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Greta Beer, sought late father's Swiss bank accountFrederic S. Berman, '60s NYC rent commissionerNeeda Casei, operatic mezzo sopranoClayton M. Christensen, management guruHester Diamond, art dealer and collectorLee Gelber, dean of NYC tour guidesNina Griscom, model and TV hostSonny Grosso, NYC detectiveJimmy Heath, jazz saxophonist, composer, and arrangerLeila Janah, social entrepreneurTerry Jones, bottom left, with three surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus: Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, and Michael PalinStephen Joyce, with his grandfather, author James JoyceJohn Karlen, TV actor known for roles on 'Dark Shadows' and 'Cagney & Lacey'Shin Kyuk-ho, South Korean business tycoonJim Lehrer, former host of 'PBS Newshour'Margo Lion, Broadway producer of 'Hairspray,' 'Jelly's Last Jam'Seamus Mallon, Irish politicianFrank Mazura, operatic bass-baritoneJulius Montgomery, broke color barriersTom Railsback, former US congressman from IllinoisBarbara Remington, illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien booksMichael Sovern, former president of Columbia UniversityPete Stark, former California congressmanMonique Van Vooren, Belgian actress and singerGeorge Herbert Walker, cousin of two US presidents, George Bush and his son, George W. BushWes Wilson, creator of psychedelic postersMorgan Wootten, high school basketball coach

Art and Literature

Hester Diamond (91) New York art collector, art dealer, and interior designer who joined with her first husband in amassing an astonishing Modernist collection before tossing it aside in favor of old masters. Diamond’s career spanned more than 60 years, beginning with a part-time gallery job in the ‘50s and culminating in the presidency of a research institute dedicated to Florence’s Medici family. A self-taught art expert, she always insisted that her first criterion for a purchase— maybe her only one—was loving the piece. Diamond's son Michael took the stage name Mike D, created the group the Beastie Boys with two friends, and made hip-hop history. Hester Diamond died of metastatic breast cancer in New York City on January 23, 2020.

Stephen Joyce (87) grandson and last surviving direct descendant of James Joyce (died 1941) and rigid gatekeeper of that Irish author’s coveted literary estate. Stephen Joyce maintained an iron grip on his grandfather’s printed works, unpublished manuscripts, letters, and other material, although his hold loosened somewhat on the 70th anniversary of James Joyce’s death, when most copyrights on his masterpieces like Ulysses and Finnegans Wake expired. The younger Joyce said he was safeguarding the material’s literary integrity and defending it from critics and biographers, whom he compared to “rats and lice.” He died on Île de Ré, an island resort on the west coast of France, on January 23, 2020.

Barbara Remington (90) illustrator who created the most widely recognized covers for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit—which she quickly finished before she even had the chance to read the books. Although the covers of the first editions of The Lord of the Rings had illustrations by various artists, including Tolkien himself, the ones that Remington created for the paperback versions published by Ballantine Books were the ones that achieved mass-cult status in the ‘60s, particularly on college campuses. Remington designed other book covers for Ballantine as well. She died of breast cancer in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania on January 23, 2020.

Wes Wilson (82) helped to create the trippy look associated with the second half of the ‘60s through the swirling posters he made for rock shows by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and others. Beginning in 1966, Wilson made posters for Bill Graham, who produced rock shows at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, and for Chet Helms of Family Dog Productions, who started at the Fillmore but soon moved to the Avalon Ballroom, not far away. Posters had been used to advertise stage shows for decades, but most were utilitarian conveyors of date, time, and place. Wilson, along with several other poster artists, took the form to a different level, one full of loud colors, attention-getting imagery, and vibrant typography. He was especially known for the free-flowing block lettering on his posters, which he adapted from a font created by Austrian designer Alfred Roller. Wilson died in Leanne, Missouri on January 24, 2020.


Business and Science

Greta Beer (98) Romanian Jew whose decades-long search for her late father’s Swiss bank account helped to force banks in Switzerland to pay more than $1 billion in compensation to settle a lawsuit over assets deposited by Holocaust victims. Beer’s frustrating private hunt turned into a very public mission in 1996. That was when she testified on Capitol Hill about the roadblocks she and her mother had encountered from bankers who told them her father’s account did not exist in the institutions he had so trusted. While she was part of the plaintiff class that settled for $1.25 billion, Beer did not receive restitution from any bank because proof of her father’s account could not be found. It was one of many that had no surviving documentation. But in 2002 Edward R. Korman, the federal judge who oversaw the case, awarded her $100,000 from a law firm’s fees for her help leading to the settlement. Beer died in Brighton, Massachusetts on January 23, 2020.

Clayton M. Christensen (67) professor at Harvard Business School whose 1997 book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, outlined his theories about the impact of what he called “disruptive innovation” on leading companies and catapulted him to superstar status as a management guru. His book, which The Economist called one of the six most important business books ever written, was published during the technology boom of the late ‘90s. It featured Christensen’s assertion that the factors that helped the best companies to succeed—listening to customers, investing in technology products that satisfied customers’ needs—were the exact same reasons some of those companies failed. Those corporate giants were so focused on doing the very things that had been taught for generations at the nation’s top business schools that they were blindsided by small, fast-moving, innovative companies that were able to enter markets with disruptive products and services and grab large chunks of market share. By laying out a blueprint for how executives could identify and respond to those disruptive forces, Christensen, himself an entrepreneur and former management consultant, struck a chord with high-tech corporate leaders. He died of leukemia in Boston, Massachusetts on January 23, 2020.

Lee Gelber (81) Bronx-born urban dweller known for his humor and celebrated by his peers as dean of New York City tour guides. Distinguished by an ear-to-ear mustache, Gelber mentored a generation of future colleagues and conducted sightseeing tours both for tourists unacquainted with New York and for others seeking unfamiliar venues, like gospel choirs in Harlem or remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam. From 1993 until he retired in 2018, Gelber told of a cityscape that evolved from the streets of a record murder rate through the 9-11 terrorist attack and the 2008 recession into what has been categorized as the current economic boom. He also survived the advent of audio tours, which replaced human guides on some sightseeing buses and walking tours, and the profusion of digital apps on personal phones and other devices. Gelber died after several strokes, in Schenectady, New York on January 19, 2020.

Leila Janah (37) social entrepreneur who employed thousands of desperately poor people in Africa and India in the belief that jobs, not handouts, offered the best escape from poverty. A child of Indian immigrants, Janah traveled to Mumbai, India around 2005 as a management consultant to help take an outsourcing company public. Riding through the city by auto rickshaw, she passed an enormous slum. But after arriving at the outsourcing center, she found a staff of educated middle-class workers. Few, if any, of the nearby poor were employed there. it proved to be a galvanizing moment for Janah, who called the intellect of the poorest people in the world “the biggest untapped resource” in the global economy. She later started Samasource in Nairobi, Kenya in 2008 —“sama” means “equal” in Sanskrit—with the aim of employing poor people, for a living wage, in digital jobs like photo tagging and image annotation at what she called delivery centers in Kenya, Uganda, and India. Janah died in New York City of epithelioid sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, on January 24, 2020.

Shin Kyuk-ho (98) built a chewing-gum business into the hugely successful Lotte Group in South Korea and Japan, only to see his sons squabble over the corporate empire. The company is South Korea’s fifth-largest business conglomerate. Shin was the last of the rags-to-riches founders of South Korea’s major family-run conglomerates, or chaebol. Tycoons like Shin were credited with engineering the dramatic industrialization that transformed the country into one of Asia’s leading economies after the destruction of the Korean War in the ‘50s. Shin stowed away on a ship to Japan in 1941. In Tokyo he delivered milk and newspapers during the day while attending college at night. He named his first successful business, a company that marketed chewing gum, Lotte after Charlotte, the female character in Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. Today Lotte is a household name in South Korea, running 90 affiliates that together generate 100 trillion won, or $86 billion, in annual revenues. The name graces hotels, department stores, apartment buildings, nationwide chains of shopping malls, theme parks, movie theaters, duty-free stores, coffee shops, and fast-food restaurants. Shin kept his last promise for his home country—building South Korea’s tallest building—when Lotte completed its 123-story Lotte World Tower in Jamsil in 2017. He died in Seoul, South Korea on January 19, 2020.

Julius Montgomery (90) In 1956 Montgomery became the first black who was not a janitor to be hired at the Cape Canaveral space facility in Florida. He was part of a team of technical professionals, known as “range rats,” who repaired the electronics in malfunctioning ballistic missiles and satellite equipment. In 1958 his team wanted to start a school to keep the space workers up to date. Brevard Engineering College, as it was to be called (Cape Canaveral is in Brevard County), planned to lease classrooms at a public junior high school near the space center. But public officials in Florida—a state then still segregated—didn’t want black people. The county’s superintendent of schools would not allow Montgomery to participate and threatened to shut down the college before it even got started. Montgomery withdrew his application so the college could open. In 1961 Brevard secured its own facilities and admitted Montgomery, who became the first student to integrate the college, known today as the Florida Institute of Technology. The school has long acknowledged that it would not exist were it not for Montgomery’s sacrifice. In 2006 it honored him with the first annual Julius Montgomery Pioneer Award for community service. Montgomery died of heart failure in Melbourne, Florida days after Florida Tech awarded him an honorary doctorate of humane letters, on January 22, 2020.

George Herbert Walker 3rd (88) cousin of two presidents, a former US ambassador to Hungary, and a prominent St. Louis businessman and philanthropist. Walker grew up in Connecticut, was a graduate of Yale, and earned a law degree from Harvard. After serving two years in the US Air Force, he moved to St. Louis in 1958 to work for the financial services company founded by the grandfather he shared with his first cousin, George Bush. In 1992, as Bush sought a second term as president, Walker tried his own hand at politics, seeking the Republican nomination for a suburban St. Louis congressional district. Both bids were unsuccessful. Walker remained active in Republican politics, including successful presidential campaigns for another cousin, George W. Bush, in 2000 and ’04. George W. Bush appointed Walker ambassador to Hungary in 2003, where he served until '06. Walker was a trustee of Webster University for 42 years, and its business school was named for him after a $10 million donation in 2005. He died in St. Louis, Missouri of complications from a stroke that he had about a year ago, on January 25, 2020.


Education

Michael Sovern (88) law professor who as president of Columbia University during the ‘80s and ’90s shored up the school’s finances, brought about divestment from companies doing business in South Africa, and opened Columbia College to women. When Sovern was named to replace William J. McGill as Columbia’s president in 1980, he faced numerous challenges. Columbia was not considered well managed. An internal study by professors faulted the university for the erosion of standards in some departments, a loss of preeminence in social sciences, and a growing shortage of elite faculty talent. Buildings were in disrepair, and new faculty had to be recruited. By the time Sovern stepped down as president in 1993, he had opened the college to women (Barnard was the university’s women’s college), broadened the university’s curriculum, increased scholarships and fellowships, made housing available to all undergraduates who wanted it, and severed ties to companies doing business in South Africa under its apartheid regime. Sovern died in New York City of amyloid cardiomyopathy, in which clumps of protein build up in the heart tissue, on January 20, 2020.


Law

Sonny Grosso (89) New York police detective who with his partner made the record heroin bust that inspired the Oscar-winning film The French Connection. Grosso rose to the rank of detective first grade in the New York Police Department faster than any predecessor. He followed his 22 years on the force with a second career as a TV producer and consultant for TV shows about law enforcement, including Kojak, Baretta, and Night Heat and for the movie The Godfather, in which he played a detective named Phil. Grosso always carried his off-duty .38-caliber Colt revolver, the same gun that was taped to the tank of a toilet and fired (using blanks) by Al Pacino in a mob hit in The Godfather. But Grosso was best known as the model for Buddy Russo, played by Roy Scheider in William Friedkin’s 1971 action thriller, The French Connection, which won five Oscars, including best picture. Gene Hackman portrayed Popeye Doyle, a doppelgänger for Grosso’s real-life partner, Edward R. Egan, revered for his bravery and nicknamed Bullets because he enjoyed firing his revolver for flamboyant effect. Grosso died in New York City on January 21, 2020.


News and Entertainment

Nedda Casei (87) in the ‘60s and ’70s Casei could be heard as Suzuki, Maddalena, Lola, and other mezzo-soprano characters at the Metropolitan Opera before transforming herself into a labor leader. She sang in some 280 performances at the Met, from her debut as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto in 1964 until her final curtain, in ‘84, as Larina in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. She also sang Carmen there. Her labor career started when she helped to negotiate a contract for solo singers at the Met amid a bitter dispute with management that delayed the 1969–70 season. The performers received better pay and a reduction in the long hours they were required to be at the House. Casei died of a stroke in New York City on January 20, 2020.

Nina Griscom (65) model, TV host, fashion plate, columnist, and entrepreneur who came to be known as an “It” girl in the high society whirl of ‘80s New York City. Griscom grew up among the rich and the influential, the daughter of Elizabeth Fly Vagliano, a major benefactor of cultural and educational institutions and later the wife of Felix G. Rohatyn, the investment banker who helped to rescue New York from fiscal insolvency in the ‘70s. Griscom, who all but retired the title of best dressed at charity events, began modeling by posing for fashion industry grande dame Eileen Ford while still in college. She later modeled for magazines, appearing on the cover of Elle France, and in one instance famously draped only in a towel for a Gillette Bare Elegance body shampoo advertisement. From 1990–93 she was a cohost of Entertainment News segments on HBO with Matt Lauer. She died in New York City of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, diagnosed in late 2017, on January 25, 2020.

Jimmy Heath (93) tenor saxophonist whose compositions became part of the mid-20th century jazz canon. Heath found new prominence in middle age as coleader of a popular band with his two brothers. His saxophone sound was spare but playful, but his reputation rested equally on his abilities as a composer and arranger for large ensembles, including bebop rhythms and improvisations. He was a teenager touring the Midwestern dance circuit with the Nat Towles Orchestra in the ‘40s when he became interested in arranging. At first he could hardly read music, but he proved a quick study. When a particular harmony struck him, he hounded his fellow horn players to tell him what notes they were playing, then pieced together the chords on sheet music. Before long he was writing for a 16-piece band of his own, whose lineup included future saxophone luminaries John Coltrane and Benny Golson. Heath died in Loganville, Georgia on January 19, 2020.

Terry Jones (77) founding member of the Monty Python troupe who was hailed by colleagues as “the complete Renaissance comedian” and “a man of endless enthusiasms.” Born in Wales in 1942, Jones attended Oxford University, where he began writing and performing with fellow student Michael Palin. Jones later wrote for seminal ‘60s comedy series, including The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Along with Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman (died 1989), and Terry Gilliam, Jones formed Monty Python’s Flying Circus, whose irreverent humor—a blend of satire, surrealism, and silliness—helped to revolutionize British comedy. Jones wrote and performed for the troupe’s early-‘70s TV series and films including Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). In 2016 Jones was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which gradually robbed him of the ability to write and speak. He died in London, England on January 21, 2020.

John Karlen (86) Emmy-winning character actor known for his roles on the TV series Dark Shadows and Cagney & Lacey. Karlen played conman and scoundrel Willie Loomis, and later several other roles, on Dark Shadows, the cult favorite horror soap that aired on ABC from 1966–71. He played Harvey Lacey, husband of Tyne Daly’s Mary Beth Lacey, on the CBS police drama Cagney & Lacey from 1982–88. He won an Emmy as best supporting actor in a drama for the role in 1986. Karlen began his career on stage, appearing in the 1959 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth. From the late ‘50s until the mid-‘90s, he worked almost constantly on TV, amassing well over 100 acting credits. Besides his two long-running parts, he had guest stints or recurring roles on shows including The Streets of San Francisco, Charlie’s Angels, Quincy, ME, Hill Street Blues, and Murder, She Wrote. He also had a handful of appearances in film, including House of Dark Shadows (1970), a cinematic spinoff of the TV series. His final major role was a reprise of his Harvey Lacey character for the 1996 TV movie, Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions. Karlen died of congestive heart failure in Burbank, California on January 22, 2020.

Jim Lehrer (85) longtime host of the nightly PBS NewsHour whose serious demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988–2012. For Lehrer and for his friend and longtime partner Robert MacNeil, broadcast journalism was a service, with public understanding of events and issues its primary goal. Americans knew Lehrer best for his role as debate moderator. For seven straight presidential elections, he was the sole journalist sitting across from the candidates for the first debate of the general election campaign. In 1996 and 2000 he moderated all the debates—five of them—and a vice presidential contest. In 2011 he said his goal was to probe the candidates’ thinking and avoid “gotcha” questions. He felt his best debate performance was in 2004, with George W. Bush and John Kerry, not because of anything he did, but because the candidates were able to state their positions clearly. Lehrer died in his sleep in Washington, DC on January 23, 2020.

Margo Lion (75) Broadway producer who helped to bring the Tony Award-winning musicals Jelly’s Last Jam and Hairspray to the stage and worked on Tony Kushner’s two-part classic Angels in America. A Baltimore native, Lion was an independent producer who sometimes offered personal possessions as collateral in her determination to stage a show. She started out as an apprentice at the Music-Theater Group in the ‘70s and a few years later began looking into the life of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton, the basis for Jelly’s Last Jam, which premiered on Broadway in 1992 and starred Gregory Hines; 10 years later she had enormous success with Hairspray, the Tony-winning smash that was adapted from the John Waters comedy. Lion had seen the film on video in 1998 and thought it ideal for Broadway, drawn in part to the story because it was set in Baltimore. She died in New York City days after suffering a brain aneurysm, on January 24, 2020.

Frank Mazura (95) Austrian bass-baritone best known for his portrayals of operatic villains in a late-starting but long-lasting career that took him to many of the world’s major houses. Mazura’s deep-set voice was ideal for the menacing characters he specialized in. During his prime years he excelled as Klingsor, the evil sorcerer in Wagner’s Parsifal, and Don Pizarro, the corrupt governor of a state prison in Beethoven’s Fidelio. Mazura helped to make opera history in 1979 when the first production of Berg’s Lulu in its three-act version was presented in Paris. He sang the double role of Dr. Schön, a morally bankrupt and lecherous newspaper editor, and murderous Jack the Ripper. He appears on both the recording and the video of that landmark production, directed by Patrice Chereau and conducted by Pierre Boulez. He became renowned for those dual roles, which he sang in 1980 for his Metropolitan Opera debut, conducted by James Levine. Mazura died in Mannheim, Germany on January 23, 2020.

Monique Van Vooren (92) Belgian-born actress and singer whose résumé included roles in Tarzan & the She-Devil, Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, the Pop Art TV series Batman, and Wall Street. Van Vooren found fans in many places. Some American moviegoers knew her from her cult-classic films. Others recognized her from her appearances on game shows like To Tell the Truth and Password. Big-city nightclub patrons knew her as a cabaret headliner. Her photos on Facebook included shots of herself with Rudolf Nureyev, Warhol, and David Bowie. In Van Vooren’s youth, writers tended to describe her in terms of her physical attributes—at least one referred to her as “40-24-36”—reflecting an era when actresses’ measurements were a standard feature on their bios. She made her movie debut playing a schoolgirl in Domani È Troppo Tardi (Tomorrow Is Too Late), a 1950 Italian drama that starred Vittorio De Sica. In her second film, Tarzan & the She-Devil (1953), she played an evil ivory poacher alongside Lex Barker (as Tarzan) and Raymond Burr. She appeared only in the opening credits of the Dean Martin comedy Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957). Van Vooren died in New York City on January 25, 2020.


Politics and Military

Frederic S. Berman (92) former New York state legislator and judge who, as a John V. Lindsay administration official, helped to usher in a program to regulate rents on hundreds of thousands of apartments in New York City. Berman, a reform Democrat, was appointed the city's rent and housing rehabilitation commissioner shortly after Lindsay, a Republican, was elected mayor in 1965. His challenge was to reconcile rising maintenance costs, declining vacancy rates, and rent gouging in unregulated apartments by protecting tenants while discouraging landlords from abandoning their buildings to arson and vandalism. In 1967 he was instrumental in ending a nine-day walkout by service employees in residential buildings by securing their wages with a provision that allowed property owners to impose annual rent increases of 2.5 per cent. In the process he drafted what was referred to as a “Bill of Rights” to protect tenants in 1.4 million rent-controlled apartments built before 1947. Drawing on his skills as a legislator, lawyer, and administrator in 1969, Berman was influential in establishing the Rent Stabilization Law, which extended regulation to about 325,000 apartments built since 1947 and another 75,000 that were no longer covered by rent control. The new law allowed for more modest periodic rent increases citywide than the marketplace demanded. To this day they are determined annually by a nine-member board of mayoral appointees—representing tenants, owners, and the public—on the basis of the rising costs faced by landlords. Berman died in New York City on January 19, 2020.

Seamus Mallon (83) champion of nonviolent struggle and one of the key architects of peace in Northern Ireland. As a leading member of the Social Democratic & Labour Party, which promotes Irish unity through nonviolent means, Mallon spent much of his life campaigning for an end to killings and abuses by all sides in the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles—including the republican gunmen from his own Roman Catholic community, who were fighting to unite north and south, and the British forces and Protestant loyalist gangs that sought to defend the union with Britain. At least 3,500 people were killed in 30 years of bombings and shootings. The leader of his party, John Hume, shared the Nobel Peace Prize with unionist leader David Trimble for their roles in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which ended the conflict. But it was Mallon, a stickler for both principle and detail, who worked out the nuts and bolts of the party’s position and held the party together during tense, drawn-out talks. He died of cancer in Markethill, County Armagh, Ireland on January 24, 2020.

Tom Railsback (87) eight-term Illinois congressman who forged what he called a “fragile bipartisan coalition” between his fellow Republicans and the Democrat majority on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 to draft articles of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon. On July 27, 1974, the judiciary committee voted 27 to 11, with six of the panel’s 17 Republicans joining all 21 Democrats, to send to the full House an article of impeachment. The article accused the president of unlawful tactics that constituted a “course of conduct or plan” to obstruct the investigation of the break-in at the offices of the Democrat opposition in the Watergate complex in Washington by a White House team of burglars. Rather than face impeachment and a trial in the Senate, Nixon resigned in August 1974. Railsback had been conflicted for months. He was loyal to Nixon, a friend whose support had helped him to get elected to the House for the first time in 1966. He died in Mesa, Arizona on January 20, 2020.

Pete Stark (88) former US congressman from California, a Democrat whose legislative work helped to reshape America’s health care system. During his 40-year career in Congress representing the East Bay, Stark helped to craft the Affordable Care Act, the signature policy change of the Obama administration. He also created the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, the 1986 law best known as COBRA, which allows workers to stay on their employer’s health insurance plan after they leave a job as long as they pay the full premium. He also pushed for a law that requires hospitals that participate in Medicare or Medicaid to treat anyone seeking emergency treatment, regardless of their insurance status. Stark met a young Steve Jobs on a cross-country flight and later worked with him to write a bill providing tax credits to technology companies that donated computers to public schools. After serving 20 terms in office, Stark lost a bid for reelection to Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell in 2012 and retired. He died in Maryland on January 24, 2020.


Sports

Morgan Wootten (88) first member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inducted solely as a high school coach and at one time national record-holder for most schoolboy victories. When Wootten became head coach at the all-boys DeMatha High School in suburban Washington in the fall of 1956, it was only 10 years old and had a student body of fewer than 200. Seeking promising athletes who were good students and preaching the need for strong work habits and a sense of discipline, he built a national basketball powerhouse. When Wootten retired in November 2002 after 46 seasons at DeMatha, a Trinitarian school in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he also taught history, he had taken his teams to 1,274 victories with 92 losses. His squads were acclaimed as national champions five times, and he never had a losing season. He died in Hyattsville on January 21, 2020.


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