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John Hillerman, 'Magnum PI' actorGirish Bhargava, editor of dance filmsVanu Bose, innovative son of Bose Corp. founderPaul Buckmaster, arranger for rock songwritersShannon Michael Cane, director of NYC's Printed Matter art book fairAntonio Carluccio, Italian celebrity chefDebra Chasnoff, Oscar-winning documentarianDavid Cloutier, New England Patriots defensive backFred Cole, rock guitarist and singerFrank Corsaro, opera and theater directorRobert De Cormier, choral director and composer, arranger and conductorGemze de Lappe, disciple of choreographer Agnes de MilleKarin Dor, German actressDaniel Flores, Boston Red Sox catching prospectJoe Fortunato, Chicago Bears linebackerNancy Friday, author of books on women's sexual fantasiesRobert Gensburg, lawyer who challenged Vermont school fundingRichard Gordon, 'Apollo 12' astronautRoy Halladay, retired MLB pitcherR. J. Harper, Pebble Beach executiveEdward S. Herman, author, educator, and longtime critic of American foreign policyPat Hutchins, British children’s book writer and illustratorKarl Katz, art historian and museum curatorGordon Sakamoto, AP bureau chief in HonoluluVera Shlackman, economics professor fired amid '50s Red ScareRick Stelmaszek, longtime Minnesota Twins coachBrandon Wentz, former mayor of Mount Carbon, Pa.

Art and Literature

Shannon Michael Cane (43) Australian expatriate and book aficionado who in 2013 took over the Printed Matter book fair in New York, the granddaddy of art book fairs, and transformed it into a radically inclusive affair, attended by venerable rare-book dealers alongside obscure zine makers. Cane, who founded a queer art zine, They Shoot Homos Don’t They?, in 2005 in Australia, moved to New York in ‘08 at the urging of AA Bronson, artist and president of Printed Matter at the time, who founded the organization’s book fair in 2005. Cane committed suicide in Brooklyn, New York on November 9, 2017.

Nancy Friday (84) author whose books about gender politics helped to redefine American women’s sexuality and social identity in the late 20th century. Friday’s first book was My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies (1973). The book’s shocking premise was that women had erotic thoughts. But Friday, who based the book on hundreds of interviews, said those thoughts were accompanied by considerable guilt and secrecy. The book was an immediate best-seller. Critics tended to regard My Secret Garden and its sequel, Forbidden Flowers: More Women’s Sexual Fantasies, as little more than soft-core pornography. Friday died of Alzheimer's disease in New York City on November 5, 2017.

Pat Hutchins (75) British author whose childhood sketches of woodland creatures led to an award-winning career as a children’s book writer and illustrator. Five of Hutchins’ books were named notable books by the American Library Association. Her tale The Wind Blew (1974), about the succession of items lost by people in a small town, won the Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s book illustration, the British equivalent of the Caldecott Medal in the US. Hutchins made her debut in 1968 with Rosie’s Walk—still one of her most successful books—which follows a hen’s path to her henhouse as a fox stalks her. Hutchins died of cancer in Hampstead, England on November 8, 2017.

Karl Katz (88) was so entranced by an art history lecture in college that he later became a founding curator of the Israel Museum, conveyed the Metropolitan Museum of Art's vast collection to wider audiences by video, and played a key role in finding a home for the International Center of Photography. Katz also ran the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. He founded and directed Muse Film & Television, a nonprofit producer of films about art, and, as a consultant, helped to plan the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Copenhagen, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and the P. T. Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He died of congestive heart failure in New York City on November 8, 3017.

Business and Science

Vanu Bose (52) son of Amar G. Bose, founder of the Bose Corp., the company, based in Framingham, Mass., known for its high-quality audio systems and speakers. But the son was an innovator in his own right. Instead of following his father into the family business, the younger Bose founded his own company, Vanu Inc., in Lexington, Mass. He reimagined cellular networks and extended service to people living in remote regions of the world. Focusing on the radio components of wireless networks, Vanu Bose developed durable cellular sites that could run on solar power and required only small amounts of energy. That technology has been used around the world, particularly in rural areas. Bose recently took his technology to Puerto Rico after it was lashed by Hurricane Maria and used it to help desperate residents locate family members. Through his company he donated more than three dozen cellular base stations to the island, each covering about a three-mile radius. He died of a pulmonary embolism in Concord, Massachusetts on November 11, 2017.

Antonio Carluccio (80) celebrity chef who helped to popularize inexpensive Italian fare as the founder of an eponymous restaurant chain and a prolific cookbook writer. Born and raised in Italy, Carluccio had restaurants bearing his name in Britain, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. He also appeared on several TV shows and wrote 22 cookbooks. He first came to prominence in Britain while running the Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden in 1981, earning accolades and hosting famous patrons who included Prince Charles and Elton John. Carluccio cofounded what became the Carluccio’s chain in 1999 and remained involved after selling his interest in the business. He died in London, England on November 8, 2017.


Debra Chasnoff (60) Oscar-winning documentarian whose educational films promoted greater tolerance for gays and lesbians. Chasnoff won the Oscar for documentary short in 1992 for producing and directing Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons & Our Environment, which explored that company’s role in making bombs and its impact on public health. She died of breast cancer in San Francisco, California on November 7, 2017.

Edward S. Herman (92) author, educator, and longtime critic of American foreign policy who, with Noam Chomsky, cowrote the influential media study Manufacturing Consent (1988). The book became a catch-phrase and widely cited text for media cooperation in promoting government policies. It was adapted into a 1992 documentary of the same title. Herman and Chomsky also cowrote The Political Economy of Human Rights and Counter-Revolutionary Violence. A compilation of Herman’s work, The Myth of The Liberal Media: An Edward Herman Reader, came out in 1999. Herman was a professor emeritus at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 11, 2017.

Vera Shlakman (108) economics professor who was fired by Queens College after she refused to tell Senate investigators whether she had ever been a card-carrying Communist—a punishment that brought an apology 30 years later. Shlakman was the last survivor among more than a dozen teachers at New York City public colleges who were ousted by the Board of Higher Education during the early stages of the Red Scare wrought by Sens. Pat McCarran and Joseph R. McCarthy. A 42-year-old assistant professor when she was fired in 1952, Shlakman neither taught economics again nor wrote a sequel to her groundbreaking '35 book on female factory workers; 30 years later, 10 of the fired professors, including Shlakman, were indemnified with pension settlements after receiving an apology from college officials. Shlackman died in New York City on November 5, 2017.


Robert Gensburg (78) lawyer who successfully challenged the way schools are funded in Vermont and brought about sweeping reform. Gensburg was lead attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union as it argued that children in poor towns were at a disadvantage because lower property values meant less tax revenue for schools. In 1997 the Vermont Supreme Court agreed, forcing lawmakers to establish a new system to ensure more equitable funding. Carol Brigham's young daughter was the lead plaintiff in the case. Brigham told the Burlington Free Press it was miraculous that Gensburg put as much time into the case as he did, considering he wasn't being paid. Gensburg died in Lyndon, Vermont on November 9, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Girish Bhargava (76) India-born master of the underappreciated art of editing dance films who put that skill to use on the hit movie Dirty Dancing (1987) and numerous episodes of the PBS series Dance in America. Translating three-dimensional dance into a two-dimensional medium has always been problematic. Plant a camera with an audience-eye view of the full stage and you reduce the dancers to insect size, but rely too much on close-ups and you miss the choreographer’s big picture. Bhargava mixed the various shots and techniques available to a film editor in a way that both made for engaging viewing and earned the confidence of the great choreographers whose work he was depicting. He died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, California on November 11, 2017.

Paul Buckmaster (71) British-born arranger and orchestra conductor who provided the atmospheric backdrop and sonic flourishes for Elton John, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, and other titans of rock over the decades. Buckmaster worked extensively during his long and prolific career with John, providing the orchestral arrangements for radio favorites such as “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song,” and teamed with the Rolling Stones on darker fare like “Moonlight Mile” and “Sway” on the group’s Sticky Fingers album. And when Bowie recorded “Space Oddity,” Buckmaster helped to give it an ominous depth with his arrangement. He died in Los Angeles, Califormia on November 7, 2017.

Fred Cole (69) guitarist and singer who became a cult hero of the Pacific Northwest music scene as leader of the long-running garage-rock band Dead Moon. As the grunge gold rush in the ‘90s made stars of young bands in and around Seattle like Nirvana and Soundgarden, Cole and Dead Moon remained beloved local stars despite being decades older than their peers. Well into his 40s by then, Cole had been a regular on the garage-rock circuit—playing a rough and raw sound that long predated grunge’s noisy take on punk—since the mid-‘60s, when he was a member of the Lollipop Shoppe, which had a minor hit in 1968 with “You Must Be a Witch.” But with Dead Moon and various other groups over the years, Cole set a standard for do-it-yourself perseverance. He died of cancer in Clackamas, Oregon on November 9, 2017.

Frank Corsaro (92) director of theater and opera whose productions, especially for New York City Opera, pushed boundaries and challenged both performers and audiences. Corsaro, who directed his first opera, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, in 1958, came out of the theater world and advocated the idea—controversial to some—that opera singers should also act. But that was only the starting point in his efforts to imbue opera with fresh energy and relevance. He began incorporating film and other multimedia elements into his operas, sometimes to the consternation of critics. Born aboard a ship as his parents, who had emigrated from Italy, were coming into New York Harbor from Argentina, where they had lived briefly, Corsaro had lived all but the last two years of his life in New York City and died in Suwanee, Georgia on November 10, 2017.

Robert De Cormier (95) led a musical double life as a choral director and composer in classical music and an arranger and conductor for folk and pop stars like Harry Belafonte and Peter, Paul & Mary. De Cormier spent much of his career behind the scenes, in the rehearsal rooms and orchestra pits of Manhattan. He joined forces with Belafonte as an arranger after the singer’s album Calypso became a breakout hit in 1956. De Cormier died of kidney failure in Rutland, Vermont on November 7, 2017.

Gemze de Lappe (95) dancer who performed on Broadway and, as a disciple of choreographer Agnes de Mille (died 1993), became an expert at restaging her choreography in musicals like Oklahoma! and Carousel around the US. De Lappe’s association with De Mille began in 1943 when she was cast in a small part in the first national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!; that led to her dancing the female lead role of Laurey in the musical’s “Dream Ballet” when it opened at the Drury Lane Theater in London in 1947. In 1951 De Lappe played Yvonne in the original Broadway production of Paint Your Wagon. She died of pneumonia in New York City on November 11, 2017.

Karin Dor (79) German actress who played an assassin sent by James Bond's nemesis Blofeld to kill the British agent in You Only Live Twice (1967). Dor played in dozens of films, TV productions, and theater plays during a career that began in her German homeland when she was 17. Aside from would-be Bond assassin Helga Brandt—who ended up being fed to piranhas—Dor also played in Alfred Hitchcock's 1969 thriller Topaz and on the US TV crime series Ironside and The FBI. She was married three times, most recently to American stuntman and actor George Robotham, who died in 2007. Dor died in Berlin, Germany on November 6, 2017.

John Hillerman (84) actor who played stuffed-shirt Higgins to Tom Selleck’s freewheeling detective Thomas Magnum in the ‘80s TV series Magnum, PI. Besides playing manager of the Hawaiian estate that Magnum used as home base, Hillerman was known for his ‘70s roles as arrogant radio show detective Simon Brimmer on the Ellery Queen series and the difficult boss on the sitcom One Day at a Time. When Hillerman decided to retire in 2000, the actor born in Denison, Texas returned to his native state and was content leaving Hollywood behind. He died in Houston, Texas on November 9, 2017.

Gordon Sakamoto (82) one of the first Asian-Americans hired to work in a US bureau of an international news service. A former Hawaii bureau chief for the Associated Press, Sakamoto started his journalism career with United Press International in Honolulu in 1960. He retired in 2001 after overseeing operations in Hawaii and the Central Pacific for AP. Honolulu-born Sakamoto worked for UPI for 27 years in San Francisco and Hawaii. He joined the AP in 1993 after working for five years as a marketing specialist for the state of Hawaii. The AP named him chief of bureau in Honolulu in 1994. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii of heart failure and chronic kidney disease, on November 8, 2017.

Politics and Military

Richard Gordon (88) former Apollo 12 astronaut, one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn't land there. Gordon was a test pilot chosen in NASA's third group of astronauts in 1963. He flew on Gemini 11 in 1966, walking in space twice. During the Apollo 12 flight in November 1969, he circled the moon in the command module Yankee Clipper while Alan Bean and Charles Conrad landed and walked on the lunar surface. Gordon died in San Marcos, California, near San Diego, on November 6, 2017.

Brandon Wentz (23) former mayor of Mount Carbon, Pennsylvania, appointed in February 2016. Wentz followed his mother and grandmother into public service. His grandmother was the first woman to be mayor of Mount Carbon, and his mother served on the council. Brandon Wentz was a student at Kutztown University who aspired to be a writer. He told WNEP-TV around the time he took office that he wanted to fight blight in his town. Mount Carbon, population around 90, is about 100 miles from Philadelphia. Wentz resigned November 8 because he and his family had moved out of the small Schuylkill County borough of Mount Carbon. A deputy coroner pronounced him dead the next day, on November 9, 2017. Officials have not said how he died, but an investigation in under way.


David Cloutier (78) New England Patriots former defensive back. Cloutier was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 18th round of the 1962 NFL draft, but he signed a free agent deal with the AFL's Buffalo Bills. He was out of football for a year in 1963 and coached at Kennebunk High School in Maine but returned in '64, signing a free agent deal with the Patriots. He appeared in 12 games that season as a defensive back and punt returner. Cloutier starred as a running back at the University of Maine from 1959–61. He had since been inducted into both the University of Maine Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He was the first Maine native in Patriots history. Cloutier died in Palm Coast, Florida on November 6, 2017.

Daniel Flores (17) Boston Red Sox catching prospect. Flores was signed out of Venezuela in July. He was considered one of the top young players in the Red Sox farm system, although he had yet to play a game in the minors. He died in Boston, Massachusetts from complications during treatment for cancer, on November 8, 2017.

Joe Fortunato (87) linebacker who helped the Chicago Bears to win the 1963 NFL title. In 12 seasons with the Bears, Fortunato was a three-time All-Pro selection and a five-time Pro Bowl pick. He had 16 interceptions and 22 fumble recoveries and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the ‘50s. In 1967–68 Fortunato was an assistant coach with the Bears before returning to Mississippi, where he ran Big Joe Oil Co. He died in Mississippi, where he had starred as linebacker and fullback at Mississippi State, on November 6, 2017.

Roy Halladay (40) had a passion for flying airplanes that nearly matched his love of baseball. Halladay worked tirelessly to become a dominant pitcher, winning a Cy Young Award in each league and tossing a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter in the same year for the Philadelphia Phillies. When he couldn’t pitch at a high level anymore, Halladay walked away from the game and immersed himself in another craft. The eight-time All-Star fulfilled his dream when he purchased his own plane just last month. He was killed when his ICON A5 went down in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida, on November 7, 2017.

R. J. Harper (61) “Mr. Pebble Beach” who rose from a golf course marshal to head of golf operations at America's iconic golf resort. Harper, who played football and baseball at Rhodes College in Tennessee, showed up at Pebble Beach in 1985. He was head pro during the 1992 US Open, championship director of the 2000 US Open, and general chairman for the ‘10 Open. In his final months he played a role in the US Women's Open coming to Pebble Beach in 2023 for the first time. As executive vice president of golf and retail at Pebble Beach Co., Harper also helped to start AT&T Junior Golf on the Monterey Peninsula. He died of pancreatic cancer in Pebble Beach, California on November 8, 2017.

Rick Stelmaszek (69) former Minnesota Twins coach who helped the team to win two World Series championships. Stelmaszek spent 32 seasons as a Twins coach from 1981–2012. He was the longest-tenured coach in Twins history and the third-longest with a single team in major league history. Stelmaszek was bullpen coach under Billy Gardner, Ray Miller, Tom Kelly, and Ron Gardenhire and helped the Twins to reach the postseason eight times. The team recently announced that he would receive the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented in January 2018. Stelmaszek died of pancreatic cancer in Chicago, Illinois on November 6, 2017.

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