Later he was a top editor at the National Observer,
(NJ) Evening Record,
and the Macon
and publisher of the Lexington
He retired in 1982 after six years as a vice president for Knight-Ridder. Carter's surviving relatives include his cousin, former President Jimmy Carter. Don Carter died on Sea Island, Georgia on March 22, 2017.Sib Hashian
(67) former drummer for the arena rock band Boston. Hashian played on Boston's first two hit records, their self-titled debut album in 1976, featuring the hit song “More Than a Feeling,” and the ‘78 follow-up, Don't Look Back.
The original band, made up of Tom Scholz, Brad Delp, Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan, and Hashian, had one of the most successful debut records in history, selling over 17 million copies, with the singles “Long Time” and “Peace of Mind.” Hashian was listed as one of the featured performers on the Legends of Rock Cruise, which departed from Miami on March 18 and was scheduled to visit Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. He died on board the cruise ship on March 22, 2017.
Politics and MilitaryBill Farr
(93) longest-serving fire chief in the history of Sparks. Farr was Sparks's fire chief from 1951–76. The World War II veteran also was a Nevada state senator and a Washoe County commissioner. He died in Sparks, Nevada on March 25, 2017.Mike Henshaw
(72) Illinois’s Saline County state's attorney. A Democrat, Henshaw died after falling down steps at his home in Harrisburg, Illinois in an apparent accident on March 22, 2017.Martin McGuinness
66) former Irish Republican Army commander who took up arms to fight British soldiers in the streets but ended up shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II. A militant who long sought to unify Ireland through violence, McGuinness became a peacemaking politician who earned the respect, and even the friendship, of his former enemies. He led the IRA paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain and later was Northern Ireland's deputy first minister for 10 years in a Catholic-Protestant power-sharing unity government. McGuinness suffered from amyloidosis, a rare disease with a strain specific to Ireland's northwest. The chemotherapy required to combat the formation of organ-choking protein deposits sapped him of his strength and forced the once-indefatigable politician to start missing government appointments. He stepped down from front-line politics in January and died in Londonderry, Ireland on March 21, 2017.Bob Ream
(80) wildlife biology professor, Montana state lawmaker, and conservationist. Ream founded the Wilderness Institute and the Wolf Ecology Project as a professor at the University of Montana. He served in the Montana House from 1983–97, where he sponsored legislation that created the state's Stream Access Law, the Montana Superfund law, and a law that required restitution for illegally taken wildlife. He was chairman of the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission from 2009–13, where he presided over such decisions as delisting gray wolves and managing bison that migrate into Montana from Yellowstone National Park. Ream died of pancreatic cancer in Helena, Montana on March 22, 2017.
Society and ReligionWilliam, Cardinal Keeler
(86) prelate who helped to ease tensions between Catholics and Jews and headed the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the US for 18 years. Keeler retired in 2007 as head of the archdiocese of Baltimore. He devoted much of his clerical life to improving ties with other denominations, especially Jews. From 1992–95 he was president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. He also was moderator for Catholic/Jewish Relations and was a member of the Committee on Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs. He died in Catonsville, Maryland on March 23, 2017.Sam Jenkins
(19) student injured in a skateboard accident at a suburban Philadelphia college. Swarthmore College sophomore Jenkins was injured March 17 on Magill Walk, which leads to the main administration building. From Wickford, Rhode Island, Jenkins built his own motorcycle and dreamed of running his own video game development studio. He died two days after the accident in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania on March 19, 2017.
(82) manager who guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship. Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president, and other roles. As a major league pitcher, he went just 20-22 in the ‘60s. In 1980, with Pete Rose playing first base on a team that included future Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton, Green guided the Phillies to the World Series championship, ending a drought that stretched back nearly a century. Green later managed the New York Yankees, the Mets, and the Chicago Cubs. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 22, 2017.Pete Hamilton
(74) winner of consecutive Daytona 500s. Hamilton won four career Cup races, including the Daytona 500 in 1970–71. He also won twice at Talladega Superspeedway in 1971. His 1970 Daytona victory was in the No. 40 Plymouth Superbird fielded by Petty Enterprises; his teammate was Hall of Famer Richard Petty. Hamilton had 26 top-five finishes in 64 career starts from 1968–73. He died on March 22, 2017.Jerry Krause
(77) general manager of the Chicago Bulls during a ‘90s dynasty that included six National Basketball Association championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. A Chicago native, Krause spent 18 seasons leading the Bulls's front office and was a two-time NBA executive of the year. He helped to put together a run that ranks among the most successful in NBA history and made the franchise a worldwide brand. Krause, who took over as general manager in 1985, was responsible for surrounding Jordan with the pieces that helped to create two championship three-peats in the ‘90s. He died on March 21, 2017.Clay Matthews Sr.
(88) former San Francisco 49ers lineman, patriarch of a famous football family. Matthews was a two-way player for San Francisco for four seasons in the ‘50s. He played in 45 games and missed two seasons while serving in the Korean War. His impact on the NFL is still felt today; his two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the league. Bruce received seven first-team All-Pro selections and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Clay Jr. was a four-time Pro Bowler for Cleveland. Five of Matthews' grandsons have also played in the NFL, including Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews 3rd and Atlanta offensive lineman Jake Matthews. Clay Matthews Sr. died in Santa Clara, California on March 23, 2017.Previous Week
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