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Hugh Downs, second-most familiar TV broadcasterCarl Reiner, Emmy-winning comedy writer, with son, actor and director Rob ReinerRudolfo Anaya, Latino novelistHerman Benson, union crusader against corruptionJoe Bugel, Washington Redskins offensive coachEarl Cameron, trailblazing British actorGay Culverhouse, champion of former football players with brain disordersBill Field, organist who accompanied silent films in LAIda Haendel, Polish violinistHachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian singer, songwriter, and activistBrandis Kemp, TV comic actressSaroj Khan, Bollywood choreographerEdward Kleinbard, tax lawyerJohnny Mandel, Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer, arranger, and musicianSantiago Manuin, Peruvian human rights activistHenry Martin, 'New Yorker' cartoonistKevin Rafferty, documentary filmmakerRev. Georg Ratzinger, older brother of former Pope Benedict XVINaya Rivera, played lesbian teen on 'Glee'Ronald L. Schwary, Oscar-winning film producerJohn Eric Swing, director of group promoting cooking from PhilippinesAnthony Terlato, wine importer who introduced Pinot Grigio to USLeonardo Villar, Brazilian film actorEmily Howell Warner, trail-blazing woman pilotEverton Weekes, West Indian cricketer

Art and Literature

Rudolfo Anaya (82) writer who helped to launch the ‘70s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel Bless Me, Ultima, a book celebrated by Latinos. Literary critics said Anaya’s World War II-era novel about a young Mexican-American boy’s relationship with an older curandera, or healer, influenced a generation of Latino writers because of its imagery and cultural references that were rare at the time of its 1972 publication. The book’s release coincided with the growing and militant Chicano movement that stressed cultural pride over assimilation. Anaya wrote several novels, including a mystery series featuring Mexican-American detective Sonny Baca. The author died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 28, 2020.

Henry Martin (94) New Yorker cartoonist. Martin also illustrated children’s books by his daughter, Ann M. Martin, creator of The Baby-Sitters Club series. He began drawing spot art for the New Yorker in the early ‘50s, but none of his full submissions were accepted by the magazine until 1964. Altogether he had 691 cartoons published in the magazine until his retirement in 1999, and he contributed to British magazines Punch and The Spectator. In the late ‘70s he began a daily syndicated cartoon called “Good News/Bad News,” which mainly mocked businessmen. Martin died in Newtown, Pennsylvania on June 30, 2020.

Business and Science

John Eric Swing (48) when Food & Wine magazine declared in a headline in 2019 that “Historic Filipinotown Is LA’s Next Great Dining Neighborhood,” an unseen player in that rise was neither a chef nor a restaurateur. Swing spent the last five years serving restaurants and various small companies locally by means of a nonprofit known as Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, or SIPA. In April he became the group’s director. He died of pneumonia and an ischemic stroke in Fountain Valley, California on June 28, 2020.

Anthony Terlato (86) in a 60-year career as a wine importer and marketer, Terlato introduced Americans to lesser-known labels and popular European wines in a quest to elevate the wine market in the US. He was a retailer, wholesaler, importer, and later a winery and vineyard owner but will probably be best remembered as the man who introduced Pinot Grigio to Americans. He died in his sleep in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on June 28, 2020.

Emily Howell Warner (80) pilot credited with breaking a tropospheric glass ceiling in the ‘70s as the first woman hired to command the flight deck of a commercial airliner in the US. Warner was the first woman hired to command the cockpit for a major American airline on scheduled flights and the first woman to achieve the airline rank of captain. She died in Littleton, Colorado of Alzheimer’s disease and an injury from a fall two days earlier, on July 3, 2020.


Edward Kleinbard (68) tax lawyer who helped global corporations to find creative ways to cut their taxes before he moved to academia and shone a light on the practices of the types of companies he had once advised. After advising multinationals for 30 years, Kleinbard began teaching and writing, criticizing corporate tax dodging and pressing for higher taxes to combat inequality. He had been treated for cancer for several years when he died in Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2020.

News and Entertainment

Earl Cameron (102) one of the first black actors to perform in mainstream British films who played supporting roles to entertainment icons such as James Bond and the title character in Doctor Who before appearing in the United Nations thriller The Interpreter in his 80s. Cameron stumbled into acting as a way to earn money during World War II and kept at it with repertory theater roles. His break into movies also broke barriers for British cinema. He was cast in one of the starring roles in Pool of London, a 1951 crime noir movie and the first British film to feature an interracial relationship. He worked steadily throughout the ‘50s, sometimes in stereotyped roles such as a witch doctor and a murderous rebel leader in British Kenya, and sometimes in roles designed to confound stereotypes, such as his portrayal of a doctor in Simba, a 1955 film that also dealt with the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. He earned his 007 stripes in the fourth James Bond film, Thunderball, in 1965, playing an intelligence operative in the Bahamas. Cameron died in Warwickshire, England on July 3, 2020.

Hugh Downs (99) broadcaster who became one of TV’s most familiar faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game, and talk shows. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Downs as having logged more hours in front of the camera than any TV personality until Regis Philbin passed him in 2004. Downs worked on NBC’s Today and Tonight shows and the game show Concentration. He cohosted the ABC magazine show 20/20 with Barbara Walters and the PBS series Over Easy and Live from Lincoln Center. He died of natural causes in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 1, 2020.

Bill Field (80) with Field at the Wurlitzer, the Old Town Music Hall in Los Angeles was a time warp that took its guests back to the early 20th century when movie houses were gilded palaces and orchestras supplied the soundtrack that film had yet to master. Field’s love affair with old movie theaters, silent film, and the soaring power of the Mighty Wurlitzer was so infectious it attracted a hard-core stable of followers who would show up for an evening concert and a short film or a Sunday matinee at the downtown El Segundo theater. Field suffered from prostate cancer but died from a stroke in Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2020.

Ida Haendel (96) Polish-born prodigy with a fiery sound and unassailable technique who became one of the foremost violinists of her generation. A link to the early-20th-century school of violin playing, Haendel was a noted champion of the concertos of Britten, Walton, and Sibelius. She died of kidney cancer in Pembroke Park, Florida on July 1, 2020.

Hachalu Hundessa (34) Ethiopian singer, songwriter, and activist. Hundessa was known for political songs that provided support for the ethnic Oromo group’s fight against repression and a soundtrack for antigovernment protests. He was shot dead in the Gelan Condominiums area of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. He was taken to a hospital after the attack but died later of his wounds. It was not immediately known who was responsible for the shooting. His killing risked heightening tensions in a nation taking tentative steps toward establishing a multiparty democracy. Hundessa died on June 29, 2020.

Brandis Kemp (76) actress best known for her appearances on the TV shows Fridays and AfterMASH. Kemp spent 50 years as a working actress and comedian. She appeared on the ABC late-night variety show Fridays, starring alongside Larry David, Michael Richards, Rich Hall, and more and portrayed Alma Cox on the CBS spinoff AfterMASH alongside Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, William Christopher, and Rosalind Chao. She also performed in El Grande de Coca Cola and Bullshot Crummond for HBO as a member of the comedy group Low Moan Spectacular. Her other TV credits include appearances on Remington Steel (1982), The Wonder Years (1992), Grace under Fire (1993), Clifford (1994), and ER (1997). in December 2019 she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. She died in Los Feliz, California after a battle with brain cancer and complications from COVID-19, on July 4, 2020.

Saroj Khan (71) top Bollywood choreographer. Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs in her career spanning more than 40 years. Leading Bollywood actresses including Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi danced to some of the most popular songs Khan produced. She started an acting career at age 3 in a Bollywood film but later shifted to choreography and got her break in 1974. She created some of Bollywood’s most popular film songs and won acclaim for songs in the movies Mr. India, Chandni, Beta, Tezaab, and Gulab Gang. The three-time National Award winner was hospitalized June 27 after she complained of breathlessness. She tested negative for COVID-19 but died of cardiac arrest in Mumbai, India on July 3, 2020.

Johnny Mandel (94) Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer, arranger, and musician who worked on albums by Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and many others and whose songwriting credits included “The Shadow of Your Smile” and the theme from the film and TV show M*A*S*H. Mandel was among the last of the great songwriters to emerge in the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era, his career dating back to the ‘40s, and he enjoyed a long and diverse career. He played trombone and trumpet with such big band and jazz artists as Jimmy Dorsey and Count Basie and spent two years in the ‘50s arranging music for Sid Caesar’s landmark TV sketch program Your Show of Shows. Mandel collaborated on songs with Johnny Mercer, Paul Williams, and the husband-and-wife team Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Artists recording his material ranged from Marvin Gaye to Stan Getz to Barbra Streisand. Mandel died of a cardiac ailment in Ojai, California on June 29, 2020.

Kevin Rafferty (73) with two codirectors, Rafferty turned archival material created to ease Americans into the nuclear age into The Atomic Cafe, a darkly comic 1982 documentary that both highlighted the absurdity of an earlier generation’s propaganda and suggested the unsettling possibility that we are still being so manipulated. In that acclaimed Cold War documentary and other films, he often let archival footage do the talking. Rafferty didn’t make a lot of films—he has just six directing credits on the Internet Movie Database—but the ones he did make drew critical acclaim and covered a wide range of subjects. Blood in the Face (1991), directed with Anne Bohlen and James Ridgeway, examined the Ku Klux Klan and other far-right groups. The Last Cigarette (1999), directed with Frank Keraudren, was about the peddling of cigarettes to American consumers and the world. Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008) recounted a storied 1968 football game. Rafferty died of cancer in New York City on July 2, 2020.

Carl Reiner (98) comedy writer, actor, and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show and straight man to Mel Brooks’s “2000-Year-Old Man” skit. Reiner appeared on the small and silver screens, in Caesar’s ‘50s troupe; as comic Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show; and in such films as The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Films he directed included Oh, God! starring George Burns and John Denver; All of Me, with Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin; and the 1970 comedy Where’s Poppa? Many fans remember him for The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66), one of the most popular TV series of all time and a model of ensemble playing, physical comedy, and timeless, good-natured wit. It starred Van Dyke as a TV comedy writer working for a demanding, eccentric boss (Reiner) and living with his wife (Mary Tyler Moore in her first major TV role) and young son in suburban New Rochelle, New York. Reiner later said it was about his own life when he worked on Caesar's show, Your Show of Shows. He died in Beverly Hills, California on June 29, 2020.

Naya Rivera (33) singer and actress who rose to national attention playing a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy Glee, which aired from 2009–15 on Fox. Rivera began acting at age 4, appearing on such series as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, and The Bernie Mac Show. As a teen, she struggled with an eating disorder and had breast implants put in at 18. She played a secondary character—the mean cheerleader with blistering put-downs—in Glee's first season but became a regular in the second season as she struggled to reveal her character’s sexual identity. Many on social media credited her character for making them feel better about their own sexuality. Rivera was found dead five days after she disappeared, on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California, where her son, Josey (4), was found alone on a rented boat on July 3, 2020.

Ronald L. Schwary (76) Oscar-winning producer behind Robert Redford’s 1980 film Ordinary People and the Oscar-nominated movies Tootsie and Scent of a Woman. Schwary jump-started his career in 1978 when director Sydney Pollack hired him as an associate producer and production manager on The Electric Horseman, the rodeo romance starring Redford, Jane Fonda ,and Willie Nelson. Impressing Redford, Schwary was later tagged as sole producer on the star’s directorial debut Ordinary People, the family drama starring Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, and Timothy Hutton that won four Oscars, including best director. His other producing credits included Paul Newman‘s newspaper drama Absence of Malice, the fantasy romance Meet Joe Black, the Oscar-nominated World War II drama A Soldier’s Story, and the TV series Tour of Duty, Now & Again, and Medium. Schwary struggled with a rare neurological autonomic disorder that forced him into retirement in 2015. He died in Los Angeles, California on July 2, 2020.

Leonardo Villar (96) whose star turn as Donkey Jack in The Given Word (also known in English as Keeper of Promises) made him one of Brazil’s most revered actors and helped the film to clinch the top prize at Cannes in 1962. From telenovelas to a winner of the Palme d’Or, this member of Brazil’s cinematic royalty devoted himself entirely to his work. He died of heart failure in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 3, 2020.

Politics and Military

Herman Benson (104) former machinist who crusaded against corrupt labor leaders and introduced democratic reforms to entrenched trade unions, sometimes overcoming the resistance of fellow unionists. A Socialist from the Bronx, Benson pushed trade unions to be more democratic and to depose crooked labor leaders. He put an early stamp on organized labor in the ‘50s when he helped to draft landmark federal legislation with Clyde W. Summers, a Yale University law professor and a leading authority on organized labor. Benson died in Brooklyn, New York a week shy of his 105th birthday, on July 2, 2020.

Santiago Manuin (63) Peruvian human rights activist who fought for the rights of Indigenous people and the protection of the Amazon. Manuin maintained that the Indigenous tribes of the Amazon had the right to protect their land and to take part in decisions affecting them. He promoted those ideas and defended them as a longtime chief of the Awajún and Wampis Indigenous peoples of Peru’s northwestern Amazon, expelling armed rebels from tribal territory and pushing against a wave of squatter settlements inspired by the government. He died of Covid-19 in the coastal metropolis of Chiclayo, Peru on July 1, 2020.

Society and Religion

Rev. Georg Ratzinger (96) older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir. Ordained on the same day as his brother, Georg Ratzinger proved to be a talented musician and oversaw the recording of numerous masterpieces and concert tours around the world by the Regensburger Domspatzen, a storied choir that traces its history back to the 10th century. But his reputation was tarnished as he apologized for using corporal punishment to discipline boys amid a wider investigation into sexual and physical abuse in the Church. He remained extremely close to his brother throughout his career, expressing dismay when Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope that the stress would affect his health and that they would no longer spend so much time together. Georg’s death came just over a week after Benedict made a four-day visit to Regensburg, Germany to be with his ailing brother, on July 1, 2020.


Joe Bugel (80) former Washington Redskins offensive assistant, architect of the ”Hogs,” the team’s renowned group of linemen. Bugel served 32 years as a coach in the NFL, including head coaching stints with the Oakland Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals. But he was best known for his time with Washington, where he was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for coach Joe Gibbs. Bugel, who was with Washington from 1981–89 and 2004–09, won two Super Bowls and coached icons like Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby, Mark May, Jeff Bostic, and George Starke. Besides his offensive line duties, Bugel also was the team’s offensive coordinator throughout the ‘80s. He died on June 28, 2020.

Gay Culverhouse (73) put aside her career focusing on special education and child psychiatry to join the family business, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, and championed the cause of former professional football players debilitated by dementia and other health issues. Culverhouse navigated the league’s male-dominated world as a team president, then devoted her energy to fighting on behalf of players with brain disorders. She died in Fernandina Beach, Florida of myelofibrosis, a type of chronic leukemia that inhibits the production of red blood cells, on July 1, 2020.

Everton Weekes (95) one of the famous three “Ws” of West Indian cricket as part of a formidable batting lineup for more than 10 years. Weekes played alongside Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott, with all three players making their test debuts in 1948. He was also a highly respected coach, analyst, team manager, and match referee for the International Cricket Council and a member of the ICC Hall of Fame. Weekes made his test debut at age 22 against England at Kensington Oval. His final match was against Pakistan in Trinidad 10 years later. He played 48 test matches and made 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61 per innings, including a world-record five consecutive centuries in 1948—scores of 141 against England in Jamaica, followed by scores of 128, 194, 162, and 101 in India. In his next innings, he made 90 when he was run out. Worrell died in 1967 and Walcott in 2006. His average of 58.61 runs places Weekes, along with George Headley, in the top 10 test averages of all time. Barbados-born Weekes died there on July 1, 2020.

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