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Joseph Campanella, versatile and ubiquitous TV actorMargot Kidder, actress most famous for playing Lois Lane in 'Superman' moviesTom Wolfe, colorful journalist and novelistGlenn Branca, pioneering composerDr. Billy Cannon, LSU Heisman winner turned dentistDario, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, Vatican figureDoug Ford, oldest surviving Masters championMichael Goldstein, music publicist turned journalistMiriam Griffin, classical scholarRobert Indiana, sculptor of 'LOVE'Maya Jribi, first female leader of Tunisian political partyZhao Kangmin, Chinese archaeologistBernard Lewis, Middle East scholar and expert on IslamReggie Lucas, Grammy-winning guitaristFrank McCulloch, last reporter to interview Howard HughesTom Murphy, Irish playwrightLeah Napolin, adapted short story into Broadway play 'Yentl'Lucian Pintilie, Romanian stage and film directorRichard Pipes, author of historical books on RussiaMary Sansone, Brooklyn political godmotherMichael L. Slive, Southeastern Conference commissioner

Art and Literature

Robert Indiana (89) pop artist best known for his ‘60s “LOVE” series. The artist’s “LOVE” sculpture, in which the “L” and a leaning “O” sit atop the “V” and the “E,” is instantly recognizable worldwide. But Indiana created other works as well and fashioned a “HOPE” design, similar to “LOVE,” in honor of former President Barack Obama. Indiana died from respiratory failure at his Victorian home in a converted Odd Fellows hall, a fraternal order lodge, where he had lived for years on Vinalhaven Island, off the coast of Maine, on May 19, 2018.

Tom Wolfe (88) innovative journalist and novelist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts, and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, The Right Stuff, and Bonfire of the Vanities. Wolfe's stylized writing was a fusillade of exclamation points, italics, and improbable words. An ingenious phrase maker, he helped to brand such expressions as “radical chic” for rich liberals’ fascination with revolutionaries; and the “Me” generation, defining the self-absorbed baby boomers of the ‘70s. He died of an infection in New York City on May 14, 2018.

Business and Science

Dr. Billy Cannon (80) running back who won the Heisman Trophy for Louisiana State University in 1959 with a memorable Halloween night punt return touchdown against Mississippi. Cannon led the Tigers to a national championship in 1958, highlighted by his tackle-breaking 89-yard punt return that beat Ole Miss 7-3. He later had a successful pro career with the Houston Oilers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Kansas City Chiefs and became a dentist after retiring from football. But he served 30 months in federal prison for counterfeiting in the mid-‘80s after a series of bad investments and debts left him broke. He was eventually hired as the dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary until retiring in January 2018. Cannon died in St. Francisville, Louisiana on May 18, 2018.

Zhao Kangmin (81) archaeologist who pieced together pottery fragments discovered by farmers and reconstructed the life-size terra-cotta warriors that have become one of China’s best-known ancient wonders. The thousands of warriors were made more than 2,000 years ago and buried at the vast underground tomb complex of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, along with models of horses, weapons, chariots, and other objects. Qin Shi Huang had united much of the country under the short-lived Qin dynasty, which is generally considered the origin of the name “China.” The warriors’ job was to defend him in the afterlife. Several thousand of the terra-cotta warriors are now on display in giant pits—the largest the size of an aircraft hangar—at the partly excavated tomb complex, which lies at the site of the Qin dynasty’s ancient capital, Xianyang, about 22 miles east of present-day Xi’an. Many others remain buried around the complex, designed as a subterranean mirror of Xianyang and named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Zhao died of a pulmonary infection in Hong Kong on May 16, 2018.


Stanley Cavell (91) philosopher who found profound ideas not only in the works of great thinkers of the past but also in romantic comedies from Hollywood. Cavell was for decades on the faculty at Harvard University, where he often expounded on the ideas of what is called ordinary language philosophy, which argues that philosophers have become so preoccupied with convoluted statements of philosophical problems that they have lost touch with everyday words and their meanings. He died of heart failure in Boson, Massachusetts on June 19, 2018.

Miriam Griffin (82) was born in New York but found her career an ocean away and 2,000 years in the past. Griffin was one of the world’s foremost classical scholars and the author of important books on Seneca, the Roman philosopher and statesman, and Nero, the infamous emperor. She taught at Somerville College, Oxford, for decades and was an emeritus fellow in ancient history there. Griffin died of acute myeloid leukemia in Oxford, England on May 16, 2018.

Richard Pipes (94) author of a series of historical works on Russia, the Russian Revolution, and the Bolshevik regime, and a top adviser to the Reagan administration on Soviet and eastern European policy. Pipes, who spent his entire academic career at Harvard, took his place in the front rank of Russian historians with the publication of Russia Under the Old Regime (1974). But he achieved much wider renown as a public intellectual deeply skeptical about the American policy of détente with the Soviet Union. In 1976 he led a group of military and foreign-policy experts in a pessimistic analysis of Soviet military strategy and foreign policy. The group’s report, commissioned by the Central Intelligence Agency as a counterweight to an analysis generated by its own experts, helped to galvanize conservative opposition to arms-control talks and accommodation with the Soviet Union, and it set the stage for President Ronald Reagan’s policy of challenging Soviet foreign policy and seeking to undermine its hold over eastern Europe. Pipes died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 17, 2018.

News and Entertainment

Glenn Branca (69) composer who began his musical life playing with influential Downtown rock bands in New York in the ‘70s. But Branca's musical curiosity led him to create a hybrid style—blending classical, rock, and avant-garde elements—that laid the foundation for much of today’s genre-crossing new music. His compositions often used massed amplified guitars of various kinds—soprano, alto, tenor, and bass—to give his sound the same breadth as that of an orchestra. Branca died of throat cancer in New York City on May 13, 2018.

Joseph Campanella (93) actor whose TV career began in the ‘50s on anthology series and continued for decades on shows like Mannix, The Bold Ones, and One Day at a Time. Tall and lean, with wavy hair, Campanella played doctors, lawyers, criminals, cops, and judges, including one named Judge Joseph Camp on the TV show The Practice from 1998–2001. He starred on The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, with Burl Ives and James Farentino, and The Doctors & the Nurses with Michael Tolan. He was a regular on the first season of Mannix, the long-running detective series starring Mike Connors, but left in 1968 when he was told his role would be reduced. Campanella found his stride as a frequent guest star. He was a crafty criminal suspected of planning a prison break in a 1966 episode of The FBI, a cattleman on Gunsmoke in '68, and Mary Richards’ hard-to-forget ex-boyfriend on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in '73. And in eight episodes of the sitcom One Day at a Time, from 1976–82, he played the ex-husband of Ann Romano, the single mother character played by Bonnie Franklin. His brother Frank, also an actor, died in 2006. Joseph Campanella died of Parkinson's disease in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2018.

Michael Goldstein (79) music publicist who made a fortune turning vinyl records into gold but burned out on the music industry before starting the SoHo Weekly News, a newspaper that over its nine-year run was bent on silencing its rival, the Village Voice. For a time in the ‘80s Goldstein was a reporter for CBS News and played one briefly in Woody Allen’s 1980 film, Stardust Memories. The SoHo paper ceased publishing in 1982. Goldstein died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on May 19, 2018.

Margot Kidder (69) Canadian actress who starred as a salty and cynical Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve (died 2004) in the Superman film franchise of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Superman (1978) was a superhero blockbuster 20 years before comic book movies became the norm at the top of the box office. Kidder, as ace reporter Lane, was a sexually savvy adult who played off the boyish, farm-raised charm of Reeve’s Clark Kent, although her dogged journalism constantly got her into dangerous scrapes that required old-fashioned rescues. She had many of the movies’ most memorable lines, including “You’ve got me?! Who’s got you?!” when she first encountered the costumed hero as she and a helicopter plunged from the top of a Metropolis building. Kidder died in her sleep in Livingston, Montana on May 13, 2018.

Reggie Lucas (65) Grammy-winning guitarist who played with Miles Davis in the ‘70s and produced the bulk of Madonna’s debut album. After playing with Davis in the ‘70s, Lucas began a musical partnership with percussionist James Mtume. Together they wrote hits like Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “The Closer I Get to You”—later covered by Beyonce and Luther Vandross—and Stephanie Mills’s “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” which won the Grammy for best rhythm and blues song. Lucas later produced most of Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut album, which sold more than 5 million copies and included the hits “Borderline” and “Lucky Star.” He died of advanced heart failure in New York City on May 19, 2018.

Frank McCulloch (98) journalist who covered the Vietnam War from the front lines and later worked as editor for newspapers across the US, including as a onetime managing editor of the Los Angeles Times. McCulloch covered crime, sports, and politics for the Reno Evening Gazette starting in the late ‘40s and later was Saigon bureau chief for the Time-Life News Service during the Vietnam War. He was the last reporter to interview Howard Hughes when, in 1958, the reclusive billionaire took him on a flight in one of his new planes. McCulloch died in Santa Rosa, California on May 14, 2018.

Tom Murphy (83) Irish playwright known for dark tales. Murphy wrote dozens of plays across 50 years. He ranked with Brian Friel as one of Ireland’s greatest contemporary playwrights, although he was not as well known internationally, partly because he ventured into more difficult emotional terrain. His first full-length play, A Whistle in the Dark, had its premiere in London in 1961 after having been rejected by the Abbey Theater of Dublin. The play was about a family of Irishmen in Coventry, England, awash in rivalries and resentments. Murphy died of heart failure in Dublin, Ireland on May 15, 2018.

Leah Napolin (83) with very little playwriting experience, Napolin adapted an Isaac Bashevis Singer short story, “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy,” into the play Yentl, earning a Broadway run that became a symbol for the second-wave feminist movement in the mid-‘70s. Later made into a 1983 movie starring Barbra Streisand, the story involved a young Jewish woman taking control of her own life by disguising herself as a man so that she can be allowed to study the Talmud. Napolin died of breast cancer in Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York on May 13, 2018.

Lucian Pintilie (84) Romanian stage and film director who clashed with the Communist authorities in his home country and was forced to leave. Pintilie was a provocateur by the standards of Communist Romania, incurring the wrath of Nicolae Ceausescu, the country’s leader from the mid-‘60s until his overthrow and execution in 1989. Eventually Pintilie left the country, working in France, the US, and elsewhere until after the fall of communism. His stage productions were often innovative—for a 1988 production of The Cherry Orchard at Arena Stage in Washington, he had the temerity to restore a scene that playwright Anton Chekhov had cut—and his films are considered precursors to the acclaimed Romanian New Wave cinema of the 21st century. Pintilie died in Bucharest, Romania on May 16, 2018.

Politics and Military

Maya Jribi (58) first female leader of a political party in Tunisia and a supporter of democracy under the country’s dictators well before the Arab Spring. Jribi was an opposition figure during the long autocratic regimes of both Habib Bourguiba and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in early 2011 in an upheaval that began the wave of uprisings across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. That same year, after the revolution, she was sent to parliament in the nation's first democratic election, which brought to power the once-suppressed Islamist party, Ennahda. There Jribi became a strong secular voice, leading protests against efforts to enshrine Islamic law in the new constitution and taking part in the parliamentary debate that led to its adoption in 2014. She died of colon cancer in Tunis, Tunisia on May 19, 2018.

Mary Sansone (101) Brooklyn social worker who created a community service organization that bridged racial and ethnic barriers, defied the Mafia, and befriended supportive politicians. As Sansone evolved into a local folk hero and political godmother, the single-family rowhouse in Borough Park that she bought with her husband some 70 years ago became a Mecca for candidates, to whom she dispensed grass-roots wisdom as they came courting her. She delivered votes, campaign contributions, and her coveted endorsement, and winning candidates returned the favor with moral support for her organization, the Congress of Italian-American Organizations, a statewide social service federation known by the acronym CIAO (pronounced “chow,” like the informal Italian greeting). Sansone died in Brooklyn, New York on May 14, 2018.

Society and Religion

Dario, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos (88) conservative voice in the Vatican and influential figure in the Latin American church who drew attention for seemingly playing down the church’s sexual abuse scandal. Castrillón, who spoke eight languages and had a doctorate in canon law, served in Rome as perfect for the Congregation for the Clergy from 1996–2006 and as president of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” from 2000–09. He advised empathy for priests accused of sexual abuse. Before a worldwide reckoning with sexual abuse within the clergy erupted in Boston in 2002, Castrillón had suggested as early as 2000 that such abuse was generally an unavoidable fact of life and that it was being unfairly focused on by lawyers and the media. Was it not contradictory, he asked at a meeting requested by English-speaking bishops, for people to be so outraged by sexual abuse when society also promotes sexual liberation? He died in Rome, Italy on May 18, 2018.

Bernard Lewis (101) Middle East scholar whose insights on Islam illuminated debates on the region’s conflicts. In hundreds of articles and more than 30 books, Lewis established himself as one of the world’s foremost experts on Islam, bringing a dose of antiquity to discussions of jihadism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the nuclear threat of Iran and expanding consciousness of the historical roots of those problems. He was among the leading proponents of the idea of “a clash of civilizations” between Christianity and Islam as a major source of post-Cold War conflict. Lewis argued that the roots of the battle lay in the similarities at the core of the two faiths, distinguishing them from other major religions. He died in Vorhees Township, New Jersey on May 19, 2018.


Doug Ford (95) oldest surviving Masters champion who won 19 times on the Professional Golfers Association Tour and was the player of the year in 1957. Ford was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 for a career when prize money was so small that he earned most of his cash gambling during practice rounds. His best year was 1957, when his three victories included the Masters. He was runner-up twice, had 22 top 10s, and earned $45,379. Ford won the 1955 PGA Championship by beating Cary Middlecoff, then won the Masters in ‘57 with a stirring comeback. He died in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on May 14, 2018.

Michael L. Slive (77) commissioner of the Southeastern Conference who was instrumental in turning it into arguably the most prominent college sports conference in the US. Slive, who became commissioner in 2002, was a champion for the four-team College Football Playoff implemented in 2014. He also considered it an important part of his legacy that, in 2003, Mississippi State made Sylvester Croom the first black head football coach in the conference’s history. Slive died in Birmingham, Alabama on May 16, 2018.

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