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Sen. Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy, last of four Kennedy brothersBerle Adams, former international TV program distributorAbdul-Aziz al-Hakim, Iraqi Shiite political leaderPeter Baird, high-profile Arizona attorneyHyman Bloom, postwar painterChris Connor, cool jazz singerJoseph Corbett Jr., convicted Colorado murdererChanel, world’s oldest dogDominick Dunne, chronicled crimes of rich and famousRichard Egan, founder of EMC Corp.William A. Emerson Jr., Southern journalistLarry Frankel, ACLU lobbyistFrank Gardner, Australian race driverNikos Garoufallou, Greek actorYvonne Genovese, woman accused of providing alcohol to minorsAdam Goldstein (aka “DJ AM”), party-performing disc jockeyRobert L. Goza, retired Missippi judgeAlex Grass, founder of Rite Aid Corp.Ellie Greenwich, pop songwriterJanullah Hashimzada, Afghan journalistLewis Royall Holding, former chairman of First Citizens BancSharesRyan Jenkins and murder victim Jasmine FioreStanley H. Kaplan, founder of first US test prep companyKathryn Kennedy, California vintnerAlan F. Kiepper, improved troubled public transit systems of Atlanta and NYCWilliam Korey, lobbyist for B’nai B’rithDavid Laut, 1984 Olympics shot putterJoan Hecht Lorber, survived WWII sinking of ocean linerJames Lord, expatriate author of artists’ biographiesDaniel and Michael Madders, British ornithologist and sonKhalid bin Mahfouz, billionaire Saudi bankerDr. Bozorg Mahmoody, retired Iranian physicianJoe Maneri, teacher of improvisational musicJack Michon, Emmy-winning editor of ‘Taxi’Sergei Mikhalkov, Russian authorRev. Carl K. Moeddel, administrator in Cincinnati archdioceseMarty Murphy, ‘Playboy’ cartoonistKurt Niklas, former Beverly Hills restaurateurCarleton Penn 2nd, Virginia circuit court judgeFrank E. Robins 3rd, last family owner of Arkansas newspaperDorothy Saika, mother of late actor Pat MoritaToni Sailer, 1956 Olympic skiing championRobert Schindler, father of right-to-die figure Terri SchiavoDave Smith, college football coachWayne Tippit, veteran TV character actorT. J. Turner, defensive lineman with Miami DolphinsGuy von Dardel, half-brother of Raoul WallenbergWilliam J. Williams Sr., co-owner of Cincinnati RedsRoy Wilson, Riverside County, Calif. supervisor

Art and Literature

Hyman Bloom (96) reclusive painter who for a brief time in the ‘40s and ’50s was regarded as a precursor to the Abstract Expressionists and one of the most significant American artists of the post-World War II era. Bloom died in Nashua, New Hampshire on August 26, 2009.

Dominick Dunne (83) US author who told stories of shocking crimes among the rich and famous through his magazine articles and best-selling books, including Another City, Not My Own, about O. J. Simpson’s murder trial. A former Hollywood producer who turned to writing after years of battling drug and alcohol abuse, Dunne wrote a column for Vanity Fair magazine and five best-selling novels that centered on scandal and crime in high society. He was the brother of novelist John Gregory Dunne (d. 2003). Dominick Dunne died of bladder cancer in New York City on August 26, 2009.

James Lord (86) New Jersey-born friend of artists Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti whose biographies of them and personal memoirs of others like Gertrude Stein and Jean Cocteau describe the artistic milieu of Montparnasse after World War II. Lord died of a heart attack in Paris, France on August 23, 2009.

Sergei Mikhalkov (96) Russian author favored by Stalin who wrote the lyrics for the Soviet and Russian national anthems, persecuted dissident writers as part of the Soviet propaganda machine, and fathered two noted film directors. Mikhalkov died in Moscow, Russia on August 27, 2009.

Marty Murphy (76) cartoonist with several TV credits whose work appeared in Playboy magazine. Murphy worked as a production designer for animated shows including Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962) and as a character designer for shows including Wait ‘til Your Father Gets Home (1972-74). He also worked in TV as a storyboard artist and writer. He had 348 works published in Playboy (1963-2009). Murphy died in Los Angeles, California on August 27, 2009.

Business and Science

Richard Egan (73) business executive who rose from Boston street kid to US ambassador to Ireland (2001-02) after making millions of dollars founding data storage giant EMC Corp. Egan suffered from emphysema, diabetes, and high blood pressure; he died after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in May, in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28, 2009.

Alex Grass (82) founder of Rite Aid Corp. who built it into one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. Grass also was a philanthropist who contributed to civic, health, and educational organizations. He died after a 10-year battle with lung cancer, in Harrisburg, Pennyvania on August 27, 2009.

Lewis Royall Holding (81) retired chairman of First Citizens BancShares who for more than 50 years helped to expand the banking company from a regional base in North Carolina to more than 400 branches from coast to coast. Holding spent 50 years as chief executive of the Raleigh-based parent company of First Citizens Bank and IronStone Bank before turning over the reins to his nephew in 2008. He died in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 29, 2009.

Kathryn Kennedy (82) California vintner who took up winemaking in her 40s and produced highly rated cabernet sauvignon at her tiny estate winery in Saratoga, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Kennedy was among the first women in California to establish a wine label in her own name. She died of cancer in Saratoga, California on August 23, 2009.

Michael Madders (52) British ornithologist and wildlife expert known for his studies of hen harriers and sea eagles, a popular and respected figure in the ornithological community because of his close association with the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) for more than 20 years. Madders drowned with his son Daniel (7) when their canoe capsized in Loch Maree, Wester Ross, in the Scottish Highlands on August 23, 2009.

Khalid bin Mahfouz (60) billionaire Saudi banker who paid $225 million to settle charges of bank fraud in 1993 and later won a string of lawsuits in Britain against writers who had accused him of supporting terrorism. Mahfouz died of a heart attack in Jidda, Saudi Arabia on August 23, 2009.

Kurt Niklas (83) German-born restaurateur whose Beverly Hills watering holes, the Bistro and the Bistro Garden, catered for decades to a high-powered crowd of the film industry and high society. Niklas died of a stroke in Los Angeles, California on August 25, 2009.

Guy von Dardel (90) particle physicist who tried for years to find his half-brother Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat credited with saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Von Dardel never accepted Soviet authorities’ claims that Wallenberg died in a Soviet prison in 1947, two years after the Soviets arrested him in Budapest on spying charges. Von Dardel died in Geneva, Switzerland on August 28, 2009.


Stanley H. Kaplan (90) founder of the US’s first test preparation company. Kaplan started Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Centers Ltd. from his parents’ Brooklyn home in 1938 to help students with SAT and other admissions tests; it later became a chain of over 100 centers nationally. He died of heart failure in New York City on August 23, 2009.

Joe Maneri (82) composer of jazz and classical music, a saxophonist and clarinetist recognized late in life as an original in experimental, improvisational music. Maneri was a teacher at the New England Conservatory in Boston for 37 years, emphasizing theory, composition, and performance technique. He died of heart failure in Boston, Massachusetts on August 24, 2009. Photo by C. Neil Scott.

News and Entertainment

Berle Adams (92) onetime big-band booking agent who cofounded Mercury Records in the ‘40s and later became a senior executive at Music Corporation of America (MCA) before launching his own successful business as an international TV program sales representative and distributor. Adams died in Los Angeles, California on August 25, 2009.

Chris Connor (81) jazz singer admired for her inventive rhythmic alterations of ballads, smoky voice, and emotional intensity. Connor belonged to the cool school of jazz singers that included Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chet Baker, and Julie London. She gained renown for her recording of "All About Ronnie” and other singles with the Stan Kenton Orchestra before going solo in 1953. She died of cancer in Toms River, New Jersey on August 29, 2009.

William A. Emerson Jr. (86) journalist and author who covered civil rights as part of a group of Southern reporters and later was editor in chief of the Saturday Evening Post. Emerson had been in ill health after suffering a stroke in 2008 and died in Atlanta, Georgia on August 25, 2009.

Nikos Garoufallou (72) Greek actor best known for his roles in several theatrical productions. Garoufallou became more widely familiar through his appearances on the popular TV series Peri Winds & Waters, Life, and In the Light of the Moon. He was killed in a car accident in Athens, Greece on August 25, 2009.

Adam Goldstein (36) disc jockey for hire, known as DJ AM, who became a celebrity in his own right. Goldstein performed at Hollywood’s most exclusive parties and was famous for his past relationships with reality TV star Nichole Richie and actress-singer Mandy Moore. He was found dead at his apartment with drug paraphernalia, less than a year after surviving a South Carolina plane crash that killed four people, in New York City on August 28, 2009.

Ellie Greenwich (68) songwriter who wrote such classic pop songs as "Chapel of Love,” "River Deep, Mountain High,” and "Be My Baby” with Phil Spector. Greenwich died of a heart attack at a New York City hospital, where she had been admitted a few days earlier with pneumonia, on August 26, 2009.

Janullah Hashimzada (40) Afghan journalist, bureau chief for Afghanistan’s popular Shamshad TV channel in Peshawar, Pakistan who later became an outspoken critic of the violent Islamic militant group Taliban. Hashimzada was shot and killed by unknown assailants during an apparent ambush while driving on the northwestern Afghan-Pakistan border of Khyber Pass on August 24, 2009.

Jack Michon (75) Emmy-winning editor (1980-81) of the sitcom Taxi who also produced features and documentaries. Michon suffered from encephalitis but died of heart failure in Torrance, California on August 29, 2009.

Frank E. Robins 3rd (80) former publisher and last family owner of the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper in Arkansas. Robins’ grandfather, J. W. Robins, purchased the newspaper in a trade for his sawmill in 1894; the newspaper remained in the family’s hands when a young Frank Robins 3rd joined the newsroom in 1949. He died in Conway, Arkansas on August 29, 2009.

Dorothy Saika (95) mother of late screen actor Pat Morita (d. 2005), best remembered for his role as karate instructor Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movie series. Saika died in Sacramento, California on August 26, 2009.

Wayne Tippit (76) veteran character actor who played Ted Adamson on the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow in the ‘70s and ‘80s, then became Palmer Woodward on Fox’s primetime potboiler Melrose Place. Tippit also appeared in guest roles on TV, including in LA Law, Matlock, and Diagnosis Murder. He received a lung transplant in 2000 and died of emphysema in Los Angeles, California on August 28, 2009.

Politics and Military

Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim (59) scion of an Iraqi clerical family who led rising Shiite Muslim power after the fall of Saddam Hussein to become one of his country’s most powerful politicians. Al-Hakim was a kingmaker in Iraq’s politics, working behind the scenes as head of the country’s biggest Shiite political party. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2007 after tests at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston but chose to receive his chemotherapy treatment in Iran. He died in Tehran, Iran on August 26, 2009.

Larry Frankel (54) longtime lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Frankel’s body was discovered in a park in Washington, DC, where he had been working since 2008 as Pennsylvania state legislative counsel. He died of natural causes, apparently while jogging, on August 28, 2009.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (77) third-longest-serving senator (D-Mass., 1963-2009) in US history and last of the four Kennedy brothers from an American political dynasty. Ted Kennedy’s own hopes of reaching the White House were doomed in 1969 by the scandal known as Chappaquiddick. He was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May 2008 and underwent surgery and a grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy. He died just two weeks after the death of his elder sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on August 25, 2009.

Alan F. Kiepper (81) public transportation executive who led the construction of Atlanta’s rapid transit system, one of the first of its kind in the South, and later took over the New York transit system at a time when many people were afraid to ride the subway. Kiepper died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm in Annapolis, Maryland on August 26, 2009.

William Korey (87) lobbyist on international issues for B’nai B’rith who fought for the interests of Jews in the Soviet Union and helped to win a long battle to get the US to ratify the international genocide convention. In 1988, both houses of the US Congress passed a bill to make genocide a crime under US law. Korey died of complications from cardiac arrhythmia in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 26, 2009.

Joan Hecht Lorber (80) American woman who made headlines in 1939 at age 10 when she survived the sinking of the British passenger cruise liner SS Athenia, bound for Montreal from Liverpool. The ship was 250 miles northwest of Ireland when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the early days of World War II. Joan Hecht and her governess were among 982 survivors of the sinking, in which 118 passengers were lost. She died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Boca Raton, Florida on August 26, 2009.

Roy Wilson (74) former Riverside County, Calif. supervisor who since 1994 represented a large district that includes Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley and extends to the Arizona border. Wilson championed public safety, led the way in highway improvements as population boomed in the area, and fought for better living conditions for migrant farmworkers. He died in Palm Desert, California on August 26, 2009.

Society and Religion

Peter Baird (68) attorney who argued several high-profile cases during a 43-year career. Baird unsuccessfully defended Ernesto Arturo Miranda on criminal charges after the landmark 1966 Miranda v. Arizona decision, which said that police must inform criminal suspects of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent before they are questioned. Baird was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia about two weeks before his death in Phoenix, Arizona on August 27, 2009.

Joseph Corbett Jr. (80) onetime Fulbright scholar and convicted murderer sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1960 botched kidnapping and murder of brewery heir Adolph Coors 3rd. Corbett had served 19 years in prison before being released on parole in 1980, during which he maintained his innocence in the Coors slaying in one of Colorado’s most notorious cases of the 20th century. He was found dead of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his home in Denver, Colorado on August 24, 2009.

Chanel the Dachshund (21) wire-haired female dachshund that held the record as the world’s oldest dog and celebrated her last birthday with a party at a dog hotel and spa. Chanel was 147 in dog years. She died of natural causes at the home of her owners, Denice and Karl Shaughnessy, in suburban Port Jefferson Station, Long Island, New York on August 28, 2009.

Yvonne Genovese (34) Illinois woman awaiting trial on four counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors for allegedly providing alcohol and cigarettes to a group of underaged teens during a New Year’s Eve party at her suburban home in 2008. Genovese was also accused of later taking four underaged girls to vandalize the home of a fifth girl who had posted information about the party online. She had been set to appear in court for a status hearing on Sept. 15. She was found dead at her home of undetermined causes in Algonquin, Illinois on August 27, 2009.

Robert L. Goza (76) retired circuit judge and decorated Korean War veteran who spent 15 years as a circuit court judge in central Mississippi’s Madison and Rankin counties. Among Goza’s most notable cases were hearings in the 1997 shooting rampage at Pearl High School and the murder trial of a South African teenager that received international attention the same year. He died of cancer in Canton, Mississippi on August 24, 2009.

Ryan Jenkins (32) reality show contestant wanted for murder in the death and mutilation of his ex-wife, model and aspiring actress Jasmine Fiore. Her body was found Aug. 20 in a trash bin in Buena Park, Calif., near Los Angeles. Jenkins was recently a contestant on the VH1 reality show Megan Wants a Millionaire. He was found hanged, an apparent suicide, in a motel in Hope, British Columbia, Canada, east of Vancouver, on August 23, 2009.

Dr. Bozorg Mahmoody (70) retired Iranian physician whose American ex-wife Betty portrayed him as abusive and domineering in the controversial best-seller Not Without My Daughter, which she wrote after fleeing Iran with the couple’s daughter Mahtob in 1984. The book and its 1991 movie adaptation, starring Sally Field, were met with angry reactions from Iranians offended by what they considered a biased depiction of their culture. Betty Mahmoody claimed in her book that her husband took the family to Iran on what was intended as a short visit but later forced them to stay and prevented her from leaving for the US with their daughter. Bozorg Mahmoody died of kidney failure in Tehran, Iran on August 23, 2009.

Rev. Carl K. Moeddel (71) former second-ranking administrator of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Moeddel was director of priest personnel and an auxiliary bishop; his other positions included parish priest and past president of the Ohio Council of Churches. He had a stroke several years ago and suffered from diabetes, then resigned in 2007. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 25, 2009.

Carleton Penn 2nd (86) longtime Virginia circuit court judge who presided over two high-profile hunt-country murder trials in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including the 1998 trial of millionaire heiress Susan Cummings, convicted of manslaughter, who served only 60 days in prison for killing her boyfriend, Roberto Villegas, an Argentine polo star. Penn died from injuries received in a July 17 car accident, in Conway, New Hampshire on August 26, 2009.

Robert Schindler (71) father of Terri Schiavo, who courts ruled was in a "persistent vegetative state” and became a national symbol in a right-to-die fight. Schiavo, whose heart stopped in 1990, died in 2005 when her feeding tube was removed at her husband’s request after years of legal wrangling between him and her parents, who insisted she could be helped with therapy. Schindler died of heart failure in St. Petersburg, Florida on August 29, 2009.


Frank Gardner (78) Australian race driver who made eight Formula One starts in the ‘60s. Gardner made his first F1 start at the British Grand Prix in 1964 and his last at the ‘68 Italian Grand Prix. He won the European Formula 2 championship, three British saloon car titles, and the European 5000 championship and made 14 starts in the Le Mans 24-hour race. He died on Australia’s Gold Coast on August 29, 2009.

David Laut (52) winner of a bronze medal for the US in the shot put at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Laut also won two NCAA titles at UCLA and a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games. He was shot to death after confronting intruders outside his Ventura County, California home on August 28, 2009.

Toni Sailer (73) Austrian skiing great who in 1956 became the first athlete to win all three alpine ski events at a Winter Olympics. Sailer won gold in the downhill, slalom, and giant slalom at the 1956 Cortina Olympics in Italy; at the world championships there, he took gold in the downhill, slalom, giant slalom, and combined. He died in Innsbruck, Austria on August 24, 2009.

Dave Smith (76) former Oklahoma State and Southern Methodist University football coach. Smith led OSU during the 1972 season, going 6-5; his record at SMU (1973-75) was 16-15-2. He died of cancer in Burleson, Texas on August 29, 2009.

T. J. Turner (46) former Miami Dolphins defensive lineman. Turner played defensive end and nose tackle in seven seasons with the Dolphins (1986-92), compiling 16 sacks in 101 career games. He was an All-Southwest Conference player at Houston before the Dolphins drafted him in the third round in 1986. He suffered a stroke last week and died in Bryan, Texas on August 24, 2009.

William J. Williams Sr. (93) one of the owners of the Cincinnati Reds from their Big Red Machine days. Williams was part of a small group that bought the team in 1966 and later celebrated back-to-back World Series championships (1975-76). His family sold controlling interest in the team in 1985, but in 2006 his two sons were part of a group that bought controlling interest in the Reds, along with businessman Bob Castellini. Williams Sr. died in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 23, 2009.

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