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Yevgeny Avrorin, Russian nuclear physicistChristine Beshar, one of first female partners in Wall Street law firm('Fast') Eddie Clarke (left), with Ian ('Lemmy') Kilmister and Phil ('Philthy Animal') Taylor of MotorheadGreg Critser, author of books on problems of obesity, drugs, and agingFrance Gall, French pop singerDoug Harvey, National League umpireGen. Anna Mae Hays, US military's first female generalGeoffrey C. Hazard Jr., law professor and authority on legal ethicsJohn Hennessey, college administratorJohn Sherrill Houser, sculptor of controversial El Paso statueKeith Jackson, veteran sportscasterEdgar Ray Killen, former KKK leader convicted in 1964 'Mississippi Burning' killingsByron Langley, North Dakota state legislatorDenise LaSalle, blues singer and songwriterThomas Luken, US congressman from OhioTerence Marsh, Oscar-winning British film art directorKynaston McShine, influential museum curatorBernardine Morris, NY Times fashion writerOdvar Nordli, former Norwegian prime ministerDonnelly Rhodes, Canadian character actor remembered for 'Soap'Joseph A. Rice, former chairman and CEO of NYC's Irving Bank Corp.Julio Rocha, Nicaraguan soccer official guilty of taking bribesJohn Running with Native American photo subject Jones BenallyPeter Sutherland, Irish businessman and diplomatDoreen Tracey, original 'Mouseketeer'John V. Tunney, one-term US senator and son of boxer Gene Tunney

Art and Literature

Greg Critser (63) writer who explored fear and obsession in books about obesity, prescription drugs, and aging. Critser wrote well-regarded books that he referred to as “my American pathology trilogy”—books that touched on health, happiness (or its opposite), and the pursuit of immortality. The books, Critser said, all wrestled with his own personal demons—he once was overweight, he tangled with depression, and as the years passed he felt himself slowing down. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World was a sobering look at how the fast-food industry had become an enabler of obesity by offering supersized meals that conditioned people to eat more fries, order bigger burgers, and drink virtual vats of soda at modest prices. Critser died of brain cancer in Pasadena, California on January 13, 2018.

John Sherrill Houser (82) sculptor whose work includes a statue depicting conquistador Don Juan de Onate in El Paso, Texas that divided residents along ethnic and social class lines. In 2003 Houser gained national attention after being commissioned to create a monument depicting Onate, a Spanish explorer who established what became the cities of Santa Fe, New Mexico and El Paso. But the project drew criticism from Native Americans who remembered Onate as a man who nearly wiped out Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, enslaved their children, and cut off one foot of any man considered of fighting age. The El Paso City Council eventually voted to change the statue's title to The Equestrian, but that didn't ease tensions. When the statue was unveiled in 2007 at the El Paso International Airport, supporters and opponents crowded around the event, with foes calling Houser a racist. He died of heart failure in Tucson, Arizona after a routine heart procedure on January 10, 2018.

Kynaston McShine (82) museum curator who organized some of the most influential contemporary art exhibitions of the late 20th century. A West Indian, McShine held a highly visible curatorial position when the ranks of art museum curators in the US were almost entirely white. Known for his wit and elegance, he spoke with an upper-crust British accent, was fiercely private, and rarely gave interviews. He could be brusque and imperious one minute, charming and conspiratorial the next. Especially in the ‘80s and ’90s, McShine exercised a great deal of influence on what the Museum of Modern Art, where he worked for over 40 years until 2008, acquired in the way of postwar and more recent art and applied a keen eye to its installation in the permanent-collection galleries. He died in New York City on January 8, 2018.

John Running (77) Arizona man celebrated for the humanity showcased in his photographs of people across the Colorado Plateau and the world. Running’s love of people, places, and their cultures took him down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, to Mexico to photograph the Tarahumara and across the US to highlight what he saw as injustices against Native Americans. His photos of cowboys, women body builders, corporate executives, and pow wows landed in annual reports, calendars, advertisements, magazines, and books. Navajos from Big Mountain who have resisted efforts to relocate from Hopi land were among Running’s most consistent subjects. He died of a brain tumor in Flagstaff, Arizona on January 7, 2018.

Business and Science

Yevgeny Avrorin (85) nuclear physicist who played an important role in developing Russia’s atomic weapons. Avrorin worked alongside Andrei Sakharov to help build the first Soviet megaton-range hydrogen bomb. In 1955 he joined the Russian Federal Nuclear Center-VNIITF, one of the country’s two main nuclear weapons centers, located in Chelyabinsk-70, or Snezhinsk, a closed city in the Ural Mountains. The center’s scientific director in 1985–2007, Avrorin played a leading role in designing a range of nuclear weapons. He died in Moscow, Russia on January 9, 2018.

Joseph A. Rice (93) former chairman and chief executive of New York City's Irving Bank Corp. in 1987 when a regional rival, the Bank of New York, made a hostile takeover offer. Rice fought the deal and warned of the destruction that such aggressive tactics could cause. But Bank of New York refused to take no for an answer. The battle lasted for more than a year, becoming the longest-running takeover fight in American business history to that point. In the end, Irving Bank’s board agreed to sell in 1988, striking a deal that made Bank of New York the nation’s 12th-largest bank. The corporate fight took a personal toll on Rice, who retired after the acquisition. He died in New Paltz, New York on January 8, 2018.

Peter Sutherland (71) Irish businessman and diplomat, first director-general of the World Trade Organization who held top posts in the European Union and the United Nations. Trained as a lawyer, Sutherland was Ireland's attorney general between 1981–84. He was Ireland's representative on the European Commission between 1985–89 and helped to streamline the trade bloc's competition policy and set up the hugely popular Erasmus study-abroad program for European students. He became founding director-general of the WTO in 1993 and in 2006 was named UN envoy on international migration. His business roles included stints as chairman of Allied Irish Bank, finance firm Goldman Sachs, and oil company British Petroleum. He died in Dublin, Ireland on January 7, 2018.


John Hennessey (92) former administrator at Dartmouth College and the University of Vermont and husband of former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin. Hennessey was a dean of Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business in the late ‘60s and '70s and later was provost and interim president of the University of Vermont. His first wife, Jean, an environmental and Democrat Party activist, died in 2004. Hennessey met Kunin while both served on the board of Americans for Campaign Reform, and they married in 2006. Hennessey died in Shelburne, Vermont on January 11, 2018.


Christine Beshar (88) one of the first women to be named partner in a Wall Street law firm, where she established a pioneering child-care service for its employees. Beshar, who specialized in trust and estate law, practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which made her its first female partner in 1971, seven years after she was hired. Almost 20 years later she pushed Cravath to become the first major New York firm to open its own child-care center for its working parents, an idea she had proposed. It began in 1989, after the firm had moved to midtown Manhattan from downtown, as an on-site backup service available to employees when other child-care arrangements fell through. Beshar died in New York City on January 11, 2018,

Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. (88) one of the US's most respected authorities on legal ethics who struggled to upgrade the integrity of the legal profession. Hazard taught law at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and, most recently, the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. His journal articles were cited in several US Supreme Court decisions by both conservative and liberal justices, and his law school students included at least one member of the Court, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Hazard died of heart failure in Wallingford, Pennsylvania on January 11, 2018.

Edgar Ray Killen (92) former Ku Klux Klan leader convicted in the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” slayings of three civil rights workers. Killen's conviction came 41 years to the day after James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, all in their 20s, were ambushed and killed by Klansmen. The three Freedom Summer workers had been investigating the burning of a black church near Philadelphia, Mississippi. A deputy sheriff had arrested them on a traffic charge, then released them after alerting a mob. Before their bodies were eventually dug up, Mississippi's then-governor had claimed their disappearance was a hoax. The slayings shocked the nation, helped to spur passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, and were dramatized in the ‘88 movie Mississippi Burning. Killen, a part-time preacher and lumber mill operator, was 80 when a Neshoba County jury convicted him of three counts of manslaughter on June 21, 2005, despite his assertions that he was innocent. He was serving three consecutive 20-year terms when he died at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi on January 11, 2018.

News and Entertainment

('Fast') Eddie Clarke (67) former guitarist with the British hard rock band Motorhead. Clarke joined Motorhead soon after it was founded in 1975 by former Hawkwind bassist Ian (“Lemmy”) Kilmister. He was the last survivor of the band’s classic lineup: Kilmister, Clarke, and drummer Phil (“Philthy Animal”) Taylor. Kilmister and Taylor both died in 2015. Clarke’s time with Motorhead produced some of the band’s biggest hits, including the anthem “Ace of Spades.” He left Motorhead in 1982 and later formed the band Fastway. Clarke died at a London, England hospital while being treated for pneumonia, on January 10, 2018.

France Gall (70) French pop singer who shot to fame in the ‘60s by winning the Eurovision Song Contest, then produced hits and sold millions of albums over a 40-year career. Gall gained fame while still a teenager and kept a young voice throughout a career that spanned from the early '60s to the late '90s. After a dry period, she saw renewed success thanks to composer Michel Berger (died 1992) in 1973. Her 20-year collaboration with Berger, whom she married in 1976, provided the singer with her biggest hits and best-seller albums. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2013. The singer, with her signature blonde bangs, died of cancer in Paris, France on January 7, 2018.

Denise LaSalle (78) singer and songwriter whose hit “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” topped the rhythm and blues charts in 1971. LaSalle was also well known for the song “Now Run & Tell That.” She had a string of successful singles in the ‘70s and the early ‘80s. A Mississippi native, she founded the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues in 1986 to bring more attention to the “soul/blues” style. She suffered from health issues in recent months that resulted in the amputation of her right leg after a fall. LaSalle died in Jackson, Tennessee on January 8, 2018.

Terence Marsh (86) British film art director who won Oscars for Dr. Zhivago and Oliver! and later was production designer of films as different as Basic Instinct and Spaceballs. Over a nearly 50-year career that he began as a draftsman at Pinewood Studios near London, Marsh worked for such notable directors as David Lean, Carol Reed, John Huston, Mel Brooks, Richard Attenborough, and Sydney Pollack. In Reed's 1968 musical, Oliver!, Marsh captured the impoverishment of the London that Charles Dickens described in Oliver Twist, the musical's source. He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on January 9, 2018.

Bernardine Morris (92) New York Times critic who demystified women's fashion for decades. Morris began her career as what she described as “either the cheap dress editor or corset editor” of Women's Wear Daily, the trade newspaper. In 1963, on her 38th birthday, she got a job with, and through, the Times—answering a help-wanted advertisement in the newspaper for a fashion reporter. More than 4,000 bylines later, she retired as the newspaper's chief fashion writer in 1995 after advancing fashion coverage to a stand-alone “Styles of the Times” section, begun in '92, from what had quaintly been called “Women's News.” Several of her articles appeared on the newspaper's front page. Morris wrote several books, including The Fashion Makers (1978) and Scaasi: A Cut Above (1996). She died in the Bronx, New York on January 12, 2018.

Donnelly Rhodes (81) Canadian-born character actor best remembered by American TV audiences for playing an escaped convict on the sitcom Soap and a brusque doctor on the recent reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Rhodes’s TV career began with westerns like Maverick and Bonanza in the early ‘60s and continued until 2016. Over the decades he appeared in practically every televised genre, from sitcoms to soap operas. His experience on The Young & the Restless in the mid-‘70s may have prepared him for the plot twists and surprises of the soap-opera spoof Soap. Beginning in 1978, during the show’s second season, he played Dutch Leitner, a dimwitted criminal who helped Chester Tate (Robert Mandan), the philandering head of the wealthy Tate family, escape from prison. Dutch then hid out at the Tate mansion and later wooed and eventually married Chester’s daughter, Eunice (Jennifer Salt). Rhodes was on the show until it was canceled in 1981. More than 20 years later he played a very different character, the sarcastic Dr. Sherman Cottle, on the Sci Fi Channel’s update of the late-‘70s series Battlestar Galactica. He died of cancer in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada on January 8, 2018.

Doreen Tracey (74) one of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disney’s popular after-school program The Mickey Mouse Club and later a publicist for avant-garde composer and musician Frank Zappa. Tracey long described herself as the “black sheep” of the ‘50s children’s show. She was featured on The Mickey Mouse Club during the entirety of its original 1955–59 run on ABC. The show lived on in syndication, and she maintained a lifelong association with Disney, appearing in a spinoff with the late actress and singer Annette Funicello and in films such as Westward Ho the Wagons! with Fess Parker. Tracey also had a more adventurous side and in the ‘60s formed a rock group called Doreen & the Invaders, touring Vietnam in 1968 shortly after the Tet Offensive, one of the most aggressive military campaigns of the war. She died of pneumonia in Thousand Oaks, California on January 10, 2018.

Politics and Military

Gen. Anna Mae Hays (97) front-line nurse who was named the US military’s first female general after serving in three wars—in the jungles of India during World War II, in Korea, and in Vietnam. Hays, who grew up mostly in Pennsylvania as the daughter of Salvation Army officers, had enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII. She was shortly deployed to a field hospital in northeastern India, where she treated construction workers and Army engineers building a road to China, sometimes assisting in amputations. In South Korea she helped to establish the first military hospital in the coastal city of Inchon, the scene of a decisive victory for United Nations forces in 1950. During her 30 years in the military, which culminated in her appointment to chief of the nurse corps, Hays witnessed extraordinary medical advances, from the introduction of lifesaving antibiotics and painkillers to helicopter airlifts of wounded soldiers. She died of a heart attack in Washington, DC on January 8, 2018.

Byron Langley (91) longtime former North Dakota lawmaker. Langley was a farmer and rancher who spent parts of 30 years in the state Legislature. The conservative Democrat served in the State House from 1973-80 and in the State Senate from '85-96, when he retired from politics. He died in Carrington, North Dakota on January 13, 2018.

Thomas Luken (92) former Ohio congressman and Cincinnati mayor, a Democrat force in a decades-long political career and known for mentoring young politicians such as Jerry Springer. Luken’s time as a US House member for 15 years in the ‘70s and ‘80s was bookended by stints on the city council. He also was a federal prosecutor and a fighter who advocated for civil rights and a public bus system. Luken died in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 10, 2018.

Odvar Nordli (90) Norway’s prime minister in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Nordli was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which picks winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, for eight years until 1993 when he retired from politics. He died of prostate cancer in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 9, 2018.

John V. Tunney (83) former one-term US senator (D-Calif., 1971–77) and a son of legendary boxer Gene Tunney (died 1978), the ‘20s heavyweight champion whose two victories over Jack Dempsey were among the most renowned fights of the 20th century. John Tunney's successful campaign for the US Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford film The Candidate. Tunney was among the youngest people elected to the US Senate in the 20th century when he won his seat in 1970 at age 36. He then became one of the youngest in recent history to lose a Senate seat when he was defeated after just one term. He died of prostate cancer in Brentwood, California on January 12, 2018.


Doug Harvey (87) baseball umpire so sure of his calls on the diamond that he ended every game the same way: After the last out, Harvey took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. One of only 10 umpires in the Hall of Fame and held in such regard by major league players and managers that they called him “God,” Harvey umpired in the National League from 1962–92 and was a crew chief for 18 seasons. He worked five World Series, including the plate for Kirk Gibson’s extraordinary home run in the 1988 opener, and six All-Star Games. His 4,673 games in the regular season rank fifth. Harvey died in Visalia, California on January 13, 2018.

Doug Harvey (87) baseball umpire so sure of his calls on the diamond that he ended every game the same way: After the last out, Harvey took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. One of only 10 umpires in the Hall of Fame and held in such regard by major league players and managers that they called him “God,” Harvey umpired in the National League from 1962–92 and was a crew chief for 18 seasons. He worked five World Series, including the plate for Kirk Gibson’s extraordinary home run in the 1988 opener, and six All-Star Games. His 4,673 games in the regular season rank fifth. Harvey died in Visalia, California on January 13, 2018.

Keith Jackson (89) sportscaster whose signature phrases like “Whoa, Nelly!” made him the down-home voice of college football over more than 50 years. Jackson also covered 10 Olympics, calling swimming, track and field, basketball, speedskating, and ski jumping. He broadcast his first college football game in 1952 as an undergraduate at Washington State. He worked in radio and TV before joining ABC Sports in 1966. He first announced his retirement in 1998 but returned to work until after the 2006 Rose Bowl, which featured Texas’s upset of the University of Southern California in the Bowl Championship Series national game. Jackson died in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 2018.

Julio Rocha (67) former Nicaraguan Football Federation president convicted in the US in a corruption scandal at Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Rocha was president of the federation from 1987–2012 and director of the Central American Soccer Union from ‘03–07. In 2013 he became development director for the Confederation of North, Central American, & Caribbean Associations Football. In that capacity he was arrested in May 2015, along with other soccer executives from Latin America, at a hotel in Switzerland and extradited to the US. Rocha was accused of taking more than $150,000 in bribes linked to the sale of marketing rights, and in 2016 he pleaded guilty in a US court to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy. At his death from cancer in New York City on January 13, 2018, he was awaiting sentencing and faced a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count.

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