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Gary Beach, 2001 Tony Award winner for 'The Producers'Anne Olivier Bell, editor of diaries of Virginia WoolfYvonne Blake, Oscar-winning costume designerBurt Britton, reader and book collector, with his own self-portraitLincoln Brower, scientist who studied monarch butterflyMitch Chortkoff, sportswriter who covered LA LakersPatricia Cohen, research psychologistAdrian Cronauer, inspired character in 'Good Morning, Vietnam'Rear Adm. Alene Duerk, first woman to reach that rank in US NavyNicholas ('Duffy') Fudge, fisherman on 'Wicked Tuna'Jonathan Gold, first restaurant critic to win Pulitzer PrizeShinobu Hashimoto, Japanese screenwriter whose first film was 'Rashomon'Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, researched WWII Japanese-American internmentMadeleine Kamman, French chef and cooking teacherBetty Miles, author of books for children and young adultsBarry ('The Baron') Mills, leader of prison gangBurton Richter, Nobel-winning physicistDavid ('Dave Dave') Rothenberg, burned as a boy by his fatherSister Maureen Paul Turlish, one of few nuns to speak out against sexual child abuse by clergyJacques Wirtz, Belgian landscape architectManny Ycaza, Panama-born jockey

Art and Literature

Anne Olivier Bell (102) British editor of five landmark volumes of the diaries of Virginia Woolf and a rare surviving link to the Bloomsbury Group, the coterie of English artists and intellectuals prominent in the first half of the 20th century. Bell was also thought to be among the last members of the so-called Monuments Men, a unit that worked to protect and recover artworks during and after World War II. Her mother was a cousin of actor Sir Laurence Olivier. Bell died in Firle, England on July 18, 2018.

Burt Britton (84) by his own admission, “...the greatest reader least in fiction.” For 10 years (1968–78) Britton worked at the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan, steering customers toward the books he thought they should be reading. He was also a collector of booka and celebrity self-portraits, which he eventually published in a book of his own. He was the kind of idiosyncratic New York personality who was not a household name but influenced the influential. Britton died of a heart attack in New York City on July 21, 2018.

Betty Miles (90) US writer whose books for children and young adults addressed real-life issues like sexism, racism, and censorship after she had thrown off the conventions of the ‘50s to become a feminist. In many of her more than two dozen books, Miles aimed to entertain young people while also helping them to navigate the realities of society. Her protagonists often stood up to prejudice or narrow-mindedness, even when they were at first reluctant to do so. She began publishing picture books in 1958 and produced her first novel, The Real Me, in 1974. It stemmed from her frustration at pervasive sexism. The book’s heroine, a teenager, takes a stand after she is denied a newspaper route, barred from her school’s tennis team because she is a girl, and forced to take instead a gym class called Slimnastics. Miles died in Shelburne, Vermont on July 19, 2018.

David ('Dave Dave') Rothenberg (42) Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in southern California. Dave was a close friend of Michael Jackson, who met him after the boy survived a 1983 attack that left him with burns over 90 per cent of his body. Dave was 6 years old when his father, Charles Rothenberg, gave him a sleeping pill, doused his bed with kerosene, and lit it in a Buena Park motel room near Disneyland during a bitter custody fight. The father fled but later spent less than seven years of a 13-year sentence in prison for attempted murder. He ultimately amassed a criminal record for robbery and other crimes and was sentenced in 2007 to 25 years to life in prison. The boy underwent numerous skin grafts and was left disfigured but refused to define himself as a victim. Dave Dave died in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 15, 2018.

Jacques Wirtz (93) Belgian landscape architect whose gardens blended sculptural treatment of boxwood and yew hedges with a deep knowledge of plants and flowers. Wirtz, whose career began when he opened a flower nursery in 1946, decades later was compared to André Le Nôtre, the French landscape architect who designed the magnificent gardens of Versailles. Wirtz designed gardens for private residences, large estates, public parks, museums, college campuses, and corporate headquarters. He died of pneumonia in Schoten, Belgium on July 21, 2018.

Business and Science

Lincoln Brower (86) scientist considered one of the foremost experts on the iconic monarch butterfly who advocated for protection of the declining species. Brower studied the orange-and-black-winged insect for more than 60 years. It is famous for its epic migration each year. Most travel 2,000-plus miles from various states in the US and Canada to the mountains of Mexico; a much smaller number goes to the California coast. Brower died in Nelson County, Virginia on July 17, 2018.

Patricia Cohen (81) researcher who tracked the mental health of a large group children as they grew to adulthood, detailing the natural history of psychiatric problems and helping to create a framework for future long-term studies. Cohen was a mid-career research psychologist at Columbia University when she devised the project that became her life’s work. In the early ‘80s, she and colleagues recruited more than 800 children as young as 9 years old in upstate New York and began to chart their mental health. At the time, psychiatrists knew little about when mental health problems emerge and how they evolve through development. Cohen suffered from dementia but died of an infection in Marlborough, Massachusetts on July 16, 2018.

Nicholas ('Duffy') Fudge (28) fisherman who was part of the cast of the reality TV show Wicked Tuna. The National Geographic Channel show follows several Gloucester, Massachusetts-based boats that try to land bluefin tuna, which can weigh hundreds of pounds and fetch tens of thousands of dollars. Fudge was first mate on Capt. Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel. He also appeared on a spinoff series, Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks. He began tuna fishing as a child with his father and grandfather. Duffy Fudge died in Greenland, New Hampshire on July 19, 2018.

Burton Richter (87):American physicist who shared the 1976 Nobel Prize for discovering a subatomic particle—the curiously named “charm quark”—that became a foundation stone of the modern understanding of matter at its deepest levels. Besides serving as director of a major Department of Energy laboratory at Stanford University, Richter also became known in his later years for other contributions to academic and public life. Along with exerting influence in government on science matters, he published a book on climate change. He died in Palo Alto, California on July 18, 2018.


Madeleine Kamman (87) French chef and teacher who wrote two cookbooks and had her own PBS-TV series (1984–91). Kamman was known for her painstaking techniques and meticulous recipes. She had been living with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease for about 10 years before she died in Middlebury, Vermont on July 16, 2018.


Barry ('The Baron') Mills (70) leader of a white-supremacist prison gang. Mills and three other leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood were convicted in 2006 in a federal racketeering case, which included multiple counts of murder, conspiracy, and drug trafficking. Mills was serving four life terms. He joined the gang at San Quentin in California after being convicted of armed robbery in 1969. He was found dead one day after his 70th birthday while incarcerated at a federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, on July 15, 2018.

News and Entertainment

Gary Beach (70) Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks’s monster hit The Producers won him a Tony Award in 2001. Beach’s other Broadway roles included Lumiere in Beauty & the Beast and Albin in the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles, both of which earned him Tony nominations. The Producers opened in 2001 and starred Nathan Lane as Max and Matthew Broderick as Leo. Beach played the self-absorbed and beyond-flamboyant director who gets to go on as Hitler and leads the cast in “Springtime for Hitler,” the show’s most famous number. He reprised the role in the 2005 film. Beach died in Palm Springs, California on July 17, 2018.

Yvonne Blake (78) British-born, Spanish-based costume designer who won an Oscar for Russian chinchilla-trimmed coats and grand military uniforms in Nicholas & Alexandra (1971) and science fiction immortality for superhero and supervillain ensembles in Superman (1978) and its 1980 sequel. Blake also designed costumes for cabaret performances and drag shows. She died in Madrid, Spain on July 17, 2018.

Adrian Cronauer (79) disk jockey whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam. During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965–66, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, “Goooooood morning, Vietnam!” Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer's time in Saigon. The film was a departure from other Vietnam War movies that focused on bloody realism. Instead, it was about irreverent youth in the ‘60s fighting the military establishment. Cronauer died from an age-related illness in Troutville, Virginia on July 18, 2018.

Jonathan Gold (57) first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Gold’s reviews first appeared in LA Weekly and later in the Los Angeles Times and Gourmet. He was awarded the Pulitzer in 2007 while at LA Weekly and was a finalist again in 2011. Gold’s reviews, appearing in his column, called “Counter Intelligence,” focused on “hole-in-the-wall joints, street food, mom-and-pop shops, and ethnic restaurants.” He died in Los Angeles, California after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, on July 21, 2018.

Shinobu Hashimoto (100) screenwriter whose first film, Rashomon (1950), became a touchstone of world cinema. Hashimoto later collaborated with its director, Akira Kurosawa, on celebrated pictures like Ikiru and Seven Samurai. Hashimoto, who had previously worked as an accountant, was the last living member of the cadre of screenwriters around Kurosawa (1910–98). He died of pneumonia in Tokyo, Japan on July 19, 2018.

Politics and Military

Rear Adm. Alene Duerk (98) first woman to reach the rank of rear admiral in the US Navy. Soon after Ohio-born Duerk graduated from nursing school in 1941, the US entered World War II and nurses were in high demand. She enlisted in the Navy Nurse Corps in 1943 and rose through the ranks to be named a rear admiral in '72. Retiring in 1975, she died in Lake Mary, Florida on July 21, 2018.

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga (93) Japanese-American whose research persuaded the US Congress to approve reparations for her fellow inmates of World War II internment camps and an official apology to them. Herzig Yoshinaga’s discovery of a document in the National Archives contributed to the 1983 decision by a Federal District Court in California to void a wartime verdict against Fred Korematsu, who had refused the blanket evacuation order of Japanese-Americans from sensitive military zones, and the convictions of two others in similar cases. The document she discovered was apparently the only remaining original version of a 1943 government report that refuted the Pentagon’s claim that the evacuation was a military necessity. Her discovery helped to lead to a congressional commission’s conclusion in 1983 that the wartime internment was, instead, prompted by “race prejudice, war hysteria, and the failure of political leadership.” Herzig Yoshinaga died in Torrance, California on July 18, 2018.

Society and Religion

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish (79) advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen. While Turlish had concern for children, articles in the Boston Globe and elsewhere beginning in 2002 that explored the abuse of minors by priests transformed her into one of the few religious sisters to publicly protest what she denounced as a “conspiracy, collusion, and cover-up” by her church’s hierarchy. She died of viral encephalitis in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 18, 2018.


Mitch Chortkoff (78) columnist and beat writer who covered the Los Angeles Lakers for more than 50 years. Chortkoff was considered dean of the Lakers' press corps, having begun coverage of the team in the early ‘60s, shortly after they arrived from Minneapolis. He wrote about the exploits of players including Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and most recently Lonzo Ball. Chortkoff worked for the LA Times Orange County edition, and the LA Herald-Examiner, Santa Monica Evening Outlook, San Diego Evening Tribune, and South Bay Daily Breeze. In recent years he was sports editor of the weekly Culver City Observer. He died in Van Nuys, California on July 17, 2018.

Manny Ycaza (80) Panamanian jockey, one of the first Latin American riders to succeed in the US, who, at the height of his career, won the 1964 Belmont Stakes. With 2,367 wins out of 10,561 mounts, Ycaza was elected to the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1977. His victory on Quadrangle in the 1964 Belmont Stakes—his sole Triple Crown triumph—foiled Northern Dancer’s attempt to win the Triple Crown after having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Ycaza died of pneumonia and sepsis in Forest Hills, Queens, New York on July 16, 2018.

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