Carolyn Brady (67) artist known for her large Photorealist watercolor paintings of flowers in vases, table settings, and other scenes based on photographs that she took in and around her home. Brady's paintings, with their sharp focus, luminous colors, and dimensions as great as 60 x 90 inches, have a hyperrealistic visual impact rarely encountered in watercolor. Her works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among numerous other institutions. She died of complications after heart surgery in Rochester, Minnesota on May 5, 2005.
Tristan Egolf (33) author whose first novel—Lord of the Barnyard (1998), published when he was 27—moved some reviewers to compare his writing style to William Faulkner's. Egolf was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on May 7, 2005.
Joe Grant (96) legendary artist and writer who created such Disney characters as the queen-witch character in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, cowrote Dumbo, and conceived Lady & the Tramp with his wife. Grant worked at Disney for more than 60 years, starting on early movies like Snow White and later films like Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, and Mulan. His caricatures are included in the permanent Disney collection at the Smithsonian Institution. He died of a heart attack while working at the drawing board in his home studio in Glendale, California on May 6, 2005
Barbara Knutson (45) award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books who specialized in folk tales and the art of bookmaking. Knutson won the Minnesota Book Award in 1991 for How the Guinea Fowl Got Its Spots: A Swahili Tale of Friendship and in '94 for Sungura & Leopard: A Swahili Trickster Tale. Her latest book, Love & Roast Chicken, drawn from her travels in Peru with her husband, Chris Jensen, was included in the American Library Association's Notable Book listings for 2005. She died of a rare autoimmune deficiency disorder in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 7, 2005.
Robert Slutzky (75) painter, writer, and educator whose lifelong exploration of the connection between painting and architecture influenced a generation of postwar architects. Slutzky was a professor of art and architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art in New York for many years and was currently a professor of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote numerous publications that were fixtures in architecture schools worldwide and had paintings in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in Abington, Pennsylvania on May 3, 2005.
Jonathan Thomas (59) sculptor who exhibited widely in North America. Thomas worked in wood, wood pulp, polymer resin, and steel to create a series of abstract, African-inspired totems. He also exhibited related works called language robes, bannerlike constructions draped over armatures. The homosexual partner of award-winning playwright Edward Albee for 34 years, Thomas died of bladder cancer in New York City on May 2, 2005.
Mark Estrin (57) former screenwriter who cofounded and was vice president of Red Car Wine Co., a five-year-old Santa Barbara County winery known for its varietal Syrah and Pinot Noir wines and its distinctive labels, which contain lines of prose he wrote, each of which offers a new chapter in an ongoing '40s-era melodrama. Estrin wrote the TV movies Warm Hearts, Cold Feet (1987) and Bare Essentials (1991) with his brother. He died after surgery for a brain tumor, in Keizer, Oregon on May 7, 2005.
Rene Rivkin (61) flamboyant Australian millionaire stockbroker who fell from grace after being convicted of insider trading in 2003. Rivkin was a regular entertainer of celebrities and well known in Sydney for his collection of exotic cars, expensive yachts, and large circle of assistants. He was implicated in the death of model Caroline Byrne, girlfriend of his driver and executive assistant. Rivkin was found dead in his elderly mother’s Sydney, Australia home on May 1, 2005.
Philip Spaulding (92) naval architect who designed some of the world's largest ferry boats, some of which are still in use after nearly half a century. Spaulding was the designer of the first Boeing Co. hydroplane test vessel, various ocean-going ships, and ferries for Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington state. He was best known for the 440-foot jumbo-class Washington state ferries Walla Walla and Spokane. He died in Seattle, Washington on May 5, 2005.
Jan Roger van Oosten (71) passionate collector of parrots and other birds who became director of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle without academic training in zoology or animal husbandry. Van Oosten maintained aviaries and established breeding facilities for parrots and other birds in such places as the Solomon Islands and New Guinea and promoted the housing of various species together in close approximations of their natural habitat, even when the creatures included prey and predators (a few birds were lost in the crocodile pen, but the idea of cohabitation caught on and is now common in zoos worldwide). Van Oosten died while being treated for a blood clot, in Providence, Rhode Island on May 1, 2005.
Kenneth B. Clark (90) educator and psychologist who spent his life working for racial integration and improvement in the education of black children. Clark's pioneering study on the effects of racial discrimination was cited by the US Supreme Court in its historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Clark was the first black professor to gain tenure at City University of New York and was a former president of the American Psychological Association. He died in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York on May 1, 2005.
Elisabeth Fraser (85) durable character actress of stage, film, and TV who portrayed Sgt. Bilko’s love interest in the '50s series The Phil Silvers Show and enjoyed a 40-year acting career. Fraser also appeared in more than 30 films, including The Man Who Came to Dinner with Bette Davis, Young at Heart with Doris Day and Frank Sinatra, The Graduate, and her last, Nine to Five. She died of congestive heart failure in Woodland Hills, California on May 5, 2005.
Dale Guldan (51) newspaper photographer who turned a boyhood fascination with the camera into an award-winning career. Guldan's photos won dozens of awards, including four consecutive honors as Wisconsin News Photographer of the Year in the '80s. He died of a heart attack while exercising in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin basement on May 6, 2005.
Michael Kernan (78) writer whose graceful versatility helped to define the tone and literary flair of the Washington Post’s "Style"¯ section for 20 years. Kernan also published two books and wrote more than 100 articles for Smithsonian magazine. He died of pancreatic cancer in Bennington, Vermont on May 4, 2005.
June MacCloy (95) actress whose glamorous looks typified the Golden Age of Hollywood and whose deep singing voice set her apart. MacCloy died in Sonoma, California on May 5, 2005.
Isabelle Lennon Miller (85) mother of singing quartet the Lennon Sisters, one of Lawrence Welk’s most popular acts and the stars of their own TV show with Jimmy Durante. Miller died of congestive heart failure in Branson, Missouri on May 1, 2005.
Herb Sargent (81) legendary writer and TV producer, a former resident of the Writers Guild of America, East for 14 years and best known for more than 20 years as a writer-producer for Saturday Night Live. Sargent won six Emmys and six Writers Guild awards during his career and wrote for The Tonight Show¯ and The Steve Allen Show. He¯ died in New York City on May 6, 2005.
Raisa Struchkova (79) one of the Soviet Union’s leading ballerinas in the Bolshoi Ballet when that company first took audiences abroad by storm in the '50s and '60s. Struchkova was highly praised for her classical dancing and athleticism and became a star with her role in Cinderella. She also danced the leading female roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and Romeo & Juliet. She died in Moscow, Russia on May 2, 2005.
Miguel Contreras (52) son of migrant farmworkers who helped to revive southern California’s unions in recent years as head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, an association of 345 local unions known as the most influential political machine in southern California. Contreras died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on May 6, 2005.
Rafael L. Diaz-Balart (79) exiled Cuban politician and former brother-in-law of Cuban President Fidel Castro. Diaz-Balart fervently opposed Castro and his regime and founded the White Rose Party to fight Castro’s government. He was also the father of two US Congressmen from Florida. He died of leukemia in Key Biscayne, Florida on May 6, 2005.
Col. David H. Hackworth (74) retired US Army officer and decorated Vietnam veteran who spoke out against that war and later became a journalist and an advocate for military reform. Hackworth worked as a correspondent for Newsweek during the Gulf War and more recently criticized the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war in his columns for King Features Syndicate. He ignited a national debate in 2004 when he reported that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used a machine to sign condolence letters sent to the families of fallen soldiers (Rumsfeld later promised to sign each letter by hand). Hackworth was nearly court-martialed before he retired from the military in 1971 for speaking out against Vietnam and gave up his medals in protest (they were later reissued to him). He died of bladder cancer in Tijuana, Mexico on May 5, 2005.
Joe Moreno (40) Texas state representative elected in November 1998 to represent a district in Houston. Moreno was serving his fourth term in the House. He was involved for many years with the Harris County Tejano Democrats and the League of United Latin-American Citizens Council and was part of a group of lawmakers attempting to hit the petrochemical industry with fines and injunctions for hazardous air emissions. He was killed in a one-car accident near La Grange, Texas on May 6, 2005.
Floyd L. Paseman (64) retired senior Central Intelligence Agency official who chronicled his long career in the clandestine service from field spy to division chief in a 2005 memoir, A Spy’s Journey, in which he traced his overseas tours in Asia and Europe from the '60s to the '80s, when he recruited foreign operatives to spy for the US. Paseman joined the speakers' circuit as an authority on fighting terrorism after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He died of bone cancer in Williamsburg, Virginia on May 7, 2005.
Peter W. Rodino Jr. (95) former US congressman (D-NJ) named to the House Judiciary Committee just in time to lead the House impeachment investigation of Pres. Richard M. Nixon. Rodino was reelected to Congress 19 times and was known for sponsoring the bill that made Columbus Day a national holiday, besides aiding the passage of numerous civil rights bills and immigration reforms. He died of congestive heart failure in West Orange, New Jersey on May 7, 2005.
Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora (89) leader of Indian troops and Bangladeshi guerrillas in India's 1971 war with Pakistan. Aurora secured the surrender of 90,000 Pakistani soldiers during the war, leading to the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation. He died of a heart attack in New Delhi, India on May 6, 2005.
Betty Talmadge (81) ex-wife of the late US Sen. Herman E. Talmadge (D-Ga.) and a cookbook writer who opened her Jonesboro, Georgia home as a restaurant called Lovejoy Plantation. Betty Talmadge hosted elaborate parties for politicians and reporters close to her politically powerful family and claimed the home was an inspiration for Margaret Mitchell when she wrote Gone with the Wind. Talmadge was a prominent hostess and socialite in Washington and a frequent bridge partner of Lady Bird Johnson. She lost her own race for the Democrat nomination for Congress from the 6th District (a seat eventually won by Newt Gingrich). She died in Atlanta, Georgia on May 7, 2005.
Edward J. von Kloberg 3rd (63) lobbyist who made his fortune representing the political pariahs of the world including Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu, and Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko. Von Kloberg was known for his flamboyant lifestyle and eccentric behavior. He died in an apparent suicide when he jumped from the walls of a castle in Rome, Italy on May 1, 2005.
Wee Kim Wee (89) former president of Singapore (1985-93) who was also high commissioner to Malaysia and ambassador to Japan and South Korea before assuming the presidency. Wee died of prostate cancer in Singapore on May 2, 2005.
Wankie the African Elephant (36) last of three African elephants brought to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in 2003 over the objections of animal activists. Wankie was transported 1,400 miles from Chicago to Salt Lake City to be with other elephants after the deaths of her two companion elephants. She was euthanized after she became weakened by a lung infection during the trip, in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 1, 2005.
Wilhelmina Goehring Harvey (93) well-known philanthropist and direct descendant of English and German families who settled in Florida. Harvey was the first living person inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame for 50 years of volunteer work. An exhibition room at the Key West Art & History Museum was dedicated to her. She died in Key West, Florida on May 3, 2005.
Bob Hunter (63) Canadian who cofounded the environmental group Greenpeace. Hunter was a columnist for the Vancouver (BC) Sun in the '60s and used his savvy as a journalist to turn the environmental group’s fight into an international cause, building it to a presence in 40 countries with more than 2.5 million members worldwide. Most recently he was an ecology broadcaster for Canadian media. He died of prostate cancer in Toronto, Canada on May 2, 2005.
Martin Koliser (32) Ohio death row inmate who thanked jurors for recommending that he be sentenced to death for killing a police officer. Koliser was found dead on the floor of his cell, an apparent suicide, a half-hour after guards had last checked on him, in Mansfield, Ohio on May 7, 2005.
Jack Nichols (67) writer, editor, and a pioneering member of the gay rights movement in the US. Nichols helped to found chapters of the legendary Mattachine Society, an early support group for gays, in Florida and Washington, DC in the early and mid-'60s. He helped to plan some of the nation’s first gay and lesbian civil rights demonstrations, including a protest outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on July 4, 1965. He was among the first gay activists to challenge the American Psychiatric Association’s position that homosexuality was a mental illness. Nichols died of cancer in Cocoa Beach, Florida on May 2, 2005.
Lonnie Wayne Pursley (43) Texas killer convicted of robbing and fatally beating a man who gave him a ride while he was on parole. Pursley previously turned down an offer of life in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. He was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on May 3, 2005.
Earl Richmond Jr. (43) North Carolina killer of two women and a pair of young children who claimed to have found religion and transformed himself while in prison. Richmond was executed by lethal injection at Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 6, 2005.
Evelyn Roberts (88) wife of evangelist Oral Roberts. The couple were married more than 66 years and built Oral Roberts' TV ministry and university. Evelyn was the author of several books, including His Darling Wife, Evelyn, Heaven Has a Floor, and Evelyn Roberts’ Miracle Life Stories. Evelyn Roberts died a day after she fell in the parking lot of a dentist’s office, striking her head on the pavement and causing massive internal bleeding, in Newport Beach, California on May 4, 2005.
Ted Atkinson (88) Hall of Fame jockey nicknamed "The Slasher" because of his free use of the whip. Atkinson won 3,795 races and came within one race of the Triple Crown (he won both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes aboard Cabot in 1949). He rode most of his races aboard Tom Fool, the 1953 Horse of the Year, and enjoyed a 22 year career. Atkinson died in Beaver Dam, Virginia on May 5, 2005.
Donald Canham (87) former University of Michigan athletic director who made the school into a modern sports marketing powerhouse. Canham's teams won 72 Big 10 championships during his 20-year tenure as athletic director. He was among the pioneers of merchandise licensing and launched the first major direct-mail advertising program to sell football and other sports tickets. He died of excessive internal bleeding after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a tree in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 3, 2005.
Vince Cazetta (79) one of the most successful men’s basketball coaches in Seattle University history. Cazetta later coached the Pittsburgh Pipers of the American Basketball Association to the 1968 league title. He died in Hartford, Connecticut on May 4, 2005.
Theo Middelkamp (91) former world champion cyclist and first Dutchman to win a stage in the Tour de France in 1936. Middelkamp also won the road race world title in Reims, France in 1947. He died in his sleep in Brussels, Belgium on May 2, 2005.