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Dr. Charles Krauthammer, political columnist and Fox News punditDoris Arndt, German animal trainerWalter Bahr, US soccer player and coachStanley Cavell, Harvard philosopherHubert Green, Hall of Fame golferDonald Hall, US poet laureateAnn Hopkins, financial consultant who fought workplace discriminationKim Jong-pil, South Korean politicianKazuo Kashio, headed Casio Computer Co.XXXTentacion, rapper-singerDick Leitsch, gay rights activistJohn Mack, LA civil rights activistJamsheed Marker, Pakistani diplomatRebecca Parris, jazz singerVinnie Paul, cofounder and drummer of metal band PanteraWillie Lee Rose, Johns Hopkins historianHerman Shine, one of last surviving escapees from AuschwitzPeter Thomson, Australian golf championRichard Valeriani, longtime NBC News correspondent

Art and Literature

Donald Hall (89) award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball, and the distant past. Hall was the US's 2006–07 poet laureate. Starting in the ‘50s, he published more than 50 books, from poetry and drama to biography and memoirs, and edited a pair of influential anthologies. He was an avid baseball fan who wrote odes to his beloved Boston Red Sox, completed a book on pitcher Dock Ellis, and contributed to Sports Illustrated. Hall died in Wilmot, New Hampshire on June 23, 2018.


Business and Science

Ann Hopkins (74) one of the best young consultants that Price Waterhouse had in 1982 in its Washington branch, according to managers who put her up for a partnership that year. Hopkins had billed more hours than any of her counterparts—all of whom were men—and had helped to secure a government contract that was then one of the biggest deals in the accounting firm’s history. Her partnership was denied. Leaders at Price Waterhouse criticized her as “macho,” “difficult,” and “aggressive,” according to a book she later wrote. Hopkins found vindication in the courts, waging a seven-year battle against Price Waterhouse that resulted in a 6-3 victory in the US Supreme Court. The ruling expanded workplace discrimination protections to include gender stereotyping. Hopkins died in Washington, DC of acute peripheral sensory neuropathy, a rare rapid-onset illness with symptoms that include paralysis, on June 23, 2018.

Kazuo Kashio (89) marketing virtuoso whose family company, Casio Computer, popularized the pocket calculator, the shock-resistant wristwatch, and the preview screen on digital cameras. Kashio, who headed the company for nearly 30 years, was credited as the salesman who turned Casio’s innovative mini-calculator into a universal device and revamped the image of the wristwatch, moving from elegant to utilitarian, when Casio introduced its rugged, knobby G-Shock in 1983. The company turned out its 100 millionth G-Shock in August 2017. Kashio and his three brothers transformed Casio from a homegrown backyard machine shop into a global company, with $3 billion in annual sales of digital watches and cameras, calculators, electronic keyboards and other musical instruments, and high-speed printers. Kazuo Kashio died of pneumonia in Tokyo, Japan on June 18, 2018.


Education

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 Boston, Massachusetts on June 19, 2018.

Willie Lee Rose (91) Johns Hopkins University historian whose short but brilliant career helped to steer the study of slavery and Reconstruction away from white slaveholders and toward freed blacks—and who oversaw a gender discrimination report that spurred her profession to address sexism within its ranks. Rose suffered a stroke in 1978 that severely curtailed her academic work, limiting her scholarly output to little more than a collection of essays, a compilation of primary-source documents, and a single full-length book, Rehearsal for Reconstruction. But that book and the scattered works that followed proved so influential that she was credited with standing at the forefront of a revolution in the field of US history. Rose died in Baltimore, Maryland on June 20, 2018


News and Entertainment

Doris Arndt (88) whose ability to command big cats and bears made her one of Europe’s best-known circus animal trainers in the ‘50s and ’60s, a time when men dominated such acts. Arndt was only 17 when she made her debut, topping the bill of Berlin's Circus Barlay as “Lola the Youngest Tiger Bride.” But what drew crowds from all over Europe was her act with a troupe of polar bears, which she trained to leap over her head and balance on a tiered arch as she hung from a swing. Arndt retired in 1963. She died in Berlin, Germany on June 21, 2018.

Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, known as XXXTentacion (20) troubled rapper-singer. The entertainer, who sported dreadlocks and several facial tattoos, was a rising star and notched a No. 1 album in March with his sophomore effort ? and had a top 10 hit with “Sad!” but was facing trial on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend. XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, racked up huge streaming numbers—on Spotify, his “Sad!” had more than 270 million streams and was on its Top 50 chart this week in the US and globally. He also had several songs that have been declared platinum, including “Changes,” “Roll in Peace” with fellow rapper Kodak Black, and “Look at Me!” In an interview with XXL magazine, which named him an up-and-coming artist in 2017, the rapper cited Nirvana, the Notorious BIG, and Tupac Shakur among his musical influences. XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach, Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt, on June 18, 2018.

Rebecca Parris (66) jazz singer known for both her scat runs and her interpretations of ballads. Parris was hailed by local journalists as “Boston’s first lady of jazz.” But over a 40-year career she also earned the respect of the jazz world at large, playing with luminaries like Dizzy Gillespie, Gary Burton, and Buddy Rich. She performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Blue Note in Greenwich Village, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and Tanglewood. She recorded 10 albums and was praised by some of her vocal heroes, including Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. Parris’s health had been declining since 2004, when she had a heart attack and developed severe osteoporosis. She collapsed after a performance and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where she died, in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts on June 17, 2018.

Vinnie Paul (54) cofounder and drummer of the metal band Pantera. Paul and his brother, Dime-bag Darrell, formed Pantera in 1981. Dimebag, whose real name was Darrell Lance Abbott, was shot to death while on stage with the band Damageplan in 2004. The two brothers founded Damageplan in 2003 after Pantera broke up. Paul was most recently in the band Hellyeah, a heavy metal supergroup that included Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell. Paul died in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 22, 2018.

Richard Valeriani (85) NBC News correspondent, a familiar presence on TV for more than 30 years, covering events like the civil rights movement, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and Henry A. Kissinger’s globe-trotting diplomatic missions. Valeriani joined NBC in the early ‘60s. He was hired away from the Associated Press while covering the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, where his proficiency in speaking Spanish with a Cuban dialect proved vital. He later became a correspondent for NBC Nightly News and, for a few years in the ‘70s, a coanchor of Today from Washington. Valeriani covered the White House at some point during every administration from Kennedy's to George H. W. Bush’s. He also had stints covering the State Department and the Pentagon. He died of chronic heart failure in New York City on June 19, 2018.


Politics and Military

Kim Jong-pil (92) two-time South Korean prime minister who helped to engineer a military coup, founded the country’s intelligence agency, and facilitated the rise of three presidents but never managed to win the presidency himself. Kim was the last of the “Three Kims,” as they were universally known in South Korea. The trio—including two presidents, Kim Young-sam, who died in 2015, and Kim Dae-jung, who died in ‘09—dominated national politics for decades, notably during the country’s turbulent transformation from military dictatorship to vibrant democracy. A suave, witty deal maker, Kim Jong-pil stood out from the other two Kims, both of whom were known for being fiery and headstrong. He was the original kingmaker in South Korea’s regionally based political system, in which parties were dispersed and realigned at their leaders’ whims. Kim had been suffering from complications of old age. He died in a Seoul, South Korea hospital after having difficulty breathing, on June 23, 2018.

Dr. Charles Krauthammer (68) Pulitzer Prize-winning Washinton Post columnist and political pundit who helped to shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump. Having abandoned psychiatry for political commentary, Krauthammer was awarded a Pulitzer in 1987 for “his witty and insightful” writing and was an influential voice among Republicans, whether through his syndicated column or his appearances on Fox News Channel. He was most associated with Brit Hume’s nightly newscast and stayed with it when Bret Baier took over in 2009. Krauthammer was credited with coining the term “The Reagan Doctrine” for President Ronald Reagan’s policy of aiding anti-Communist movements worldwide. A former Harvard medical student, he graduated even after he was paralyzed from the neck down because of a diving board accident at age 22. He died of abdominal cancer on June 21, 2018.

John Mack (81) Los Angeles civil rights activist who, arriving in the city in 1969, plunged into work on behalf of its minorities and working class. It was a struggle in a city that had just experienced the devastating 1965 Watts riots and where many black residents faced serious mistreatment at the hands of the police. Mack helped to lead the city past the infamous Rodney King beating and 1992 riots and later helped to oversee reform of the LA Police Department. He rose to become one of LA’s most influential black figures during his long tenure running the city chapter of the Urban League and later spent eight years on the Police Commission. Mack died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on June 21, 2018.

Jamsheed Marker (95) one of Pakistan’s most distinguished diplomats and a figure in the negotiations that led to the Soviet military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the resolution of the conflict in East Timor. Over a 42-year diplomatic career, Marker served as ambassador continuously in 10 posts, including in the US from 1986–89 and at the United Nations from ‘90–94. He had a close working relationship with the Reagan administration and brought the US and Pakistan, which have had complicated relations, closer. American officials have acknowledged Marker’s role in the negotiations that led to the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Pakistan’s neighbor, Afghanistan, in 1989, 10 years after they invaded. Marker died in Karachi, Pakistan on June 21, 2018.

Herman Shine (95) his best friend would not leave him behind. A Polish civilian risked his own life to spirit him out, and a young woman he had met by chance helped to find him a hiding place until the end of the war—and became the love of his life. At least 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz, the complex of three main camps and dozens of subcamps in German-occupied Poland that had the heinous distinction of being the largest killing center of the Nazi regime during World War II. About 1.1 million people died there; fewer than 200 escaped and lived. One was Shine. Indeed, he lived to be one of the last surviving escapees from Auschwitz. He died of kidney failure In San Mateo, California on June 23, 2018.


Society and Religion

Dick Leitsch (83) in 1966 Leitsch led a pioneering act of civil disobedience to secure the right of gay patrons to be served in a licensed bar, helping to clear the way for gay bars to operate openly in New York State. Leitsch was one of the first leaders of the Mattachine Society, an early defender of gay rights when homosexuality was mostly underground and even a small protest took courage. He called his action a “sip-in” and likened it to sit-ins by black protesters at segregated lunch counters in the South during the civil rights movement of the ‘60s. Leitsch challenged the common practice of bars’ serving gay customers under a no-questions-asked arrangement necessitated by an unwritten State Liquor Authority policy that regarded homosexuals as inherently “disorderly.” Bars that knowingly served them could have their liquor licenses revoked. The policy was supported by no law and apparently unconstitutional because it precluded the right to free assembly. Leitsch died of liver cancer in New York City on June 22, 2018.


Sports

Walter Bahr (91) last living player from the 1950 US soccer team that defeated England for the World Cup. Bahr was a graduate of Temple University and part of the 1948 US Olympic team. He won American Soccer League titles with the Philadelphia Nationals in 1950–51, ’53, and ’55 and with Uhrik Truckers in ’56. He coached the Philadelphia Spartans from 1958–63 and the Philadelphia Ukrainians from ‘64–69, then became Temple’s coach from ‘70–73. He coached Penn State to 12 NCAA tournament appearances from 1974-88, leading the Nittany Lions to the semifinals in ‘79, when he was United Soccer Coaches College Coach of the Year. Two of Bahr's three sons, Matt and Chris Bahr, are NFL place-kickers, and each has won two Super Bowls. Walter Bahr died in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania from complications resulting from a broken hip, on June 18, 2018.

Hubert Green (71) Hall of Fame golfer who won a US Open playing portions of the final round despite a threat against his life. Green won the 1977 US Open and the ‘85 Professional Golfers Association Championship in a career that included 19 PGA Tour victories and four on the seniors circuit. He held a one-stroke lead at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma when he completed the 14th hole of the final round of the US Open, then was notified by tournament officials they had received a threat saying he would be shot when he reached the 15th green. Given the choice to clear the course of fans or return the next day, Green played on and captured his first major tournament by one stroke, even making birdie at the 16th hole. He died of throat cancer in Birmingham, Alabama on June 19, 2018.

Peter Thomson (88) five-time British Open champion. The first Australian to win the British Open, Thomson secured the title five times between 1954–65, a record equaled only by American Tom Watson. On the American senior circuit, Thomson won nine times in 1985. He was also president of the Australian Professional Golfers Association for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping to establish the Asian Tour, and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years. He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was a patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association. Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for more than four years and died in Melbourne, Australia on June 20, 2018.


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