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Sam Shepard, playwright, actor, and authorEdward Allcard, adventurous British sailorMax Barry, son of Nashville mayorDave Cogdill, California state senatorMarian Diamond, neuroscientist who studied Einstein's brainAmelia Marie Dover, South Carolina drowning victimJames A. Finley, longtime AP photographer in St. LouisThomas Fleming, American historian and novelistJune Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying SquirrelCharlie Gard, incurably ill British infantDave Grayson, Oakland Raiders defensive backLois Laurel Hawes, daughter of actor Stan Laurel of comedy team Laurel & HardyStephanie Caceres and Jevaughn Suckoo, parents of threeJohn Kundla, Minneapolis Lakers coachMargaret ('Gretel') Bergmann Lambert, German high jumperFred Leighton, 'jeweler to the stars'Snooty, longest living manatee in captivityLee May, All-Star sluggerD. L. Menard, Cajun musician and songwriterLt. Heath Meyer, Oklahoma state trooperJohn G. Morris, photo editor and collector of news photosKyara, last killer whale born in captivity at SeaWorldWaldir Peres, Brazil goalkeeperGösta Peterson, fashion photographerLawrence Pezzullo, former US ambassador to NicaraguaRula Quawas, Jordanian academic and feministU. R. Rao, Indian space scientistMervyn Rose, Australian tennis player and coachBarbara Sinatra, widow of singer Frank SinatraMartin A. Sklar, Disney right-hand man who helped to develop theme parksWarren Urbom, US federal judge in NebraskaGeoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, blind Aboriginal musician

Art and Literature

Thomas Fleming (90) historian with an interest in America’s founding fathers and a historical novelist whose plots included a British conspiracy to kidnap George Washington. Fleming viewed America’s struggle for independence as essential to understanding the history that followed. He wrote biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson; chronicled the battles of Bunker Hill and Lexington and Concord and a lesser-known one in Springfield, new Jersey in 1780; wrote about the seminal year 1776; and looked back at the duel in 1804 between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. He died in New York City on July 23, 2017.

Gösta Peterson (94) self-taught photographer who made fashion history with his magazine covers of a once-spurned black model, Naomi Sims, and an androgynous British waif nicknamed Twiggy. Peterson often recruited models to pose in natural light, sometimes even precariously on bicycles or roller skates. A Swedish-born illustrator-turned-photographer, he died in New York City on July 28, 2017.

Business and Science

Marian Diamond (90) neuroscientist who studied Albert Einstein's brain and was the first to show that the brain's anatomy can change with experience. A professor of integrative biology at the University of California/Berkeley, Diamond became famous in 1984 when she examined preserved slices of Einstein's brain and found it had more support cells than the average person's brain. Her groundbreaking research on rats found that the brain can improve with enrichment, while impoverished environments can lower the capacity to learn. She died in Oakland, California on July 25, 2017.

Fred Leighton (85) so-called jeweler to the stars whose antique jewelry became coveted accessories for actresses like Nicole Kidman and Lupita Nyong’o when they walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Through shrewd buying and gregarious salesmanship, Leighton turned his company in Manhattan into a retail mecca for those seeking Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victorian, Indian Mughal, royal jewels, and 18th century shipwrecked emeralds. The jewelry—acquired from estates, dealers, individuals, and auction houses—found its greatest visibility on red carpets. Models wore some of Leighton’s finest baubles on runways, and actresses donned them for awards ceremonies like the Oscars, the Tonys, and the Golden Globes. Leighton died in New York City on July 26, 2017.

U. R. Rao (85) Indian scientist who spearheaded his country's space program in the early '60s, believing that aerospace science could solve India's food shortages and eradicate its poverty. Rao was director of the Indian Space Research Organization’s satellite program from 1972–84 and its chairman from ‘84–94. He helped India to develop its rocket technology, including the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, still used today to send its own equipment into space. In February 2017 India launched 104 satellites from a single rocket, breaking Russia’s record of 37 set in 2014. That year India sent a spacecraft to Mars for $74 million to prove that the country could succeed in such a highly technical endeavor. Rao died in Bengaluru, India on July 24, 2017.


Rula Quawas (57) academic and champion of women’s advancement in Jordan who was removed as dean of the University of Jordan over a video project in which her female students exposed the sexual harassment they endured on campus. For the video project, in 2012, Quawas helped students in her feminist theory class to address the sexual abuse—cat calls, groping in public spaces, unwanted encounters with men trying to pick them up on the streets—that had become rampant in Jordan. Quawas died in Amman, Jordan of complications from a biopsy she was having performed, during which her aorta ruptured, on July 25, 2017.


Warren Urbom (91) longtime federal judge in Nebraska. Urbom was born in Atlanta, Neb. and grew up in Arapahoe. After military service during World War II, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1970 and retired in 2014. Urbom died in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 28, 2017.

News and Entertainment

James A. Finley (76) photojournalist who served as a mentor to countless others during his 22 years as Associated Press staff photographer in St. Louis. Finley was a calming presence in the midst of the most chaotic times, from covering the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to presidential candidates on the stump, or tragedies like the Times Beach, Missouri environmental disaster in the ‘80s, the devastating flood of 1993, or the Oklahoma City bombing in ’95. He was also known for his caring nature, such as walking across the street to give money to a homeless person or putting his arm around the victim of a tragedy. He died of peripheral vascular disease in St. Louis, Missouri on July 23, 2017.

June Foray (99) actress who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and spy Natasha Fatale on the satirical animated adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle in the '60s and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc.” Foray was the best-known woman among the voice performers who contributed so much to the classic cartoons of Warner Bros., Disney, Hanna-Barbera, and other studios. She had over 300 credits as a voice actress, most recently doing one last turn as Rocky in a 2014 short. Foray had been in fragile health since a car accident in 2015. She died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, California on July 26, 2017.

Lois Laurel Hawes (89) daughter of famed comedian Stan Laurel. Hawes’s mother was Laurel’s first wife, Lois Neilson. Laurel and his partner, Oliver Hardy, had decades of success. They wore trademark bowler hats, and Laurel played the dim-witted sidekick to the pompous Hardy. They made more than 100 films, but Laurel retired after Hardy died in 1957. Stan Laurel died in 1965. Hawes was once married to actor Rand Brooks (died in 2003), who played Melanie Wilkes's (Olivia de Haviland) brother in Gone with the Wind (1939). Lois Hawes died in Los Angeles, California on July 28, 2017.

D. L. Menard (85) Cajun musician whose song “La Porte en Arriere” (“The Back Door”) became an anthem for his culture and carried him to 38 countries on US State Department tours. Including covers by other artists, the Cajun French song has sold more than 1 million copies since it was released as a single in 1962. Menard became a good-will ambassador for Cajun music and culture, the heritage of people who settled in the bayou country of south Louisiana after being expelled from Acadia in French Canada 250 years ago. He died in Scott, Louisiana on July 27, 2017.

John G. Morris (100) photo editor who left an indelible stamp on photojournalism from World War II through the Vietnam War. Morris had a long and storied career in photo editing, with stops at most of the major postwar centers of American photojournalism. Besides Life, he worked for the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, and the celebrated cooperative agency Magnum Photos. A photographer himself, Morris seldom actually took a picture but instead collected the works of legendary photojournalists like Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Shown above is one of Morris's rare photos, of German soldiers being captured in France in 1944. Morris died in Paris, France on July 28, 2017.

Sam Shepard (73) Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor, and celebrated author whose plays chronicled family dynamics and masculinity in the American West. Shepard, who grew up on a California ranch, was a man of few words who nevertheless produced 44 plays and numerous books, memoirs, and short stories. His 1979 play Buried Child won the Pulitzer for drama. His Western drawl and laconic presence made him a reluctant movie star too. He appeared in dozens of films and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the astronaut drama The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard recently starred in the first season of the Netflix series Bloodline as the patriarch of a prominent Florida Keys family who try to keep a web of secrets from destroying their lives. He died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), in Kentucky on July 27, 2017.

Barbara Sinatra (90) Frank Sinatra’s fourth wife and widow, a prominent advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused children. With her husband’s help, Barbara founded the Barbara Sinatra Center in 1986 as a nonprofit organization to provide therapy and other support to young victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Barbara was previously divorced from Zeppo Marx (died 1979), a former member of the Marx Brothers comedy team who became a talent agent. Frank Sinatra died in 1998. In the years since, more than 20,000 children have been treated at the center in Rancho Mirage, California, where Barbara Sinatra died on July 25, 2017.

Martin A. Sklar (83) right-hand man of Walt Disney and central figure in the development and expansion of his company’s theme parks around the world. Sklar had roles in the development of every Disney park, from the original Disneyland in southern California in 1955 to the Shanghai Disney Resort in 2016. He was revered by employees as a living link to the founder. He died in Hollywood Hills, California on July 27, 2017.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (46) blind Aboriginal musician renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language with a heart-rending voice and a unique guitar-playing style. Yunupingu's debut album Gurrumul, released in 2008, hit triple platinum in Australia and silver in Britain and topped charts in other countries. He suffered years of ill health, having contracted hepatitis B as a child, which left him with liver and kidney disease; in 2012 he had to cancel several European performances owing to illness, including performing at the London Olympic Games. He died in Darwin, Australia on July 25, 2017.

Politics and Military

Max Barry (22) only child of Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Megan Barry. Max Barry graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. His mother Megan Barry was sworn in as Nashville’s first female mayor in September 2015 with her husband, Bruce, and son by her side. Max Barry died of an apparent drug overdose in Littleton, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, on July 29, 2017.

Dave Cogdill (66) former California state senator whose support for temporary tax increases during the state's 2009 budget crisis ended his legislative career. Cogdill served three terms in the state Assembly and was Senate Republican leader from 2008–09 during the worst budget crises in California's history. He helped to craft a budget deal with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats to close a $42-billion shortfall that included more than $14 billion in temporary taxes. Members of his party objected to the tax increases and ousted him as leader. Cogdill did not run for reelection in 2010 and returned home, where he was assessor of Stanislaus County, commissioner on the California Water Commission, chairman of the Maddy Institute at Fresno State University, and president of the California Building Industry Association. He died of pancreatic cancer in Manteca, California on July 23, 2017.

Lt. Heath Meyer (43) Oklahoma state trooper who died after he was struck by another trooper's patrol car during a chase. On July 14 Meyer had put down strips of spikes along Interstate 35 in Moore, Okla. in an attempt to stop a fleeing vehicle. The driver of the fleeing vehicle avoided the spikes, and two troopers chasing him tried to avoid the strips but collided. One of the troopers' vehicles hit Meyer. The driver of the fleeing vehicle was later arrested. Meyer died at an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma hospital 10 days after the accident, on July 24, 2017.

Lawrence Pezzullo (91) American diplomat who in 1979 negotiated the abdication of Anastasio Somoza DeBayle as leader of Nicaragua and the demise of the dictatorial dynasty that had led the country with Washington’s sponsorship for 40 years. Pezzullo also tried, although less successfully, to negotiate a return to civilian rule in Haiti in the ‘90s, and he ran the international Catholic Relief Services for 10 years. But he was best remembered as a voice of the Carter administration’s commitment to human rights, an effort that culminated in Somoza’s departure. Pezzullo died of heart failure in Baltimore, Maryland on July 26, 2017.

Society and Religion

Edward Allcard (102) said to be the first person to sail both ways across the Atlantic Ocean single-handedly—save for a stretch with a young woman who stowed away on his return home to England. A bearded adventurer who loved life alone on the sea—also circumnavigated the globe on his own—Allcard was a child in England when he first thought of sailing for America, which he did in 1948 at age 34. He died of complications from a broken leg in Andorra, a principality in the Pyrenees Mountains, where he had lived for several years, on July 28, 2017.

Amelia Marie Dover (43) South Carolina woman who died after she went scuba diving with three others at a lake. The four were diving near a popular swimming beach and shore diving area near Oconee Nuclear Station. Dover, from Boiling Springs, and three others dived to a depth of about 50 feet when she panicked and tried to surface. An attempt to rescue her failed, and she disappeared. An Oconee County dive team member later found her in water about 55 feet deep. Dover died in a Seneca, South Carolina hospital on July 29, 2017.

Charlie Gard (11 months) incurably ill British infant who could not hear, see, or even cry. But his case captured the attention of the pope and the US president and raised difficult ethical issues that reverberated around the world. Charlie had a rare and debilitating genetic condition known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. He died with his parents by his side a day after a court ruled that he could be moved to a hospice and that his life support could be withdrawn, in London, England on July 28, 2017.

Stephanie Caceres & Jevaughn Suckoo (27) Florida woman who gave birth to fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, on July 15, the same day of the funeral of her slain boyfriend, Jevaughn Suckoo, father of the babies. Unknown assailants fatally shot Suckoo on July 11 outside their home. The pediatric practice where Caceres worked in the front office took up a collection to help the twins, Jevaughn Jr. and Lailah, and the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Kailani. Caceres died 12 days after the twins’s birth from an infection caused by her cesarean section, in West Palm Beach, Florida on July 26, 2017.

Snooty the Manatee (69) longest living manatee in captivity. Snooty was born in 1948 at the Miami Aquarium & Tackle Co., the first recorded birth of a manatee in human care. In 1949 he was moved to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, greeting more than a million visitors in his lifetime. On July 22 he devoured a tiered fruit and vegetable cake as thousands of guests attended his birthday bash. The next day he was found dead in an underwater area used only to access plumbing for the exhibit life support system. Early indications are that an access panel door normally bolted shut had somehow been knocked loose and that Snooty was able to swim in but could not get out. Museum staff are reportedly devastated. Date is that of discovery in Bradenton, Florida on July 23, 2017.

Kyara the Orca (3 months) last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program. SeaWorld announced the end of its breeding program in March 2016 after years of pressure from animal rights protests and shifting public opinion about orcas being held in captivity. SeaWorld has not collected a wild orca in nearly 40 years, and most of its orcas were born in captivity. Kyara was born to 26-year-old Takara in April but was conceived before the program's end was announced. Orca gestation can last up to 18 months. Veterinarians were treating Kyara for an infection last weekend, but her health continued to decline. She died at the company's San Antonio, Texas park on July 24, 2017.


Dave Grayson (78) former Oakland Raiders defensive back. Grayson played 139 career games with the Raiders, the Dallas Texans, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 48 career interceptions, including five returned for touchdowns. His best season came in 1968 when he led the American Football League with 10 interceptions. He died in Alameda, California on July 29, 2017.

John Kundla (101) coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships. Named one of the 10 best coaches in the NBA's history when the league celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1996 and the oldest living Hall of Famer in any of the four major pro sports, Kundla was hired as Lakers coach at age 31 and resigned at 42 with a career record of 423-302. He stepped down in 1959 to coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, before the Lakers moved to Los Angeles. He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 23, 2017.

Margaret ('Gretel') Bergmann Lambert (103) world-class high jumper best known for her nonparticipation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics—Lambert was kept off the German team because she was Jewish. In June 1936, just a month before the Olympics, then- Gretel Bergmann won a meet against some of the best German high jumpers with a leap of 5 feet 3 inches. That height tied a German record and would have been good enough to win the gold medal. But that she was allowed to take part in the meet was a propaganda tool to show the world that Germany was unbiased in its Olympic team selection. It was a cynical response to organized movements, particularly in the US, that were urging nations not to send teams to Berlin unless the Germans demonstrated that they did not discriminate. In fact, the Germans had no intention of sending her to the Olympics, and Bergmann had been coerced into training with threats against her family. She died in Queens, New York on July 25, 2017.

Lee May (74) All-Star slugger who put up 100-runs-batted-in seasons for three teams. Known for wagging his bat before taking meaty cuts, May hit 354 homers with 1,244 RBIs in 18 years. He drove in more than 100 runs in a season for the Reds, Houston, and Baltimore and finished with Kansas City in 1982. May starred for the Reds in the 1970 World Series, going 7 for 18 (.389) with two homers and eight RBIs in a five-game loss to Baltimore. He was a three-time All-Star first baseman. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 29, 2017.

Waldir Peres (66) former Brazil goalkeeper, a member of three World Cup teams. Peres was a starter on the 1982 Brazil team that included Zico, Socrates, and Falcao. Brazil was knocked out by eventual winner Italy in the second round. The goalie was initially criticized for a mistake in the opening match against the Soviet Union, but Brazil eventually won 2-1 and Peres’s performances improved until the 3-2 defeat against the underdog Italians. He also was on the Brazil squads at the 1974 and ‘78 World Cups. At home he was also remembered for his long spell at São Paulo FC from 1973–84. Peres was having lunch with friends in the city of Mogi Mirim in São Paulo state, Brazil, when he collapsed and was taken to hospital, where he died of a heart attack on July 23, 2017.

Mervyn Rose (87) Australian who won two Grand Slam singles titles and two Davis Cups before going into tennis coaching and working with stars including Billie Jean King and Margaret Court. Rose was a left-hander who won the Australian Open in 1954 and the French Open in ‘58 before turning pro. He also won men's doubles titles at the Australian and US Opens and at Wimbledon, reached the semifinals in singles at all four majors, and peaked at a career-high ranking of No. 3. He represented Australia at the Davis Cup between 1950–57 and was part of the team that beat the US for the titles in '51 and '57. He died in Melbourne, Australia on July 23, 2017.

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