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Martin Landau, actor famous for 'Mission: Impossible'Peter G. Alfond, philanthropist and business executiveAmerico Amorim, Portugal's 'king of cork'Charles W. Bachman, business software engineerKeith Baird, educator and linguistMark Bechard, convicted in murders of two nunsChuck Blazer, disgraced US soccer executiveJim Bush, UCLA track and field coachWm. Theodore de Bary, Columbia University educator and scholar of ChinaBrent Doeden ('Captain Earthman'), Coors Field beer vendorBetty Dukes, Walmart greeter who led largest gender-bias class-action lawsuit in US historySam Glanzman, comic book artist and writerIlya Glazunov, Russian painterHootie Johnson, former chairman of Augusta NationalJim Kanno, first mayor of Fountain Valley, Calif.Maryam Mirzakhani, first and only woman to win Fields Medal in mathematicsMoses C. Norman, dean of Clark Atlanta University School of EducationVito ('Babe') Parilli, AFL quarterbackRay Phiri, South African jazz musicianZachary Polsenberg, Florida high school football playerJohn Quinn, founding editor at 'USA Today'Gray Gustafson Reisfield (right), heiress and companion to film star Greta GarboAlfred ('Chippy') Scivola, New England Mafia mobsterJack G. Shaheen, fought demeaning stereotypes of ArabsBill Smith, veteran LA radio and TV newsmanMary Charlene Staats, wife of AP executiveTenny Tatusian, LA Times deputy editorGus Trowbridge, founder of NYC progressive schoolDavid Wilstein, LA real estate developerBob Wolff, longtime sportscaster, with Babe RuthChristopher ('Fresh Kid Ice') Wong Won, founding member of 2 Live CrewLiu Xiaobo, Chinese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize recipientOlive Yang, Burmese militia leader and opium smuggler

Art and Literature

Sam Glanzman (92) comic book artist and writer who for nearly 80 years brought a detailed style to illustrating war stories, including his own. During World War II Glanzman served in the Pacific on the destroyer Stevens, where the diary he kept, the sketchbooks he filled, and the experiences of his shipmates became raw material for the comic books he created decades later. In about 70 stories for DC and two graphic novels for Marvel, Glanzman vividly recreated his experiences in nearly three years of naval service—the training, the battles, the shore liberties, and the mundane times when little happened. He died in Maryland, New York on July 12, 2017.

Ilya Glazunov (87) painter whose reverence for the Russian past and the Orthodox Church put him in conflict with cultural officials during the Soviet era but won him a devoted following after the collapse of communism. Reviled by the Artists’ Union, which denied him full membership for years, Glazunov nevertheless found favor with high-ranking officials and the diplomatic corps in Moscow and enjoyed such perks as a free studio and permission to travel abroad. Although a darling of the elite, he found it difficult to exhibit his work, whose deviation from Socialist Realism, the mandated official style, made him a target for arts bureaucrats and artists working within the system. But in the late ‘80s, as Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s liberal policies took hold and the Soviet Union hurtled toward dissolution, Glazunov found himself a spokesman for resurgent Russian nationalism. He died in Moscow, Russia on July 9, 2017.


Business and Science

Peter G. Alfond (65) philanthropist and business executive, a member of one of the most influential families in Maine. Alfond was the son of Harold and Dorothy (“Bibby”) Alfond; the family's name can be found on academic buildings and recreation facilities around the state. Peter Alfond was a trustee of the Harold Alfond Foundation and a major philanthropist on his own. He founded the Peter Alfond Foundation to support educational, health-related, and other charitable causes in Maine, New England, and the Caribbean. He had also been a senior executive at Dexter Shoe Co., which his father founded. He died of malaria, which he contracted on a trip to Africa, in Waterville, Maine on July 10, 2017.

Americo Amorim (82) known as the “king of cork” for building his fortune on cork stoppers and believed to be Portugal's wealthiest man. Amorim's fortune was recently estimated by Forbes at €4.4 billion ($5 billion); his company, Corticeira Amorim, is the world leader in cork production. Portugal is the world's largest cork producer, accounting for about half of global output. With plastic stoppers for wine bottles encroaching on his market, Amorim diversified cork uses into areas such as insulation and furniture. He created a conglomerate, Grupo Amorim, that expanded his business into wine production and tourism. He also held significant stakes in Portuguese financial, telecom, and energy companies. Amorim stepped down from his executive duties in October 2016, owing to health problems. He died in Lisbon, Portugal on July 13, 2017.

Charles W. Bachman (92) engineer who created software to harness business data in the early ‘60s, laying a technical foundation for modern digital commerce. Bachman was a pioneer in the field of database management software. His work was later eclipsed by that of other innovators, and software tools have changed drastically over the years. But behind every product search on Amazon, movie recommendation on Netflix, or bid on eBay, there is a flood of digital communications mediated by database management software, which owes an intellectual debt to Bachman. He died in Lexington, Massachusetts on July 13, 2017.

Brent Doeden (61) beer vendor, also known as “Captain Earthman,” who worked at Coors Field since the Colorado Rockies' first season. Doeden was known for his friendliness, booming voice, and wearing handcrafted hats and peanut earrings. His wife said that every person he met was the most important person to him at that moment, and he made them feel that way. Doeden was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in August 2016 and died in Arvada, Colorado on July 10, 2017.

Maryam Mirzakhani (40) Stanford University professor, the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics. In 2014 Mirzakhani was one of four winners of the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years and is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She was named for her work on complex geometry and dynamic systems. She died of breast cancer on July 15, 2017.

David Wilstein (89) founder of a prominent Los Angeles development firm. Since establishing Realtech Construction Co. in 1976, Wilstein had overseen more than 100 projects, including high-rise office towers, medical buildings, apartments, hotels, and shopping centers. He died in Beverly Hills, California on July 9, 2017.


Education

Keith Baird (94) educator and linguist who centered his life on language and advocated use of the term “Afro-American” rather than “black” to describe people of African descent in the US. A native of Barbados, Baird came to the US in 1947 and earned several degrees before working as a foreign language teacher in New York and helping to found the African-American Teachers Association. He later taught at several colleges on the east coast and in Georgia, including Clark Atlanta University. Baird became fluent or conversant in 14 languages and wrote several books on linguistics, along with many articles and book reviews. He died in Atlanta, Georgia on July 13, 2017.

Wm. Theodore de Bary (97) venerable Columbia University educator and distinguished scholar of China credited with broadening the way colleges nationwide study Asia. De Bary was an internationally esteemed Sinologist with a shelf of at least 30 books to his credit, either written or edited by him, and a bevy of academic awards and honors, including the National Humanities Medal. More locally, on the university campus in Morningside Heights in Manhattan, he was the consummate Columbia man, one of the towering figures of modern Columbia history. He died in Tappan, New York on July 13, 2017.

Moses C. Norman (82) former dean of Clark Atlanta University's School of Education and a pioneer in educational leadership in Atlanta. Norman also was one of the first black educational leaders in the Atlanta public schools, starting out as a teacher before advancing to become one of the first black area superintendents and later assistant superintendent for secondary education. He also was the longest-serving Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., serving as the fraternity's leader from 1984–90. As a former director of Football Officials for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, he worked more than 20 NCAA championship playoff games, including the Division II National Championship game in 1993. Norman had just retired on June 30. He died 11 days later in Atlanta, Georgia on July 11, 2017.

Gus Trowbridge (82) schoolteacher who transformed Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of an integrated society, where character would trump race and class, into a progressive New York private school that became a national model for diversity. In 1966, after nearly 10 years of teaching English and social studies to the offspring of the city’s economic elite, Trowbridge and his wife, Marty, founded Manhattan Country School in a townhouse on East 96th Street—between two East Side neighborhoods, Yorkville and East Harlem. The school operated with a flexible curriculum, assessed tuition as a percentage of income on the basis of parents’ ability to pay instead of a fixed annual fee, and eventually assembled a student body in which every racial and ethnic group constituted a minority. Trowbridge died in New York City of vascular dementia and cancer, on July 9, 2017.


Law

Mark Bechard (58) Maine man who killed two nuns and severely injured two others in 1996. Bechard was committed to a state psychiatric hospital in October 1996 after he was found not criminally responsible, by reason of mental disease or defect, on two counts of murder for the January 1996 attack at Servants of the Blessed Sacrament chapel in Waterville. Authorities said he was suffering a psychotic episode when he attacked the four nuns. He had recently been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's disease) and had experienced a steady decline in respiratory function. He died in Freeport, Maine on July 9, 2017.

Betty Dukes (67) Walmart greeter who took the retail giant all the way to the US Supreme Court in the largest gender-bias class-action lawsuit in US history. As lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Walmart, Dukes alleged in the 2001 lawsuit that the company violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or gender. She said Walmart systemically paid women employees less than male counterparts and promoted men to higher positions at faster rates than women. The case reached the US Supreme Court in 2011, where it was dismissed. But Dukes continued working for Walmart until 2016. She died in Antioch, California on July 10, 2017.

Alfred ('Chippy') Scivola (76) member of the New England Mafia who was convicted for his role in the shakedown of Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money. Scivola was released from prison in January 2015 and lived in Johnston, RI. When he was sentenced in 2012, his lawyer said Scivola had a pacemaker and respiratory problems. He died at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island on July 14, 2017.


News and Entertainment

Martin Landau (89) chameleonlike actor who gained fame as a master of disguise on the ‘60s TV show Mission: Impossible, then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994). Mission: Impossible, which also starred Landau's then-wife, Barbara Bain, became an immediate hit upon its debut in 1966. It remained on the air until 1973, but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show's third season amid a financial dispute with the producers. They starred on the British-made sci-fi series Space: 1999 from 1975–77 and divorced in 1993. Landau died of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical Center, on July 15, 2017.

Ray Phiri (70) South African jazz musician who founded the band Stimela and became internationally known while performing on Paul Simon's Graceland tour. A vocalist and guitarist known for his versatility in jazz fusion, indigenous South African rhythms, and other styles, Phiri received many music awards in his home country. Political parties said his songs resonated among many South Africans, particularly during the era of white minority rule that ended in 1994. He died of cancer in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 12, 2017.

John Quinn (91) founding editor at USA Today. Quinn began his career as a copy boy at the Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin while he studied at Providence College. He worked his way up to managing editor before leaving to join Gannett in 1966. USA Today was started in 1982; Quinn was its editor for five years and became editor in chief in 1988. He remained at Gannett until he retired in 1990. He lived for many decades in Cocoa Beach, Florida but died in North Kingstown, Rhode Island on July 11, 2017.

Gray Gustafson Reisfield (85) sole heiress to her aunt Greta Garbo's estate and a woman who was a longtime companion to the late Swedish-born actress. Reisfield was 27 years younger than Garbo (died in 1990 at age 84), but the two bonded over being strong, independent women and enjoyed the lighter side of life together, sitting by the swimming pool, traveling to Caribbean islands, and teaching children to do cartwheels in the backyard. Reisfield died of pneumonia in Marin County, California on July 9, 2017.

Jack G. Shaheen (81) Christian son of Lebanese immigrants who lobbied to shatter demeaning stereotypes of Arabs in popular culture as “billionaires, bombers, belly dancers, and boisterous bargainers.” Trained as a journalist, Shaheen embarked on his lobbying campaign against xenophobia in Hollywood films and on TV in 1974. His analysis found that of about 1,000 films with Arab or Muslim characters made between 1896–2000, only 12 portrayed them positively. Shaheen wrote three books, most notably Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2001). He died of cancer in Charleston, South Carolina on July 9, 2017.

Bill Smith (74) veteran Los Angeles radio and TV newsman whose face and voice were long familiar to KTLA viewers and fans of KTTV’s irreverent Metro News-Metro News, which Smith cowrote, produced, and coanchored. The show followed the satirical soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman on Channel 11’s evening lineup in the late ‘70s. A nontraditional news program, the fast-moving show was aimed at people who were looking for something different in news programs. Smith was later on the scene of defining LA moments—brush fires, mudslides, earthquakes, riots. He also covered the Rose Parade, the Academy Awards, the Olympic Games, and annual civic festivals, winning a pair of Golden Mike Awards and an LA Area Emmy Award. He died of Alzheimer's disease in Los Angeles, California on July 9, 2017.

Mary Charlene Staats (78) wife of longtime Associated Press executive Ed Staats. Mary Staats supported her husband's 40-year career as a reporter, editor, and administrator for the AP. He was appointed in 1984 as the AP's Kentucky bureau chief, a position he held until retiring in 2002. A native of Texas, Mary Charlene Whitstine earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Texas, where the couple met. They remained in the Louisville area after his retirement and traveled to several countries together, including Egypt, Jordan, Tibet, China, and Zimbabwe. Mary Staats died of Alzheimer’s disease in Louisville, Kentucky on July 13, 2017.

Tenny Tatusian (47) deputy editor who helped to expand the Los Angeles Times’s digital footprint and underscored her zest for living by working, cooking, traveling, and laughing her way through an aggressive form of melanoma. A no-nonsense journalist who could immediately get across her sentiments with a knowing glance or a few carefully chosen words, Tatusian seemed to stuff a full life into her final years, traveling to Japan, taking professional-grade baking classes, eating her way through much of LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants, and pushing aside her advancing illness to come to work. She died in Santa Monica, California on July 10, 2017.

Christopher ('Fresh Kid Ice') Wong Won (53) founding member of the Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew whose sexually explicit lyrics triggered a national debate over the legal limits of artistic freedom. 2 Live Crew gained fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s for its Miami bass sound, sexually explicit lyrics, and legal challenges. Wong Won, known as “Fresh Kid Ice,” died in Miami, Florida as a result of medical conditions he had suffered for several years, on July 13, 2017.


Politics and Military

Jim Kanno (91) spent what should have been his final high school years confined to a World War II-era internment camp but later became one of America’s first Japanese-American mayors as an early-day politician in Orange County, California. Stripped of his freedom and forced to live behind barbed wire in an Arizona relocation camp, Kanno ultimately chose to work to unite rather than separate people. In 1957—12 years after the war—he helped to turn the farmland of central Orange County into a new city named Fountain Valley, then became the young town’s first mayor. He died in Santa Ana, California after a fall, on July 15, 2017.

Liu Xiaobo (61) renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence, and was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize while imprisoned for his pro-democracy writings. China's most prominent political prisoner died of liver cancer at a hospital in Shenyang, China, in the country's northeast, where he'd been transferred after his diagnosis, on July 13, 2017.

Olive Yang (90) woman born to royalty in British colonial Burma but rejected that life to become a cross-dressing warlord whose army, supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency, established opium trade routes across the Golden Triangle. By the time she died, Yang had led hundreds of men, endured prison and torture, generated gossip for her relationship with a Burmese film actress, and, finally, helped to forge a truce between ethnic rebels and the government. Yang died in Muse, Myanmar on July 13, 2017.


Sports

Chuck Blazer (72) disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter. No. 2 official in the governing body of soccer's Confederation of North, Central America & Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) from 1990–2011 and a member of FIFA's ruling executive committee from ‘97–2013, Blazer was central to the rise of the sport in the US. Soccer corruption had been rumored for years before he accused his boss, CONCACAF President Jack Warner, and fellow executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam of offering $40,000 bribes to voters in the 2011 FIFA presidential election. But Blazer was no innocent; at a November 2013 court hearing during which he entered guilty pleas to 10 federal charges, he said he had rectal cancer, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. He was never jailed but was heavily fined and banned from soccer for life. He died in New Jersey on July 12, 2017.

Jim Bush (90) coach who guided UCLA to five NCAA track and field championships during his 20 years (1965–84) with the Bruins, winning five national championships and seven conference titles along the way. Among his standout athletes were 400-meter runners Wayne Collette and John Smith, triple jumper Willie Banks, hurdlers Greg Foster and Andre Phillips, high jumper Dwight Stones, and shot putter and discus thrower John Brenner. Bush coached 30 Olympians in his career and was head track and field coach at the 1979 Pan American Games. He died of cancer in Culver City, California on July 10, 2017.

William Woodward ('Hootie') Johnson (86) South Carolina banker and chairman (1998–2006) of the Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club, home of the annual Masters Tournament, who stood his ground amid pressure for the club to invite female members. Augusta National, which opened in 1931 and did not have its first black member until ‘90, finally invited two women to join in 2012, one of whom was former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Johnson died of congestive heart failure in Columbia, South Carolina on July 14, 2017.

Vito ('Babe') Parilli (87) former Patriots quarterback who starred in the team's American Football League days. Parilli played for the then-Boston Patriots from 1961–67. He was voted to three AFL All-Star games and was the AFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 1966. He was named to the All-AFL 10-Year Anniversary Team in 1971, and his 31 touchdown passes in '64 were a team record until 2007. Parilli was fourth on the Patriots' career passing list with 16,747 yards; he also was known as an excellent holder and was nicknamed “gold finger.” He began his pro career with the Green Bay Packers in 1952 and played for the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders, the New York Jets, and the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Rough Riders. He was backup to Joe Namath when the Jets won the Super Bowl in 1969. Parilli died of multiple myeloma in Parker, Colorado on July 15, 2017.

Zachary Polsenberg (16) high school football player from Fort Myers, Florida. Polsenberg died 11 days after he collapsed owing to heatstroke during an off-season football workout. The Riverdale High School junior lineman died days after being taken off life support following the June 29 incident. Polsenberg suddenly collapsed during the morning workout and was immediately taken to Golisano Children's Hospital, where he was diagnosed with heatstroke. He suffered internal injuries and fell into a coma; his core temperature registered 107 degrees for more than an hour. He was transferred to a hospital in Miami, Florida, where he died on July 10, 2017.

Bob Wolff (96) only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports. Wolff broadcast the NFL's championship game, World Series, NBA Finals, and Stanley Cup Finals. He interviewed Babe Ruth, was the voice of the Washington Senators, and for decades did play-by-play for the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers. Wolff was cited by the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest consecutive run as a broadcaster at 78 years, dating to 1939 on WDNC Radio when he was a student at Duke University. This year he did sports commentary on News 12 Long Island and hosted the Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award program on WHUD Radio in Westchester, New York. He called the only perfect game in World Series history when the Yankees' Don Larsen accomplished the feat against Brooklyn in 1956. Bob Wolff died in Nyack, New York on July 15, 2017.


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