John Wilde (86) American surrealist associated with the Magic Realist school of painting, whose fantastic, darkly humorous images brought him fame far beyond his native Wisconsin. Wilde died of cancer in Cooksville, Wisconsin on March 9, 2006.
Dr. Lawrence M. Brass (49) Yale neurologist and leader in the field of stroke research who played a major role in linking a common decongestant to a possible increased risk of strokes. Brass died of lung cancer in Woodbridge, Connecticut on March 8, 2006.
Dr. Joseph H. Burchenal (93) New York City oncologist and winner of a prestigious Lasker Medical Research Award, who did pioneering work with drug treatments for leukemia and other kinds of cancer. Burchenal died of heart failure in Hanover, New Hampshire on March 8, 2006.
Willy Frank (80) winemaker whose war refugee father ushered in the vinifera revolution in the eastern US by proving in the '60s that the delicate European grapes could be grown in a cool climate. Frank took over the Dr. Konstantin Vinifera Wine Cellars in 1984. He died in his sleep during a business trip, in Naples, Florida on March 7, 2006.
William R. Gould (86) former southern California Edison executive who championed the development of renewable and alternative power sources decades before the concept was commonly accepted. Gould died of a stroke in Long Beach, California on March 11, 2006.
Jack Kroustalis (74) winery owner credited with helping to start North Carolina's wine industry. Kroustalis opened Westbend Vineyard in 1988 and helped to propel the growth of the industry in his state, which has seen the number of wineries and vineyards grow from 21 in 2000 to more than 50 in '06. He died of pneumonia in Lewisville, North Carolina on March 5, 2006.
Andrall E. Pearson (80) former president of PepsiCo and founding chairman of Tricon Global Restaurants Inc. (now Yum Brands Inc.), the parent company of Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Taco Bell. Pearson was chairman and chief executive of the company until 2000 and remained on Yum's board until his death from a heart attack in Palm Beach, Florida on March 11, 2006.
Helen O. Petrauskas (61) Ford Motor Company's top safety official who helped to introduce air bags as standard equipment in cars and was at the center of many major controversies. Petrauskas was primarily vice president of environmental and safety engineering and was the automaker's first female and then-youngest VP. She died of heart disease in Pontiac, Michigan on March 8, 2006.
Rodney Strong (78) dancer turned winemaker and a renowned champion of northern California's Sonoma County wine-growing region. Strong was known for promoting high-quality winemaking practices in Sonoma County and for traveling the country to promote the region's wines. He died of a stroke in Healdsburg, California on March 5, 2006.
Glenn Olds (85) Kent State University president in the aftermath of the 1970 killings of four students by National Guardsmen. Olds helped students to find constructive ways of bringing about change after the tragic event. He was a consultant to President John F. Kennedy on the creation of the Peace Corps and played a role in the formation of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). He died of heart and kidney diseases in Sherwood, Oregon on March 11, 2006.
Ronald Satz (62) university administrator and Native American historian who specialized in treaties and treaty rights and wrote the book Chippewa Treaty Rights (1991), which won an award of merit from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Satz's book was introduced into evidence by Wisconsin's Chippewa bands in the 1998 Mille Lacs case before the US Supreme Court. He died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 7, 2006.
Sam Chu Lin (67) pioneering Asian-American journalist known for his coverage of Asian communities. Chu Lin was one of the first Asian-American reporters to rise to network news when he worked for CBS News in the '70s. He wrote columns and articles on Asian-American affairs for Asian Week, Rafu Shimpo, and the San Francisco Examiner. He had been working as a reporter for KTTV Fox 11 since 1995. He died after becoming ill at a Burbank, California airport upon arriving on a flight from Phoenix, Arizona on March 5, 2006.
King Floyd 3rd (61) New Orleans soul singer and songwriter best known for his 1970 hit "Groove Me," which reached No. 1 on the R&B chart and No. 6 on the pop chart. Floyd died of complications from a stroke and diabetes in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 6, 2006.
Peter Halasz (62) Hungarian-born avant-garde playwright, actor, and director who founded the Squat-Love Theater collective, an off-off-Broadway ensemble of the '80s. Halasz died of liver cancer just a month after staging his own funeral at an art museum in Budapest, Hungary, in Brooklyn, New York on March 9, 2006.
Howard Jackson (54) actor who parlayed his martial arts skills into stunt work with Chuck Norris in films and TV. Jackson trained with Norris at his Torrance, California studio and with his traveling team of martial artists and later worked as Norris’s body guard and personal trainer. Jackson also acted and performed stunts in The Delta Force (1986) and other martial arts-themed films. He died of leukemia in Duarte, California on March 7, 2006.
Elle Johnson (83) mainstay of modern dance and choreography in Los Angeles, known for weaving ethnic themes into her dances and performing them with members of her own troupe, the Elle Johnson Dance Company. Johnson taught modern dance for more than 50 years. She died in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 2006.
John Junkin (76) British actor and scriptwriter with a show-business career that spanned 40 years and encompassed some of the best-known TV series of the '60s and '70s, including All Creatures Great & Small. Junkin was a prolific contributor to programs such as The Benny Hill Show and a regular guest on the panel game shows Blankety Blank, Give Us a Clue, and Crosswits, besides hosting his own TV show, Junkin, for four years. He died of lung cancer in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England on March 7, 2006.
Anna Moffo (73) American soprano beloved for her rosy voice, dramatic vulnerability, and exceptional beauty. Moffo hosted her own variety show on Italian TV for many years. She died of a stroke after grappling with breast cancer for 10 years, in New York City on March 9, 2006.
Gordon Parks (93) ground-breaking photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist, and film director, the first black American photojournalist at Life magazine and the first black film director to helm a film for a major studio when he directed The Learning Tree (1969). But Parks gained greater fame for directing the film Shaft (1971). He died of cancer in New York City on March 7, 2006.
Dana Reeve (44) actress, singer, and founding board member and chairwoman of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation who was married to Superman actor Christopher Reeve from 1992 until his death in 2004. Dana Reeve died of lung cancer in New York City on March 6, 2006.
Ali Farka Touré (68) traditional African musician who won two Grammys and was one of Africa's most famous performers. Touré played a traditional Malian stringed instrument called the gurke and was best known overseas for his 1995 collaboration with American guitarist Ry Cooder on Talking Timbuktu (1994), which netted him his first of two Grammys. He won another Grammy earlier in 2006 in the traditional world music album category for his In the Heart of the Moon album. He died of bone cancer in Bamako, Mali on March 7, 2006.
Rhoda Williams (75) character actress who appeared in many films in the ‘40s and ‘50s such as House of Strangers, Cinderella (she was the voice of Cinderella’s stepsister Drizella), The Corn Is Green, and National Velvet and made guest appearances on TV shows such as The Twilight Zone, Felony Squad, The Big Valley, and Search. Williams died in Eugene, Oregon on March 8, 2006.
Milan Babic (50) Serb leader of a rebel republic in Croatia and one of the key figures in the Balkan wars of the '90s. Babic was serving 13 years for crimes against humanity when he committed suicide in his prison cell in Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague, The Netherlands, on March 5, 2006.
John T. Kramer (68) legal scholar and champion of civil rights who helped to shape the nation's poverty laws. Kramer began his career in public policy in 1965, when he became counsel to Rep. Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY) on the House Committee on Education & Labor. He died of diabetes in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 8, 2006.
John J. McFall (88) San Joaquin Valley, California congressman who served 11 terms before ethics questions doomed his career. McFall died of complications from a broken hip and Parkinson's disease, in Alexandria, Virginia on March 7, 2006.
Slobodan Milosevic (65) former Yugoslav leader who orchestrated the Balkan wars of the '90s and had been on trial for war crimes since February 2002, defending himself against 66 counts, including genocide, in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Milosevic was found dead in his prison cell at the United Nations detention center near The Hague, The Netherlands on March 11, 2006.
Russell C. Paris (80) retired Army colonel who rose from planning commissioner to city councilman in 2000. Paris served for 16 years as a city planning commissioner and in other positions before being appointed to the Westminster (Calif.) City Council in 2000 to replace Margie Rice. He died of cancer in Westminster, California on March 7, 2006.
John Profumo (91) former British Secretary of State for War whose 1963 liaison with a prostitute, Christine Keeler, at the same time she was seeing a Soviet naval attaché and intelligence agent, nearly brought down a government. Profumo spent more than 40 years redeeming himself with charity work for London's poor. His affair was the subject of the movie Scandal (1989). He died two days after suffering a stroke, in London, England on March 9, 2006.
Eleanor Slater (97) former Democrat lawmaker and party activist praised for her work on mental health and fair housing issues. Slater was known as a pioneer for women in Rhode Island politics who took on many roles throughout her nearly 20-year career in public office. She died in North Kingstown, Rhode Island on March 11, 2006.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth L. Tallman (80) former superintendent at the US Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado (1977-81) and a former president of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Tallman died in Tallahassee, Florida on March 6, 2006.
Sandra Lee Wirth (60) New York State assemblywoman and real estate agent inspired to run for office after an increase in the real estate transfer tax. Wirth later won two terms in the Erie County Legislature. She died of cancer in Buffalo, New York on March 11, 2006.
Delbert E. Wong (85) judge who became the first Chinese-American appointed to the bench in the continental United States. Wong died of a heart attack in Glendale, California on March 10, 2006.
Anne Braden (81) longtime civil rights activist best known for trying to dismantle segregation by purchasing a home for a black family in an all-white Kentucky neighborhood in the '50s. Braden was also active in antiwar and women's liberation movements. She died of pneumonia and dehydration in Louisville, Kentucky on March 6, 2006.
John M. Falotico (82) former New York City detective best known for arresting David R. Berkowitz, the notorious Son of Sam killer. Falotico died of colon cancer in North Brunswick, New Jersey on March 11, 2006.
Tom Fox (54) American Christian aid worker kidnapped in 2005 in Iraq. Fox was abducted Nov. 26 with three other workers from Christian Peacemaker Teams. He was found murdered in Iraq on March 10, 2006.
Mary Barden Keegan (84) founder of Houston's End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization that today serves about 3.2 million meals a year to half a million Houston residents who receive emergency food assistance. Keegan died of heart failure in Houston, Texas on March 9, 2006.
Luna the Killer Whale (6) orphaned killer whale who arrived in Nootka Sound, British Columbia, in 2001 after becoming separated from his pod. Luna was considered a nuisance by many boaters in the Sound who threatened to dynamite, harpoon, or shoot him. He died after being struck by a tugboat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada on March 10, 2006.
Rosemary Kooiman (77) retired government worker and self-described witch who won the legal right to perform pagan weddings in Virginia. Kooiman was the high priestess of a group she founded called the Nomadic Chantry of the Gramarye. She died of a heart attack in Laurel, Maryland on March 5, 2006.
Richard Kuklinski (70) notorious Mafia hit man known as "The Iceman" who claimed to have killed more than 100 people and was the subject of several books and two cable TV documentaries. Kuklinski died in Trenton, New Jersey on March 5, 2006.
Norman Leonard (92) chief legal architect for the longshoremen's union whose eloquent legal brief was critical in persuading the US Supreme Court to overturn a perjury conviction against union founder Harry Bridges in the '50s. Leonard died of heart failure in San Francisco, California on March 7, 2006.
Nena O'Neill (82) half of the husband-and-wife team whose best-selling book, Open Marriage (1972), helped to spread the youthful sexual revolution of the '60s to the middle-aged, middle-class Middle America of the '70s. O'Neill died of respiratory failure in New York City on March 9, 2006.
Mortimo Planno (85) Jamaican philosopher regarded as a key figure in the development of the Rastafarian religion. Planno taught the principles of Rastafarianism at his home in the Kingston ghetto of Trench Town to students that included the late singer Bob Marley (perhaps the world's best-known adherent of the movement). Planno died of complications from a thyroid condition, in Kingston, Jamaica on March 6, 2006.
Harry Seidler (82) one of Australia's most highly regarded architects, who helped to shape the Sydney skyline. Seidler died in Sydney, Australia on March 9, 2006.
Daniel DeLaVergne (29) whitewater kayaker who paddled one of North America's most dangerous rivers in less than 10 hours. DeLaVergne was named by National Geographic Adventure magazine as a 2005 Adventurer of the Year for paddling the 50-mile run of the Stikine River in British Columbia with three other kayakers. He was struck and killed by a train while camping in the High Ridge Tunnel near Ridgecrest, North Carolina on March 8, 2006.
Bernie ("Boom Boom") Geoffrion (75) hockey Hall of Famer credited with inventing the slap shot. Geoffrion helped to lead powerhouse Montreal teams to six Stanley Cups in the '50s and early '60s and was first coach of the Flames, before they moved from Atlanta to Calgary, guiding the team to the playoffs in only their second season. He died of stomach cancer hours before his No. 5 jersey was retired by the Montreal Canadiens, in Atlanta, Georgia on March 11, 2006.
Douglas Hamilton (43) Los Angeles Galaxy president and general manager, a two-time Major League Soccer Executive of the Year. Hamilton died from an apparent heart attack while flying back from the team’s CONCACAF Champions Cup match in Costa Rica on March 9, 2006.
Kirby Puckett (45) baseball Hall of Famer who led the Minnesota Twins to two World Series titles in 1987 and '91 before his career was cut short by glaucoma. Puckett was the only baseball player in the 20th century to record 1,000 hits in his first five full calendar years in the major leagues. He won six Gold Gloves and made 10 All-Star game appearances. He died of a stroke in Phoenix, Arizona on March 6, 2006.
Jesus Rollan (37) former Olympic water polo champion considered one of the best goalkeepers in the sport. Rollan won gold with Spain at the 1998 and 2001 world championships and at the '96 Atlanta Olympics. He competed in five Olympics, winning silver at Barcelona in 1992 before retiring after the 2004 Athens Games. He died after falling from the rooftop terrace at a spa where he had been receiving treatment for depression, in Madrid, Spain on March 11, 2006.
John Sandusky (80) NFL player in the '50s and a former longtime assistant football coach who spent 35 years guiding the offensive and defensive lines of the Baltimore Colts (1959-72), Philadelphia Eagles (1973-75), and Miami Dolphins (1976-94). Sandusky died of an internal hemorrhage in Coral Springs, Florida on March 5, 2006.