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Luke Perry, TV and film actorJoseph H. Boardman, second-longest-serving CEO of AmtrakKing Kong Bundy, WWF wrestlerKelly Catlin, Olympic track cyclistVivian Cherry, NYC street photographerJuan Corona, 'Machete Murderer'James Dapogny, musicologist and jazz pianist who helped to rediscover works of Jelly Roll MortonRobert DeProspero, longtime Secret Service agentKeith Flint, lead singer of British band The ProdigyMichael Gielen, orchestral conductorRalph Hall, oldest-ever US congressmanHarry Howell, Hall of Fame hockey defensemanPeter Hurford, British organistRachel Ingalls, whose 1982 novel 'Mrs. Caliban' brought her late recognitionDan Jenkins, sports writerPeter B. Kaplan, photographer of spectacular viewsBernard Krisher, journalist and philanthropist in CambodiaHi Duk Lee, builder of Koreatown in Los AngelesTed Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings' All-StarJacques Loussier, French jazz  pianistHelen Miller, feisty home-care workerMel Miller, former speaker of NY State AssemblyMilton Moskowitz, compiler of 'best companies' listsDon Nice, Pop artistCarmine Persico, mob bossCarolee Schneemann, performance artistSidney Sheinberg, former Unversal Studios executiveJulia Ruth Stevens, adopted daughter of Babe RuthGerry Stickells, road and production manager for touring rock musiciansJohnny Thompson, consummate magicianMaya Turovskaya, Russian film and theater criticSidney Verba, Harvard political historian and librarianRick Walters, southern California tattoo artistMarcia Dale Weary, Pennsylvania ballet teacher

Art and Literature

Vivian Cherry (98) photographer whose gritty black-and-white images of street scenes recall a bygone era in New York. Cherry’s curiosity about people’s lives, inspired by the artistry of photographers like Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, and Paul Strand, brought her to the city’s streets to take pictures of immigrants, street vendors, bocce players, construction workers, fruit auctioneers, farriers shoeing Central Park carriage horses, and children watching in amazement as an airplane flew overhead. Her work in the ‘40s and ’50s—which appeared in Life, Collier’s, Redbook, Popular Photography, and other magazines and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Public Library—documented ordinary people, almost always in candid situations. Cherry died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 4, 2019.

Rachel Ingalls (78) American writer living in London who worked for most of her life in obscurity. In 1986, when one of her books, Mrs. Caliban (1982), was named to a list of best postwar American novels, Ingalls earned some recognition, but it was fleeting. She never sought the limelight, and it rarely found her. Then, in late 2017, editors at New Directions, the New York publishing house, rediscovered Mrs. Caliban, a tale of a romance between a lonely suburban housewife and a sea creature. The book was reissued in the US, and it won a new round of flattering reviews. Suddenly an Ingalls revival was under way—fueled perhaps in part by the December release that year of The Shape of Water, a movie with a similar plot. Ingalls died of myeloma in London, England on March 6, 2019.

Peter B. Kaplan (79) photographer who captured spectacular views from vantage points like the torch of the Statue of Liberty and the masts of the Empire State Building and the original World Trade Center. Kaplan first experimented with his gravity-defying birds-eye panoramas long before the advent of drones, extended selfie sticks, and permissions for helicopters to hover close to skyscrapers. He persuaded architects, developers, and public officials to let him immortalize their buildings and monuments on film in high altitude detail. He would scale precarious perches with construction workers and point his lens toward the ground hundreds of feet below, or mount his camera, sometimes equipped with a fish-eye lens, on poles as long as 42 feet, so that he could snap the shutter remotely and even photograph himself. Kaplan died on March 9, 2019 in Wilmington, Delaware of interstitial lung disease, attributed in part to his inhaling debris in Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Don Nice (86) artist known for Pop Art, paintings inspired by the Hudson River, and works that broke free of the traditional rectangular canvas. Nice began painting in the ‘50s. At first he was enthralled by the Abstract Expressionism of the period but eventually found it limiting. Nice began painting realistic images, some quite large—grapes, a sneaker, a buffalo. After leaving New York and moving in 1969 to the banks of the Hudson River in Garrison, New York, he became increasingly interested in natural landscapes. He also explored paintings that broke free of the traditional painter’s rectangle. He died in Cortlandt, New York on March 4, 2019.

Rick Walters (73) southern California tattoo artist who in 1978 became manager at Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo, the oldest continuously operated tattoo parlor in the US, at the Pike in Long Beach, a waterfront amusement zone that was also the tattoo capital of the West Coast. Walters arrived just as the Pike's glory days were fading. The naval shipyards were dying, robbing tattooists of the sailors who had long been their lifeblood. The parlors closed, one by one, until Bert Grimm's—which at one point had 10 artists—was the last survivor, reduced to a staff of two full-timers. Walters turned Bert Grimm’s into a living museum and a finishing school for generations of southern California tattoo artists. They learned from him the intricacies of so-called American traditional, characterized by stark black lines, basic colors, and classic nautical motifs including mermaids and anchors. Walters remained in charge until Bert Grimm’s closed for good in 2002. He died on March 4, 2019.


Business and Science

joseph H. Boardman (70) former president and chief executive of Amtrak who presided over increases in ridership and revenue. Although his public agenda was mobility, Boardman had a track record for longevity. He was the second-longest-serving president of Amtrak, from 2008–16. His years there followed a record-breaking term, from 1997–2005, as New York State’s transportation commissioner. He died of a stroke in Pasco County, Florida on March 7, 2019.

Hi Duk Lee (79) Korean-American who helped to build the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown. Lee arrived in LA in 1968 after escaping South Korea’s military dictatorship and working briefly as a miner in Germany. But when he looked around, he deeply missed his country’s charm and felt there was a hole in his new community: no good restaurants for entertainment or a meeting place. His first success came in 1971, when he opened the Olympic Market at Olympic and Normandie, one of the first Korean-owned groceries in LA. He purchased five blocks in the area, where he built the Korean Village, with some 40 shops and restaurants in an area that became known as the heart of Second Seoul. In 1975 he opened the VIP Palace restaurant, built using traditional Korean architecture, with imported blue Korean tiles. Later the shopping center VIP Plaza accompanied the restaurant. Lee’s market and restaurant became places of community for many Koreans in the area, where they could socialize and hold meetings. He died of colon cancer in Silver Lake, California on March 7, 2019.

Milton Moskowitz (91) coauthor of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America (1984). Moskowitz and a colleague, Robert Levering, spent more than a year traveling the country, interviewing hundreds of workers in dozens of cities. The resulting book was a best-seller. Moskowitz and Levering compiled “best companies” lists annually for Fortune magazine beginning in 1998, although those are based on surveys of employees and not on in-person visits. Moskowitz defined his criteria broadly, considering pay and benefits but also less tangible factors that employees said mattered to them, like a company’s mission and whether they felt they were treated fairly. The lists, which are still published each year, have become a staple of corporate branding campaigns. Moskowitz died in Mill Valley, California on March 5, 2019.


Education

Sidney Verba (86) political historian whose pioneering research comparing political behavior among the world’s democracies became a classic book among students of politics. Verba was also noted for directing the digital evolution of the Harvard University Library, which he led for 23 years in a parallel career while teaching at Harvard, his alma mater. Beginning with The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes & Democracy in Five Nations, which he wrote with Gabriel A. Almond in 1963 when he was Almond’s research assistant at Princeton University, Verba created surveys into civic participation and political inequality that challenged conventions about American exceptionalism. The Civic Culture sought to find a common denominator among stable democracies by systematically comparing data from multiple nations: two established ones (the US and Britain), two emerging from autocratic governments (Germany and Italy), and an aspiring one (Mexico). Verba died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 4, 2019.


News and Entertainment

King Kong Bundy (61) 6-foot-4 professional wrestler best known for facing Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 2. Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Pallies, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 458-pound wrestler made his World Wrestling Federation debut in 1981. He faced Hogan in 1986 in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 2, which Hogan won. Bundy had guest appearances on the sitcom Married ... with Children, in which the family on the show shared the Bundy name. He left the WWF, which later became World Wrestling Entertainment, in the late ‘80s but returned in 1994 as part of the Million Dollar Corp., a group managed by “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Bundy had been planning to appear in April at WrestleCon in New York. He died in Glassboro, New Jersey on March 4, 2019.

James Dapogny (78) jazz pianist, bandleader, and musicologist instrumental in solidifying Jelly Roll Morton’s place in the jazz pantheon. Dapogny taught music at the University of Michigan for decades but also found time for frequent performances, leading James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band and other groups besides playing and recording as a solo artist. He applied his vast knowledge of music to transcribing early jazz works from recordings, most notably in his 1982 book Ferdinand ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton: The Collected Piano Music, which helped to fuel a rediscovery of Morton (1890–1941), who had fallen out of favor but is now widely regarded as the first great jazz composer. Dapogny further cemented Morton’s legacy by overseeing Jelly Roll Morton, the Library of Congress Recordings, Volumes 1–4, a landmark compilation of 1938 material that was released by Rounder Records in 1994. Dapogny died of colon cancer in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 6, 2019.

Keith Flint (49) lead singer of the British dance-electronic band The Prodigy. Flint was the stage persona of the band, whose ‘90s hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe” were a fusion of techno, breakbeat, and acid house music. The Prodigy sold 30 million records, helping to take rave music from an insular community of party-goers to an international audience. They had seven No. 1 albums in Britain, most recently with No Tourists in 2018. Flint was renowned for his manic stage energy and distinctive look: black eyeliner and hair spiked into two horns. He was found dead, a suicide, at his home in Brook Hill, northeast of London, England on March 4, 2019.

Michael Gielen (91) conductor who championed contemporary music and daring opera productions. Gielen was active mostly in Europe, and one of his most important posts was as general music director of the Frankfurt Opera, a job he held for 10 years starting in 1977. There he gave the German premieres of works by Luigi Nono and Alban Berg, revived overlooked works by Ferruccio Busoni and Franz Schreker, and invited the most ambitious directors to stage standard repertory. Working with dramaturge Klaus Zehelein, Gielen collaborated with Jürgen Flimm, Harry Kupfer, Hans Neuenfels (including for a pivotal Aïda in 1980) and Ruth Berghaus, who produced Wagner’s Ring. Gielen died near Mondsee, Austria, east of Salzburg, on March 8, 2019.

Peter Hurford (88) British organist, composer, and choir director known for his recordings of Bach. Hurford made his name internationally by recording Bach’s complete organ works for Decca in the late ‘70s and early ’80s. When the record industry was booming, such an endeavor was almost the norm for organists of stature. Many managed it once; a few, like Helmut Walcha, achieved it twice; Marie-Claire Alain somehow did it three times. But while other organists might have had a loftier vision for that music, none played it on record with quite the commitment to authenticity and the all-around good sense of Hurford. He died in St. Albans, England, just north of London, on March 3, 2019.

Bernard Krisher (87) German-born journalist who founded Cambodia’s first English-language daily newspaper and, as a philanthropist, established a hospital, an orphanage, and hundreds of schools around Cambodia. In a long career that included 13 years as Tokyo bureau chief for Newsweek magazine, Krisher became a fixture of Asian journalism, specializing in exclusive interviews with figures like President Sukarno of Indonesia and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. He founded The Cambodia Daily in 1993, one year after the founding of its rival, the Phnom Penh Post. The newspapers were a sign of a new openness and optimism in Cambodia as it was struggling to its feet after decades of mass killings and civil war. But that hopefulness has faded amid a crackdown on the free press by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for 34 years and has also targeted independent agencies and opposition politicians. Krisher died of heart failure in Tokyo, Japan on March 5, 2019.

Jacques Loussier (84) French pianist who led a trio that performed jazzy interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach, selling millions of albums and touring the world. Loussier was classically trained, but he had dabbled in jazz improvisation for years when he formed the Jacques Loussier Trio in 1959. The other members were drummer Christian Garros, who had played with Django Reinhardt, and bassist Pierre Michelot, who had recorded with Miles Davis. The trio played recognizable Bach melodies or pieces, like “Air on a G String” and the Prelude No. 1 in C, then took flight into bebop improvisations. They quickly found a devoted audience and released a popular series of albums on Decca under the overall title Play Bach beginning in the early ‘60s. Loussier died of a degenerative disease in Blois, in France’s Loire Valley, on March 5, 2019.

Luke Perry (52) actor who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, which ran from 1990–2000. More recently, Perry had played construction company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on Riverdale, the CW series that gives a dark take on “Archie” comics. A fourth season has been slated. He had roles in a handful of films, including The Fifth Element, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds, and American Strays. He appeared in HBO’s prison drama Oz as a televangelist convicted of fraud and voiced cartoons including The Incredible Hulk and Mortal Kombat. Perry made his Broadway musical debut as Brad in a 2001 revival of The Rocky Horror Show. He had been hospitalized since February 27 after suffering a massive stroke and died four days later, in Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2019.

Carolee Schneemann (79) prime mover of performance art, a feminist visionary and one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century. Schneemann found instant notoriety early on. In 1964, in Paris and New York, she staged a performance event titled Meat Joy. Set to a pop score composed by her then-husband, avant-garde composer James Tenney, the work had the appearance of an orgiastic free-for-all, with men and women, including the artist, rolling around on the floor in bikini briefs slathering one another with blood-red paint and clutching dead fish and chickens. Schneemann had lived with breast cancer for more than 20 years. She died in New Paltz, New York on March 6, 2019.

Sidney Sheinberg (84) Universal Studios executive who discovered Steven Spielberg, putting Jaws into production and helping to turn Hollywood into a blockbuster-focused business. Sheinberg was for much of his career the top deputy to Lew Wasserman, chairman of Music Corp. of America (MCA), a conglomerate that encompassed Universal. The ultimate mogul, Wasserman defined power in Hollywood in the decades after World War II. But Sheinberg kept the gears turning. When the two men left MCA in 1995, Sheinberg had worked for the company for 36 years, the last 22 as president. During that time he helped to transform Universal into an international entertainment giant, complete with a theme park empire. He played a major role in pivotal films like Back to the Future (1985) and turned Universal into a TV superpower. The company had the No. 1 show in 1970 with Marcus Welby, MD and churned out 20 movie-of-the-week projects annually. Sheinberg died of Parkinson’s disease in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2019.

Gerry Stickells (76) former British car mechanic who drove local rock groups to their engagements in his van when, in 1966, Jimi Hendrix’s manager, Chas Chandler, made Stickells an offer: If he could get Hendrix’s gear out of customs at Heathrow Airport, he could join the tour on the road in Europe. Stickells soon became a part of rock ’n’ roll history as roadie, then tour manager, for Hendrix. He handled the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s gear, drove the band to gigs, fixed the van when it broke down, and organized its tours. What he learned on the road with Hendrix laid the foundation for the business he developed over more than 30 years: Stickells became a top road and production manager for musicians at a time when the logistics of touring and performing were growing increasingly elaborate and concerts were turning into ever more lavish extravaganzas. He was best known for his years on the road with Queen, but he also worked with other artists, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Abba, Fleetwood Mac, Bette Midler, and Madonna. In 2003 Stickells was diagnosed with a skull base meningioma, a brain tumor that grows in the bones that form the bottom of the skull. It could not be fully removed. He died in Los Angeles, California on March 6, 2019.

Johnny Thompson (84) revered among magicians not only for his own deft performances but also as a teacher, advice-giver, and historian of the field. Thompson, whose colorful résumé also included stints playing bass harmonica with Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats, was well known to casino, cruise ship, and TV audiences as the Great Tomsoni, a pompous caricature of a magician. His act, full of deadpan humor and often performed with his wife, Pamela Hayes, as his indifferent assistant, left spectators laughing so much that they might not have fully appreciated that they were also seeing expertly executed tricks. Thompson’s understanding of how to perform a trick or illusion for maximum effect made him a sought-after adviser for TV shows like The Carbonaro Effect and for the stage acts of Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, Siegfried & Roy, and others. He died of respiratory failure in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 9, 2019.

Maya Turovskaya (94) Russian film and theater critic who also cowrote a popular documentary in the ‘60s that drew parallels between Stalin-era totalitarianism and Nazism. Turovskaya established a reputation for writing cultural criticism that managed not to outrage the Soviet authorities. In making the documentary Ordinary Fascism (also known as Triumph over Violence), directed by Mikhail Romm, she avoided running afoul of censors because it is substantially an anti-Nazi film. Turovskaya and cowriter Yuri Khanyutin dug deeply into archives, including the Soviet Union's, for Nazi propaganda footage; film from Hitler and Joseph Goebbels' private collections, soldiers’ amateur film, children’s drawings from the Theresienstadt concentration camp, and photographs of Nazi victims at Auschwitz. The movie mocked Nazism and juxtaposed images of its evil actions with contemporary film that the crew shot in Moscow, Warsaw, and Berlin—everyday scenes of students, lovers, mothers and children—that stood in counterpoint to the malevolence of fascism. The overall effect was to draw clear but subtle connections between Nazi Germany and Stalinist horrors without offending the Soviet Union. Turovskaya had lived in Germany for more than 15 years. She died in Munich, Germany on March 4, 2019.

Marcia Dale Weary (82) dance teacher whose school in rural Pennsylvania trained several prominent ballet dancers and helped to populate the ranks of many major companies. Beginning in the ‘50s, Weary’s school, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, in Carlisle, inculcated the fundamentals of ballet technique, without affectations or shortcuts, in thousands of students from around the country. Her reputation for exacting training was the reason so many gifted students came to Carlisle. Graduates are on the rosters of nearly every important American company, including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Many have become teachers, choreographers, and company directors. Weary died of heart failure in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania on March 4, 2019.


Politics and Military

Robert DeProspero (80) Secret Service agent who protected five US presidents and retooled security standards after a would-be assassin shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981. During a 20-year Secret Service career, DeProspero became best known for the stern image of him captured in photographs from Reagan’s two terms in the White House. He was the 40th president’s constant shadow, never more than two or three steps away and often wearing a three-piece suit. Although just 5 foot 7, the onetime college wrestler had an intimidating presence. Known as “Mr. D” to his agents and “Agent No” among some White House staff, DeProspero frustrated a long line of political aides and foreign emissaries by politely yet firmly rejecting plans that in his view left the president too exposed to attack. He died in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 4, 2019.

Ralph Hall (95) former US congressman from Texas, the oldest-ever member of the US House and a man who claimed to have once sold cigarettes and Coca-Cola to bank-robbing duo Bonnie and Clyde. Hall was 91 when he left the House after being defeated in a 2014 Republican primary runoff election. An avid jogger, he marked Memorial Day 2012—when he was 89—by skydiving to honor American service members. That Christmas he became the oldest member of Congress’s lower chamber, breaking the record set by North Carolina Rep. Charles Manly Stedman, who died in office when he was 89 years, 7 months, and 25 days old. Hall died in Rockwall, Texas on March 7, 2019.

Mel Miller (79) rose to the highest ranks of New York State government as speaker of the State Assembly and publicly feuded with Gov. Mario M. Cuomo but was forced from office because of a fraud conviction that was later overturned. Miller was found guilty in 1991 of defrauding clients of his private law practice in the ‘80s, when he was an Assembly member from Brooklyn but before becoming speaker of the Democrat-controlled body. An appeals court threw out the conviction in 1993, saying his actions had not constituted felonies. But Miller, who had been in the Assembly for 21 years and speaker for five, said he would not resume his political career. He died of lung cancer in New York City on March 8, 2019.


Society and Religion

Juan Corona (85) got the nickname “The Machete Murderer” for hacking to death dozens of migrant farm laborers in California in the early ‘70s. A Mexican-born farm labor contractor who hired thousands of fruit and vegetable workers for northern California farmers, Corona killed 25 of them, according to authorities who arrested him in 1971. The bodies were buried in shallow graves on farms and orchards along the Feather River north of Sacramento. Most had been brutally hacked to death and dismembered, possibly with a machete or meat cleaver. One was shot in the head. Corona was convicted of 25 counts of murder in 1973, the most until John Wayne Gacy of Chicago was convicted of 33 in ‘80. He died at a hospital near Corcoran, California, where he had been serving a life sentence in state prison, on March 4, 2019.

Helen Miller (82) home-care worker who took care of the sick and the elderly for nearly 40 years in Chicago while championing her fellow home-care workers, fighting for greater pay and benefits as a union leader, and speaking eloquently about the dignity of their work. Miller believed that helping the sick, elderly, and disabled was a critical service that the state of Illinois undervalued by paying thousands of workers poverty-level wages and offering no benefits. In the early 2000s, she was president of Illinois's Local 880 of the Service Employees International Union. In 2003 Illinois passed legislation that allowed the local to bargain collectively for its members. That right led home-care workers to negotiate for health insurance and take advantage of a state-funded education and training program that is now named for Miller. She died of stomach cancer in Louisville, Mississippi, her birthplace, on March 5, 2019.

Carmine Persico (85) longtime boss of the infamous Colombo crime family. Persico was convicted of racketeering and murder in a prosecution of mob bosses led by then-US Attorney Rudy Giuliani. Prosecutors said Persico took over the murderous New York-based crime organization in the early ‘70s when it was at the height of its powers. He was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison during the 1986 “Commission Trial” targeting the heads of New York's Mafia families. Persico was his own lawyer during the trial. He had been serving what was effectively a life sentence at a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina when he died on March 7, 2019.


Sports

Kelly Catlin (23) Olympic track cyclist who helped the US women’s pursuit team to win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Catlin was born and raised near Minneapolis, Minnesota and rose to prominence on the track as a member of the US national team. She also raced on the road for the Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team, and she was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford University. Catlin committed suicide in Stanford, California on March 8, 2019.

Harry Howell (86) Hall of Fame hockey defenseman who played the most games in New York Rangers’ history. A seven-time All-Star, Howell played 1,160 games for the Rangers from 1952–69 and had his No. 3 retired by the team. He also played in the National Hockey League for the Oakland/California Golden Seals and Los Angeles before finishing in the World Hockey Association with single seasons with New York/New Jersey, San Diego, and Calgary. Known for his smart, steady play, “Harry the Horse” won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman in 1966–67. He finished with 94 goals and 324 assists in the NHL and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979. He had seven goals and 36 assists in 170 games in the WHA. Howell was a player-coach with New York/New Jersey and San Diego in the WHA and had an 11-game stint behind the bench in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars. He died of dementia in Ancaster, near his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 9, 2019.

Dan Jenkins (89) sports-writing great and best-selling author whose career covered Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods, began with Western Union, and ended with Twitter. “The message on my tombstone will be, 'I knew this would happen,'” Jenkins always said. displaying the humor he brought to the 232 major championships he attended, starting with the 1941 US Open at Colonial as a 12-year-old in his hometown of Fort Worth. He began his career at the Fort Worth Press and rose to stardom at Sports Illustrated with his two loves, college football and golf. He also wrote for Playboy and joined Golf Digest in 1985. Jenkins covered his first major at the 1951 Masters, won by Hogan. Starting with the 1969 Professional Golf Association Championship, he covered 179 consecutive majors. The streak ended when his health kept him from going to Royal Liverpool for the British Open in 2014. His last major was the 2018 Masters. Jenkins died in Fort Worth, Texas on March 7, 2019.

Ted Lindsay (93) pioneered the first National Hockey League players’ union despite intense opposition from team management, began the tradition of taking the Stanley Cup closer to fans by skating it around the ice, and refused to attend his own Hall of Fame induction ceremony because only men were allowed. Lindsay provided muscle and meanness on the Detroit Red Wings’ famed “Production Line” of the ‘50s. Known as “Terrible Ted,” he was one of the game’s best left wings and an 11-time All-Star who played on four Stanley Cup winners in the early ‘50s. Lindsay, Sid Abel, and Gordie Howe formed an offensive juggernaut of a line that helped to make Detroit one of the first of the NHL’s great postwar dynasties. Lindsay finished his NHL career with 379 goals and 472 assists in 1,068 games with 14 of his 17 seasons with Detroit. The Red Wings won Stanley Cups in 1950, ‘52, ’54, and ’55. Lindsay was credited with beginning the ritual in which players skate around the rink holding the Stanley Cup they have just won. He died in Oakland Township, Michigan on March 4, 2019.

Julia Ruth Stevens (102) adopted daughter of baseball's legendary New York Yankees slugger, Babe Ruth. Julia Hodgson, then 13, became Julia Ruth when her mother, divorcée Claire Hodgson, married the Babe in 1929 after his first wife died in a house fire. Julia Stevens ultimately became the spokeswoman for the Ruth family. She was at Yankee Stadium in May 1998 for the unveiling of a postage stamp portraying Ruth admiring one of his home run drives. That August she threw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game in Fenway Park at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of Ruth’s death. She was at Fenway Park in October 1999 to toss the first pitch before the decisive Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. When the Yankees played their last game at the old Stadium, the House that Ruth Built, in September 2008, she threw out the first pitch. Stevens died in Henderson, Nevada on March 9, 2019.


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