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Keely Smith, pop and jazz singer, with husband Louis PrimaSimeon Booker, pioneering black journalistMonte Branstad, younger brother of former Iowa governorBruce Brown, surfing filmmaker of 'Endless Summer'Pete Brown, helped to form Cincinnati Bengals franchiseRalph Carney, studio musician, 'man of 1,000 instruments'Don Hogan Charles, NY Times photographer who shot civil rights-era photosMax Clifford, British public relations agentKent Damon, father of actor Matt DamonSimon Dickie, New Zealand Olympic rowing coxswainPat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter for SmithereensJames A. Duke, botanist who researched healing plantsBob Givens, animator who helped to design cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Elmer FuddYu Guangzhong, displaced Chinese poetJohn Finlay Hotchkis, LA benefactorBette Howland, forgotten novelistHarrison Hunter, railroad executiveCharles Jenkins, US Army deserter to North KoreaCalestous Juma, global advocate for sustainable developmentVera Katz, three-term mayor of Portland, Ore.Frank Lary, 'Yankee Killer' pitcherEd Lee, San Francisco's first Asian-American mayorDr. Jerold F. Lucey, pioneer in pediatricsTommy Nobis, first draft pick of Atlanta FalconsSimonetta Puccini, granddaughter of Italian opera composer Giacomo PucciniMartin Ransohoff, film producerRoy Reed, Arkansas journalist who covered civil rights movement for NY TimesRamon Regalado, Bataan Death March survivorAline, Countess of RomanonesAnthony Scaduto, journalist and biographerKevin ('WeHo Jesus') Short, LA man who dressed as JesusRabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, Israeli spiritual leaderRob Smith, Mississippi state legislatorStefan Joel Weisser, percussionist known as Z'evLones Wigger Jr., champion rifle shooterRobert G. Wilmers, bank executiveZarley Zalapski, Canadian hockey defenseman

Art and Literature

Bob Givens (99) animator who helped to design Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Givens started working for Walt Disney Studios right out of high school and later joined what became Warner Bros. His version of Bugs Bunny debuted in 1940. Other characters he illustrated over his 60-year career included Tom & Jerry, Daffy Duck, Alvin & the Chipmunks, and Popeye. Givens also brought his skills to TV advertising, animating cartoon insects for Raid bug-killer commercials. He died of acute respiratory failure in Burbank, California on December 14, 2017.

Yu Guangzhong (89) Chinese poet, essayist, and translator whose best-known work, “Nostalgia,” came to symbolize the separation, displacement, and longing for cultural unity felt by many in mainland China and in the Chinese diaspora. Yu was a college student in mainland China when his family joined the wave of Nationalists who fled to Taiwan after they were defeated by Mao Zedong’s Communists in the Chinese civil war in 1949. He flourished in his new home, finding success as a poet and a scholar. But like many exiled Chinese who had left behind relatives, friends, and homes, he could never quite shake his yearning for the “motherland.” He died of respiratory failure in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 14, 2017.

Bette Howland (80) novelist who wrote three well-regarded books in the ‘70s and early ’80s, then faded from the literary scene, only to be rediscovered recently. Howland drew on her relatives for her second book, Blue in Chicago, the story of a working-class Jewish family. That book was variously described as nonfiction, an autobiography, a series of sketches, a novel, and a short-story collection. The literary and art magazine, A Public Space, is making Howland’s Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage the first publication of its new book imprint in 2018. Howland had multiple sclerosis and dementia. She had suffered serious injury in 2014 when she was struck by a truck while walking home from the grocery store. She died in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 13, 2017.

Anthony Scaduto (85) journalist and author who wrote the first serious biography of Bob Dylan and an investigative book contending that Bruno Richard Hauptmann was wrongly executed in the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. Scaduto was a veteran reporter at the New York Post when he left that job to write Bob Dylan, a 280-page biography that took a journalistic look at Dylan’s still-evolving life and work. Scaduto died of diabetes in Brooklyn, New York on December 12, 2017.

Business and Science

Monroe ('Monte') Branstad (67) younger brother of former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who is now US ambassador to China. Monte Branstad remained on the family’s century farm at Forest City to operate it while Terry Branstad pursued a political career. Under Monte's management, Branstad Farms expanded. In 2015 he lost an Iowa Supreme Court appeal in a case in which he challenged legal fees related to an ‘08 fish kill caused by a pollutant discharge into the Winnebago River. Monte Branstad died in Mason City, Iowa on December 13, 2017.

James A. Duke (88) retired botanist for the US Department of Agriculture who in the mid-'60s embraced ethnobotany, a field that investigates the healing properties of plants that indigenous peoples have used for millenniums. Duke's field work, incorporating botany, natural healing, and anthropology, took him to remote corners of the world, often in the company of native guides—worlds away from his early professional success as a standup-bass player in country, bluegrass, and jazz bands. His research made him a widely acknowledged expert at a time when interest in traditional cultures was on the rise, along with the counterculture in Western countries. Duke was also a pioneer in identifying phytochemicals, the often beneficial chemical constituents of foods like antioxidants in oregano and flavonoids in green tea. He wrote about the results of his work in a 1997 book, The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases & Conditions from the World’s Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs. Duke died in Fulton, Maryland on December 10, 2017.

Harrison Hunter (73) president and chief executive of railroad giant CSX. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Harrison was a longtime railroad executive who made his career turning them around. Before joining CSX, he was president and CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and the Canadian National Railway Co. He also was head of the Illinois Central Railway in the ‘90s. He was hired by Florida-based CSX in March under shareholder pressure. But recently there had been concerns about his health. He often worked from home and occasionally required portable oxygen. CSX shares fell sharply on December 14 when the company announced Harrison was taking an unexpected leave of absence owing to a medical condition. He died in Wellington, Florida of “unexpectedly severe complications” from a recent illness, on December 16, 2017.

Calestous Juma (64) global advocate for sustainable development in struggling countries, particularly in his native Africa, who could trace his passion for technological innovation to his childhood in colonial Kenya. One of 14 children, most of whom died of malaria, Juma grew up on the shore of Lake Victoria in a remote village of mud huts without electricity or running water. The nearest post office was 20 miles away; flooding was common. He became a professor of international development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and directed the Agricultural Innovation in Africa project at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs. Juma also became first director of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and founder of the African Center for Technology Studies in Nairobi, Kenya, a pioneering group that combined government policy with science and technology to spur sustainable development and foster distinctly African perspectives on science. Juma died of cancer in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 15, 2017.

Dr. Jerold F. Lucey (91) pioneer in pediatrics who championed innovations that improved the survival and health of premature babies. Lucey spearheaded the introduction of new treatments for fragile newborns. He also energized the field of pediatrics by encouraging national and international collaborations and emphasizing that procedures had to be backed by documented evidence of their effectiveness. In the ‘60s he conducted a randomized trial of light therapy to treat jaundice in premature babies, leading to the wide adoption of the technique. A light therapy chamber he constructed was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. Lucey, who spent most of his career at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, died of a stroke in Osprey, Florida on December 10, 2017.

Robert G. Wilmers (83) longtime chairman and chief executive of M&T Bank Corp. In his 34-year tenure, Wilmers oversaw the growth of the bank into one of the region’s largest, with 783 branches in eight states and Washington, DC.. Through 24 acquisitions, assets increased from $2 billion in 1983 to more than $120 billion. Wilmers was also co-owner of New England Newspapers Inc., which in 2016 purchased the Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts and in Vermont the Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner, and the weekly Manchester Journal. His involvement and investment in Buffalo, New York extended to the region’s cultural and educational institutions, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Wilmers died suddenly and unexpectedly in New York City on December 16, 2017.


Simonetta Puccini (89) Italian teacher who went to court to prove that she was a descendant of opera composer Giacomo Puccini and, after she won that case, worked to further his legacy. Simonetta was Puccini’s only recognized remaining descendant. She left her profession in 1973 as her court case neared its conclusion. Giacomo Puccini, composer of La Bohème, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, and other masterworks of opera, was known for his formidable libido, and chronicling his various affairs and possible progeny has been a popular pastime for a certain segment of opera fans. But Simonetta’s connection to the family came through Puccini’s son, Antonio. She brought suit to prove that she was born of an affair between Antonio Puccini, who died in 1946, and her mother, whose name does not surface in the various news accounts of the case. The Court of Cassation, Italy’s highest tribunal in civil matters, ruled in her favor, entitling her to take the name Puccini and giving her a share of the Puccini estate. She died in Milan, Italy on December 16, 2017.


Max Clifford (74) once the highest-profile public relations agent in Britain. Clifford was found guilty in 2014 of eight indecent assaults on women and girls between 1977–85. He was the first person convicted as a result of Operation Yewtree, a British police investigation begun after it emerged that entertainer Jimmy Savile (died 2011) had been a serial sexual predator for years. Police officers questioned many current and former celebrities over accusations of abuse dating back years, and several other prominent figures were jailed. As a publicist, Clifford represented a roster of world-famous clients, including Muhammad Ali and O. J. Simpson. But he made his name from scandal, with exposés of extramarital affairs that brought down at least one British government minister and filled the pages of tabloid newspapers in Britain and elsewhere for decades. Clifford died of a heart attack in a hospital after collapsing twice at the prison in Cambridgeshire, England where he was serving an eight-year sentence for sexual offenses against victims as young as 15, on December 10, 2017.

News and Entertainment

Simeon Booker (99) trail-blazing black journalist and the first full-time black reporter at the Washington Post. Booker served for decades as Washington bureau chief for the iconic black publications Jet, a weekly, and Ebony, a monthly. He was credited with bringing to national prominence the 1955 death of Emmett Till, the 14-year old black boy whose brutal murder in Mississippi became a galvanizing point for the nascent civil rights movement. Booker's article included an open-casket picture of Till's mangled face that shocked the nation. Booker had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia and died in Solomons, Maryland on December 10, 2017.

Ralph Carney (61) saxophonist and self-described “man of a thousand instruments” heard on albums by Tom Waits, the Black Keys, St. Vincent, Elvis Costello, the B-52s, and Allen Ginsberg. Carney came from Akron, Ohio in the late ‘70s as a member of Tin Huey, a band on the arty side of new wave, and became a busy studio musician. Although best known for playing saxophones of all sizes, his arsenal also included clarinet, trumpet, violin, harmonica, panpipes, keyboards, trombone, ukulele, and banjo. Carney died in Portland, Oregon after sustaining head injuries in a fall at his home on December 16, 2017.

Don Hogan Charles (79) first black photographer to be hired by the New York Times who drew acclaim for his shots of the civil rights movement and everyday life in New York. In more than 40 years at the Times, Charles photographed a wide range of subjects, from local hangouts to celebrities to fashion to the United Nations. But he may be best remembered for the work that earned him early acclaim: his photographs of key moments and figures of the civil rights era. In 1964 he took a now-famous photograph, for Ebony magazine, of Malcolm X holding a rifle as he peered out the window of his Queens home. Charles died in East Harlem, New York on December 15, 2017.

Kent Damon (74) father of actor Matt Damon, who has worked to raise awareness and money for cancer research and treatment since his father was diagnosed in 2010. The Good Will Hunting and Jason Bourne star hosted private fundraisers in Los Angeles and attended benefits for the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusetts, where his father died of multiple myeloma, a rare blood disease that affects bone marrow, on December 14, 2017.

Pat DiNizio (62) lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens, known for such hits as “Blood & Roses” and “A Girl Like You.” The Smithereens peaked in the late ‘80s–early ‘90s but continued to tour and record, their more recent albums including 2011 and The Smithereens Play Tommy. DiNizio helped to form the Smithereens in 1980. Influenced by everyone from Buddy Holly to the Clash, the band blended catchy melodies and grinding guitars on “A Girl Like You,” “Only a Memory,” and other songs. Their breakthrough came in 1986 when “Blood & Roses” was featured in the movie Dangerously Close and the song's video was aired on MTV. DiNizio was receiving physical therapy for neck and back injuries when he died in Scotch Plains, New Jersey on December 12, 2017.

Martin Ransohoff (90) producer of movies like Jagged Edge and The Cincinnati Kid and TV hits like The Beverly Hillbillies. For decades Ransohoff was one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers, confident enough to fire Sam Peckinpah as director of The Cincinnati Kid, yet sensitive enough to see the beauty in the darkness of Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for The Americanization of Emily, one of his favorite projects. He produced or coproduced 46 films during his decades-long career—The Sandpiper, Ice Station Zebra, Catch-22, Save the Tiger, Silver Streak—and more. In the ‘60s he commanded America’s nighttime TV with Mr. Ed, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, and The Addams Family. He died in Bel Air, California on December 13, 2017.

Roy Reed (87) journalist who covered key events during the civil rights movement for the New York Times before returning to his native Arkansas to write and teach. After stints at the Joplin (Missouri) Globe and the Arkansas Gazette, Reed reported on the civil rights movement during the ‘60s for the Times. In 1965 he witnessed what became known as “Bloody Sunday,” when state troopers and others beat black marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Reed suffered a severe stroke on December 9 and died the next night at a Fayetteville, Arkansas hospital, on December 10, 2017.

Keely Smith (89) pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards and for her musical and marital partnership with bandleader and singer Louis Prima (died 1978). Smith auditioned to sing with Prima’s band and began touring with them in 1948. She and Prima married in 1953, and together they won a Grammy for their hit, “That Old Black Magic,” in ’59. They were divorced in 1961, and Smith married twice after that. During her 70-year career, Smith was lauded by critics for her bold voice and ability to make the music swing, and she received several awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She died of apparent heart failure in Palm Springs, California on December 16, 2017.

Stefan Joel ('Z'ev') Weisser (66) Los Angeles-born percussionist, performer, composer, instrument builder, visual artist, poet, and theorist who explored the dimensions of sound—becoming a pioneer of industrial music along the way. Performing solo and with others, Z’ev improvised, surrounded by homemade percussion instruments. He worked with found objects and later with digital processing. He was intrigued by the properties of materials and by the paths linking sounds, images, the body, nature, and spirituality. In a globe-spanning career, he collaborated with musicians, dancers, poets, and performance and visual artists. His discography includes more than 70 albums and multimedia work. He died of pulmonary failure in Chicago, Illinois on December 16, 2017.

Politics and Military

Charles Jenkins (77) US Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release. From Rich Square, North Carolina, Jenkins disappeared in January 1965 while on patrol along the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea. He later called his desertion a mistake that led to decades of deprivation and hardship in the Communist country. Jenkins was found collapsed outside his home in Sado, northern Japan, rushed to a hospital, and later pronounced dead of heart failure, on December 11, 2017.

Vera Katz (84) Jewish refugee elected to three terms (1993–2005) as Portland, Oregon's mayor who helped to transform it from a sleepy backwater into a trendy city known for its public transit, ecoconscious design, and live-work architecture style. Katz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and an aggressive form of uterine cancer in ’04. Treatment was successful but left her reliant on dialysis three times a week for 13 years. Earlier this month she was diagnosed with acute leukemia. She died in Portland, Oregon on December 11, 2017.

Ed Lee (65) San Francisco's first Asian-American mayor who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in the city that brought with it sky-high housing prices. Lee was appointed mayor by the Board of Supervisors in 2011, replacing Gavin Newsom, who was elected the state's lieutenant governor. Lee later won a four-year term in 2011 and was reelected in ’15. He was a civil rights lawyer who became city administrator before taking over as mayor. He was a staunch supporter of the city's sanctuary city policy toward illegal immigrants, a stance he reiterated in November when a Mexican man who had been repeatedly deported was acquitted of murder in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle. The case became a flashpoint in the nation's immigration debate. Lee was an advocate for the poor, but detractors claimed he catered too much to Silicon Valley, citing his brokering of a tax break in 2011 to benefit Twitter as part of a remake of the city's downtown. Housing prices have surged in San Francisco, with modest homes now topping $1.5 million, and Lee faced criticism for not doing more to provide affordable housing for the working class. He died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in San Francisco, California on December 12, 2017.

Ramon Regalado (100) San Francisco Bay Area man who survived the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March and symbolized the thousands of unheralded Filipinos who fought alongside American forces during World War II. Born in 1917 in the Philippines, Regalado was a machine gun operator with the Philippine Scouts under US Army Forces when troops were forced to surrender in '42 to the Japanese after a grueling three-month battle. The prisoners were forced to march some 65 miles to a camp. Many died during the Bataan Death March, killed by Japanese soldiers or simply unable to make the trek. Most of the troops were Filipino. Regalado survived and slipped away with two others—all of them sick with malaria—but only he lived. Afterward he joined a guerrilla resistance movement against the Japanese and later moved to the Bay Area to work as a civilian for the US military. He died in El Cerrito, California on December 16, 2017.

Rob Smith (66) Democrat who served 24 years in the Mississippi Legislature. Smith, who owned a real estate business in Rankin County, was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1979 and served four years. He won a seat in the state Senate in 1983 and served 20 years in a district encompassing parts of Copiah, Covington, Rankin, and Simpson counties. After writing a law that provided free car tags to Purple Heart recipients, he ran unsuccessfully for the US House in 1996, state treasurer in 2003, and secretary of state in ’07. He died in Florence, Mississippi on December 16, 2017.

Society and Religion

John Finlay Hotchkis (86) Los Angeles benefactor and fourth-generation Californian whose family homesteaded the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. Hotchkis had a 50-year association with the LA Philharmonic, twice served on the University of California Board of Regents, and was a board member of the LA World Affairs Council. His ancestors acquired the sprawling ranchland in what is now Long Beach as part of a Spanish land trust in the 1870s and ultimately gave the rancho to the city—along with the original adobe ranch house and barns—as a museum and educational center. Hotchkis died in Los Angeles, California on December 14, 2017.

Aline, Countess of Romanones (mid-90s) former model, born Aline Griffith, from suburban New York City who transformed herself into a dressed-to-kill self-proclaimed spy and Spanish countess. She was also the author of several books. Most of them, brimming with tales of her escapades as an American espionage agent, which began in Spain during World War II, were billed as memoirs—although they were believed to be heavily embellished. It was in Madrid that she met and married, in 1947, Luis de Figueroa y Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno, count of Quintanilla and later of Romanones, heir to one of Spain’s largest fortunes and a grandson of a former foreign minister. The count died in 1987. The countess had been treated for emphysema for years and died in Madrid, Spain on December 11, 2017.

Kevin ('WeHo Jesus') Short (57) Los Angeles man who became a familiar figure as he walked the streets dressed as Christ in a community where he came to be known as WeHo Jesus. In a city that embraces the counterculture—from the go-go dancers thrusting their hips at gay bars to boozy rock stars playing the Sunset Strip—WeHo Jesus was an eccentric saint, always open to a selfie and a hug. In his own particular way, Short seemed omnipresent. He marched in the LA Pride Parade, hung out at The Comedy Store, and posed with drag queens at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. He danced in a music video for the band LMFAO's tune “Champagne Showers” and, according to lead singer Steven Tyler, inspired Aerosmith's song “Street Jesus.” Short died in Los Angeles, California on December 13, 2017.

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman (104) spiritual leader of Israel's non-Hassidic ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent. Shteinman was one of Israel's most influential rabbis and a political king-maker whose orders were strictly followed by his representatives in parliament. After the 2012 death of his predecessor, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Shteinman was widely regarded as “Gadol Hador,” or “leader of the generation.” He fell ill weeks ago and died of a heart attack in Jerusalem, Israel on December 12, 2017.


Bruce Brown (80) filmmaker who molded the modern image of surfer as seeker and transformed the sport with his 1966 surfing documentary The Endless Summer. Along with the music of the Beach Boys, Brown took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part of American culture. Surfers had largely been portrayed as beach blanket buffoons in the mindless party movies of the early ‘60s. Then came Brown and The Endless Summer, a soulful story of surfers on a quest for fulfillment—an image that became emblazoned on the cultural psyche. Brown, who took up surfing in the early ‘50s, had made five other documentaries about the sport. He died in Santa Barbara, California on December 10, 2017.

Pete Brown (74) helped to form the Cincinnati Bengals franchise and served in the team's personnel department. Pete Brown was the son of Paul Brown and the younger brother of Mike Brown. He was part of the team's player personnel department since its founding in the ‘60s. He also developed a strength-training business called Hammer Strength. Unlike his famous father and his outspoken brother, Pete Brown stayed behind the scenes and declined interviews. Mike Brown, now 82, took over running the franchise when Paul Brown died in 1991. Pete Brown died in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 12, 2017.

Simon Dickie (66) coxswain who led New Zealand rowing crews to Olympic victories at Mexico City in 1968 and Munich in ’72. Dickie was only 17 when he was a member of the four who won New Zealand's first Olympic gold medal in rowing at Mexico City. Four years later he was coxswain of the New Zealand eight who caused a major upset in winning its final, beating an East German crew in an era when East Germany operated a state-sponsored doping system. Dickie died in Taupo, New Zealand on December 13, 2017.

Frank Lary (87) star Detroit Tigers pitcher called the Yankee Killer because of his success against New York's big-hitting lineup. A 5-foot-11 right-hander, Lary pitched for the Tigers from 1954–64. He twice made the American League All-Star team and led the league with 21 wins in 1956. He won the Gold Glove Award in 1961, when he went 23-9 and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting behind Whitey Ford of the Yankees and Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves. Lary began his career as mainly a power pitcher, but as he grew older he came to rely more on his curve, sinker, slider, and the occasional knuckler. He became known for calling his own game, often shaking off his catcher’s signal and choosing his own pitch. He also played for the Mets, the Braves, and the Chicago White Sox during a 12-year career in which he won 128 games and lost 116. He had been hospitalized with pneumonia and died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on December 13, 2017.

Tommy Nobis (74) first player ever drafted by Atlanta in 1966 and a hard-hitting linebacker who spent his entire 11-year career with the Falcons. Nobis had been in poor health with physical and cognitive ailments that may have been related to his football career. He was among hundreds of ex-players who were part of a plan that reimburses them for expenses related to the treatment of dementia, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig's disease, or other neurological disorders. He also was among the plaintiffs who settled a massive concussion lawsuit against the league. After being drafted out of Texas with the first overall pick by the expansion Falcons, Nobis was picked as rookie of the year and earned the first of five Pro Bowl selections. He died in Atlanta, Georgia on December 13, 2017

Lones Wigger Jr. (80) career Army officer and two-time Olympic champion hailed as the most decorated rifle shooter in the world. Wigger dominated competitive shooting for 20 years. He broke 29 world records and appeared in three Olympics, in 1964, ’68, and ’72. He also qualified for the 1980 Games in Moscow, which the US boycotted in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In the 1964 Games in Tokyo, he won the gold medal in the sport’s showcase competition: the small-bore rifle, three-position (prone, kneeling, and standing). At the same Games he took the silver medal in small-bore rifle, prone, missing the gold on a tiebreaker. In 1972 in Munich, he won the gold in free rifle, three-position. Wigger also won 58 US championships and more than 20 on the world stage. In five-Pan American Games, from 1963–83, he won eight gold medals. He died of pancreatic cancer in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 14, 2017.

Zarley Zalapski (49) former NHL defenseman. A native of Edmonton, Canada, Zalapski played 637 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Montreal, and Philadelphia from 1987–2000. He was with the Flames from 1993–98. Zalapski was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He had 99 goals, 285 assists, and 684 penalty minutes in the NHL. He was named to the all-rookie team in 1989 and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in ’93. Zalapski played stints in Austria and Switzerland after his NHL career and appeared in 11 games for the United Hockey League's Kalamazoo Wings in 2004-05. He was the fourth overall pick by the Penguins in the 1986 entry draft. He died in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 12, 2017.

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