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Alex Trebek, longtime host of TV quiz show 'Jeopardy!'Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, prince of BahrainBruno Barbey, French photographer for Magnum PhotosLucille Bridges with Norman Rockwell painting depicting her daughter's 1960 arrival at segregated schoolFrançois Catroux, interior designerSaeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with IsraelMargaret Guilfoyle, Australian senator and cabinet ministerTom Heinsohn, Boston Celtics player, coach, and broadcasterPaul Hornung, Green Bay Packers star halfbackIsrael Horovitz, Off-Broadway playwrightRoger W. Jepsen, former US senator from IowaNelly Kaplan, maker of feminist filmsLynn Kellogg, singer and guitarist who appeared in original Broadway production of 'Hair'Masatoshi Koshiba, Nobel-winning Japanese astrophysicistLindy McDaniel, dependable pitcher for St. Louis and New YorkHowie Meeker, Canadian hockey player and broadcasterWalter C. Miller, director of TV awards showsJim Perzik, legal counsel to LA LakersJerry Rawlings, former president of GhanaEleanor Schano, Pittsburgh's first solo woman TV news anchorPeter Sutcliffe, British serial killerAldo Tambellini, multimedia artistAmadou Toumani Touré, former president of MaliAndrew White, jazz musician and scholar

Art and Literature

Aldo Tambellini (90) sculptor turned avant-garde filmmaker, pioneer video artist, and veteran practitioner of multimedia installations. Tambellini was notable for his community-based sense of cultural production, particularly during his years as an artist-activist on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He was even more famous for his career-long interest in the color (or noncolor) black. He died of complications after surgery, in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November 12, 2020.


Business and Science

François Catroux (83) interior designer for the Rothschild family, Russian oligarchs, Greek and Arab princesses, fashion designers, media moguls, and South American billionaires—what used to be known as the jet set. Catroux was movie-star handsome with a perennial tan and a taste for expensive sports cars, the grandson of a noted French general and a Spanish heiress, and a high school friend of couturier Yves Saint Laurent. Along with his wife, Betty, Algerian-born Catroux was at the center of Paris’s glittering ‘70s-era social scene where art, fashion, and money collided. He was self-taught, with a sophisticated eye, and his first design job, when he was 30, was for Mila Schön, a stalwart of Italian fashion, who in 1967 asked him to design her showroom in a Milanese palazzo. Catroux died of a brain tumor in Paris, France on November 8, 2020.

Masatoshi Koshiba (94) Japanese astrophysicist, a cowinner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics for confirming the existence of elementary particles called neutrinos. Koshiba devised the construction of giant underground chambers to detect neutrinos, elusive particles that stream from the sun. Neutrinos offer a unique view of the sun’s inner workings because they are produced in its heart by the same process that causes the sun to shine. Koshiba shared the prize with two other scientists— the late Raymond Davis Jr. of the University of Pennsylvania, who also worked on neutrino detectors, and the late Italian-born scientist Riccardo Giacconi, who was cited for X-ray telescopes that provide sharper images of the universe. Koshiba worked at the Kamiokande neutrino detector, a huge facility built in the mountains in central Japan. He confirmed and extended Davis’s work and discovered neutrinos coming from distant supernova explosions, some of the brightest objects in the universe. Koshiba died in Tokyo, Japan on November 12, 2020.


Education

Lucille Bridges (86) in 1960 Bridges broke through the segregated education system of the Deep South by enrolling her 6-year-old daughter, Ruby, in an all-white elementary school in New Orleans and escorting her there during her first year of classes. Bridges and her daughter faced down abuse from white protesters as they walked up to the doors of the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960, under the escort of federal marshals, making good on the US Supreme Court’s unanimous 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional. Bridges escorted her daughter to school every day for a year because of continuing protests. She died of cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 10, 2020.


Law

Jim Perzik (91) longtime legal counsel to Dr. Jerry Buss and the Los Angeles Lakers. Perzik joined the Lakers in 1991 as the team’s general counsel. He had previously worked with Buss to purchase the Lakers from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979. He was a key figure in the formation of Prime Ticket Network, the Lakers’ move to Staples Center, and the team’s $5-billion broadcast deal with Comcast/Spectrum. Perzik died of COVID-19 in Los Angeles, California on November 11, 2020.

Peter Sutcliffe (74) British serial killer, widely known as the “Yorkshire Ripper.” Sutcliffe was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women in northern England between 1975–80. He spent some time in Broadmoor Hospital, a high-security psychiatric facility in Berkshire, England before being transferred to Frankland Prison, County Durham, in 2016 after being deemed stable enough to serve time. He had tested positive for COVID-19 and was suffering from underlying health conditions when he died on November 13, 2020.


News and Entertainment

Bruno Barbey (79) French photographer for the Magnum Photos agency who produced powerful work in war zones and in peacetime. In May 1968, when students in Paris ignited a political movement with mass protests against universities and the government, Barbey photographed images of the rage on the streets: students hurling projectiles at the police, protesters passing cobblestones to one another to build barricades, armed police officers storming fleeing students, demonstrators at night carrying Molotov cocktails on a street already ablaze. In 1971 he was in Northern Ireland photographing its sectarian conflict. In 1991 he chronicled the Allied operation to push invading Iraqi forces out of neighboring Kuwait. Barbey died of a pulmonary embolism in Orbais-l’Abbaye, in northeastern France, on November 9, 2020.

Israel Horovitz (81) playwright whose career was tarnished by accusations by multiple women that he had sexually assaulted them. Horovitz enjoyed his biggest successes Off-Broadway and in regional and European theaters, including at the Gloucester Stage Co. in Massachusetts, which he helped to found in 1979. His plays gave opportunities to several young actors who later became household names. A Horovitz double bill of The Indian Wants the Bronx and It’s Called the Sugar Plum, which had a long run at the Astor Place Theater in Manhattan in 1968, had a cast that included Al Pacino, Marsha Mason, and John Cazale. In 1970 his Line was staged at the Theater De Lys in Greenwich Village with Cazale and Richard Dreyfuss in the cast. That play later moved to the 13th Street Repertory Theater. It was still running until recently, and, with an ever-changing cast, was said to be the longest-running play in Off-Off-Broadway history. Horovitz died of cancer in New York City on November 9, 2020.

Nelly Kaplan (89) filmmaker whose witty French films about female empowerment and revenge made her a distinctive voice in a male-dominated era. Born in Argentina, Kaplan arrived in Paris in her early 20s and became both a filmmaking and a romantic partner of Abel Gance, the French director known for the silent movie Napoleon (1927). In 1969 she drew acclaim with her first feature, A Very Curious Girl. It starred Bernadette Lafont, an actress already well known from the New Wave films of Claude Chabrol and others, as Marie, a young servant who is preyed upon by men in her village until she turns the tables on them by charging for sexual favors and tape-recording the encounters, ultimately exposing the townspeople’s hypocrisy. Kaplan died of Covid-19 in Geneva, Switzerland on November 12, 2020.

Lynn Kellogg (77) singer and actress who played Sheila, the uptight debutante who turns into a free-spirited hippie in the original 1968 Broadway production of Hair. The original counterculture musical created by James Rado and Gerome Ragni ran for more than four years at the Biltmore Theater. Sheila is the closest thing it has to a female lead. Kellogg made her TV debut on the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1964. She also appeared in episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies (as a bird watcher), It Takes a Thief, and Mission: Impossible (as a folk-music performer singing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’” in an Eastern bloc country). She had a supporting role in Elvis Presley’s 1969 western Charro! As a singer and guitarist, Kellogg entertained Vietnam War troops and toured with folk musician Gordon Lightfoot. But she may be best remembered for her musical appearances on series like The Johnny Cash Show. She had a nonlife-threatening form of leukemia that compromised her vascular system. She became infected with the coronavirus at a recent gathering in a large theater in Branson, Missouri. Most of the people there were not wearing masks. Kellogg died of Covid-19 in St. Louis, Missouri on November 12, 2020.

Walter C. Miller (94) veteran TV director who helped to create the format for live awards telecasts by overseeing and fine-tuning the annual Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, and Country Music Awards ceremonies for decades. Miller was at ease in an industry teeming with enormous egos and outsize personalities and seemed to know exactly what camera to cut to during live performances. He also bemoaned the slow pace of awards shows that, in his mind, seemed to stretch on interminably. When NBC announced in 1998 that the Emmys show would last an unprecedented four hours, Miller winced at the thought of such a marathon ceremony. His longevity at the helm of the annual run of awards shows was staggering. He directed both the Grammys and the Country Music Awards broadcasts for more than 30 years and the Tony Awards for nearly 20. For 30 years he directed and produced the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth, the Independence Day concert in Washington, DC. He died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California on November 13, 2020.

Eleanor Schano (88) in the male-dominated world of broadcast news in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Schano became the first solo woman TV news anchor in Pittsburgh. She was that city's first woman TV “weather girl,” in the language of the ‘50s. She pushed hard to become its first female TV reporter and later became host of a variety of talk shows on several of the city’s radio and TV outlets. She began her path-breaking anchor job on WIIC-TV (now WPXI) in 1969 and held the spot until ’74. At the time women news anchors—even correspondents—were rare on both the local and national level. In a sexist profession, Schano constantly defied conventional wisdom about a woman’s role in TV journalism. Having been warned, for example, that she would never hold a prime anchor position if she got pregnant, she had three children over the course of her career, hiding her pregnancy each time, and getting back to work after just two weeks’ time off. She died of Covid-19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 9, 2020.

Alex Trebek (80) in the world of TV game shows—word puzzles, lifelines, briefcases filled with cash—the format for Jeopardy! was so stodgy, so academic that the show had been chucked onto the ash pile of failed network programming long before Canadian Trebek arrived in Hollywood. But with his quick wit, easy smile, and my-favorite-professor demeanor, he drove the game show back up the ratings charts and for decades remained a comfortable TV host in the living rooms of America. Trebek became such an institution that he was parodied by Will Ferrell on Saturday Night Live, played himself on dozens of TV shows, and was used as a narrative device on TV hits like Seinfeld. The game show host had suffered a series of medical complications in recent years—a heart attack in 2007 and brain surgery for blood clots that formed after he hit his head in a fall in ’18. In early 2019 he revealed he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and vowed to beat the disease, joking that he still had three years left on his contract. Trebek died in Los Angeles, California on November 8, 2020.

Andrew White (78) talented and proudly eccentric musician and scholar best known in jazz circles for transcribing more than 800 of John Coltrane’s saxophone solos. White was a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, author, business owner, and teacher. He left behind one of the largest troves of self-released recordings, books, and musical transcriptions by a single musician in jazz history. In the ‘60s and ’70s he played electric bass for Stevie Wonder and the 5th Dimension; English horn with Weather Report; oboe in the American Ballet Theater Orchestra; and saxophone in bands led by McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, both former members of Coltrane’s quartet. White died in Silver Spring, Maryland from complications of two strokes he recently suffered. on November 11, 2020.


Politics and Military

Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa (84) prince of Bahrain, one of the world’s longest-serving prime ministers, who led his island nation’s government for decades and survived the 2011 Arab Spring protests that demanded his ouster over corruption allegations. Khalifa’s power and wealth could be seen everywhere in his small nation, home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, off the coast of Saudi Arabia. He had his own private island where he met foreign dignitaries, complete with a marina and a park with peacocks and gazelles roaming the grounds. The prince represented an older style of Arab Gulf leadership, one that granted patronage and favors for support of the Sunni Muslim Khalifa family. That style was challenged in the 2011 protests by the island’s Shiite Muslim majority and others who demonstrated against him over long-running corruption allegations surrounding his rule. Athough he was less powerful and more frail in recent years, his machinations still drew attention in the kingdom as a new generation now jostles for power. Khalifa had previously suffered at least two heart attacks and undergone heart surgery. He died at a Mayo Clinic hospital in the US on November 11, 2020.

Saeb Erekat (65) long after peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel broke down, Erekat continued to be referred to as the Palestinians’ chief negotiator. Arguably the most internationally recognized Palestinian figure for decades, after Yasser Arafat, Erekat helped to craft the landmark Oslo peace accords in 1993 that opened the path to normal relations—since collapsed—and that won Israeli and Palestinian leaders a Nobel Prize. Charismatic and articulate, he defended the Palestinian plea for land, recognition, and statehood from the halls of the United Nations to the studios of US cable TV shows. Erekat suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a debilitating disease, for many years. In 2017 he received a lung transplant, which restored him to health but left him at high risk for infection by the coronavirus. He was found to have COVID-19 on October 8. After 10 days of mild symptoms and self-isolation at home in the Palestinian city of Jericho, his health deteriorated sharply. He died at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital on November 10, 2020.

Margaret Guilfoyle (94) Australian senator and cabinet minister who broke multiple barriers for women in politics. As a member of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s cabinet from 1975–83, Guilfoyle was the first woman to run an Australian government department and the first female finance minister. She was also the seventh woman in the Australian Senate, where she served for 16 years as a member of the Liberal Party, Australia’s main conservative party. She was the highest-ranking woman ever in the Australian government until Julia Gillard became prime minister in 2010. Although she protected women’s interests in her work and sought to advance women in politics, Guilfoyle did not identify as a conventional feminist and said she wanted to avoid “tokenism.” She died in Australia on November 11, 2020.

Roger W. Jepsen (91) Iowa Republican and Reagan administration ally who served one term in the Senate before losing a 1984 reelection bid after it was revealed that he had joined a private health spa that was later shut down on prostitution charges. An Iowa state senator and lieutenant governor before his election to the Senate in 1978, Jepsen became a dedicated supporter of President Ronald Reagan’s conservative agenda of tax cuts and a defense buildup in the early ‘80s. Having grown up on a farm, a son and grandson of Danish-American farmers, he was a voice in Washington for the nation’s agricultural interests. Jepsen was the Reagan presidential campaign’s chief farm adviser in 1980 and helped to persuade the incoming president to lift a partial embargo on American grain sales to the Soviet Union that had been imposed by President Jimmy Carter after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. The embargo had minimal effects on the Soviet Union, which bought grain elsewhere, but American farmers had felt the brunt of the sanctions. Jepsen died in Bettendorf, Iowa on November 13, 2020.

Jerry Rawlings (73) Ghana’s former president who staged two coups and later led the West African country’s transition to a stable democracy. Rawlings was born in 1947 to a Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother who died in September at age 101. Trained as an air force officer, he came to power in 1979 after leading his first coup, then transferred power to civilian rule soon after. In December 1981 he staged a second coup and was Ghana’s military leader until he introduced multiparty elections in '92 that returned the country to democracy. He won the election, was sworn in as president in 1993, and served two elected four-year terms, leaving office in 2001. He died in the Ghanian capital, Accra, where he had been receiving treatment for a short illness, on November 12, 2020.

Amadou Toumani Touré (72) Mali’s former president. Touré was a major player in Malian democracy and supported the development of roads, bridges, schools, health centers, water, and electricity. He was head of state during the transition to democracy, then became known as the “soldier of democracy.” He was Mali’s president from 2002–12, when he was deposed by a military coup. Then he lived in exile in the neighboring West African nation of Senegal until late 2019, when he returned to Mali. He had undergone heart surgery in Bamako before being evacuated to Turkey, where he died on November 9, 2020.


Sports

Tom Heinsohn (86) Boston Celtics player, coach, and broadcaster who was with the team for all 17 of its NBA championships. A territorial draft pick by the Celtics in 1956, Heinsohn beat out teammate Bill Russell for the NBA’s rookie of the year award that season and tallied 39 points with 23 rebounds in Game 7 of the NBA finals against the St. Louis Hawks. It was the franchise’s first title—and the first of eight in nine years for Heinsohn and Russell. Heinsohn was the team’s leading scorer in four of the championship seasons. He was the Celtics' broadcaster for more than 40 years. He had suffered from diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but died of renal failure in Newton, Massachusetts on November 9, 2020.

Paul Hornung (84) “Golden Boy” of the Green Bay Packers whose ability to generate points as a runner, receiver, quarterback, and kicker helped to turn the team into an NFL dynasty. Hornung won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame as a quarterback but switched to halfback in the pros and was one of the NFL’s most dynamic players in Green Bay. He was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1961 and played on four championship teams (1961, ’62, ’65, and ’66). He was a favorite of Packers coach Vince Lombardi, who thought of the young star as a son and singled him out for praise and chastisement. Frequent fines for missing curfew were forgiven once the game started. In 2016 Hornung sued equipment manufacturer Riddell Inc., saying football helmets he wore during his professional career failed to protect him from brain injury. He suffered multiple concussions with the Packers and had been diagnosed with dementia, the lawsuit said. Hornung died in Louisville, Kentucky on November 13, 2020.

Lindy McDaniel (84) pitched for 21 years in the big leagues and became one of baseball’s most dependable relievers in spite of the mostly mediocre teams he played for. A right-hander, McDaniel pitched for five teams in both leagues—his longest stints were with the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees. He was just 19 when he began his career with the Cardinals in 1955, and by ‘57 he was in the starting rotation. In June that year his 18-year-old brother, Von, made his debut with the team, shutting out the Brooklyn Dodgers on two hits in his first start, then one-hitting the Pittsburgh Pirates a few weeks later. St. Louis fans were giddy at the prospect of the brothers at the top of the rotation, and comparisons were drawn to the previous Cardinal star siblings, Paul and Dizzy Dean. Life magazine proclaimed them “the Amazing McDaniel Boys.” But Von McDaniel was gone from the majors for good in less than a year. Lindy's success as a starter was also short-lived. The Cardinals’ manager, Solly Hemus, in May 1959 sent him to the bullpen, where he began throwing overhand. The change in motion changed his career as well. McDaniel led the National League with 16 saves in 1959 and 27 in ‘60. Over his last 16 seasons, he started just 15 times. He died of Covid-19 in Carrollton, Texas on November 14, 2020.

Howie Meeker (97) played on four Stanley Cup championship teams with the Toronto Maple Leafs and became a Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster for his colorful commentary, mostly with the hugely popular Hockey Night in Canada telecasts of the ‘70s and ’80s. Meeker was the National Hockey League's rookie of the year in 1947 and a three-time All-Star. In his commentary for the CBC network during intermissions at NHL Hockey Night games, he was a pioneer in using a telestrator to diagram the action on instant replay segments. He ordered the technicians to “stop it right there,” one of his trademark phrases, so that he could draw lines or circles identifying players who were, or weren’t, playing the game the way he thought they should. His analysis provided insight that had seldom been offered to viewers. Meeker died in Nanaimo, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, on November 8, 2020.


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