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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Joe Bologna, actor, director, and Oscar-nominated screenwriterFrank Broyles, Arkansas football coachFranklin D. Cleckley, first black justice of West Virginia Supreme CourtMilton Mollen, led '90s investigation of NYPD corruptionRobert Yancy, son of singer Natalie Cole


Franklin D. Cleckley (77) first black justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. A civil rights attorney, Cleckley was appointed to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court in 1994 by then-Gov. Gaston Caperton. He spent 27 months on the court and decided not to run for election. Cleckley earned an undergraduate degree at Anderson (Ind.) College and a law degree from Indiana University. He joined the West Virginia University law school faculty in 1969 and returned in ‘96 after leaving the Supreme Court. He died in Morgantown, West Virginia on August 14, 2017.

Milton Mollen (97) former state judge and New York City deputy mayor who later led a commission that found that the New York Police Department had been “willfully blind” to drug-related corruption by organized bands of rogue officers in the ‘80s and early ’90s. The Mollen Commission was established by Mayor David N. Dinkins in 1992 after five officers in two Brooklyn precincts were arrested by the Suffolk County police and accused of working as a ring to buy cocaine in drug-infested neighborhoods in their precincts and resell it on Long Island. It quickly emerged that although the NYPD had received many complaints over several years that one of the officers, Michael Dowd, was dealing drugs, it had nonetheless allowed him to remain on the force—until he was arrested by the Suffolk County authorities. Reports also surfaced that federal investigators were pursuing allegations of corruption by officers in other city precincts. Mollen died in New York City on August 14, 2017.

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Joe Bologna (82) Oscar-nominated screenwriter. Bologna was nominated for an Oscar in 1971 for best adapted screenplay for Lovers & Strangers and won an Emmy in '73. As an actor, he had a string of TV appearances but was best known for the 1982 comedy My Favorite Year. He was also a voice actor for the 2006 animated film Ice Age: The Meltdown and had a role in the 1999 Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy. The actor and director was married to actress Renee Taylor, who credited his doctors for prolonging his life so he could receive a lifetime achievement award at the Night of 100 Stars for the Actors' Fund of America on February 26. Bologna died in Duarte, California after a three-year battle against pancreatic cancer, on August 13, 2017.

Robert Yancy (39) only child of singer Natalie Cole and grandson of crooner Nat (“King”) Cole (died in 1965). Natalie Cole was 65 when she died on December 31, 2015 of pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure. Yancy, whose father was the first of Cole's three husbands, was a drummer who played in his mother's touring band and performed at her funeral in January 2016. Yancy was found dead at his home in Sherman Oaks, California after authorities were contacted to make a welfare check. His death was reported as caused by a sudden heart attack on August 14, 2017.


Frank Broyles (92) former University of Arkansas head football coach who led the team to a national championship in 1964. Broyles was head coach of the Razorbacks football team from 1958–76. He had a career record of 144-48-5 and was named athletic director for Arkansas in 1974. He retired from coaching in 1976 to focus on his administrative duties. His 1964 national championship team went undefeated with an 11-0 record. Broyles led Arkansas to seven Southwest Conference championships and two Cotton Bowl victories. Arkansas won 43 national championships in various sports under his leadership as athletic director. He died of Alzheimer’s disease in Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 14, 2017.

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