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Glen Campbell, country crossover singer who made it big on TVAbdulhussain Abdulredha, Kuwait actor and comedianDon Baylor, baseball player and managerWolfgang Berger, oceanographerNeil Chayet, Boston radio personalityBarbara Cook, Broadway leading lady, with Robert Preston in 'The Music Man'Betty Cuthbert, Australian Olympic sprinterDarren Daulton, All-Star Phillies catcherEduardo del Rio, Mexican caricaturistEmerson ('Eli') Fly, longtime University of Tennessee officialArlene Gottfried, street photographerLeo Hershkowitz, archival scavenging history professorElbert T. Hudson, LA bank presidentKen Kaiser, major league umpireYisrael Kristal, world's oldest manDick MacPherson, Syracuse football coachDavid Maslanka, composer for wind ensemblesChristian Millau, cocreator of Gault & Millau restaurant guideCathleen Morawetz, NYU mathematicianBryan Murray, NHL coach and general managerHaruo Nakajima, Japanese actor who played GodzillaDr. Ruth Pfau, German physician and nunJack Rabinovitch, founder of Canada's Giller Prize for literatureMartin Roth, former director of Britain’s Victoria & Albert MuseumBetty Warner Sheinbaum, artist and activistJanie Shores, first female judge on Alabama Supreme CourtKathy Thomson, former president of LA Times Media GroupArmando Trovati, AP pro skiing photographerErnst Zindel, German neo-NaziJorge Horacio Zorreguieta, father of Argentine-born Netherlands queen

Art and Literature

Eduardo del Rio (83) self-taught Mexican caricaturist who used his pen to mock politicians, imperialism, religion, corruption, consumerism, and carnivores—getting himself kidnapped and excommunicated and becoming immensely popular in the process. A lapsed seminarian who adopted the pen name Rius, Del Rio drew thousands of editorial cartoons and published humor magazines and more than 100 graphic nonfiction books. He died of prostate cancer in Tepoztlán, about 50 miles south of Mexico City, Mexico, on August 8, 2017.

Arlene Gottfried (66) photographer whose images of ordinary people in New York's humbler neighborhoods earned her belated recognition as one of the finest street photographers of her generation. An older sister of comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, Arlene Gottfried roamed the streets of New York, camera in hand, finding opportunity at every corner. Much of her work recorded the daily routines and local characters in the city’s Puerto Rican areas, where cultural exuberance coexisted with poverty and urban blight. She died of breast cancer in New York City on August 8, 2017.

Martin Roth (62) German academic and curator, a former director of Britain’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Roth led the art and design museum between 2011–16, overseeing hugely popular exhibitions including shows devoted to designer Alexander McQueen and pop icon David Bowie. Before taking the helm at the V&A, he spent 10 years as director of the Dresden State Art Collections in Germany and had recently become president of Germany’s Institute for Foreign Relations. Roth died in Berlin, Germany after an unspecified illness, on August 6, 2017.

Betty Warner Sheinbaum (97) artist, daughter of Harry Warner, first president of Warner Bros., who lived her life at what her son called “the junction of art and politics.” Betty Sheinbaum, whose second husband was liberal activist Stanley Sheinbaum (died in 2016), devoured books and newspapers and hosted events where people could discuss social causes and politics and raise money for their efforts. The couple hunted for the Ho Chi Minh trail and collected modern art. Betty Sheinbaum died in California on August 6, 2017.

Business and Science

Wolfgang Berger (79) Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher whose big insights about tiny fossils helped to reveal the history of the world’s oceans. For more than 40 years the German-born Berger helped to define and advance paleoceanography, which encompasses some of the most complex systems in nature, including the circulation of ocean currents and the scattering of marine fossils in deep, dark waters. He was particularly well known for his investigation of marine fossils and plankton, using them to examine how Earth’s climate, ocean, and atmosphere changed over time. He was the author of a popular textbook, The Sea Floor, and Walk Along the Ocean, a guide to the shoreline of northern San Diego County. He died in San Diego, California on August 6, 2017.

Elbert T. Hudson (96) former president and chief executive of the Broadway Federal Bank, one of the first black-owned banks in Los Angeles, who extended loans and job offers to black, Asian, and Latino people discriminated against by other banks. Hudson's father, H. Claude Hudson, founded the bank in 1946, and Elbert took it over in ’72. He mentored dozens of black youth and was head of the LA chapter of the NAACP. During World War II he flew a P-51 Mustang as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, escorting bombers on 23 combat missions in the Mediterranean theater of operations. He died in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 2017.

Christian Millau (88) cocreator of the Gault & Millau restaurant guide series, among the originators of the nouvelle cuisine food movement. Millau started as a journalist and joined Henri Gault to produce their first restaurant guide in 1969. It sold 100,000 copies and evolved into a French diner’s staple. The series uses a rating system based not on stars but on the number of “toques” or chef’s hats. Millau preached against food fads and for a focus on fresh products and minimal sauces and seasonings. He was credited with discovering chefs such as French restaurateur Joel Robuchon. Millau died in Paris, France on August 6, 2017.

Cathleen Morawetz (94) New York University mathematician whose theorems often found use in solving real-world engineering problems. Much of Morawetz’s research centered on equations that describe the motion of fluids and waves—in water, sound, light, and vibrating solids. One of her first notable papers helped to explain the flow of air around airplanes flying close to the speed of sound. Although the aircraft itself does not break the sound barrier, she found, some of the air rushing around the curves of its wings goes supersonic. She died in New York City on August 8, 2017.

Dr. Ruth Pfau (87) German physician and nun, known as “Pakistan's Mother Teresa,” who devoted her life to the eradication of leprosy in Pakistan. Leprosy remained a problem in Pakistan from the ‘50s until about 1996. Pfau played a key role in efforts by Pakistan and the World Health Organization to bring the disease under control. She died in Karachi, Pakistan on August 10, 2017.

Jack Rabinovitch (87) founder of the preeminent prize in Canada for English-language literature. Rabinovitch's fortune came from the commercial real estate industry, but his life remained connected to the country’s literary scene, and he became most widely known for setting up the Giller Prize in 1994 as a memorial to his second wife, Doris Giller, a prominent literary journalist in Toronto and Montreal who died of cancer in ‘93. Rabinovitch had been hospitalized since August 3 after falling downstairs at his home. He never regained consciousness and died three days later in Toronto, Canada on August 6, 2017.


Emerson ('Eli') Fly (82) former University of Tennessee president (2001–02) whose tenure capped a 40-year career in the university system. Fly was named acting president in 2001, which university trustees later designated as permanent for historical records. His tenure at UT included a stint as vice chancellor for finance at UT Chattanooga starting in 1973. In 1977 he was named UT vice president of business and finance. In 1991 he became executive vice president and was the first president of the UT Foundation. He was a US Navy pilot and held the rank of commander in the US Naval Air Reserve. Fly died in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 7, 2017.

Leo Hershkowitz (92) history professor who in 1976, while rummaging through New York City documents intended for the shredder, found the city’s financial records for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln—held at City Hall on April 19, 1865—including the undertaker’s bill for $1,000. Hershkowitz also discovered the long-forgotten city accounting records of William M. (“Boss”) Tweed, the notorious Democrat political boss and a symbol of 19th-century urban graft. In Tweed’s New York: Another Look (1977), a revisionist look at the powerful machine politician, he maintained that Tweed did not pilfer the city’s treasury of tens of millions of dollars, as his accusers have long believed. Hershkowitz, who taught history at Queens College for about 50 years, died of polycythemia vera, a slow-growing blood cancer, in Boston, Massachusetts on August 10, 2017.


Janie Shores (85) first female judge on the Alabama Supreme Court, once considered a potential US Supreme Court nominee. Shores was first elected to the state Supreme Court in 1974 as a Democrat and served until her retirement in ’99. Then-President Bill Clinton considered Shores for appointment to the US Supreme Court in 1993, but the seat went to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shores died days after suffering a stroke, in Baldwin County on the Alabama coast, on August 9, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Abdulhussain Abdulredha (78) Kuwait's most prominent actor and comedian who delighted audiences with a comical portrayal of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Abdulredha began his career in the mid-‘60s as one of the founders of TV drama and theater in the Gulf. Through his political and social satire, he documented several of Kuwait's most important historical events, including the 1983 stock market meltdown, the spread of political Islam in the ‘80s, and the issue of thousands of stateless people living without rights in Kuwait—known locally as the bidoon. The actor was reported to be in a coma in a London hospital earlier in the week and died there on August 11, 2017.

Glen Campbell (81) superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” whose appeal spanned country, pop, TV, and movies. In the late ‘60s and well into the '70s, the Arkansas native was seemingly everywhere with his boyish face, sandy hair, and friendly tenor. Campbell won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, and had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs with “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights.” His performance of the title song from the 1969 film True Grit, in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Oscar nomination. Campbell twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2012 he won a Grammy for lifetime achievement. He announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time. Glen Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2017.

Neil Chayet (78) longtime Boston radio personality. Chayet, the host of local CBS Radio show Looking at the Law on WBZ NewsRadio 1030, retired in June owing to his illness after 42 years on air and more than 10,000 episodes recorded. The Boston native graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and remained an active alumnus at both institutions. He died in Salem, Massachusetts after a nine-month battle against small-cell cancer, on August 11, 2017.

Barbara Cook (89) singer whose soprano voice made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song. On stage for nearly 60 years, Cook was best known on Broadway for three roles: her portrayal of saucy Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide (1956), librarian Marian opposite Robert Preston in The Music Man (1957), and Amalia Balash, letter-writing heroine of She Loves Me (1963). When Cook's ingenue days were over, she found a second, longer career in clubs and concert halls, working for more than 30 years with Wally Harper (died in 2004), a pianist and music arranger who helped in shaping her material, choosing songs, and providing the framework for her shows. Barbara Cook died of respiratory failure in New York City on August 8, 2017.

David Maslanka (73) composer renowned for his music written for wind ensembles. Maslanka, who moved to Montana from New York in 1990 to compose music full-time, wrote more than 150 works—including 50 pieces for wind ensembles, eight symphonies, and 17 concertos. His works have been included in more than 50 recordings and performed around the world. He died in Missoula, Montana on August 6, 2017.

Haruo Nakajima (88) Japanese actor who played the movie monster Godzilla in a dozen films and whose resounding steps in a 200-pound rubber suit sent the citizens of Tokyo running. In 1954 Nakajima, then a 25-year-old stunt actor who had previously appeared in just four movies, was cast in what are perhaps Japan’s two most famous films of that era. In Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, Seven Samurai, he had only a bit part. But in Godzilla he played the title character: a gigantic, irradiated lizard whose mutated form and destructive power symbolized the potency of nuclear weapons. Nakajima eventually donned the heavy rubber monster costume 12 times from 1954–72, turning Japan’s postwar nuclear anxieties into an international phenomenon. In an era before computer-generated effects, the international success of Godzilla kicked off Japan’s golden age of tokusatsu, or “special-filming” movies, in which rubber-costumed actors typically destroyed scale-model sets. Nakajima died of pneumonia in Hong Kong on August 7, 2017.

Kathy Thomson (51) former president of the Los Angeles Times Media Group who helped to steer the news organization’s metamorphosis from print into a digital-age player. Thomson was chief of staff at the Times from 2008–09. She returned in 2011 as president and chief operating officer, a job in which she oversaw editorial operations, advertising sales, marketing, and business services. She supervised the top-to-bottom revamping of and the push to expand digital products at the eight daily newspapers operated by Tribune Co., then the Times’s corporate parent. Thomson underwent a kidney transplant in the ‘90s. She had seemed to be improving after suffering an aneurysm on June 17, but she had a brain hemorrhage over the weekend and died in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2017.

Politics and Military

Ernst Zindel (78) far-right activist who rose to notoriety over decades of public neo-Nazi activity in Canada and the US before being deported back to his native Germany on Holocaust denial charges. Born in Germany in 1939, Zundel emigrated to Canada in ‘58—allegedly to avoid German military service—and lived in Toronto and Montreal until 2001. He achieved international notoriety for his neo-Nazi beliefs and writings, including The Hitler We Loved & Why, and operated Samisdat Publishers, a leading distributor of Nazi and Nazi-era propaganda. He died of a heart attack in Berlin, Germany on August 6, 2017.

Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta (89) father of Holland's Argentina-born Queen Maxima. Zorreguieta stayed away from his daughter's 2002 wedding to now-King Willem-Alexander because of the Dutch government's concern over his participation in Argentina's 1976–83 military dictatorship. Known as a technocrat while heading the Agriculture Ministry, Zorreguieta was one of the longest-serving civilian Cabinet ministers during the regime. He denied knowing anything about human rights abuses committed under the junta. He died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 8, 2017.

Society and Religion

Yisrael Kristal (113) world's oldest man, born in Poland, who lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. Kristal's first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust; six million Jews were systematically murdered by German Nazis and their collaborators during World War II. Kristal survived the war weighing only 37 kilograms (about 81 pounds)—the only survivor of his large family. He later married another Holocaust survivor and moved with her to Israel in 1950, where he built a new family and a successful confectionary business. He died in Haifa, Israel just a month short of his 114th birthday, on August 11, 2017.


Don Baylor (68) American League's 1979 Most Valuable Player as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. Baylor was also National League manager of the year with the Colorado Rockies in 1995. He played in all 162 games in 1979 and finished with career highs in homers (36), runs batted in (139), hits (186), and runs (120) while helping the Angels to the AL West title before they lost to Baltimore in the AL Championship Series. He was the first manager of the expansion Rockies, leading them to their first playoff appearance in the franchise’s third season, and later managed the Chicago Cubs. Baylor battled multiple myeloma for more than 10 years. He died in Austin, Texas on August 7, 2017.

Betty Cuthbert (79) only runner to win Olympic gold medals in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter sprints. Cuthbert was dubbed the “Golden Girl” in Australia after her starring role as an 18-year-old at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, where she won the 100-200 double and anchored Australia’s winning 4x100-m relay team. She was injured during the 1960 Olympics, then retired for 18 months before returning to competition and winning the gold medal in the 400 at the '64 Olympics in Tokyo. One of Australia’s greatest Olympians, she set nine world records in sprint events. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1969 and was restricted to a wheelchair later in life. In one of her last major public appearances, she carried the Olympic torch in the stadium before the cauldron was ignited to open the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She died in western Australia on August 6, 2017.

Darren Daulton (55) All-Star catcher, leader of the Philadelphia Phillies‘ National League championship team in 1993. Daulton played most of his 15 major league seasons with Philadelphia and finished his career with the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins, batting .389 (7 for 18) with two doubles and one homer in a seven-game series against Cleveland. Left-handed-hitting Daulton batted .245 with 137 homers and 588 runs batted in, in 1,161 games. He went to three All-Star games and led the NL with 109 RBIs in 1992. Daulton had battled brain cancer since 2013; two tumors were removed during brain surgery that year, but nine days later he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that also took the lives of his former teammate Tug McGraw and former coach John Vukovich. Daulton died in Clearwater, Florida on August 6, 2017.

Ken Kaiser (72) former major league umpire, a colorful figure who briefly moonlighted as a professional wrestler to make ends meet while working in the minor leagues. An American League umpire from 1977–99, Kaiser umpired two World Series, one All-Star Game, and several playoff series. He weighed just under 300 pounds and often was criticized for that portly physique during the more than 3,000 big-league games he umpired. He suffered from diabetes for years and died in Rochester, New York on August 8, 2017.

Dick MacPherson (86) former football coach at Syracuse. MacPherson made his mark with the Orange, resurrecting a declining program and returning it to national prominence. He arrived before the 1981 season, taking over a program that had slumped through 10 years of mediocrity, producing only three winning seasons. After two seasons of transition, MacPherson produced a winning team in 1983 (6-5). By the time he left in 1990, he had compiled a 66-46-4 record, departing as the school's second-winningest coach. He died in Syracuse, New York on August 8, 2017.

Bryan Murray (74) longtime National Hockey League coach and general manager. Murray worked in the league in some capacity for 35 consecutive seasons. Most recently he was general manager of the Ottawa Senators from 2007–16 before stepping down, citing health and family concerns. He also was general manager of Anaheim, Florida, and Detroit and coached Washington, Detroit, Florida, Anaheim, and Ottawa. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983–84 and reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Senators in 2007. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014. Murray died in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on August 12, 2017.

Armando Trovati (73) longtime Associated Press photographer who covered the professional skiing beat. Trovati started working with the AP as a teenager. Based in Milan, he began as a darkroom assistant and messenger, then worked his way up the ladder and eventually photographed news events and sports, including the skiing World Cup finals at the Olympics. In 2006 he became Chief of Photography for all sports at the Turin Winter Olympics. He edited several books of ski photos, including one devoted to the career of Alberto Tomba, Italian ski champion and World Cup winner. After 30 years with the AP, Trovati started the private photo agency Pentaphoto, now run by his sons Alessandro and Marco. Trovati died of lung cancer in Milan, Italy on August 6, 2017.

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