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Monty Hall, longtime host of TV's 'Let's Make a Deal'Hugh Hefner, founder of 'Playboy' magazineTom Alter, Bollywood actor of American descentM. Cherif Bassiouni, Egyptian-American juristLudmila Belousova, half of figure skating pairs teamBarbara Blaine, founder and president of SNAPTony Booth, British actor and father-in-law of former PM Tony BlairCeDell Davis, Delta bluesmanLiz Dawn, actress on British TV soap 'Coronation Street'Robert Delpire, French publisher of photographic artDigby Diehl, journalist and authorVeronica Bingham, Dowager Countess of LucanNorman Dyhrenfurth, mountaineer and filmmakerArnulfo Garcia, former San Quentin inmate and inspirationJack Good, producer of '60s rock show 'Shindig'Frank Hamblen, winning basketball coachDavid Henneberry (lower right), Massachusetts man who found Boston Marathon bomber hiding in his boatWopo Holup, artist who created art for public spacesZelda Rowan Horn, granddaughter of Michigan state senatorAlbert Innaurato, playwrightAnne Jeffreys, actress and opera singer, with husband and costar Robert SterlingHomer Kandaras, South Dakota state Senate majority leaderTony Lewis, West Virginia state delegateOrville Lynn Majors, nurse convicted of killing patientsDonald Malarkey, WWII hero played by Scott Grimes in 'Band of Brothers'Joseph M. McDade, US congressman from PennsylvaniaRed Miller, winning coach of Denver BroncosVann Molyvann, Cambodian architectRob Nigh, Tulsa County (Okla.) public defenderTom Paley, US folk musicianRichard Pyle, longtime AP journalistKit Reed, novelist and short story writerZuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordistJoseph W. Schmitt, NASA 'suit tech'Joe Tiller, Purdue's winningest football coachJan Triska, Czech actorGen. Iulian Vlad, last chief of Romanian secret policeVladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematicianJim Walrod, interior designer of NYC's Gild Hall hotel, among others

Art and Literature

Robert Delpire (91) French publisher and editor whose championing of the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Josef Koudelka helped to elevate photography as an art. Delpire created his own photographic universe in Paris—publishing books, curating exhibitions, and directing the Centre de National de la Photographie for more than 10 years after it opened in 1982. It is now part of the Paris arts center Jeu de Paume. Delpire died in Paris, France on September 26, 2017.

Digby Diehl (76) journalist and author who collaborated on celebrity autobiographies with Esther Williams, Natalie Cole, Patti LuPone, and more. Diehl was a prolific critic, feature writer, and author in his own right, including stints as book columnist for Playboy and AARP magazines and on-air roles for The CBS Morning News and Good Morning America. But he was perhaps best known as the go-to collaborator for famous names who had a story to tell. He collaborated with Cole on her autobiography, Angel on My Shoulder (2000) and with Williams on The Million-Dollar Mermaid (1999). He was also coauthor of Patti LuPone: A Memoir (2010) and of game show host Bob Barker’s Priceless Memories (2009). Diehl died of Alzheimer’s disease in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 2017.

Wopo Holup (80) artist whose works have been walked past, walked on, and touched by countless people in public spaces in New York City; Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; and elsewhere. Holup created “River That Flows Two Ways,” the 37 panels set in the sea wall railing at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, shown above. She embedded a sculptural representation of the Missouri River into the floor of a police academy in Kansas City, the artwork “flowing” through the lobby and out across the 15-acre property. She made sculptural birds for a train station in Denver and a greenway in Lowell, Massachusetts, and a mural of grasses and trees for an underpass in Queens, New York, reflective of her abiding interest in nature. She died in New York City on September 29, 2017.

Vann Molyvann (90) Cambodian architect whose modernist style was admired by colleagues the world over. Vann Molyvann, who studied architecture in Paris, designed many public buildings and monuments in the capital, Phnom Penh, from the ‘50s until civil war with the Communist Khmer Rouge broke out in 1970. The country's then-leader, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, was his patron and appointed him head of public works and state architect. Vann Molyvann sheltered in Switzerland after the war started, working with the United Nation's housing and urban development agency, before returning to his homeland in 1991. His best-known structures included Phnom Penh's National Sports Complex, Chaktomuk Conference Hall, Independence Monument, and the National Theater, but he also designed housing developments. His style was dubbed New Khmer Architecture. He died of ailments related to old age in Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, site of the famous Angkor archaeological complex, on September 28, 2017.

Kit Reed (85) novelist and short-story writer celebrated for her science fiction but also for her work in the fantasy, Southern Gothic, paranormal, and mystery genres. Reed told stories about beauty pageants, illicit adoptions, eating disorders, a violent high school built like a maximum-security prison, the sudden vanishing of an island’s population, a monkey who writes best-sellers using a story-writing app, and a woman who becomes obsessed with a fantasy island that she discovers online. In one novel, Thinner Than Thou (2004), she satirized the modern preoccupation with body image. Reed died in Los Angeles, California of a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor, on September 24, 2017.

Business and Science

Hugh Hefner (91) founder of Playboy magazine, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the ‘50s. Hefner helped to slip sex out of plain brown wrappers and into mainstream conversation. In 1953, a time when states could legally ban contraceptives, when the word “pregnant” was not allowed on I Love Lucy, Hefner published the first issue of Playboy, featuring naked photos of Marilyn Monroe (taken years earlier) and an editorial promise of “humor, sophistication, and spice.” Playboy soon became forbidden fruit for teenagers and a bible for men with time and money. Within a year circulation neared 200,000; within 5 years it had topped 1 million. By the ‘70s the magazine had more than 7 million readers and had inspired raunchier imitations such as Penthouse and Hustler. Competition and the Internet reduced circulation to less than 3 million by the 21st century. But Hefner and Playboy remained brand names worldwide. Hefner died at the Playboy mansion in Beverly Hills, California on September 27, 2017.

Joseph W. Schmitt (101) one of NASA’s earliest “suit techs,” often the last person to have face-to-face contact with astronauts before they took off on their historic missions. Schmitt put Alan Shepard into his Freedom 7 capsule for America’s first spaceflight in May 1961, and he was still suiting up astronauts more than 20 years later, making sure everything was sealed and connected properly. Before any flight he would spend long hours in the testing laboratory with the astronauts, getting them accustomed to their suits and troubleshooting problems, through the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs and into the space shuttle era, a span during which spacesuits went from being essentially modified military gear to high-tech creations that could protect an astronaut on a spacewalk or on a stroll on the moon. Schmitt died in Friendswood, Texas on September 25, 2017.

Vladimir Voevodsky (51) once-gifted but restless student who flunked out of college from boredom before emerging as one of the most brilliant and revolutionary mathematicians of his generation. Russian-born Voevodsky was renowned for founding entirely new fields of mathematics and creating groundbreaking new tools for computers to confirm the accuracy of proofs. In 2002 he was awarded the Fields Medal, which recognizes brilliance and promise in mathematicians under 40. He was found dead at his home in Princeton, New Jersey on September 30, 2017.

Jim Walrod (56) interior designer, one who shaped the looks of places like the Gild Hall hotel in New York's financial district and the Thompson LES hotel on the Lower East Side. Walrod was, on occasion, a dealer in the kinds of furniture and art objects that end up in the homes of the well heeled and was, above all, a resource, a compendium of knowledge about mid-20th century modern and other design genres—someone who knew a lot about a lot and was eager to share it. He died of a suspected heart attack in Chinatown, New York City, on September 25, 2017.


M. Cherif Bassiouni (79) Egyptian-American jurist who helped to found two war-crimes tribunals and was widely regarded as a godfather of modern international criminal justice. Bassiouni taught at universities, worked for the United Nations, and advised governments. In books, law journals, seminars, and reports from conflict areas, he elaborated on definitions of the gravest international crimes, including crimes against humanity and genocide, and helped to shape new ways to hold perpetrators accountable before the law. He died of multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 2017.

Arnulfo Garcia (65) three-striker burglar and heroin addict who served 16 years at California's San Quentin State Prison. In 2011, after two years as a staff writer on the inmates' newspaper, the newly revived San Quentin News, Garcia was named editor in chief and inspired his staff by his own example of hope and personal redemption. He used to tell men serving decades for robberies, assaults, and murders to focus not on getting out of the infamous penitentiary but on becoming better men—men who moved forward and thought big. With his sentence cut for good behavior, he was released last July and planned to start a halfway house for newly released ex-convicts. Two months later he was killed, with his sister Yolanda, who ran a stop sign while driving, in an auto crash near Hollister, California on September 25, 2017.

Orville Lynn Majors (56) male nurse convicted in 1999 of killing six people at a rural Indiana hospital. Majors was found to have given lethal injections of heart-stopping drugs to ailing patients in the mid-’90s at the former Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton, about 60 miles west of Indianapolis near the Indiana-Illinois state line. Called the “Angel of Death” in the news media, he was suspected of causing dozens more deaths. Prosecutors said he had injected patients with epinephrine and potassium chloride while he was a licensed practical nurse in a four-bed intensive care unit at the hospital. Statistical studies linked him to as many as 130 of 147 deaths at the ICU—many involving sudden respiratory failure—from May 1993 to March ‘95. Majors was having difficulty breathing and became unresponsive at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City while serving a 360-year prison sentence. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there, on September 24, 2017.

Rob Nigh (57) defense attorney who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and witnessed his 2001 execution. Known for his encyclopedic legal knowledge, work ethic, and intense preparation on every case he handled, Nigh also defended those accused of committing some of the state's most egregious crimes. He died of cancer in Tulsa, Oklahoma about three months after stepping down as Tulsa County's chief public defender, on September 24, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Tom Alter (67) Indian theater, TV, and Bollywood actor of American descent. The son of American Christian missionaries, Alter made his Bollywood acting debut in 1976 and acted in more than 300 films in several Indian languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, and Telugu. He also was a cricket enthusiast and had written for several sporting journals. He won the Indian government's Padma Shri Award in 2008 for his contribution to the fields of arts and cinema. He had been diagnosed with skin cancer last year and died in Mumbai, India on September 29, 2017.

Tony Booth (85) British actor and father-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Booth had his most enduring role as the left-wing son-in-law of a bigoted father on the sitcom ‘Til Death Us Do Part. The show ran for 10 years from 1965 and inspired the American series All in the Family. Booth gained a second bout of fame when Blair, husband of his daughter Cherie, became prime minister in 1997. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and heart problems and died in London, England on September 25, 2017.

CeDell Davis (91) Delta bluesman from Arkansas who used a table knife for a guitar slide. Davis spent decades performing around the South at juke joints and house parties before a broader audience got a chance to hear his electrified rural blues in the ‘80s. He sang about woman troubles and hard luck with a grainy voice, and his guitar drove dancers with boogie and shuffle beats. After childhood polio constricted his hands, Davis developed his own technique of using a knife along the fretboard of his guitar. Davis had been hospitalized since September 24 after a heart attack and died three days later in Helena, Arkansas on September 27, 2017.

Liz Dawn (77) actress who played Vera Duckworth on the British soap opera Coronation Street for more than 30 years. The soap has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England community of Weatherfield since 1960 with a blend of dramatic storylines and down-to-earth humor. Dawn was a nightclub singer before beginning an acting career with TV commercials and guest appearances. She appeared on the soap from 1974–2008 as Vera, wife and verbal sparring partner of work-shy, pigeon-fancying Jack Duckworth. Their rocky but enduring relationship was at the show’s emotional heart. Dawn was diagnosed with emphysema in the early 2000s, and Vera was written out of the show in ‘08, dying in her sleep. Bill Tarmey, who played Jack, died in 2012. Coronation Street has fans around the globe—including rapper Snoop Dogg, who recorded a message to mark its 50th anniversary in 2010. Dawn died in London, England on September 25, 2017.

Jack Good (86) popularized rock ’n’ roll on British TV in the ‘50s, then followed the British invasion to the US, where he produced Shindig (1964–66), a prime-time series with a frantic pace, go-go dancers, and guests like the Beatles, James Brown, and the Rolling Stones. Good was an unlikely rock evangelist. He was not a musician, a record executive, or a disc jockey. Rather he was an adventurous Oxford-educated actor whose proper style provided counterpoint to rock ’n’ roll’s brashness. Wearing a bowler hat and a three-piece suit and toting an umbrella, he appeared in a commercial for Shindig before its debut on ABC. Good died in Oxfordshire, England of complications after a fall, on September 24, 2017.

Monty Hall (96) genial TV game show host whose long-running Let’s Make a Deal traded on love of money and merchandise and the mystery of which door had the car behind it. Let’s Make a Deal, which Canadian-born Hall cocreated, debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963 and became a TV staple. Through the next 40 years it also aired in prime time, in syndication, and, in two brief outings, with hosts other than Hall. Contestants were chosen from the studio audience—outlandishly dressed as animals, clowns, or cartoon characters to attract the host’s attention—and would start the game by trading an item of their own for a prize. After that it was a matter of swapping the prize in hand for others hidden behind doors, curtains, or in boxes. The query “Do you want Door No. 1, No. 2, or No. 3?” became a popular catch-phrase, and the chance of winning a new car a matter of primal urgency. Prizes could be a car or a mink coat or a worthless item dubbed a “zonk.” Energetic, quick-thinking Hall, a sight himself with his sideburns and colorful sports coats, was deemed the perfect host. After five years on NBC, Let’s Make a Deal moved to ABC in 1968 and aired on the network through ‘76, including prime-time stints. It went into syndication in the ‘70s and ‘80s, returning to NBC in 1990–91 and again in 2003. In 2009 it returned to CBS with host Wayne Brady and is still on the air. Hall died of heart failure in Beverly Hills, California on September 30, 2017.

Albert Innaurato (70) playwright who enjoyed spectacular success for a time in the late ‘70s, including having a play run on Broadway for more than four years. Innaurato’s biggest hit, written while he was still in his 20s, was Gemini, a comic drama about a Harvard student who returns to his blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood for his 21st birthday and has to confront, among other things, his sexual orientation. It opened on May 21, 1977 at the Little Theater on Broadway and ran for 1,819 performances. At the time Innaurato had only recently graduated from the Yale School of Drama, where his fellow students included actresses Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep. He had had heart problems recently. He was thought to have been dead for two days when he was found in his bed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 26, 2017.

Anne Jeffreys (94) actress and opera singer who likely had her greatest impact on TV audiences as Marion Kerby, “the ghostess with the mostess” on the ‘50s TV series Topper. More recently Jeffreys spent 20 years playing Amanda Barrington on General Hospital. She was featured in the role of the wealthy matron on more than 350 episodes of the soap opera from 1984–2004. On Topper, Jeffreys and her actor husband, Robert Sterling (died in 2006), starred as fun-loving husband and wife George and Marion Kerby who, after dying in a Swiss avalanche, return as ghosts to their mansion and comically haunt its new occupant, actor Leo G. Carroll as staid banker Cosmo Topper. Each week they were introduced to viewers as George, “that most sporting spirit,” and Marion, “the ghostess with the mostess.” Those were among many varied roles in a long career in films, TV, opera, and on Broadway for Jeffreys, who continued to work well into her 70s. She died in her sleep in Los Angeles, California on September 27, 2017.

Tom Paley (89) Bronx-born singer, guitarist, and banjo player who helped to spearhead an old-time music revival in the ‘50s and ’60s as a founding member of the string band the New Lost City Ramblers. Paley, who also performed as a solo act and collaborated with others, distinguished himself with the Ramblers with humorous antics and virtuosic musicianship alongside the other founding members, singers and multi-instrumentalists Mike Seeger (a half-brother of folksinger Pete Seeger) and John Cohen. A US expatriate who had lived in England since the mid-'60s, Paley died in Brighton, England on September 30, 2017.

Richard Pyle (83) journalist whose long and accomplished Associated Press career spanned the globe and 50 years of crisis, war, catastrophe, and indelible moments in news reporting. Pyle was there when President John F. Kennedy learned of the Cuban missile challenge and when President Richard Nixon waved goodbye to the White House, when the World Trade Center's twin towers came down and when a Pennsylvania nuclear plant almost blew up, when the last Americans walked out of Hanoi's war prisons and when Desert Storm drove the last Iraqis from Kuwait. Pyle was even there at age 75, dashing to the shoreline when Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger's jetliner made its lifesaving splash-landing in the Hudson River in 2009, the year Pyle retired after 49 years with the AP. He died in New York City of respiratory failure owing to lung fibrosis and obstructive lung disease, on September 28, 2017.

Zuzana Ruzickova (90) Czech musician who survived Nazi death camps and Communist persecution before winning world acclaim as a harpsichordist. Ruzickova and her parents were interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942. After her father's death, the Nazis sent her and her mother to the death camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Ruzickova's persecution continued after the Communists took power in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1948. Her international career kicked off with a victory in an international competition in Munich in 1956. She played music that spanned baroque to contemporary but was the first musician to record all of Bach's music for the harpsichord. She died in Prague, Czech Republic on September 27, 2017.

Jan Triska (80) actor who moved to the US after being banned by the Czech Communist regime. Triska emigrated in 1977 after signing a human rights manifesto inspired by his close friend, dissident playwright Vaclav Havel. He settled in Los Angeles and appeared in dozens of movies, including Ragtime and The People vs. Larry Flynt, directed by his fellow Czech Milos Forman. After the anti-Communist 1989 Velvet Revolution led by Havel, Triska regularly returned home to play in movies and theaters, including a leading role in The Elementary School (1991), nominated for an Oscar. He died in a military hospital on September 24, 2017, more than a day after he fell from the iconic Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, the circumstances of which are unclear.

Politics and Military

Homer Kandaras (88) former South Dakota state Senate majority leader. Kandaras served in the state Senate from 1971–76. The Rapid City Democrat died in Pierre, South Dakota on September 25, 2017.

Tony Lewis (59) West Virginia state delegate. A Republican representing Preston County, Lewis was elected to the House of Delegates in November 2016. Before that he served in the state National Guard for 26 years and was an underground coal miner for 18 years. He died of cancer in Charleston, West Virginia on September 24, 2017.

Donald Malarkey (96) World War II paratrooper who was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery on D-Day. Malarkey was one of several members of “Easy Company,” widely portrayed in the Band of Brothers HBO miniseries. Actor Scott Grimes played Malarkey on the show. Malarkey fought across France, the Netherlands, and Belgium and with Easy Company fought off Nazi advances while surrounded at Bagstone during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. He was often praised for his actions during the war and in 2009 was presented with France’s Legion of Honor Medal, the highest honor awarded by the French government. He died of age-related causes in Salem, Oregon on September 30, 2017.

Joseph M. McDade (85) former US representative, an 18-term Republican congressman known for bringing federal dollars to his northeastern Pennsylvania district. McDade was acquitted in 1996 on federal bribery charges. He was the longest-serving Republican in the House when he was indicted in 1992 on charges he accepted gifts from defense companies in exchange for helping them to win lucrative contracts. He was acquitted after a seven-week trial. Constituents stood behind the congressman who had helped to steer money to local manufacturers to replace a collapsed coal industry and had fought hard for Tobyhanna Army Depot, one of the region’s largest employers, when the Pentagon considered closing it. McDade died in Fairfax County, Virginia five days before his 86th birthday, on September 24, 2017.

Gen. Iulian Vlad (86) last chief of the dreaded Romanian secret police under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Under Gen. Vlad, the more than 10,000 crack troops of Ceausescu’s Securitate, or state security department, were accused of suppressing dissent by torturing, jailing, and killing protesters or confining them in mental wards. Once Ceausescu was overthrown in 1989, Vlad was arrested and charged with complicity in genocide. After the charges were reduced to “favoring genocide,” he was convicted and sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, of which he served four. He died in Romania on September 30, 2017.

Society and Religion

Barbara Blaine (61) founder and former president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Blaine founded SNAP in 1988, years after she was abused as an 8th-grader by a Toledo, Ohio priest who taught at the Catholic school she attended. Her pleas for help to Toledo's bishop were ignored. The first SNAP meeting of victims was held at a Chicago hotel. The group gained prominence in 2002 after the Boston Globe's stories on the priest sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church. SNAP now has more than 20,000 members, and support groups meet in over 60 cities across the US and the world. Blaine resigned last February. She died in Chicago, Illinois after a recent cardiac event, on September 24, 2017.

Veronica Bingham, Dowager Countess of Lucan (80) wife or widow of Lord John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan, who disappeared in 1974 after supposedly mistaking his children's nanny for his estranged wife in the dimly lit basement of their London home and bludgeoning her to death. Lord Lucan was never seen again but has twice been declared legally dead. The case has inspired novels, subway graffiti, litigation, conspiracy theories, and scores of reported sightings of Lord Lucan—or were they just mustachioed lookalikes? Lady Lucan was found dead in her London home on September 25, 2017.

David Henneberry (70) man who found Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding in his boat in his backyard. With police searching on April 19, 2013 for the bombing suspect, Henneberry noticed some padding to protect the hull of his 24-foot boat that had been shrink-wrapped had fallen off. He went outside, lifted the wrap, and found a bloody Tsarnaev curled up inside. Henneberry ran back into his home and called 911. Some called him a hero, but Henneberry was uncomfortable with the attention. He died in Watertown, Massachusetts on September 27, 2017.

Zelda Rowan Horn (2) granddaughter of Michigan state Sen. Ken Horn. The child died in an apparent drowning at her grandfather’s home in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The little girl managed to get out of the family’s home and into an in-ground pool. Officers arriving on the scene found the girl’s father, Kevin Horn, in the front yard administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but she died at a hospital. Sen. Horn and his wife were not home at the time, on September 24, 2017.


Ludmila Belousova (81) half of the most enduring pairs team in figure skating history. Belousova and her husband and longtime skating partner, Oleg Protopopov, captured the gold medal at the 1964 and ‘68 Winter Olympics and were four-time world champions and four-time European champions. They also endeared themselves to skaters in Lake Placid, New York, where, at the recommendation of a Russian friend, they began training for five months a year beginning in 1997. They skated in an exhibition and were so well received that they decided to return every year. Belousova and Protopopov defected to Switzerland from the Soviet Union in 1979 and in recent years had lived in Grindelwald, Switzerland, while spending summers in Lake Placid. Belousova died in a Swiss hospital on September 29, 2017.

Norman Dyhrenfurth (99) Swiss-American mountaineer and filmmaker who organized the famed 1963 American expedition to Mt. Everest that put six climbers on the summit. Dyhrenfurth assembled the historic team of 19 mountaineers and scientists for the Everest expedition that helped to launch the modern US mountaineering and outdoor industry by putting the first Americans on top of the world's highest peak. The expedition included 900 porters carrying about 26 tons of food, clothing, equipment, and scientific instruments. But Dyhrenfurth also was an accomplished cameraman and director who was head of the UCLA Film School in the ‘50s and worked on movies such as Five Days One Summer (1982) and The Eiger Sanction (1975), plus TV shows such as Americans on Everest. He died in Salzburg, Austria on September 24, 2017.

Frank Hamblen (70) basketball coach who won seven NBA championships as an assistant to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles and Chicago. Hamblen helped the Lakers to win three straight titles from 2000–02, then back-to-back championships in 2009–10. He also was an assistant to Rudy Tomjanovich in between Jackson's stints in LA and was briefly head coach after Tomjanovich stepped down in February 2005. Hamblen also spent three seasons as a Bulls assistant, helping them to their final two titles under Jackson in 1997–98. The Indiana native also was Milwaukee's top assistant from 1987–96 and worked as assistant coach for the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1977–87), the Denver Rockets (1972–77), and the San Diego/Houston Rockets (1969–72) during a 42-year coaching career in the NBA and the ABA. He died in Del Mar, California on September 30, 2017.

Red Miller (89) head coach who guided the Denver Broncos from obscurity to their first Super Bowl. Miller coached the Broncos from 1977–80 and compiled a 42-25 record. He was best known as the coach who turned a defense filled with potential into the “Orange Crush” and turned the Broncos into contenders after nearly 20 straight years of losing. They went 12-2 in 1977, made their first playoff appearance, and got to the Super Bowl, where they fell 27-10 to the Cowboys. Along the way, Miller helped to create a rivalry with the Oakland Raiders, making no bones about his hatred of the franchise that had gone 24-2-2 against Denver over the preceding 14 seasons. He died of a stroke in Denver, Colorado on September 27, 2017.

Joe Tiller (74) Purdue University's winningest football coach. Tiller and quarterback Drew Brees carried Purdue football to rare heights at a school better known for basketball. Together they led Tiller’s “basketball on grass” spread offense to the 2001 Rose Bowl. Tiller had an 87-62 record at Purdue from 1997–2008. Besides Brees, he coached two other NFL quarterbacks—Kyle Orton and Curtis Painter. They led offenses that rewrote the Big Ten’s record books. Tiller died in Buffalo, Wyoming on September 30, 2017.

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