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Muchal Richard Abrams, versatile musician, composer, and educatorDennis Banks, leader of 1973 Wounded Knee occupationFred Beckey, pioneering mountain climberBradley Bufanda, actor on 'Veronica Mars'Sid Catlett, basketball-playing son of jazz drummerHenry Christensen 3rd, lawyer with conflicting loyaltiesRoger Erickson, Minnesota radio personalityEd Flanagan, former Vermont state auditor and state senatorRichard Hambleton, Canadian-born graffiti artistTzipora Jochsberger, teacher of Hebrew artsKatie Lee, folk singer who protested Arizona's Glen Canyon DamTamara Natalie Madden, painter of African ancestry and identityJim Martin, US congressman and Alabama conservation commissionerJudy Martz, Montana's only female governorC. E. Meyer Jr., head of TWAArjay Miller, former Ford Co. president and Stanford University business deanDr. Salvador Minuchin, psychotherapistPatrick Nagatani, Japanese-American photographerLinda Nochlin, feminist art historianIrv Refkin, WWII Allied spyDr. John Risher, University of Virginia's oldest living football playerRay Robinson, magazine editor and sports biographerGilbert Rogin, fiction writer and magazine editorMel Rosenthal, photographer who photographed human spirit amid urban decayPeter Schutz, saved Porsche 911 from oblivionGamal Sorour, Nubian activistAnna Diggs Taylor, Michigan's first black female federal judgeJames Tayoun Sr., Philadelphia city councilman, journalist, and state legislatorThomas D. Thacher 2nd, worked to curb corruption in New York state construction industryJoan Tisch, philanthropist and widow of Bob Tisch, co-owner of NY GiantsCaulton Tudor, North Carolina sportswriterDavid Vaughan, dance historian and guardian of Merce Cunningham archiveLarry Veitz, hospital president

Art and Literature

Richard Hambleton (65) In the early ‘80s, when graffiti seemed to be everywhere, hundreds of startling black-painted silhouettes appeared mysteriously on buildings on the Lower East Side and in other parts of Manhattan. The life-size, menacing figures lurked and skulked and leaped. Some of their heads, with paint splattered upward, seemed to be exploding. Hambleton, the Canadian-born conceptual artist who painted them all (sometimes after fleeing the police, paint bucket in hand), was known as “the Shadowman.” He also put his “Shadowman” images on canvas and paper, and for a time they fueled a lucrative business and gave him international recognition. Hambleton had skin cancer and the spinal conditions scoliosis and kyphosis. He died in New York City on October 29, 2017.

Tamara Natalie Madden (42) artist and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta. Madden was known for her artwork focusing on the social, spiritual, and cultural identity of people of African ancestry—and her paintings that transformed ordinary people into royalty. She had said the golden headpieces worn by subjects of her paintings were meant to represent mystical crowns, halos, armor, and weaponry for the spiritual warriors. Many of her pieces are in the collections of institutions such as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Alverno College in Milwaukee, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit, among others. Madden died of ovarian cancer in Snellville, Georgia on November 4, 2017.

Patrick Nagatani (72) educator born to Japanese-American parents imprisoned in internment camps during World War II who became an internationally renowned photographer. Nagatani taught photography at the University of New Mexico from 1987–2007. Born in Chicago days after the US dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he was known for capturing images of New Mexico's nuclear legacy. He also created mythical compositions using laboratories, landscapes, military sites, memorials, American Indian reservations, Japanese tourists, and himself in recurring motifs. He died of colon cancer in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 3, 2017.

Linda Nochlin (86) art historian whose feminist approach permanently altered her field. At her death Nochlin was Lila Acheson Wallace professor of modern art emerita at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. She earned a place of honor in both art-historical and art-world circles in January 1971 with a groundbreaking essay whose very title, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” threw down a gauntlet. Her answer was complex as it examined assumptions behind the question, enumerated the centuries of institutional and social conventions that had militated against women’s succeeding in the arts, and discredited what she called the myth of innate genius. Her inquiry provided several generations of art historians, critics, and artists alike with new tools with which to address issues of gender and identity in art. Nochlin died of cancer in New York City on October 29, 2017.

Ray Robinson (96) longtime magazine editor who wrote well-received biographies of baseball stars from his youth like Christy Mathewson and Lou Gehrig. For many years Robinson made a living as an editor at magazines like Seventeen and Good Housekeeping, but baseball and other sports were always his passion. Although he was never a professional baseball reporter, his life was so infused with the game that he could, and did, more than hold his own in discussions about the sport. Robinson died in New York City, one day after suffering a stroke, on November 1, 2017.

Gilbert Rogin (87) had a run as a writer of short fiction for the New Yorker while building toward a career as a top editor at Sports Illustrated and other magazines. Rogin was managing editor of Sports Illustrated for five years beginning in 1979, a stretch when the magazine was still dominant in sports journalism and ESPN was just a fledgling. But before that, it seemed as if he might be on his way to a career as a fiction writer. The New Yorker published more than 30 of his stories beginning in 1963, humorous tales that often seemed at least somewhat autobiographical, and he had written several well-received books. But in 1980 Roger Angell, the magazine’s fiction editor, rejected one of Rogin's submissions on the grounds—as Rogin later told the tale—that he was repeating himself. Rogin stopped writing fiction entirely. He died in Westport, Connecticut, 10 days short of his 88th birthday, on November 4, 2017.

Mel Rosenthal (77) US photographer who documented life both close to home in the South Bronx and in faraway places like Tanzania, focusing on the human side of hardship and urban decay. Rosenthal, who taught photography at Empire State College for 36 years, was especially known for photographing the South Bronx in the ‘70s and ’80s, a time of burned-out buildings and desolate streets. But where others often shot only the blight, Rosenthal usually made people the central element of any photo, emphasizing both the human impact of the conditions and the human spirit that survived amid the bleakness. He died of dementia in Redding, Connecticut on October 30, 2017.

Business and Science

C. E. Meyer Jr. (89) former head of Trans World Airlines who tussled with corporate raider Carl Icahn in the mid-‘80s in an unsuccessful effort to thwart a takeover. Meyer was known as a level-headed businessman who oversaw the financial functions of two major airlines as the industry boomed and air travel was still considered glamorous. He joined Eastern Airlines in 1965 as assistant treasurer and moved to TWA in ’68. After being promoted to senior vice president of finance in 1971, he became chief executive of the airline in ’76. Icahn’s takeover bid, a tender offer of $600 million (about $1.4 billion in today’s money), came after the airline industry was deregulated and consolidation had picked up. Meyer died in Norwalk, Connecticut of complications from a fall incurred during his daily walk, on November 4, 2017.

Arjay Miller (101) former Ford Motor Co. president who modernized the company’s management and marketed the original Mustangs, then switched to academia and elevated Stanford University to the top ranks of America’s graduate business schools. Miller was one of the 10 so-called whiz kids who persuaded Ford to hire them in the late ‘40s from Harvard, where they had perfected statistical management techniques for the Army Air Forces. Originally called the “quiz kids” because they peppered their Ford colleagues with probing questions, the team included Robert S. McNamara, who also became a Ford president and later secretary of defense in the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. During Miller’s presidency, Ford reported record sales and earnings, introduced the Mustang and other slick-back models, and revolutionized its stodgy management and financial practices. As dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford in Palo Alto, California for 10 years, he expanded the curriculum to include public policy, social issues, and ethics; hired the first women onto the faculty; recruited more minority students; increased the endowment; and upgraded the school into a worthy challenger to the business schools of Harvard and the University of Chicago. Miller died of a stroke in Woodside, California on November 3, 2017.

Dr. Salvador Minuchin (96) Argentine-born psychotherapist whose pioneering work with teenagers shifted the focus from their individual symptoms to their family relationships. Conducting his research and practice in Philadelphia and New York, Minuchin helped to redefine the role of a therapist. Moving away from traditional methods, which focused on plumbing the individual psyche, he took a broader perspective, considering the role of the family and other social environments in shaping a patient’s behavior. And rather than adhering to the therapist’s traditional role as passive listener, he became an inquisitive interventionist who challenged his patients’ preconceptions. Minuchin died of heart disease in Boca Raton, Florida, 17 days after his 96th birthday, on October 30, 2017.

Dr. John Risher (107) University of Virginia's oldest living football player and a member of the official statistics crew until this season. Risher graduated in 1932 with a degree in chemistry. He attended UVA's School of Medicine, earning his medical degree in 1936. He also was a member of the 1931 Virginia football team; he saw his only game action in a season-opening 18-0 victory over Roanoke at Lambeth Field, the Cavaliers' only victory that season, but injured his ankle a week later and never saw the field again. Risher died in Lynchburg, Virginia on November 3, 2017.

Peter Schutz (87) Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who became the only American to be chief executive of the German sports car maker Porsche, where he was credited with saving the company’s signature 911 model from oblivion. Schutz was a boy when he and his family fled Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. He returned years later to lead a company whose founders had collaborated with Adolf Hitler. The man who hired Schutz for the job, Ferdinand Porsche Jr., better known as Ferry, had joined with his father in designing tanks for the German war machine. The elder Porsche formed the company after the war, in 1948. Among sports car connoisseurs, Schutz was best remembered for blocking plans in 1981 to end production of the 911 model, which remains the quintessential Porsche. He died of Alzheimer's disease in Naples, Florida on October 29, 2017.

Larry Veitz (59) president of Spearfish (SD) Hospital, an affiliate of Rapid City-based Regional Health, for 15 years. Veitz also oversaw clinics in Spearfish and Belle Fourche. He helped to expand the health-care system’s markets to include over 500 caregivers and 40 physicians serving patients from the northern Black Hills, eastern Wyoming, and eastern Montana. In September, Veitz was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Health Care Professionals from the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations. He died in Spearfish, South Dakota on November 4, 2017.


Tzipora Jochsberger (96) left Nazi Germany as a teenager in the late ‘30s to study music in Palestine and later immigrated to the US, where she started a school, the Hebrew Arts School for Music & Dance (now the Kaufman Music Center) in Manhattan, to help Jewish children appreciate their heritage. During Jochsberger’s 33 years as its founding director, the Hebrew Arts School grew into an influential educational and cultural institution that has taught the arts to generations of children (and numerous adults), many of them Jewish. She died in Jerusalem, Israel on October 29, 2017.


Henry Christensen 3rd (72) trust and estates lawyer whose conflicting loyalties cast him as a pivotal witness in the trial of Anthony D. Marshall (died 2014) for defrauding his mother, Brooke Astor (died 2007), philanthropist and doyenne of New York society. Christensen was largely unknown outside his field until 2006, when Marshall, a Broadway producer and former ambassador who was Astor’s only son, was accused of swindling millions of dollars from his mother after she was found to have dementia. As her lawyer since 1991, Christensen was criticized—but never charged criminally—after overseeing amendments to her will in 2003 and other transactions that profited her son and daughter-in-law. Grilled for seven days on the witness stand, Christensen maintained that while legally representing both Astor and her son, in accommodating Marshall he was only trying to play the peacemaker. Moreover, he said, when he refused to accede to Marshall’s additional demands for money or control, Marshall fired him. Christensen died of lung cancer in Brooklyn, New York, five days before his 73rd birthday, on November 3, 2017.

Gamal Sorour (early 50s) Nubian activist arrested in Egypt in October for taking part in a peaceful protest. Sorour was among 25 Nubians arrested in Aswan for staging a peaceful Nile-side protest. They were demanding the return of Nubians to their ancestral lands, from which they were evicted in the ‘60s to make way for the lake behind the High Dam on the Nile. The detained Nubians now face accusations of taking part in an unauthorized demonstration, inciting protest, and disrupting public order. If convicted, they could face up to five-year terms in prison. Sorour, who had long-term health issues and underwent lifesaving surgery several years ago, suffered a diabetic coma and died in Aswan, Egypt on November 4, 2017.

Anna Diggs Taylor (84) Michigan's first black female federal judge. Taylor was appointed to the federal bench in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and was chief judge in Michigan's Eastern District in 1997–98; she retired in 2011. In 2006 she made headlines when she said an eavesdropping program without court oversight by the Bush administration was unconstitutional. An appeals court overturned the decision, saying the American Civil Liberties Union didn't have standing to sue. Taylor died in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan on November 4, 2017.

James Tayoun Sr. (87) former Philadelphia City Council member who went to federal prison for corruption and started a newspaper after his release. The son of a Lebanese immigrant, Tayoun grew up in Philadelphia, got a journalism degree from Temple University, and wrote for newspapers, including the Philadelphia Daily News. Tayoun and his brother also ran a restaurant, and he later served on the council and in the state Legislature. In 1991 he was charged with racketeering, mail fraud, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to paying bribes to a former councilman and accepting money to introduce legislation once he won a council seat himself. While behind bars, he wrote a how-to guide for future inmates called Going to Prison? and set up a 900 number that offered advice to prospective jailbirds. He died suddenly and unexpectedly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while getting into a car in front of his house, on November 1, 2017.

Thomas D. Thacher 2nd (71) as a New York public prosecutor, independent monitor, and private investigator, Thacher was instrumental in curbing corruption, fraud, and waste in the construction industry. In all three roles, he created strategies to uncover and contain the systemic kickbacks and racketeering that had become an accepted cost of doing business—a cost that was often passed along by developers to taxpayers and consumers, or hurt workers who were sold out by their union leaders. Thacher was named executive director of Gov. Mario M. Cuomo’s Construction Industry Strike Force, which delivered a groundbreaking investigative report in 1990. He was also inspector general of the New York School Construction Authority from 1989–96. He died of heart failure in Bedford, New York on October 30, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Muchal Richard Abrams (87) pianist, composer, and educator known both for his diverse compositions and improvisations and for establishing and sustaining the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. As a pianist, Abrams could spontaneously weave references to historical jazz styles—including ragtime, stride piano, the compositions of Duke Ellington, swing, and bebop—together with his own modernism, harmonies, and dissonance. As a composer, he represented a wide range. Steeped in the blues, he also created works for chamber ensembles and orchestras, sometimes but not always including improvisation. Abrams, who was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010 and was the first recipient of Denmark’s generous Jazzpar Award in 1990, was critically acclaimed for the breadth, depth, and originality of his music. He died in New York City on October 29, 2017.

Bradley Bufanda (34) actor known for his recurring role on the teen detective TV show Veronica Mars, on which he appeared from 2004–06. Bufanda also had roles on CSI: Miami, Malcolm in the Middle, and Days of Our Lives. He was found dead of what authorities say was suicide. He apparently jumped from a multistory building near the Park La Brea apartments in Los Angeles, California. His body was discovered by a transient just after midnight on November 1, 2017, and he was pronounced dead at 12:40 a.m. A note mentioning Bufanda’s parents and thanking his friends was found near him.

Roger Erickson (89) longtime WCCO Radio personality in Minnesota. Erickson and his on-air partner Charlie Boone ruled Minnesota's airwaves during morning drive-time for 38 years. Their folky Boone & Erickson show, with its mix of humor and news, recalled an earlier era. In its prime, half the radios in the greater Twin Cities area tuned into the show. Erickson also endeared himself to generations of schoolchildren by delivering school closing announcements on snowy mornings. Boone and Erickson did their last show together in January 1998. Boone died in 2015 at age 88. Erickson was one of the original inductees into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He died in Plymouth, Minnesota on October 30, 2017.

Katie Lee (98) free-spirited folk singer who found her mission as a performer and writer protesting the loss of Glen Canyon’s spectacular beauty to a dam on the Colorado River. Lee joined conservationists like David Brower, then executive director of the Sierra Club, and writer Edward Abbey to try to stop construction of the 710-foot-high Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona, which opened in 1963. Lee became part of the chorus of environmentalists that ever since has demanded that the canyon be restored. Lee died in Jerome, Arizona on November 1, 2017.

David Vaughan (93) British-born choreographer, critic, and performer best known for preserving the history of dance through his definitive biographies and painstaking stewardship of the Merce Cunningham archive. Vaughan served the Cunningham company and school in various capacities for 50 years. He enhanced the company’s reputation worldwide in 1964 when he coordinated a six-month tour to Europe and Asia, with John Cage as music director and Robert Rauschenberg as resident designer and stage manager. Vaughan began collecting dance ephemera in the late ‘50s and was considered the first in-house archivist of an American dance company, a post he held officially from 1976 until the Cunningham troupe disbanded in 2012 after Cunningham died in ’09. Vaughan died of prostate cancer in New York City on November 3, 2017.

Politics and Military

Dennis Banks (80) cofounder of the American Indian Movement and a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation. Banks was one of several activists who founded the AIM in Minneapolis in 1968, and he was a leader of its armed takeover of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in ‘73, in a protest against both the tribal and US governments. The village had been the site of a massacre by US soldiers in 1890 that left an estimated 300 Indians dead. The occupiers held federal agents at bay for 71 days. Banks, whose Ojibwe name was Nowacumig, lived near the town of Federal Dam on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He had developed pneumonia after heart surgery and died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on October 29, 2017.

Ed Flanagan (66) former Vermont auditor of accounts and state senator credited as the first openly gay lawmaker in the country elected to statewide office. Flanagan suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2005 car crash that left him in a coma for several weeks. His declining health in recent years was a result of those injuries. Flanagan was first elected auditor in 1992. He was elected to three additional two-year terms, including two after he came out as gay in 1995. In 2000, after leaving the auditor's post, Flanagan ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate seat then held by Republican James Jeffords. He was elected to the state Senate in 2004 and was reelected in '06 after he was injured in the car crash, and again in ’08. He died in New Hampshire on November 3, 2017.

Jim Martin (99) former US congressman and Alabama conservation commissioner. Martin helped to build the modern Republican Party in Alabama. He became the first Republican elected to the US House from Alabama in 70 years in 1964 and served one term. He also staged unsuccessful bids for governor and the US Senate. In 1987 the businessman became commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. As commissioner, Martin helped to create the Forever Wild land preservation program using interest from oil and gas lease money to set aside land for future generations. Alabama state parks were also renovated during his tenure. Martin died in Gadsden, Alabama on October 30, 2017.

Judy Martz (74) Montana’s only female governor and lieutenant governor whose fiscal success running the state was overshadowed by scandal and gaffes. A Republican, Martz was governor from 2001–05. She was noted for turning a state deficit into a surplus while reducing taxes and increasing funding for education. But her term was besieged by missteps, and her popularity dropped to 20 per cent at its low point. Martz entered politics in 1996 as Gov. Marc Racicot’s running mate and ran for governor after Racicot was barred from seeking a third term. Her administration came under fire after news reports revealed that some of her staff used state phones to make political fund-raising calls. She died of pancreatic cancer in Butte, Montana on October 30, 2017.

Irv Refkin (96) daring spy who served the US and Britain as a saboteur, assassin, and courier behind enemy lines in Europe during World War II. Dispatched from England, Refkin, a Wisconsin native, was said to have smuggled explosives to the French Resistance in Paris, infiltrated Nazi Germany to kill specific targets integral to the Nazi war machine, and sabotaged train tracks to slow the deployment of German tanks to Normandy before the Allied invasion on D-Day. He also carried out assignments in Italy, the Soviet Union, and South Africa. He was awarded the Bronze Star; in 2014 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society, an association of alumni from the wartime intelligence precursor to the CIA. He died in San Diego, California on November 2, 2017.

Society and Religion

Joan Tisch (90) philanthropist and widow of former New York Giants co-owner Bob Tisch, who died in 2005, three weeks after the death of co-owner Wellington Mara. Joan Tisch was a Museum of Modern Art trustee and was on the board of Citymeals on Wheels, a nonprofit that delivers food to the elderly, and cochair of the Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. She died in East Rutherford, New Jersey on November 2, 2017.


Fred Beckey (94) mountain climber who wrote dozens of books and was credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer. Beckey was known as much for his eccentric personality as for his obsession with climbing. He was born in Germany and immigrated to the US as a child. His family settled in Seattle, where he got his first taste of hiking and scrambling with the Boy Scouts and later The Mountaineers club. In 1942 Beckey and his younger brother Helmut wowed the climbing community with an impressive second ascent of Mount Waddington in British Columbia. Fred later accomplished hundreds of first ascents on peaks throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada, and Wyoming. In 1954 he established new routes on three of Alaska's mountains: McKinley, Deborah, and Hunter. He died in Seattle, Washington on October 30, 2017.

Sid Catlett (69) basketball-playing son of “Big Sid” Catlett, renowned jazz drummer who played with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and many others. The elder Catlett died in 1951, shortly before his son’s third birthday. In 1965 the younger Catlett, a sophomore player on the basketball team at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, helped to defeat New York's Power Memorial Academy, led by a young Lew Alcindor—later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—in what has been called the greatest high school basketball game ever played. DeMatha won, 46-43, ending Power's 71-game winning streak. Catlett later played basketball at Notre Dame and briefly in the NBA. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Atlanta, Georgia on November 3, 2017.

Caulton Tudor 70) three-time North Carolina sportswriter of the year who chronicled sports in the state for more than 40 years. Tudor was a native of Angier who joined the staff of the Raleigh Times in 1970 and spent more than 20 years as lead columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer before retiring in 2013. He later wrote for Raleigh TV station WRAL-TV's website. Tudor covered 35 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournaments and 24 Final Fours. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame last spring. He died in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 1, 2017.

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