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Jerry Van Dyke, younger brother of Dick Van DykeAharon Appelfeld, Israeli novelistHorace Ashenfelter, 1952 Olympic steeplechase record setterFred Bass, owner of NYC's The Strand, used-book storeDerby the Bat RetrieverBill Bolen, Alabama TV anchorPiper, Michigan airport's wildlife-control border collieBrendan Byrne, former governor of New JerseyValery Chalidze, Russian physicist and dissidentRita Clements, former Texas first ladyRichard Cousins, CEO of Compass Group, world's biggest catering companyCarmn ('Carm') Cozza, winningest coach in Ivy League historyDr. Ronald R. Fieve, pioneered use of lithium to treat mood disordersStan Fulton, New Mexico gambling industry pioneerRick Hall, Alabama record producerBruce T. Halle, founder of Discount TireRev. James Hester Hargett, LA pastor and civil rights activistCarole Hart, writer and TV producerBob Jenson, Oregon state legislatorKeorapetse Kgositsile, South African poetAsghar Khan, first Pakistani Air Force chiefNorman Lamb, former Oklahoma state senatorRobert Mann, founding violinist of Juilliard String QuartetDr. James Melius, expert on workplace medicineJosé Molina, Spanish-born flamenco dancerThomas S. Monson, 16th president of Mormon ChurchMaurice Peress, conductor of both classical music and jazzRob Picciolo, baseball infielder and coachAlan Sagner, fund-raiser and public officialJim Tarman, Penn State athletic directorEugene V. Thaw, US art collector and dealerRay Thomas (second from right), founding member of British rock group Moody BluesDave Toschi, detective on San Francisco's Zodiac killer caseKarin von Aroldingen, ballerina influenced by George BalanchineLarry Winn Jr., US congressman from KansasBetty Woodman, ceramic sculptorJohn Young, only US astronaut to fly in three space programs

Art and Literature

Aharon Appelfeld (85) Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor who became a leading voice in Holocaust literature. Appelfeld was born in Romania before the rise of the Nazis, lost his mother in the mass murder of Jews during World War II, and was only reunited with his father 20 years later. He rose to become one of Israel’s most prolific Hebrew-language writers even though he only learned the language as a teenager. He wrote dozens of books that were translated into many languages and received the country’s top literary awards. Appelfeld died in Petah Tikya, Israel, near Tel Aviv, on January 4, 2018.

Keorapetse Kgositsile (79) South African poet whose writing and activism helped to bridge his country’s freedom struggle with the Black Arts Movement in the US. Kgositsile first received acclaim while living in the US in the ‘60s. When he returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid in the early ’90s, he was welcomed as a national hero. In 2006 he became the second person to be named the country’s poet laureate. His poetry addressed themes of black solidarity, displacement, and anticolonialism and often echoed the music of black America and of Africa. He died in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 3, 2018.

Eugene V. Thaw (90) major American collector of European old master art and one of the world’s most respected dealers in the field. Thaw also earned distinction as the coauthor of a monumental catalogue raisonné (a comprehensive, annotated listing of all the known artworks by an artist either in a particular medium or all media) of Jackson Pollock’s work. Thaw's personal collection featured more than 400 drawings, including rare works by Goya, Van Gogh, and Andrea Mantegna and price-setting items by Rembrandt and Samuel Palmer. He died in Cherry Valley, New York on January 3, 2018.

Betty Woodman (87) sculptor who took an audacious turn when she began to transform traditional pottery, her usual medium, into innovative multimedia art, moving her work from kitchen cupboard shelves to museum walls. Woodman’s evolution from artisan to fine artist culminated in a retrospective in 2006 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, its first for a living female artist. She died of pneumonia in New York City on January 2, 2018.

Business and Science

Fred Bass (89) transformed his father’s small used-book store, the Strand, into a mammoth Manhattan emporium with the slogan “18 Miles of Books.” Bass was 13 when he began working at the Strand, founded by his father, Benjamin (died 1978). At the time it was one of nearly 50 such stores along Fourth Avenue. Except for two years in the Army, Fred never left until retiring last November. A year after taking over as manager of the store in 1956, he moved it from Fourth Avenue to its current location, on Broadway at 12th Street, where it occupied half the ground floor of what had been a clothing business. Fred Bass set the Strand on a path of unstoppable expansion, taking over the entire first floor, then, in the ‘70s, the top three floors and adding an antiquarian department. He died of congestive heart failure in New York City on January 3, 2018.

Piper the Border Collie (9) border collie that gained Internet fame for chasing critters off a Michigan airport’s runways. Piper, who often donned ski goggles while hanging out on snowy runways with helicopters and planes, was the official wildlife-control dog at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. The 9-year-old dog became the nemesis of geese, ducks, and other wayward birds at the northern Michigan airport starting in January 2015. About a year later, images of Piper on the job—in his official airport vest and goggles—made their way onto online social forum Reddit, and Piper became a top hit. He died of prostate cancer in Traverse City, Michigan on January 3, 2018.

Valery Chalidze (79) theoretical physicist who, alongside Nobel laureate Andrei D. Sakharov, campaigned to expose human rights abuses in the Soviet Union, then carried on that work in exile in the US. Chalidze used the Soviet system against itself in challenging it. Rather than calling for revolution, he immersed himself in the Kremlin's own often ignored legal statutes, memorizing them down to their minutiae, then demanded that they be observed. Invited to speak at American universities in 1972, Chalidze had his passport confiscated by Soviet consular officials, forcing him to remain in the US. He had largely recovered from a stroke he suffered in 2015 when he died in Benson, Vermont on January 3, 2018.

Richard Cousins (58) chief executive of the world’s biggest catering company, also one of Britain’s biggest businesses. Cousins led Compass Group—which employs more than 550,000 people worldwide, providing food for organizations ranging from Costco and Qualcomm to the University of Houston and the stadium that houses the Utah Jazz basketball team—for more than 11 years. When Cousins took the helm of the company, it was mired in a corruption scandal, accused of bribing a United Nations official to garner contracts to supply peacekeepers. Settling lawsuits and ending investigations tied to the allegations cost the company £39 million, around $53 million at current exchange rates. But during his time as CEO, Cousins dramatically increased the size of the company; revenue more than doubled, and operating profit increased fourfold. He was among six people killed when a seaplane went down off Jerusalem Bay, just north of Sydney, Australia. Those who died were Cousins, his two sons, his fiancée and her daughter, and the pilot of the plane, on December 31, 2017.

Dr. Ronald R. Fieve (87) US physician who pioneered the prescription of lithium to treat mania and other mood disorders—while avowing that some gifted individuals, like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill, might have benefited from being bipolar. Fieve began experimenting with lithium to mitigate depression in the ‘50s, when he was a resident at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. With a colleague, Dr. Ralph N. Wharton, he later identified lithium as the first naturally occurring medication to prevent and control a specific psychiatric disorder and reduce the risk of relapses. In 1966 Fieve established the first lithium clinic in North America. He died of congestive heart failure in Palm Beach, Florida on January 2, 2018.

Stan Fulton (86) owner of Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in New Mexico and a pioneer in the world of video slot machines. Fulton's company, Fortune Coin, developed one of the first video slot machines. In the late ‘80s he founded another company—Anchor Coin, which became Anchor Gaming—that operated casinos in Colorado and developed gambling machines. New Mexico State University said Fulton was the institution’s largest single donor; he gave more than $17 million for projects ranging from the football stadium to endowed professorships to a university aircraft. He also contributed hefty sums to the city of Sunland Park and the Gadsden Independent School District. Fulton died in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 4, 2018.

Bruce T. Halle (87) founded Discount Tire in Michigan with an inventory of only six tires in 1960 and built the company into the largest independent tire dealer in North America. At his death, Halle was Discount Tire’s board chairman and was ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest person in Arizona with a net worth of more than $5 billion. He started his first tire store in Ann Arbor, Mich. and chose the name because it implied customers could get a deal on a tire. He was the store’s only employee—serving as tire technician, cleaning crew, salesman, and accountant. It was three days before Halle had his first customer and a week before he made a sale. His original inventory consisted of two new tires and four retreads. Discount Tire moved its headquarters to the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale in 1987. The company had more than 200 stores by 1990 and opened its 500th store in 2002; it currently has 975 stores in 34 states with more than 20,000 employees. Halle died in his sleep in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 4, 2018.

Dr. James Melius (69) international expert on workplace medicine who advised the sponsors of a federal law that authorized billions of dollars for the medical care of first responders and others after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. In the years before passage of the law in 2010, Melius gave testimony to congressional committees that drew on his decades of work for government agencies and labor organizations. He urged that Congress pass a comprehensive program to relieve the economic hardships of those who had developed—and would develop—respiratory diseases, cancer, and other illnesses caused by exposure to toxins like asbestos and alkaline dust after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. He also lobbied to help workers who had lost their jobs and medical insurance and had found their medical claims being challenged by workers’ compensation. Melius died of cardiac arrest in Copake Falls, New York on January 1, 2018.


Dave Toschi (86) San Francisco police detective who led the long-running but unsuccessful investigation into the Zodiac serial killings 50 years ago. Toschi was put on the Zodiac case after a San Francisco taxi driver was shot to death in 1969. He was removed from the case in 1978 when he acknowledged writing and mailing anonymous fan letters to the San Francisco Chronicle lauding his own work. Five people were fatally stabbed or shot to death in the Zodiac killings in northern California in 1968–69, and their killer sent taunting letters and cryptograms to the police and newspapers. The killer was never caught. He was dubbed the Zodiac killer because some of his cryptograms included astrological symbols and references. Toschi died in San Francisco, California on January 6, 2018.

News and Entertainment

Bill Bolen (89) longtime Alabama TV anchor. Bolen was a Selma native who began his broadcasting career in radio. He moved to TV and spent 41 years at Birmingham's WBRC-TV before retiring in 2010. He was a member of the Communications Hall of Fame at the University of Alabama. He also served in the US Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard & Reserves in 1979. He died in Birmingham, Alabama on January 4, 2018.

Rick Hall (85) Alabama record producer who recorded some of the biggest musical acts of the ‘60s and ‘70s and helped to develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound.” Hall founded FAME Recording Studios in northwestern Alabama in 1959 and later recorded major acts including rhythm and blues stars Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. He also recorded country artists including George Jones and Brenda Lee and produced pop acts including Paul Anka and the Osmonds. A new generation of listeners knows Hall through the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals. The movie tells the story of Hall, the region’s musicians, and their distinctive, soulful sound featuring heavy bass, guitar, and electronic organ or piano. Hall died of cancer in Florence, Alabama on January 2, 2018.

Carole Hart (74) writer and TV producer who was part of the start-up of Sesame Street before having an instrumental role in Marlo Thomas’s groundbreaking children’s project, Free to Be … You & Me. Besides programs for children, Hart was also interested in spirituality and alternative medicine, both in her filmmaking and in her own life. On learning she had cancer in 1994, she was given a discouraging prognosis, but an Indian healing ceremony left her cancer-free for the next 20 years, she said. In 2009 the same interest that took her to that ceremony led her to make For the Next Seven Generations, a documentary about 13 women, all grandmothers, from indigenous peoples who came together to promote planetary healing. Hart died of cancer in New York City on January 5, 2018.

Robert Mann (97) founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, the internationally renowned ensemble that at mid-20th century helped to engender a chamber music revival throughout the US. Conceived in 1946, the Juilliard quartet gave its first official performance the next year. Besides Mann, the original roster included second violinist Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd. Mann—for decades the quartet’s de facto spokesman and institutional memory—remained with the ensemble for 51 years. By the time he retired in 1997 he had outlasted the entire original lineup, and several replacements, to become one of the longest-serving members of any chamber group in the world. Mann died in New York City on January 1, 2018.

José Molina (81) Spanish-born dancer who brought flamenco to audiences throughout the US with his troupe and in regular TV appearances. Molina left Spain for the US in 1956 for an appearance on The Steve Allen Show and stayed. He soon joined the company of famed flamenco dancer José Greco. In 1961 he formed his own company, José Molina Bailes Españoles, which toured the US for the next 30 years. Later in life Molina also made an impact as a teacher, introducing countless students to Spanish dance. He died of lung cancer in New York City on January 5, 2018,

Maurice Peress (87) symphonic conductor who worked closely with both Leonard Bernstein (died 1990) and Duke Ellington (died 1974) and whose twin passions for jazz and classical music were reflected in his penchant for reconstructing important concerts from the past. Peress spent the last 33 years conducting the student orchestra at the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music, where he established a master’s degree in conducting. But before settling into that role he led major orchestras, conducted the premieres of important works by Bernstein and others, and helped Ellington to orchestrate some of his signature compositions. Peress died of leukemia in New York City on December 31, 2017.

Ray Thomas (76) founding member of the British rock group the Moody Blues. Thomas performed in rock and blues bands in Birmingham, a city in the English Midlands, before founding the Moody Blues in 1964 with Mike Pinder and Denny Laine. The band’s roots lay in blues, but its 1964 hit “Go Now” was a foretaste of the orchestral sound that came to be called progressive rock. The Moody Blues’s 1967 album Days of Future Passed is a progressive rock landmark, and Thomas’s flute solo on the single “Nights in White Satin” is one of its defining moments. He wrote several songs for the band, including the trippy “Legend of a Mind” and “Veteran Cosmic Rocker.” He died of prostate cancer in Surrey, England on January 4, 2018.

Jerry Van Dyke (86) actor who, after decades in show business, finally emerged from the shadow of his older brother Dick with an Emmy-nominated role in the long-running ABC sitcom Coach. From the beginning, Jerry Van Dyke’s TV career was intertwined with his brother’s. One of his earliest TV appearances was in 1962 in a two-part episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, as Stacey Petrie, would-be comedian brother of Dick’s character, Rob Petrie. A boisterous performer who supported himself with a banjo-and-comedy stage act when TV or film roles were scant, Jerry Van Dyke was a ham to his brother’s more dignified persona. But while Dick had runaway success early on with the Broadway show and film Bye Bye Birdie, the Disney musical Mary Poppins, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, his brother’s career was long defined by a string of short-lived projects, like The Judy Garland Show, the game show Picture This, and the notorious flop sitcom, My Mother the Car. Jerry Van Dyke was frank but good-humored about his failures. His health had deteriorated since a traffic accident in 2015. He died at his ranch in Arkansas on January 5, 2018.

Karin von Aroldingen (76) one of New York City Ballet’s most distinctive ballerinas, who left an impact on landmark experimental roles that George Balanchine choreographed for her. Trained in ballet in her native Germany, Von Aroldingen admitted that she had to unlearn much of what she knew when adapting to City Ballet’s streamlined style. Yet after Balanchine’s death in 1983, she became an expert stager of his works for other companies in the US and abroad and performed a wide Balanchine repertoire herself before she retired from dancing in ’84. She died in New York City on January 5, 2018.

Politics and Military

Brendan Byrne (93) former two-term governor of New Jersey (1973–81) who mobsters said was too ethical to be bribed and who authorized the law permitting gambling in Atlantic City. A Democrat, Byrne built his reputation as a crusading prosecutor and held numerous governmental positions during more than 30 years of public service. He also signed New Jersey's first income tax into law. He died of a lung infection in Livingston, New Jersey on January 4, 2018.

Rita Clements (86) former Texas first lady who took an active role in Republican politics and higher education while her husband, Bill Clements, was governor. Bill and Rita Clements wed in 1975, a second marriage for both. Rita became a key adviser to her husband, an oilman and the first Republican governor of Texas since Reconstruction. He served two terms—from 1979–83 and ‘87–91—and died in 2011. Rita Clements later served 11 years as a University of Texas System regent. She also was known for her efforts to preserve the state's heritage and renovate the Governor's Mansion in Austin. She died of Alzheimer's disease in Dallas, Texas, more than 25 years after her husband left the governor's office, on January 6, 2018.

Bob Jenson (86) former Oregon state legislator who served nearly 20 years in the State House of Representatives. First elected in 1996, the Pendleton legislator served so long his colleagues dubbed him dean of the House. Jenson was the most senior member of the House at his 2015 retirement. He was elected once as a Democrat, once as an independent, and eight times as a Republican. His wife, Evelyn, told the East Oregonian newspaper that her husband was more fiscally conservative than Democrats and more socially liberal than Republicans and got a kick out of being “a caucus of one.” He died in Pendleton, Oregon after an on-and-off battle with cancer that lasted five years, on January 6, 2018.

Asghar Khan (96) veteran politician and first Pakistani Air Force chief after the country gained independence from Britain. Khan was born in Kashmir in northern India in 1921. He joined India’s air force in 1940, then moved to Pakistan, where he became the first Pakistani Air Force chief. Before him, British officers held top military posts in newly independent Pakistan. Khan entered politics, but his centrist Tahrik-e-Istaqlal party did poorly in the 1970 polls. He emerged as top rival to Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1977, but alleged poll rigging led to a public uprising and a subsequent military takeover by Gen. Ziaul Haq. Known for his humble demeanor, Khan left politics in 2012. He died in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 12 days before his 97th birthday, on January 5, 2018.

Norman Lamb (82: former Oklahoma state senator and father of Republican Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. The elder Lamb was elected senator in 1971 and served nearly 20 years. In 1995 he was appointed state secretary of veterans affairs by then-Gov. Frank Keating and held that position until 2011 under Keating's successor, Gov. Brad Henry. Lamb also served on active duty and as a reserve in the Army for more than 30 years. His son, Todd Lamb, is running for governor. Norman Lamb died in Enid, Oklahoma on January 5, 2018.

Alan Sagner (97) fund-raiser for liberal candidates and causes who was the unsalaried chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey from 1977–85 and of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the mid-'90s. After serving as finance chairman for Brendan T. Byrne’s successful 1973 campaign for New Jersey governor, Sagner was appointed state transportation commissioner by Byrne, who died the day after he did. A Democrat and a homebuilder by profession, Sagner died of cardiac amyloidosis in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on January 3, 2018.

Larry Winn Jr. (98) former US congressman who represented a suburban Kansas City congressional district from 1967–85. A Republican, Winn represented the 3rd Congressional District currently held by US Rep. Kevin Yoder. He died in Prairie Village, Kansas on December 31, 2017.

John Young (87) astronaut who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight. Young was the only NASA astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo, and space shuttle programs and the first to fly into space six times. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon. Young was in NASA's second astronaut class, chosen in 1962, along with Neil Armstrong, Pete Conrad, and James Lovell. Counting his takeoff from the moon in 1972 as commander of Apollo 16, Young's blastoff tally stood at seven, for decades a world record. He flew twice during the two-man Gemini missions of the mid-‘60s, twice to the moon during NASA's Apollo program, and twice more aboard the new space shuttle Columbia in the early ‘80s. He spent 17 years at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in management, focusing on safety issues, and retired at the end of 2004. Young died of pneumonia in Houston, Texas on January 5, 2018.

Society and Religion

Rev. James Hester Hargett (87) pastor who marched from Selma to Montgomery with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and fought for equality and social justice in the schools and neighborhoods of Los Angeles. A theologian and civil rights crusader, Hargett served parishes across the US during his lengthy pastoral career and arrived in LA near the beginning of what was a tumultuous but defining era in the fight to end the racial and economic segregation that divided America. He helped to launch outreach programs, health clinics, and academic enrichment projects. He raised funds for scholarships, marched in the streets for justice, and conjured up ways to help children get to school. Hargett died in Claremont, California on January 1, 2018.

Thomas S. Monson (90) 16th president of the Mormon Church. Monson spent more than 50 years serving in top church leadership councils—making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. His presidency was marked by his noticeably low profile during a time of intense publicity for the church, including the 2008 and ‘12 campaigns of Mormon Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, and the faith’s involvement in the passage of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in California. Monson died in Salt Lake City, Utah after nine years in office, on January 2, 2018.


Horace Ashenfelter (94) American runner who set a world record in the steeplechase at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, beating an overwhelmingly favored Soviet champion in what was billed as a test of Cold War supremacy. Nearly a generation after Jesse Owens shattered the myth of Aryan invincibility by sweeping four gold medals in Hitler’s Swastika-draped Olympic Stadium in Berlin in 1936, US athletes faced another challenge on the world stage. For the first time since 1912, when the Czars ruled in St. Petersburg, Russians were competing in the Olympics. That time it was American democracy vs. Soviet communism. Ashenfelter’s event was the 3,000-meter steeplechase—a punishing obstacle course of nearly two miles with 28 waist-high hurdles that do not topple, seven of them followed by water pits almost 12 feet long. He died in West Orange, New Jersey, 17 days before his 95th birthday, on January 6, 2018.

Derby the Bat Retriever (9) popular dog who retrieved baseball bats for the Trenton Thunder, a New Jersey minor league team. Derby had trained with his father, Chase, before first taking the field in 2010. Chase died of cancer in 2013. Both dogs were featured on the ESPN show E-60. Derby delighted both fans and players alike with his routines. The team favorite later became close with Hall of Famer and New York Yankees adviser Reggie Jackson. Derby's son, Rookie, began bat retrieval duty in 2016. Derby died of cancer in Trenton, New Jersey on January 6, 2018.

Carmen ('Carm') Cozza (87) coached Yale to 10 Ivy League football titles over 32 years and the famed 29-29 tie with Harvard. Cozza coached the Bulldogs from 1965–96 and retired as the winningest coach in Ivy League history, with a career record of 179-119-5, including an undefeated 1968 season that ended in a famous 29-29 tie with Harvard, which scored 16 points in the final minute for the tie. He died in New Haven, Connecticut on January 4, 2018.

Rob Picciolo (64) former major league infielder who later coached with the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Angels. Picciolo played for the Athletics, the Angels, and the Brewers during a nine-year major league career. He spent 20 years in the Padres organization, was a minor league manager, and spent nearly 16 seasons on the big league coaching staff under three managers. He was on the Angels staff from 2010–13. Picciolo died of a heart attack in San Diego, California on January 1, 2018.

Jim Tarman (89) former athletic director at Penn State who led many of the school’s sports teams to national recognition. Tarman joined Penn State as sports publicity director in 1958. In 1982 he was promoted to director of athletics and held that position until his retirement in '93. The college won six national championships in football, lacrosse, and fencing under Tarman. He was also credited with overseeing the school’s move into the Big Ten Conference. He died in State College, Pennsylvania on December 31, 2017.

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